I’m not good at asking for money. I don’t like to do it and I can’t do it very effectively. But I’m kind of broke right now. PAX East is looming ahead of me, and while the basics are covered (my pass and bus fare)…it’s going to be a skin of my teeth kind of deal. I’m not likely to have ANY cash to spare at the con or for the foreseeable future.
So I’ve set up a GoFundMe page, and I’m asking you all to consider pitching in.
Last year I made history: I was the first woman ever to make it to the Omegathon finals at either PAX; in fact, I was the first woman to make it as far as the concert round. I really, really want to do that again – in fact, I want to go farther and win this thing altogether. But I can’t focus on kicking ass and having an awesome time at the con if I’m freaking out over my empty wallet or trying to figure out how the hell I’m going to make sure I eat at regular intervals. I’ve done some back-of-the-envelope calculations, and just 400 bucks would go a long, long, long way. If I make more, well, so much the better! That’ll help me cover any cost overruns for the GLBTQA Gamer Meetup, give me some money to spend in the exhibit hall, and so on.
Okay, I guess I should say this much: if you’re thinking of donating to the meetup or to me, but you can only do one, you should donate to the meetup. But I would love you forever if you could do both.
I’ve posted more details on the GoFundMe page, but in a nutshell, I am offering rewards for this. On the most basic level, I’m going to take the time to thank anyone who contributes, and link to whatever they’re doing. If I hit my initial goal, I’ll liveblog from the convention. At higher levels, I’ll bring you video of my PAX East experience. Omegathon rounds, parties, meetups, panels, you name it. Whatever I can get. If I exceed all my wildest hopes and dreams…well, I have some ideas. But we’ll burn that bridge when we get to it.
We’re about two weeks out from the con now. I know this is a lot to ask. I know it’s a long shot. But it never, ever hurts to ask. So help me, fellow fangirls and fanboys. You’re my only hope.