POSTCARDS FROM IMPOSSIBLE WORLDS // The Shortest Story

Created by Peter Chiykowski

A book of 88 stunning micro-stories written as postcards from strange worlds and alternate lives, featuring the voice of Cecil Baldwin

Latest Updates from Our Project:

Toronto reading for // Postcards From Impossible Worlds // tomorrow!
6 days ago – Wed, May 15, 2019 at 02:54:17 AM

Hello backers!

Thank you again for your incredible support on this project! I have been touring this book around the world and it is my absolute pride and joy!

Last year I'd wanted to put together a book launch for // Postcards From Impossible Worlds // but never got the chance, and then in November I moved to London England and got caught up starting a new life in an unfamiliar city.

I'm briefly back home in Canada for a whirlwind visit and I'd still like the chance to celebrate the existence of this book that I'm so very proud of!

I'll be reading some of my postcard stories (including new and unreleased material) in Toronto tomorrow at the ChiSeries, a monthly reading series hosted by my publisher ChiZine! There will also be readings from some very talented authors!

The details can be found on Facebook!

I'd love if you could come out to join us! I'll happily sign your book, and, if you say the code phrase  dithyrambic diprotodon, I'll have some postcard prints to give you!

Also, for those of you NOT in Toronto, I'll be at the following upcoming conventions rep'ing The Shortest Story and Rock Paper Cynic and I'd love to meet you!

I usually post my table info to my Twitter the week before the show, so it's worth following for updates!

  • MCM London Comic Con, May 24-26
  • UK Games Expo (Birmingham), May 31-June 2
  • London Film and Comic Con, July 26-28
  • Gen Con (Indianapolis), August 1-4*
  • Fan Expo Canada (Toronto), August 22-25*

Those last two dates are dependent on some travel stuff, but it's currently looking good for me being able to go!

Oh, and one last thing! If you like my short stories--especially the absurd/comedy-driven ones--you might be interested in my two new books of comics coming out later this month. 

Be a Turtle is full of comics about life and turtles and marching at your own pace, and Is It Canon? is full of comics that ruin your favourite games and movies.

You can learn more about them in my new online store!

Thanks so much!

Peter

Longer-form short story + a little something for the RPG-lovers
6 months ago – Thu, Nov 15, 2018 at 10:27:24 PM

Hey everyone!

It's been so thrilling to receive your messages about books and ebooks arriving! Thanks for your faith in this project, an your enthusiasm the final product--I couldn't be prouder of how things turned out!

I wanted to take a moment to tell you about a new project I've been working on, and send you a longer-form short story to read!

But first, here's a new multi-media short story I posted last month that I wanted to share with you!


The new project

I’ve always wanted to make a tabletop RPG, and over the past year I got to do that as part of a team of the most talented designers, artists, writers and nerds I’ve ever met. Seriously. This team has done work for Magic: The Gathering, D&D, Shadowrun, Bethesda, HBO–this is the big leagues. An actual bucket list item for me.

This morning we launched our Core game engine on Kickstarter.

I haven’t felt this excited since the first time I picked up a D&D rulebook at a garage sale when I was 12 and realized OH DANG, I HAVE BEEN WAITING FOR THIS TO CHANGE MY LIFE.

I could tell you about why I think EMBERWIND is going to change the game for tabletop RPGs (modular rules that are noobie and veteran-friendly, options for GM-free play, customization out the wazoo, awesome stories), but I basically already put all those arguments on the Kickstarter page.

Instead, I’m just going to say that I’m so goddamn proud to be part of this team, and I hope you’ll take a look, and consider pledging or sharing the link with that nerdy friend who never shuts up about their D&D character. Because I think we have a game that’s worth getting that excited about.

Here's the campaign I helped write and design. If it's your kind of thing, I'd love for you to take a look and maybe share the link!

The longer-form short story

I had the pleasure of writing a horror-adventure short story for EMBERWIND about an ill-dated expedition to capture an elusive creature on a mysterious island. I had SO MUCH FUN with the tone and the creature design on this one, and got to work with artist Toma Feizo Gas to develop artwork and a stat block!

You can read the story here!

Thanks so much!

All books on their way + and early look at the first guest-of-the-month story
8 months ago – Mon, Oct 01, 2018 at 11:23:40 PM

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Digital rewards sent + bonus wallpapers/videos + the truck comes Monday
8 months ago – Sat, Sep 29, 2018 at 11:40:11 PM

Hey everyone!

A few exciting updates and one disappointing one!

The parcels have been packaged and ready since Monday. My logistics company told me they could get me the packing slips in time for the books to be picked up Wednesday or Thursday and shipped out, but they missed their deadlines. Instead I got the packing slips on Thursday and the truck isn't coming until Monday. It's a little frustrating, but trust me, the books are worth the wait!

The books will mail out first thing next week and should all be arriving soon:

  • 2-10 business days for Canada and the US
  • 4-22 business days for international parcels

The good news is that the ebooks and digital extras have all been sent out, and I've included some bonus material!

First up, every ebook and physical book contains an extra 14th story narrated by Cecil Baldwin! Woohoo!

Second up, for those who backed a tier including digital extras, I have some great news!

  • You're getting the MP3 of the bonus story as well as all the 13 promised stories!
  • I had too many favourites and decided to go for 22 high-res wallpapers instead of the stretch goal 18 wallpapers!
  • My animator Mathias was enjoying making videos and we decided to make animated videos of all 14 of Cecil's stories instead of just the 3 we hit stretch goals for. I've included the first batch of 5 video files. The rest will be sent out in subsequent batches as they are done!
If you haven't received a BackerKit email with your digital rewards, send me a message and I'll make sure to get you a copy of the download!

Note that for simplicity of tracking fulfillment, I ended up using BackerKit's built-in digital rewards delivery system, so the download will have been sent to your Kickstarter/BackerKit email. If you provided an alternate email in your survey, it didn't go there, but if that poses any kind of an issue for you, just let me know by Kickstarter message and I will find a way to get a copy sent to your alternate email ASAP!

If you backed for the complete ChiZine ebook catalogue, that will be sent out directly by ChiZine in the next week or so! Also, if you backed for a custom short story, I will be following up about that next week!

Lastly, here's another one of the animated videos from the download pack!

Rewards have all been packaged! Some have been shipped!
8 months ago – Tue, Sep 25, 2018 at 12:36:43 AM

Hey everyone!

The past few days have been a whirlwind! I managed to get all Canadian single-book parcels mailed before my flight to Edmonton Expo on Thursday, which means that if you live in Canada are waiting on either a book or a book + "Postcards From the Future" subscription, your parcel should arrive this week. (Postal workers assured me that in the event of a strike, they would arrive before things shut down.)

Also, today it was announced that Canada Post workers will continue negotiating rather than beginning an immediate strike. While a strike is still not entirely off the table, I'm going to go forward with mailing Canadian parcels through Canada Post since minor delays will still make this shipping option faster than most others.

Today, with the help some rad friend and family helpers (thanks Aaron and Daniel!), we packed up the remaining 750 parcels!

 We were kept on task by our very strict box inspectors!

Box Inspector: "I will inspect this box" *inspects box* "You are a good box"
Box Inspector: "I will inspect this box" *inspects box* "You are a good box"

 I am still waiting on the shipping logistics service I'm hiring to provide the mailing labels. These should arrive mid-week and the parcels should be in the mail system by Thursday or Friday and on their way to you!

I will send out the ebooks around the time that parcels go into the mail! The digital extras will follow early next week.

I will also get started on the custom short stories, which will be mailed out separately in October/November!

Okay, that's most of the updates I have for you for now! I'll keep you in the loop as things go forward!