Ossva is for Ossvanian ivory…



“Ossva is for Ossvanian ivory, which comes from the buttons shed every winter by Ossvaniyra. The buttons are gathered by children in early spring after the snow melts, a tradition comparable to an Easter egg hunt. Ossvaniyra are semifossorial, and their burrows are sometimes spoiled by the unchecked enthusiasm of immature humans. A few of the more unruly children may disappear during the button gathering. Ossvaniyra are not over-large but they are omnivorous, and a small brat can make a tasty treat. The buttons are carved by tinsmiths into traditional shapes like cabbages, beetles and rabbits.”

Top image: Decorative captial letter Ossva, shaped as an Ossvaniyr.
Bottom image: My usual lousy photograph of the cheap paperback edition from the seventies. You can see the 1926 first edition cover here.

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Collab: Five to Alias


This is a cover I designed for the work-in-progress novel, Five to Alias by Tanya Simone Simpson and T. Van Santana. The artwork is a collaboration with Tanya, who is an amazing photographer as well as a writer.





I have included four of her photographs that provided me with all the elements I needed for the cover design. I am grateful that she cheerfully allowed me to chop up her beautiful work!

The world of Azza-Jono is being created by a free-wheeling collaboration of writers on the Ello social network. You can find the results at the Tablo site: Tales of Azza_Jono. You can also read about it on Ello as it happens, but I find that the Ello site does not always work if you are not signed in as a member.