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November 4, 2018

New post for subscribers:  What's been happening at the Cat Farm and Confusion Factory, anyway?

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January 7, 2018

New podcast for subscribers only!  Steve reads "Cutting Corners," the teaser story for The Gathering Edge, which was published at Baen.com in April 2017.

Enjoy!

Steve and Sharon
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October 21, 2017

New podcast for subscribers only!  Sharon reads from Neogenesis!

Thank you all for your patience -- and enjoy!

Sharon and Steve

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July 30, 2017
Finally!

There is a new podcast up for Patreon supporters -- - also! we've unlocked three past podcasts, so that anyone can hear them.

Thank you all -- and enjoy!

Sharon and Steve
 
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July 27, 2017

Holy cats, you did it!

Thank you so very much to everyone who has pitched in to help us meet our goal this month!
Sharon and Steve
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April 7, 2017
We have an Updated Goal!

Here it is:
Our new, expanded goal is $2500 a month in Patreon support. Yes, that's a boost, a necessary boost, in the goals.  We'd like to say that we're looking to go to the Bahamas with the money, but – nothing so romantic, nor so warm.

What we'd like to do is finish catching up various medical-and-dental expenses.

These include paying for the long term costs of replacing Steve's decade old "permanent" dental implants, which began failing last year*. These "dental issues" are not covered by standard health care, so that means we pay for them out of pocket. In case you were wondering, teeth aren't cheap.

Covering Sharon's monthly health insurance bill is also part of this grand plan. We thought we'd be able to finagle the budget by dropping down to a so-called Bronze Plan from Silver (the plan she had been on increased by nearly $300 per month in January), accepting a higher-out-of-pocket for a lower (but still higher than last year's Silver) monthly payment, and gambling that there would be no reason to go calling on doctors.

You know what they say about gambling…

So, this is our clever plan:

Patrons will have special early access to one (or both) of us reading a chapter, a short story, a poem several times a month (right now, given doctor's appointments, Random Is, but we'll shoot for every other week). Ambient cat noises supplied at no extra charge. The reading will be posted here, first, and eventually – after a month or two – migrate to Splinter Universe, for the Edification of All.
We expect to post our first reading installment on April 15, 2017, to give USian patrons something to look forward to on Income Tax Day.

*When that which is Permanent turns out Not To Be Permanent:

Many years ago elementary school age Steve was in a traumatic sledding accident, being the last sled in a whip of a half dozen or more sleds. He ended up striking a telephone pole, absorbing quite a bit of that energy head on, resulting in emergency surgery on his mouth and latent jaw issues which led eventually to major dental problems. About twelve years ago he – and we – embarked on a rather extensive (and expensive) remediation during the course of which portions of his mouth was reconstructed through surgery and the addition of permanent dental implants anchored in three places over the course of several years. That rebuild was finished about ten years ago, and was said to be a lifetime fix.

Several years ago the more minor of those three implants failed. The situation was deemed stable after his prosthetic was reconfigured but we were warned at the time that a certain number of implants do fail and not all the reasons are known. Last November, during a trip out of state, one of the remaining major implants failed in a fashion that endangered the remaining one and after several visits with experts it was determined that the implant specialist who'd performed the initial implants would arrange to replace both of the implants with the most up-to-date available implants, the cost to include a significant discount allowance for the inconvenience. Even with the discount the cost will be in the thousands for what should, again, be a lifetime investment. 

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December 3, 2015

It's in!  It's up!  It's ready to rumble!

. . .and I do mean rumble.

We want to thank all of you so much for helping us go forward with this big step.  Not only did you give us encouragement, you gave us the confidence  we needed to commit to such a large, expensive project.  Knowing that we will be able to pay this off by the end of next year is almost as comforting as knowing that the heat and the lights will stay on here at the Cat Farm and Confusion Factory, even if the lines go down.

Here are pictures of our new, fully operational generator.  We're thinking of calling it "Patreon."  "Pat," for short.

The view from the side:


The view from the front:


* * *
Well.

Winter is coming.  You heard it here first.

Back in April, after urging from some of you, our readers, Steve and I started this Patreon account -- as an experiment, mostly.  We didn't know where it would go, and we were, yes, hesitant.  We had talked about the idea, walked around it, and put it aside a couple times until, during one of the cash-flow pauses that tend to hit freelancers, we went for it – and you responded, with verve. Many thanks! You -- all of you -- helped us tremendously in the intervening months, and we greatly appreciate the steady support.

In the interim we'd been looking to sell our house in the country, and buy another, closer to -- or even in! -- civilization, but a series of unexpected medical costs kind of scotched the cash-flow, and seriously depleted the money we'd saved to move.  Family necessities also arose this year, and -- long story short -- we've taken our house off the market, just in time for fall to be peering over our shoulders looking to become a hard, wet, and cold winter powered by a potential record-setting El Nino, with us living no closer to the city than we were last year when the house went on the market.

