TANSTAAFL Day 15. The day Before the last day. Two (TWO) free sci fi pictures, and …. you can’t tell me you don’t like bats!

Okay, first I’m sorry this is so late. We’re getting ready for an unexpected trip. (No, nothing bad. And the trip is not unexpected. I just thought it was tonight, not this afternoon. Argh. Also we’re staying longer than expected. Younger son stays here to hold the fort, though. So cats okay, etc.)

Second, no, you can’t tell me you don’t like bats. Look at that total. LOOK AT IT.

THANK YOU VERY MUCH TO EVERYONE WHO DONATED!

THE GOAL IS $50,000

the counter stands at: $35,300.85 USD* (Updated at least every 8 hours, more often if i happen to be here.)

IT ENDS tomorrow!

*The total is probably at least somewhat higher (maybe all the way up if some billionaire donated ) because we’ve been informed there are several envelopes in the mailbox. We’ll try to get them before the end of this, but if not, I’ll report afterwards.

The reason I’m doing this:

I have worked for …. 15? 16 years at this blog, providing new content ALMOST every day (A bit less through the crazy move, though that was a lesson in what not to do, I guess) for…. very little. Even after you guys got me to put up a donation button, the most I ever got in a year was 4k, and lately it’s been around 2k, counting the commission from Amazon.

Now, I know times are tough (here too) but since the reason I started the blog didn’t work out, (the intersection between those who read my fiction and those who read my blog is sliver-thin) and since I’ve put my family through contortions, on weekends and vacations and all because “I have to put up a post.” I figured I owed it to them, more than to myself, to get something back for my effort.

Also, I’m trying to do too much in too little time.

I’m trying to get a fund that will allow me to hire (mostly friends) to do some of it for me, so I can both write more and make more money, which in turn will (maybe) allow me to get through what’s staring us in the face. (And it ain’t pretty.)

THE INCENTIVES AND TIERS:

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 SHORT 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.)

ALL TIERS INCLUDE ALL PREVIOUS TIERS EXCEPT FOR THOSE THAT ARE NUMBER LIMITED.

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

TO DONATE:

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

FOR CHECK DONATIONS:

Sarah A. Hoyt

Goldport Press

304 S Jones Blvd #6771

Las Vegas, NV  89107

THIS IS PINNED TO THE TOP OF THE BLOG. THE DAILY POST APPEARS BELOW THIS.

So, why are there two pictures, today? Well, I’ve been shorting those of us who like to look at guys. Also…. well, I wanted to.

I call this one Charlie Foxtrot. For obvious reasons, right?

This Picture was created by Sarah A. Hoyt and is released under CC BY

I call this one Charlie Foxtrot Duo, also for obvious reasons.

This Picture was created by Sarah A. Hoyt and is released under CC BY

Now, the important part:

I love you so much. (And you guys also need warmth and cuddles, I suspect.)

you’ve made me very happy.
Like this

Or like little bat burritos.

Now enjoy the bats while I fly off Back tomorrow.

31 thoughts on “TANSTAAFL Day 15. The day Before the last day. Two (TWO) free sci fi pictures, and …. you can’t tell me you don’t like bats!

  1. Are the Giant Space Bats the cause of the “Charlie Fox Trots”? [Batty Grin]

  2. And now I picture the admittedly crude intro to Groovie Goolies (post initial commercial break) where ‘Drac’ as bat tries to fly through one of Horrible Hall’s windows…. only for it to move so he hits the wall, falls/transforms and declares, “This place is driving me batty.”

    Fwiw, Moo.

    1. Thanks for the reminder. I’ve got a reminder set on my phone for late morning so I don’t lose my shot at it. This year’s con was the most fun I’d had in ages.

    2. Exactly how? I see no link on the website for buying tickets. Does it pop up when they go on sale? I asked them, but haven’t heard back.

        1. Thanks Ian. They got back to me via email as well. Hope this works and I’ll see some of us folks there next year.

  3. I found a dead bat in my dog’s food bowl last night… in the house…. no cute. Had an interesting morning researching rabies transmission, etc. etc… but all is OK.

  4. Given past discussions here (comics, leftist cries of “racism!”, etc.) I thought I might make a brief mention of the recent case of Eric July. He’s a comics guy who is getting hit with racist attacks from the left after his comic crowdfunding attempt was a hit.

  5. “You shot him!”
    “Sure enough did. Can’t stand blonds.”

    Yeah, the brain went there…

    Anyway, looked at the money, looked at the lists, and figured I can kick in another $25. Doing that soon as I post this.

    1. The funniest production of Fledermaus I saw was one from the Kennedy Center at least 20 years ago. For example, the last act opened with the (hung over) jailer staggering in, blearily ripping off a page on the calendar, and revealing “DEC 32.” He looked at the audience, hiccuped, and said, “Time flies!” And it went from there.

  6. Hip Hip Hooray!
    Three cheers for the Netherlands Kulaks.
    Three cheers for the Sri-Lankan Scorpions putting the sting on let them eat bugs rump Schwabs.
    Three cheers for ol’ hot rack Hoyt for hanging in there like New Kids on the Block.
    Hip Hip Hooray!

  7. Just doubled my donation. Won a couple of battles with HR and have some extra money. And I give thanks that I lived to point in my life were the word “extra money” aren’t meaningless noise.

  8. Sarah, I would love to send a check for $60 to get my hands on USAian stories – but I don’t have an electronic payment account (hence the check) and I am so technologically un-savvy that I have no “reader”-device, and no idea how I can receive an “ebook” from you. Is there still a way to do this??

    1. What some people used to do was ask for a clean USB drive (or CD-ROM back in the day), or ask you to add a little for a cheap USB drive and sent the book as a locked PDF or other format on the memory thing. Then you could read the file on a regular computer. I have NO idea if that’s still done, given all the viri and other stuff running around these days.

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