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While I’m figuring out while the next Special Relativity donation inducement will be, you can keep track of how we’re doing in our 20-day sprint using this little widget I created. It’s right over there:

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Special Relativity: The 20-Day Sprint Starts Now

The fundraising campaign for my sci-fi/comedy radio series Special Relativity is down to its last 20 days. I have just under three weeks to raise the minimum amount I need to produce the first three episodes, or I’ll have to do the right thing and return all the donations I’ve received so far and then cry until I puke. I’m pegging that minimum amount at $4000, half of my original target. So the sprint is on to reach that goal:

Special Relativity’s supporters need to donate $125 every day for the next 20 days.

To make that happen, I’m going into full pledge-drive mode. I don’t know what that means, though I have kidnapped Susan Stamberg. And over the next 20 days I’ll parade out all the special enticements and incentives I can think of to convince you to contribute. That starts right now. I’m about to let you do something that I normally would never, ever allow. You can read part of the script before the show is finished.

Click here to read a couple of early minutes from the first episode in which our hero Nox and her pet UCA (the Universe’s Cutest Animal) pay a visit to the prince of the planet of the pigeon people:

Click here to read an excerpt from Special Relativity

Click here for more about why you should donate…

Special Relativity Week 5: A Tale of Self Pity

A metaphorToday marks the end of the fifth week of fundraising for my radio series Special Relativity, and the time has come for honesty. Things aren’t looking good. The project’s received only three donations in the last two weeks. It’s now so off track that I’ll need to raise over $140 a day for the next seven weeks to meet the campaign’s $8000 goal.

Yesterday I was thinking about the whole thing, and I realized how easy it might be to misunderstand why I’ve undertaken this uphill boulder roll. I can imagine someone looking at me and thinking, “This guy’s a writer who can’t get someone to pay for his work, so he figures he’ll take the easy road and just beg people for cash.” One could, very understandably, interpret what I’m doing with the same disdain one directs toward an obviously able-bodied guy panhandling on the subway.

So I want to clarify here that asking people for money — especially asking my friends for money — is not something I want to be doing. It’s not easy. I don’t enjoy it. It’s difficult and humiliating. Imagine turning to folks who you respect and care about and who are successful and saying to them, “I haven’t been successful lately. Can you give me a handout, just out of faith that I’ll do something good with it?” It hurts.

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For Gawdsake Listen to This Great Radio Comedy

If you’re a supporter of my series Special Relativity, then you either enjoy radio comedy or are something of a sucker. I’ll assume it’s the former and thus you’ll like the best example of radio comedy I’ve heard in a long time: the first episode of Mike Henry’s new podcast, The Songs We Sing. It features blues legend Lester “Polecat” Brown and is positively — dare I say? — Frebergian.

You can listen to it right here in the player below. Then go subscribe to new episodes via Tumblr or iTunes. And if you like it, Mike would probably appreciate you telling him so.

Special Relativity: The Digestion Has Begun

A couple of weeks ago, I predicted that as people became absorbed by the holidays, fundraising for my radio series Special Relativity would dwindle to such a point that the project would fall into a deep pit in which it would slowly be digested over 1000 years. Dear reader, I spoke the truth. Gastric juices have already eaten a third of my seventh toe. The fourth week of fundraising ends today, and we are now a full 50% off track. By now I’d hoped to raise $2800, and we’re just shy of $1400.

I don’t like to resort to negative reinforcement, but I feel like I have no choice. I’m forcing you to look at this image, which will now be burned into your mind for eternity:

It's better if you don't ask

Please, if you’ve been meaning to support the project, do it today. All donations make a difference. You can get a Fundamental Force Manipulator or a shirt for your dog or even have your name officially declared the cutest in the Universe. And remember that if you’re unable to donate, simply sharing a link to Special Relativity’s IndieGoGo page helps immensely by increasing the project’s secret and enigmatic “GoGo factor,” which fell for the first time last week. Simply use these links to share the campaign by email, Twitter, Facebook, or your web site.

Many donors have said they gave not out of charity, obligation, or the crushing guilt I bestow on those who don’t, but simply because they want to hear the show. I’d like to give them that chance. Please donate now.

Week 2 of Special Relativity was Not as Good as Week 1

It was a disappointing week for Special Relativity. We fell $250 short of our fundraising goal. So as punishment, I’m making you look at this sad, humanoid deer holding a large, dead fish:

Fish with Deer

Nevertheless, the project received a few very generous donations, for which I’m extremely and genuinely grateful.

I know that most of you will be spending the next several days in a desperate bid to fend of elvish home invasion, but please take a moment from your nog intake to donate to or share the campaign, so we don’t find ourselves starting 2012 in a deep, deep hole in which we’ll slowly be digested over a thousand year. Thanks.

The First Week of Special Relativity

Emperor of the Basset HoundsI’ve set a fundraising goal for my radio series Special Relativity of $100 a day, which means to be on track for the first week we needed to raise $700 by 1:30pm yesterday. Thanks to the extreme generosity of 11 people, we met that goal right at the wire. As a thank you, I’m giving you this portrait of the Emperor of the Basset Hounds, photographed by me in Stockholm, Sweden.

We still have 73 more $100 days to go in this project, so if you haven’t donated yet please give what you can. If you can’t/won’t/shan’t contribute, you can help almost as much by sharing the project via Facebook, Twitter, email, or your web site. Every time someone shares the campaign, it increases something horrifyingly called its “GoGoFactor.” A high GoGoFactor increases the chances of IndieGoGo featuring the project on its home page or in its newsletters, not to mention building the project’s confidence in the locker room.

Your support means a lot to me. Thanks.