May 3rd, 2012

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Kickstarting

No doubt plenty of you have been watching Amanda Palmer’s mind-blowing Kickstarter rocket all over the place the past few days. …ology has a good article about it, which is summarized by focusing on AFP’s understanding that the music, making the music, sharing the music, is about connecting with the listeners/fans, and that it pretty much always has been.

I admit with no particular pride that for about the first day and a half of AFP’s Kickstarter I was consumed with envy. There is a part of me which, offended, says, “Let Kickstarter be for people who REALLY NEED the money!”

Except, y’know, for one thing, I have no idea how much money AFP has. I know she’s married to a rich man, but I’m quite certain she’s not interested in having him bankroll her career. And for another, realistically, I know that musicians do not exactly roll in cash. There are exceptions, as there are with writers, but realistically: yeah. Very few of us are getting rich off our art. For a third, although I’m reasonably certain there’s some small crossover between my readers and AFP’s fans, I mean, really, what the hell is my deal, it’s not like she’s taking money out of my pocket or anything. o.O

Furthermore, it doesn’t really matter. The truth is the reason that AFP’s Kickstarter is running out of control is because she’s got direct access to thousands of passionate fans*^, and she interacts with them on a personal level that means a lot to them, and, vitally–and this is something I understand from doing my own Kickstarter–people want to help make art happen. This is *important* to people, and we’re suddenly in an era where individuals can come together to offer small patronages which add up to something wonderful happening. I came to that realization before I read the above article, but really, it’s utterly true: the important thing is that this is about the art, whatever the art is, and its success should be celebrated.

So my hat is off to Amanda Palmer, and I hope that crazy thing cracks a million bucks before it ends on May 30th. Because even if I’m not a particular AFP fan (I’m not *not* a fan, I’m just not a fan), even I’d kinda love to see what she does if she gets that kind of money to do it with. :)

*and, okay, here, her extremely-well-social-media-connected husband is not exactly a down side: no one I know wouldn’t give an arm, leg or eye to get a boost from Neil Gaiman, because that’s a career-making kind of high-five

^which is also why Order of the Stick did so incredibly well, and why Womanthology blew all expectations away–neither of which, interestingly, got up my nose in terms of “but that’s not FAIR!” I suspect this has something to do with how closely to my own passions the wildly successful Kickstarters lie.

(x-posted from the essential kit)

family

*laughs* family

My sister’s got this weird thing going on with her grant applications where for some reason the application won’t put the date in European style. The last two times, she was working on the applications at my house, and I went to the computer, peered at it, and the dates were all correct. This time she sent me a chat saying “You know that magic thing you do to make the dates turn out right on an application? Would you like to come over here and do that?” I said, “Sure,” and a few seconds later she said, “…they’re fixed.” FEAR THE POWER OF MY MIIIIIIIIIIIIND :)

We were out and about last night, Ted and Young Indiana and myself, and I paused at a jewelry store to admire the really beautiful men’s wedding rings they had on display, and called to Ted, “Do you need a new wedding band?” He came to look and agreed they were indeed beautiful, and I said, “Heck, we even have an anniversary coming up! It’s what, our fourteenth?”

And Ted burst out laughing and said, “Don’t ever change. It’s our fifteenth.” I was like, “Really? How can that BE?” and he was all, “We got married in ’97, my love.” So I counted on my fingers and lo, he was right, that came to fifteen. I said I’d be damned, and he laughed some more, and I thought a 15th anniversary was a nice big number that would justify a new wedding ring if he wanted one. :) Fifteen! Who knew? Good heavens! How is that POSSIBLE?

(x-posted from the essential kit)

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NO DOMINION

Well, I’ve just sent NO DOMINION and a bunch of Walker Papers short stories as a submission package to my editor at Luna. I have absolutely no idea if they’ll accept it, and will have no hard feelings if not–Luna does not, as a matter of course, publish short story collections–but I’m willing to give it a shot. And if they do not, please do not fear: I will find some other way to make the stories available to people who didn’t get a chance to participate in the Kickstarter. :)

(x-posted from the essential kit)