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Late update

Posted by Tiffany (Creator)


I know it is a bit late to say this, but things have been incredibly rough in my personal life right after Thanksgiving. I can't speak about the specifics of it, but ... basically I've been going through a lot of things, and it has been very painful for me to speak or even think about. 

Every day has been a trial since that event. I never wanted you to think I ran out on you guys, but I just couldn't bring myself to write anything to you in spite of logging on. I wanted to, but I felt paralyzed every time, even before typing out a single letter, let alone clicking "update."

From the bottom of my heart, I'm so sorry I haven't been getting back to you guys. I'm calling in as many favors as I can to get this thing done, as soon as possible. Please bear with me, and thank you all for any patience you have.

Apologetic and humble,



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      Lisa Kaiffer on

      Dear Tiffany,

      if you ever get around to reading these comments, please don't be discouraged. I still love the idea of your project and I - like many other backers - respect your personal situation. I sincerely hope that you will start feeling better soon, and that you don't let this delay discourage you from ever creating new projects. There is no way you could have foreseen whatever has happened. :) I am going to stick with you even if it takes another couple of months.

    2. Ed Dove on


      I'm beginning to think you might be right. And I'll be willing to join any group effort to obtain refunds if Tiffany ever goes more than a month without another update again.

      Also, I'm beginning to wonder if Tiffany's personal tragedy might be that she suffers from bipolar disorder, started this project during a manic episode, and is now caught in the depths of a depressive episode. If so, then she might be able to finish the project when this depressive episode is over.

    3. Matt Wiseman

      Ed the aforementioned personal tragedy happened about 2 months after the deadline. Assuming something truly horrid, I'll assume Dec is a wash for productivity. Then you have Jan and Feb and now march. That said, we're now 3 days until its been a month since the last update. See my post on the main Comments page. I'm calling this KS a dead duck and at this point am not expecting anything. Frankly if the aforementioned personal tragedy was this bad, she should have just said "I've had a huge personal tragedy and won't be able to finish the book, sorry" which would have been better, and more professional than this crap

    4. Ed Dove on


      I know. And, if Tiffany was just being lazy or incompetent, not suffering from some sort of devastating personal tragedy, such a long delay with no end in sight would be reasonable grounds for assuming the project was effectively abandoned and, so, demanding refunds. But that's not the case. Instead, because the project had been going well and was nearly complete before Tiffany's computer glitch, we can reasonably assume that she'll finish the project as soon as she's emotionally able to do so.

      That said, I, personally, am getting a bit annoyed that she's now gone more than two weeks without another update, and hasn't even logged in to Kickstarter since February 11. I sent her a personal message through Kickstarter, asking for another update, the day before the two-week mark. No response. So I sent her another one a few days later. Again no response.

      So, if she fails to communicate with us for months at a time again, then I'll join the group demanding refunds.

    5. Matthew on

      Ed; The projected date was 9/12/2012 nearly 6 months ago & still no idea when we'll get this.

    6. Brian_Link on

      Hey Tiffany, its been a little over a couple weeks. Could we get another update? :)

    7. Ed Dove on


      Perhaps *you* haven't read Kickstarter's FAQ page?

      Backing a Kickstarter project is *NOT* investing in that project because:

      "Do backers get ownership or equity in the projects they fund?"

      "No. Project creators keep 100% ownership of their work. Kickstarter cannot be used to offer financial returns or equity, or to solicit loans."

      "Some projects that are funded on Kickstarter may go on to make money, but backers are supporting projects to help them come to life, not financially profit."

      Estimated delivery dates are *NOT* promised reward fulfillment dates because:

      "It's not uncommon for things to take longer than expected. Sometimes the execution of the project proves more difficult than the creator had anticipated."

      The *ONLY* Kickstarter mandated accountability that project creators are legally required to fulfill is:

      "...fulfill all rewards of their project or refund any backer whose reward they do not or cannot fulfill."

