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  • #BriarBroke 2021 Is Coming

    Posted by CJB on November 17, 2021 at 4:40 pm

    Just a quick update that I will be traveling with my family for Thanksgiving and won’t be available to man the shop on the 27th for “Small Business Saturday” but I will be home in time for “Briar Broke Monday” on the 29th! and the shop will be completely restocked with new merchandise, including:

    • Guild Candles. Yes, they’re finally happening! Very limited, author-crafted candles and melts (read all about them here, and watch this topic for more details and images in the next few days) that come in an all new 12oz size with an immersive three-hour digital ambient track that matches the scent of each candle!
    • Guild Journals are finally coming too!
    • New Guild Shirts & Accessories
    • Two New Limited Editions T-Shirts
    • Briar Society members will be able to order the limited annual gift starting on the 29th (Annual members only pay for shipping!)
    • And big discounts on all existing products as I clear out the shop to make way for 2022!

    CJB replied 2 months, 1 week ago 16 Members · 79 Replies
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  • CJB

    Administrator
    November 17, 2021 at 4:45 pm

    I just added an event above that you can “RSVP” or sync with your calendar to be reminded before #BriarBroke starts. Some items, like the new candles and several guild accessories, are pretty limited so if you’re interested, be sure to sync a reminder!

  • djsolare

    Member
    November 17, 2021 at 5:31 pm

    Why must you hurt us like this?

    I mean I appreciate the new stuff and I’m totally excited to see it but I only have so much money!

  • Connielass

    Member
    November 17, 2021 at 7:52 pm

    :grimacing: I want ALL the Things.

  • grace-nessen

    Member
    November 18, 2021 at 4:21 pm

    Oh man this is going to be a terrible time for my wallet but a great time for my dopamine receptors.

  • CJB

    Administrator
    November 19, 2021 at 11:36 pm

    I can’t really respond right now to the absolute outpouring of love, encouragement, support, and advice over on my video post, so instead I’m going to share a couple sneak peeks at two new products that will be in the shop on November 29th (#BriarBroke Monday):

    Remember when I mentioned Guild Journals?

    !!! They’re 200 pages and come in both ruled and dot-grid options:

    With a guild-specific “bookplate” and four Table of Content pages!

    The pages are lighter in person, more like a creamy midweight book page (these are just mockups I whipped together) you can check your copies of The Monarch Papers or The Book of Briars to get a sense of the weight.

    And I’m super excited to share one of the limited shirts I’ll be releasing on the 29th:

    “Ante Omnia Curiositas.”

    That’s the moon guilds’ variation of “Above All, Wonder” and now it’s also a shirt!

    There will also be a sun guild variation, of course, but we’re just finishing up the coloring on that one.

    Next week I’ll share more sneak peeks, including the guild candles AND the extremely limited annual Briar Society gift. :cjheart:

    • grace-nessen

      Member
      November 19, 2021 at 11:39 pm

      These notebooks have such great timing! I need to buy one for my upcoming semester of classes!

    • Tinker

      Member
      November 19, 2021 at 11:40 pm

      stoooooooooooop i adore that shirt and cannot WAIT to see the sun guild variant!!! also notebooks!!!

      • Ashburn

        Member
        November 19, 2021 at 11:56 pm

        Reminds me of the Secret Saberlane shirt you made me a few years ago! :spiritseergimme:

  • Cynical

    Member
    November 20, 2021 at 1:06 am

    Oh gosh, I just know those notebooks are absolutely going to end up in my pile of unused notebooks that are all too pretty to use for just anything, and thus get used for nothing, but I still want them anyway!!!

    Somebody help the newbie – is Moon guild and Sun guild part of the guild bearing, sub-guild classifications (Moon, Sun, Eclipse) or a reference to something I totally missed? Either way the shirt looks amazing and I want it!

    • Ashburn

      Member
      November 20, 2021 at 1:55 am

      Yep! Weatherwatch, Gossmere, and Flinterforge are Sun, and Ebenguard, Thornmouth, and Balimora are Moon.

      The bottom of the AG page used to say one or the other of the two versions of the saying depending on the time of day.

    • CJB

      Administrator
      November 20, 2021 at 2:11 am

      @Ashburn is right. And it started as more fanonical than canonical (I mean, I could say that for a lot of the BV) but in a long chat we were all discussing how “Above All, Wonder” has two meanings, both curiosity and awe. And because of the chronocompass and each guild representing a time of day in the Calling Corners spell, things spiraled into the two versions of the Latin phrases being paired with respective guilds. “Ante Omnia Admiratio” for sun/day guilds and “Ante Omnia Curiositas” for night/moon guilds. :cjheart:

      Since it lives in the fuzzy fanon/canon realm, I thought they’d be a fun limited shirt.

