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I’d like to give out a huge, warm, enthusiastic THANK YOU to everyone who has offered their support! Saturday night, in a rapid flurry of back-to-pack pledges, you wonderful people pushed me over the first goal line!
I cried. Literally, I cried. Not for the $230 you’ve donated. I cried for the fact that 22 people believe in my writing enough to offer their support (plus the other wonderful people who have helped out sending tweets and spreading the word about this project). Whether you donated yourself or you helped spread the word to get support from others, you’re awesome people who are making a huge difference in my new career.
Meanwhile, I’ve been hard at work taking steps to ensure all the support leads to a successful end. I’ve been working nightly to polish and revise the poems in the collection, “The Poetry of Gabriella Palladino.” All of the poems in the collection were written over the course of the last two and a half years or so, and most have been revised several times before, but I’m working to refine them to the highest level of perfection I can. Just like “Radiance” went through a full five revisions before it was ready for publication.
I’ve also begun work on another short story for the “Arcana Revived” series. The new story is titled “Belladonna,” and it follows the origins of a villain, Mae, who appears in both the first novel, “Manifestation” and the sequel, “Contamination.” This new short story shares the secrets of how Mae learned to use her own power when it first manifested, similar to how the character Maria learned to use her power in “Radiance” (though the results in “Belladonna” are very different and much darker). It will probably be some time before “Belladonna” is published, since it’s just one of a collection of multiple short stories to be released in the future.
Hopefully I’ll be able to share all of these stories, one after another, each with an amazing cover designed by a talented artist. If this Kickstarter continues to get more support, I can afford to buy more pieces of art for the future covers. The next goal is to raise at least $400 to have enough for a second cover (or if the artist’s production and labor costs run high, the additional funds raised will help ensure those costs are covered). I hope to continue to gain more support, and I hope you won’t mind if I continue to get emotional and sentimental over how wonderful you all are. Thank you.