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PROJECT UPDATE
Howard and Sandra Tayler
CREATOR
2 days ago

Project Update: Fully Funded! Thank you!

Thank you so much for your amazing support!  We're excited to get to reprint this book, make the posters, and create the pocket reference. We're also super surprised at the results of the birthday gift add-on. We thought "maybe we'll be able to go out for a nice dinner" but you all have funded something much larger. We'll stick to the promise of that money just being something for Howard. We just need to pause and think carefully about what that should be.

We're going to take the next week to breathe and take care of some back end stuff. We'll be back by the end of next week with a full status report and plan of action including information on combining orders and timelines. 

Thank you all so much! (Now we're off to go do birthday things.)
Howard and Sandra
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PROJECT UPDATE
Howard and Sandra Tayler
CREATOR
4 days ago

Project Update: Finalized Poster Designs, Funding Ends Soon, and Howard's Birthday

Greetings!

We’re in the final day of funding for this project, so now—RIGHT NOW—is an excellent time to review your pledge and make sure you’re getting everything you want.

We hit and surpassed our hoped for number of 1234 backers, so all backers are getting the illustrated images for Maxims 1-48. 

We’ve finalized the first poster design, and the test prints look amazing.

It measures 16”x20”, and the current design is ideal for posting straight onto the wall, or matting and framing. The border may be obscured by mass-market plastic poster frames, however. 

The second poster is formatted much differently, and we haven’t run test-prints yet. Here’s the current design:


This will be a 12”x36” print, which is kind of an odd size, but it serves the single-column presentation quite well. 

We still need to do some final proofing on both of these (Howard just noticed that “back up” should be “backup” in the text for Maxim 41) so don’t panic if you see errors. In fact, feel free to email us! 

Oh, and don’t forget: you can choose the “Digital Only” version of the poster, which will let you print it locally, saving you a bunch of money on shipping.

Fun fact: Howard’s birthday makes its once-every-four-years appearance this Thursday, February 29th. Sandra scheduled this project right across that day, and despite Howard’s assurances that he’s fine having “handle the wrap-up of a project” on his special day, Sandra feels bad about the calendar collision. 

You can help assuage Sandra’s guilt, if you’re so inclined, by helping fund a birthday gift.  Sandra has created a “Howard’s Birthday Gift” add-on, and 100% of the proceeds from that line item will get spent on fun birthday stuff rather than businessy, bottom-line things. And by way of accountability, we’ll tell you what he got! 

Howard insists this isn’t necessary, but he also very pointedly did not say “don’t do this.”

Thank you for your support as we run toward the finish line on this project

Howard and Sandra Tayler



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Thank you. That's all I've got. Thank you.

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What's the point? My Monster Girlfriend on amazon says it's coming out July 2nd. With so few updates on here I have a feeling we're not getting the books any sooner then that. Next time I'm just buying off amazon

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I see that the book pledge level includes a PDF copy of the book. Does the poster pledge level also include a copy of the PDFs for the posters?

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Just wanted to make a little corner to be enthusiastic about the current (and future) stretch goals. It's fun to see what will be added, and the current sticker sheet looks fun. A bookmark is neat, I wonder if the next thing revealed will be Pierot themed, to keep things balanced. With two different books there sure is a lot of options.

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Thank you all SO MUCH for the generous gift-giving. Our current plan (subject to refinement) is for the business to chip in a few hundred dollars, and then to acquire an Intel I7 Surface Pro 9 with a 1TB SSD and 16GB of RAM. This would replace my Surface Pro 7 (128GB SSD, 8GB RAM). The small drive size slows me down because it regularly has to pull files from the cloud, and the low RAM slows me down when I'm working with big files. And since it doesn't really have the "oomph" to run Photoshop, I can't even DO some of my critical tasks on it. I realize that "work faster" won't seem like it fulfils the requirements of "fun birthday gift," but hear me out: the Surface Pro is part of my zero gravity recliner workstation, which is a critical piece of my Long Covid compensation kit. Every time I have to get out of that chair I end up tired and frustrated. Upgrading the Surface Pro will let me stay in the zone longer, and the beefier machine will let me run Photoshop and Clip Studio simultaneously, which will be a huge workflow improvement. I love making things, and something that lets me sit comfortably for longer while making MORE things is pretty much the best birthday gift I can imagine. Anyway, that's the plan.

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If I want to pledge for just Lost Letters, there seems to be no way to pledge just the lower amount. Can I assume that the extra will be applied to shipping?

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Did you read them at Filthy Figments? Want to read them but weren't subscribed? Are you a Patron of mine? I'd love to hear from you.  
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Ben Mehlos
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5 days ago
Brand new Positive Feedback print available as an add-on
Goal: $0 / $1,000
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We need $1,000 more to reach this goal.
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