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A massive thank you

  • Posted on: 16 July 2010
  • By: MeiLin

Fifty people contributed about $2500 to have this book produced properly. That is fucking amazing.

Some of you have called it the first crowdfunded novel; it isn't, but it's one of the few, and it may be the first to come out of the webserial community. I'm not sure.

Either way, I am grateful to those fifty people more than anyone can ever imagine. I only started taking this project seriously--as in, gee, maybe I can write and maybe people really do like it for more than the juicy bits--when we raised the first $1,000 for Nettah the Edditah. That's what made me sit up and take notice: people really cared about the story, enough to put dollars on the line for me with no return other than the story.

I only personally know one of the fifty. This isn't friends and family indulging me. It's not an investment or loan--they're not getting the money back. I now have a deep responsibility to give them, and the rest of you by extension, the best story I can. I really, really hope you'll think so when you read it.

The beta group is more or less done; things have evolved into discussions of chocolate. Apparently just the mention of white chocolate is enough to bring out the partisans. So I think they're done. Wink I'm going to compile and load into my Kindle now. When you've been staring at something as long as I have in one format, it's time to move to a second because at this point you stop seeing things. It may also be time to send the compilation on to Netta and Karen.


This has been one of the most amazing experiences of my life. I am so grateful, and I hope I can justify your support.

Last call for presales (updated)

  • Posted on: 15 July 2010
  • By: MeiLin

UPDATE: If you can, please spread the word in your various communities that presales are still open, but close TODAY AT MIDNIGHT. I just got a message from someone who didn't realize they were still open and almost missed out on getting one.

Original message:

Presales come down at midnight, so if you've been putting it off, this is your last chance.

I'm going to take this opportunity to thank the presalers, AGAIN. I was going back through the presale folder, checking whether someone had gotten a package (she had), and realized that presales began in mid-February of 2009. More than a year ago.


Thank you not just for the financial support, but also for your patience. First-time novelists, apparently, always underestimate how long it takes to hammer a draft into a final book, and that was definitely the case with me.

Boy, do I have a story to tell about this book. No one in the press/blogosphere cares about some housewife self-publishing a fantasy book with lots of naughty bits. But this story? The story of a crowdfunded book? THAT, I think, I can get them interested in.

Status report 7-11-10

  • Posted on: 11 July 2010
  • By: MeiLin

Where we're at:

First off, sorry for the mass image update. They ended up behind the paywall, and I wanted them to remain largely available.

Secondly, I'm done with Netta's notes and am now writing a new ending. Well, THE ending; I didn't really have one when I sent it to Netta, but it felt like the stopping point for sending it to her. I have the idea, and it's just a matter of getting it right.

All the other chapters are with the non-existent beta group, who are finding multiple typos and artifacted grammar/words, bless 'em, as well as odd passages.

Next up:

Presales come down Thursday. At that point, pre-orders will start for the book and ebook--the difference being both the price tag and what you get. Pre-orders are just reserving your copy of the book, no more. No thank you in the acknowledgments, no advance manuscript, etc.

If you buy directly from me, and pre-orders will be direct, they'll be autographed. That's the ongoing perk for buying from me as opposed to buying from Amazon; I get a much bigger cut when you buy either direct or from CreateSpace, but CreateSpace won't do pre-orders so there we are.

Netta vets the ending, then the group vets it. I go back over the manuscript one last time with the group's notes, then Netta and Karen Wehrstein get what should be close to the last draft. (Karen's providing fresh eyes unadulterated by reading the Crappy First Draft.)

Barring serious notes, it then goes out to the presalers as the finished manuscript. I'm hoping that will be some time in early August. It depends how fast Netta and Karen can go through it, and for Netta and me to declare it done.

Then formatting begins. I'll work it up for ebooks; I have a converter now and will be able to format various versions for Kindle Store, Smashwords (for everyone else) and for myself. At that point, the presalers will get their ebooks, and I will CONSIDER, and I said CONSIDER, beginning its serialization here.

I'll send it off to MCM for the typography and then to Alice Fox once we have a page count to finish the cover--spine and back copy, since I don't think I'm going to have the cash for back cover art.

From there to CreateSpace, where I'll have to order a proof. It usually takes a week for that. Once the proof's accepted, then we're off to the races. Pre-orders will come down when I order the proof, just so I know how many books to order when it's finalized.

