Thursday, December 11, 2014

Yesterday morning was difficult.

When I arrived at work, I was immediately told that one of my co-workers was out and the phone system wasn't working. Yikes.

Then I found out WHY my co-worker was out. Tuesday night, apparently as he was headed to another town to take wrestling photos, he hit a pedestrian. I don't know much more than the article says, except the pedestrian is apparently in stable condition with a broken pelvis. We believe, but don't know for sure, that the ped was jaywalking in dark clothing after dark. But again, we aren't certain. All I know for sure is that my co-worker is devastated, his car is damaged and the other reporters had to cover for him yesterday morning.

I could go into other things, but this has me mentally a bit fatigued, so I'm just going to go to work and face the music. I hope today is better.

Monday, December 08, 2014

Monday! I want it to be another Saturday so I can rest...

Slate has an article about how expensive it is to be poor. Also: Terry Pratchet and the "Boots" theory. via.

Breaking Cat News Christmas Special Part 3. Oh, Tommy!

So, I'm partially recovered from the parade Saturday night, but I gotta go to work today and write up the cutlines (captions) for the photos. I've also got high school sports to cover, so I probably should go early.

Inkwell jumped up on my lap, pushing my laptop off, just after halftime of the Seahawks game yesterday. Then he stayed there until the game ended. At the end of the game he sat up, yawned and jumped off my lap. I didn't realize he was an NFL fan.

My sister texted me yesterday to ask if my town has a crow problem. Turns out a Seattle TV station has done a piece about Sunnyside's crow problem. Yes, we hear the fireworks at night. Since I've lived here, the crows always come back to town at night in the winter... it's a heat sink. And they always make a terrible mess.

Ok, off to work. Maybe I'll write something else later if today isn't too hard.

Sunday, December 07, 2014


It was a long day yesterday. Including a very long walk during the parade. In fact... *calculates* ... I walked about 2.2 miles. My feet hurt, my brain hurts, and I'm just going to take it easy. Plus I haven't read much of the comics, so I don't have a review ready. So, no content today.

Friday, December 05, 2014

Friday! But not my last day of work this week...

So this is the first day this week that I don't have to head into work before 8 a.m.

Not a complaint, really. My editor gets in at about 5 every morning. More of an observation of how strange life can be. So... um... I'm going to post some links. At least one of them is not something you should read if you are feeling grief and despair at the current situation in the United States.

Ok, I'm going to leave that particular link until last. In the meantime, I'm going to be a little more lighthearted.

So, this kind of makes me want to try knitting again. I was pretty miserable at it, I think this project is well beyond my foreseeable capacity.

The source of rubber bricks washing up on the shore may have been discovered.

The second part of the Breaking Cat News Christmas Special has been posted. Poor kitty!

Inkwell will be sad: Cat Fancy is going away.

Do What You Wanna Do - DJ Earworm's United State of Pop mashup for 2014.

Now to get serious. Let's start with Jon Stewart's serious reaction to the Eric Garner decision.

Strange Fruit, a multi-link MetaFilter post that connects historical racism to current events.

Thursday, December 04, 2014

I'm Tired

Yesterday I started the day at 6:45 a.m. at the local hospital, covering the morning Rotary meeting. I went to work and wrote up the story and my other deadline stuff, then jumped in my car and drove to a town more than 16 miles away to cover the open house of their new birth center, located in their hospital. I had "lunch" there and got my pictures, then rushed home to feed the cat before heading back to work to write up the open house and another story about recycling electronics. I was the night owl, so I stuck around until closing time before heading out to my final assignment of the day, at a local health clinic. This was a forum on human trafficking. I was fed there, as well, but didn't get home until about 8 p.m.

It was very much a health care day for me, even though most of the stuff wasn't particularly related to health care.

I haven't had time to skim through my favorite sites yet, so no links this morning. I've got to go to work and write up a summary of the human trafficking forum that will make it understandable for the average person while not minimizing the issues. That's a bit of a job, so I should head out sooner rather than later. But I'm taking a long lunch today, darnit.

Wednesday, December 03, 2014

No Morning Thoughts...

Too much going on to write today. I've got a meeting this morning, then an open house after I finish my deadline work. This afternoon I'll be writing up the open house and another story, then after work I'm going to a presentation on human trafficking. I don't expect to set foot at home between lunch and late evening, and that's assuming I manage to get home for lunch.

So, no links this morning. Maybe tomorrow...

Tuesday, December 02, 2014

Good morning world!

