Crowdsourcing Mornings: Crossed Genres Magazine


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This is Crowdsourcing Mornings! This post will take place every weekday morning and highlights one crowdsourcing project I liked from Kickstarter, Indiegogo, or other crowdsourcing websites.

Crossed Genres Magazine is a monthly Science Fiction & Fantasy magazine.  Each issue has a new theme, where all stories combine the theme with speculative elements.  CG Magazine is an official qualifying professional market for Science Fiction & Fantasy Writers of America (SFWA), and reserves at least one spot in each issue for a story and interview by a new author who’s never had a pro-rate sale before.  After its initial three-year run (2008-2011), CG Magazine was re-launched in January 2013 following a hugely successful Kickstarter.

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They’ve produced 18 new issues of quality, diverse fiction, all of which are free to read on their website (# 17 releases May 1, #18 releases June 1).  They strongly encourage submissions of stories featuring underrepresented groups in SFF: characters of color, QUILTBAG characters, disabled characters, etc.  This ties directly to the mission of Crossed Genres Publications: to give a voice to people often ignored or marginalized in SFF, which has led them to publish titles focused on older women, overweight women, immigration, skilled laborers, QUILTBAG families, and people marginalized throughout history.

As of April 23rd, this project has raised around $10,453 of their $16,000 goal. This project only has 7 days left to raise the $16,000 or it will not be funded!  For a pledge of $5, you will get a 4″ x 6″ sheet with 10 kiss-cut stickers.  For a pledge of $15, you will get one year (12 issues) of Crossed Genres Magazine, plus ebooks of the biannual anthologies.  To learn more and to pledge money, go to:  https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1537879721/crossed-genres-magazine-another-year-of-quality-sf

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The Evening Post: SEC Network Alabama / Auburn Take It All In


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Today, ESPN and the upcoming SEC Network released 30 second ads for each school in the SEC Conference.  In this ad series called Take It All In, each video shows a popular sports tradition or feature on each SEC school campus.  And for the two SEC schools in Alabama, the videos were good!  The Alabama video features Bear Bryant speaking in the background while seeing people wearing the classic houndstooth.  The Auburn video features the campus and Toomer’s Corner all decorated with lots and lots of toilet paper.

So, which SEC Network Take It All In video do you like the most?  Alabama, Auburn, or another SEC school.  Enjoy the Alabama and Auburn videos below.  And to learn more about the SEC Network, which launches on August 14th, go to: getsecnetwork.com

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Kickstarter Tuesdays: A Dog Named Gucci Sound Mix / Nerdwax Blend


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This week on Kickstarter Tuesdays, I am talking about a documentary film and a product to keep your glasses in place!

A Dog Named Gucci – Sound Mix And Music Score

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A Dog Named Gucci is a feature-length documentary that looks at animal abuse laws in the United States, told through the compelling story of one determined man and one lovable dog who made it their mission to change the laws in their state.  All of the interviews for the film have been shot.  They have collected an amazing number of original artifacts, clippings, and video from Gucci’s life.  Editing is just about complete.  So now they need to prepare for the final stages of post production: the sound mix and scoring.

The funds raised during this Kickstarter campaign will go towards the mix in NYC.  This is where they make every audio clip sound as if it were recorded in a studio, and not in someone’s house, with traffic noises outside.  Also…they have to record the score for the film.  And…they have something very special in mind for the song that will play over the end credits.  Think of it as a We Are The World for animals!  But they need publishing rights and studio time. (If this happens, it will bring A LOT of attention to our film.)  The money raised for A Dog Named Gucci will go towards paying for the mix, the score, and music rights. They are asking for $10,000 which is the minimum they need.

A refresher of the story!  A Dog Named Gucci is a feature-length documentary which looks at animal abuse and abuse laws in the United States by telling the story of a 10-week old puppy named Gucci who was hung by his neck, punched repeatedly, doused with lighter fluid, and set afire.  That should have been his last contact with humans. His final moments of life.  But Doug James, standing on his porch nearby, heard the puppy’s cries and ran to help . He scared away the cowardly thugs who had perpetrated this heinous crime, and at the request of Gucci’s 15-year-old runaway owner, took the dog in for the night.  Thus began a 16-year odyssey of devotion and perseverance.

