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The Golden Mask has started, and the serial has just finished its first week. There's three chapters for your perusal, now. Go take a look! It is seriously the coolest, and you will love it. I'm completely in love with it. I'll try to post regular updates about this one. I've been slacking off too much on that because I've been so damn tired, and I feel awful about that.

Speaking of which, I am tired like it is a full-time job. I've been feeling better overall, but the past month has been exhausting, and I underestimated how long it would take to recover. I want to do something entertaining this weekend, but Jesus, I am too tired to seriously contemplate anything that requires leaving the house or being sociable. I am hoping to feel well enough to go to the writers' meeting tomorrow, or at least hang with friends, but I don't know.

If you have contacted me about something, or I agreed to do paid work for you: please remind me what you needed me to do. I've got a couple things going for Amber, and another bondage pony for an undisclosed recipient, and if there is anything else, let me know. My brain is like a sieve.

I've got Halloween ponies to take pictures of and post pictures of. They're seriously adorable, but I haven't had the energy to take pics yet. I'll probably do that tomorrow. Thrilling. But I get to play with tiny pumpkins, so it's all good.

I am nearly done with a winter-themed baby pony who will, if all goes well, have fairy wings. I've made the wings already, my first attempt, and they aren't bad at all. Not what I was aiming for but still really pretty. I just have to install them. I don't think I'll foul it up, but never say never. I am ready to do it over if I have to. I'm happy learning.

I finished the formatting for Fox's Tale, which means it will be an ebook super-soon. I added a super-sweet and adorable bonus scene that also has lots of sex in it, so if you wanted your Valbrand/Taon/Shennar three-way, well, I made you something cute.

I've plotted out most of the rest of the second Vengeance and Valor book in broad details, and made sketchy jabs at the final book, and will start work on Frontiers and Fables as soon as I clear enough of the other stuff off my table to be able to spend the time on it. There is going to be so much awesome shit in this next book, seriously. Here's where it becomes an adventure. I want it finished, because I want to know what happens, and that's the best motivation to work that I've found yet.

And that's about it for now. I have to sleep, because I have not done that yet today.
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The Golden Mask campaign is finished. We wrapped at $4,300, or 122% funded!

And that's that!

Thank you to everyone who boosted, donated, and put up with us. We are taking the weekend off, and will start contacting people and getting the incentives rolling on Monday. This puts us in a much more comfortable position for the next few months. It'll be a lot of work to get the incentives done and work on the serial and plan the next campaign -- more on that some other time -- but this was so effective I'm not really feeling the urge to complain yet.

The actual Golden Mask serial launches Monday on Adventurotica.com, and we will still be putting up the first few chapters for free, so if you missed out on the Indiegogo campaign, you will still be able to get a taste and join in if you want to!

Right now, I am exhausted, too exhausted to even make a victory ticker, and I need a few days off. If you need me for something, ping me via email, but otherwise I will be slow to respond to anything but four-alarm fires and pictures of manly forearms.

Thank you. Everyone, thank you.
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Thank you to [livejournal.com profile] doomydarkdoom for making me laugh so hard.

This'll probably be the last update before we fold up the tent and stop bugging you. I just wanted to give this thing one last good poke, to let everyone know we are a little under a day from being done.

The Golden Mask is at 112% funded, $3,930, and I am pretty sure we will break $4,000 overnight, which would be tremendous.

The original art is still available. I'd love to move it. Also, good lord, please, someone buy another bonus scene. There is going to be so much potential for crazy shipping here, and (I can't speak for Sargon, but) I would love to have someone ask for something really pervy.

This is amazing. Totally amazing. I want to see just how far we can push this in the next 24 hours. Because y'all? Totally kicking my expectations in the ass. I was thinking, seriously, we might hit $2k. I wasn't expecting a whole lot more than that. And . . . well . . . look at that ticker down there. I'm sorry, I know it's getting REALLY LONG. But holy crap.

