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The internet paid for my book to be published – a guest blog post

This is a guest post written by Victoria Corva – https://tootplanet.space/@vicorva


People keep asking me to talk about how to run a successful kickstarter, and I guess I did that — run a successful kickstarter, I mean. But it feels disingenuous to say it. My kickstarter was a success because it fully funded, but the amount I was looking for was not high, and I don’t feel that the credit lies with me. I wasn’t looking to launch a bestseller career or get my name in articles or anything like that, and that’s just as well because I didn’t.

What I was trying to do was to get together enough money to publish my book. A small, specific dream. To cover proofreading, cover art, and ISBNs. I needed about £1000 to get all three, but I was so desperate to publish that I figured I would ask for just enough to cover proofreading (about £700) and would somehow pull the rest from my already drowning bank account.

That might not seem like a risky thing. £700 might not seem like a lot to ask from friends and family, and kickstarters regularly fund with thousands of pounds. But I knew my chances better. Continue reading

Read Me Elsewhere

Hello! If you’re only reading me  here, you’re missing things!

On Ko-Fi, free for anyone to read:


Hedging ItI’m sorry but this tree is not allowed…
Ornamental – The ornamental gardens had been a work in progress for well over a century.
Tangent – The books were a huge find.
Dead Crossing – Not nearly as dark as it sounds. 

On Patreon – those that are free are marked with a * – This month is Dragons Next Door; last month was Borders, Gates, and Crossings. 
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With the Freaks – if you love them so much, why don’t you live with them?
Blanket Fort  –  Every child’s blankie has magic.
The Meter Problem –  a story of Science!
The Eastern Gate – a story of the same gate from About the Gate
Drawing a Line – a line was growing in the sand.

The Haunted House – a yard diagram

The Expectant Wood – Nimbus’ Journey continues with Chapter 39: Tadpoles on Fish. Water Under Stones. and
Chapter 38: Too Many Questions

On Archive of Our Own – free to read and ongoing.
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Exchange Students – Harry is going to Addergoole. Porter is coming to Hogwarts. Nothing could possibly go wrong!
Reconstruction – The war is over, and yet Harry, Hermione, and Ron, Neville, Luna, and Ginny find they have another war on their hands. What’s more, Harry appears to have an enslaved Draco on his hands.

On Mastodon – free to read and fun to join; super short fics
Cake Walk, weird.

On Sufficient Velocity – an interactive Fae Apoc Quest
Rhiannon was not expecting any of this.  But now she’s got to figure out what to do while a bunch of jerks keep attacking her city. 
This has continued on quite entertainingly!  Stop in and vote in the quest.

And while I’m having trouble keeping it updated:

http://www.edallyacademy.com/ 

Prompt Call! And it’s a ~~Dangerous~~ one!

I’ve decided I want to do a prompt call!

Just for fun, to be honest, although I like tips, will write you more words for anything over $1 tipped, and have two current goals for said tips – a Wacom tablet for map-drawing and a day-long writing retreat.

The theme for this call is: The Third Rail

“Never discuss politics or religion in polite company.”

Don’t talk about Money, Politics, Sex, or Religion.

“I am quite sure now that often, very often, in matters concerning religion and politics a man’s reasoning powers are not above the monkey’s.” – Mark Twain, Attributed

So!

Here’s the trick

only fictional interpretations of these subjects

No unveiled or thinly-veiled real-life situations.  They will be ignored.

That being said – put it on me.  Extant settings or a new setting or something else altogether.  What sort of politics and religion, (or Money or sex) do you want to talk about?

What sort of things do you wonder about?

What similar taboos do other fictional settings have, mmm?

Bring it on!

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What does an ideal prompt look like?

Well, it sticks to the topic of the call.

It gives me room to wiggle but has a little guidance to it.

It’s at least 4 words long (or possibly a picture).

Choices!  You can leave as many prompts as you want!  I’ll probably only write to one, but choices are great.

Read Me Elsewhere

So I haven’t been all that up on posting things but hello, there’s always fiction of mine scattered all over the web!

On Ko-Fi, free for anyone to read:

About the Gate – research can only get you so far
Mother Whale – Bear Empire: The people of every spirit have an origin tale.
The Science of Frienship – Science! Friendship can’t be measured, can it?

