The Issue Two Kickstarter ends tomorrow
Just a quick note: If you're interested in getting in on Issue Two, the Kickstarter has about 39 hours left in it. There are still plenty of nice rewards left.... Read more
A Father's Day gift reward idea
Hey everyone. We know we just sent an Issue Two update yesterday, but we have a special reward offer from Issue Two contributor Jake Kerr that we wanted to make... Read more
Big start for Issue Two & Beyond
The Kickstarter for the next issues of Fireside is off to a fantastic start. A lot of that is due to you guys, the backers of the first issue, so... Read more
Fireside Issue Two & Beyond Kickstarter is live!
The Kickstarter for the next issue of Fireside is live!
The goal this time is to raise $6,000 to publish Issue Two. 68% of that will go to the writers,... Read more
And a reward question
I am debating whether to include a reward at the $50 level for the next Kickstarter that includes a tote bag with the Fireside logo. If this is something you'd be interested... Read more
New Kickstarter coming next week
Hey everyone! We're putting the finishing touches on the Kickstarter for Issue Two and beyond, and we're going to launch sometime next week. We'll let you know when it is... Read more
Fireside No. 1 ebooks up for sale now!
Hey everyone! We hope that you are enjoying your copies of Fireside and that if you haven't received them yet that you get them very soon.
Fireside ebooks are now... Read more
The magazines are in the mail!!!
I just got back from the post office. The magazines are on their way to all our backers who chose them as a reward (with those who picked autographs making... Read more
Well, it's been a crazy few months, but we finally have a magazine in the pipeline. The ebook files are ready, and the magazine is at the printer.... Read more
Shipping in early April
Hey everybody! I wanted to update you on where we were.
Almost all of the moving pieces are in place, and we are in the process of finishing the print... Read more
We have all the stories in hand, and they are in various states of editing. We hope to be going to press in March and having everything out to everyone... Read more
Status report, plus introducing our comic artist
Hi everyone! The writers are busy working on their stories and will have them turned in by early February. I am scrabbling around on logistics, the biggest right now being choosing a printer. ... Read more
And now the fun begins (well, after I finish this champagne)
And that's a wrap on Stage One! Our final total was $7,017. We didn't reach the $7,250 milestone for the printed, backers-only short story, but hell we were close enough, so all backers... Read more
Meet the creative people of Fireside No. 1
During the Kickstarter campaign, we interviewed all of the contributors. We wanted to round up links to all those interviews in one handy post, in reverse chronological order:
* Amy... Read more
12 hours to go
This is it. The last 12 hours of the Kickstarter are upon us. It really has been amazing. Hard to believe that it's been a month since we launched. The writers have... Read more
Kickstarter is the only way to get a print edition
One other reason to pledge now if you haven't already: While we will be selling single copies of the first issue of Fireside in PDF and eBooks formats, the only... Read more
The goal has been reached, but it ain’t over
We’ve hit the goal of $6,500, but there are still 36 hours left in the campaign, and it is still possible to make pledges. Any money raised above the goal... Read more
A huge thank you, and a gift for our backers
Good morning! Or afternoon or evening depending on your location on the globe.
As I shot out last night, WE DID IT! We have hit our goal and Issue No.... Read more
WE DID IT!
We just hit $6,500! My good friend Josh McCoy just put us over the top!
I will be sending out updates later, but I am just about done my dinner break and am on... Read more
We are at 95%!
We have hit 95% funding! Just $224 to go to hit our goal! Then I will reveal the bonus reward for everyone and talk about what Fireside can do with... Read more
We started yesterday at $4,439. We ended it at $5,729.
$1,300 in one day! This is really incredible. In less than 10 hours (yesterday's first donation came a little after 2 p.m.)... Read more
Lightning challenge over!
The lightning challenge has concluded. All 5 keychains are gone and we have hit $4,893. Thanks to Nayad Monroe, Ryan Jassil, Derrick Eaves, Nick Whitney, and Cara the Bruce.
Lighting challenge: Help us get to $5,000
We are at $4,833, and would love to push that to at least $5,000 by midnight. So a lightning challenge: the next 5 pledges or pledge increases of $10 or... Read more
7 Questions with cover artist Amy Houser
We interviewed all the writers earlier in the Kickstarter, now it's cover artist Amy Houser's turn:
1. What drives you to
Ha, oh, simple question, right? I think I... Read more
New reward: You can be included in a new Amy Houser illustration
Cover Artist Amy Houser is offering up another reward, for $100: She will draw you in one of two illustrations based on the stories in Fireside, and the picture will... Read more
$4,000 challenge reward: A story by Adam P. Knave
Adam P. Knave, one of the co-creators of the comic for Fireside No. 1, promised a story if we hit $4,000 by the end of New Year's Day. We did... Read more
Summing up what we are trying to do with Fireside
Less than four days to go until the Kickstarter ends Friday. We are closing in, at $4,439 this morning.
In a few minutes I’ll be posting Adam P. Knave’s story,... Read more
New reward, new chance to get your name in a story
The four short story writers are offering another chance to see your name in print. (The slots to have a character named after you sold out early on in the campaign.)
This... Read more
Two-thirds of the way there, time to bring it home
This is it. Five days left. At midnight on Friday, Fireside either turns into a real magazine or back into a pumpkin inside my hear.
Thanks to a $500 pledge... Read more
New year, new magazine
Happy New Year! We ran a survey in my newspaper last week that said something like 60% of people in the US thought last year sucked, but that 70% were... Read more
Big morning, and we've hit 55%
And now we are in the final week.
