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I've compiled two major works: an album and a book. Your support will get them printed and launched online. Easy as a pie in the face!

Hello and Welcome!

Let's Get Down to Business:

How To Decide If You Want To Donate:

1. Watch my video!

2. Listen to the audio samples of the book and the album!!

3. Check out my incentives and see what get's you excited!!!

(A BOOK and a CD for $20 GETS ME EXCITED!)

4. Read the rest of this paragraph:

WHO AM I AND WHAT AM I DOING?

I am William Greene. I write, I make music and videos, I run community programs sometimes, and I teach a bit, too. To date I've created 2 works of note: a book of fiction and a 9 track album of homemade songs. With the funds from this KICKSTARTER I shall print up and launch both projects together so as to get them into the hands and brains of as many people as possible. 

(NOTE: do realize that these works are both well into the finishing stages, so a donation is a sure win for both of us—I get to disseminate my work in primo packaging and you get two crackerjack works of art) 

WHAT'S THE DEAL WITH THIS ALBUM?

The album is entitled These Days Are The Old Days and comprises the 9 best and most cohesive songs that I've written over the past 5 years. I've recorded the album in a studio and now need to add a few finishing touches, including paying to have it mixed and mastered by a professional sound man. 

Below are two older demos of songs that are on the album. These two particular songs remain almost unchanged in terms of words and structure, but the fidelity on the new tracks is most improved. Enjoy:

Blood Engine:

Datchida:

You can hear a whole bunch more of my demos HERE

A BOOK? REALLY?

Yes. And a novel length one, too. It's called Flip A Three-Sided Coin and it chronicles the story of a wayward young man's collision with a strange mountain community, a wild young lady, forces of near evil, and bad behavior in all its sordid/assorted varieties. 

BLURB: Youthful Hollace attempts to navigate a challenging world of manly men and threats of death only to find he has no functioning moral compass to speak of. Volatile Lolly attempts to deny his advances while rebuilding her fragile young life. Gene bemusedly sets the two youths upon each other and Bernard vows to get the deed to the ranch by any means necessary! 

Listen to me read the prologue here: 

WHAT YOU GONNA DO WITH ALL THAT MOOLAH?

The money (7000 buckaroos) will be divided up as such:

$4300 gets 500 copies of the book printed up all fancy (no horse glue) and shipped to me so's I can ship 'em to you. This is the BIG expense but since the thing is worth doing at all, it is of course worth doing properly. The high cost for the book buys a high quality product worthy of you, the reader. 

$1000 for 1000 CD's. Bam. CD's are cheap. I am making/appropriating all the packaging, so saving us all a little scratch there. 

$400 goes to mixing and mastering the album. This is a deal I am getting from a friend and will make a world of difference for the end product. 

$600ish (8-10%) goes to Amazon and Kickstarter.

$700ish goes to income taxes cause Uncle Sam's gotta eat, too. 

Any extra moolah will be dedicated to publicity for the releases and scraping together a tour of, at least but not limited to, the Western coast of this, our great nation.

INCENTIVIZE ME!

To the right of your screen you will find my exciting list of incentives. These of course include the book and record, but extend as far as handmade ceramic artwork, shows played at your house or local American Legion, camping trips, a day on the golf course with me and my brothers, and much more. Investigate! 

See some pictures of my incentives HERE!

SO WHAT?

So... Thanks. Thank you very much for you attention, your consideration, your time, and hopefully your donations. The truth of the matter is that this could not be possible without your confidence in my work and your expression of that through the donation of funds. If you have any questions; comments; jokes; suggestions; criticisms; schemes; or notions, please feel encouraged to contact me anytime. 

—William

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    The Budget Package: You will receive all of my thanks and 2 FREE SONG DOWNLOADS when the album is set loose upon the world.

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    The Digital Starter Kit: Bunches of thanks and a FREE DIGITAL DOWNLOAD of the album when it drops.

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    The Digital Finishers Kit: FREE DOWNLOADS as well as a one-of-a-kind button handmade by yours-truly. See an example of one of these buttons on my facebook page (linked below).

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    The Good Old Fashioned Analog Set: For 2.75 hours' minimum wage, the working girl or boy will get A REAL BOOK AND a REAL CD in the post. What a deal! The printing time is uncertain so you will also get DIGITAL DOWNLOADS of the book and CD to tide you over.

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    The Taking Requests Package: All of the above incentives AND I will cover a song of your choice collaborating with you on the sounds you'd like to hear. If I get enough of these they'll be compiled on a CD for all the T.T.R.P. donors.

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    Angeleno Cluck-Cluck Special: You get the book, you get the CD, you get the free downloads!! AND this Fall I will hand deliver a dozen farm-fresh eggs to your door for 2 Saturdays in a row. My dad's chickens are really crapping 'em out like mad these days. Get some!

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    Deluxe Analog Set: All the rewards above plus a silksceened t-shirt and a 3 set of hand made buttons. Check out some of my silkscreen designs and buttons on my facebook page (linked below).

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    The Pet Art Deal: I will create a pen, ink, and colored pencil drawing of you and your pet (or just your pet if you have had enough of yourself). Don't have a pet? That's okay. Just make up a fun hybrid animal and I will draw the two of y'all getting along famously. (inquire for Pet Art samples) + CD and Book!