So a meeting I expected to be fairly long last night turned out to be fairly short because half the presentations didn't come and the one person I expected to have lots to say literally said almost nothing. So it was remarkably survivable.

Ok... how about some links before I go write about marijuana laws (yet again)...

Breaking Cat News is starting a Christmas special. If you are a cat lover and not reading this strip, you are missing out.

I don't shop at Walmart, but Shane might convince me to visit the deli.

Someone has come up with a solution for people who hate reclining seats on airplanes. Personally, I'm already claustrophobic, and having someone lean their seat back into me is absolutely awful for me when flying. In my opinion, plane seats should never recline as long as they are packed so close together... but this compromise would work for me.

A blogger at Daily Kos continues to track injuries and deaths from misuse of guns and it continues to amaze me that we tolerate the constant violence. Training and proper licensing would be useful in saving lives, but unfortunately some folks consider any reasonable precautions to be unconstitutional limitations on gun ownership.

Monday, December 01, 2014

Morning Thoughts

Doctor Who: Legacy has started its second annual Advent calendar today. The drop was a popular and much-loved character. At least, popular and much-loved by me. They plan to update the game every morning just after midnight. This is going to be a fun month, leading up to the Doctor Who Christmas Special... whee! It's never been a better time to be a Doctor Who fan.

Ok, more linkage: Muppets at TED.

Today I've got to contact people who weren't available during last week thanks to the holiday, which means I need to get to work very soon. So I'm going to shut down my computing already and head out.

Sunday, November 30, 2014

A Sunday Review

Here are reviews of the DCBS comic books that I've gotten around to reading and reviewing, sorted by the original shipping date:
  • Oct 1st
  • Justice League #34 - I don't trust Luthor, but neither does most of the league, apparently. At least he's being mostly honest with them.
  • Aquaman and the Others #6 - A new starting point for the book and the team. The jealousy is showing on Mera... Aquaman best not forget she was a red lantern, once.
  • Green Lantern/New Gods: Godhead #1 - Wait... wasn't this the plot of one of the Futures End books? Remaking a population? You know, I really don't like how this is starting out.
  • Green Lantern #35 - I'm not enjoying the deaths in this. What is it about modern comics that you have to have a shocking death to make anyone care enough to read? I'd prefer a good story, instead. Why can't we have that, huh?
  • Flash: Season Zero #1 - I'm ok with the show, and the comic is very much based on the show. It's not really my thing, but it's not bad. I'm guessing people who enjoy the show will be interested in the comic.
  • Justice League 3000 #10 - I originally thought this was a mini series. Now I'm just not sure what to make of it. But this issue is a great jumping off point. I wish we hadn't ordered the next couple of issues.
  • Batman '66 meets Green Hornet #5 - I thought for sure Green Hornet would be saving Batman and Robin, but hey, this works even better. And the whole concept of how Hornet convinces Batman to work with him was also pretty good. A lovely, silly book.
  • Tiny Titans: Return to the Treehouse #5 - Silliness abounds in this one. It's even more silly than the Scooby-Doo crossover on Paradise Island, and that's saying something.
  • Spider-Man 2099 #4 - Pretty cool issue. I like how Miguel takes out the bad guy. And the interaction between the main characters is also pretty nifty.
  • Doctor Who 11th #3 - So the Doctor takes Alice to see a singer her mum loved, but he's not what they expected. If I had a time machine, I'm fairly certain I'd be one of those time travelers who went to see the Beatles at the Cavern Club. Also, nice set up for future tales with the "what does the Doctor want" thing.
  • Usagi Yojimbo: Senso #3 - This is a mash-up tale I just would never have thought of, and it just gets better and better (if a bit sad in moments) as it goes along. I adore Sakai's work.
  • Fiction Squad #1 - I'm torn between rolling my eyes and squeeing at this one, although I'm kind of leaning slightly towards the happy. It's definitely yet another take on fairy tales and such, but mixing it with the grim and noir attitude makes for a funny attempt. We'll give it a few more issues, if only because Oz content is promised.

Saturday, November 29, 2014

Ah... the weekend...

Ok, first up, Anglicon has a guest! Sophie Aldred, who played Ace, is the first announced guest of the convention, but definitely not the last.


As I write this, the snowstorm is headed over the Cascade mountains towards us. I do not know if we're going to get hit with it, but the balmy short-sleeves weather is apparently over again. It's only a bit above freezing outside and we're hearing that the passes are requiring traction tires now. Should it actually snow here, I'll try to get a picture. I've seen several photos of snow in Everett and Seattle on Facebook, though it sounds like it melted off pretty quickly.

