*ROFL does not stand for tear-inducing hilarity but for “return of fandom love“. And boy, is this overdue. I apologize to the lovely friends who have been humouring me with their attention and gifts. You are much appreciated – with or without material expression of your friendship, btw. Your support has been vital for my recent creative explosion. I am currently in a very happy place, buoyed by your feedback and all the communication that is currently flying between my little island and the rest of the world.
The RAPS truly have gone global, a fact that really delights me. While I sit on my little island on the fringes of Europe, the pocket shrines are travelling all over. Fifteen of them have left the RAPS Inc. HQ so far, 18 have come off the production line in total. The marketing dept is pushing for world-wide market introduction, though. It appears that there are still white spots on the map when it comes to the reach of the RAPS:
I take the opportunity to shout-out to my lovely supporters who are keeping me in good mood, presents and material for the shrining operation. Before Easter I received a massive parcel from Katia in Monaco who has surprised me again with
undeserved gifts. Everything a girl could wish for – from scented sachets and cosmetics via cuddly toys and sweets to cute jewellery. A Guy RAPS is en route for Katia… a rather modest expression of thanks for all the kindness and generosity she has shown me.
Hot-elf, the woman who is responsible for my descent into
madness the Armitage fandom, has completely blown me away with the beautiful book of her original Thorin/Dragon Age Crossover fic she had printed for me. If you haven’t read it yet, I can only recommend it. Don’t be put off by the Dragon Age content. I know nothing about it either, but she weaves the tales of Thorin and the adventures of the game universe together and throws in a dwarf lover for Thorin that makes it a sizzlingly hot read. Here it is on AO3. Do show her some love <3.
As for an update on the general shrining business: The storage facilities of RAPS Inc. still contain a Thorin RAPS (Travel Edition), a Standring mini-RAPS and a bad boy, Mulligan, because two of the lucky winners of my blogiversary give-away have not yet contacted me. I will have to redraw that to re-assign first and third prize. (Come on people – if you take part in a raffle, please check for the results, too :-)) The last weekend had been designated as RAPS production time, as the
ball and chain… ooops family were camping again and Guylty was undisturbed at her desk. In the end I had less time than I anticipated. But I managed to create two Guys, a Porter, a Thorin and a RL RA. *eeek* They are all on their way now. And as soon as one of them reaches their destination, I will unveil them here. The photos are all in the bag, and as usual I was really pleased to have the task of styling and photographing them. (I should really go into product photography – much easier to order inanimate objects around rather than people…)
Two Lucas RAPS are waiting to be made (and finally I think I have some ideas), plus I am burning to put another Ricky Deeming into the box. I have a Guy RAPS to do, too. He’s pretty easy *ggg* – plenty of visual drool available for *him*. The requested Dr Track will be new territory for me, and maybe I’ll also tackle one of the less popular chaRActers – is it possible to make William Chatford shrine-worthy? I am running out of the bigger tins again, so the future looks discreet.
So, HAPPY MAY DAY to you all, with an extra big portion of fandom love thrown your way!