Wood burning

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Wood burning is an art that 9five7 Pyrography (Facebook, Twitter, website) has perfected. We are in awe of their work and now Keladry has this beautiful piece on her wall! You can see them (and buy or commission from them) at CON Creative Ottawa Nerds on November 26!

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Kevin Johns

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When you go to Can-Con, you get to meet some pretty fantastic people. The attendees are fun and intelligent, you get to listen to panels by experts in their field, and you get to meet some amazing authors. I cannot speak highly enough about this convention. Seriously, our favourite of the year. (And that includes the one that *I* organize – CON Creative Ottawa Nerds!)

This is one of the amazing authors I mentioned in the above paragraph. Kevin Johns has written several books, including as a ghost writer (I didn’t know those existed on this plane!) and he is a writing coach. He hosts free webinars occasionally, of which I have had the opportunity to attend quite a few, and he really knows what he’s talking about. And he has a new book coming out soon – M School! I was one of the fortunate few who got to Beta read this book, and OMG is it ever good!

You can meet him, and many others (including us, barring circumstances), at Can-Con 2016, happening Sept 9 – 11, 2016 at the Novotel in downtown Ottawa! I saw a sneak peek of the schedule – it’s going to be even better than last year, which I didn’t think was possible!

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Little Rey

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One of the first costumes we saw on the Friday of Ottawa Comic Con was this one, and did it ever start the weekend off right! She’s perfect!

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Come out to CON Creative Ottawa Nerds tomorrow!! You are completely welcome to cosplay, and the crocheted TARDIS will be available for pictures. 😀

Creative Ottawa Nerds Craft Fair!!!

A dark roast with strawberry flavouring

Hello My Imaginary Friends,

Saturday is one of my favourite events C.O.N – Craft Fair. I’m a little biased since my wife is one of the organizers, but I also love the feel of the event.

It’s a different crowd from bigger events and is very non-geek friendly. The exhibitors are always awesome and the crowds tend to stick around and chat.

If you have the chance, come by and check it out. The entry fee is low (adults $5 or two non perishables, kids are free) and all proceeds from it and the silent auction go to the Ottawa Food Bank.

For C.O.N. and by request of the Ottawa Browncoats, I have finally created a Firefly-themed coffee.

So come see us on Saturday and try Kaylee’s Coffee.

A dark roast with strawberry flavouring
A dark roast with strawberry flavouring

See you Saturday!

Éric

 

Ming-Na Wen

We asked Ming-Na if she wanted to have a part in the live-action Mulan that Disney is doing. She replied with a very enthusiastic YES! I said that it was too bad that there weren’t more female roles, and she said she’d be happy to play Mulan’s mother. I think she could pull off Mulan herself, personally. Follow Ming-Na on Twitter here. She’s awesome!

My costume was borrowed from the talented Mysticfae sisters. I wasn’t wearing the wig yet because I didn’t know how to put it on. I loved being the mother of dragons for half a day!

Also, don’t forget that CON Creative Ottawa Nerdscraft fair is coming up fast – one week from tomorrow! Who’s excited? Who’s coming to check out the amazing vendors? Have you been having fun guessing who the vendors are each day?

Michelle Gomez

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Michelle Gomez was a delight to meet! We asked her what she enjoyed about playing the role of Missy, and she said “Everything! It’s so much fun!”

Don’t forget to mark your calendars for CON Creative Ottawa Nerdscraft fair! It’s coming up fast, on Saturday, June 11!

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Holiday Shopping!

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Hello Imaginary Friends,

Sometimes it’s really, Really, REALLY hard to find a gift for family and friends.

You want to find that WOW gift that is both unique and awesome; the gift that the person receiving will be ranting about for years.

My amazing wife knit me a Baker scarf for Christmas three years ago. It was her first knitting project. Not all of us can create stuff that is that awesome.

Here’s a secret for finding that most awesome gift: Check out your local convention’s artist alley. The things you’ll find there are awe inspiring.

Conventions

popexpo

For those in Ottawa, this weekend is PopExpo. Most of the vendors will have lots of stock and some will even take commissions. (Come see us at tables 2214 & 2216) P.S. Kids under 12 get in for free and they have awesome stuff for kids!

If you don’t want to go to the convention, check out their website they almost always have a list of previous or future vendors.

Creative Ottawa Nerds

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Here’s a list of amazing artists and artizans that took part in the second Craft Fair Hosted by Creative Ottawa Nerds.

You’ll find some great stuff and most of them will ship or deliver.

JenEric Designs

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Last, but not least, is our store. Go look at what we have. Our Crochet Commisions are currently limited but we do have a big stock of items. Just contact us and ask.

Coffee is always available, as are buttons.

Just send us a message and we’ll help you out.

 

Good luck Holiday Shopping,

Éric

New Flavours, Contests, and Vacation

A Light Roast with Coconut Flavouring

Hello,
Lots of exciting things going, my wife is officially a game designer and has signed a contract for a sex-ed game. It’ll be a card game called Blush. If you have any sex questions she will answer some on the blog and use them as research for the game. Go ask anonymously here.

