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The collected reminiscences of Helena Hann-Basquiat, a self-proclaimed dilettante who will try anything just to say that she has.
The collected reminiscences of Helena Hann-Basquiat, a self-proclaimed dilettante who will try anything just to say that she has.
50 backers pledged CA$ 1,354 to help bring this project to life.

Memoirs of a Dillettante Volume 2 is now available for pre-order

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Helena is everyone's favorite Dilettante, so of course you want more of her in your life. And now, thanks to her ever-writing pen, you can have just that.

Over on PubSlush, Helena has just launched a pre-order campaign to get Memoirs of a Dilettante Volume 2 in the hands of her favorite reader ever. (That's you.) You can learn more about it and get your very own copy by visiting HelenaHB.pubslush.com.

And because it wouldn't be right to leave you without a little teaser, you can read a sample chapter here and, voila, have your first taste of the book's wrap-around cover:

I've read it, it's great, and I encourage you all to do the same.

Thank you again for supporting Volume 1, and we can't wait to wow you again with Volume 2.

- Helena's Helper, Jim

We Interrupt Your Regularly Scheduled Program….

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This week is a very big week for your favourite dilettante and that creepy fucker, Jessica B. Bell.

You may have been reading all about JESSICA, a collaborative project directly involving seven writers, and augmented by seven artists last week. All week long, that story continues, culminating in what will be a full length publication (with more than 50 pages of additional material) but more on that later.

Also this week, for those who have been following, CHUK, Jessica B. Bell's serial novel, concludes, with the last two posts being Wednesday and Friday. What began on August 1st, 2013 comes to an end, and I thank you all so much for reading.

So, what's next for me, and what's next for Jessica?

Well, I won't say too much. Me, I've finished Memoirs of a Dilettante Volume Two, and have begun preparing it for publication, all the while continuing writing for Volume Three. But Jessica and I, well, it would seem that our arrangement no longer works the way it once did. We tried sharing this space, but it really wasn't working out. So I told her -- look, it isn't you, it's me.

She cackled. Then flipped me the bird. Next thing I knew, she was gone.

But I've just found a note, stuck to the basement wall -- you don't even want to know what the adhesive was. It merely has a website link on it to a Patreon site. I took a look at it. http://www.patreon.com/whoisjessica

I kindly ask you to do the same, and share.

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What is this all about, Helena?

Patreon is a way to directly support creators by becoming a patron of the arts.

This is a big step for me, and I hope that you come along and support me in this venture. I want to be able to continue to bring you quality writing, with the highest quality production possible, and I believe that this is the right direction to take at this time.

One of my goals in 2015 is to gain representation by a literary agent in order to explore more traditional publishing avenues. In the meantime, I hope you continue to support me in whatever way possible. First and foremost, keep reading, and I'll keep writing.

Helena (& Jessica)

Book shipped, book launched, and a very special contest!

Hello darlings!

Three big updates to share with you today, and they're all good news.

All books have been shipped

Whether you have a personalized copy, a standard edition, or even just postcards, the product is en route to you as we speak. In fact, there's a pretty good chance you already have it and have been devouring the words of your favorite dilettante all week. If so, good for you!

The book has has now launched

If you love the book and want a second copy for a friend, or just want to evangelize for the Church of Latter Day Dilettantes, you can steer people towards Amazon to buy their very own copy.

Better yet, if you can leave a review of the book on Amazon, as well as Goodreads (and heck, while you're at it, why not do the same for Helena's creepy alter ego Jessica B. Bell?), we'd be forever in your debt.

Speaking of which, don't start writing a review before you learn all about the...

Honourary Dilettante Contest

I'd give you more info, but hey -- the lady said "click for details," and who am I to argue? ;)

Thanks again, and we hope you enjoy the book!
- Jim & Helena

Crossing the Finish Line, Dilettante Style

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Was it Bugs Bunny or Jerry Garcia who said: What a long strange left turn at Albuquerque it's been?

A little of column A, a little of column B.

Sigh.

Are you excited? I'm excited. You all pulled through, and while I'm just exhausted from all the hyping up that we've had to do, I'm also revved up, and it's celebration time.

We did it, darlings! We really did it.

When Jim and I sat down a little over a month ago to start this, we talked about what we would consider a success.

We said that first and foremost, it really wasn't about selling books, it was about raising awareness.

That we have raised 35% more than we'd originally projected, and that we have 50 backers who will be reading the Memoirs, and presumably reviewing, recommending and raving about for the next few months, is more than we had anticipated.

We had spoken about success as even reaching half our goal -- not that we were pessimistic, it's just that we knew that we would need to expand my audience to make this happen. 

And then my Valentine's Day story got Freshly Pressed on Wordpress. And suddenly my audience expanded. I found new readers who quickly became passionate about making this a reality.

So I have to thank you from the bottom of whatever passes for my heart. 

I can't wait to hear back from you about your impressions of the book. I thank you so much for your support -- and I eagerly covet your reviews on Amazon and Goodreads -- you are the front line that is going to push this book to success.

Jim will be following up with a survey, where he'll be asking for your contact information (ie. email and/or physical addresses) -- because believe it or not, we don't have them -- Kickstarter keeps all your information confidential for your protection.

So please answer the survey, or we will be unable to send you your rewards!

Thanks again.

Your favourite dilettante,

Helena

48 hours to go!

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Do you have friends or family who've been thinking about taking the Dilettante plunge? Maybe a sick old aunt who could be miraculously cured by Helena's magic words? 

Even if just know someone with a wobbly desk that needs a book under one of its legs, now's the time to tell them. There are just 48 hours left, folks. The clock is ticking. Spread the word!

The Saturday plan

"So," I hear you asking, "how will you and Helena be spending the final hours of your Kickstarter project?" 

"What an excellent question!" I reply. "Do you have any more?"

Helena and I will be doing an AMA of sorts this Saturday (that's "ask me anything" for you non-reddit types, darlings), and we'll be livetweeting the countdown all day long. 

For the AMA, you can find us on ask.fm (bonus: you can start asking questions RIGHT NOW, even anonymously, and we'll answer them all on Saturday):

Helena: http://ask.fm/HHBasquiat
Jim: http://ask.fm/jimmycanuck

And be sure to follow us both on Twitter, as we livetweet our anticipatory hijinx:

Helena: http://twitter.com/HHBasquiat
Jim: http://twitter.com/jimmycanuck

I've backed a successful Kickstarter - what now?

After the project closes on Saturday, we'll be sending out surveys to everyone who backed Memoirs of a Dilettante Volume 1 (and again, thank you SO MUCH for doing so!) 

In the survey, we'll be asking you for some very important information. Specifically, where to send your reward to. If you backed for the eBooks, we'll need the email address you want them sent to. If you backed for a print copy, WE'LL NEED TO KNOW WHERE YOU LIVE. (does all caps make that as creepy as I was hoping?)

Regardless of what you pledged, it's important to remember one thing: you need to complete the survey if you want your reward. I'm not trying to be a hard-ass, I swear, but if we don't know where to send stuff, we can't send it. 'Nuff said.

So keep an eye on your inbox, ok?