Saturday, July 19, 2014

Notice: Funding on the deck will be cancelled soon!

Funding on the deck, which went great guns at first, has now hit what seems to be an impenetrable wall just $250 short of the goal.

I need the Kickstarter to MORE than meet its goal. The goal line only just meets my costs, if it just meets the goal I will not make a dime for all my work (and fulfilling Kickstarter rewards is a LOT of damn work). Add to that the sad fact that as many as 6-8 % of backers will default on their orders after the campaign ends, and suddenly I'm in the red.

I'm not going in the red, period.

So here's the deal: with 5 days left, I can't afford to fool around any longer. If the deck doesn't fund in 24 hours, I'm canceling the campaign. Assuming that it does fund, if it doesn't begin to at least show a sliver of profit within 48 hours, I'm still canceling the campaign.

This sounds like I'm threatening, but I'm not threatening. Maybe I should have set the goal higher in order to assure myself at least a little bit of profit for my efforts. That's my fault, not anyone else's. I simply can't afford to have this thing break even. It would be snatching failure from the jaws of success.

The possibility exists of trying again, of re-launching the campaign and annoying you all for another month and a half, but no one seriously wants that to happen, right?

We have until 5:00 PM EST on Sunday.

Monday, July 14, 2014

A Conversation with the Ringmaster

In case you missed it, here is last night's conversation with Christiana Gaudet in Christiana's Psychic Cafe. It's fifty minutes long, so it's barely possible that something remotely sensible came out of my mouth during that time....  on the other hand, you may find that a conversation with me is the perfect substitute for sleeping pills....

-- Freder

Sunday, July 13, 2014

Meet Me in the Cafe!

Tonight is your chance to watch me make a complete idiot out of myself as Christiana Gaudet of Christiana's Psychic Cafe interviews me about the Tarot of the Zirkus Mägi -- now in its final days at Kickstarter. Tune in at 9 PM EST on

-- Freder.

Wednesday, July 2, 2014

Nothing Heartbreaking About This Revision

Revisions are going to happen more or less all through the whole deck as I prepare the final files for the printer... and this is one I've been wanting to get to for a while now. I could hardly stand to look at the first version (still viewable elsewhere on this site). It was one of the first Minors that I designed, and I was still feeling out the style that I was looking for, still had some learning ahead of me. The further I got into the deck, the more this one looked like a lost dog.

Basically the only elements that I didn't change even a little bit are.... ehm, nothing. Everything changed at least a little bit. I wanted the desert more arid, I wanted the broken tuba to stand out more, the figure was too heavy-handed in how it was "artified" and needed to be completely replaced... this new one is actually carved together from two photos of Emmet Kelly, the great tramp clown of the mid-twentieth century. 

More than anything, I damn sure wanted to change the sky and the clouds rolling by in the background, so that it would a) match later card designs and b) not look like crap.

By the way (you knew this was coming, didn't you?) -- this card is exactly how I will feel if the deck doesn't get published. And it won't unless ... well, you know...

We were going great guns and topped the 5k mark the other day, and then in the last two days... whoosh! It dried up just like the desert up there. So -- if you will feel like our disappointed clown up there if the deck isn't published, there's a good way to avoid that!

I'll be updating the Kickstarter project later in the day with Newsy Notes, some questions inserted, and a little background info about the printers. See you there!

-- Freder.

Saturday, June 28, 2014

Boxing Day

This was already revealed in an Update to the Kickstarter project, but I realize that not everyone (perhaps even not many) sees those little numbers in the Update Tab at the top of any Kickstarter Project Page. So here it is: the "finished" design for the tuck-box "home" of the Tarot of the Zirkus Mägi!

You can click on the image to enlarge it.

Quotations appear around the word "finished" only because I am always hedging my bets, and who knows but that I'll get it into my head to tweak this thing before the time comes to print it?

The front page of the deck's Little White Book has already been revealed over there, but I'll be posting that image over here in the next few days as well. And, later today, I expect to reveal a page or two from the interior of that LWB over there at Kickstarter. Yup, it'll be in the updates tab. I had quite a lot of fun making the LWB, and am dying to share it!

Thanks to all of you, the Kickstarter project is 49% funded with 27 days left to go. If you don't understand how Kickstarter works, of even if you're just a little bit afraid of it, the project is simply my way of taking pre-orders for the deck in a way that's above-board and safe for everyone. 

It's not, at least as I'm using it, an "investment" thing. You are ordering a product and getting what you order. I hope to take enough pre-orders to pay for the deck's production, but if for whatever reason the goal isn't met, then nobody will be charged and nobody will be out anything... but neither will the deck be published. If you would consider buying the deck once it is printed, please consider pre-ordering it now so that I can make it happen.

Many thanks to everyone who has contributed so far. Without your interest and support, this project would never have been completed in the first place, and wouldn't be this close to realization. I've been blown away by all the nice things people have said and the kindness they have shown personally to me. That alone has made this project one of the best things that's ever happened to me. Thank you!

-- Freder.

Thursday, June 19, 2014

THE FINAL CARD: The Wheel Goes Endlessly 'Round

In the Seven of Rings, the carousel spins continuously, in all conditions, day and night, Going Around and Coming Around, bringing you a bounty that reflects the effort that you have put in.

I saved this one for last, not only because it's one of my favorites, based on a photo that I have enjoyed for many years, but because I hope it bodes well for the deck. With this last card, it seems to me now that I have put the wheels in motion. There's still much in the way of maintenance and cultivation to perform, but the thing has now taken on a new life of its own; it's begun to spin, so to speak, it's begun to grow... and with any luck there will be a harvest in the form of a finished deck that I made.

I hope you've enjoyed these "reveals" as much as I've enjoyed designing the cards. It's not the end, completely, there are still some odds and ends that need posting here, but now having come this far I turn you over to the people at Kickstarter, where we can hopefully make this thing happen. I want to thank everyone for their kindness and enthusiasm, which I must say has been a real light for me through some dark times. Thank you all. And now, onward into the future, with the world spinning beneath us and the skies rolling by.

-- Freder.