According to NOAA, it's supposed to get sunny here for the remainder of the day and for tomorrow before the storm hits Sunday night. The chances of snow are fairly low, 30% or less, so we may not get anything at all. What we will definitely get is temps dropping to the low teens overnight. Good thing we've got the heavy blankets out.

Alrighty, then... let's move on to some links I found interesting...

Biology books censored for information about contraception. Namely, that contraception exists. This is a pathetic story about pathetic people who want to handicap their own children in the name of religion. Ignorance does not protect innocence, it makes innocence vulnerable.

In another part of the internet, someone has proof that Santa and Odin are the same person. I particularly like the bit about how Santa gets fat from drinking Coca Cola.

The Antikythera mechanism is older than previously thought... maybe. It's hard to be certain, you know, with this kind of artifact.

Here's an op-ed on the watermelon joke. For the record, Handler realized his own stupidity, apologized sincerely and attempted to focus attention back on the book. But it was still incredibly insensitive and rude of him.

Not much else to report. The home front has been quiet since Eric's folks left. Inkwell has been clingy, no doubt to make sure Eric and I stay with him. But the big news is definitely the first guest for Anglicon, since Eric's been working on that for months now.

Update: We got a little snow...

Friday, November 28, 2014

The Morning After

I do not intend to go shopping today. If I buy anything, it will only be food to immediately consume, and even that is fairly unlikely.

This is the only day of the entire year that I feel like it's really necessary to mention that I'm not buying anything. Strange, that...

It was *REALLY* warm over here yesterday, almost into the 70s. Cliff Mass explains why, and also gets me worried about what's coming up next.

In political news, some researchers looked at gerrymandering, and found some interesting statistical improbabilities. It's not a surprise, but the math and modeling is interesting.

Inkwell is currently running from window to window because a local stray is outside, the one that's black like Inkwell. The other day Inky was agitated, so I went to the glass door to figure out what bird was tormenting him, and saw what I thought was Inky's reflection. A moment later I realized it was the stray sitting right on the other side of the door, looking right at Inky. When it saw me it looked up, had that vague look of alarm on its face, then slowly sauntered off across the yard, occasionally looking over its shoulder to make sure I wasn't following it. Inky sputtered in anger.

I put up the Christmas tree last night and pulled out the other decorations. I haven't put anything else up. Maybe Eric and his folks will do something before the in-laws head back over the mountains. I don't know. I'll be at work, so I don't actually much care, either.

I suppose I ought to actually get ready for work now. A few minutes ago I was falling asleep in the chair, so getting up and moving might be a good idea. Morning comes entirely too early some days.

Thursday, November 27, 2014

Thoughts on Thanksgiving Day

Oh man, I had quite the meal. So now I'm trying to digest. The Breaking Cat News crew are experiencing the strangeness of Thanksgiving.

First off, some links... Upworthy on an aspect of Van Gogh's "The Starry Night" that I've never heard.

Who knew that Jackie Chan can help solar panel efficiency? Great headline, it drew me right in.

Mark Evanier has more on Ferguson. Seriously, the process was badly flawed and, instead of clearing up the issue, made things much worse.

As of today, I'm willing to experience the Christmas stuff. Anyone who hits me with Christmas stuff before Thanksgiving is a twit. But now? Ok, I'm fine. It's time for it. In fact, while the in-laws are still here tonight, we'll try to find some Christmas decorations and put them up.

My own Thankgiving piece was in the paper yesterday: Lots to be thankful for this Thanksgiving.

I'm going to go dig up the Christmas stuff. More tomorrow, maybe...

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Morning thoughts and a link...

Mark Evanier on Ferguson.

I have a lot more to say about Ferguson, but it's probably all ranting and repeating myself. I believe the process was so flawed that justice is unlikely to be served. But then, the justice system in general is pretty flawed in this country.

School board last night. I was exhausted and a bit confused, and now I need to write about it... which is going to be difficult. And yet somehow I always manage. Plenty of examples at the newspaper's website.

Ok, too much to do to write. I'll try to post something about what I'm thankful for tomorrow... or maybe I'll just spend so much time digesting I won't bother posting.

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Morning thoughts

I can't honestly say I'm surprised by the result in Ferguson. The system is messed up. Any prosecutor who sets up an evening press conference, building the tension like that, ought to be driven out of office on the rails. The man was trying to get a negative reaction. It was a national embarrassment.