  • CJB

    Administrator
    November 24, 2021 at 4:54 pm

    Happy Wednesday, everyone!

    My family and I are celebrating Thanksgiving later today and then heading out of town for the weekend for some much-needed time away.

    But I’ll still be checking in and posting updates re: #BriarBroken Monday, which is just a few days away!

    I’m SO excited to finally, fully, reveal a product I’ve been working on for over two years:

    Guild Candles.

    If I was going to do guild candles, I wanted the feeling of owning one (or more) to mirror and extend the immersive Briarverse experience.

    Each candle not only represents a different scent profile (woody Flinterforge, green Gossmere, fresh Ebenguard, earthy Balimora) but each also represents a separate environment (Weatherwatch’s open sea, Thornmouth’s library, Flinterforge’s glen)

    And each 12oz candle also comes with an immersive, three-hour, looping ambient audio track that mirrors the scent of each candle (walking the old stone walls and open-air market of Ebenguard, Gossmere’s caravan through open flowering fields, Thornmouth’s crackling library fire keeping a winter storm at bay.)

    I make these candles myself from pouring to packing and will be releasing twelve of each on #BriarBroke Monday. Half will be ready to ship the following week, the other half the following week, still in time for gift-giving!

    • Ashburn

      Member
      November 24, 2021 at 6:16 pm

      I am so excited for these! :spiritseergimme:

      (Says the person who hasn’t used either of her previous candles aside from smelling them)

  • CJB

    Administrator
    November 29, 2021 at 5:29 am

    Don’t forget, 2021-11-29T20:00:00Z!

  • Tinker

    Member
    November 29, 2021 at 7:38 pm

    soon

  • grace-nessen

    Member
    November 29, 2021 at 8:05 pm

    I’m already impatient waiting for these! I wish I could afford to buy all of them!

    • Tinker

      Member
      November 29, 2021 at 8:06 pm

      The journals and candles are up so far!

      • grace-nessen

        Member
        November 29, 2021 at 8:06 pm

        I already ordered them haha! I went with lightning speed!

  • AugustAbel

    Member
    November 29, 2021 at 8:06 pm

    And mugs

  • CJB

    Administrator
    November 29, 2021 at 8:09 pm

    OMG, @Wyvern, I saw the order and was like, “this must be a mistake…” haaaaa

    Thank you! Everything is now live!

  • CJB

    Administrator
    November 29, 2021 at 8:10 pm

    And @Skylad, I’ll have you know, the mugs now come in 15oz as well. :cjheart:

  • Fellowship

    Member
    November 29, 2021 at 8:17 pm

    Very excited for #BriarBroke2021! From the kindness of the community, The Ackerly Green Fellowship is able to reserve six guild journals and six guild mugs (I’m obviously biased with the guild choice of examples to link :stuck_out_tongue_winking_eye:)

    Please PM this account if you’d like a Fellowship Reserved item! They will be given on a first-come, first-serve basis.

  • CJB

    Administrator
    November 29, 2021 at 8:20 pm

    And here’s a handy #BriarBroke Shop Table of Contents:

    Candles:

    Journals:

    Mugs:

    Shirts:

    https://ackerlygreen.com/product/ante-omnia-admiratio-shirt/

    The Weatherwatch Guild Candle

  • Nimueh

    Member
    November 29, 2021 at 10:07 pm

    Just got home from work.2, guess this is a good time to be #briarbroke2021, lol

    Edit: I can’t remember, are the journals limited? Cause I might need to restrain myself from getting all the cool journals for DnD and wait a few weeks…

  • EternalHearts

    Member
    November 29, 2021 at 10:42 pm

    @CJB , have you held the journals? How hard might it be if someone wanted to turn one into a spiral notebook?

    • CJB

      Administrator
      November 29, 2021 at 10:47 pm

      I think it would definitely be easier with a softcover journal, but if you steam the glue off the endpapers I image you could remove the hardcover? And then it would just be a case of separating everything out so you could punch spiral holes into it all. These are case laminate hardcovers so a bit trickier than a softcover.

      • EternalHearts

        Member
        November 29, 2021 at 10:50 pm

        Thanks! I Love the look of bound notebooks, but always abandon them because they don’t lay flat & need to be open to 2 pages.

