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Seven days locked in a room with nothing but the blank page. Watch the madness set it and read the whole thing unfold.
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This winter to celebrate my birthday I’m doing something drastic with my work. Something new.

And I want you to be a part of it.

Over the course of seven days, I’m going to lock myself in an unfamiliar room with my typewriter and cover the walls with words. I don’t know what the work is going to be exactly, because I’m making it for you. 

I'm turning writing from something solitary and distant into a performance. I want to see how a writer holds up when they come out from the protection of their caves and have to do their job in front of the people who read them. 

By patronizing this project, you will be able to watch this happen and be part of it all. You can buy the book that will come from it, original pages, For my top patron I'll even get a tattoo of your initials to commemorate the project.

 Welcome to the creative process. Watch the madness ensue. 

 Plus you’ll get to see me dance…

What are the rules?

Upon arriving in the room I surrender all contact with the outside world save for a super-secret twitter feed that backers can use to torment me. I am not allowed to leave the room for seven days/168 hours and the stream camera will be rolling the whole time I’m working.

What’s the money for?

Paper, typewriter ribbon, pens, but mostly the room. If you’re paying for physical products, like a print version of the book, you’re paying for the expense of small batch printing and binding, not to mention the people in the sweatshops that make the printers and the loggers who cut and pulp the timber and the United States postal workers who deliver the work. Just think, YOU can be a Job Creator! At the higher levels, the money will be going to other artists who help me with the project, such as making videos and the fancy schmancy artsy fartsy big book. 5% goes to kickstarter and there’s another 5% for credit card processing. 

 The whole thing will be on a typewriter? 

Nah, I’ll probably type most of it for the sake of legibility, but I’ll also do much of it in long hand which I feel more comfortable doing. So I’ll be using notebooks, legal pads, hotel stationary, whatever I’m feeling at the moment. I’ll do some doodling too. 

 Isn’t this all a bit pretentious? 

Yes. Yes it is. I mean. It is art after all. What did you expect? If you want grounded, I suggest you go invest in something like a new kind of car that runs on kale. 

 Wait so you’re not streaming the WHOLE time? What are you, lamesauce? 

No, you won’t be watching me sleep or taking care of other bodily functions. That would be a whole other project and Kickstarter doesn’t let you fund those.I’m shooting for a minimum of six hours per day, but hopefully closer to ten or twelve. 

 So by a full week you mean?

 The full god-made seven day span. 168 hours.

When you say ANYthing, you mean?

All gifts and stories are subject to the artist's creativity and discretion. I reserve to right to alter or refuse any requests I believe perpetuate a culture of hatred (e.g. if you ask me to write an essay on how a particular minority is ruining the world, expect a snarky retort or out and out refusal). 

 Wait! Didn’t I hear about something like this before? 

Yes. I’m stealing a page from Molly Crabapple’s Week in Hell. She’s a total badass and one of my heroes and I have absolutely no qualms borrowing her idea. Because I don't need art supplies, I'm asking for less money. Also, my week will go longer, and the stream will be up for everyone who supports the project.  

Risks and challenges

Most of the project will be done right on your computer screen.
What follows will be about a month of editing.
For those who want print copies, there will be about another month for that to go through.
I will be in touch with backers of the big ticket Items about fulfillment details for their gifts.

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    Pledge $2 or more About $2.00

    You’ll get access to a live stream of the experience, Mostly it will just be me at typewriter, but you’ll also see my (at least) twice daily dance breaks and the slow mental deterioration as the week progresses. If every one of my facebook friends donates just $2.75, this project would be fully funded.

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    Tweet Tweet - a super-secret twitter account will be my only contact outside of the room. You’ll be able to use it to suggest story ideas, request music, or just taunt me and watch me respond to it via the stream

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    Digital Revised Selections – Obviously what I’m creating is a live draft. After the week is over I’ll collate the text, revise them, and turn the best parts into a single PDF which I will send to you. You will, of course, also have access to the feed and the twitter.

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    CHOON! - I like taking intermittent dance breaks when I’m working. You’ll have dibs on one of them. Send me me a tweet before the week starts and I’ll let you know when I’ll be dancing to your song so you can be sure to tune in to the stream. Comes with the Digital Revised Selections PDF.