My own opinion is complicated. I don't know what happened because I haven't seen the evidence. But it seemed to me that an indictment would have cleared everything up. As it was, we basically got a secret trial. No one will have their opinion changed by this decision. If the officer was justified, a trial would have cleared it up. Now? He's going to be forever guilty in many people's eyes, just as the kid he killed will be forever a thug in many people's eyes. It was a dumb choice by the prosecutor. Again, the guy needs to be fired and perhaps ought to pay for all the damage done by the riots he intentionally stoked.

In other news, I had a city council meeting last night. I'm going to have some difficulties writing about it, but then... I usually do. I often end up re-listening to the audio several times to make sure I get things right. It's annoying and time-consuming. But the folks in town deserve to understand what their council-critters are talking about and doing. Hopefully I'll be able to make sense of the nonsense that goes on at council meetings and turn it into something a normal person can read.

Inkwell has been terribly cuddly lately, jumping up on my lap and motioning at me to move my laptop over so he can settle in. Last night he brought one of his toys (a teaser with a long handle!) up onto the bed and settled between Eric and I for the night, but not before meowsaging me by sitting on my chest, purring loudly and giving me a massage with alternating paws stretched out and then pulled in. Eric apparently got a picture of Inkwell on top of my face while I tried to get whiskers out of my nose.

Ok, school board meeting tonight... I can endure the work schedule and get to Thursday... I can do this...

Monday, November 24, 2014

Morning thoughts and links

A New York City high school is teaching kids how to interact with police. I've often thought a crucial element of drivers education should be how to react if you are pulled over by a cop.

Not much to report this morning. It's chilly out, which has led to Inkwell settling on my lap, usually when I'm trying to do something on the computer or iPad. I've turned the heat way down to save money, as medical bills are killing us so far this winter. This is a short workweek, in that I'll be working three days, have a day off, then working on Friday. I also have evening meetings today and tomorrow (city council and school board) so I'm going to not get much rest between now and the holiday.

I'm looking forward to seeing my parent-in-laws Wednesday night. I sometimes get a little too wrapped up in my job... it's nice to see people I'm not reporting on once in awhile.

I'm more than a month behind in reading comic books, and I've got three issues of Fortean Times piled up to read (which will be a joy, but is kind of strange to see because I love reading the mag so much). I've been very busy at work, and not in the mood for much when I get home.

Other than that, I'm surviving, and hopefully I'll have enough energy to make it through the holiday season this year.

Sunday, November 23, 2014

Er, hello...

Sorry I haven't been posting. In fact, I'm pretty annoyed at myself for the utter lack of posts. But I guess as a writer, I have trouble writing when I don't have to be writing for work.

I'll try to get back to posting some daily, or at least weekly, content soon. There's so many cool things in the world, this is my spot to spout off about it all.

Sunday, November 09, 2014

A Sunday Review

TV this week:

  • Doctor Who: "In the Forest of the Night" - I knew there would be a tiger in there somewhere. Besides the utterly ridiculous science (which is acceptable in a fantasy show like this, just irritating at times) this was a nice, gentle story with hilarious children. A nice off-story, but I'd hate for there to be many of these in a season.
  • Doctor Who: "Dark Water" - No. No. No. Just... no. I'm so tired of Moffat killing off characters just to bring them back. It's like a freakin' superhero comic. No. Find some conflict other than death or the end of the world. If those are the only way to get enough tension in your story, that's a sign your writing is too weak.
  • Doctor Who: "Death in Heaven" - I guess the only thing wose than killing off a good character only to bring them back is killing off a character for good. I may have disliked the bow tie, but she did NOT deserve that fate. After watching this episode I was uncertain whether or not I would grab a pitchfork and torch and go after Moffat or not. I'm still kind of uncertain. All I know for sure is that some aspects of this story were so clumsily handled that I want to smack the writer and director, while others were done well enough to nearly make me cry. I doubt I'll know whether or not I hate the episode until after the Christmas special. And even then, I may still be unsure.