On Patreon – those that are free are marked with a * – This month is Gates, Borders, and Crossings; last month was Gardens; March was Research
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“Share-Alike” a Concept map – a) can I make a map in MS Paint (yes?)
Post-Apoc Cul-de-Sac – a map
*The Science! Laboratory – Directory
*Map – A preview, Map – Another Update/Preview – and  – Map – another preview snippets of the ShareAlike map with  atlas notes
*A scribble and a doodle of a story map – post apoc Fae Apoc
*Cya’s Cottage – a sketch floorplan

Visa – These border checks were getting ridiculous. 
Margen’s Wort – She had lost the last Margen’s Wort in 1066.
*Visit the Lady’s Garden – Addergoole: “So you get your own garden? But – no bed?”
Ladies Who Garden – Whitney was not expecting this particular help.
Micro Greens – a Dragons next Door story
Recording the Past – a story of Eva and Aunt Family
The Trouble With…  a continuation of The Trouble With Chickens and all other stories in The  Feltenner Chickens section of the Science! universe.
Discovery – Aud, Sage, and research, Dragons next Door
Differential Diagnosis – A story of Faerie Apocalypse

The Origins of… Science!
*Downsizing – Tinies? – this movie wasn’t even good at Tinies.
The Men Who Stare at Goats and other Research IRL 

Storm Front…  Yesterday was some pretty amazing banding weather.
Happy Caturday – Oli, in a tree

Recipe Blog: Basic Cooking Toolbox – what I want if I have nothing
Browned Compound Maple Butter – a delicious recipe

The Expectant Wood – Nimbus’ Journey continues with Chapter 37: Creatures Great and Small and
Chapter 36: Lies and Lizards

On Archive of Our Own – free to read and ongoing.
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Exchange Students – Harry is going to Addergoole. Porter is coming to Hogwarts. Nothing could possibly go wrong!
Reconstruction – The war is over, and yet Harry, Hermione, and Ron, Neville, Luna, and Ginny find they have another war on their hands. What’s more, Harry appears to have an enslaved Draco on his hands.

Free to read and new, one-shot:
Harry, Found – Harry Potter had been missing for a year…
Living – End Game Spoilers  
Don’t Hit Hermione – My response to Hermione-abuse fanfictions.

On Mastodon – free to read and fun to join; super short fics
Ficlet with a portion of a map sketch, Autumn, Stranded
Reinventing the Wheel
Once Upon a Time comes to Fae Apoc – darkfic crossover Fanfiction 

On Sufficient Velocity – an interactive Fae Apoc Quest
Rhiannon was not expecting any of this.  But now she’s got to figure out what to do while a bunch of jerks keep attacking her city. 
Oh, and she needs new pants. 

And while I’m having trouble keeping it updated:

http://www.edallyacademy.com/ 

Read Me Elsewhere

There’s always fiction of mine scattered all over the web!

On Ko-Fi, free for anyone to read:
After the End – the gods gather to discuss the results
The Place at the End of the Mists – Tilda walked into the mists.  Eventually, she walked out
Friday Thing – He showed up on Friday.

On Patreon – those that are free are marked with a * – This month is Research Month; Last month was Friends 
Secret Lairs – a Trunk Story– They need a new Lair, to do their “Research” in
Recipe Blog: Baked Brie
Recipe Blog: Success and Failure – Really Dark Chocolate Chip Cookies; Avocado rice. 
The Expectant Wood – Nimbus’ Journey continues with Chapter 35: The Wilds of the Tame Lands
*Ugly Jewelry – a story of the Aunt Family*- Rosaria was fairly certain that one of her nieces had given it to her last.
Somewhat Hereditary-The world shook when she was born. 
*In The End…* A story of Addergoole, Hell Night, and friendship
Beyond Rules – a moment for Aud and Sage
Time Passes – a story of Whitney (open for non-Patrons after 90 days)
Map: A Tír na Cali Baronial Estate

On Archive of Our Own – free to read and ongoing.
Exchange Students – Harry is going to Addergoole. Porter is coming to Hogwarts. Nothing could possibly go wrong!
Reconstruction – The war is over, and yet Harry, Hermione, and Ron, Neville, Luna, and Ginny find they have another war on their hands. What’s more, Harry appears to have an enslaved Draco on his hands.

On Mastodon – free to read and fun to join; super short fics
Bird Brains
Tootplanet and Explorer Log 
Natha/en

And I can’t believe I didn’t mention this in the last two:

http://www.edallyacademy.com/