November 9th, 2009

Please help me send J to school. I'll give you my book.

M-Brane SF is conducting a fund drive in conjunction with my participation in NaNoWriMo this month. The purpose of it is to raise $300 to pay for my partner Jeff to take his master gardener course in January. The details of why this is so important to me and the ways to help are explained on this page.  Because I know that no one is probably at all worried about our personal financial business, however, I am offering generous donor gifts starting at the $2.00 (that's t-w-o) level, such as subscriptions to my magazine, copies of Things We Are Not, and copies of my NaNoWriMo novel. So instead of thinking of it as a pity donation to a couple of pitiful dudes, think of it as way to buy something fun for super-cheap!

My NaNoWriMo novel: The deadline is now for real

I should have suspected that I would have difficulty moving along at the optimum clip on my National Novel Writing Month project if I kept working under a fake deadline with no real consequences to failure other than having to admit failure. I need real deadlines. I get M-Brane published on time--actually early most months--because it's on a real schedule. People expect me to do it. I'd look a loser if I was late with an issue. So, yeah, if I failed at NaNo, I wouldn't feel great about it, but there would be no repercussions. I could just scratch it off the list of Things to Do and not worry about it anymore. 

Yesterday I felt a bit of spontaneous momentum on NaNoWriMo and got a lot of word count added to my book. Today, I have upped the ante. I started a fund drive that is tied into my completion of it. Details at this page. I have started promising people a finished project that I will need to actually have ready for presentation in a few weeks. Like the zine, people are now expecting it. This does not increase the stress on me, oddly enough. It actually reduces it because I see a real date-certain for the project's end, and all the steps that need to happen between now and then. 

While I am not promising that my NaNo novel is going to be incredibly good as a piece of literature, I am committing to the following: The story will be complete, meaning that it has a beginning, a middle and an end (no "to be continued" at the end of 50000 words); it will be written as well as I can manage in the time allotted; it will be formatted in the manner of real book, with nicely designed pages and cover art (though all in electronic form); it will contain annotations in which I will comment on various aspects of the story; it will contain illustrations which may add to the reader's pleasure or amusement.

So throw in on my fund drive and turn up the pressure on me even further!  I need it.