Where we stand.

Afternoon, folks.  Been a few days since I updated here.  I’ve been more than a little busy in the interim.  Juggling multiple projects is a challenge, but it’s been fun so far.

Right now the Kickstarter Project to save ALT 2.0 is at the 35% mark with $700 pledged. This was all pledged within the first two weeks, which is incredible. I love you guys.  Really.

I want to mention something about the pledges.  I realize the tiers go up into the thousands.  I do not expect to receive pledges in those amounts; I merely made them available in the incredible chance someone with the means to do so would choose to make that pledge.  Don’t let that discourage you.  The minimum pledge is $5.  I’m cool with that.  I would’ve made it higher if I wasn’t.  I don’t want anyone to think that they have to give more than that.  You don’t.  I think the things I’ve planned for the Access posts are worth the $5 admission fee alone.  Give or don’t give–that’s your call–but don’t think you’re expected to give beyond your means.  I don’t ask that of anyone.

Today I have a new piece of flash fiction up at 365tomorrows.com.  This story, like most flash I write, ran longer than the maximum 600 words.  I kept two versions–the trimmed flash piece, and the uncut piece.  Tonight I will make the uncut piece available to backers of my project, in the first truly “exclusive” Access post.  I’ll be doing this periodically along with many, many other insights into the creation process of ALT, from the characters to the plot to the cover design and trailer.  I’m going to go much more in depth with things there than I ever did here.

If you want to take part, your ticket is $5. Nothing more. And if the project earns out, you’ll get a nice, printable PDF of ALT 2.0 as well.

Now, as far as the other book is concerned, I’m halfway through chapter eleven.  It’s a very intense chapter, with lots of action from the very start, and will end on a serious, somber note.  The book stands at nearly 94k words right now.  Unless chapter twelve runs short, it looks like I’m going to blow past that 115k word mark.  Not a major deal, but it will mean more cutting later on.  We shall see.

That’s all for now, though.  If you’re one of the folks who pledged, look for a post later this evening, Eastern-Standard. I hope you’ll like it.

Until next time,


P.S. I’m still looking for suggestions on the next Word Machines feature.  Shoot an email to suggestions [at] toddkeisling.com.