Er - is this for real?
Tuesday, 23 February 2016
Or is my mind playing tricks? My project page has a bright orange disk with 101% on top and "This book is fully funded" beneath it. And this morning my progress report said
Amount to raise:
(cue habitual stab of anxiety)
(swiftly turning to relief bordering on euphoria)
OK, I haven't won Lotto, been rescued from a stormy sea, discovered a galleon of gold ingots or finished an Iron Man event, but I feel as if I have (all four at once).
My novel is funded! I haven't got to get x more pledges! I can spend this afternoon cleaning the sofa or washing the dog or cooking a curry to end all curries... I can have a guilt-free nap and wake up with a smile. I can go and watch some mindless telly, write a long meandering poem or start reading War and Peace.
But before I scamper away into the Land of Post-100%, I must say a big thank you to every one of you who have supported me and my book by making a contribution - large or small, single or repeated. It's hard to believe how generous so many people have been. At the risk of sounding like one of those Unbound promo messages, you made it happen!
A special big BIG ULTRA HUGE thank you to the anonymous donors who contributed towards my book recently. It has made all the difference to get such wonderfully generous support. I literally couldn't believe my eyes on Thursday when I saw my % funded shoot up to 95% or so in one fell swoop while headed to Glasgow for an Unbound book event (organised by Ian Skewis, author of the splendidly atmospheric page-turner A Murder of Crows). Thank goodness I was in the passenger seat, not driving! May the universe smile on you, and return your kindness.
The final thank you is to the people who have been there for me - and put up with me - during the past weeks of crowdfunding. Sorry I've been irritable, obsessive, unavailable, etc.
That'll do, or I'll have to go and find a clean hanky.
Off now for a snooze then maybe a few beers with my feet up in front of the TV, before the next set of tasks beckons...
At the Robert Burns museum cafe in Ayr, on hearing my book has reached 100% funded
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