Amazing. My brain is having a little trouble wrapping around it.

So if you haven't, and you can, and you wanna, there's that fucking link one more time. And a friendly reminder that you can go to the bottom of the perks on the contribution page and enter any amount -- $5, $1, we are glad to have it and it will do a lot of good.

And now? Now I go to snuggle my smelly yeti-cat and read porn. For inspiration. Sure.

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WE MADE IT!



The Golden Mask is 103% funded!

I should have known to make some sort of celebratory picture!

We made it over the goal yesterday, and are now slightly above. This is fucking fantastic and I am so, so happy, and so, so grateful to all of you who donated and spread the word and were supportive and just generally awesome.

We still do need and appreciate backers. Full self-sufficiency would require another $500 to $1,000, so the more the merrier. This is . . . our source of income. Singular.

So you can still get in on it for 48 more hours. Two days exactly.

And we've got lots of stuff left! Two death scenes, two walk-ons, a bonus scene full of smut. The original ink drawings. And, of course, print book packages, art print packages, site memberships, or just the ebook.

Thank you, again, for everything. Y'all are wonderful, and this will be a huge, huge help to us.

Here: ticker with everything over goal marked in blue!

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We are so close. Come and take a look. We only have $270 dollars to go. Only $270! With three days to go, that's $90 a day.

We can totally do this, but we need your help (and then we'll shut up about it, promise).

Golden Mask cover rough

I like to give you visuals, so there's the interim cover rough with title text. It looks pretty good. I'm still hoping to find a cover artist, but I've been too busy to put out that call.

So! Can you hit the page and spare $10 to help us get to goal, and get a copy of the ebook when it's out? Or even $5 and just the knowledge that you've done an awesome and helpful thing? That should take you straight to the donate page. You can scroll down to the end of the list of options, and there's one that lets you put in your own amount.

If we don't make goal we still get the money, but not as much of it. And we need it. We really do. It's taking a lot of self-control not to go into how much we need it.

So, bump us? We're down to the wire! But, oh my god, we are so close I would not even bother to use a health-up before going into the boss fight:

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Mask and Fox

So there's that. You can see more pics by clicking.

Right this way! )

I am kinda in love here.

I made these bolder, sharper, so they'd look better from a distance, and reduced to smaller sizes. If you are thinking that the prints will look absolutely kickass, you are right. The final prints will be 8x10. We may do an open run, but the only signed and numbered ones will be the ones ordered through the Indiegogo campaign.

The 9x12 originals are still available. You know. Just in case you want 'em and have the scratch.

If you've already donated and want to upgrade to the next sponsorship level (or higher), we will make sure that happens.

We are at 86%, with $480 to go. That is madness, people. We are doing SO well. Y'all are amazing. Just amazing.

Awesomeness is just a click away!

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Cat Help

So, this is how I get work done.

Or, rather, don't get work done.

Etrigan is an asshole. He gets into my lap whenever he wants, like it never even occurs to him that he isn't welcome, and he takes up ALL THE SPACE for as long as he wants. That is sometimes for an hour, and sometimes for five seconds, when he hears something that might be food-related. He doesn't give a shit if I'm busy doing something else.

He will sometimes try to trick us into playing with him by taking a toy mouse and leaving it on the couch or on the chair, and when we pick it up so we can sit down, he streaks over and stops inches away, like the Road Runner, and waits for us to throw it. And we feel so guilty for getting his stupid little hopes up that we throw it, and his very obvious, completely transparent trick works.

He's going to the vet on Thursday, because he's been sick a lot lately, with epic barfings. So cross your fingers for the little turd. I love him.

<More pics of the derp-derpy derp-panther!><a href= )

But what I really came to show you is this:

Lady Fox Finished

She needs a bit of touching up, but she's done. That's the actual ink drawing that will become one of the prints we are putting out with the novel. She's 9x12, but the prints might be smaller, we haven't decided yet. Get 'em here!.

