Charity Drive Update – 22 Days Left (Plus NaNoWriMo Talk)

Alright. Now that Thanksgiving and all of the shenanigans surrounding that are over, it’s time for another update on the charity drive I’m doing with my book. It wasn’t good well with the last update, with the drive on pace for a $50 donation at the end of the drive. So. Where are we now.

Yeah. About that.

I have to admit, I’m pretty upset about how it’s going. Not that it’s come out in any of my posts or anything. The short version is that the total of $9.98 raised as of last time is now at $12.24. That means that in the 21 days since the last update, one copy of the book has sold[1].

One.

I had hoped this would go over much better. I was very, very wrong. It’s upsetting to say the least. There have been some of you who have been extremely helpful in promotion for the drive — a fact for which I’m externally grateful. But the end result looks like it’s going to be putrid.

I’m going to be putting money to the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention regardless. The work they do is exceptionally valuable. I just wish that more of the money going to an organization whose mission I really care about could have come from a project I really care about. Hopefully the next 22 days will go better, but I’m a realist. The best case scenario I can hope for is that the current total doubles.


On a related, yet not so related note, I wanted to talk a bit about NaNoWriMo. The annual November writing project just ended, and while I chose not to take part this year, I always love reading about those who choose to take on the arduous project. I finished NaNoWriMo in 2011 and 2015, and attempted it two other times (2009 and 2012) as well. It’s a fun project, not to mention a challenging one as well.

The one bright side to being as frustrated with the charity drive experience as I have been is that it’s given me a lot of emotions which have led to story ideas. Long, quiet morning drives have helped flesh out these thoughts a bit, and I think I know where I’m going to go with the story, at least at a very high level.

With that said, I’m looking for 2-3 readers to read the story as I write it. My goal is to be able to start writing the story by the first of the year — which will mean having my ideas storyboarded to the point that I can get the first chapter or two done on or around New Year’s  — and then to have roughly a chapter a week done from there. I honestly have no idea how long the story will be, however I’m thinking it’ll end up somewhere in the novella range (17,500 to 40,000 words)[2]. We’ll see though. It may be longer than 40,000. It definitely won’t be shorter.

If you’re interested in being one of the readers who reads and gives feedback, leave a comment. I’ll probably pick people some time shortly before Christmas.

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3 thoughts on “Charity Drive Update – 22 Days Left (Plus NaNoWriMo Talk)

  1. As always, I am totally interested in being a reader for you.

    NaNoWriMo was a failure for me this year, but at the same time, it was not. I didn’t even break 10,000 words this year, though I had intended to do it. Life just was too busy. That being said, I actually managed to flesh out two story ideas I have, and get the ball rolling on both of them. I haven’t written creatively in a long time, so it was a great opportunity to get the flow going.

    As for the charity drive, I’m bummed for you man. I wish I had some big answer, but it seems like giving is down for a lot of great causes. We’ve had the same issues over at Libero–not many people are interested in donating to mental health, but some chick selling homemade perfume raised $5000 in a week. That kinda stuff pisses me off. People only want to invest if they feel they’re getting something out of it, and I think that is trickling into tons of worthy causes. *sigh*

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    1. Wait…someone raised $5,000 in a week for homemade perfume? Did it smell like fresh baked cinnamon rolls? I could totally justify it then. Otherwise…not so much.

      I think I’m going to write up the story in a Google doc for now, but we’ll see how I do it. My computer decided to crash out on me for the fourth time in six months, so I doubt I’ll get much done between now and the end of the year on it.

      Sorry to hear NaNoWriMo didn’t go well for you this year. If I hadn’t been moving in November, I think I would have tried it again this year. I need to do it again. I want to become a three-time winner of it, even though I don’t have a good idea for it.

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