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When Gucci was rescued by Doug, it seemed impossible that the badly burned pup would make it through the night.  But Gucci, a Chow-Husky mix, would live for sixteen years as Doug’s companion.  As Gucci recovered, Doug did everything in his power to see that the dog’s three assailants were punished . However, the laws in Alabama were not on Gucci’s side.  At worst the guilty would receive slaps on the wrists.  That was not enough in the eyes of Doug James.  Together with local legislators, and with Gucci always faithfully by his side, Doug would see the “Gucci Bill” passed, changing the laws in Alabama and making domestic animal abuse a felony.  He would witness Gucci go from being a survivor . . . to a rock star.

Gucci’s story captivated the state of Alabama in the mid-90′s.  And now, when every other day a new tale of outrageous animal abuse pops up on the news or on Facebook, they present a story that will captivate animal lovers everywhere and show that one person can make a difference.  Especially when they have a tail-chasing pup by their side.  A Dog Named Gucci brings the amazing story of Gucci and Doug James to life.  They interviewed Doug, Shauna (Gucci’s original owner), and everyone else involved with the case: from the doctors and veterinarians who helped Gucci recover, to the legislators who helped Doug and Gucci change the virtually non-existent abuse laws in Alabama.

By also including the abuse cases of Nitro, Susie, and Louie Vuitton, A Dog Named Gucci examines the bigger picture of domestic animal abuse in America (think of it as a “Waiting For Superman” about animal abuse), the laws in every state, and what you can do to help change them.  As of April 22nd, this Kickstarter project has raised around $4,522 of the $15,000 goal they need to be funded.  And as you know in Kickstarter, a project is not funded until the fundraising goal is reached!  This project only has 28 days left to reach the $15,000 goal.  For a pledge of $12, you will get A Dog Named Gucci vinyl bumpersticker measuring 8 inches by 2.5 inches plus updates and a special thanks listing.  For a pledge of $35, you will get a signed DVD screener of A Dog Named Gucci months before it’s available commercially plus updates and a special thanks listing.  To learn more about A Dog Named Gucci and to pledge money, go to:  https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/gormanbechard/a-dog-named-gucci-sound-mix-and-music-score-editio

Learn more about A Dog Named Gucci at: https://www.facebook.com/ADogNamedGucci

Nerdwax Blend

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Nerdwax is a beeswax based blend of All Natural and Certified Organic ingredients specially formulated to keep your glasses in place.  Finally… a simple and effective way to keep your glasses from sliding down your nose.  Nerdwax is super simple and can be used in 3 easy steps!  One, wipe off residue on your glasses.  Two, Apply Nerdwax to the bridge of your glasses.  And three, wear as Nerdwax wears off over time!

They love the Kickstarter community and think it’s the perfect place to launch Nerdwax.  They need to raise enough money for the first ever production run of Nerdwax!  Their Friends & Family have been enjoying the benefits of Nerdwax for a few years now, on both prescription eyewear and sunglasses, Now they are excited to share it with you!  They have already secured the sourcing for all materials and ordered test quantities to ensure the quality of all ingredients and packaging.  Although this will be the first large-scale production run of Nerdwax; they have been making, packaging and shipping small quantities for a few years now, and they are confident in their ability to deliver the offered rewards to their backers as promised!

They have estimated this Kickstarter will allow them to do a first run between 1,000 and 5,000 tubes but they also want to be prepared for any unforeseen challenges, or quantities greater than 5,000, so just to be safe they have given theirselves margin on both Stage 1 and Stage 2 delivery estimates.  Whatever happens, if they hit their goal or Nerdwax is an internet sensation and they raise more money than the pebble watch… they want you to know that they are dedicated to making sure you are in the know from the time you pledge to the first time you apply Nerdwax to your favorite glasses.

