That kickstarter thing

Capria: So my human is doing a Kickstarter project.

Tia: I like to kick. I like to start everyone kicking too.

Carrma: Yeah. My human still has a knot on her leg from you. -glares-

Tia: -pouts- If she wouldn’t have whacked me on the butt, I wouldn’t have kicked her.

Capria: Ahem. So my human is seeking funding to rewrite and publish a book called Living in Threes

Gabriella: Hey! Look at the video! I’m the star. I even got my cues right. -preens-

Pooka: That’s my darling. I like this idea about kicking. I can kick too!

Carrma: Yeah. My human has a dent in her other leg from you, kid.

Pooka: -mumble mumble- Didn’t mean to. -mumble mumble- Boy this hay is good…

Capria: SO. My human is also giving out nifty prizes like e-book copies, art, and even an appearance in the novel.

Gabriella: I hear there’s even going to be a white horse in there. Probably me.

Camilla: I wanna be in the book! I’m GOOD at kicking! Outta my way, Gabriella!

Gabriella: Um, leaving now…

Khepera: Hey Carrma. I thought you kicked your human once too.

Carrma: Oh. Um. Well. She jabbed her toe in my stomach while mounting. I couldn’t help it. Oh, look, a stray piece of hay. Nom nom.

Capria: So we’re going to tell all the other humans to help, right? RIGHT?

Herd: Yes, ma’am. Go, humans, go!

Capria: Good. Now maybe my human will stop that writing thing long enough to feed us lunch…

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Coyote!

Evey: So, Carrma, ready for your walk?

Carrma: Nope. I’d rather finish my second breakfast.

Evey: Please?

Carrma: Well, if you insist. Just one last mouthful. Ah. Okay. Off we go!

Evey: Nice day, isn’t it? Sunny. A bit of a breeze. Watch that cactus, there.

Carrma, head up, ears pointed: Human. COYOTE! Right there on the road!

Evey: Oooh, neat. Hi coyote!

Coyote, looking at Carrma and Evey: Oh hai. Just passing through. Don’t mind me. -trots off-

Neighborhood dogs: Intruder alert! Intruder alert!

Carrma: EEEEK. We’re going home RIGHT NOW.

Evey: But he’s gone–

Carrma: RIGHT NOW, human. -hauls Evey back toward arena-

Evey: Don’t you want to finish your walk?

Carrma: Not when there are dangerous critters about. We go home NOW!

Evey: Okay, okay.

Carrma, near gate: I still get a treat, right?

Evey: Well, I suppose so.

Carrma: Nom nom nom.

Tia, at gate: Me too! Me too!

Evey: Sorry, dear. Not today.

Tia: Pooh. -wanders off-

Carrma: Ahh. Safe at home. Oh look, pieces of hay. And more hay. Ooh, look…

Evey: Bye, dear.

Help feed the ponies!

Khepera: That hay pile is getting low.

Carrma: That’s why the human is having a sale.

Khepera: What’s a sale?

Carrma: Human sez: 

The Feed the Fat White Ponies sale continues–now through Monday the 20th. Here’s the deal:

Writing mentoring, editing, and general word-related services are on sale. 5 hours for $180. For that you get whatever you need. Some of the things I can do for you and your project or ms.:

Read and comment on your submission package for agent or publisher (cover letter, synopsis, opening chapters). Usually this includes a go at the revision of the package, as well.

Help you develop a submission package from your ms. This can range from a master class in writing the synopsis to an in-depth edit of your opening chapters.

Five hours of chapter edits, from line edits to overall plot and structure. This usually covers about 20,000 words of text, depending on how detailed the edits turn out to be.

But that’s not all I can do. I can help you with your idea from the bottom on up, help you develop a plot and setting. Or I can help you with worldbuilding and research. Help you develop characters. Give you a short, individualized, customized course in plot, setting, characterization, dialogue.

Development of projects is one of my most favorite things to do. I love doing it, and I love seeing the results. If you’re stuck, if you’re not sure how to pull it together, if you’ve got a plot but the whole idea of the synopsis is presenting a big brick wall–that’s one of the things I really enjoy doing. Almost as much as the ponies enjoy eating. ;>

Camp Lipizzan is also on sale. A long weekend (or several weekdays) on a horse farm in southern Arizona, with hot and cold running Lipizzans. Horse Camp for Writers is one way we play it–a writing retreat in the desert with Fat White Ponies, with or without workshopping. We also do Camp Among the Lipizzans for non-writer-type people. Yoga Camp (coordinating with Desert Horse Yoga). Riding Camp (working with Desert Horse Equestrian, which teaches everything from dressage to sports massage). Book and pay a minimum of 4 nights/5 days at $475 per person, get a night free. This includes food (menu developed to your specifications–it’s farmhouse fare, like the lodgings, but it’s comfortable and we do our best to make it taste excellent), lodging (we have two guest rooms with shared bath), unlimited pony-petting time, and one White Horse Herd Yoga session.

Either one sound alluring? Questions? Email me at capriole at that gmail thing. I can also do shorter mentoring stints, and a shorter Camp (no free night, yes free yoga session).

That’s the short-term, watching the hay pile dwindle with alarming speed, wheezing at the cost of replacing it thing.

Here’s what’s happening real soon now, within the next week or two:

Kickstarter! I’ve had an offer I can’t refuse, from a very good young artist, and if this funds, we’ve got cover art and interior art. The project is a rewrite of a novel that will be published in ebook form by Book View Cafe. I’m having a great time developing rewards and bonuses. Things like art in various forms, bags o’ swag, additional stories, and if it goes far enough over goal–a printed edition.

The next step is a video to introduce the project. I believe it will have ponies. In fact I think it had better have ponies. The book is not a horse book per se, but there is a horse in it. (Of course.) Also a cat. And something else that you will have to wait to see. When I have the video, I’ll be ready to go live. For now I’m still working out details. Should take me another week to two weeks to firm it all up and put in the application at Kickstarter, but from what I’m seeing, this is the kind of project they like to do.

The beauty of Kickstarter is that it rewards small donors as well as big ones. (Psst–put in $5 and you get the ebook when it’s published.) I like that part of it very much.

Right now I’m thinking a 45-day Kickstarter–it gives people who get paid monthly a chance to get on board. I’d be interested in alternative suggestions or advice.

Please feel free to forward and share all this. I thank you. The ponies thank you. Pooka will even let you pull his tongue, if you make it here for Camp.