Rabbit Room Review & Reprise 5-2-14

Big news! Not five minutes ago I confirmed our featured speaker for Hutchmoot 2014! We’ll make an official announcement soon, but I have no doubt that you guys are going to love her. Let the rampant speculation begin.

small mapWe also received a bunch of boxes this week filled with giant, full-color maps of Aerwiar. So for those keeping track, here’s what we’ve got so far: Monster in the Hollows hardback—check; Giant maps—check. Still to come: Pembrick’s Creaturepedia—delayed at the printer, expect them to ship next week; The Warden and the Wolf King hardback—delayed at the printer, expected to ship May 15th.

We’re really disappointed about the delays, but they are beyond our control. Unfortunately, this sets the Kickstarter shipments back a couple weeks. Don’t worry, though, we’ll start shipping you the books just as soon as we have them in hand.

Here’s what else is going on in the Rabbit Room this week.

Old-GuitarSitting down to create something out of nothing can be one of the most intimidating things in the world. Anyone who’s ever gone to the creative well and then gone back for more has experienced the fear that when they get there, it might just be empty. Andrew Peterson knows exactly what that fear is like. Time has given him some perspective, though, and he shares some of what he’s learned in a post called “Process: Starting from Scratch.”

ellen-and-the-peacockcropIf you’ve looked at many of Jamin Still’s paintings, one thing you’re sure to notice is that they tend to hint at larger stories lurking just beyond the frame. This week, Jamin explains why that is by taking a close look at one of his works and walking us through its development. Check out “Ellen and the Peacock, or ‘What If?’” for details.

img_4827In her essay “The Present Eternity,” Jen Rose reminds herself, and the rest of us, of the importance of the present moment, and how neglecting it can have eternal consequences. C. S. Lewis’s Screwtape shows up in a supporting role: “The humans live in time, but our Enemy destines them to eternity. He therefore, I believe, wants them to attend chiefly to two things, to eternity itself, and to that point of time which they call the Present. For the Present is the point at which time touches eternity.”

rabbitroommember2014And finally, 2014 Rabbit Room Memberships are now available. Membership is primarily a way to support the Rabbit Room and all the books, music, and events we create, but that doesn’t mean it doesn’t come with some rewards. This year’s membership benefits include exclusive mugs, access to the 2013 Hutchmoot audio archive (nearly 18 hours of audio), store discounts, a free Molehill, and more. Thanks for your support. We love what we do and couldn’t do it without you.