I have a tentative publication date of 9/1/10, but that's cutting it really close. I can guarantee it will be out by 10/1/10. The term I'm using right now is "Fall 2010."

Start getting the word out. Biggrin

Progress Report: Edited through Chapter 12

  • Posted on: 9 July 2010
  • By: MeiLin

My first swing through the second version of book 1 is done through chapter 12 of 17. The chapters are going out to the betas as I finish them. It's going much, much faster than I expected. I thought Netta would send me far more in the way of notes than she has. (You should have seen the original edit.) I'm told that's good, but this is my first time with this sort of thing, so who knows.

I'm getting more confident in a 9/1/10 official publication date, though it may be pushed back to 9/15/10 depending on how fast I can write the ending (Netta and I both agreed it needs a bit more), how fast the third read-through goes, how fast the "purty team" of MCM and Alice Fox can make it look good, and how fast CreateSpace can get me the proof.

That is all! I have to do some paying work today, and my reward for doing it is--more editing!

Always listen to the experts

  • Posted on: 1 July 2010
  • By: MeiLin

...They'll tell you what can't be done, and why. Then do it."
--Robert Heinlein

This is a comment I left at the latest screed against self-publishing. There's been a dozen or five in the last week, most riffing off Laura Miller's recent piece in Salon. Why are they all so afraid? Why such concern? I don't know, except I don't think it's for me or people like me.

I'm a self-publisher.

Please hold the rotten tomatoes; rayon stains.

I chose self-publishing before I ever got a rejection slip (I've gotten three since, but they were half-hearted submissions and I was neither surprised nor offended). Why? Why would I do such a stupid, misguided, lunkheaded, poverty-inducing, desperate, shameful, and did I mention stupid, thing?

--Because most blog posts and tweets I've seen from agents lately boil down to, "Don't bother. We'll turn you down." Nothing addressed to me personally, just general advice. Okay, says I. I won't.

--I've already put the draft out on the internet. "Instant rejection slip. It's already been published," says the CW. "Abandon the project. Move on to something else you can sell." Well, says I, this is the project I want to write. So I'll move on--from the traditional path. Maybe I'll submit something else later. Who knows.

--Putting the first draft out on the internet--and I am the first one to say it's craptastic--garnered me 2,000 readers a day and a few thousand dollars in donations. That does not include almost $2,000 in book pre-sale packages at $50 apiece so that I could hire a professional editor, cover artist and typographer. Read that again: my readers paid to put the book out properly. I personally know exactly one of the people who bought those packages.

--And finally, no publisher out there is going to give me what I want. Which is not billions (though billions? AWESOME). What I want is control over my work. A Creative Commons license. Non-DRM distribution of the electronic versions, and as many different electronic formats as possible. Posting of my work online, freely available, albeit in fun-size pieces dribbled out like breadcrumbs through the forest. Stuff like that. I have no illusions that my work is so amazing, so hot, so likely to start a bidding war, that I could possibly get any one of those conditions from a first-timer's contract. Nor do I have any illusions that I might get a contract at all.

Mind, I'm not the average deluded writer. I don't think agents, editors and publishers are horrible soul-crushing talent killers who just don't understand me. I have a couple of decades of professional, successful nonfiction writing under my belt. I'm a professional web developer, too--didn't have to pay for my site. And I would never, ever recommend that a writer go it without an editor, whether at a publishing house or an independent. I sure didn't.

I'm not the average deluded writer. I'm a very specifically deluded writer.

If I don't sell a single copy past the 40 or so I've sold for $50 apiece, I'm okay with that. I got to work with a terrific editor, I've learned an absolute pile about my craft, my audience and my brand, I'm not out more than a hundred or so bucks of my own, the people who paid to get the book out get the book, and we all had this incredible experience together. "Joyful" is not too strong a word, and I'm as amazed as--more amazed than--anyone.

And so I'm doing this stupid, misguided, lunkheaded, poverty-inducing, desperate, shameful, and did I mention stupid, thing. You're all probably right, but I'm okay with that.

And then, you might be wrong. Smile

New Embodiment/Patron perk: Ask a Tremontine -- Delayed (updated)

  • Posted on: 29 June 2010
  • By: MeiLin

Update: After a very frustrating evening, I've had to unpublish the two questions submitted so far. Access control modules for Drupal are sub-optimal at best. I'm not 100% sure how I'm going to do this. Stay tuned. I'm tired of crashing/restoring the db for one night.

