GOAL!

Feb. 14th, 2013 05:52 am
naamah_darling: Close cropped image of a blonde ponytailed man with a woman pulling a black stocking tightly around his neck. (BDSM)
We made goal! We are open until midnight tonight, and then it wraps completely, so . . . last chance for a bookmark, folks, or your other perk of choice.

Thank you, everyone.

I am profoundly grateful for you guys.

This is how we keep ourselves afloat. It's uncomfortable for me to talk about it, because I've been so thoroughly conditioned that talking about your living situation in combination with talking about your work is tantamount to begging, but given that every person I've seen say that can afford to, like, see a doctor if they need one, I think that maintaining that level of separation is a luxury possible only for those who are not scrabbling for survival.

Yeah, well, that's not us.

It saddens me that I'm not able to do more. I wish so incredibly hard that I could be more involved with the writing end of things, but at the rate we have to do this, it's not feasible for me, nor am I able to deal with the pressure. It kills me that it's not my stuff going up, that I'm not the one paying you back for your generosity.

We'll have to keep doing this for as long as we can sustain the effort, and I hope that you'll stick with us. The goals we set for each (roughly) four-month period are actually lower than what we need to survive, but we seem to be pitching them at about the right level. I don't enjoy the stress, or the spamming, but until my disability comes through – if it ever does – this and money we get from my dad, and anything I make through Etsy, are basically all we have.

I know a lot of you wish you had anything to give, or had more, and all I can do is nod along in sympathy. I wish things were different for all of us. I really do.

But thank you. Because of you, I get to sleep a little easier tonight. You've come through for us again, and I will never, ever be able to say how grateful I am for that.
naamah_darling: Picture of a treasure chest with a skull and crossbones on top. My art! (Artistic)
Queen of the Sky Frontier!

Less than 48 hours to go, and we've hit 93%! All that's left is $223, and we are so close! I think we can do that.

pirate charm

I got the charms yesterday! Here's one on the black velvet ribbon I picked out for the bookmarks. Adorable, no?

Also, here's a picture of 20 kilos of porn:

20 kilos of smut

All the Pride and Prostitutes numbered copies are numbered and signed. LOOK AT ALL THAT PORN.

Here's that fucking link again!
naamah_darling: Close cropped image of a blonde ponytailed man with a woman pulling a black stocking tightly around his neck. (BDSM)
We're at 85% for Queen of the Sky Frontier!

That's $478 from goal, and we have 4 days to do it. And I'd kinda really like to do it!

We're doing the drawing for the pony the day after the campaign closes, so if you want in on that, get in now! These will probably be the most elaborate ponies I make for a long, long time.

I'm working on the book cover right now, and so far it looks great!

The Golden Mask serial has wrapped, so you can read the whole thing if you join up now, and be in on the new serial when it starts next week. For those who have asked, we'll be getting The Golden Mask out in ebook form as soon as I can get it formatted, and the print books will be right behind that. I have to do all this by hand, personally, so it'll take a little time.

Come give us a hand! Or signal-boost. We're moving into the last days of the campaign, so we could really use that final push!
naamah_darling: Close cropped image of a blonde ponytailed man with a woman pulling a black stocking tightly around his neck. (BDSM)
We are at 84%! We've got 6 days left to make $503 and hit goal for Queen of the Sky Frontier.

You are all amazing. I just want to say that.

Don't forget you can enter your own amount if you click "contribute now" and scroll down.  Even a dollar gets you in the pony drawing, and even a dollar is helpful.



This is a recording of Sargon reading Chapter 1. If you just want to read the text, it's below, under a cut!

Chapter 1: The Further Adventures of an Admirable Heroine )  But we'd love to have you along for the whole ride.  So kick in and we'll all have a great time.
naamah_darling: A very sweet-faced one-eyed Himalayan cat with a crooked jaw. (Cats)
So! News!

Queen of the Sky Frontier is at 71% funded!


We have 10 days left, and $917 to go.

I think we can make this. Five or ten bucks, or even a dollar at a time. So give us a hand!

I've ordered the ribbon for the bookmarks, and the charms are on the way. Hopefully there will be no surprises there, but I'm not super-concerned. Mostly I'm just looking forward to making them! They are SO much fun!

In other news, Createspace has shipped the copies of Pride and Prostitutes to us. The delay wasn't our fault. There's been a whole hassle with Createspace not being able to get them printed straight, and negotiations dragged out, but they're trying to put it right. We have half of them, and are waiting on the other half to arrive. They look great, though. They really do.

Book and Bookmark 2

See? There's one of the bookmarks! The Sky Frontier ones will be black with pirate-y danglies! You can secure your own right here! No porn purchase required.

