I'm sorry for the long delay. I know many of you are still waiting on refunds, and I am making an update to let everyone know that I still intend to reimburse those who have requested them.
In all honesty, I have been avoiding posting here because I feel terrible about not being able to refund everyone yet, but I have had a lot of difficulties in the last year that have prevented me from doing so. I was more or less on track to getting refunds paid out with around 1/3 to 1/2 finished, and I believe I mentioned in a previous update that I was working as a live-in caregiver for an older gentleman while taking classes (I currently attend college full time, all my classes are online). That situation allowed me to avoid paying rent, and so all of the money I would have spent on rent/groceries went towards paying back refunds, because room and board were part of my arrangement. Unfortunately the gentleman I was working with passed away last year and it took me a few months to find steady employment. I did eventually land a decent job, but my girlfriend lost hers, and since she has no relatives and temporarily had no income I let her move in with me and ended up paying rent on a place I couldn't really afford on my own. I have been basically barely squeaking by for the last six months. On top of that my mother was diagnosed with soft tissue sarcoma, a rare form of cancer, earlier this year, so I have been spending what little I have left trying to help her out with her situation, as she lives about halfway across the state.
Sorry for immediately launching into a sob story, but that is the reality of my life right now. It's actually not that bad though. My girlfriend just got a job, and so that means I think within the next few months I will have enough money to resume making payments to backers. I believe I also mentioned in a previous post that I was writing a book. I finished my first novel last year and ended up HATING it, so it went in the trash. I am now about 80,000 words into what I think will be the first book in a fantasy trilogy and I'm loving the way the narrative is humming along, and I will be MORE than happy to provide that to any backers who want it, free of charge, as soon as it's ready to go live. I am planning on using whatever funds I make from it to help pay back those who pledged here, so I'm hoping it will at least be modestly successful. But even if not, it's nearly finished, so I'm pretty happy about that.
I'm VERY sorry that it has taken me this long to get back to you, but frankly... I feel crappy that I haven't been able to do more, and it's also a lot of stress, and it has been entirely too easy to try to focus on the practical stuff in my life I feel like I can actually make a difference in during the present. I do plan to pay out refunds when it's possible, and I still have the list of e-mails over in the firstname.lastname@example.org address, so I will resume payments from there ASAP.
For those of you who are really gnashing at the bit to get your refund out of the way or who are super-pissed about it, please let me know by sending an e-mail and I will try to get to you first. Originally I was avoiding doing that because I thought it seemed fair to try to deal with everyone in the order they e-mailed, but now I'm thinking that I'd rather pay those who are really upset about it just to alleviate the problem as much as possible. I've e-mailed a couple of you who I know are upset about that already and so I'll be getting to you first, as soon as my paypal info updates on my end (a few days).
Sorry again and I wish you all happy holidays.