We made it! What's next?
Hello, wonderful people who helped us meet our goal!
We made it, and we reached all of our stretch goals and then some. We have begun the spreadsheet of what goes where and to whom, but it will take a little while for us to compile all the rewards and to get the survey results for prize choices. If you have anything coming to you in a shipment, it will all be shipped together to save on shipping costs. Anything due you via PDF/email will be sent from our Alternating Current email account upon completion. It's currently looking like Poiesis #6 will be ready to go in late July/early August, and Footnote #1 should be right on schedule for its November 15th release date.
LUNCH LAUNCH! Go Read Your Lunch is a go:
AND THE BIG NEWS! Today is the day your funding gets set into motion! One of the journals you helped support, Go Read Your Lunch, launched today with a fabulous story by the great author, Nathan Graziano. His short story -- about the growing pains of a small-town kid on the brink of discovering girls, music, drugs, parental divorce, rebellion, and the enduring bonds of friendship -- is at once touching, funny, heartbreaking, and beautifully written. Please take a moment to go read the journal you helped support. If you fall in love with it all over again, feel free to pitch in a few more cents to help pay another author for his craft! The ongoing support will be crucial to the journal's longevity. If you Tweet about it, use the hashtag #GRYL, so we can see it! And please, please, tell your friends!
Spreading the joy of the independent press:
Your funds also raised enough to send 13 copies of Poiesis #6 and Footnote #1 to libraries, schools, shelters, or other places in need of some good books. We are going to start with our hometown library in Mason, Michigan, and right here in our current town of Palo Alto, California, with the local women's shelter and the library right up the street from me. After that, we'll make some decisions based on needs in towns we have a heartfelt connection to, like our adopted hometown of Boston.
Kicking It Forward:
You might also remember that we pledged to give 5% of our profits back to other Kickstarter projects, via the Kicking It Forward pledge. While there isn't any such thing as "profits" where this fundraiser is concerned (Additional funding over our initial goal will go into production of the next few issues.), we are still happily backing any projects that fuel our passion for the arts and the human existence. So, here's where your money has gone:
The first project we backed was: "Lee: A Pine Ridge Indian Reservation Film Project." I spent a couple summers on the Pine Ridge Reservation, one of the poorest Reservations in the United States, building bunkbeds, cleaning cemeteries, and teaching mathematical fractions to fourth graders. It was one of the most amazing (and heartbreaking) experiences of my life, and being able to give to this film project has brought back those intense, incredible memories. I'm happy to support a project so close to my heart.
The second project we backed was "Moby Dick, or, The Card Game." Because how could we not back this project? The creators put so much awesome passion into making this card game, and we're stoked to support something that puts a modern, quirky twist on a beloved literature classic.