TANSTAAFL DAY 3- Making things more convenient update and free sf picture released under Creative commons license.

THE GOAL IS $50,000

the counter stands at: 11,703.97 (Updated at least every 8 hours, more if i happen to be here. Longer, maybe, overnight.)


The Short Version Of Why I’m Doing This: I started the blog to promote my writing. It did that a little, but mostly it’s its own thing. I have fans for the blog and fans for the fiction, and never the twain shall meet.

After years of friends (including Jerry Pournelle, and no I never did it in his lifetime) telling me I should do a fundraiser or rattle the tin cup after every post, I realized that while I love the blog and don’t intend to give it up, it’s eating my life and to an extent my fiction writing because there’s only so many hours in the day.

So…. I decided to do a fundraiser, so I can hire people to do some of the other stuff that must be done, so I can blog, write, and not be so sleep deprived that sometimes, inexplicably, I go down for fifteen hours of sleep without planning it.

For the fuller explanation etc, look here: TANSTAAFL DAY 1- In Which The Writer Tries to Fund the Blog.


Tier 1– $10 or more – A shout out on my blog, all with all other the supporters, by name, in one massive “Thank you” post. [Jokey or offensive names will not be included at author’s discretion.]

Tier 2– $25 or more – Email jpg of certificate with funny fish saying “I Was Carped at according to hoyt.com” and a Certificate of being a member of Hoyt’s Huns, cultural wars sapper battalion, in good standing.

Tier 3– $60 or more – Exclusive ebook collection of USAian stories. (Including a new, original, never published story.) Estimated delivery August 2023

Tier 4– $100 or more – Your name will appear in a mass death/other mass event/list in one of Sarah’s books. [estimated delivery up through July 2023. All indie books, as no others are guaranteed.]

Tier 5– $150 or more – A sound file of Sarah saying “Moose and Squirrel.”

Tier 6 – $250 or more – Will send a signed copy of trade paperback Gentleman takes a chance and one large postcard with book covers, also signed. (USPS- continental US only. All others, let’s talk.) [estimated delivery Sept 2022]

Tier 7 – $350 or more – Three signed books (of our choice), plus two extra items from “Sarah’s Garage”, (also of our choice) which might very well be a small rubber fish. (You’ve been warned.) USPS only. Continental U.S. only [estimated delivery Sept 2022]

Tier 8 – $500 or more – Personalized tuckerization. You will become your very own zany character, with at least a line or two of dialogue, and physical description. Physical safety and life of character not guaranteed. If you perish, it will NOT (repeat not) be in a mass death event or a list of other kinds.  [estimated delivery up through July 2023. All indie books, as no others are guaranteed.] [Jokey or offensive names, descriptions and personalities will not be included at author’s discretion.]

Tier 9 – $1000 or more – A CHOICE OF:

Option 1 -Will read the first 10 pages and outline of your novel and provide timely critique, with the understanding that I am not infallible. (A skype, zoom or other video call to discuss the work for an hour or so.) [estimated delivery Winter 2022 – Spring 2023]

Option 2 – Large box of ten signed books, plus items ranging from a con badge, to a mini dinosaur skeleton or a print of Sarah’s original art, or other items from Sarah’s garage. USPS only. Continental U.S. only [estimated delivery Sept 2022]

Option 3 – Signed copy of Sarah’s old copyedited or page-proof manuscripts. [estimated delivery Fall 2022] (5 limit.)

Tier 10 $5000 or more – You will become a major character on one of my books, and I’ll try to reflect your appearance, and chosen personality.  [estimated delivery up through July 2023. All indie books, as no others are guaranteed.] [Jokey or offensive names, descriptions and personalities will not be included at author’s discretion. You don’t get to have someone else be an offensive character. (Sorry!) Your actions will be altered to serve the plot if needed.] – Limit 5. (You’ll be informed if this has been claimed, and given a chance for a refund or of a comparable reward.)

