June 12th, 2009

c is for cat

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  • 11:29 OTales fans! Girls w/ Golden Balls! bit.ly/wGa7D #
  • 14:00 bit.ly/edNC9 #
  • 14:35 @yagathai Twitter makes me shorten things! #
  • 14:51 @katspaw156 I'm so glad you're ok! #
  • 15:17 You guys...thank you so much. #
  • 16:33 @neilhimself Wow...thank you so much for RTing! #
  • 16:41 The internet...is making me cry today. In the best way, I can't even believe this is happening. #
  • 16:45 @warrenellis (This is Cat Valente's twitter) Thank you so much for spreading the word! #
  • 17:05 @neilhimself (This is Cat Valente's Twitter, by the way...thank you again, so much.) #
  • 18:21 RIP Lone Star Stories, a mag that was with me from the beginning. So much love for Eric, who supported so many of us. #
  • 18:41 @popelizbet He posted on his LJ. #
  • 18:57 Today has been an astonishing, reeling day of wonder. I'm...actually going to need to go lay down. I love you all. #
  • 20:24 Fairyland Facebook Group! bit.ly/rh5J0 #
  • 22:41 The water company is going to be very pleased with today's efforts... #
  • 22:59 @alexandraerin You are so much a part of why this happened so fast. Thank you. (Almost up to 100 ebook purchases!) #
  • 23:16 @alexandraerin You has the internet smarts. I bow down. #
  • 23:40 It's amazing, your body actually feels lighter when stress evaporates under the power of an army of awesome. #
  • 23:42 @alexandraerin I know. That will be the big challenge. #
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You guys...are my heroes.

Yesterday was a roller coaster of epic proportions. I boggled, I laughed, I cried, I had to go lay down for awhile. I was so wired and jumpy and filled with love I could hardly sleep.

You all saved us. In one day we've got enough to keep us going another couple of months. Whatever happens from here on out, well, you saved me. I belong to you, just a little bit. I'll do everything I can to be worthy of that. To keep making stories for you, more and better, to earn the extraordinary thing you've done. It's not over--I have a book to write, and as much as I want to be all: yay the rent is paid! Oh, man, and the water bill! we still don't know when justbeast will have a job again, and to be really ok, we need a bit of cushion. But the immediate crisis has passed. This house is so full of light and gratitude.

As a thank you, justbeasthas started posting his translations of beautiful Russian fairy tales again--they are very much worth reading. And unavailable in English other than on his LJ.

People say the internet alienates people, isolates them. I have no idea what they're talking about. You guys are my village. If I can, in the future, help you as I have been helped, say the word. We keep each other going. Thank you especially to corvaxgirl , who started the adoptingcat  community where there are gorgeous things for auction, popelizbet , alexandraerin , and my best girl s00j . And to everyone who offered help and services and job leads, to everyone who donated and gave of their energy and stores to us.

There are...a lot of new people reading this journal. Most of you know that at some point yesterday, Misters Gaiman and Ellis linked to this, and well, explosions ensued, as they do when such lightning bolts strike.

So...hi guys!

I wanted to answer a couple of FAQ from yesterday, so that when Fairyland launches on Monday everything's clear.
  • The ebooks are all in PDF form for now.
  • The Omikuji Project is a cyberfunded art project I've been running for a bit over a year now. Every month I send out an original, not-to-be-published-elswhere story either in PDF form or on linen paper with a wax seal, delivered to your door. Every month there's a drawing for a handmade art piece based on the story. It's been an amazing experience: Omikuji is family. Occasionally we try to do meet ups at cons--there is an LJ community, omikuji_project, and a Facebook Group. I make money with novels, short fiction, poetry, non-fiction--but Omikuji more often than anything else puts food on our table.
  • The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland in a Ship of Her Own Making was a book-within-a-book in my novel Palimpsest, which came out in February, and there are many references to it in the fabulous book soundtrack s00j  composed. It was originally designed to be a book by H.F. Weckweet, written in the 1920s. It'll be a bit like Oz, a bit like Alice, a bit like nothing else. I'm really looking forward to writing it! There's some talk of a podcast, we'll see how that goes.
  • There is a Fairyland Facebook Group here--I hope this suffices for a central place to discuss and have fun with the book, if an LJ comm is desired, that can happen too. If you guys want any other extra Fairyland material, just ask. Your wish is deeply my command.
A couple of other things...

I need some graphic help with the website, if anyone is good with art/graphics/web design. I've got to get a chunk of novel written this weekend, I just don't have time to do all the art myself. Anyone out there good with a mouse?

There are already Fairyland icons to be had thanks to icon goddess and all around amazing girl fireriven. A whole gallery full. One of them adorns this post. That serious little girl is just how I see September in my head--and September would be our heroine, come Monday. I hear rumor of shinies from pretendpeterpan  as well. It's gonna be a party around here.

Thank you, all of you. I put my heart in your hands and you made it glow. justbeast 's personal mottoes has always been: SF Saves. Quite freaking so. I can't think of a community, a family, a life I would rather be a part of.

(Here's the original post, if you have no idea what's going on.)
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c is for cat

To Clear a Few Things up

I've started to get emails telling me that Fairyland and related activity were a bad idea, that I ought to get a real/day job instead, that I shouldn't have been on tour if things were this bad, or planning a wedding, that this is not grown-up behavior.

I don't want to spend a lot of time defending what seemed like the best thing to do, to me. But I knew this criticism would come up eventually, so I do want to address it before much more time passes.

First of all, the tour cost us very little, ultimately. And was all predicated on the idea that there was a job with a local company waiting when we got home--he worked a bit for them on the road and it was understood. Surprise, the job wasn't waiting. The tour was a couch-surfing venture, with no venues that were paid anything but a cut of the door, and tips and book sales paid for our gas and dinner most nights. People were kind and generous and took us in and fed us, and the whole tour cost us no more than living at home for seven weeks would have. This was not some lavish venture, and frankly without the infrastructure[info]s00j has set up around the country, we never could or would have done it.

Second, "real" jobs are not exactly thick on the ground these days. We did a lot of calculations, and the fact is I did fuck up--by getting a classics degree seven years ago. And dropping out of grad school six years ago. The jobs I'm qualified for without going back to school are just about Starbucks barista (which I can't even do because I have been fired from the Bux in the past.) And the fact is, I make barista money as a freelancer. So I could spend $100 a week to get back and forth from the island and make what is not at all enough money to keep our bills paid and lose all the time and energy I give to my freelancing, and not make any more money than I do now. That didn't seem like a wise solution.

I don't know about the wedding. I'm hoping a job happens before I have to make a decision I don't want to make. The big savings account I had for it dwindled a long time ago. But A. it was always a very frugal wedding and B. I haven't paid anything for it yet beyond reserving the location a year ago. It's all on hold. The only thing the donated money is being spent on is rent, bills, and food. It is sacred money of the highest order and we're not spending it on a wedding or anything else but what we really need. The very basics. The rest...we'll just have to figure it out as it goes.

We waited until we were on our last dimes to do this. I've done my very best not to ask for charity, but to offer real work for real money, which is a fairly common transaction. I'm sorry if this offended some of you--I'm very aware that I'm awfully lucky to be able to do this, that many people don't have the option. It was a hard decision to do it. But I've never judged anyone who reached out for online help and donated everything I could when I had it to give. I will always do that.

If you've had internal WTFs about this whole thing, I can only say: then just don't read the book on Monday. I'm not the first one to offer fiction for donations and I won't be the last. Cyberfunded art is still work, and we all do what we think is best.

Thanks, guys. I love you all, and I hope this has cleared things up a little.