various and sundry, i.e. still juggling
September 12, 2012
Tonight, I’ll be doing a Twitter interview with Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers Chat via my avatar, @KittyNorville1. You can participate by following the hashtag: #sffwrtcht. Starts at 7 pm MT/9pm Eastern.
Kickstarter thoughts: I’ve been on a bit of a Kickstarter, erm, kick the last month or two, mainly because some things I love have launched Kickstarters: My friends at Ildanach Studios were successful; Monte Cook’s Numenera RPG has been vastly, wildly successful; and Zombie Orpheus studio’s new The Gamers movie has also successfully funded (since I completely adored The Gamers: Dorkness Rising (OMG the bard!), I jumped on this one early). I’m developing thoughts. I’ve only supported the Kickstarters of people with established track records — people I know can deliver what they’re promising, people whose products I already have experience with. I’m not sure if this is a good thing or a bad thing. On the one hand, I think it’s wonderful that creative people whose work I love have a source of direct crowdfunding. On the other hand, brand-new creative people who are just starting out may be a bit handicapped by lack of name-recognition. I’m not sure what it would take for me to contribute to the campaign of someone I’ve never heard of. Would I ever launch a Kickstarter campaign? I don’t know. If I do, it would probably be for something completely unrelated to writing and publishing — I mean, I have outlets for that already. It would probably be for something wild and frivolous — like funding a steampunk masquerade ball. My town has some great historic buildings/ballrooms that would be perfect for a ball, and Kickstarter seems like an excellent way to collect the seed money to a) rent the hall, b) pay a couple of bands and a DJ, c) do the place up right. A masquerade ball lends itself well to the stepped goals/rewards of a Kickstarter campaign. One level gets you a ticket, the next gets you a pass to a VIP section, another level maybe doesn’t get you a ticket, but gets you a cool token to say you contributed, that sort of thing. So I’m thinking about it but no where near launching it yet.
Last night’s episode of GI Joe had three, count them three, subplots running. In a twenty-minute episode. That’s just crazy!