Original post:

Are you an Embodiment-level reader? Then you now have a new perk: Ask a Tremontine. This is a new forum where you get to ask a Tremontine a question about the world of the History. YOU MAY NOT ASK QUESTIONS PERTAINING DIRECTLY TO THE STORY. You may ask anything else. The question about the cheeses of Tremont comes to mind. If you figure out a way around this restriction I will pull a yellow card. Wink

A citizen of the Tremontine Empire will answer your question. It may be an average person, it may be a cleric, or a Guardsman, or a professor. The answer may or may not be canonical. But I thought it'd be fun.

If you're a Patron--someone who contributes $5 or more a month via subscription or flat purchase (it's coming)--you'll soon get access to this, too. I just need to set up that role and get everyone entered. Thing is, most Patrons are already Embodiments. Smile

A title for book one

  • Posted on: 28 June 2010
  • By: MeiLin

The working title of book one has been "Curse of the Traveler Queen," but it doesn't fit. It has nothing to do with the protagonist of the story, for starters. Smile

In casting about for ideas, I've come up with "Lovers and Beloveds." I think it fits. So it would be

Lovers and Beloveds
An Intimate History of the Greater Kingdom: Book One

Thoughts if any?

New Pre-sale Option: Ebook Only

  • Posted on: 25 June 2010
  • By: MeiLin

Hey! Don't want a hard copy of book one but want to see it before anyone else? There's now an ebook-only presale option! Half the price of the hard copy package! All proceeds are currently going toward book production--the book block and cover designs. Anything left over, har de har, comes to me. Some day, I hope to buy myself a coffee off the proceeds of the book. Wink

But I can't complain. One of the big huffs against self-publishing is that to put out a book that looks and reads as well as a traditionally published book, the writer has to go into debt. It costs money to hire an editor, a cover artist and a typographic designer. You're a fool if you do it, because you'll never get that money back.

Here's the cool thing: YOU GUYS DID THAT FOR ME. I didn't have to spend a cent to get the book out. OK, maybe some. But not the thousands I was warned I'd lose. And I was smart enough to hire outside my POD service; I got the cover artist, typographer and editor I wanted, not the ones they offered, and I knew their quality going in. I can afford the investment I've made, and enough of you wanted the story badly enough to kick in the rest.

DO YOU KNOW HOW AMAZING THAT IS? DO YOU KNOW HOW AMAZING YOU ARE? YOU ARE SO FUCKING AMAZING! I'm feeling serious gratitude today. Thank you, so, so much.

Buy a presale, get a book cover

  • Posted on: 23 June 2010
  • By: MeiLin

Book one presales end 7/15/10. This last batch is going toward cover artist Alice Fox's fee. Overages, if any, go to other book production costs, like the book block and the proof copies; as usual, the author is last in line. Blum 3

I really need help with this, folks. If you know History fans who've drifted away, now would be a good time to tell them to come back. Please spread the word that the History is returning. When the presales go down, the shitty first draft goes behind the paywall.

In other news, I've begun plotting both book two of the History and the rest of this major arc of Scryer's Gulch. The Guch is resuming either this Monday or next; we'll see how far I get with the writing.

Today from the Teeny Basket: Paduan Killer Swarm, and Yew Berry Infused Honey

  • Posted on: 23 June 2010
  • By: MeiLin

Two from the BPAL Rappacini's Apiary limiteds.

On the left, Paduan Killer Swarm:

A swarm of genetically modified, extremely aggressive European bees that were created by Dr. Giacomo Rappaccini. These bees are attracted to a peculiar set of pollens and nectars, and possess a particularly vicious temperament, a lethal apitoxin, and cruelly barbed stingers.

Tonka, black licorice, amber, golden sandalwood, ginger cream, bitter clove, stinging nettle, cinnamon bark, and coconut shell.

I don't think this has any relation to Anakin Skywalker but I could be wrong...

In the decant: Initial hit is a cologne with a floral undertone. I think this is the tonka and sandalwood providing the cologny tone; don't know where the floral accord is coming from.

Wet: Coconut, tonka, clove, sandalwood, amber, licorice way in the back. So far I like it.

Dry: The coconut is gone. Tonka, amber, licorice, sandalwood. Clove is in back, which makes me sad. I like this, but then I usually like all these notes excepting coconut.

