Funded! This project was successfully funded on July 17, 2012.

Update #6

Who wants a biography?

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Why, yes, we have succeeded again in getting our top pledge pledged.  Huzzah!

We admit that this is not our fault.  In fact, when we first came up with the $400 pledge level, we thought it would never be pledged.  We did not, in fact, yearn with all our hearts to come up with a brand new story and brand new pictures to go with it!  And, yet, that is the fate with which we are now saddled.

When we established our next top pledge level, we figured that raising the entrance to $500 and setting it somewhat based in and around Houston (unless you have access to a private airline) would prevent anyone from dedicating their funds towards a portrait by a portraitist.

So now, we have upped the ante again (and then we're going to call, so have your cards ready) and are now providing three biographies (about You and Two Friends) written to spec along with three sets of postcards for $600.  We fully expect that no one will take up this gauntlet and throw it back into our faces.  But if you indeed DO throw it in our faces, please use velvet gloves instead of gauntlets.

And if you do throw it in our faces, be aware that we will come up with another top pledge and another top pledge until all our pledges have been topped.

Or we run out of time.

Probably the latter.

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    At this level you get good feelings and congratulation from both myself and yourself. You want to support Art & Literature but you don't want to see evidence of it in your mailbox. You're shy, but giving, and you have too much stuff to read and look at already. I understand.

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    You get a postcard! Well, technically, you get four postcards, because that's how many it's going to take to tell this story. Also, you'll get four photographs. Okay, really, what you're getting here is the project itself. IN YOUR OWN HOT, LITTLE HANDS!

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    FOR INTERNATIONAL POSTCARDEES ONLY! You get a postcard! Well, technically, you get four postcards, because that's how many it's going to take to tell this story. Also, you'll get four photographs. Okay, really, what you're getting here is the project itself. IN YOUR OWN HOT, LITTLE (INTERNATIONAL) HANDS!

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    Postcards for you + You can choose two of your lucky friends (or not-so-friends) who will receive postcards in the mail WITHOUT EXPLANATION! (Unless you tell them. In which case they'll totally be expecting it.)

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    FOR INTERNATIONAL POSTCARDEES ONLY! Postcards for you + You can choose two of your lucky friends (or not-so-friends) who will receive postcards in the mail WITHOUT EXPLANATION! (Unless you tell them. In which case they'll totally be expecting it.)

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    Postcards for you and two of your friends + A letter of your very own, from Andrew, to you, that will be at least two pages long and full of... well, stuff. Probably random stuff, but stuff all the same. And isn't stuff what we all really, deep down, want? Well, that and postcards.

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    5 backers Limited (15 left of 20)

    Postcards for you and two of your friends + a signed 5" by 7" fiber-print of one of Ashley's images (your choice) from her book Object or Event (printed in editions of ten -- check www.ashleymaclean.com for images). Art from an actual artist!

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    5 backers Limited (13 left of 18)

    Postcards for you and two of your friends + a copy of CITY OF REGRET (Zone 3 Press, 2007), Andrew's very own book of poetry that he wrote by himself with no help from anyone whatsoever. Except all the teachers he's ever had, all the books he's ever read, and the other poets who've helped him along the way. Other than that, though, his book is a complete non-collaboration.

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    3 backers Limited (17 left of 20)

    Postcards for you and two of your friends + a signed 8" by 10" c-print of one of Ashley's images (your choice) from her book Color is an Accident (printed in editions of five -- check www.ashleymaclean.com for images). Slightly larger art from an actual artist!

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    Postcards for you and two of your friends + a signed 11" by 14" c-print of one of Ashley's images (your choice) from the postcard series (printed in editions of five). Significantly larger art from an actual artist of the same size as before!

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    Postcards for you and two of your friends + Congratulations! You have funded the project! I am so excited and, wait, what? You want me to write a new, completely different story for the project? One based around your own three-word theme? Well, crap. I didn't know this was going to be so much work. (So, in essence, YOU will give me the prompt and I will write a new story based around the words you give me. The story will be 500 words or less so that it will be able to comfortably fit on the requisite four postcards. And we want the story to be comfortable, don't we?)

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    Postcards for you and two of your friends + I (i.e., Ashley) will take your portrait in the style of my (i.e., Still Ashley) work. This image may look strange to you, dependent on your outlook. But if you want a professional artistic portrait of yourself that is subject to the professional artistic whims of an artist, and you're in Houston or live within a few hours drive or want to fly down here, then this pledge level is for you! (And you only, because there's only one of these pledge rewards and it's going slow!) It's also fine if you want to fly me to wherever you are, but you have to get me home, too. You'll get a large print of the portrait and you'll be famous. Well, you'll get a large print. Sizing negotiable, but something upwards of 11x14, plus a decent sized digital scan of the image.

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    Postcards for you and two of your friends + I will write biographies of you and your two friends inspired by your respective names. These will be stories in the form of a biography and will be at least a thousand words long. These stories will be dedicated to you (well, your name will be in the title) and, though I will hold all rights to them, it will be your choice as to whether you secrete the story in your backyard in a stainless steel time capsule OR order me to release the story into the creative commons wilderness OR direct me to try and get the story published in an actual magazine. The question you need to ask yourself is this: Do you wish the fame epitomized by your very name to be spread far and wide across the land? Granted, this fame will be a lie, but if it makes you feel better, just realize that all of history is a lie, or so Mr. MacGruder, my high school history teacher told me. And, no, that never made me feel any better, either. (Hi, Mr. MacGruder!)

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