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    A pen, a Pen! – I’ll give you one of the pens I use on the project. Ten sounds like a lot of pens to burn in just one week, but I’ll be doing a lot of work. I figure if the president gets to sign laws with a different pen for every letter of his name, I can go through a pen and a half a day. In case you’re curious, they will be Varsity fountain pens. Hey, maybe you’ll be lucky and there will still be ink in it in that case this one almost pays for itself. Comes with the Digital Revised Selections PDF, feed, and twitter access.

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    1 random page – Your digital copy will be followed up with one of the original either typed or hand written pages from the project. The page will be numbered, dated, and signed by the author

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    65$ Printed Copy – Instead of one of those immaterial, new-age “digital” copies, You’ll get an actual, physical, THING inscribed with ancient runes made of magnetically sealed dust (toner) upon parchment made from freshly slaughtered ents. Each copy will be signed by the author and sent to you based on the order in which you joined. Your copy will also come with a page from the wall. You will, of course, also have access to the feed and the twitter.

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    Original scans – See how the sausage is made. After the week is all done, I’m going to scan every page from the wall and send you a PDF along with the Revised Highlights. So you can compare first and final drafts. Kinda like special features... but for a book! You will, of course, also have access to the feed and the twitter.

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    Character building – give me a name (or object or whatever) along with as much information about the person you want and I’ll spin some yarn about it. That character can be you, a loved one, a not-so-loved one, a historical figure, anyone you don’t think has gotten enough face time in fiction lately. I'll make sure they find their way into the work.
    You’ll get preference for an original page with your character in it. You'll also get the book (your choice of medium) plus two pages from the wall.You will, of course, also have access to the feed and the twitter.

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    Body as art - sometime while on the stream, tweet me a suggestion and I’ll continue the story or start something new on a chosen body part. When I’m done I’ll take a picture of it and put it on the wall. This picture will be signed and included with your package. You'll also get the book (your choice of medium) plus three pages from the wall.

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    Tailor Made - I’ll pen a whole piece tailored for you and you’ll get the whole thing included in your package. you'll get the books, scans, and at least four pages from the wall (including your story).

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    Drunken luncheon – pick a day and come join me on my lunch hour during the week. We’ll eat, drink, dance, and chat about whatever incredibly interesting things you have to say. While you’re there, go ahead and tag whatever page you’re going to want with your package and I’ll pick another one for you as well.

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    an invitation to celebration – you get all that stuff we’ve already mentioned, plus five pages from the wall. At the end of the week what’s left of me and my soul will be throwing a special shindig for friends, backers, and everyone else involved in the project. After the whole thing is over you will also be invited to a closed reading to commemorate the end of the project. Your name will also appear in a special thank you section in everyone else’s copy of the book. That page will ALSO be immortalized on a plaque which I will place on my wall and will show up in many future videos.

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    Big fancy schmancy artsy fartsy book – Exactly what it sounds like. All the treats will be packaged in a handmade, limited edition (that is to say, limited to whoever is willing to shell out this much money), BOOK! The book will have some (at least seven) original pages, the digital revised highlights, an original picture, as well as copies of all the others, notes, other goodies, and a dedication page just for you. Your thanks and dedication page will not only start off your book, I will post it on the internet. The INTERNET! You’ll be famous for sure. You'll be on the plaque and feel very special. Finally, from the conclusion of the project until the whole things is done, you will get a weekly, hand-crafted letter from me filled with amazeballs excuses for why you haven’t gotten your book yet.

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    Private Reading Wow, that’s some donation! Are you trying to show off or something? I’ll come to the venue of your choice and do an evening of reading for you and as many people as you can cram into your chosen living room, pub, dungeon, or park. I’ll hand deliver your entire package (You must be accessible by CTA, Metra, megabus or otherwise have some way for me to get to/from wherever it is you want me and let me crash on your couch). At the reading, I’ll read from the revised highlights or something else of your choosing, my other work, your favorite novel, Shakespeare monologues, Ke$ha lyrics, anything.

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    THE TATTOO! - Along with the book and all the other cool swag you’re getting, including weekly letters of update, private druncheon with the artist, and all materials not given away to other patrons, when I come to your choice of venue for the a personal reading, I’ll spend the day either before or after writing with you. Go ahead, look over my shoulder. Or I can encourage you as you do the same. We can each take control of half the keyboard. We can make some exquisite corpses. You can dictate while I type or vice versa. You can model for me while I write you. Show some skin and I’ll write the story on you. The possibilities abound. Whatever I produce that day will be yours to keep, burn, or share with friends.
    Most Importantly though, I will incorporate your initials (or something else we decide upon) into a tattoo I’ll get to commemorate the experience.

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