fall updates: new art, tarot cards returning

Kindest friends and dear readers,

My first semester at Allegheny College has been an absolute blast so far. These students are so eager and talented, and in between teaching fiction workshops, I’ve been able to work on a new project of my own, a dystopian novel that I feel pretty excited about. Meadville is a tiny town, filled with mossy old cemeteries and dusty antique shops —  the kind of place that really leans into the fall season. I am not, however, looking forward to the apocalyptic snow dump that we’re supposedly in for this year. For a Southerner like myself, the novelty of snow wears off pretty fast.

More news: for the upcoming holidays, I’m  selling some witchy new art through my Etsy store, and have placed a new larger order for the Steam Tarot Cards, in case anyone is on the hunt for gifts. I’m also interested in commissions and art exchanges, so please feel free to DM me if you are too. Here is a link, and if that doesn’t work for whatever reason (interntetting is hard), my shop name is jenjiwarrior.

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(Deliver yourself some love! <3)

Lastly, in case you missed it, check out my newest published story, “One for Sorrow, Two for Joy,” in Beecher’s Magazine Issue 7. It’s all about magic portals and magpies and such, and was selected by Carmen Machado as Beecher’s 2017 Fiction Prize WINNER! Since I have been embarking on the uncertain process of re-kindling and re-embracing my teenage love for the occult and the folkloric, this was some nice validation. Onward!!

More to come. Stay strange, my friends.

J

 

 

sea changes + steampunk tarot

Dearest friends and readers,

For me, this has been a blistering summer of small projects and big changes. At the end of the month, I’ll be packing up everything I own (including one extremely anxious cat) and moving to Meadville, PA, where I will teach workshop and begin work on a novel as Allegheny College’s Fiction Writer-in-Residence. It’ll be sad to leave CoMo. I am (will have been) a Regular at a Local Bar, and that has been a long and cherished relationship. Still, it’s time to move on. Exciting opportunities await on the other side.

In the meantime, I’ve set up this website to showcase my work and post updates about publications and other projects. Most recently, my Steampunk Major Arcana Tarot Deck is available for purchase. The deck consists of 22 cards, each with an original design meant to respond to an archetype from the major arcana.

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If you or someone you know enjoys steampunk, tarot cards, or both, I will be happy to sell this to you through my Etsy shop. This is a trial run, friends, so act fast — there are only six decks available right now.

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More items may arrive at the shop in the weeks to come — original prints, greeting cards and other delights, so keep an eye out.

In the meantime — Happy summer.

J