Wow! Phew! I've just been sitting here giggling like an idiot to myself as some of you counted down the time! :-)
Okay, first and foremost, THANK YOU ALL FROM THE BOTTOM OF MY HEART for your support. Whether it was a dollar of good wishes, twenty-five bucks of hard-earned money or a thousand (or even five thousand - thank you Daniel!!!). I'm completely overwhelmed by your generosity. Completely. Utterly.
And whilst man cannot live on good wishes alone, the kind comments and encouragement and excitement are worth as much to me as the money. I'll do everything I can to deserve them, I promise.
So, you can see the total for yourselves - well over twice what I actually asked for. I think it makes us about 30th in Kickstarter's Hall of Fame! After fees and sending out rewards all round the world it'll still be amazing. The extra will be put to good use - I asked for the barest minimum I thought I could survive on because if it didn't meet its target I'd have got nothing and frankly that would most probably have meant the end of my A-life work. But now I can afford to live properly, carry on a little longer if necessary, and buy decent grown-up tools to help me with the work.
Yikes! There are getting on for 600 of you! I have to tell you, it may take me a while to mail out all those postcards and suchlike! That's practically a cottage industry all by itself!
But the first thing to be done is get everyone's email and snail-mail addresses. To do that, I send out a set of survey forms, which I'll do today. When they start to come back I can begin setting up people's accounts on the project website. I warn you, it's pretty echoey in there right now, but more content will be coming over time and I'll pretty it up when I have a chance. I'm sure you'll have things to chat about while you're waiting. The site will send out registration emails for you to log in, set your password, fill out your profile and stuff. I'll post here on Kickstarter now and again, but most of the info will be on my site.
If you'll forgive me, I think I need go for a little walk for a few minutes (in the snow!) to come to terms with it all! Thank you so much, everybody. I'll be in touch shortly!
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