Fundraising for Nice People: Adam Callaway’s “Financial Times Bingo” Fundraiser

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My good friend, Adam Callaway, has fallen on some pretty rough times this year.  He lost his job and due to a number of factors (the recession hit right as he was graduating from school, he’s young, he doesn’t make $289,000 a year, etc.), he and his wife don’t have much saved up to help them survive the next few months.

In other words, he could really use some help.  I’ve known Adam for years now.  He’s not one to ask for money often, and I know for a fact that he’s already applied to at least a dozen jobs since he was let go by his previous employer.  He doesn’t want to be where he is (who does?).  But because he’s there, he’s hoping folks will offer a little financial help.

His goal is to have enough saved to survive through March, assuming he can’t get a job before then.  That’s about $2,000.  I think we all can help him get there — no problem.  The good news is that Adam is offering all kinds of perks for donations, including:

For a $3 donation:
My short-short story collection #TWITFIC in any format (mobi, epub, pdf).
For a $5 donation:
Everything above plus a copy of the very first Lacuna story, a novella called The City of Missing Letters. If you ever wondered about the origins of the city, this is the story to have.  Available in any format (mobi, epub, pdf).
For a $10 donation:
Everything above plus a copy of my mosaic novel The Inked Man, comprised of previously-published Lacuna stories as well as stories entirely new to the collection in any format (mobi, epub, pdf). There may be a slight delay in receiving this as I’m finalizing the cover and layout.
For $25:
Everything above as well as my young adult science fiction novel Junkyard Kings. Readers have described it as “Harry Potter with giant fighting robots.” This also comes in any format (mobi, epub, pdf).
For $35:
Everything above and a personalized Filament webcomic attached to a blog post detailing how awesome you are as a person.
For $50:
Everything above, plus I’ll ship you a random rare or antique book from my own collection. Most of the books are signed genre works and I will email you a list to choose from if you reach this level. (This one is confined to the continental 48 only. Sorry Hawaii, Alaska, and the rest of the world).
For $100:
Everything above, plus a permanent link or thank you on Sensawunda, seen by hundreds of visitors each day.
For $250:
I will write for you a personalized story of between 1000-2500 words with nearly all parameters chosen by you. And a second rare book.
For $500:
Everything above, and I’ll write you your own, 2500-5000 short story. Any genre, idea, or circumstance. And it’ll be damn good too. And I’ll send you a third book.
For $1000:
Everything above, except I’ll write you a novella of at least 10,000 words. I’ll send you a fourth rare book.  And if I ever get the pleasure of meeting you in person, I’ll give you a bear hug, bake you butterscotch cookies, and declare you Supreme Being.

He’s also offering to release panels from his comic, Filament, for every $10 submitted.  That means 200 comics if we make it to $2,000!  And what fiction he will release to folks, you better believe it will be great stuff.  His Lacuna stories are wonderful and weird.

So if you think you can spare $1, $10, or whatever, please head over to Adam’s site and click the donate button on the right.  Alternatively, you can directly donate through Paypal using adam.r.callaway[at]gmail[dot]com (just leave a little note or email him so he knows that’s what it’s for).  Any little bit helps!

Please spread the word!

About the Author:

Shaun Duke is an aspiring writer, a reviewer, and an academic. He is currently an Assistant Professor of Digital Rhetoric and Writing at Bemidji State University. He received his PhD in English from the University of Florida and studies science fiction, postcolonialism, digital fan cultures, and digital rhetoric.

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