So here’s the thing, kids.
The above video is linked to my Kickstarter.com page; the project is my first novel, “La Barceloneta.” It’s a project that’s been in the works for ages now, and what I need is a good six months to sit down and turn my outline into the first of five novels I hope will compose my magnum opus: Songs of Circe.
Why Kickstarter? Why am I begging you for money, instead of going out and getting “a real job,” or knocking over a bank, or pretending to be a Nigerian prince and taking money from old ladies and the terminally stupid?
Because I believe in patronage and the power of collective endeavor.
Because I’m dedicated to my craft, and truly believe that our obligation in this world is to be not merely takers, but makers.
Because I already have THREE jobs, and I’m still not making ends meet.
Because some of history’s greatest works of art and literature have come into being at the behest of those who have the cash and through the labors of those who have the talent.
But mostly because I believe in this book. I believe in myself, as an artist, and have the audacity to ask that you do so as well.
This is not a responsibility to be taken lightly; after all, I am asking you to invest in me and my scribbling. I am asking you to trust me with the awesome responsibility of being worthy of the faith you’ve placed in me, and with the equally daunting task of producing something that brings a little thought-provoking joy and light to the world.
I’ve said it before (hell, I say it in the video): I’m a writer. Down to my bones. It’s the thing I can’t stop doing. And while I will happily write on old napkins and walls and the skins of animals I have killed for survival while living under a bridge, I’d much rather write “La Barceloneta” and publish it in a manner that will be read by you, my dear hordelings, and the wide world (rather than, say, the other hoboes and the sentient rats who escaped from a government facility).
Whatever you can give, it’s appreciated. We’ve got six weeks, and we’re already 7 percent of the way there! This project is a personal and exciting one for me, and like most things in life, it’ll be even better if I can share it.
My Kickstarter Page has the full details, and a small plot synopsis. Check it out. Watch the video. Make fun of me for being unable to pronounce “slots” in a family-friendly way.
And yeah, please help if you can. Every little bit, every dollar, helps.
Even more importantly, SPREAD THE WORD. There are those who fall outside the Faithful Horde’s confines, and we must bring them into the fold. After all, once I take over the world, I’m going to need to know their sizes for the jumpsuits.