Here are reviews of the DCBS comic books that I've gotten around to reading and reviewing, sorted by the original shipping date:
  • Sep 24th
  • Aquaman and the Others: Futures End #1 - Um. What? Not the finest story, and I'm not sure what to make of that ending. With this being out of continuity, sort of, I'm not sure I care, either.
  • Sinestro: Futures End #1 - As with so many of the Futures End books, I just find myself not caring much about it. The only thing that bothered me in this one was Soranik's fate before Sinestro left her. Ug.
  • Batman Beyond Universe #14 - Sad ending to what turned out to be a sad story. Poor Terry. Poor Bruce. Poor everyone. Ahem. And set up for the next storyline, which is good. But no Justice League, which is bad.
  • Batman '66 #15 - This is an issue to be avoided by arachnophobes! Fun, as usual. I'm getting a hankering for 60's TV now that I'm reading this book.
  • Groo vs Conan #3 - That wasn't the result I was expecting from that fight, but I guess in a battle of mindless versus powerful, him that gots nothing to lose gots the best shot. No, that didn't make any sense. Neither does this book.
  • Star Trek: Harlan Ellison's City on the Edge of Forever #4 - This continues to be an amazing book with significant differences from the aired episode... and yet the basic story is still the same. I'm enjoying it.
  • Future Proof #1 - This is a really strange book. I think we got it because of the time travel aspect. I'm not sure I'm impressed. It needed another edit.
  • Treehouse of Horror #20 - Zombies, zombies, and more zombies. I'm really tired of zombies now. Let's move on to some new horror icon.
  • Steed and Mrs. Peel: Needed #3 - Decent ending to the story, with Steed being his usual self and Peel arriving in time to make for a perfect scene. Not the best Avengers ever, but not too bad.
  • Steampunk BSG 1880 #2 - Still interested in the way this is going. It's a very strange version, but it's got its moments.
  • Grimm Fairy Tales: Warlord of Oz #5 - What the heck did I just read? I wish I could figure out more of what character is what in this. Mostly, I'm just irritated by it.

Sunday, November 02, 2014

Halloween 2014 Post Mortem

Ok, before we go any further, watch this:

That was the start of a run that lasted more than 10 minutes. I put down the iPad because Eric was running out of bags and I wanted to give him more to work with. Then I picked up the iPad and took more video a little while later, during the same run of people. It was mad, I tell you, mad! Pure insanity!


Here's the Too Long, Didn't Read version: 933 bags of comics and candy, a big bowl of candy after we ran out of those, and we still had to turn off the lights and close the door at 8:20 p.m.

The longer version:

So, as you all know, I ran an IndieGoGo campaign to get enough money to buy comic books for children this year. We also got candy with the money, and that ended up being important. We also got donations of several bags of candy which all got given away.
  • Total raised: $550
    • IndieGoGo Fees: $49.50 (9%) - refund of $27.50 (5%) = $22
    • Other payment Fees: $10.50 (3%)
    • Paypal Fees: $8.22 (2.9% + 30 cents for each payment)
  • Total for Halloween (minus fees): $509.28 (204% of $250 goal)
  • Total Spent: $481.60
    • Mini-comics: $256.45 (details) +$4.35 (expedited shipping) -$14.97 (refund for missing comics) = $245.83
    • Candy: $121 (fun-size from Safeway)
    • Bags and Candy (Cash&Carry): $112.61
    • Decorations (Dollar Tree): $2.16
  • Leftover: $27.68
Yes, we have leftover money. We haven't decided whether to use that as seed money for next year or not. I'm not sure what else to do with it... Anyway, I want to take a moment to give some people some kudos for their donations:

Thank you Kate Kelsay!!!

Many thanks to Tom Truszkowski!!!

Kudos for the help of Two Brew Review!!!

And thank you for being generous, Shawn Marier, and linking to Anglicon 2015!!!

Also thanks to Stuart, Brenna, The Jensens and everyone else who donated. Two people opted for thank you videos, so in the middle of the insanity I stopped the kids and had them thank particular folks. Here's the two (very short) thank you videos:

Ok, I have a lot more to say, but this was the important bit. So, we got most of the comics in early October, but Diamond Comics Distributors shorted my online comic shop and we didn't get 14 of the packs, a total of 280 comics, in that first shipping. When they did send the comics, I didn't receive all of them, so we ended up short 60 comics. We also pulled out seven comics, one of each type, to read.

There was a lot of candy and we did not eat one piece of it. The candy went to the children. We made packs with the bags and candy - one comic and two pieces of candy for every child. Well, at least the first 933 children.

Next, I'm going to put in a break and post the remainder of the videos, which pretty much tell you everything you need to know, I hope...

Sunday, October 19, 2014

A Sunday Review

TV this week:

  • Doctor Who: "Flatline" - A truly menacing threat paired with a decent siege concept. Add in the hilarity of the problems with the TARDIS, and it's a powerful episode. Same writer as last week's strong episode. Get this guy to write more episodes.

