Birdy & Mike Diamond are creating Talismans & Tales
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Welcome to our little corner of the Rabbit Hole!

 ‘allo!
Birdy here, flying to bring you the newest news from Bird(s) and Cat and Kitten and Rabbit and how that affects the creations you will see here. 

The Tower-level turnover of our lives in 2018 has had the one benefit of forcing us to focus, to honestly answer the Question: what do we want to do and be when we grow up?

And to define things like ‘doing’, ‘being’ and ‘growing up’. Because one thing that we’ve discovered, that we’ve really always known, is that we’re wyrd, unusual, don’t fit in with the bulk of humanity, so these terms, while always individual, seem to be a little more individual with us. 

In the course of things, as we’ve let go of the things we do not care for and that do not serve us, we’re discovering/remembering what we Truly Love: talismans and tales.

So that is what we are doing, pouncing, bringing to you here on the Patreons and in our Gumroad shop.

Talismans and Tales, by our own creative definitions, mean:

Talismans
  • Jewelry, art, and table specimen Stone Stories, Everyday Talismans, and Table Talismans – stone, bead, found objects
  • Mo’ Magick Crochet Patterns – from Blanket University and the Organized Knot to you
  • Tarot and Oracle Card Decks, Writer's Helper Decks
  • Tarot Stories, MommaCat Missives

Tales
  • Fiction – print/audio
  • Fiction Isn’t - print/audio
  • Non-fiction – print/audio
  • Music – filk, original
  • Meditations
  • Notes from the Journey
  • Scenes from the Studio
  • There are also the collaborative works of Skein & Story, which include a story, which may or may not be by one of us, a crochet pattern, which is likely to be by me, and audio for both. The audio for the pattern being by me, and the audio for the stories being by one of several lovely Voice Talents that we are honored to know .
So, much, much creativity going on! And when you join us around the Fire, you get access to all of it!

Where you come in
Besides being part of  an audience, for while a good author loves their own work, it’s best when others love it too, there is the little thing known as needing to earn a living. The aforementioned Tower-level event means that we no longer have a Day Job where we have our basics paid for, and have to therefore adjust to doing it ourselves and quickly.

The other thing about the situation is that the aforementioned Day Job has left both Mike and me in a position where working a regular Day Job is no longer an option, for various mental, emotional, physical, and financial reasons. In short, the only jobs we could (maybe) get wouldn’t be enough to pay the bills anyway, or be able to be held long enough to matter,  so it’s either this or perish.

And we’ve been through too much to allow ourselves to perish now.

So, as the saying goes, we are highly motivated.

And coming to Patreon to share our creations and our Journey, with the hope that you will love them as much as we do and be willing to help us on our Journey to create more of them.

Why joining us around the Fire  is Awesome (besides the obvious)
  • You get to join us on our Creative Journey! This means you will get to peek behind the curtain and see things like drafts, behind-the-scenes and other bits from Backstage.
  • You get to see things Furr-st! We will be putting new stories out on Patreon for our Peeps first, before they are released to the rest of the world. Patreon Peeps will also get to see new talismans first and have the first chance to pounce before anyone else. (Judging by past audiences, this benefit will become quite valuable over time.)
  • You get digital copies of our books and decks, as well as any other goodies that have a digital component (like meditations and music)!
  • You will also get copies of drafts of at least some of our writing, so you can see what our purr-ocess is like.

What your joining us around the Fire  will mean for us
  • we get to live under a roof, with food for Mike, me, and Leona, our cat, and clothing, paid bills, and other necessities of life and creation – the less we have to stress about these necessities, the more time and energy we have to create, which means more goodies for y ou!
  • upgrade our tech and our Internetz, so that we can make more goodies and get them up and out to you more easily (which means more often!)
  • travel to conventions and conferences to share the talismans and the tales – purr-haps in a town near you!

Why we ask for your physical addy
No promises, but since I love nice mail so much, I’d like to keep the option open for someday slipping a little somethin’-somethin’ in the mail to our good patreons.

Looking forward to seeing you join us around the Fire and down the Rabbit Hole!

Birdy & Mike (and Leona, the cat)  :>O<:

Tiers
Circle of the Armchair Travellers
$3 or more per month
 Thank you so much for joining us on our Journey!  


In return: 

  • first-look/first-pounce on talismanic jewelry + other offerings
  • digital copies of fiction & fiction isn’t stories 
  • digital copies of books + drafts
  • stories from our Journey
  • access to Discord community (according to level pledged)
Circle of the Crafty Crows
$8 or more per month
 Thank you so much for joining us on our Journey!