Also, you can get the originals, if you're quick. Go here and scroll down to where it says Original Art Print Package, and there you go.

The Golden Mask's portrait isn't done, but you can see him in progress here:

Fox and Mask progress

Also a neat progress shot of Fox. The Mask will be done hopefully tomorrow, but most likely Thursday.

I have to say, his feathers are jaunty as fuck.

ETA: We had a couple folks ask about this. If you have already donated/want to donate, and you later want to donate more to get the next perk on the scale, we will TOTALLY work with you on that. Indiegogo doesn't have support for that through the interface, but we will 100% work with you to get you the package you want. *nods* You can contribute extra without selecting a perk by clicking the "Contribute Now" button on the right under the progress totals.

Ticker! So close! 76%!

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We have ten days left! We’re in our last week and change of fundraising for this campaign, and ready to make the final push!



That's a video of Sargon reading from chapter 1! I made a nice background image to go with it. He has a lovely reading voice, and you should all pop your headphones in and have a listen! Or scroll down for the text.

Might want to turn it up, since the transfer to video came out a little quiet. I tried twice to fix it and couldn't, so . . . cut me some slack. I've been at this for hours. :P

Other campaign news:

The original art perk? We fixed it! We got our wires crossed, and the perk for getting the original artwork for the prints wasn't actually up for a while. (Boy, do I feel sheepish.) It's up now! There's only one, though. If you want it, go for it!

The art is coming right along. I'll post pics of that on Wednesday. It looks great, it really does. You'll love it!

We are 71% funded. Really, really close. If you've been thinking about donating, this would be a great time.

If you wanna donate but don't necessarily want a perk, you can click "contribute now" and scroll down. At the very bottom you can enter your own amount.

Thank you to everyone, again, for donating, spreading the word, and being supportive. We are very, very grateful.



Excerpt from Chapter 1 )
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The Golden Mask is 60% funded. I am hopeful that we will make it, but we've hit the midpoint and things are slowing down a bit. Sunday was our first day without any new backers, so I thought I would share something awesome with you to show you why we are still excited!

One of the things we are offering as incentives are prints of drawings I'm doing especially for this book: Lady Fox and the Golden Mask.

A while back I did two nice little black and white ink drawings. They were small, and I never quite got them how I wanted them, but they were still fabulous. I'm taking this opportunity to redraw them at a standard size.

I only just bit into the drawing tonight, so I wanted to show you what I'm working from, just because I need to get y'all a visual so you understand what's going on here.



So that's what I'm working from. What I'm doing is redrawing them at a larger size, adding the right names to the text areas, and just improving them overall. They will look very very much like these, only better. And the guy will be wearing a regular mask, not a wolf mask. The art is very Beardsley-Nouveau.

I really hate throwing out pictures of something not the actual thing, but I was delayed starting these. I wanted to let y'all get an idea of what I'm working on before we all get down to the wire and you maybe miss out on your chance to grab them. These are going to be beautiful prints, at a standard US size, easy to frame and mat, and if you want the signed and numbered ones y'all are gonna have to get in on it before this is over. There may not be any open edition prints; I may not order more than I need. It depends on what the printer quotes me. More information forthcoming.

So give it some thought. Might be worth it for the art alone, eh?

If you get the package, you get other stuff, too:

Autographed print copy, including website membership, ebook edition, and listing with the contributors. Also included will be a handmade bookmark and quality prints of portraits of the two heroes of the novel - The Golden Mask and Lady Fox - by award-winning illustrator Amanda Gannon.

Actual pictures of the actual incentive prints will follow shortly. The drawing will go quickly (I have the lineart almost completely finished) and I'll hopefully be done with one or both by the end of this week.

I hope you can see why I'm excited about them. They are going to be really cool.