And, to leave you with something identifiably cute, here's a cat.

Etrigan thinks sexy steampunk pirate porn is the shit. Here he is, smarming it up for the camera:

SEXY BEAST

He looks so healthy, no? Yeah, well, he's asthmatic as fuck, and requires monthly payments at the vet's to keep him on the steady, so if you donate a dollar, you're helping with that.

Yes, I am shameless, but LOOK AT HIS LITTLE FACE. LOOK AT IT.

Looking at him, you'd never know he's a Twinkie-thieving little asshole who has had to go to Kitty Prison twice this week for holin' while we're trying to watch a movie or roleplay. Doesn't matter. He gives good snuggle when he feels like it and is ludicrously entertaining. And have I mentioned he is stupid as a box of raisins?

Anyway, hope your Monday was tolerable, and I shall now leave you to it!

Signal boost, throw in a buck or two, or just point and laugh and share stupid cat stories. Whatever. We love you guys.
naamah_darling: Close cropped image of a blonde ponytailed man with a woman pulling a black stocking tightly around his neck. (BDSM)
We are at 48% - and $33 to halfway! Hell yes! Slow but steady!

THIS JUST IN: We HIT 50%! Fucking A thank you!

We got a big boost because someone bought the I Want a Pony Package! I am, of course, overjoyed by this. You can still get in on that action, though: if you donate any amount, we'll put your name in a hat and you might get picked for the second pirate pony with optional NSFW attachments slot!

So, I'm just reminding people:



NSFW pony harness. Throw something in the wishing well of wrongness, maybe get your own. Only yours would come with a treasure chest and a pirate hat.

Yes? Yes.

Gotta say, I would not at all mind making something so awesome for someone who had only a dollar to give. In fact, I think that would be badass.

Am I being shameless? I made a pony dildo. I think we have established that shame and I parted ways a long time ago. Shame: bad company, and no fun at parties.

So go throw somethin' in! Or signal boost! That's as good as donating, honestly.

Y'all are lovely, and wonderful, and why I have hope that we might be able to make this crazy shit work. Thank you.
naamah_darling: Close cropped image of a blonde ponytailed man with a woman pulling a black stocking tightly around his neck. (BDSM)
We're at 23% on the campaign for Queen of the Sky Frontier.   Could be better, could be worse.

We appreciate every donation, no matter how small.  And for a dollar, you could be in the running for the steampunk pirate pony!

I would throw a super-exciting graphic in here, but I don't have one.

I've been reading as Sargon writes, and this is shaping up to be a tougher, darker story; just as sexy, and just as funny, but we are clearly in season 3.  I am really enjoying it so far.

This campaign isn't as hot as the last one was.  We're hoping to make an even $1,000 before the weekend is out, though, and we could use the signal boost, if you can do that.  Here's some of what we hope to pay for:

A vet appointment for Sif.
  She's 16 and change, and we can tell she's in some pain from her hips.  I'd like to have her evaluated for arthritis, and have that treated to make her comfortable as long as possible.  We get comparatively affordable vet care, and it sure costs less than it does for people, but it is still not cheap.

About $300 in medical bills
from last year, for my blood testing.

My next dermatologist's appointment,
on Feb. 14.  I'm in a stupid bind with this one: either keep getting free samples of my topical rosacea medicine and pay for the appointment, or maybe get a prescription so I don't have to make the appointment, but then having to pay for the medication, which is just as much.  I'd love to do both, but that's probably out of reach.  I just really want to stay on this medication, because it helps, and because the rosacea is seriously gross and painful and utterly demoralizing.

Meds.  I have to take name brand Synthroid; I cannot use the generic, period.  The name brand costs more.  I could save some money if I could go through the low-cost pharmacy, but I have to buy 3 months' worth at once, and I can't afford a chunk like that all at once.

So that's the deal.  I wish I could say we were spending it on fun stuff like building a sex dungeon or shooting porn movies in our living room.  As awesome as that would be, I have never yet seen a porn movie with a saber-toothed tiger skull in the background.  Also, there's basics to take care of first.

So hit us up and throw us a dollar or two!

Thank you to everyone who has chipped in so far!  I ordered the charms, and they should be here fairly soon.  I'm looking forward to starting on the bookmarks!
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It's Monday!  It's time to point you at our Indiegogo campaign for Queen of the Sky Frontier once again!

I'm just gonna showcase the bookmarks.

Here's one of the ones for The Golden Mask campaign. (GM peoples, we will be mailing these out separate from the books, and we'll do it really soon.)

Isn't it pretty?


I sure think it is!

