|The Skeleton Key!|
Called "Skully" for short,
I've made piles of these ...
Years ago I had gotten myself some cool business cards, which were very fun to hand out and seemed to mostly serve the purpose of an information source with a certain durability. But then before the HallowRead Horror Con in 2018 I decided that it would be even better if it could be promoted to actual swag. You know - a nice little free bonus that would be fun and useful to make getting someone's business card a time of joy instead of "crap I now have tons of these things." That's when I made the Skeleton Keys, as noted in a previous post.
|The Skeleton Key with traditional skull charm, as well as|
moon phase charm, and dragon charm.
I've now made tons and tons of Skullys (not 'Skullies' that seems insulting to the powerful Skully) and handed them out whenever I give workshops or presentations, and have them on hand at Cons to trade with other scientists, writers, and fans like me. So of course thinking I was heading to my very first World Science Fiction Convention, I made about 60 and hauled them across the pond.
|The "Skully" updated with kitty charm|
and special blue crystal butterfly!
But as it turns out, WorldCon Dublin was so hectic I hardly got a chance to breathe as I was swept from one panel to another. While I managed to share some with my fellow panelists and a few fans, I ended up bringing most of my dear Skullys back home with me. They were bummed they did not get to spread their joy and power.
However, this does mean I now have Skullys on hand, and will probably be dragging them everywhere for a while. So if you see me at a Con or panel or workshop (or anyplace at all), ask for a Skully! It might even be a skull, but no guarantees ...
Image Credits: Me!