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BONUS CHAPTER INFORMATION
Original Bonus Goal: $100 Most Recent Monthly Patreon: $245.
Current Bonus Chapters earned 2. Left over from Monthly Patreon: 45.
Current Mini-Interludes On Deck: 1: Haiden and Sariel dealing with her unhealthy coping mechanisms – 3000 words. 2: Tabbris and Lincoln interaction – 3000 words. 3: Gordon finally using his hybrid powers during the fight in Kushiel’s lab and then talking to Roxa and Jazz about himself – 2000 words. 4: Roxa and Sean Christmas (Roxa POV) – 1500 words. 5: Seosten Olympian Origins – 2000 words. 6: Pace and Lies between 31A and 32B – 2000 words. 7: Pace and Lies after 32B – 2000 words. 8: Haiden’s perspective of meeting Sariel – 3000 words. 9: Tabbris and Haiden – 2000 words. 10: Elisabet – 3000 words. 11: Hercules – 1000 words. 12: St. Nicholas – 1000 words. 13: Vlad Tepes – 1000 words. 14: Theodore Roosevelt – 1000 words. 15: Jack Kirby – 1000 words. 16: A special delivery from Apollo leads Chayyiel to examine the infamous Evil Overlord Rules – 3000 words. 17: Koren and Shiori with their team – 1000 words. 18 – Sariel being rescued from the tube and waking up from her own POV – 1500 words. 19 – (NON-CANON) Herbie POV Joke Interlude. – 3000 words. 20 – Lincoln and Sariel – 1000 words
Would you like to hear how you can get even more chapters per week to read? Well, all right then. See, here’s the deal. This story will always update Mondays and Fridays by Six pm Mountain time. That’s a given, barring extenuating circumstances.
But if you would like a third update in the week, a Wednesday update, all we have to do is hit certain donation amounts. That donation amount, for the moment, is 100 dollars. That’s right, every time we hit 100 dollars in donations, there will be an extra chapter on the following Wednesday. I will keep this page up to date with the current donation target and what’s been received so far. And to be clear, the amount donated toward that bonus goal does not reset every week. Until the goal is reached, donations will continue to add up regardless of how long that takes. Once the donation goal is reached, that amount will be deducted from the current bonus total, the bonus chapter will be written, and whatever donation amount is left will be added toward the next bonus.
How does Patreon factor into this? Well, every month I will add up the funds we get from Patreon and for every 100 dollars we hit, there will be a guaranteed bonus chapter at some point in the month. Any funds over that will be subtracted from the amount needed for another bonus chapter. For example, at 110 dollars, we subtracted 100 and get a guaranteed bonus chapter at some point that month. That leaves us with 10, which we subtract from 100, getting 90 dollars before the next bonus chapter that month.
Due to the fact that funds from Patreon are not actually received until the month cycles over, bonus chapters from it will be calculated at the beginning of each month, after those funds are actually paid out.
If you do donate via either Patreon or Paypal, please send an e-mail to email@example.com with DONATOR in the subject line so that I can add you to an e-mail list to keep you updated on things you can vote on for the story and anything else that strikes my fancy. Please include whether you are a patreon donator or a paypal donator, the amount you sent, and your name so that I can check you off the list.
But that’s not all! You can choose to, rather than donate into a general pile of funds for the next full bonus chapter, instead commission a specific scene or interaction between characters that would normally have remained ‘off screen.’
These can be any particular scene as long as that scene won’t end up spoiling future plot developments (for example, you can’t request to see a scene of poor Professor Pericles being murdered just to find out who did the deed). Basically think of these scenes as being stuff that fleshes out other characters. They’re scenes that provide an actual detailed look at conversations and interactions we only get a hint at due to the limitations of seeing almost everything through Flick’s point of view. Scenes that aren’t quite big enough to have a full interlude devoted to them, but still might be interesting or fun to see.
To find out if the scene you would like to see is able to be written, just send an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org and let me know what you’d like to see. I’ll send an e-mail back to either confirm that I can write the scene, or explaining why that would spoil too much. If your request is accepted, then you can send in the donation in the amount that you would like.
The current cost is ten dollars per five hundred words (most full chapters are around 3000 words). I use a word counting system of ‘at least’ that amount. In other words, if you pay for 500 words, the resulting mini-interlude will be at least 500. If you pay for 1000, it will be at least that long. Rather than being thrown into the general pile toward the next full length bonus chapter, your donation will pay for that specific mini-interlude.
Once a mini-interlude is commissioned, it will be put out as soon as possible, outside of the normal Monday/Friday/sometimes Wednesday schedule. Regular chapters have priority, of course. When the interlude is done, it will be posted, and the following scheduled chapter will include a note about its existence for those who might not have noticed. The top of this page will include notes about what mini-interludes are on deck (have been commissioned), for anyone who might want to check if a particular scene they’re interested in has already been requested.
Finally, you can also potentially win free mini-interludes rather than directly commissioning them. How? Read on!
You wanna win free stuff? Specifically, free mini-interludes chosen by you? Of course you do! Here’s how.
