I promised myself I'd be fiscally responsible and use the advance to pay off debt. But I couldn't resist a little splurge, especially since the celebration dinner came from a gift certificate. So last Thursday I got a small tattoo as my gift to myself.
I've been working on those last few cards, most of which are court cards. I got the primary image worked out for several (though not ready to upload yet). The Prince of Coins = Prince George (later George V), Princess of Coins = Princess Beatrice, King of Coins = Prince Albert (he's also the King of Cups), Prince of Wands = Oscar Wilde, and King of Wands = Benjamin Disraeli. I'm a little concerned about the Prince of Wands throwing off the system, as Wilde is the only person of all the Courts not personally known to Victoria. But his life -- brilliant creativity, personal magnetism, headstrong, self-destructive passions -- seems to fit so well with the card that it's hard to pass up.
I don't get to design the box or book (alas) but they are letting me submit a mock-up so that they can at least see what I had in mind. So of course, everywhere I look I see beautifully designed boxes that I'd love to imitate -- I mean, draw inspiration from. Yeah, that's it!
Georg bought a deck/book set called The Observation Deck with one of the most beautiful boxes I've ever seen. The box is two parts, made of sturdy cardboard covered with paper, and the lower half has an inner lip so it slides snugly together. Pieces of folded cardboard inside hold the book and deck in place. No big-box-with-tray! (Later I saw a deck called Rumi Cards or something with a similarly elegant box). I'm sure a box like this would be way too expensive for V/R. Sigh. I may still do my mock-up that way, just because.
I've been getting more email at thefool.com than I used to -- a couple of messages a day from new people. I don't know how you all are finding me, but thank you for writing. It really means a lot. I try to answer everyone but sometimes I just don't have time, so please don't take it personally.