So visit us and secure your prints if you want 'em! And if you know anyone who likes erotica and likes Art Nouveau and Beardsley and Will Bradley, maybe kick them our way.

Love you all! (And I hope those of you who have reserved prints are enjoying the sneak peek!)
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The Golden Mask is 55% funded, at $1,950. A couple of well-placed boosts have helped us along in the last couple of days, and gotten us over the halfway hump. (Heh.)

I've started thinking about what we will offer as incentives for making stretch goals, if we exceed our target amount. I'm thinking bookplates and maybe small prints for everyone, utilizing artwork we will already have finished. Work on the art starts this weekend, and I will hopefully have the penciling done by Monday, and the inking finished by the end of next week.

The writing is going really, really, really well. Seriously kicks ass. So I don't think anyone will be disappointed with this one. It's sharp and quick and a lot of fun. And hot.

If we keep at it, we can make goal. And that would be so awesome, I can't even.

I keep plugging away at this, so I do feel a bit like a broken record. I appreciate every bit of help we've gotten. Every bump, every link, every word of encouragement. Every donation. Thank you.

Starting next week I am going to begin actively soliciting suggestions for cover artists, with more details about what we want. For right now, if you have any ideas right now, I'm listening. It'd be a paying gig.

Keep linkin'!

Here is my ticker. It makes me smile.

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We are within spitting distance of $1.5k raised to cover our living expenses for the next four months. Just two more backers at $10, or one at $25.

Keep spreading that link around. It really does make a startling difference! As does every $10 donation. I really want to make 50% by Monday.

Thank you so much, everybody. If we can keep this going and get to our goal, it will help so much.

Actual progress on the novel has been going on for a while now, and continues steadily. The last scene Sargon wrote was arm-flailingly hot. A new high for him. I'll be going over it, by which time it should be impossible to read without squirming.

We updated with links to examples of our writing, free to read:

From “Pride and Prostitutes”, when Dolores is called upon to impersonate her missing twin sister as madam of the bordello, hijinks ensue. Hint: there is sex.

From “Sky Pirates of the Rio Grande” our two heroines encounter a dangerous air pirate. This is to show what we do with action scenes. We mean the swordfighting kind of action.

From “The Fox’s Tale” our hero is called upon to take some time off and go on a date arranged by his mother. If only all blind dates went so well.

Meanwhile, I have started on the illustrations that will become prints. They are going to be amazing. Pics coming when I have enough done to be interesting!

Have a ticker.

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The Golden Mask is 36% funded!

We're doing really well! If we can keep getting people to donate at the current rate, we'll be well over our goal by the end of the campaign! To make goal, we need to keep making about $90 a day. So, cross your fingers for us? And keep nudging people our way?

I wanna reiterate that because we are a flex-funding campaign, we get some of the money you donate immediately. It helps in a big way!

Because we had someone ask, I thought I'd share what we put up on the website about the bonus scene perk.

If you are brave and awesome enough to take this perk, you will get a sex scene of at least 3,000 words. It will be published in the book for everyone to enjoy, but unless the backer requests a dedication, their name will not be connected with it. You can choose two or three characters (more than that is a logistical nightmare both in reality and in fiction) and we will sex 'em up. It doesn't have to be a canonical mix, and we do not care one rodential posterior about orientation. Three guys? We can do that. It's all good.

If you want a specific something included, we'll do our best to accommodate that (within reason; "three weasels, some peanut butter, and a ping-pong-ball gun" would obviously be over the line, although we might ask you to visit next time you come to town).

If you want a specific something NOT included, we can do that.

All attempts at gratifying kinks will be met with our best effort, and limits are pretty soft. We're open to negotiation on anything except for kids/pooping/barfing/serious bodily harm.

Backers will have the option - and it is totally optional - to make up a list of up to ten things that they really, really like. It's conceivable that this might embarrass some people terrifically, but we assure you, whatever you are into, we have probably written worse for ourselves.

So! There you have it.

