Hello darling Kickstarter backers,
Further Distractions has been successfully funded! Thank you so much for your support, and a special thanks to those of you who helped me get the word out about my project. There was a point where I really wasn't sure if it was going to be successful. I feel so grateful for everyone who laid down their hard-earned dollars to help my little zine come into this strange, cruel, fabulous world.
What next? I'll be sending out surveys to get your address and contact information so you can receive your rewards. Look for them in the next week. The print date is set for October, and I will be posting progress updates on Kickstarter if you're geeky about that kind of thing.
In other details, I've raised more than my goal and, as stated, will be using the extra funds entirely toward zine printing, postage, supplies, stickers, promotion, and zine-related paraphernalia. The extra cash will give me a much-needed cushion for the project and, hey, I might even grab myself a hot cocoa to keep me awake through my long working nights.
On a slightly more serious note: I make zines and publish as a way of connecting with others. Having a community of people who want to hear my stories, who get something out of it, and who are willing to support what they enjoy (in whatever way, including or not including laying down money) KEEPS ME GOING. If it were not for the larger community of people who makes, supports, and appreciates writing and zines (you!), I would wither and die as a writer. What I'm saying is that what Kickstarter facilitates for me is a lot more than the getting of $5 to photocopy a story. It's a method for me to see and feel that support web for my writing, to connect with readers and friends, and set up an accountability to those readers for the completion of my projects. I consider my writing and zine-making, in part, to be a service to others, and Kickstarter nurtures that relationship.
Also, you know, I'm fucking broke. Let's not dodge around that. The $700-something dollars I raised is going to save my impoverished zine-making ass. But in a way I think my financial needs create a reliance on my readers and support network that fuels rather than damages my art.
All I'm trying to say is that, if you've ever had a doubt, it's not just about the money. But, indeed, thank you for your money. Seriously.