Jim Breyfogle’s The Paths of Cormanor

We have a Kickstarter sign-up page for Jim Breyfogle’s new novel, The Paths of Cormanor, ready to go!

https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/cirsova/jim-breyfogles-the-paths-of-cormanor

If you’re a fan of Mongoose and Meerkat, you’ll be sure to love this all new adventure that draws heavily on eastern and northern European fairy tales.

Amara is a woman of Cormanor; she and her sisters have the fantastical ability to put on their cloak of cormorant feathers and turn into birds!

Kellen is the youngest prince of the realm, a seventh son of a seventh son, and he wishes to see these women at their magical work for himself.

While Kellen watches with Amara as her sisters fly and dive in lake, Amara’s cousin falls in the water and is stolen by an ancient monster that lives within the lake.

The prince dives in bravely after the boy and saves him, but the monster tears from him a piece of his soul!

To save the prince’s life in return, Amara dives to the monster’s lair, defeats it, and retrieve’s the prince’s soul–only to learn that a piece of it has remained trapped within her!

And that’s just the beginning!

The Paths of Cormanor is a beautiful and thrilling fairytale romance, filled with dashing heroes, dastardly villains, evil monsters, wise and cunning heroines, and much much more!

A sneak peek at the first “Path” is available in our Summer issue, out tomorrow!

Why So Quiet? Why, So Busy! Cosmic Courtship, Paths of Cormanor, Ad Space, Submissions and More!

We’re right on the verge of going to press with The Cosmic Courtship, but thanks to some feedback from a good Samaritan reviewer that we sent an ARC to, we decided to go back over the text with a fine-toothed comb and do another round of corrections against the scans. It took a full week, but we’ve done additional cleanup to ensure that our edition of The Cosmic Courtship is as good as it can possibly be! The files are uploaded now, we should be placing the order soon.

Next up on the table is Jim Breyfogle’s The Paths of Cormanor! This is a beautiful and action-packed fairytale romance inspired in part by the story of the Swan Princess and other Northern and Eastern European fairytales and myths. We’re offering a sneak peak at the first “Path” in the Summer issue, which will be out in just over a week!

We’ve also got some news regarding a couple of our other regular contributors that we hope to be able to announce fairly soon, but I can’t go into real details until the legalese is validated–it’s all on promises and handshakes at the moment, and we need some checks to clear first.

We’re currently taking Interior Ad Space for our Fall and Winter issues. We need all ads for Fall in by the end of July.

Finally, submissions for 2022 will be open August 1-7! Get writing! We’re going to be filling 4 issues worth of content!

The Cosmic Courtship Kickstarter is Over! But Cirsova Has a Lot of Other Offerings!

We funded with over $17k in pre-orders!

Now will begin the long (but hopefully not too long) process of getting the final touches on the books and putting the orders in and finally getting the books shipped out to the over 400 physical backers!

We’ve really got our work cut out for us in the next two months!

We hit every one of our stated stretch goals:

  • Bonus Content
  • Digital Copies
  • Starting a new Cirsova Imprint
  • posting original scans

We’re already 1.2 volumes into our second project, which we’ll be able to share more about soon.

In the meantime, if you can’t stop throwing money at Cirsova, be sure to check out:

The Cosmic Courtship Progress and Future Project Update

Haven’t backed The Cosmic Courship by Julian Hawthorne yet? There’s still time!

This is just a quick update that we wanted to make since it has been a bit since our last post here.

First of all, wow, thank you all again for all of your support! 

Michael and I have taken a look at some boxes and shipping options, and I think we’ve figured out what boxes we’ll be using for most of our shipping. We’ve got a game-plan for how we’ll be boxing and labelling, but with our piece-count, there’s a chance this could take us several days to get all of the boxes out when everything DOES arrive.

Our printer is being really stingy with setup codes at the moment, so rather than spend several hundred dollars setting up pre-proof copies that we know we’ll have to make changes to [re-uploading the files updated with backer information in the acknowledgements section], we’re going to wait until we have the final interiors, just in case they don’t waive setup costs. 

The only real reason to have done a pre-proof run was judge how best to ship the books, but since the dimensions are fairly close to books we’ve already published, we were able to make our selections based on those. 

So, here is what needs to happen to ensure a speedy fulfillment of this project:

  • After the kickstarter ends, we will send out surveys right away
  • You will have 7 days from the time the surveys go out to respond with how you would like to be acknowledged; if you do not reply within 7 days, we will use your Kickstarter handle on the acknowledgements section. 
  • We’ll get the book plates to Robert when the Kickstarter payment is processed so we know how many to send him. He’ll send them back and Michael and I will sign them.
  • As soon as payments are successfully collected and we’ve added names to the acknowledgement page, we’ll upload the final files.
  • We’ll order one proof set to make sure everything is a-ok.
  • We place a massive order of books and start boxing.
  • Once the last box goes out, we’ll send out a link to all backers for the digital copies.
  • Once that link goes out, we’ll upload the text file of The Cosmic Courtship to Project Gutenberg.

At that point, the project is more or less “done” and out the door.  We’ll be able to get started on the next Cirsova Classics titles just about as soon as this goes out [be sure to keep an eye out for the Cirsova Summer 2021 issue and Jim Breyfogle’s The Paths of Cormanor in the meantime].

The contracts are signed for the next project, and we’ve actually got the text for the first volume in the can.

The Death Cult is Real and Not Hyperbole

Brian Niemeier has written extensively on the Pop Culture Death Cult, so rather than try to explain the entire concept, I’ll refer you to his blog.

Well, the Death Cult is not hyperbole, and Mouse Wars is literally giving you cancer.

A recent report came out that many of the Hand-Sanitizers put out during the height of the Wu-Flu contained toxic, cancer causing chemicals. [This is in addition to the products that contained methanol, which is highly toxic and can be absorbed through the skin.]

“A number of them were widely available, with some purchasable on Amazon and at Target stores. One of the more contaminated formulas was sold as a Baby Yoda-themed bottle.” – From New York Post

This isn’t even something you can take schadenfreude in, because this is a product that was easily as likely used by small children as soy-faced Funko-Pop collectors.