Time for more inverted pieces since they look like chalkboards and magic! 🌟 Also Gnome bonnet hats. And smol cairns, always.
“May this year be full of proud deeds and silly games, beautiful songs and hearty feasts, clever jokes, loving friends, and enough surprises to keep us on our toes.”Bruce Goldstone, “A Gnome’s Christmas”
According to the aforementioned traditional/Wil Hyugen and Rien Poortvliet-style book, “A Gnome’s Christmas,” today is Edda Night – the last day of the Gnomes’ holiday season, and the start of their new year!
I don’t know yet how that may inspire the end of the holidays in Tock’s culture, but I couldn’t resist drawing her in celebration with other Gnomes from different realms, anyway ❤
From left to right:
As far as the human realm goes, I hope you all have had the best start to your year – smooth, no drama! Picturing you surrounded with light and warmth, wherever you are.
Blessed chosen festival of light-return, everyone!! (And in Tock’s realm, that means Peacenight-time for the Gnomes ❄ Happy belated Solstice to my witchy kin, too!)
Though I usually try to draw at least Tock and Bumble together for the yearly holiday art, if not Onna and/or the whole crew, this year I was thinking about the isolation we may all be facing again (un-happy holidays to COVID, thankyouverymuch). Though that physical distance is a truth, I am grateful that in today’s world, there are other ways to stay connected.
In our hearts, we are not truly alone.
So. Sending you ALL the hugs, and best wishes for the calmest, most loving season possible!
(Aaaaaaand related note – “Tock the Gnome” World Building Wednesday and Sunday Gnomedays are on pause this week, for a small holiday break. See you on the 29th, dear readers/followers!)
Wanted to do something a bit different today, and a bunch of my stress came out on the page!
As excited as I am for the holidays, they can also be SUCH a stressful time. If you’re feeling challenged, whether by financial strain, inability to see loved ones, or triggers that come from intense family events – you are not alone.
Please, everyone, take care.
Ding ding!! Now for a new page of “Tock the Gnome!”
“Tock the Gnome: The Rescue Quest” is about a Gnome woman named Tock, who lives in a Steampunk culture in a high fantasy world. Driven by a Fairy Tale about a trapped Elven princess on a floating island, she convinces her friend Bumble – an airship pilot – to join her quest to rescue her. They hire extra firepower from unfamiliar lands, and together they seek the island and the princess. But what they seek may not be quite what they expected…
Proudly contains queer characters and romance, size-positivity, Faerie, spiritual magic, conundrums and tomfoolery.
Sunday Gnomedays waits for no human! Or festival (coming to you from the Little Red Wagon Artisan Market today!! So grateful to be vending again ❤ )
As for the holidays in general, I am calmly excited (…..that’s a lie, my inner monologue is basically this on a loop right now) and grateful that I get to play with the season in Tock’s world, too! So, for today, please enjoy Tock looking comfy and happy with holly and stars. Making space, for that warmth, in her heart.
You can read more about the holidays in Tock’s pocket of Faerie here:
(And though there’s not really a holiday around it, here’s how the Orcs handle the idea of winter.)
Today’s final prompt being “Spirits” – so, earth spirits, of course! Being at the heart of all Gnome Work.
That makes another complete month!! 🙌 I hope you’ve all enjoyed this year’s entries – getting to do this, and Orctober, is a tradition that means a lot to me on both a personal and professional level. And dEflcember starts tomorrow – things are REAL busy, including prep work for the Little Red Wagon Artisan Market coming up on the 11th and 12th (!!) so I’m not sure if I gonna be able to participate, but I will see what Elven magic I can bring to my regular posting, at least! “Tock the Gnome” patron bonuses will also be back to a regular schedule as of tomorrow, and work on holiday bonuses starts soon, too! (Make sure to sign up by December 18th if you’d like to get this year’s print! Examples of previous holiday bonuses can be seen here.)
My gratitude always always for you taking a look at all my very Faerie Gnomish work, dear followers. May your holiday season start as smoothly as possible!
Today’s prompt being “Embassy,” which got me thinking about the idea of ambassadorship in general (again), which got me thinking about bringing one’s best self to whatever one is working on. I have a day job in service work in addition to working on “Tock the Gnome” and the commissions I do, and I try to bring the same energy – the same help, the same brightening. Attraction to Faerie, even – to both spaces. Which isn’t easy, but at it’s core, I believe it’s all the same work. Just different tools.
I was talking to a customer there about that recently, which was a welcome reminder. So this is for them ❤
(One more one more!)