      But even that requirement is *only* to *EVENTUALLY* fulfill all rewards. There is *NO* Kickstarter mandate nor legal requirement to fulfill any reward within any specific amount of time.

      All the updating that Tiffany should've done and should do from now on is merely "expected", not mandated nor legally required:

      "If problems come up, creators are expected to post a project update (which is emailed to all backers) explaining the situation."

      And we backers are expected to act like decent people and treat project creators with the humane consideration due to all people:

      "Why do people back projects?"

      "A lot of backers are rallying around their friends' projects. Some are supporting people they've long admired. Many are just inspired by a new idea. Others are inspired by a project's rewards — a copy of what's being made, a limited edition, or a custom experience related to the project."

      "Backing a project is more than just giving someone money, it's supporting their dream to create something that they want to see exist in the world."

      "If a creator is making a good faith effort to complete their project and is transparent about it, backers should do their best to be patient and understanding while demanding continued accountability from the creator."

      "We hope that backers will consider using this provision only in cases where they feel that a creator has not made a good faith effort to complete the project and fulfill."

    8. Matthew on

      Ed & Bobby;
      Perhaps you haven't read Kickstarter's FAQ page? We are "investing" in a project, not giving cash to a friend in need. As such her first priority is to satisfy her investors. We have a right to the rewards that we paid for within a reasonable amount of time around the promissed date.

      We aren't seeing any of the Kickstarter mandated accountability on this project, that she is legally required to fullfil.

      Maybe if she hadn't disappeared for a few months (VERY unprofessional) or maybe if she gave us a new deadline things would be different.

      If she can't provide a new date. She should refund and start another project when she is able to fullfil her obligations.

    9. Bobby Allen

      Dead Horse well beaten!!! Tiffany no one hates you. We, based on prior post, want to know what is happening in your life and with this project. Kickstarter=journey/quest take us with you.

    10. Bobby Allen

      too many Mathews you know which one I meant.

    11. Bobby Allen

      @Matthew: Kickatarter is NOT a pre-order system. It is a place where regular folks can pitch an idea. Most of the time realizing the idea is bigger than expected. Tiffany (singular person) can in no way be compared with Barns & Nobel. She had a vision. We supported that vision then life smacked her in the face. I have backed over 60 projects and some have had issues. Kickstarter is not a pre-order system from a mega company.

      That is actually the point. If folks could get funding through traditional means they would. This forum provides a closer connection between the creator and the backers. Which is why it is very important that he creators keep he backers informed.

      I do not believe this was intended to fraud anyone. The funding was 20k. No one is going to retire on that.

    12. Bobby Allen

      I still believe in you. Loosing close friends is rough. Been there done that. One of my best friends shot himself and was discovered weeks later half eaten by his dog. It is hard, but you continue. You have a new set of folks who care about you. Share your pain. The difference between buying stock, pre-ordering, and kickstarter is that most of the backers give you money because they believe in you vs the actual reward. If I pre-order a game from gamestop and it is delayed I bitch and moan and they give me a store credit. Kickstarter is different. Backers know (or should know) they are funding a dream. Sometimes dreams can become nightmares. Share your pain with us. That is part of the reward. I have cookbooks. I have aprons. I backed your project for the journey.

    13. Sheri Bryan on

      I know life sometimes kicks you in the @ss, and it's tough. I've certainly been there :) So whatever is going on, we appreciate the updates and know when you're ready -- you'll send it off. Don't stress about us, you've probably got enough stress going on in your life. Looking forward to seeing the final product, and trying out the yummy recipes, but we can wait. Patience is something we have and we'll wait as long as we need to. Best wishes to you at this time, and I hope everything works out for you in the end.

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      Jason schimmel on

      Let me add my voice to those expressing their understand that you are having a rough time in your life right now. I hope that whatever issues are plaguing your personal life reach as positive a resolution as can be hoped for as soon as possible. I know that I'll be happy as long as the lines of communication on the project stay open even if personal problems result in delays. I'm sure many of your backers would be happy to do anything they can do to help you fully realize this project as a reality(myself included). In the last update on the project we got, you mentioned some lost data and that you were going to have to redo the layout work. How did that go? If it didn't get done is there anything we can do to help?