We hit 55% this morning, at $3,614, thanks to several pledges, including generous ones from my Aunt Julie and my friend Mika... Read more
50% reward: The best story I ever found
So we hit the 50% mark yesterday! Thanks so much to everyone. Here it is, as promised, the best story I ever found when I was working as a reporter... Read more
New Year's challenge
Adam P. Knave, who is one of the co-writers for the comic in Issue No. 1, has a New Year's challenge for the Kickstarter:
If we get to $4,000 by the... Read more
New Reward: Lifetime subscriptions
I hesitated about this early on, but I feel like there has been enough interest to offer a very high-end reward: lifetime electronic and print subscriptions.
For $200, you become an Electronic... Read more
Less than 8 days to go | So close to 50%
Great day yesterday. We started at $3,000 and hit $3,160 by midnight. Overnight pledges now have us at $3,205. That means we are only $45 away from my realistic goal... Read more
9 days left | 50% is just a few pledges away
We had another solid day yesterday, getting $179 and reaching $3,000 just before midnight! I made a pitch on Twitter when we were $52 away from that mark with 30... Read more
7 Questions with D.J. Kirkbride
Here is the final writer interview, with D.J. Kirkbride:
1. What drives you
The need to lie to others in a socially acceptable way. No, wait. Not really.... Read more
No maximum on pledges
Because I've been asked a few times in the past couple of days about this, I wanted to put up a post about the way Kickstarter pledges work.
The pledge... Read more
10 days to go | Paying for creativity
We had a solid day over the past 24 hours, pulling in $173. If we keep that up through Friday night, we’ll hit the 50% mark of $3,250. This is... Read more
12 days and 60% to go
40 percent funded. $3,852 to go. 12 days left. We can DO this.
When I lived in Kentucky, I really came to love horse racing. In a good race, the... Read more
7 Questions with Adam P. Knave
Here's the fifth contributor interview, with Adam P. Knave:
1. What drives you to write?
I love telling stories. I do it all the time, writing or not. Writing is... Read more
We are down to 15 days left in the campaign, and we have $2,578 as of about 2 p.m., just shy of 40% funded. This is great. Everything I read said... Read more
7 Questions with Christie Yant
Here's the fourth contributor interview, with Christie Yant:
1. What drives you to write?
Stories are how I make sense of the world. The fact is, I get a little... Read more
New Reward: Emoji translation
Fireside contributing writer Ken Liu suggested this reward idea, which I think is pretty neat. One of Ken's hobbies is translating works of literature into emoji. What is emoji? They... Read more
7 Questions with Tobias Buckell
Here's the third Fireside contributor interview, with Tobias Buckell:
1. What drives you to write?
If only I could really understand myself that well. It's a very complicated mix of... Read more
Murder, mayhem, and a wood chipper
We hit $2,000 a few days ago, so here, as promised, are my three stories of murder, mayhem, and a wood chipper:
I spent the summer after I graduated college... Read more
New Reward: Handmade mosaic coaster
My wife, Lauren, makes mosaics. It's something she was inspired to do when we visited Rome in 2009, and she is getting to be really good at it. So when... Read more
Stories coming tomorrow
Sorry that I haven't gotten my stories of murder, mayhem, and a woodchipper posted. It's been a long weird weekend. They'll be up tomorrow.
7 Questions with Chuck Wendig
Here's the second Fireside contributor interview, with Chuck Wendig.
1. What drives you to write?
Hunger. Both the real kind ("I need to put food inside my body and that... Read more
Day 11: Past 30 percent!
So we hit the $2,000 goal a few horus late, but we did it! You people rock. The promised tales of murder, mayhem, and woodchippers will go up tomorrow. The... Read more
New Reward: Signed first edition of Neil Gaiman's "Graveyard Book"
In late 2008, my wife and I drove from Louisville to Chicago to see Neil Gaiman in a big theater on his tour for The Graveyard Book. He did... Read more
7 Questions with Ken Liu
Over the next two weeks, we'll be posting interviews with all the Fireside contributors. First up is Ken Liu.
1. What drives you to write?
Probably the same thing... Read more
Day 9: Climbing to $2,000
We are just $254 away from the goal of hitting $2,000 by midnight tonight. If we do, you get three stories of murder and mayhem in Tampa from my summer... Read more
I get interviewed at Rambling On
Over the weekend, I was interviewed by Anthony Cardno on his blog, Rambling On. He asked me about some of the thoughts and inspiration behind Fireside and my plans for... Read more
Day 7: Great progress and new milestone stories
We've hit $1,611, which is $14 away from 25%. This is awesome! Thanks so much to everyone.
Thanks especially to Triell Freschi, who pledged $150 for the female name and... Read more
$1,000 milestone reward: My embarrassing story
Here it is, my embarrassing true story of a misadventure in City Hall with a weapon, promised for reaching the $1,000 milestone:
In the last semester of my last year in... Read more
Day 5: Wow, great day
Wow! We raised nearly $500 before midnight last night, and have already taken in nearly another $200 so far today, putting us at $1,384, which is 21% of the goal... Read more
Day 4: New reward | Have your picture drawn and included in the magazine
There’s a new reward, suggested by cover artist Amy Houser. For $75, she will draw you sitting around a campfire with the other backers who choose this reward, and the... Read more
Day 3: Just missed the challenge
OK, so after two days we're up to $698, which is slightly more than 10%. This is awesome. Thanks so much to everyone who's pledged so far.
The fundraising challenge,... Read more
Day 2 fundraising challenge
As of 10 a.m. today, we have raised $403, which is a little over 6% of the goal. Thanks to everyone who contributed so far! I am stoked! We had a $100... Read more
For $25, cover artist Amy Houser will also be autographing magazines, and she will include a sketch too!