The appeal and curse of Psi Cop.
Our Kickstarter campaign to turn STAR POWER & THE LONELY WAR into our fourth book reached its initial funding goal in two days. We are, as always, humbled by your overwhelming support and grateful for your generosity. The book may already be funded but the campaign still has a month left to go, so that means it’s time for Stretch Goals.
Garth and I were initially struggling with ideas as to what would be compelling incentives to help us reach goals past our initial funding. STAR POWER & THE LONELY WAR is our heaviest story, with more violence than action and more inner conflict than adventure. We were having trouble with pledge incentives that would be appealing given the subject matter until a few folks left similar suggestions on our Kickstarter campaign page. Every Stretch Goal suggestion contained the same two words:
It was right in front of our faces all along. Instead of focusing on the doom and gloom that was so pervasive in this storyline, we needed to focus on the lighthearted “so stupid it’s awesome” entertainment that was a welcome reprieve from the weight of The Lonely War. Psi Cop was warmly received by you folks, with many of you asking for more! Supporting our fourth Kickstarter will get you what you want, and we’ll have announcements for Psi Cop-related Stretch Goals this week and next week.
Garth and I can’t help but laugh at the appeal of the arguably dumbest thing we’ve ever done. Psi Cop took seconds to write and was made purposely stupid, while the story of The Lonely War was a more complicated weaving of inner conflict and terrible tragedies inspired by real world events. It was a milestone moment for our main character that would change her forever and set the tone of future storylines for years to come. Psi Cop walked around without a shirt.
I’m not going to complain. Whether it’s the tale you toil over for months or the silly joke you scratch out in an afternoon, the appreciation of an audience is a treasured thing and we’re grateful you folks liked The Lonely War for whatever aspects of it appealed to you the most.