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    The Puppy Playtime Package: If you like dogs, then this is THE reward for you. Along with hard copies of the book and CD, you will be granted 1 hour of playtime with Ace and Dusty: the 2 playful mutts featured in my video. Travel outside of L.A. County will have to be covered by the donor, as both Ace and Dusty are unemployable. +CD and Book

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    The Ode Of Love Kit: I will deliver an ode of love, sung or dramatically bespokened, to a person or group of your choosing. You can write it or we can do it together. They will melt and be yours forever. + CD and Book!

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    Potter's Kit: Along with the digital and hard copies of the book and CD I will make you a custom libation mug with your name on it. An example of such a mug can be seen in my incentives update.

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    Machete Special: (Warning—NOT FOR VEGANS) CD! BOOK! AND a day of poultry processing at the ranch. Come up to my pop's house in L.A. next summer and I will personally teach you how to process a healthy meat bird from alive and kickin' to BBQ chicken. Eat it here or take it home.

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    The Hit The Links Package: A round of golf with myself and my two good-time lovin' brothers. We'll talk swing thoughts, tear up the fairways, and generally laugh ourselves silly. Charlie says, "We are a blast!." (Travel outside of L.A. will be honchoed by you) + CD and Book

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    The Living History Package: I will use my video skills to create a living history of one of your older relations. I have done a couple of these and enjoy them very much. Some of my interviews can be seen on my Youtube channel (linked below). Travel outside of Los Angeles not included. + CD and Book!

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    The Smoke Out: Book and CD, plus I will come to a place of your choosing at dawn and smoke a pork butt all day long until it is tender and juicy. Then the dinner party you have planned begins and we celebrate late into the evening. Music can be involved if you like. Or whatever. Of course travel outside of L.A. will be your onus. (Also this is subject to us both proving to each other that we are not, in fact, weirdos) + CD and Book!

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    The House Show Package: I will gladly come to your lovely home or office and play a customized set for you and your friends. Or you and your enemies if you want to keep it spicy. Travel outside L.A. is on you. + CD and Book!

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    The Craftsperson Package: I am putting up 11 pieces of hand carved clay tile that I have produced over the last 4 years or so. Check them out within my incentives update or at tumblr.com/blog/poolsoflight. This will be first come, first served. So act fast before the giant brain head in the leaf skirt is claimed by the next mother scratcher. + CD and Book

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    The Los Angeles Tour: This is a great option for the individual or group who are not from L.A. but would love to visit. We will start with breakfast in beautiful oceanside Santa Monica. Then we will proceed to take a hike high above the city. A short geography lesson will accompany our orange slices. After lunch we will pick up a sack lunch at the Oinkster on our way over to the legendary Huntington Gardens. The evening might be constituted by a sporting event or a shopping spree. Tacos will be consumed. To the Frolic Room for a drink. Coffee and slaw at the Pantry. Cruise the freeways in my van for a bit and then call it a night. Whadaya say? (Proof of not being a creep required) + CD and Book!

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    The Weekend Camping Trip Special: I will plan and facilitate a weekend of desert camping somewhere outside of L.A. (Death Valley, Mojave, and Joshua Tree are my favorites) You will of course pay your way since all of your donation will be gone into the ether. But I will pay my own way, too. Topographic map class and plant identification will naturally be on the agenda. Also, I have been meaning to try out a Hobo Can Cake over an open flame. Contact me for further details. (Standard NO CREEPS ALLOWED policy) + CD and Book!

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    The Get It On Package: I will incite, organize, and officiate a Greco-Roman style wrestling match between yourself and a willing adversary. Or two willing adversaries that are not yourself. It will be held in an arena I know of (I have successfully orchestrated one of these previously) and be viewed by a crowd of no more that 16 blood thirsty spectators. Refreshments will not be provided nor will bad sportsmanship be tolerated. Makes a great after work party. + CD and Book!

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    The Messiah Kit: I will carve a votive statue of you out of beautifully sculpted clay that can then be worshiped by your followers. It will stand a full 2 feet in height and fulminate glorious! We can also collaborate on a pamphlet decrying your holiness. + CD and Book!

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    The Rapture Deal: At the thousand dollar level you will receive my assurance that should you be taken to paradise in the Rapture (as is described in God's book—The Book of Revelations), I will travel to your home, rescue, then care for your pets. My obligation will extend until the time comes that they experience a natural passing or are taken to animal heaven by a subsequent animal rapture. (No snakes or Afgans) + CD and Book!

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    The Epic Pub Crawl Package: My brother Andrew has offered to host a non-weirdo for one of his Odyssean pub crawls. Contact me for details! And start taking your vitamins now!! Travel outside L.A. is on you, bud. + CD and Book!

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    The Angel Donor Package: If you fully fund my project then you and I will set out together in the Victory Wagon upon my ill-conceived BBQ and Civil War tour of the South East. A 12 day journey from Pennsylvania to New Orleans punctuated by battle-fields and baby-backs. My van only seats 4 but it also sleeps 4. So, booyah! Join me! (no creeps policy naturally applies) + CD and Book

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