What are the haps my friends

October 5th, 2009: Thanks everyone who sent me in a fall footer! There were tons of great submissions. And here they are!

Flynn sent in this action-packed scene, Madison sent in this interpretation of autumn, Sari sent in this serene scene, Lia sent in this amazing, classy and modern interpretation, Gregory sent in this pensive autumn farm scene, Shawn whipped this up in MS Paint, Donald sent in this lakeside scene (and then animated it!), Rhea made this peaceful rural scene (complete with optional lake!), Daniel composed this mountain view, Betsy showed the northern lights, and Eric gave us a sunset.

It was really hard to choose just one! In the end it came down to what tiled nicely and what looked the best with a circling rhamphorhynchus and pteranodon above. It was a really hard choice, but I went with Rhea's version with a tiny woman added in. Thanks Rhea - it's awesome! And thanks to everyone else, too! I have the most talented readers. Everyone reading these words, pat yourselves on the back! And give yourself two bonus pats if your name is in the list above!

YOU LIKE TO READ: Probably, huh? Well GOOD NEWS: my book To Be or Not To Be (choose-your-own-path Hamlet!) is in the new Humble eBooks Bundle! Up to FIFTEEN books at a pay-what-you-want price, plus you support charity (and artists)! Definitely worth checking out, if you ask me.

NEW SHIRTS: As you may have noticed, I've spent the past all this year coming up with a new shirt design every month. Then I sold them for two weeks only! But now they're BACK... for two weeks only. Check them out! There are some PRETTY FRIGGIN' AWESOME shirts here. There's also a new one about dating, kinda?

One year ago today: also! dromiceiomimus! it's awful bright at 3 am where you live.

– Ryan

big ups and shouts out