Verdict: Pretty, but faint. Probably good with a decant. We'll see what Sir thinks.

On the right, Yew Berry Infused Honey.

In the decant: Astringent. Honey to the rear.

Wet: Ick. Smells like a hedge, and not the good kind.

Dry: Sweeter, but still that hedge smell.

Verdict: Meh verging on ick.

Getting closer

  • Posted on: 20 June 2010
  • By: MeiLin

Netta is through with the first read-through. Quoting: "a real pleasure to read," and a bunch of other stuff that made me cry with happiness, for serious. eee!

I'm estimating a month to get her actual story notes and revise, then a month (at least) to make the book block and cover. As soon as Netta and I agree it's done, the pre-order people get a .doc of the book, before the book block and cover are done.

BTW: if you're a pre-order person, I need to know if you want to be in the acknowledgments and if so, under what name. You need to know that the new version of the History is about as scandalous as a Laurell K. Hamilton, and she's sold in the endcaps at the local grocery store. (Not to say I took all the good bits out; they're just a little less over-the-top.) I'll also need to know dedications for autographs.

If you paid $100 for a pre-sale, I'm sending you two paperbacks. $100 used to be to get into the acknowledgments, but 30 people were willing to make a big bet on an unknown, and they MUST be thanked publicly and permanently. If you're a $100 pre-saler, contact me if you come up with another benefit besides a second book. I'll be putting this all in email, too, for those who've stopped reading the site during hiatus.

I'm also thinking of putting the first chapter up in bits while I'm waiting for the book block and cover. Speaking of which, one reason I want to put up some morsels of chapter one is that I'm going to need funds for the cover. I don't know if Alice Fox is available at such a far remove; I have two back-up artists in mind if not. It's going to be a chunk. I need to bring the old audience back, because I know you guys are tapped out. My faithful crew, I love you so much!

I'm going to give a week or two's notice and start an ad campaign--"x days till the new History!"--and I'm going to ask you guys to fan out and start telling people at all the various places you hang out online. More details to follow.

Today from the Teeny Basket of Squee: Durian Fruit Infused Honey with Brandy

  • Posted on: 16 June 2010
  • By: MeiLin

Durian fruit infused honey?! I know! But several forumites at swear it doesn't actually smell like durian, so here's hoping.

In the decant: Faint fruit, like black cherry. No honey, some brandy. Not optimistic.

Wet: OK, now no brandy, just a sort of weak fruit punch. A little honey to the back. So far: meh, but not wash-off meh.

Dry: Now I'm smelling honey. The fruit punch/black cherry smell is dwindling.

Verdict: Eh to meh. Definitely not a bottle, possibly a trade.

Today from the Teeny Basket of Squee: Horrid Mysteries

  • Posted on: 15 June 2010
  • By: MeiLin

Another BPAL review of a Dark Delicacies Northanger Abbey scent, this time, Horrid Mysteries:

A savage, dark, lurid scent: blackened woods, pomegranate rind, mossy earth, mimosa, and thick, black wine.

In the decant: Moss, earth, wine.

Wet: Very men's cologne-y. I think it's the moss. A little astringent--possibly the pomegranate rind? Not picking up much wine or smoke.

Dry: Here comes the mimosa and wine--oh, and a little smoke, but hovering above my wrist, not on it--something a little sulphuric, like a match head (I love that smell).

Verdict: This is a rather menacing cologne, fairly unisex. Like a lot of moss-based scents, I think I'd like it better on a guy and I might like it better on Sir.

Today from the teeny basket of squee: Mysterious Warning

  • Posted on: 14 June 2010
  • By: MeiLin

Now that I have some time, I'm a-gonna write some reviews. I just got the four "Northanger Abbey" scents from Dark Delicacies retail-only BPAL line--well, decants, anyway. Yes, that's Northanger Abbey as in Jane Austen. This is why I love BPAL. The four scents are named for four gothic novels to be read that Austen's heroine hopes are "all horrid, are you sure they are all horrid?”

A scent evocative of poisonous family secrets: dry lavender-infused amber, battered leather, nicotiana, osmanthus, and jasmine tea.

All of these are good notes, especially amber and leather.

In the decant: Oh yay, lavender and amber!

Wet: Several people on have said this is the same lavender as in my beloved TKO, and I agree. Very like. The leather is underneath. I like this very much so far; it's a less-sweet TKO.

