For those of you who haven’t been visiting our QT Games fan page on facebook and haven’t been following our Kickstarter, please do! We’ve got some amazing things going on with Arcane Synthesis: A Blended-Genre Anthology, and I made a big announcement today!
For your convenience, I’m posting the announcement below! And for those of you who haven’t been following along on my personal facebook page, please do! Those that are looking to be inspired, challenged, encouraged, etc. or just find out what I’ve been up to (a lot as usual – I’m a pretty driven guy), I’ve posted my most recent mini blog post below as well.
We are living in a time of opportunity unlike any other. A time where dreams can become a reality using a combination of social media and opportunities like Kickstarter. It’s a time where if you have a talent, you might be able to become noticed on American Idol and similar programs, YouTube and elsewhere.
If you wanted to be in your own sitcom, you could do it and gain followers on YouTube. The world is filled with so many talented people that until recent years might have gone unnoticed their whole lives. If you aren’t backing people’s dreams on Kickstarter and other crowdfunding sites, please consider doing so. Investing in others is very rewarding! And I’m not just talking about investing in Arcane Synthesis. There’s many fine projects out there and I’m investing in some of them too! But if you are looking for some exciting fiction to read, check out my Kickstarter, if you’d be so kind. Thanks!
Arcane Synthesis Update #2 (from Kickstarter)
I wanted to wait until I had something exciting to share before posting an update, and I have some exciting news indeed! Two amazing things actually. First, after some brainstorming and legwork, I am able to offer an 8th story for Arcane Synthesis! So, now instead of getting 7 stories in Arcane Synthesis, you’ll get 8 stories!!! This will create a small adjustment to the Print On Demand (POD) costs, mind you, nothing major, but I’m sure you will find it well worth it!
The second bit of great news is that the 8th story will be written by none other than Ed Greenwood of Forgotten Realms fame! Ed is writing not just one story, but two – one for each anthology! How cool is that?!
I am honored to have Ed on board and am excited to be working with him and all of the authors, frankly! I can’t wait to get this Kickstarter funded and off on our new adventure! Well, I say “new”, but I’ve been on this path for 34 years writing about the Cosmoverse, revamping and playing the Cosmothea Blended-Genre RPG, but this is indeed a new adventure. I would have started off on this path years ago and have had some people asking when the Cosmothea Roleplaying Game is coming out and the Cosmoverse Campaign Setting as well, but I have never been able to afford to publish in the past. This is where you come in.
You have a lot of say on how many cool projects hit the market and get onto your bookshelves. Heck, if you pledged at $2 or higher, you even get to vote on the cover of Arcane Synthesis! We’ll do the same thing for Divine Synthesis if we can reach that goal, and you’ll have a chance to vote on it as well!
With this Kickstarter, instead of just reading about the Cosmoverse from my perspective, and my writing style, you have an opportunity to experience the Cosmverse from multiple angles and multiple voices! Well, that is, if we fund. This Kickstarter is in your hands! Do you want to see two great anthologies? One? I am spending many hours every day to reach out to people across the web, but I can only do so much. You have already done more than I could have hoped for, so no complaints here! But since QT Games is not a well-known company, there’s still a lot fiction lovers who have not heard of us or even know about the Kickstarter yet.
Blended-genre stories are getting more and more popular as evidenced by the big, successful blockbuster movies out there, so this Kickstarter should appeal to a large percentage of fiction readers. We just need to locate those fans, share the good news about these books and why we want them to become a reality. I don’t know how many people have seen our second video (below the Kickstarter), but it is an important video to watch if one is a fiction lover. I’m working on a 3rd video, but time is very tight. I’ll get it posted as soon as I can, even if I have to make it a shorter video than I was planning.
I am grateful to each one of you who have not only backed the project, but have spread the word. We are 39% funded! That’s amazing! Now it’s time to kick it up a notch, spread our reach farther, tell our family and friends about it, find people that love fiction and let them know what we are up to! Thanks so much everyone!!!
Garbage In, Garbage Out. Achieving Excellence!
There’s a lot of garbage on the web just as there is on TV. It’s important to know what’s trash and what’s treasure. The trick is in learning how to distinguish such matters and who to trust. Bear in mind that if you assume every pile of words is trash, you’ll never find any treasure. If you are still reading, then you can decide for yourselves what’s what in this case:
My two cents: Excellence comes at a cost. Most of the time, you have to set aside the lure of the TV, take a stand against complacency and mediocrity, stare in the face of laziness and give it a swift kick in the rear. It will not come by accident, nor by lottery ticket. Blessings come in mysterious ways, but excellence comes with a lot of elbow grease, refusing to give up on yourself and others and more than most people are willing to give.
You won’t find it by questioning your own worth or someone else’s, nor will you find it by assuming you know it all and the other guy’s an idiot. It will not manifest by ignoring your weaknesses and focusing on your strengths, for you can learn more from your weaknesses and failure than you can ever learn from success, and living a balanced life is worth more than your best skill and will bring you more pleasure to boot in the long run. Your spouse will certainly appreciate you more and that’s worth more than you might know.
Excellence is an elusive beast that requires you first tame yourself, get over yourself, face your fears, recognize which ones are healthy and which ones are harmful. You need to know your limitations, when to talk and when to shut up. You need to accept that your spouse is probably right often enough to give the benefit of the doubt and that your spouse will love you more when you admit you’re wrong than when you prove you’re right. Excellence can be tasted when you realize that money is more properly a tool than a goal, and only a few can use the tool properly without hurting themselves.
Excellence can be felt when you aren’t chasing after it for your own sake, and when you understand that your family is worth more than your career, that comparisons merely lead to depression and letting others help you isn’t a sign of failure, but an opportunity to accomplish something greater than you ever could on your own; it’s an opportunity to share the blessing and that doing something for your own glory is a hollow victory when you’re all alone.
Excellence just might be possible to achieve when you love others more than yourself, and realize that your very best is good enough.