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      Matthew Agler on

      I, for one, didn't purchase a cookbook. I don't need a cookbook. I saw a cool idea someone had for a project, and due to the low pledge amount to participate, I supported. I am looking forward to seeing the final result, but I never looked at this as placing an order. Maybe is feel differently of I supported a project at $500. Be well, find your motivation to finish the project because it was something you wanted to do, not because you have orders to fill.

    16. Andrea Milar on

      (Now, the good part said: I do understand personal issues. But no matter how frozen you would get logging in, you're proposing a business here. When things like that happen, you have to find some way to communicate. Get a friend, family member, business partner, somebody to update in your stead as you finally did.

      I know I personally tried several ways to contact you and got no response from any of them. Because of this, I would suggest you update us far more frequently than you would on an average project just to assure us you understand our worry.)

      Again, thank you for the update. If there's anything I can do to help (proofread, etc), please contact me.

    17. Andrea Milar on

      Thank you for the update! Keep us in the loop and we're good to go. :) I'll be thinking positive thoughts your way for the personal challenges (I totally understand).

      And I heartily second Ed Dove: This was an investment, not a purchase. We will get something out of it, but there's not a timeline.

    18. Shadow Stalker

      Hi Tiffany, Life sometimes knocks us around a bit. You have a lot of support here please remember that : )

      We appreciate the update, try to think positively, it does help.

      Keep your spirits up, Wishing you Warm Wishes and the Kindest of Regards : )

    19. Bob McGarity on

      You've got lots of support Tiffany. I'm very thankful for your hard work and updates.

    20. Thefancydudecakes

      Best of luck to you Tiffany, looking forward to when the book gets done. Until then I shall happily wait for you to get back into gear.

    21. Ed Dove on


      You *DIDN'T* *pay* a *business* for an *order*.

      You *DIDN'T* *purchase* *merchandise*.

      What you *DID* was *PLEDGE* to *HELP* a *PERSON* with a *PROJECT*.

      And that *person* promised to give you something *WHEN THE PROJECT IS DONE*.

      And, even though that *person* *ESTIMATED* that the project would be done long ago, that was merely an *ESTIMATE* -- *NOT* a guarantee.

      So, as long as Tiffany keeps working on the project we *PLEDGED* to *SUPPORT*, she doesn't owe anybody a refund.

    22. Matthew on

      I'm sorry, but, this is business.
      As cold as it may seem, I paid for something & sadly personal life has no part of business.

      If we were to order from Barnes & Nobles, no one would accept that someone was having a bad day and can't ship the purchased merchandise.

      When exactly will it be availble?

      If things are that tough, then be professional about it and issue refunds.

    23. Michael Buono on

      Take your time Tiffany. Shit happens. Thanks for the update, and I hope things get better.

    24. Colin Samuel Peacock on

      Please do take all the time you need.

    25. Katie Cunningham on

      Are we the same person? Because I've had the same sort of crap-cascade going on in my life as well.

      Take your time. Get better.

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      John Laurin on

      Take all the time you need. We can wait for you to get through this. Stay strong.

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      Matt Twitty on

      Take your time, many of us understand and don't want to rush you, get things back in order and don't stress a ton about it. We'll give you a break this time, ;P

    28. Mark Kerr Jr on

      Sometimes you roll a 1 in life. You'll need to rest and recover your lost HP. It took alot of CHA, STR, and CON to tell us this. Recover yourself mighty warrior! The time to finish this task will come when you do.

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      smaller on

      You sound exactly like I did recently, for nearly exactly the same situation... it would be hypocritical of me in the extreme to be upset about it at all.

      Good luck with things!

    30. Shayna Shaw on

      Sorry to hear you're having problems. Personally, I'm just happy you're feeling up to updating again, however briefly. Life happens. We'll all patiently wait. Just work on feeling better!