Dry: TKO, for you non-BPAL-obsessed peoples, is a blend made especially for sleep; it's a vanilla/lavender sugar, as if you stuck lavender spikes and vanilla beans to steep in sugar. I wear it every night. Anyway, this is a non-sweet TKO. In place of the vanilla it's leather. It's gorgeous.

Verdict: Definite partial if I can find one.

What to do with myself

  • Posted on: 14 June 2010
  • By: MeiLin

I'm not writing this week (apart from email and blogs, smartypants). As a result, I don't quite know what to do with myself. Ideas so far:

  • Laundry. Mundane but necessary.
  • Decluttering. Boy do I need to declutter.
  • Riding my bike. It's Pedalpalooza, after all!
  • Making bellydance bling. Already finished a yarn belt for a friend, and picked up a whole bunch of awesome components at the local thrift yesterday. Piles of shells, fringed black velvet, a crocheted tablecloth, scarves with lurex threads...
  • Working on my bellydance outfit for the recital on Saturday. I still don't have my hair 100% figured out.
  • Working on my dance routine for the recital. First time performing, new with veil work.
  • Going to bellydancing class.

I sense a theme...

History book one version two is with Netta

  • Posted on: 13 June 2010
  • By: MeiLin

I just now shipped the book off to Netta. Scrivener tells me it is 140,000+ words, 373 pages in paperback. Netta will have a cow. She wants it at around 100k but I'm all right with more as long as it's all supposed to be there. That's Netta's job--to help me figure out if stuff needs chopped out. I'm sure she'll come up with a list. Smile

I'm tired now. I hope to take a break from writing for a week or two. (And this time I mean it.) When I've recovered some equilibrium, I will start in on Scryer's Gulch again.

Thanks, everyone, for the patience and kindness you've shown me while I worked on this. More work to come.

I think...

  • Posted on: 6 June 2010
  • By: MeiLin

I think I'm done with the draft.

I'm not sure, but I think I am.

Now I have to go back through, fill in some missing stuff, take out a section that doesn't belong there, make it not suck, and then send it to Nettah the Edittah. Hopefully she'll make it not suck some more, and then I send it out to you.

So, yeah.

Status update, 6/1/10

  • Posted on: 1 June 2010
  • By: MeiLin

It's been almost a year. Where am I?

I'm extremely close to being done--I'm at the climactic scene, in fact, after a long, long bout with writer's block. (No puns, please. Wink )

What got me through the block, besides occasional confabs with the patient Nettah the Edditah, was The Artist's Way, which I undertook on the (indirect) advice of Mur Lafferty. I'm heartily glad I took that advice, and if you're any kind of a creative person, professionally or not, I recommend you take it, too. It's helped me blast through the block, it's given me some new tools, and it's helped me see my creative life so much more clearly. I'm in sort of a mourning phase for all the wasted years, years I spent running from what I really wanted to do. But that's all grist for the mill, scraps for the compost heap.

I don't know when the book will be ready to distribute. I should be done with this draft in a week or less (!). Then I need to take one last quick trip through it before I ship it to Nettah; I do those kinds of revisions fast. Then *she* needs to read it, and then the beta group needs to read it after I work with her notes. Then it's the cover, and then it's to the printer. Before the cover goes on, the pre-sales people will be getting their first ebook copy.

So that's the state of things, folks. I'm driven right now and spending every free moment I've got finishing. It feels good.

Scryer's Gulch ep 24 whereabouts

  • Posted on: 18 May 2010
  • By: MeiLin

I'm hoping to have episode 24 up tomorrow, guys. I'm really sorry, I just ran out of runway. Today was Sir's birthday (he's 39), so I ended up doing a lot of stuff yesterday and today for that, and I'm also working on my portfolio. Money is tight; I need to go back to work part time, so I gotta make with the looking like I know what I'm doing. Smile Know anyone who needs Drupal web development done? Lemme know.

Today from the Black Helicopters: Traipsing Through the Crop Circles

  • Posted on: 5 May 2010
  • By: MeiLin

Today we have Traipsing through the Crop Circles, from BPAL's annual April Fool's collection. This year's is titled Black Helicopters, and is made up of various conspiracy theories. The scent description:

Mystery doodle
Vast: in corn, maize, or barley
Aliens or what?

Alien navigational landmarks? Extraterrestrial communications? Plasma vortices? Manifestations of the mystic power of ley lines?