As of April 22nd, this Kickstarter project has raised around $45,685 of the $5,000 goal they need to be funded.  And as you know in Kickstarter, a project is not funded until the fundraising goal is reached!  This project only has 11 days left to raise as much as it can!  For a pledge of $10, you will get one tube of Nerdwax within Stage 2 delivery.  For a pledge of $75, you will get three tubes of Nerdwax within Stage 1 delivery plus the Nerdwax Limited Edition Keeper.  To learn more about Nerdwax and to pledge money, go to:  https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/donhejny/nerdwax-it-keeps-your-glasses-up

Learn more about Nerdwax at: http://www.nerdwax.com/

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Guy’s Cuisine: Creamy Peanut Butter Pie


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As we move into the hot, humid Summer down here in Alabama.  People will be looking for recipes that involves not baking anything.  Lucky for you, I have a recipe for you that involves not baking anything, and this recipe is good too!  As a kid, I remember a restaurant that had a Reese’s peanut butter pie, and it was one of the best things ever!  So, to bring back my childhood memories, I made a creamy peanut butter pie!  Here’s what you need!

  • 1 graham cracker pre-made pie crust
  • 8 Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups, chopped
  • 1/2 cup creamy peanut butter, any brand works
  • 4 oz. cream cheese, softened
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1 tub (8 oz.) whipped topping, thawed

1.  Combine peanut butter, cream cheese, vanilla extract, and powdered sugar.  Cream everything together.

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2.  Combine whipped topping into the mixture and cream together well!

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3.  Finely chop five Reese’s Peanut Butter cups, and add into mixture.  Mix well!

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4.  Pour mixture into pie shell and smooth the edges.

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5.  Place pie into freezer for 3-4 hours, or until firm.  Then take pie out of freezer.

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6.  Finely chop 3-4 Resse’s Peanut Butter cups, then spread on top of pie.

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Enjoy the pie, this was very good and satisfying, any dessert lover would love this!

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NASA Wants You To Take A Selfie For Earth Day


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Today is Earth Day across our beautiful planet, and Earth Day was created so we can remember our Planet Earth, and to keep it clean and environmentally friendly!  So from the folks at NASA, they want you to take a selfie!  The selfie is for a special Earth Day picture montage NASA is going to put together.

The year 2014 is a big one for NASA Earth science.  Five NASA missions designed to gather critical data about our home planet are launching to space this year.  NASA is marking this big year for Earth science with a campaign called Earth Right Now, and as part of this campaign the agency is asking for your help this Earth Day, April 22.  While NASA satellites constantly look at Earth from space, on Earth Day they’re asking you to step outside and take a picture of yourself wherever you are on Earth.  Then post it to social media using the hashtag #GlobalSelfie.

Back in 1968, NASA astronauts brought home the first ever images of the whole planet from space.  Now NASA satellites capture new images of Earth every second.  For Earth Day they are trying to create an image of Earth from the ground up while also fostering a collection of portraits of the people of Earth.  Once those pictures stream around the world on Earth Day, the individual pictures tagged #GlobalSelfie will be used to create a mosaic image of Earth – a new “Blue Marble” built bit by bit with your photos.

Need an idea of what kind of picture to take?  Get outside and show them mountains, parks, the sky, rivers, lakes – wherever you are, there’s your picture.  Tell them where you are in a sign, words written in the sand, spelled out with rocks -– or by using the printable signs they’ve created that are available by clicking the link and scrolling down: http://www.nasa.gov/content/goddard/globalselfie/index.html#.U1biVvldWmR

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The sign above is available in 22 different languages.  The mosaic image from all of the Earth Day selfies will be released in May along with a video using the images.  So what are you waiting for?  Print out the sign, take a selfie, and post it using #GlobalSelfie on social media!  Learn more about this project at:  http://www.nasa.gov/content/goddard/globalselfie/index.html#.U1biVvldWmR

Learn more about this project on social media on Facebook at:  https://www.facebook.com/events/233952006809533/, on Google Plus at:  https://plus.google.com/events/co1tb2grr0msu375580rh2v6fg8, and on Flickr at:  https://www.flickr.com/groups/nasa_globalselfie/

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