Hello dearest backers! Hello from Goats HQ. I think it is safe to say at this point that this project is going to be delivered late. I know this because all the deadlines have passed and I am still not done putting the book together.
Why is it taking so goddamned long, you quite reasonably ask? I don't want to spend our time making excuses but it is a confluence of things, including issues with the health of one of my children, completing fulfillment of the Bunnies Kickstarter, and just generally keeping my head above water as I continue work on SFAM. I admit there is a bit of performance anxiety as well; this is an immense undertaking and I don't want to screw it up. I want to make sure you get what you paid for, and I'd rather take my time doing it properly than rush something half-assed into your mailboxen.
That said, production continues on the book (which is 90% laid out and is mostly missing frontmatter and cover, which I'll be working on today).
We are also laying out the e-books, which is taking some time as well. The various knick-knacks have been scoped and priced and once I have the completed book I'll pull the trigger on getting those done.
Paintings and one-off artwork like that will be completed after the mass-produced stuff and most likely shipped under separate cover.
Goats is still slated for a return, but I NEED to build a new site for it first, which means getting WordPress Multisite running, which requires more computer knowhow than I posess. So I'm going to get the book to press first (I see the book as the first priority for this project) and then spend the time I need figuring out all this server garbage.
So: what does all this mean to you? Deliverables will hopefully show up in the first half of 2013 at this rate. I don't want to get more specific than that because I've already been wrong once and I didn't like it. Goats will resume shortly after the first batch of books gets shipped, assuming I can get some computer help.
I owe you all an apology and a great deal of thanks for your incredible patience and understanding. I am not always good at maintaining a schedule or delivering projects on time but I am determined to make sure you get every sweet-ass reward you have coming to you. It will happen. Feel free to keep lighting fires under my ass until it does.