The thing is, once they stop laughing, most people who know me and hear about this plan are concerned, some for my sanity, some for my safety, but overwhelmingly they are concerned about my writing. "How can you not pursue writing as a career? You have such a gift!" and "Please promise me you won't ever stop writing" are fairly common reactions. (For context, here's my Amazon author page: www.amazon.com/author/smrosenberg, my blog: www.smrosenbergblog.wordpress.com, and various other posts of mine around the interwebs.)
So to accommodate that concern, I've set up this campaign and this email address: [email redacted]. The idea is that if you donate, you are eligible to send me a topic to write about, which I will post on my blog. This way, I will have an influx of ideas and inspiration AND a reason to write. (Only nonfiction requests; I want to keep my fiction juices geared toward the novel I've been working on.) You are free to donate as much or as little as you want, although of course those who donate more will get priority.
This is the program I've selected: http://www.nyadi.com/portfolio/certified-automotive-technician/ The tuition and fees come to about $16,000 ($50 registration fee, $14,800 tuition, $1000 for tools, $75 for books, $46 for uniforms, $3 ID tag) not including transportation and living expenses, so rest assured, I can use any donations you can spare. Be aware that GoFundMe takes 7.9% of the total + 30 cents per donation, so I'm not getting everything you give.
You can pick any topic you want! You can ask me to write about why I decided to do this, my top ten TV shows, or about how I do my hair; I don't care! I am the final arbiter of what I am and am not comfortable with and if you email me a topic that I won't write about, I'll ask you to pick another. I can't guarantee length or word count (except in specific instances - see levels) or time frame, but I will try to write at least 100 words on whatever topics you choose, no matter how ridiculous. I will notify you when your topic has been posted. ALSO: Let me know in your email if you want to be credited in the post by name or by a username as the donor of the topic, or if you want to be completely anonymous.
You can ask me to watch and review an episode of television if you donate $25 or more! (I'll let you know if I think your requested episode is too spoilery for me to watch and let you pick an alternative.)
You can ask me to review a movie if you donate $50 or more ($65 if the movie is currently playing in theaters, because theaters are expensive)!
You can ask me to read and review a book if you donate $75 or more! Be nice, though; try to make it something I might like. And around 300 pages or less? I can be flexible! But I am gonna be in school, you know.
If you donate $100 or more. . .*drumroll please*. . . you can pick a song that I have to sing at least one minute of (if it's not too filthy) and upload to my SoundCloud account: www.soundcloud.com/floatingspirals. Seriously. I really hope nobody does this.
At $150, I will write you 1000 words on whatever topic you pick (provided that it's something I'm okay with writing about)! Some of those words may wind up being nonsense words, but still, they will be words!
The first topic request costs as little as $1, but if you're going to request multiple topics (which you totally can; go for it!), I ask that you donate more than that. $5 - $10 per topic? Use your best judgment.
If you have any further questions, email me at [email redacted] or tweet at me @FloatingSpirals on twitter.
And if you can't think of anything to request, donate anyway! I will accept your money! ALL YOUR MONEY. You can always request a topic later. Every dollar counts! If you never got me a birthday present, this is it.
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