Hop on over and take a look! Bring some friends!

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The Golden Mask is 25% funded!

Thank you so much to everyone who has jumped on board!

We've got a gruesome death and a walk-on role sold, but nobody has bought a bonus scene! And that is the one I am super-excited about! It's more sexy content, it makes us money, and it gives everyone more naughtiness to enjoy.

We are really happy, because 25% is really good for the first couple of days, but we gotta keep pushing.

Most of the folks who have become backers (THANK YOU ALL) are people who know us from LJ, so at this point we are really looking to spread the word. We have a strong beginning, but since a lot of folks have already given, we want to make sure we get the word out to new folks. There's stuff we can do on our end to help, but the best advertising is word of mouth, so if you have not boosted, give it a shot, even if that's just sending the campaign link to a friend.

I want to update the Indiegogo page with SOMETHING, but writing? It's boring to watch.

So! Ideas? Anything you might find it interesting to know about? Once I get to work on the art (this weekend) I will be able to take some pics of that.

Here is a ticker. It makes me grin.

ETA: We're at 31% as of 09/07/12!

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And we are live!

Our Indiegogo campaign to support us during the duration of The Golden Mask is up and running!

We're hoping to raise $3,500. Perks begin at $10. We'll be doing print versions as well as ebooks. I'll be doing some pretty amazing black and white artwork that will be available as prints. We also have perks tailored specifically for you. We can give you a walk-on scene or a gruesome death. We will write a bonus sexy scene between characters of your choice, canon be damned.

Even if you can't donate, you can spread the word, and I'm going to ask you to please do that. We need the support. We need to get this in front of as many people as possible.

To facilitate the getting-in-front-of-people thing, we made a book trailer. A really crappy one. Sargon did the "animation" and the voiceover, I performed the original score and did sound effects, and was the voice of Lady Fox.

This is terrible. It is wonderful. And we are hoping it will amuse people enough to give us money to write porn, so by all means share it. (The video is safe for work.) Even for something this cheap and horrible, it was surprisingly difficult to pull off, so all y'all who make movies with real, like, people in them have even more of my respect than before.



Don't you feel better now?

An actual not-crappy summary is below.

It is a time of airships, decadence, and splendor, a mad king rules over a terrified populace. Justice is in chains, replaced by the mad king's whim, the populace brought to heel by fear.

Born a commoner, Count Varian's heart still lies with the people, and the crimes inflicted on the populace by mad King Marivane enrage him. He has played the part of noble long enough, and now he must play the part of hero. He becomes the Golden Mask, anonymity his only shield against a traitor's death.

Ambrel has returned from long exile, driven by rage to avenge the destruction of her house. As Lady Fox, she harries the corrupt nobility, seeking the heart of the conspiracy that destroyed her family. Her cunning and fearlessness drive the Golden Mask to seek her aid, aid she is not necessarily willing to give.

Opposing them are those who now rule from the shadows: the king's advisor Urza, who has the kingdom wrapped in his shadowy web; and Raziel Morningstar, who enforces Urza's will with fire and sword and cruelty. Both are said to possess unnatural powers, and both are hungry for more.

Those who resist are swiftly silenced. Mass arrests fill the cells of the Tower of Justice, where innocent citizens await execution for false crimes. Others are murdered outright. Some simply . . . vanish.

In a country in desperate need of heroes, who will be brave enough to answer that call?


As I said, please share the link to the campaign. Even a simple retweet or Facebook post genuinely helps. This is for living and medical expenses, and this is our income, because right now we have nothing else. I know that $3,500 sounds like a lot, but not when you realize that we'll be living on that for four months. I hate to be so blunt about it, I'm told that is unprofessional, but we're just hoping to get paid for what we do, which doesn't seem unprofessional to me at all.

I will shamelessly ask that even if you don't want the ebook, consider donating at the lowest level; we'd really like to be able to make goal on this one.

