As I write this, Worldbuilders has raised $617,000, crushing last year’s total.
Because of this maelstrom of support from the geek community, we blew through every stretch goal we had posted.
So yesterday I spent some time on the phone to see who else might be willing to help out. Brian Brushwood offered to teach me to eat fire. (Which is going to make for a great video not matter how it works out.) John Kovalic offered to make a mockery of me in his comic. Nate Taylor was willing to help me develop a new, more detailed map of the Four Corners world.
We posted up those new stretch goals… and passed them almost immediately.
So today we’re doing three things:
- We’re showing off the stretch goals we’ve already passed.
- We’re posting up a few new stretch goals.
- We’re extending the fundraiser a couple days.
This last one shouldn’t come as a *huge* surprise for those of you who have followed our fundraiser in the past. Over the last couple years, it’s become kind of a tradition. In 2012 we extended things a week. In 2011, we extended things *two* weeks.
The difference is, in previous years we needed the extra time because… well… because I was trying to do everything myself, and I suck at organization. This year I was smarter. I’ve let the Worldbuilders team handle more and more. As a result, the fundraiser has been running smoothly and raising a ton of money….
And, because of *that* we’ve been getting media coverage over the last couple days. Which means folk are finding out about us just how and jumping onboard. We’re raising, on average, about $1,500 dollars an hour. Stopping our fundraiser right now, just as so many folks are hearing about it, seems a little silly.
So we’re extending it two days. Worldbuilders now ends the night of Feb 4th, midnight.
Just long enough for disorganized people like me to make last-minute donations.
Long enough to show you our newly unlocked stretch goals…
When Trey told us he’d take a selfie for his stretch goal, we thought it was a brilliant idea. After all, he’s a world-famous photographer. Seven million people follow him on Google+ to look at his pictures.
Then we saw what he did, and it was so much better than what we’d imagined.
(Click to enbiggen. Seriously.)
He also shot a video about his adventures setting up the shot. It’s a fabulous story that involves, among other things, the taxidermied sheep you see in the photo.
Scott and Elizabeth did not hold back on their true feelings on the second Hobbit film. As you can tell from the fact that their rage-filled video is well over an hour long.
If you needed another reason to love John Scalzi, here it is….
I swear, Hank came up with this on his own.
- $375,000 Pat Rothfuss and Mary Robinette Kowal read NOTW erotica.
When Mary come up to Stevens Point to film this, I hadn’t yet read the erotic fanfic she’d written for our 175K stretch goal.
That’s right, I read it cold. So if I’m blushing there, you know why.
The truly amazing thing is how much she *nailed* my writing style.
- $400,000 Sandeep Parikh drinks a Capri Sun while doing a handstand.
This is the most dramatic thing I’ve seen in… maybe ever.
- $425,000 Bradley P. Beaulieu reads from The Hobbit -Wisconsin style.
Brad filmed himself reading the riddle scene from The Hobbit out in the snow… in shorts and a t-shirt. Now, I’m a Wisconsinite… but honestly, even I probably would have worn pants for this.
In keeping with our Hobbit theme, Molly did an amazing cover of The Greatest Adventure.
It also got this song stuck in my head. For days.
It’s still there. But in all honesty, I don’t really mind.
- $475,000 Pat Rothfuss and Amber Benson write urban fantasy erotica.
This is a stretch goal Amber and I dared each other into during an interview.
We hit it, so now Amber and I will write the story of Deuteronomy Jones a “transsexual, plucky, red-headed vampire hunter.” And Lance Franklin. “Rogue warlock-in-hiding. Half-succubus. (On his mother’s side.) And also, a Calvin Klein model.”
I’ll be writing the female character. Amber’s doing the male.
Yeah. It’s going to be a thing….
- $500,000 Neil Gaiman reads Green Eggs and Ham.
The title here tells you everything you need to know….
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If these acts of whimsy have amused you, you can help spread the word about Worldbuilders by sharing them around to your friends.
Feel free to let people know that every ten bucks they donate on the Worldbuilders Team Page, makes the world a better place AND gives you the chance to win a truly staggering number of rare, signed, or otherwise valuable books.
You can see *all* of our stretch goals here, including our new unlocked ones…..
So there you go.
Now, when you head into work tomorrow, and everyone is having the same boring conversation about Superbowl commercials, you can let your geek flag fly by saying, “That’s nothing, I saw Hank Green seduce a tree.” Or “Have you watched the video of Neil Gaiman reading Green Eggs and ham?”
Thanks for everything, folks. You’re all amazing.