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Although it seems to be completely out of style these days, I am a stamp collector.

But then, when I started, it was more popular… but let’s not get too specific about decades, okay? Let’s just say it was long, long ago in a universe far, far away.

So I collected stamps. Big deal, huh? Except that I found out about a wonderful area to collect called “fantasies”.

No, not stamps dealing with magical creatures or characters from famous films or comics, but postage stamps that were issued by places that don’t exist! At least not legally.

After finding out about this phascinating subject, I decided to start my own phantasy nation and, with the assistance of my brother, we created the nation of Phinq.

And the moment the preliminaries were made “official” we began issuing stamps.

Now, there is nothing too unusual about this process, as there are probably thousands of philatelists (stamp collectors) who have gone the same route and produced their own addition to the genre.

The one unusual feature about the Phinq stamps is that I am still issuing them.

Not too impressive if I had started the practice a couple of years ago but my brother and I are grandparents!

The first Phinq stamp was issued April 1st, forty-six years ago, and the latest was issued last month.

A few years ago I tried to get the mess organized – yes, I still have a bunch of stamps of practically every issue… seems I always printed more than I actually used. And with the death of the snail mail in recent years, the usage has diminished even further. (Of course, today I issue fewer of every stamp than I used to.)

So, writing fantasy is not the only aspect of my life hooked by the genre. Yes, I live and stamp in fantasy as well.