    31. Sean Blakey on

      Personal life happens. Take care of yourself.

      Honestly, your paralysis at trying to update is pretty close to what I guessed was going on. It's very human.

      Please, try the habit of small, frequent updates. I think you will find the whole process less intimidating if you update more often, even if it's an update as trivial as "still running behind, not much done this week."

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      TaraNewman on

      Thanks for the update! Take care and let us know if you need help!

    33. Michael Merhar on

      Thanks for the update. I am patient as far as the book is concerned but just keep us updated.

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      Frank Timmers on

      Dear Determinator,

      Thanks a lot for the update! much appreciated. I think you'll find (as confirmed by other posters below) most of your backers are patient people, we'll see the book when it's ready.

      Take care,

    35. Geikichi on

      Thanks you for the update ! Take care of yourself !

    36. James H Brown on

      Thank you so much for the update, I am sorry you are going thru a rough patch in life right now. I will be happy to get the book when I get it. You got knocked down and you are getting back up right now, that is the hard part. Please keep us in the loop, we are your supporters, let us in so we can fulfill our role. Keep plugging, take care of yourself and we are all looking forward to the book.

    37. Fredrik Sivertsson on

      I agree, I am not interested in recieving the book if it means that in any way your health is jeopardized.

    38. Ed Dove on

      Thanks for the update!

      I second everything everybody else has already said -- especially that I consider your health and well-being far more important than getting this project done quickly, and that I understand and empathize with feeling paralyzed by overwhelming grief, despair, guilt, embarrassment and shame, and that just letting me know every week or two that you're still alive and working is all I need to keep me from worrying (both about you and about the project) until it gets done.

      Please stay in touch and take care!

    39. Mike Mudgett

      Hang in there, it's just a cookbook. As long as you keep us informed, we'll be fine I'm sure. Take care!

    40. Amber

      Feel better soon! Thanks for reaching out. ^^

    41. Vickey & Bob Beaver/Obatron Productions on

      Life takes precedence over a cookbook. Having had my share of trials and tragedies in my recent past, I can whole-heartedly empathize with you even without knowing the specifics. Thank you for getting others to respond on your behalf and for this update now.

      Whatever happened, I wish you the best to work through it. I'm still excited about this project and eager to see how it all works out. It'll be a nice "surprise" whenever the final delivery date ends up being.

      May each of your tomorrows be better than your yesterdays.


    42. Michael Robins on

      Echoing what everyone else is saying, take care of you and we'll wait patiently for the book. :)

    43. Brian_Link on

      Thanks for the update! We can all accept life happening, just let us know what's up every week or two and we'll be happy. Just don't get paralyzed with fear. Its much worse to say nothing than it is to say just a tiny bit.

    44. Travis on

      Thanks for the update and I wish you the best in your personal life. I have no time frame on this project, so go easy on yourself.

    45. Michael Caldwell

      This update is all most (or all) of us needed. I am perfectly content waiting for this project, I just needed to know it wasn't abandoned. I hope things get better for you. Do what needs to be done for your health and mental wellness.

    46. Tina Tipton

      Tiffany, I am so sorry you are suffering and I wish there was a way for me to help. The only thing I know I can do is to assure you that waiting for this book is not a major burden to me- and it should not weigh you down, either. My thoughts are with you. Take care.

    47. Ellen on

      Take care, and thank you for the update!

    48. Shane Zeagman on

      Stuff like this happens, I know, but a little update like this goes a long way and a larger one when you're ready will go even further. Keep well, but keep us in the loop. Hopefully you can find a way to get back in the saddle, even if that means you need a new horse.

    49. Kara Lindelof on

      Just keep updating us. I don't mind the wait, life happens and it seems to me that doing a kickstarter is way more challenging then it seems! Take care of yourself, just keep us updated!

    50. Sean O'Connell on

      I'm good.. if you talk to me (like you are doing) I have no problem with it being late. You just make it as good as you can.