In return: 

  • first-look/first-pounce on original oracle & tarot decks
  • digital copies of oracle & tarot deck books + card images
  • tips, tricks, techniques for working with magickal tools such as decks, pendulums, etc.
  • MommaCat Monday Missives
  • ritual suggestions for hollydays + everyday
  • perks of previous levels
     
Circle of the Storytellers
$11 or more per month
 Thank you so much for joining us on our Journey!


In return:  

  • tips, tricks, techniques on creating via psychic-functioning
  • writer’s prompt decks, meditations, etc.
  • perks of previous levels
     
Circle of the Mind Arts Lab
$13 or more per month
 Thank you so much for joining us on our Journey!


In return: 

  • MommaCat Monthly Meditation
  • access to target library (once available)
  • tips, tricks, techniques of psychic-functioning  
  • perks of previous levels
     
Circle of the Skies - Behind the Masks
$22 or more per month
 Thank you so much for joining us on our Journey! 


This is the level where we take off the Mask of Mundanity and dive deep - exploring just how wyrd and wonder-full this Universe of ours really is.


  • Channelled conversations with our various Friends - Seen (trees, animals, etc.), Unseen (ghosts, Guides, etc.), As-yet Unseen (extra-terrestrial).


  • Frank conversation and discussion about how this Universe really works - the places and spaces beyond Newtonian physics.


Note: Here's where it gets Real: Real Deep. Real Wyrd. Please only join this level if you are truly prepared to take a Deep Dive Down the Rabbit Hole. Don'tknow what that means? Please ask - we'll be happy to explain. 

Circle of the Castle Foundation Builders
$121 or more per month
Thank you most sincerously for joining us around the Fire!


  • You know the power of building Castles in the Air - and then putting Firm Foundations under them. Let's talk.


  • perks of Armchair Travellers, Crafty Crows, Storytellers, Mind Arts Lab levels 


Goals
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Upgrading the Tech - Elevenses Squared!!

We’ll start by buying an X2U converter for the Shure microphone we already have. This will allow our recordings to sound even better than they do now, and allow me to really give Cook a voice worthy of her awesomeness.

Eventually, we will buy another one for the other Shure, and then Mike will be able to join in the awesomeness as well, which will mean that our podcasts will have that extra bit of awesomeness to the audio.

After we do that, we'll use that amount to build up towards things like: new computers, new cameras - both video and still, and some kind of notepad that we can use both for Skype and to allow Mike to work on apps for our card decks.
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Welcome to our little corner of the Rabbit Hole!

 ‘allo!
Birdy here, flying to bring you the newest news from Bird(s) and Cat and Kitten and Rabbit and how that affects the creations you will see here. 

The Tower-level turnover of our lives in 2018 has had the one benefit of forcing us to focus, to honestly answer the Question: what do we want to do and be when we grow up?

And to define things like ‘doing’, ‘being’ and ‘growing up’. Because one thing that we’ve discovered, that we’ve really always known, is that we’re wyrd, unusual, don’t fit in with the bulk of humanity, so these terms, while always individual, seem to be a little more individual with us. 

In the course of things, as we’ve let go of the things we do not care for and that do not serve us, we’re discovering/remembering what we Truly Love: talismans and tales.

So that is what we are doing, pouncing, bringing to you here on the Patreons and in our Gumroad shop.

Talismans and Tales, by our own creative definitions, mean:

Talismans
  • Jewelry, art, and table specimen Stone Stories, Everyday Talismans, and Table Talismans – stone, bead, found objects
  • Mo’ Magick Crochet Patterns – from Blanket University and the Organized Knot to you
  • Tarot and Oracle Card Decks, Writer's Helper Decks
  • Tarot Stories, MommaCat Missives

Tales
  • Fiction – print/audio
  • Fiction Isn’t - print/audio
  • Non-fiction – print/audio
  • Music – filk, original
  • Meditations
  • Notes from the Journey
  • Scenes from the Studio
  • There are also the collaborative works of Skein & Story, which include a story, which may or may not be by one of us, a crochet pattern, which is likely to be by me, and audio for both. The audio for the pattern being by me, and the audio for the stories being by one of several lovely Voice Talents that we are honored to know .
So, much, much creativity going on! And when you join us around the Fire, you get access to all of it!

