Last week I set up the Diaper Fund as a way to track my progress towards buying a set of cloth diapers by April, through selling my writing.
Within two days of launching the Diaper Fund, you generous people brought me to within 5% of my goal. So far I have $288 of my $300 target.
Thank you so much to everyone who has contributed. There’s still a little ways to go, and once I pass the diaper threshold I can start putting money towards a car seat or a change table, too, so I’m still going to be coming out with new products after Flare Fiction 1 is released.
As you may know, Larissa is currently pregnant with our first child. The baby is due in the first week of April 2012, and we’re so excited!
Larissa is currently keeping us afloat by working at a local boutique hotel. I’m job hunting, having recently completed my Master of Arts in Sociology at the University of Victoria. When I’m not searching through job postings and sending out resumes, I write various forms of fiction and post them here on my blog, at FiftyWordStories.com, and, since about a week ago, at Special People.
Most of what I write gets posted online for free, but I do also sell a few things here and there. With the baby on the way, though, it’s becoming more and more necessary for me to find a way to contribute to preparing for his or her arrival.
So as of today I’ve set up the Diaper Fund. The goal of the Diaper Fund is to raise enough money by selling my writing to pay for a full set of cloth diapers by the time Baby arrives. That’s going to cost about $300, according to Larissa, so I’ve got my work cut out for me!
If you’d like to help me reach my goal, please swing by the TimSevenhuysen.com Store or the 50WS Store and see if there are any products that interest you. I have more projects in the pipes, too, so check back again later if you don’t see anything you want right now.
I’ve put together the cover art for Feel-Good, and it’s now officially ready for pre-release this Monday!
The photo for the cover was taken by Rudoni Productions. You can see more of his work on his Flickr page.
In my previous post, I mentioned that the centrepiece story of the collection, which I have now titled Hands-On, had gotten just a little bigger than I’d originally intended. Well, not it’s even bigger. The final word count is just under 7,000. It took Larissa about 25 minutes to read the whole thing (and she liked it!). As I explain in the Introduction to the collection, Hands-On feels, to me, more like the opening couple of chapters to a novel than a short story. I’ve tried to make it as self-contained as possible, but it doesn’t seem to want to be self-contained, and who am I to tell it what it can and can’t be? Maybe it will eventually turn into something longer; for now, I think it’s still worth reading as a standalone.
So: Hands-On is definitely the central feature of the collection, but there’s plenty of other good content in there, too, and I think you’ll enjoy it all. I’ll be emailing early access copies of the collection to the people on the early access list this coming Monday, and creating a page where you can buy the collection as a pay-what-you-want download, as well.
I’ll have some more news about any special offers soon, and possibly some details on my future plans for these collections.