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The Curtain Rings Down on My Kickstarter

posted Dec 20, 2016, 12:18 AM by Douglas Sun

The curtain came down on my month-long Kickstarter for Places by the Way at noon on Sunday. It ended having gathered 213 backers and $6551 in  pledges. Kickstarter will take its cut, of course, and some of the money will go to cover the cost of rewards and the cost of shipping them. But the final result is better than I had hoped, and so I’m satisfied with it.

It’s a significant event, the successful close of my first solo Kickstarter campaign, and you would think that I would have blogged about it right away. But after sending out a note of thanks to my backers, I promptly fell into a torpor of relief and exhaustion and spent the rest of the day bing-watching ESPN’s “30-For-30 then went to bed early. Riding out the campaign’s ups and downs was a valuable learning experience, but also exhausting.

It’s good to know that I can just keep writing and still pay my bills, at least for a while. Places by the Way #1 — In the Shadow of the High Forest, The Village of Darkharrow and The Village of Dakrharrow Limited Edition for Kickstarter backers only — are in layout now. I hope they’ll be ready to roll out in late January, although February is probably more realistic. I will start writing Places by the Way #2 — The Bitch Queen’s Prize and A Treasure on the Rocks — this week with the intention of publishing in April or May.

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I know that this is supposed to be a blog about gaming and other forms of geekery, but I can’t help men throwing in a mention that I had forgotten about the consistent excellence of “30 For 30.” It really is the best thing that ESPN has done since becoming an appendage of ABC, far and away.

Although I have to admit that the series probably works best for sports fans of a certain age (like me). Most of the films focus on decades-old events and derive their emotional force from the perspective that the passage of time brings to events that were intensely felt at the time. If events like the 1983 NCAA Men’s Basketball Championship game or the Chicago Bears 1985 Super Bowl run are part of your living memory, comparing what you felt then to what the films relate only magnifies the emotional effect of hearing about it in retrospect from the participants. Around the age of 50, “you sort of reach a point in your life where you can see its beginning and its end with increasingly equal clarity,” says director Jonathan Hock in introducing his wonderful film about the 1983 N.C. State men’s basketball team meeting on the 30th anniversary of their improbable NCAA title. Having recently reached the age of 53 myself, I can assure that I have a better idea of what he means than I would like.