Here are reviews of the DCBS comic books that I've gotten around to reading and reviewing, sorted by the original shipping date:
  • Sep 10th
  • Justice League United: Futures End #1 - Wait, Vostok is on the league? Wow, that's unexpected. Oh yeah, and prison on Mars and such. What fun. And the villain isn't who I expected, either, but I'm sure we'll learn more.
  • World's Finest: Futures End #1 - For the record, I'm really bored with Fifty-Sue. I have barely seen any of her, but she's just boring. Let's move on to the next story.
  • Green Lantern Corps: Futures End #1 - Um, yuck? The cover telegraphed the ending, and the story... well, not so exciting.
  • Smallville Chaos #2 - That was a tad shocking. As for Eclipso, interesting. But the book is definitely living up to the title... four or five plotlines going every direction all at once.
  • Astro City #15 - Oooh, I really like Ellie. She's got a kick. I do wonder a little at the very end... it jumps and could easily be confusing. Usually this book is pretty solid with transitions. I wonder if the heroes still have Ellie's number? If they do, I hope it's on her terms.
  • Powers: Bureau #11 - Thank goodness there was a review of what happened previously in the book. Fortunately, the review helped it all come back pretty quick... and so this issue made sense. Major events unfolding here, but I'm curious about Walker's history mixed with what's happening now. And who knows what Deena will do with her new knowledge, but I wouldn't want to be in her way right now.
  • Doctor Who 11th #2 - Creepy themepark is creepy. And, although this is a done-in-one, there's clearly a lot more going on.
  • Capt Action Cat #4 - Too... many... characters... way too many to handle. But still, lots of fun.
  • Spongebob Comics #36 - That cover is truly disturbing. As is the power of friendship ending to what had seemed like a decent little Mermaid Man story. Eh, it was fun with some decent art. I'll live.
  • Sep 17th
  • Justice League: Futures End #1 - Vostok is cool in this, but other than that I can't find much to recommend it. Ug.
  • Trinity of Sin: Pandora: Futures End #1 - This was strange and a little off. But it could serve as an endnote to the book, if it was allowed to.
  • Green Lantern: New Guardians: Futures End #1 - Oh, ick. This wasn't a terribly strong story for me. It was, in fact, really depressing. I really hope the Future's End books are less real than Elseworlds, because I'm hating most of them.
  • Multiversity: The Society of Super-Heroes #1 - Very very strange, but oddly really cool as well. I was impressed with the world-building in general, and loved the way he brought in lots of characters and made them real in a few panels. An interesting book in what promises to be an interesting series of one-shots.
  • Infinite Crisis: Fight for the Multiverse #3 - Ok, the Two-Faced is a pretty creepy bad guy and Earth-17 isn't on my list of places to visit, ever. I liked Selena's role in this one, particularly toward the end. And Harold likes a ruse, lovely!
  • Scribblenauts Unmasked #9 - Dang, this book is too cute for words. I love that it's the Kingdom Come Aquaman they call on to fight Shadow-Aquaman. There's a twist for you. Overall, this book was a great deal of fun with lots of Aquaman to keep me happy.
  • Fables #144 - Oh dear. What happens to Ozma. Wow.
  • George Perez: Sirens #1 - I have no idea what that was about, but I'm sure my husband will enjoy the pretty art.
  • Peanuts V2 #21 - Fun stuff, as usual. I've always been a fan of Schroeder.

Monday, October 13, 2014

IndieGoGo Update

So... I was surprised that quite a few people didn't bother to respond to my emails asking for more information so I could fulfill my obligations in my goofy IndieGoGo Campaign. In fact, only five people out of nine responded. Because I stupidly waited for more responses, real life jumped into action and I've been unable to catch up.

So, I'm going to start really ramping up now, starting with the name checks this week. Postcards will be sent this week as well. A portion of the comic books have arrived, and we've been purchasing candy. Later this week we intend to make a special trip to get more supplies. So watch this space for more...

  • Total raised: $550
    • IndieGoGo Fees: $49.50 (9%) - refund of $27.50 (5%) = $22
    • Other payment Fees: $10.50 (3%)
    • Paypal Fees: $8.22 (2.9% + 30 cents for each payment)
  • Total for Halloween (minus fees): $509.28 (204% of $250 goal)
  • Total Spent: $277.45
    • Mini-comics: $256.45 (details)
    • Candy: $21 (Snickers and Milky Way fun-size)
  • Running Total: $231.83