The website Kickstarter makes me very happy. Other people, helping fund artistic, entrepreneurial acts. My college/internet friend Michelle first got me loving the site when her husband used it to find a beautiful rug making venture. The cool thing with kickstarter is you tell the site how much you need, you make a cute video showing why you need the cash and what you’re going to do with it, and then people pledge money. If you make your goal then you get the money, if you don’t, then you don’t. So this isn’t for people who just want to take an “artistic trip to europe” or “help me fund my creatively inspired closet”. It’s about real creativity having the opportunity to be funded by means other than a) selling your soul or b) having rich parents (a girl can dream… trust fund?).
Today I’m highlighting a literary magazine trying to collect stories that showcase major cities in the United States. I love literary magazine and I especially appreciate those who aim to publish unknown writers (there are so many of us). Avery is based in Chicago, which also makes me very happy (New York gets so tired after a while). So check out the video and think about making a pledge. You can pledge as little as 1 dollar. Not bad.