WoB Talk

July 29, 2015

Packing Frenzy

Filed under: Uncategorized — Kari Maaren @ 9:39 am

Here’s my latest Kickstarter update:

Well, the packages haven’t been mailed out yet, but the books are in boxes. I even have photographic proof. Here we are on Monday night, frantically measuring and cutting and taping and stuffing and labelling and checking things off on a colour-coded list:

There was bubble wrap everywhere.
There was bubble wrap everywhere.

That is, clockwise, Bruce, Angela, Debs, the top of my head, Manda, and Mike. Kevin is missing because he’s the one taking the picture. Peter and Errol arrived later. It took us only about two and a half hours to take sixty-two books, nineteen CDs, and seven shiny objects and produce this:

Holy box-heavy hallway, Batman.
Holy box-heavy hallway, Batman.

Debs took this picture. I did have a camera with me, but I got overwhelmed and forgot it was there. I didn’t manage to record the fist bumps either. Everyone was in far too much of a hurry.

At any rate, I tried to do some mailing yesterday, but I failed because the postal lady talked to me sternly, accused my packages of weighing too much, lectured me on the cost of packages that weighed over 2 kg, and insisted I repack everything. This is not going to happen, and besides, Bruce discovered last night that the hardcover weighs over 2 kg on its own, but it was 31 C plus humidity yesterday, and I had just walked for twenty-five minutes to the post office with three heavy packages, and I spent the rest of the day being tired and hot and not filling in the twenty-three American customs forms the lady had thrust at me. That will be my next job.

The packages will be sent out in a few days, I hope. For now, at least they exist.

Don’t forget that the launch is on July 31st at Massey College. This is your last chance to tell me if you’re coming; if you don’t tell me, it is doubtful your book will be there (I’ll have a few extras, but only a few, as those suckers weigh over 2 kg each, apparently).

We’re getting there. Soon, people will have books. My packing minions were impressed by the heft of the books, by the way. Oh…and the content. But mostly the heft.

One last thing: my friend Peter Chiykowski, who has run two successful Kickstarters, has started his third. This one is a musical one, and it has some great perks. I am participating in it in a minor capacity, as are a number of other geeky musicians. Please check it out here, and support it if you can.


July 27, 2015

Mysterious Clock

I set you
to go off at 7:00
and you did
according to you
but it was actually 6:30
so where
did the extra half hour
come from?

O Clock of Mystery
let me unlock
your vast insignificance
as a monkey
unlocks a banana

You must mean something
you must mean something
you must mean something
and now it’s 7:48

[Note to Curious Readers: This was actually supposed to be posted on a completely different blog, but for some reason, it ended up on this one. It is a deliberately bad poem. Here is its proper home.]

July 20, 2015


Filed under: Uncategorized — Kari Maaren @ 8:08 pm

Hello, everyone. Here is my latest Kickstarter update:

Well, it’s finally happened: the West of Bathurst books have arrived in Toronto. They are currently sitting in my friend Kevin’s study in 33 exceedingly heavy boxes. I took delivery of the second batch today, but I was unable to attain photographic evidence because the delivery company’s belated “We’ve told you nothing so far about the status of this shipment, but SURPRISE! it’s on the truck now” message necessitated me rushing over to Kevin’s so quickly that I forgot my camera. Also, the webcam on my Lenovo laptop is impossible to use as, you know, a camera. I know. I’ve tried. I can’t actually find any way of using it for anything but Skype. Lenovo can be a frustrating brand at times.

At any rate, the books are here, and the books are pretty, and the books are enormous, and early next week, the books will be mailed to you. There will also be some virtual fist bumps coming to some of you at about the same time, and the other rewards will follow.

If you’re in Toronto and plan to attend the launch on July 31st, now would be the time to confirm that so I don’t accidentally mail your book to you. Here, again, is the relevant information:


Super-secret plans for the electronic version are still in the works. With luck, there will be news soon.

Thank you all for your patience. THIS IS REALLY HAPPENING, AND I AM VERY EXCITED.


July 10, 2015


Filed under: Uncategorized — Kari Maaren @ 3:33 pm

Here is my latest Kickstarter update. ArgharghargharghTHISISGETTINGSOREAL–

*Deep breath*



Yes, more delays happened. The printer froze access to my books for about a week after I changed the covers, so I couldn’t order them when I said I would. More accurately, the printer froze access to one of the titles but not the other. I had to phone and ask for it to be released, please. Today, I finally got access to both books, and I immediately spent way too many American dollars on them. Now I am hyperventilating a bit.

I don’t know how long they will take to be printed and arrive in Toronto, but with luck, it will be within a couple of weeks. Then I’ll be holding a small shipping party so some friends and I can get together, box the books, CDs, and assorted shiny objects, and at long last get them to you guys.

If you need to change the address you sent in with your survey, please do it now. I’ve left that bit of the survey open, so you can change it right there on Kickstarter, which I THINK notifies me when you do. If you want to be even more sure I get the information, send the new address to info@karimaaren.com.

A couple of other important pieces of information:

1) If you are in Toronto, you can pick your book up at the official launch, which will be held in conjunction with the Massey Alumni Barbecue at Massey College on July 31st. Here’s the event page on Facebook:


Please sign up if you think you may go so that the organisers (the whole WoB thing is really just piggy-backing on a larger event) know how many non-Masseyites to expect. There will be food for sale and beer for free, and I am making surreptitious plans involving maple doughnuts (though they may not pan out because Tim Hortons doesn’t always have maple doughnuts). As well, if you are planning on coming to the launch but are also one of the people who claimed on your survey that you needed the book to be mailed to you, please drop me a line at info@karimaaren.com so that I don’t mail your book out. I have an ultra-efficient spreadsheet I am using to keep track of all this stuff.

2) I have not forgotten about the ebook. In fact, a PDF version of it already exists. However, some exciting and mysterious things are happening with what may possibly turn out to be a more professional sort of version of the ebook. I can’t make a proper announcement quite yet because I don’t have permission, but stay tuned, and rest assured that I am not quietly and shiftily trying to get out of producing an ebook at all. I am, in fact, attempting to produce a SUPER-AWESOME ebook, so there’s that.

3) I have also not forgotten about e-mailed thank yous, postcards, fist bumps, or the Massey choir portrait. Those are coming. Actually, since only three pledgers went for the Postcardity level, the postcard people may get something rather special and handmade. We shall see. Weeeeee shaaaalllllll seeeeee…

Thanks for all the patience and support thus far. THIS THING IS TOTALLY HAPPENING RELATIVELY SOON.


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