The Home Stretch

Greetings from Moon Hill
We’re down to the last six days of the campaign. I swear it’s like this month has gone by in a blur. It’s certainly left my head spinning. So much, in fact, that I haven’t really had an opportunity to post here all that much. I don’t really have much time right now, in fact, but I wanted to at least say something, so . . .

Yeah. Six days left. We’re going to do slipcases. And Mercedes is offering another Halloween-themed blanket as a reward. And if we manage to reach $7,300 in funding, we’re going to offer T-shirts.

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So there it is. Maybe in another week I can come up for air. For now, I’m going back under. See you in a week.

TK

TONIGHT! LIVE Q&A!

Tonight! Tony and I are going live on YouTube to take your questions about the Moon Hill Kickstarter campaign. Want to know what inspired the stories? Or how Tony designs his sculptures? ASK US! Seriously, you can ask us anything. ANYTHING.

We’ll be live at 8 PM EST. If you can’t make it, feel free to submit your questions to us ahead of time so we’re not staring at each other awkwardly on camera. Please and thank you.

See you all tonight!

TK

What a week!

Greetings from Moon Hill
Have you backed us yet?

Goddamn, what a week. Seriously, folks, between the campaign and my day job, I’ve barely had time to decompress. But it’s been worth it. In case you haven’t been keeping up with the campaign progress, we have achieved over 50% of our funding goal in the first week. The first week! When I did this years ago for ALT, I struggled to get funded in 60 days! The Kickstarter staff also designated Moon Hill as a “Project We Love,” giving it top billing on the front page of the site.

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Doesn’t hurt that we’ve received some incredible press this week. Dread Central, Popcorn Horror, The Moon is a Dead World, Horror Fiction Books, and Horror Society have all posted about our little campaign. Next week Tony and I will be on Armand Rosamilia’s Arm Cast podcast to talk about the project, and we’re giving away a Box of Dread from Dread Central when we reach 75 backers. So yeah, we’re both busy with this thing, and will be for the next three weeks. On that note, I just want to say thanks for your patience with all the sharing/promoting across my social media streams (mainly Facebook and Twitter). I know it turns into noise after a while, but please understand that it’s necessary.

And speaking of noise . . . have you backed the campaign yet? 😉

Right. I’m on my way back to Moon Hill. See you all on the other side of Old Road.

TK

The Big Secret: GREETINGS FROM MOON HILL

Greetings from Moon Hill
Tony Rapino and I have teased you relentlessly over the last several weeks, and now we’re finally pulling back the curtain on a project that’s been nearly two years in the making.

The project is this: A limited hardcover run of a new collection by Anthony J. Rapino, titled GREETINGS FROM MOON HILL. This will be the first title published by Precipice Books that isn’t by me. As you can imagine, it’s a huge step for me and for Precipice, and if successful, it will lead to subsequent titles by other authors. This Kickstarter campaign will combine Tony’s fiction with his sculptures, allowing the reader to hold a piece of Moon Hill in their hands.

Our goal is $6,800 in 30 days, but we have a lot of really cool stretch goals planned should we exceed that amount. Things like glow-in-the-dark variants of the sculptures, a video documenting Tony’s sculpting process, illustrations for the collection, T-shirts, and possibly even a story collaboration between Tony and me.

You can get the full details on the project here. This probably goes without saying, but supporting this project means supporting Precipice and its future. Any and all support is greatly appreciated.

So there you have it, folks. That’s the big secret. We have 30 days to raise nearly $7k. Please help us get there.

TK

On Being 33, Job Hunting, and Publishing

AUTHOR OF NIGHTMARES

So . . . today’s my birthday. Thirty-three trips around the sun so far, with at least thirty-five more in my future before things get sketchy. As with my other birthdays in recent years, I find I’m reflecting on the past, where I’ve been, how I got here, where I am, where I want to go.

It’s been a while since I’ve written here. Now seems as good a time as any. So . . .

I’ve been busy on a project with Anthony J. Rapino. It’s going to be announced at the end of this month. We’re both pretty excited about it, as we’ve put a lot of hard work and long hours into this thing. I can’t say more than that, but I think you will all be surprised in a good way.

That said, where I am is a scary place. I don’t talk about my day job much, mainly because I don’t want there to be a public association between Todd the Writer and Todd the Employee of a Nameless Corporation. And lately, talking about my day job is the last thing I’ve wanted to do because, well, things aren’t great there. I’ve been passively looking for another job since January, and actively (e.g. multiple resumes out into the world) for the last several weeks. This is a job I’ve held since 2007. I’ve grown up here. My coworkers are like family to me. Leaving them, leaving my comfort zone, scares me.

But . . . when I think back on where I was ten years ago, and where I am now, it’s disheartening to find that not much has changed on the job front. Sure, the place of employment has changed, but the overall feeling of dread and unhappiness has risen again. I used to like this job, but now I find I loathe it.

The problem is, I’ve built my financial life around it. I can’t leave without finding something to take its place. As I said, I’m actively seeking employment elsewhere. It sucks. I’d rather have my toenails ripped off. Slowly.

So that’s where I am. Let’s talk about where I want to go.

That project I’ve been working on could lead to something bigger. It’s the start of something that could potentially be a career. I’ve been doing a lot of soul-searching lately, and I’ve realized that I will never truly be happy unless I’m doing what I want to do, and that’s work in publishing. All facets of it. Not just writing.

Don’t get me wrong—I still love writing, and I still intend to finish book #3, but this is bigger than that. For me, anyway.

Again, I’m being vague because I have to be. I don’t want to spoil the surprise.

For now I’m going to ask for two things:

1 –  Good vibes. I’m going to need lots of luck if I’m going to succeed at finding something else in the job market.

2 – Support the project that’s coming up, in any way you can.

I think that’s all for now. Thanks, everyone, for the birthday wishes. They mean the world to me.

I’ll see you all again in three weeks. Stay tuned.

TK