Tier Insane – $25000 or more – My husband and I will travel to a city in the continental US and have dinner with you and your plus one.  (Continental US only.) – Limit ONE. [Delivery up to July 2023.] (You’ll be informed if this has been claimed, and given a chance for a refund or of a comparable reward.)


If you want to be thanked/mentioned by a name different from your regular one, please email to: bookpimping at outlook dot com.


DONATE TO ACCORDING TO HOYT TAANSTAFL DAYS (The previous words are a link!)


Sarah A. Hoyt

Goldport Press

304 S Jones Blvd #6771

Las Vegas, NV  89107


(I’m going to get some coffee before the regular blog. If life intervenes (the guys are both home) it might be three hours or so before the real post is up.)

Okay, the gentlemen might not like this picture as much, but…. It just happened. I call it Romeo and Juliet ;). Yes there will be more straight up pin ups, tomorrow, etc.. It is released under Creative Commons (CC BY)

23 thoughts on “TANSTAAFL DAY 3- Making things more convenient update and free sf picture released under Creative commons license.

    1. You know, I’m trying to do a refi, and $25k is almost exactly the amount of cash I’m trying to get out.

      That gives me an idea!

  1. Are randomized Sarah’s Garage items autographed? I mean, a yellow rubber fish is kinda groovy, but who else in town has an autographed yellow rubber fish?

  2. “Two Against the Universe” or something of the like, perhaps?

      1. Nothing wrong with a battle couple like them ready, willing, and able to take the everything in their way on!

  3. Sarah, a hot babe is a hot babe… Especially as (to me) that is obviously her father.

    Although why she’s that pissed off at me is another question. And is he there just to administer the mercy shot if she’s unhappy enough to just wound?

    (Love the art, it kicks up so many questions in my head…)

    Anywhoooo… Only managed $15 for this fund raiser; this is the lean part of the year around here, and I’m still finishing up the PREPARE and REPAIRS that have been sitting in the queue for way too long. I don’t feel too badly, though, as I did manage to help more to save the piano. (My eldest sister took off with my grandmother’s piano – and I know that she sold it just as soon as she could turn it around. Grr…)

    1. It’s fine. We’re not in desperate need now. It’s just a matter of my justifying this blog obsession because “I’m on a mission from G-d” sounds weird, and I don’t have cool sunglasses.
      Thank you for helping save the piano. My husband waited 40 years for it, as my MIL was determined it would go to the first grandDAUGHTER who played piano. The only grandchild who plays piano is our oldest, and my husband dearly loves his Steinway. He’s happy to have it, and graces me with renditions of Fly Me to the Moon. (He’s promised to play it at my funeral if I go first.)

  4. The 89 cents has me intrigued.

    May need to wait for the next Tanstaafl as home repairs and medical bills (routine but still expensive) have consumed my current cash flow.

    Thought this from Glen was good for Independence Day:

    “Here’s the problem with public officials . . . deciding to ignore the Constitution: If you’re the president, if you’re a member of Congress, if you are a TSA agent, the only reason why somebody should listen to what you say, instead of horsewhipping you out of town for your impertinence, is because you exercise power via the Constitution. If the Constitution doesn’t count, you don’t have any legitimate power. You’re a thief, a brigand, an officious busybody, somebody who should be tarred and feathered and run out of town on a rail for trying to exercise power you don’t possess. So if we’re going to start ignoring the Constitution, I’m fine with that. The first part I’m going to start ignoring is the part that says, I have to do whatever they say.”

  5. I’m just glad you have multiple talents. I’m afraid my request like this would go: “And for $10, Georg promises not to draw a picture of you. For $50, he promises not to draw three pictures, and for $100 he will forget what you look like completely.”
    (I have a face made for radio and a voice made for print, with zero dots in Drawing/Any.)

    1. And I thought I had a face for a radio and a voice for silent film.
      But it turns out that if I turn on my version of The Announcer Voice on the work PA, folks are amused. I never actually worked in Radio, but I have (amazingly) had some time “behind the mike” and so don’t have the phobia common to so many.

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