While we'll be able to stock up on cat food, water, wine, and people food for a long, strong winter, what we won't be able to stock up on is another necessity for our net-connected household: electricity. Back in the mid-90s, the last time a mega El Nino visited, we were in the epicenter of the ice-storm that blacked out large portions of New England and Canada for days – in fact, we here at the Cat Farm and Confusion Factory were without power for well over a week, the electric and cable lines down for more than 7 miles in all directions.  We were melting ice (harvested with hammers from the windshields of our cars!) on the woodstove for hot water, and eating such things as could be heated out of cans on the top of the (propane) stove, having lost all the food in the fridge.

It was, yes, a Grand Adventure, and gave us a real sense of how simple life can be, when all you have to worry about along the day is staying warm.

So, considering that Winter is on the way, we're hoping to add a generator here, one able to automatically power the house if (when) the lines go down. Our well and baseboard heat depend on electricity as well as the refrigerator, and our computers.  It's been almost 20 years since that really long outage, and we're no longer the young folk we were then – tramping a quarter mile in a blizzard to get extra firewood from a kind neighbor is no longer as. . .adventuresome as it was.

We are, therefore, announcing A Goal!

We'd like to see the monthly support level rise to $2000*, so that we can install a moderate-sized permanent home generator, and pay it off within 24 months.

Thank you all for your support and your company down the long, strange road we've decided to walk.

Sharon and Steve

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*Multiply by .12 for fees, subtract from total, multiply the result by 0.6 for taxes,  to get an idea of what we get to use after taxes and fees.  For instance:  $1869 x 0.12 = $224; $1869--$224 = $1645; $1645 x 0.6 = $987 comes into the authors' checkbook.



Tiers
Friends of Liad
$1 or more per month 2 patrons (sold out!)
It says $1 above because we have to specify an amount, because Technology. In reality, if you'd like to support us, the cats, the Liaden Universe, any donation that seems good to you from $1 to The Moon, is sincerely appreciated.  


You may edit the reward amount in the box provided after you click the link, if you so desire. 


Thank you so much.

Goals
$2,500 – reached! per month
Medical bills.  We don't actually have to say any more than that, do we? Our goal is to pay off the backlogged medical bills, and to get enough upfront to finish the re-installation of Steve's implants and the creation of a new set of dentures. 

For those keeping track at home, we've just handed in Neogenesis, the 21st novel of the Liaden Universe®, and have begun work on the next book, fondly known at this stage in its development as Fifth of Five.  We have six more books under contract, after Five is handed in, taking us into the 2020s.
1 of 1
November 4, 2018

New post for subscribers:  What's been happening at the Cat Farm and Confusion Factory, anyway?

*****************************************************************************************************************
January 7, 2018

New podcast for subscribers only!  Steve reads "Cutting Corners," the teaser story for The Gathering Edge, which was published at Baen.com in April 2017.

Enjoy!

Steve and Sharon
****************************************************************************************************************
October 21, 2017

New podcast for subscribers only!  Sharon reads from Neogenesis!

Thank you all for your patience -- and enjoy!

Sharon and Steve

****************************************************************************************************************
July 30, 2017
Finally!

There is a new podcast up for Patreon supporters -- - also! we've unlocked three past podcasts, so that anyone can hear them.

Thank you all -- and enjoy!

Sharon and Steve
 
************************************************************************************************************************************
July 27, 2017

Holy cats, you did it!

Thank you so very much to everyone who has pitched in to help us meet our goal this month!
Sharon and Steve
************************************************************************************************************************************

April 7, 2017
We have an Updated Goal!

Here it is:
Our new, expanded goal is $2500 a month in Patreon support. Yes, that's a boost, a necessary boost, in the goals.  We'd like to say that we're looking to go to the Bahamas with the money, but – nothing so romantic, nor so warm.

What we'd like to do is finish catching up various medical-and-dental expenses.

These include paying for the long term costs of replacing Steve's decade old "permanent" dental implants, which began failing last year*. These "dental issues" are not covered by standard health care, so that means we pay for them out of pocket. In case you were wondering, teeth aren't cheap.

Covering Sharon's monthly health insurance bill is also part of this grand plan. We thought we'd be able to finagle the budget by dropping down to a so-called Bronze Plan from Silver (the plan she had been on increased by nearly $300 per month in January), accepting a higher-out-of-pocket for a lower (but still higher than last year's Silver) monthly payment, and gambling that there would be no reason to go calling on doctors.

You know what they say about gambling…

So, this is our clever plan:

Patrons will have special early access to one (or both) of us reading a chapter, a short story, a poem several times a month (right now, given doctor's appointments, Random Is, but we'll shoot for every other week). Ambient cat noises supplied at no extra charge. The reading will be posted here, first, and eventually – after a month or two – migrate to Splinter Universe, for the Edification of All.
We expect to post our first reading installment on April 15, 2017, to give USian patrons something to look forward to on Income Tax Day.