Where you come in
Besides being part of  an audience, for while a good author loves their own work, it’s best when others love it too, there is the little thing known as needing to earn a living. The aforementioned Tower-level event means that we no longer have a Day Job where we have our basics paid for, and have to therefore adjust to doing it ourselves and quickly.

The other thing about the situation is that the aforementioned Day Job has left both Mike and me in a position where working a regular Day Job is no longer an option, for various mental, emotional, physical, and financial reasons. In short, the only jobs we could (maybe) get wouldn’t be enough to pay the bills anyway, or be able to be held long enough to matter,  so it’s either this or perish.

And we’ve been through too much to allow ourselves to perish now.

So, as the saying goes, we are highly motivated.

And coming to Patreon to share our creations and our Journey, with the hope that you will love them as much as we do and be willing to help us on our Journey to create more of them.

Why joining us around the Fire  is Awesome (besides the obvious)
  • You get to join us on our Creative Journey! This means you will get to peek behind the curtain and see things like drafts, behind-the-scenes and other bits from Backstage.
  • You get to see things Furr-st! We will be putting new stories out on Patreon for our Peeps first, before they are released to the rest of the world. Patreon Peeps will also get to see new talismans first and have the first chance to pounce before anyone else. (Judging by past audiences, this benefit will become quite valuable over time.)
  • You get digital copies of our books and decks, as well as any other goodies that have a digital component (like meditations and music)!
  • You will also get copies of drafts of at least some of our writing, so you can see what our purr-ocess is like.

What your joining us around the Fire  will mean for us
  • we get to live under a roof, with food for Mike, me, and Leona, our cat, and clothing, paid bills, and other necessities of life and creation – the less we have to stress about these necessities, the more time and energy we have to create, which means more goodies for y ou!
  • upgrade our tech and our Internetz, so that we can make more goodies and get them up and out to you more easily (which means more often!)
  • travel to conventions and conferences to share the talismans and the tales – purr-haps in a town near you!

Why we ask for your physical addy
No promises, but since I love nice mail so much, I’d like to keep the option open for someday slipping a little somethin’-somethin’ in the mail to our good patreons.

Looking forward to seeing you join us around the Fire and down the Rabbit Hole!

Birdy & Mike (and Leona, the cat)  :>O<:

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Tiers
Circle of the Armchair Travellers
$3 or more per month
 Thank you so much for joining us on our Journey!  


In return: 

  • first-look/first-pounce on talismanic jewelry + other offerings
  • digital copies of fiction & fiction isn’t stories 
  • digital copies of books + drafts
  • stories from our Journey
  • access to Discord community (according to level pledged)
Circle of the Crafty Crows
$8 or more per month
 Thank you so much for joining us on our Journey!


In return: 

  • first-look/first-pounce on original oracle & tarot decks
  • digital copies of oracle & tarot deck books + card images
  • tips, tricks, techniques for working with magickal tools such as decks, pendulums, etc.
  • MommaCat Monday Missives
  • ritual suggestions for hollydays + everyday
  • perks of previous levels
     
Circle of the Storytellers
$11 or more per month
 Thank you so much for joining us on our Journey!


In return:  

  • tips, tricks, techniques on creating via psychic-functioning
  • writer’s prompt decks, meditations, etc.
  • perks of previous levels
     
Circle of the Mind Arts Lab
$13 or more per month
 Thank you so much for joining us on our Journey!


In return: 

  • MommaCat Monthly Meditation
  • access to target library (once available)
  • tips, tricks, techniques of psychic-functioning  
  • perks of previous levels
     
Circle of the Skies - Behind the Masks
$22 or more per month
 Thank you so much for joining us on our Journey! 


This is the level where we take off the Mask of Mundanity and dive deep - exploring just how wyrd and wonder-full this Universe of ours really is.


  • Channelled conversations with our various Friends - Seen (trees, animals, etc.), Unseen (ghosts, Guides, etc.), As-yet Unseen (extra-terrestrial).


  • Frank conversation and discussion about how this Universe really works - the places and spaces beyond Newtonian physics.


Note: Here's where it gets Real: Real Deep. Real Wyrd. Please only join this level if you are truly prepared to take a Deep Dive Down the Rabbit Hole. Don'tknow what that means? Please ask - we'll be happy to explain. 

Circle of the Castle Foundation Builders
$121 or more per month
Thank you most sincerously for joining us around the Fire!


  • You know the power of building Castles in the Air - and then putting Firm Foundations under them. Let's talk.


  • perks of Armchair Travellers, Crafty Crows, Storytellers, Mind Arts Lab levels