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Christmas Eve has arrived. It's a bit of a complicated day for me. On one hand, yay! Christmas is tomorrow. On the other hand, there's a ton of prep work to do. And it's the anniversary of a friend's death. So, I'm feeling a little weird today.

On January 1st, I’ll be launching my Patreon for #TabletopGames #maps, #rpg goodies, illustration, and more! So what will you get when you sign up?

🔹 $1+ Patron-only posts, wips, & my humble thanks!
🔹 $2+ Exclusive wallpapers!
🔹 $5+ New map or download each month & vote on projects!
🔹 $30 All prev rewards, PLUS 1hr of monthly art instruction from me!

And the first ten patrons at ANY pledge level will receive a Secret Bonus gift just for joining!

Happy summer solstice to those celebrating it! And a happy winter solstice to friends in the northern hemisphere.

With Christmas now just a few days away, Earl Grey Editing is shutting down for the year and won't be back until 7 January.

So before I go, I thought I'd share my favourite reads from this year.

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Sorting through my giant Mt TBR (pulling out books for next year in a fit of optimism) and I have discovered I have way more short story collections than I thought.

ICYMI: This week I'm over at the Skiffy and Fanty Show looking at beautiful dystopias through Dhonielle Clayton's THE BELLES and UGLIES by Scott Westerfeld.

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THE BELLES by Dhonielle Clayton builds on the foundation formed by Scott Westerfeld's UGLIES while bringing a somewhat more nuanced and feminine perspective.

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Today I'm back at the Skiffy and Fanty Show, taking a look at two dystopias focused on beauty: THE BELLES by Dhonielle Clayton and UGLIES by Scott Westerfeld.

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Monday, stop trying to bring me a cold. I don't want it. I'm supposed to be starting my holiday break.

36. And it might seem weird, but I'm grateful for this meme. 2018 was a bit of a tough year and I wasn't feeling the usual optimism I get when a new year is on the horizon. Doing this exercise brought back some much-needed positivity for me.

35. Poetry has brought me joy this year. Reading it encourages me to slow down and savour life. Writing it is an act that still feels fun, low pressure and somewhere I'm free to take risks.

34. My Christmas present to myself this year was a tea advent calendar. I've really been enjoying the random selection. Plus, the little cardboard boxes storing the tea turn into a kind of jigsaw puzzle when you're done!

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