The ones I'll be making this time are going to be pirate-y, and will be black with these charms:

skull and crossbones charm

They are so cute, guys.  I am dying to make a buttload of them and nobody's claimed any yet!

So!  Stop by our campaign and donate at the $20 level (or above, won't complain) and I will make you one.

They make swell gifts, I gotta say.  They are so pretty.

Or you can donate $5.  Or even $1.  Guilt-free!  Just to help us support ourselves, 'cause this is what we'll be living off of.  Hate to put too fine a point on it, but I need to go to the doctor next month, and we will probably need to get Sif to the vet soon.

Thanks, everybody!  For being so generous and super-understanding.  Share the link around, or point people to this entry to look at the bookmarks.  I'd love to move some!  (Y'all, these are so fun to make, I am not even kidding.)

naamah_darling: Picture of a treasure chest with a skull and crossbones on top. My art! (Artistic)
Launch time! Bet you didn't know we were planning anything, did you?

We're raising $3,120 to pay for living expenses and some medical care for the next four months, and we would love your support. To that end, we are giving you a chance to get in on some hot smut.

Queen of the Sky Frontier is a rollicking Steampunk western with lots of sex and violence. We'll be serializing it on Adventurotica.com, then releasing it as an ebook and print edition.

What's it about? Glad you asked, because we have this awesome trailer Sargon put together with the help of a special guest narrator who really knocked it out of the park for us.



In 1865, the Civil War ended . . . and a new war began. A war fought in secret, with super-science, and the weapons of a new age. Now airships prowl the skies. Monsters roam the badlands. And there are Sky Pirates who rule the Rio Grande. This is a world almost no one knows really exists.

I did.

When I left my job at the Smithsonian and came West, it was because I wanted to become a hero. And I did become one, but not the way I ever imagined. That was the tale of how I became a sky pirate captain, and a hero to the Brethren of the Sky.

But this is another story. A new story.

On the first day of 1868 a new chapter begins in the secret history of this country, and I am here to write my part in it. You know that there are Sky Pirates of the Rio Grande, but now old enemies will come back to haunt us all. New alliances will be tested to their limits. Ambition will fire the hearts of the desperate, and the old dream of Empire will sing its siren call.

Times are changing, the page is turned, and now it will be decided who shall rule the fate of the West.

I am Captain Eden Kane, leader of the corsairs of El Dorado.

And if I am lucky, I may live to become . . .

Queen of the Sky Frontier.


It's a sequel to Sky Pirates of the Rio Grande. If you read that one, here's another hit. If you haven't, this one will still stand alone, so don't be afraid to jump on in. Plus, with most levels of sponsorship, you get the first ebook. Or it's available here, on Smashwords: LINK, or on Amazon: LINK. (Smashwords are better people to buy from in every way, and we get the money faster, but we'll take sales any way we can get them.)

We have some great perks this time around, and you can see them here at the campaign home page.

We have pirate bookmarks, available by themselves or with other packages. Death scenes, sex scenes, bonus scenes, you call the shots. These are awesome, and I want to sell more of them.

And, bar none, the best perk we have ever offered.

I WANT A PONY.

I will make you a steampunk pirate pony with accessories. I will even make it NSFW if you want me to.

I'll be doing two. They'll be totally, fantastically random. You pick colors and I will just go completely nuts with the rest. I have no idea what will happen, but I am pretty sure it will be awesome. Now, you can buy that perk outright, which would be great, but we put a high price tag on it because, well, we need the money.

OR.

You can donate ANY amount, even a dollar, and we will put your name into my pirate hat, and when it's all over, we'll randomly select someone to get the second pony and all the other stuff that comes with the package (bookmark, print and ebook editions, your choice of sex, violence, or bonus scene, and our everlasting thanks).

You could have steampunk pirate pony dildos, interchangeable ones, for as low as $1.

And I hereby pronounce it guilt-free. Don't feel bad about not giving us more. Seriously. Just throw us the dollar, and maybe you will win what has to be the most fun perk I've thought of yet. Of course we'd be happy if you could spare five or ten or fifty bucks, but a lot of folks are doing about as well as we are, which is to say not super-well, and we know not everyone has buckets full of money just lying around the house, gathering dust.

Go take a look!

I'd very much appreciate it if I could get a signal boost on this. Livejournal is really kind of dead these days, so anything you could do on other sites would be great. I've got a Tumblr post up here), and will be working something out for Facebook. The raw link to the campaign is this:

www.indiegogo.com/skyfrontier

Just cut and paste.

We've got some great stuff available, a $3,120 goal, and one month to do it in. Let's make this happen.

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