  • djsolare

    Member
    November 29, 2021 at 10:47 pm

    Anything about this year’s relic? I prefer to ship everything in as few packages as possible

    • CJB

      Administrator
      November 29, 2021 at 11:09 pm

      @eternalhearts, ah gotcha. These do lay flat, except when opened to the first few and last few pages, but can’t be folded over.

      @DjangoSolare, the relic is ready, but I’ve run into an issue I’ve been trying to figure it out for hours.

      Basically, monthly members get a flat discount, but annual members also get one relic a year for free. I’m trying to figure out how to only offer this item, 2022’s relic, for free for members who’ve renewed their annual membership for 2022 since the 2021 relic was the Briar Society coin.

      What I could do is just cancel/refund any orders that come through with an annual membership that hasn’t been renewed for 2022, since the 2021 gift (the coin relic) has already been given, and the yearly gift is 1 per year? :laurendizzy: Looking back, I should’ve set up a way to check off when someone had redeemed their annual gift or not, so I could offer this as an alternative, but then that makes it even more complicated. :sweat_smile:

      I understand that combining shipping is key, and I’ve been wracking my brain to figure this out.

  • CJB

    Administrator
    November 29, 2021 at 11:11 pm

    Maybe I could offer the flat discount to all members for now and then if someone who bought this year’s relic renews for 2022 I could have that amount prorated or refund the cost of the relic if they let me know?

    • CJB

      Administrator
      November 29, 2021 at 11:25 pm

      Okay, here it is!

      And I put a note on the product that everyone who either signs up or renews an annual membership in 2022 will be refunded the cost of the candle, and you’ll be able to save on flat rate shipping now!

      • Sapphire

        Member
        November 29, 2021 at 11:27 pm

        This is not helping me whittle down my basket to an affordable level, or at least a level where the shipping calculator will work.

        • CJB

          Administrator
          November 29, 2021 at 11:32 pm

          Yeah, shipping can look kind of confusing on checkout if you’re ordering a book, a shirt, and a candle, for example, because they’re all coming from three different places, my book printer, my shirt printer, and me, respectively, and you’ll see the shipping separated out for each product/type.

          • Sapphire

            Member
            November 29, 2021 at 11:39 pm

            That bit was ok. I think it’s more to do with having 10 candles in the basket and it not knowing how to ship that many.

            I’d love to buy that many, but unfortunately it’s more than I can afford, so yeah I’ll work on whittling that down till the shipping calculator is happy and my card stops crying at the abuse :stuck_out_tongue:

      • Lexington

        Member
        November 29, 2021 at 11:51 pm

        Which subsection of the store is that in: Briar Collection or AG Alchemy? I’m having trouble getting to it to add to the cart. (And I think I just re-renewed.)

        • CJB

          Administrator
          November 29, 2021 at 11:56 pm

          @Lexington, I’m PMing you a coupon code to add to your cart which should take care of the relic since you already renewed for 2022. :cjheart:

          • grace-nessen

            Member
            November 29, 2021 at 11:57 pm

            I forgot, sorry, does the subscription renew automatically?

  • Ashburn

    Member
    November 29, 2021 at 11:43 pm

    Thinking I’ll have to do two orders (candles later, others now) so I can snag that relic later and have both candles ship at the same time…

  • AugustAbel

    Member
    November 29, 2021 at 11:55 pm

    Is renewing membership in the shop or somewhere else because I’m having trouble finding it.

    • CJB

      Administrator
      November 29, 2021 at 11:59 pm

      You should be able to do that through you account settings on the main site. Let me know if you have trouble finding it. And @Wyvern, the subscriptions are now ongoing, so should auto renew. That’s the issue I’m running into with releasing a relic early :upside_down_face:

  • CJB

    Administrator
    November 30, 2021 at 1:14 am

    Here’s what I’ll do to make the relic easy for annual members:

    If you’re a current annual member, even if your renew date isn’t for a while, the 2022 relic will be free (you’ll only pay for shipping as usual) with the pinky promise that you’ll consider renewing when your annual membership is next up.

    But if you can’t renew when the time comes, or don’t intend to, maybe contribute the cost of the relic to the Community Fellowship some time down the line?

    And feel free to share your shiny new candle with fiends or on social. :cjheart:

    • CJB

      Administrator
      November 30, 2021 at 1:19 am

      And if you’ve already ordered the relic and are an annual member, keep an eye out for a refund shortly.