*When that which is Permanent turns out Not To Be Permanent:

Many years ago elementary school age Steve was in a traumatic sledding accident, being the last sled in a whip of a half dozen or more sleds. He ended up striking a telephone pole, absorbing quite a bit of that energy head on, resulting in emergency surgery on his mouth and latent jaw issues which led eventually to major dental problems. About twelve years ago he – and we – embarked on a rather extensive (and expensive) remediation during the course of which portions of his mouth was reconstructed through surgery and the addition of permanent dental implants anchored in three places over the course of several years. That rebuild was finished about ten years ago, and was said to be a lifetime fix.

Several years ago the more minor of those three implants failed. The situation was deemed stable after his prosthetic was reconfigured but we were warned at the time that a certain number of implants do fail and not all the reasons are known. Last November, during a trip out of state, one of the remaining major implants failed in a fashion that endangered the remaining one and after several visits with experts it was determined that the implant specialist who'd performed the initial implants would arrange to replace both of the implants with the most up-to-date available implants, the cost to include a significant discount allowance for the inconvenience. Even with the discount the cost will be in the thousands for what should, again, be a lifetime investment. 

******************************************************************************************************************
December 3, 2015

It's in!  It's up!  It's ready to rumble!

. . .and I do mean rumble.

We want to thank all of you so much for helping us go forward with this big step.  Not only did you give us encouragement, you gave us the confidence  we needed to commit to such a large, expensive project.  Knowing that we will be able to pay this off by the end of next year is almost as comforting as knowing that the heat and the lights will stay on here at the Cat Farm and Confusion Factory, even if the lines go down.

Here are pictures of our new, fully operational generator.  We're thinking of calling it "Patreon."  "Pat," for short.

The view from the side:


The view from the front:


* * *
Well.

Winter is coming.  You heard it here first.

Back in April, after urging from some of you, our readers, Steve and I started this Patreon account -- as an experiment, mostly.  We didn't know where it would go, and we were, yes, hesitant.  We had talked about the idea, walked around it, and put it aside a couple times until, during one of the cash-flow pauses that tend to hit freelancers, we went for it – and you responded, with verve. Many thanks! You -- all of you -- helped us tremendously in the intervening months, and we greatly appreciate the steady support.

In the interim we'd been looking to sell our house in the country, and buy another, closer to -- or even in! -- civilization, but a series of unexpected medical costs kind of scotched the cash-flow, and seriously depleted the money we'd saved to move.  Family necessities also arose this year, and -- long story short -- we've taken our house off the market, just in time for fall to be peering over our shoulders looking to become a hard, wet, and cold winter powered by a potential record-setting El Nino, with us living no closer to the city than we were last year when the house went on the market.

While we'll be able to stock up on cat food, water, wine, and people food for a long, strong winter, what we won't be able to stock up on is another necessity for our net-connected household: electricity. Back in the mid-90s, the last time a mega El Nino visited, we were in the epicenter of the ice-storm that blacked out large portions of New England and Canada for days – in fact, we here at the Cat Farm and Confusion Factory were without power for well over a week, the electric and cable lines down for more than 7 miles in all directions.  We were melting ice (harvested with hammers from the windshields of our cars!) on the woodstove for hot water, and eating such things as could be heated out of cans on the top of the (propane) stove, having lost all the food in the fridge.

It was, yes, a Grand Adventure, and gave us a real sense of how simple life can be, when all you have to worry about along the day is staying warm.

So, considering that Winter is on the way, we're hoping to add a generator here, one able to automatically power the house if (when) the lines go down. Our well and baseboard heat depend on electricity as well as the refrigerator, and our computers.  It's been almost 20 years since that really long outage, and we're no longer the young folk we were then – tramping a quarter mile in a blizzard to get extra firewood from a kind neighbor is no longer as. . .adventuresome as it was.

We are, therefore, announcing A Goal!

We'd like to see the monthly support level rise to $2000*, so that we can install a moderate-sized permanent home generator, and pay it off within 24 months.

Thank you all for your support and your company down the long, strange road we've decided to walk.

Sharon and Steve

________________
*Multiply by .12 for fees, subtract from total, multiply the result by 0.6 for taxes,  to get an idea of what we get to use after taxes and fees.  For instance:  $1869 x 0.12 = $224; $1869--$224 = $1645; $1645 x 0.6 = $987 comes into the authors' checkbook.



Recent posts by Sharon Lee

Tiers
Friends of Liad
$1 or more per month 2 patrons (sold out!)
It says $1 above because we have to specify an amount, because Technology. In reality, if you'd like to support us, the cats, the Liaden Universe, any donation that seems good to you from $1 to The Moon, is sincerely appreciated.  


You may edit the reward amount in the box provided after you click the link, if you so desire. 


Thank you so much.