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Puppets, Wild Things, Pumpkin Spice, and Viking Llamas…

First, I would just like to say that this blog has the best title I’ve ever written. Possibly the best title *anyone* has ever written. Ever.

As I type this, Worldbuilders has raised $250,000 dollars and we’re not yet at the end of our second week. That’s pretty amazing no matter how you look at it.

Today I’m going to post up all the stretch goals we’ve unlocked so far in case you’ve missed a few.

But first, allow me to answer a few questions y’all have been asking:

As y’all know, when we hit 600,000, Neil will read something for us. Everyone who donates to Heifer International on our team page gets to vote. Here’s where the total stands right now. Fox in Socks is still in the running, though it’s a bit of a dark horse….

#NeilReads 11-19

My stretch goal is looking like a bit more of a foregone conclusion:

Animal Kiss 11.22am take 2

I will admit, when I proposed my stretch goal, I put Llama on the list without doing much research other than to make sure there were some living in Central Wisconsin. Since then I’ve discovered that a llama and an alpaca are, in fact, two very different animals. Alpaca are kinda like a cross between a sheep, a kitten, and a giraffe. By which I mean they’re furry, friendly, and they have long necks.

Llamas, on the other hand, are apparently like a cross between a sheep, a camel, and Viking berserker. By which I mean they’re furry, they hate you, and they will fucking destroy all things that oppose them. A lot of farms use them as guard animals, because other predators like coyotes are terrified of llamas and avoid even the sound of them.

So… yeah. Right now it’s looking like that’s what I’m going to end up kissing. For charity.

Here’s the stretch goals we’ve unlocked so far:

  • $50k: Nika Harper Reads Dinosaur Limericks

Happiness comes in Dinosaur Limericks that are based in scientific fact.

  • $75k: Molly Lewis Sings Pumpkin Spice Lament

Do you want to know a true fact about Amanda? She recently got a ukulele, and she’s been playing Molly Lewis songs nonstop. This one is her new favorite.

  • $100k: Patrick Rothfuss will perform “The Song of Tom Bombadil.”

Yup. That’s a thing I did. Once you’ve seen it, you can’t un-see it.

  • $125k: Seth Fishman will host a livestreamed Q&A teaching everyone how to write a query letter and/or get an agent.

This livestream is going to be Monday, November 24th at 7:30pm CST. If you have any questions for Seth, you should be sure to be there, live, when it happens. Follow Worldbuilders on Facebook,  Twitter, and YouTube to know when it goes live.

  • $150k: Myke Cole will review Hedging His Bets.

Myke was great and had the video all ready for us… and then the file corrupted when he tried to send it to us. We’ll have it up as soon as possible, so keep an eye on the Worldbuilders YouTube channel.

  • $175k: Vi Hart will write and perform “The Lay of Felurian.”

Vi nailed it here. She even included the verse that causes Felurian to cut Kvothe off, and ends it there. It’s wonderful.

  • $200k: The Heifer International staff will perform a puppet show.

This baffled me in all of the best ways. Some of Heifer International’s staff (primarily the ones who work with Worldbuilders directly every year) got together and did this in their free time. Be sure to stick around for the outtakes at the end, because people have some stuff to say about Kvothe and his lute…

We’ve got two more that have just been recently unlocked…

  • $225k: James Ernest will post a video of his signature juggling trick.
  • $250K Nate Taylor & Pat stream a discussion about the art of Slow Regard

We passed both of these goals just yesterday, so we haven’t had a chance to post them up yet, but as we’ve said above. But if you stay tuned to the Worldbuilders Facebook page and/or Twitter feed we’ll be posting them up when that happens.

Stay tuned folks, if for no other reason than to see me get trampled to death by a llama.

pat

P.S. Just in case you wanted a link where you could help us reach more stretch goals while also making the world a better place, here it is.

Posted in Acts of Whimsy, Worldbuilders 2014 | By Pat25 Responses

Writing, moving, and talking about books.

Sorry I’ve been gone so long, folks. It’s been pretty crazy around here. In addition to working like a dog on book two, this week I’ve had the untrammeled delight of moving all my earthly goods from one house to another. Moving sucks, in a nutshell. Do you have any idea how many books I own?

Anyway, aside from the general upheave, things seem to be settling down. My move is done, barring the last bit of cleaning I still have to do tonight. So for now I just have time to post a few, brief announcements.

1. I’ll be down in Indianapolis at GenCon from August 15-19th. I will be doing book signings, panels about writing, and workshops. Plus, I’ll just generally be getting down with my geeky self. (I’ll post up specific times and places in a couple days. Stay tuned for that.)

I will neither confirm nor deny the rumor that I might be dressed as a garden gnome at the convention.

2. The online discussion I’ve been having with Orson Scott Card about Harry Potter has turned out remarkably well. By this I mean I managed to avoid making an ass out of myself in front of one of my favorite authors. Plus, as an added bonus, I got to defend poor Tom Bombadil from unwarranted attacks against his character.

3. There’s a new Q & A up over at Subterranean Press. This interview turned out kinda different, as she asked me some probing questions about my geek heritage. So if you’re a gamer, there might be something interesting for you there. Plus I think I might have accidentally flirted with her a little. As with all my ill-considered choices, I blame caffeine.

4. Lastly is part two of the Q & A I did with Straight from the Barrel. It’s a little more serious than the Subterranean Press interview, but I talk about writing, racism, and one of my favorite webcomics. So there’s a little something there for everyone.

And I’m done. I’ve got to go rugdoctor my apartment before I get any sleep tonight. Wish me luck.

pat

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