      Sorry for all the hassle and confusion, there are so many fiddly things happening on the backend of the shop and it’s a lot to keep track of. :cjheart:

      • grace-nessen

        Member
        November 30, 2021 at 1:22 am

        Don’t worry about it! If I know anything about the internet in general it’s that everything is a confusing tangle of barely functioning wires, ready to explode at any time and cause problems. I was just so excited to get another awesome candle from my favorite chandler (which is apparently the word for a candle-maker but I feel like it just looks like I’m making a weird Friends reference)!

  • CJB

    Administrator
    November 30, 2021 at 5:57 am

    Thank you all so much for such a wonderful day, and for all your support and kind words. I can’t wait for you to get your goodies!

    Looks like I have more candles to pour! :cjheart:

  • Nimueh

    Member
    November 30, 2021 at 7:01 am

    I’m not sure if Sapphire and I broke a thing, but it seems that shipping won’t calculate at all. I think this problem happened before on an order and I didn’t notice.

    • CJB

      Administrator
      November 30, 2021 at 3:03 pm

      I’m on it! Will let you know when it’s back up and running!

    • CJB

      Administrator
      November 30, 2021 at 3:49 pm

      Okay, it’s finally fixed. It turns out, at some point, an automatic update to the shop changed which countries I shipped to and removed the whole of the UK. :roll_eyes:

      It was a common problem that I finally found while desperately googling this morning. Everything should be working now, and if it isn’t, or the amounts seem wildly off (even more so than standard international shipping), let me know! :cjheart:

      • Nimueh

        Member
        November 30, 2021 at 4:13 pm

        Yep, it’s working now! And as with all things UK related atm, blame Brexit and you’re good lol. Now to grow my candle collection!!! :deirdreexcited:

        Edit: Um… I placed the order but it didn’t have the shipping included in the final total, even though it showed it on the previous screen. Let me know if it went through correctly, and if not I’ll cancel it until it’s fixed.

        • CJB

          Administrator
          November 30, 2021 at 4:41 pm

          Yeah, for some reason it didn’t include shipping in the order. Let me figure out what the problem is and then we’ll take care of your order. So sorry about this.

        • CJB

          Administrator
          November 30, 2021 at 7:34 pm

          Okay @Nimueh, @Sapphire, and other International Mounties, I think it’s finally fixed. Because my shop allows state/county to be optional for UK addresses, there was a big preventing the shipping calculator to automatically calculate shipping on the cart because it thought the address wasn’t complete, which would then not carry over onto checkout, because it blah blah blah—

          It should be working now, and with the new UK flat rates (the more candles you purchase, the more you save on shipping not only because I can combine packages but because I’m shaving shipping off the cost of 4+ candles to make it less insane for you to get your goodies!)

          Nim, let me know if you want to cancel your previous order or contribute the shipping cost to the Fellowship so you don’t have to go through the whole process again. Though, if you don’t mind, having you place the order again to double-check that the shipping bug is fixed would be awesome. But either way, let me know!

          :sweat_smile:

          • Nimueh

            Member
            November 30, 2021 at 10:28 pm

            I messaged you in the shop CJ re my order. I’ll be able to place an order to check though 😀

            Edit: Went about placing an order like normal and now on the confirmation screen I can see the shipping cost. Yay, bug fixed!!!

            • CJB

              Administrator
              November 30, 2021 at 10:33 pm

              OMG, yay!!!

  • Skylad

    Member
    December 2, 2021 at 11:14 pm

    I’ve missed sooooo much :fearful: might have to pull a coupon extra pub shifts to pay for all the goodies

  • BrokenVoid

    Member
    December 3, 2021 at 3:30 pm

    I finally got my paycheck so after I get a few family gifts taken care of I can use the rest to raid the book shop.

  • CJB

    Administrator
    December 3, 2021 at 7:41 pm

    Thank you all so much.

    In addition to the shirts, journals, and mugs, you all bought 30 candles and melts this week, and if you’ve been around the last couple of years you know how much AG Alchemy in particular means to me. I get to hone a craft I love, while also making these objects, from conception to shipping, for you. It’s my favorite thing and it means so much that you like them too. Thank you. :cjheart: :candle:

    • BrokenVoid

      Member
      December 3, 2021 at 10:29 pm

      And it means so much to us too that you truly love making these things for us. Also I’m super picky when it comes to candle scents, 99% of the candles I try in regular stores are way too artificial for me, but your candles have such a cozy atmospheric feel to them and I’ve loved every one I’ve gotten so far.

  • Cynical

    Member
    December 8, 2021 at 11:34 pm

    It begiiiiiiiiiiiiiins!!!