I will be keeping everyone up to date on our progress. We might have sample chapters, art previews, and all sorts of other stuff.

Thank you for reading. Thank you for being there. We appreciate you more than we can say.
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And we are live!

Our Indiegogo campaign to support us during the duration of The Golden Mask is up and running!

We're hoping to raise $3,500. Perks begin at $10. We'll be doing print versions as well as ebooks. I'll be doing some pretty amazing black and white artwork that will be available as prints. We also have perks tailored specifically for you. We can give you a walk-on scene or a gruesome death. We will write a bonus sexy scene between characters of your choice, canon be damned.

Even if you can't donate, you can spread the word, and I'm going to ask you to please do that. We need the support. We need to get this in front of as many people as possible.

To facilitate the getting-in-front-of-people thing, we made a book trailer. A really crappy one. Sargon did the "animation" and the voiceover, I performed the original score and did sound effects, and was the voice of Lady Fox.

This is terrible. It is wonderful. And we are hoping it will amuse people enough to give us money to write porn, so by all means share it. (The video is safe for work.) Even for something this cheapa nd horrible, it was susprisingly difficult to pull off, so all y'all who make movies with real, like, people in them have even more of my respect than before.



Don't you feel better now?

An actual not-crappy summary is below.

It is a time of airships, decadence, and splendor, a mad king rules over a terrified populace. Justice is in chains, replaced by the mad king's whim, the populace brought to heel by fear.

Born a commoner, Count Varian's heart still lies with the people, and the crimes inflicted on the populace by mad King Marivane enrage him. He has played the part of noble long enough, and now he must play the part of hero. He becomes the Golden Mask, anonymity his only shield against a traitor's death.

Ambrel has returned from long exile, driven by rage to avenge the destruction of her house. As Lady Fox, she harries the corrupt nobility, seeking the heart of the conspiracy that destroyed her family. Her cunning and fearlessness drive the Golden Mask to seek her aid, aid she is not necessarily willing to give.

Opposing them are those who now rule from the shadows: the king's advisor Urza, who has the kingdom wrapped in his shadowy web; and Raziel Morningstar, who enforces Urza's will with fire and sword and cruelty. Both are said to possess unnatural powers, and both are hungry for more.

Those who resist are swiftly silenced. Mass arrests fill the cells of the Tower of Justice, where innocent citizens await execution for false crimes. Others are murdered outright. Some simply . . . vanish.

In a country in desperate need of heroes, who will be brave enough to answer that call?


As I said, please share the link to the campaign. Even a simple retweet or Facebook post genuinely helps. This is for living and medical expenses, and this is our income, because right now we have nothing else. I know that $3,500 wounds like a lot, but not when you realize that we'll be living on that for four months. I hate to be so blunt about it, I'm told that is unprofessional, but we're just hoping to get paid for what we do, which doesn't seem unprofessional to me at all.

I will shamelessly ask that even if you don't want the ebook, consider donating at the lowest level; we'd really like to be able to make goal on this one.

I will be keeping everyone up to date on our progress. We might have sample chapters, art previews, and all sorts of other stuff.

Thank you for reading. Thank you for being there. We appreciate you more than we can say.
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All right. We're doing crowdfunding for the next novel, The Golden Mask, which is a swashbuckling adventure story with sex. Sort of like Zorro meets the Three Musketeers, only with fucking. I think it's going to be a shitload of fun, and am really excited to get going on that.

Memberships at Adventurotica have not been great (and I take some responsibility for that, since keeping up with articles has been more than I can deal with, and I've not felt up to writing story stuff, either) and we are at the point where we need to try something new.

So . . . we're going to try an IndieGoGo campaign for the new serial, to raise some money for living expenses for the next four months.

I am terrified, because we have never done this before, and I am 0% sure it will work. I don't even know how to do it.

But we are launching in a few days, so . . . maybe think about giving us a boost when that comes around?

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