God, what do I say?
Most days, people only come to the blog to read an entry on how to date Scorpios. A month ago the semester had finished, paychecks dried up for the summer, and most of my cash reserves went into paying the summer’s bills in advance while I worked on my budget for the fall. I’d registered for the convention as a promise to myself that I would do everything I can to make it there, even though there were several times I was on the verge of e-mailing the organizers and asking for a refund.
Since the rights to “The Last Paladin” had reverted back to me, I took a page from some artists friends and put it up on the blog as a Pay What You Want, got a little money here and there, and worked on commissions for private patrons in the meantime, putting every dollar made into the con fund. In a moment of vulnerability, I blogged about, and included the PWYW link at the bottom, and generally forgot about it save the occasional notification that someone had tossed a few bucks my way, which would give me encouragement while I worked on the next piece of commissioned porn.
And yesterday morning I got a notification from Twitter that this has been tweeted:
— Julio-Alexi Genao (@agenao) June 18, 2014
And the rest of the day, this guy was doing everything he could to make that post go viral and get people to donate. When I checked my e-mail this morning, I was over the amount I needed, and I’m not ashamed to say I cried, not just because of the money, but because of the sheer volume of them, all the lovely notes of encouragement, and that it showed me that my readers (who now call themselves the Damned Coyotes) aren’t just in my circle of friends, or people I went to college with, or friends of friends, but that they’re all over the world. It’s humbling and honoring, and so many other descriptive verbs that can’t approach the gratitude that I feel.
All day yesterday I worked on Breaking Ties, the 4th book in the Broken Mirrors series, and I finished the draft at 81k words. It’ll be dedicated to all of you, even though that can’t even come close to thanking you all properly.
Send Vaughn To The Con Fund
Progress: $1,110/$850(Updated 6/23, 7:18pm)
Donations will lead to a .pdf copy of The Last Paladin
Note: The button’s only here because the PWYW for The Last Paladin is still going on, and I’m still doing commissions to boost the fund amount as well. If I can make enough, I might be able to take my boyfriend of two years to the con, but I am NOT asking for help with that. You guys got me there, and I won’t ask for anything more.