    • CJB

      Administrator
      December 8, 2021 at 11:47 pm

      Ahhhh I haven’t even gotten mine yet! (Yea I buy my own merchandise.)

  • Ashburn

    Member
    December 9, 2021 at 3:49 am

    Shirt came in on Monday! :spiritseergimme:

  • Augustus_Octavian

    Member
    December 10, 2021 at 12:33 am
  • CJB

    Administrator
    December 13, 2021 at 4:45 pm

    Quick update to let all you candle goblins know that all candles and melts will ship tomorrow! I was holding out for new melt labels and Briar Society candle labels to arrive, but I don’t know when they’ll come so after some testing here at home I’ve managed to print some beautiful replacements and everything will be ready to go tomorrow! I can’t wait to get these in your hands and your homes!

    • BrokenVoid

      Member
      December 13, 2021 at 6:46 pm

      Thank you for the update! Always happy to wait for your wonderful candles.

  • CJB

    Administrator
    December 16, 2021 at 4:00 pm

    Candles were all picked up last night and should be on their way to you now! Keep an eye out for an email update with shipping information!

  • CJB

    Administrator
    December 16, 2021 at 4:21 pm

    In other shop news, if you prefer audiobooks, or just want to hear Ben, Alistair, and Ilya brought to life by three incredibly talented narrators—

    The Book of Briars audiobook just soft-launched!

    Here’s a sample:

    If you watched my “Big Changes” video, you know I’m considering pulling my books, physical and digital, from other stores, so I don’t know if I’ll submit The Book of Briars audiobook to Audible, etc. but the Bookfunnel app that I’ve partnered with to deliver my ebooks and audiobooks is beautiful and works wonderfully. :cjheart:

    The Book of Briars – Audiobook

  • AugustAbel

    Member
    December 20, 2021 at 3:08 am

    Definitely digging the new candle jars, now I have to decide which one to use first.

    • CJB

      Administrator
      December 20, 2021 at 3:09 am

      So happy to see they got home safe!

  • Ashburn

    Member
    December 20, 2021 at 2:35 pm

    Mine got here first thing this morning!

    Debating wrapping the box as is for myself and opening it Saturday… :brandonthinking:

    Only thing missing now is the notebook!

    • Ashburn

      Member
      December 20, 2021 at 9:30 pm

      I decided to open it today. Love the packaging!

      The relic made it! As for the Ebbie one…

      • CJB

        Administrator
        December 20, 2021 at 9:33 pm

        I’m so sorry. I’ll send a replacement ASAP. The USPS has been less than kind to shipments lately.

        If anyone has a problem with an order please reach out through the main site’s chat since I don’t always see this right away and next year I’m going to have someone helping me handle support/sales questions and they’ll only see messages through there.

      • CJB

        Administrator
        December 21, 2021 at 6:45 pm

        Hey @Ashburn, if you could hang onto the broken candle for a couple of days? I’ve filed a claim with the USPS and they may need additional images. If you already got rid of it, no worries! I’m sending you a new one today!

        • Ashburn

          Member
          December 21, 2021 at 11:13 pm

          I have it hiding in a large votive holder to contain any additional glass bits, just let me know!

          • CJB

            Administrator
            January 3, 2022 at 5:19 pm

            @Ashburn, the USPS approved the claim so you can ditch the old candle! And your new one is on its way!

  • Sapphire

    Member
    December 20, 2021 at 4:20 pm

    I shall have to live vicariously through your photos for now.

    They look amazing!

  • Augustus_Octavian

    Member
    December 21, 2021 at 2:41 pm

    Ready to take on The Day’s Work at the office!

  • Ashburn

    Member
    January 6, 2022 at 2:46 am

    My notebook came in last week! :spiritseergimme:

    Got the dot grid because it looked like a good option for designing cross stitch things.

    • Tinker

      Member
      January 6, 2022 at 11:06 pm

      Mine came in as well! When I ordered it, I was expecting it to be the thin Redbubble hardback journals (which are still nice and useful) but it’s much chunkier!! Now to save it for the foreseeable future like the journal gremlin that I am!

    • Ashburn

      Member
      May 31, 2022 at 7:10 pm

      It’s been about five months, but I’ve finally written in my journal!

      Each spread can cover a 54×34 stitch span (for my purposes).

      Was inspired by my revisit of some of the Stony Harbor stuff this morning while we were in read only mode.

      • CJB

        Administrator
        May 31, 2022 at 7:15 pm

        That’s so awesome! Do you have something you can show? I’d love to see