Miles and miles of flattened wheat, barley, and maize.

In the decant: Clover and sweet grass. Very reminiscent of one of my favorites, The Passionate Shepherd to His Love.

Wet: A slightly spicy hay, as if a hay field had just a few pinks/carnations growing in it and then the whole was mowed. Really rather pretty. Not all that grainy-smelling. (I always think of the corn note in Feast for the Greatly Revered Ones when that note appears in a description--it's not here.) As it dries, a more dried-grass note comes forward, and the mild pinks smell is receding. I love hay and grass smells, so this is promising.

Dry: Now I'm getting a warm dirt note, and a slight grainy smell. But overall this remains a sweet hay with a slight, slight, slight bit of carnation/pinks.

Verdict: Fairly nice, but not a full bottle.

5/3/10: No Scryer's Gulch episode this week

  • Posted on: 3 May 2010
  • By: MeiLin

I'm making an executive decision: There won't be a Scryer's Gulch episode this week. I need to get my portfolio into shape. Finances are such that at the least I need to pick up a few professional gigs, and my portfolio is a shambles. I'm also through some of the worst of the end of book one, and I'm feeling I need to put any writing time I have into that right now.

Things are kinda tough for us right now. I'm hoping I don't have to go out and get an out-of-the-home job, which I'll have to do if I can't pick up some gigs--if that happens, Gods know when I'm going to finish the book, though I'd keep trying--but I may be facing that. I need to get straight with things, and I'm going to take today to start on that.

Today from the Black Helicopters: Montauk Project

  • Posted on: 1 May 2010
  • By: MeiLin

Yay! My April Fools arrived! This year, the theme is Black Helicopters; they're all conspiracy theories of various kinds. Today's is The Montauk Project:

Breathtaking native flora concealing a bastion of covert government experiments: shagbark hickory, sassafras, black gum, bald cypress, pine, dogwood, wild comfrey, swamp sunflower, and trumpet creeper.

In decant: pine, various evergreens, but subtle.

Wet: Light pine and evergreen. Very green, but dark green, forest-y. Wanting more sassafras.

Dry later. Gotta dance now!


Dry: Very light, soft green. Barely there. It's pretty, but not what I'm looking for.

Open for Business: Buy Direct from Me

  • Posted on: 15 April 2010
  • By: MeiLin

Hey, guess what? You can buy the chapbook directly from me now! It won't ship until May 5th, but there you go. Way cheaper than CreateSpace shipping, like $4 less. Yay!

Real Soon Now, I'll be enabling instant access subscriptions to the new story series. $5 a month, you'll be able to buy one month or multiple months. Those of you who've subscribed in anticipation of the series, you can keep the Paypal subscription and I'll add you by hand--all current subscribers at $5 or more a month will automatically be added. But I know some of you (notably Northwoodsman) who like to "front load" contributions and this would be one way to do that. I'll have it up soon.

Plea thanks, and question on buying directly from me

  • Posted on: 14 April 2010
  • By: MeiLin

First off, HUGE THANKS to those of you who responded to yesterday's plea for help. My only regret is that it was almost all of the usual people who donated. I wish people who read for free and never donate would consider throwing a buck in. Just a buck, guys. That's all I ask for. But that's kvetching, and this is a thank you. So thank you, usual suspects! You make this possible.

Secondly: Gudy brought up the prohibitive cost of shipping from CreateSpace on the Scryer's Gulch vol. 1 chapbook, which, idiot that I am, I hadn't even fully thought about. Shipping from CreateSpace is about $6.95, which is ridiculous considering the damn book is only $4.95.

If you bought directly from me, I could ship to you for $2.95* first-class, $5.49 priority (I know, but hey, just making it an option). Is that too much? I couldn't do it for less. Let me know.

*Caveat: I'm talking domestic here. I don't know what it would be international yet, Gudy, but it's GOT to be less than CreateSpace.

A bit of a plea

  • Posted on: 13 April 2010
  • By: MeiLin

[promoted from comments]

If you've considered donating, subscribing or buying a book or shirt, now would be the time. I did our taxes today, and because we sold our extra lot, we paid almost as much in taxes as Sir made for the entire year--yeah, we paid almost his entire salary in taxes, and the money we got for the extra lot went to pay off our mortgage so it wasn't exactly lying around. (We had to go back into debt.)

Thanks for even thinking about it, guys.


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