Coffee

I’ve been hard at work testing new flavours. Our first seasonal flavour available at all our fall events will be:

The Great Pumpkin

A dark roast with pumpkin flavouring
A dark roast with pumpkin flavouring

And the newest flavour in our continuous roster will be:

Jack CoCo’Neill

A light roast with coconut flavouring
A light roast with coconut flavouring

Coffee Poll

If you haven’t voted in our poll to decide what past flavours are going to be available at our three fall events, vote now! The poll closes September 2nd.

What flavours would you like us to sell at the fall conventions? (Pick 3)

  • Spiked Coffee: Butter Rum Light Roast (62%, 13 Votes)
  • Davroast: Chocolate Medium Roast (57%, 12 Votes)
  • Raktajino: Cinnamon Dark Roast (48%, 10 Votes)
  • Elvis: Peanut Butter Banana Mixed Roast (33%, 7 Votes)
  • Jabba the Peanut: Peanut Butter Medium Roast (29%, 6 Votes)
  • Minion Coffee: Banana Cream Light Roast (24%, 5 Votes)
  • Red Pill: Raspberry Medium Roast (24%, 5 Votes)
  • Key Lime PI: Key Lime Dark Roast (10%, 2 Votes)

Total Voters: 21

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Contest

We are still holding the contest to win a credit of $10 to anything in our store. All you have to do is like our Facebook page and enter the contest below.

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Vacation

My wife is a travel agent (Check out her blog), which means she’s travelled a little and the TARDIS travels a lot, but me, I haven’t travelled for anything but weddings in around four years. So we’re going to Disney World! Yay! I’m really excited.

Between my trip to Disney and needing to do a huge amount of editing on my books (A Study in Aether and Parasomnia), I’m going to take the next three weeks off from blogging.

Don’t worry; I’ll have a special treat for you while I’m away. Tune in next Tuesday for a brand new story.

See you around,
Éric

Coffee and CONs Fall 2015

Hello Coffee People,

Craft Fair By CON Creative Ottawa Nerds and CAPCON Plastic Scale Model Contest are both a month away. YAY!

That means I need to decide what flavours to make and bring to these events. I will have five flavours available; three classic flavours, one new flavour, and one seasonal flavour. They will be available in X-Large (250g) for $20, Large (100g) for $10, and Small (25g) $3 each or 2 for $5.

I need your help (those who may actually buy coffee) to decide which of our classic 8 flavours to bring.

What flavours would you like us to sell at the fall conventions? (Pick 3)

  • Spiked Coffee: Butter Rum Light Roast (62%, 13 Votes)
  • Davroast: Chocolate Medium Roast (57%, 12 Votes)
  • Raktajino: Cinnamon Dark Roast (48%, 10 Votes)
  • Elvis: Peanut Butter Banana Mixed Roast (33%, 7 Votes)
  • Jabba the Peanut: Peanut Butter Medium Roast (29%, 6 Votes)
  • Minion Coffee: Banana Cream Light Roast (24%, 5 Votes)
  • Red Pill: Raspberry Medium Roast (24%, 5 Votes)
  • Key Lime PI: Key Lime Dark Roast (10%, 2 Votes)

Total Voters: 21

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There is big news coming in coffee soon. I’ll let you know what the new and seasonal flavours are and what other convention you’ll be able to get them at.

As always, you can order coffee from our store.

It’s the ultimate flavour showdown, 8 flavours enter and only 3 will be sold!

Éric

Not So Imaginary

Hello my Imaginary Friends,

Today will be a quick post. I have finished beta-reading and received Parasomnia from my first Beta-Reader. So I’m anxious to get back to editing. I like this part of editing it’s faster and easier for me. Instead of trying to find the problems, it’s trying to fix them. Way simpler.

Not So Imaginary

Did you know that this blog is under a year old? The two blogs that combined to form JenEric Designs are older. Aspiring Something is just under 7 years old and The Travelling TARDIS is just over 3 and a half years old.

In all that time, I’ve always assumed that I was “Yelling into the void” as it were. I didn’t think, other than family and close friends, that anyone was reading. I was wrong. There was at least one person who’s been following both of us for at least six years and they came to introduce themselves at CON a few weeks back.

The person, whom I’ll call C, was really nice and friendly. It was both exciting and surprising to know that someone has read this blog that I hadn’t met. So thanks for reading and following C!

If you’ve been following I’ve been obsessively researching and roasting my own coffee. I’ve sold at Pop-Expo and at CON. My Test Subjects Friends have said they enjoy it, and I’ve loved it. I’ve sold several flavours and lots of bags.

Again I assumed only friends and family were paying attention. Again I was wrong (It happens a lot. I’m ok with it.) this weekend we got an email from someone who’s significant other had bought coffee at Pop-Expo and they wanted to get them a few bags for their upcoming birthday since the SO had enjoyed the coffee. It made me really happy.

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I know one fan of the blogs and one fan of the coffee doesn’t mean we’re suddenly huge. It’s not a viral post, or a publishing contract. But it is a sign that we’re doing something right and getting ourselves out there.

Between that and editing two books that I think are good enough to publish, I feel like a lot of hard work is starting to show progress. It makes me hopeful and after last month, I really needed that.

 

Thank you my not so imaginary friends!

 

Éric