For every one hundred dollars we get each month (be that from the Patreon, from general donations, or from people purchasing mini-interludes), I will give away one 1000 word mini-interlude at random to any person who has either donated via Patreon or any other method (standard donation or buying mini-interludes). Basically, I will take the names of everyone who has donated any money whatsoever in that month for any reason and put them all into a randomizer, then take the first name that comes up. That person will be given a free 1000 word mini-interlude to commission for anyone/anything they want within the bounds of the normal rules for mini-interludes (I reserve the right to say that’s too spoilery, basically). They can use the 1000 words by itself, add money to make it longer, or hold onto it as long as they want to in order to win again and add another 1000 words to it, and so on.
Again, that will be 1 drawing for every 100 dollars we get per month, regardless of the source. And anyone who donated that month can win, whether they spent 30 dollars on a mini-interlude or just one dollar on the Patreon. It’s just that the higher our total donations, the more drawings there will end up being. At the beginning of each month, I will add up all the total donations for the previous month and make the appropriate number of drawings from the names of everyone who donated in any way that month.
Winners each month will be contacted via e-mail and given one week to reply. You don’t have to choose your interlude within that time (as stated, you can save it to use later when an idea of something you’d like to see comes to mind, or to combine it with another win or donation to make it longer), but you do have to acknowledge the win/reward within one week, or the drawing will be held again.
ALSO, anyone who has donated anything at all within a month time period (30 days from the time of a single donation/commission or permanently for anyone active on Patreon for as long as they’re active), will receive DISCOUNTS to commissions. The discount works along this list:
1-9 dollars – 10 percent off.
10-19 dollars – 20 percent off.
20-29- dollars – 30 percent off.
30-39 dollars – 40 percent off
40+ dollars – 50 percent off.
So, if you commission a 2000 word interlude for 40 bucks, for the following 30 days, you will have a 50 percent discount for future commissions (so another 2000 word interlude would cost only 20). That discount will, again, last for 30 days past the date of the donation. And what’s best? If you use that discount to buy another interlude, you’ll get 30 days of a discount based on what you spent on that.
In other words, say that you buy a 2000 word interlude on June 12th. For the next 30 days, you would have a 50 percent discount. Then, on June 25th, you use that discount to buy another 2000 word interlude for 20 dollars this time. Your 50 percent discount for spending 40 dollars would run out on July 12th. BUT then the discount for the 20 dollars (30 percent off) would kick in and last until 30 days past THAT donation, or July 25th. You may use this to continually string out various levels of discount, and I will always apply the largest discount available (aka, if you spend 20 dollars for a 20 percent discount, then spend 40 dollars for a 50 percent discount while the first one is active, I will apply the 50 percent discount immediately). And to be clear, that discount applies to ALL commissions during the time period that it’s active, not just one. If you have a discount active, you can use it to buy one interlude, or to buy ten interludes. It’s all up to you.
And for people on Patreon, never fear! I didn’t forget about you. For you guys, the effect of your donations is cumulative. In other words, if you donate, say, two dollars per month, we add that up every month. For the first four months, you would be at a 10 percent discount (two dollars the first month, four dollars the second, six dollars the third, eight dollars the fourth). Then, on the fifth month of donating two dollars each month, you will be assumed to have donated ten dollars and will be bumped up to the 20 percent discount. Same thing if you donate, say, five dollars each month. In the second month you’ll be listed at 10 dollars, in the third month you’ll be listed at 15, in the fourth you’ll be listed at 20 and hit the 30 percent discount, and so on.
That level of discount will continue for up to 30 days after you stop your ongoing Patreon donation, and will *return to the last level you were at* should you pick it up again later. So if you donate long enough to get up to 50 percent off, then have to stop for a couple months for any reason, if you pick it up again, you will *still* be at 50 percent off. I will not punish you for needing to take a break for awhile.
If you guys have any questions about all this, do feel free to ask either on the Spacebattles or Sufficient Velocity forum threads, or on the Discord chat, or e-mail me at email@example.com.
HOW TO DONATE
I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again. The fact that anyone wants to read what I write is a truly amazing experience. You, each and every one of you, are truly exceptional people to give me your time and attention. Even if you can’t afford to donate, I thank you anyway. And hey, maybe you could help by spreading the word. Tell your friends about this story, tell anyone you want to. Give it whatever vote you think it deserves on webfictionguide.com (link coming soon). The more people read this story and help me improve, the better off both it and my writing in general become.
If you do have any interest in directly supporting me, you can find my Patreon page here. Or you may donate directly using Paypal below.
Payment is not required to read my stories. I want everyone to be able to read what I write, no matter your current situation. I will not hide content behind a paywall. Your money, however much you choose to spend, will ensure that I continue to produce more content for as long as you wonderful people wish to have me.
On the other hand, I do want to reward people for being so kind and generous. To that end, everyone who donates anything at all will be able to vote on which characters will be focused on in certain Interlude chapters, as well as other details such as which side characters, monsters, or fight match-ups you’d like to see more of. Donors will not exactly shape the course of the story, but you will nudge it slightly. In addition, everyone who ever donates throughout the course of the current story will be eligible to vote on which story comes next once this one draws to a conclusion or a natural breaking point.
In the end, the short version of everything I’ve said so far is that I’ll keep writing for as long as I possibly can, for this story and many more beyond. I thank you, all of you, for your support. Not only monetarily, but for your simple attention as well. You give me your time, and I appreciate that more than you know. From the bottom of my heart, thank you.