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Wow.
Fairyland
catvalente
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.)


I've got things I must do today that's going to take up a significant chunk of time, but I will be home in the late afternoon, and I would be very happy to play assistant to the graphic/web designer. (I say "assistant" because I know there are people here who have more resources and talent than I do, but I know I have enough to contribute.)

I'm so glad that this worked out in your favor. Good luck with the website

Heard about it from Warren Ellis, and promptly put the call out on my LJ :) (And facebook. And twitter.)

So glad to hear people have jumped onboard, I just finished 'In the Night Garden vol 1', and am now drooling over vol 2 and Palimpsest. Love your writing, hope everything goes better in the next few weeks!

I was pointed to the original post by carmiel so you don't know me from anyone but I was glad to buy one of your books both to help and to read. :-)

Just a personal opinion point - you have a rare opportunity here. If you can find a way for justbeast to make money without having a formal job you might just be able to do the independent artist lifestyle thing.

Not for everyone but I think it's something everyone should consider given the chance. And when you're already learning/have learned to live on less it's a perfect time to make that transition if you can.

Like I said - just my opinion. ;-)

We'll see how sustainable this turns out to be. Of course I'd love for him to be able to start the business he's always wanted to and code his own projects. But right now he's still looking for a formal position.

I'm a major in Media Art & Design, I use Dreamweaver, Adobe Illustrator, Photoshop and all those nifty things, if you want a website design, or just some doodles, I'd be more than happy to pitch in or work on a team with whoever else wants to help out!

I want to help you out in any way that I can!

XOXO
Eternity

Icon linky not working atm?

I am so glad things are working out and I can't wait til Monday!

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I have a webmaster, I just need some graphic work for the Fairyland site.

I have to admit I'm a little jealous of the attention, even though I pushed for this and even as I'm kicking myself for not having pushed even harder and sooner. But I'll get over it. And I'll help you with the sustainability, once the initial rescue impulse has died down and the project's coasting under its own steam and your not inconsiderable force of will.

I'm happy to link to you in the coming weeks. you've been so amazing to me.

This is so full of win, there are no words. *wriggles happily* SO happy Friday!

Cat, I am so glad for you.

People can be awesome. :) I'm so glad the direness of the situation has passed.

I tried the link to the Fairyland icons and received an error. Is the link not atm?

Oh, now I feel all light and bubbly! Postcard time!

In the last year or two I have run across a number of people in the SF/F community who needed help, or organizations which had a sudden crisis (laptops stolen at Clarion West, and unexpected expenses at Clarion South) -- and my initial thoughts have been How will people get by in these tough times? We don't always as a culture do a good job of supporting artists and authors.

And then the Internet, in all its glory and foibles, has come through again. But it's not the technology that restores my faith in people -- it's the people. The Internet just does it faster.

To put it another way, I think people have responded to your plight -- and your creative way of trying to deal with it -- because you qualify as being "too big to fail" in our SF/F community.

We've actually only met once -- briefly -- at that early Sunday morning book signing at ConFusion in January, but that's not important. I am excited to see what the new story brings on Monday -- that's the old silver lining thing that us optimists tend to believe in.

Dr. Phil

Congrats Cat!
Still stand by my offer to do graphics & stuff, too. Photoshop, Illustrator, etc if you need folks.:)