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Ru is very, very angry with me right now.
I’m not being mean to him, precisely. But the apartment is full of boxes, nothing is where it’s supposed to be, and instead of sitting and petting him in my lap as I watched the evening news, I was shifting boxes from one room to another, assessing how much work we’ll have tomorrow once the moving truck arrives.
There is nothing worse in the world than trying to placate a cat whose house is all messed up.
Plenty going on around here since my last post about the Kickstarter campaign. Incidentally, if you missed the campaign but you’d still like to get in on campaign-packaged perks before the Daybook release, there’s now a website for that.
I’ve also been posting to my religious blog, which has a new URL (the old one still forwards). A couple of years ago, I shut that one down in favor of consolidating everything here, but as it turns out, I think it makes more sense to have two separate feeds for those thoughts and ideas. So, if you are interested in seeing what I do with ancient Egyptian religion, you’re welcome to check it out. Of current interest to readers of this blog may be information on some reviews of The Ancient Egyptian Prayerbook that were posted recently, and also my thoughts about current events in Egypt. I could’ve posted that latter post here, but the people asking me about whether or not I was going to post were referencing it in terms of some “official statement” for that side of my life…so I put it there instead. Of course, those thoughts apply further than just to my fellow religionists.
When I called my mother last night, shortly before Neil Gaiman re-Tweeted my Kickstarter link and my social media blew up, she said:
“I think you’ll get 17. Dad’s birthday is June 17th.”
I laughed at her. We were at $13K at the time, and that itself was astonishing to me. I never thought this many people would be interested in this project. When I talked about it with my father last spring, shortly after he’d been diagnosed with multiple myeloma and shortly before he got so sick that I didn’t pester him with my Kickstarter plans anymore, he also thought it’d be good to make the $3K goal just so I could publish the book and consider other projects. I’d intended to launch this campaign last September, but everything went on hold when my father started spending more time in hospitals than at home, and I was flying back and forth from California to try to be there as much as I could.
Dad departed for his next big adventure on September 23.
There was too much to do to even think about this project for a while, so I put it aside. Over the winter, I continued to watch other Kickstarter projects and gather data, and taught myself how to make videos. Last month, I was finally ready, and this campaign began. My only regret during this entire experience has been that my father isn’t here to see it.
Here’s a little widget that is tracking our progress with The Ancient Egyptian Daybook project on Kickstarter. If you didn’t believe that social media has benefits before, you can see it in all its glorious data proof here. The two big “bumps” in the last week came after significant social media attention.
We’ve got a week to go, and a bit toward our two stretch goals to go as well. The only way this happens is if more people get involved. And the only way that happens, is if we share the details with more people.
You can help by sharing this project far and wide. Link to this blog. Link directly to the Kickstarter project page. Share posts on Facebook from my Facebook page. If you’re on Twitter, follow me at @tamarasiuda. I have relevant posts here on my Pinterest account and here, on my Tumblr. If you’d like to interview me or talk to me about the project, or know someone who would, contact me. Let’s boost this signal all over, for Ancient Egyptophiles everywhere, and make things happen.
And thank you so very much for all of your help. I could not do this without the incredible support you’ve provided.