Over the Top!

The Kickstarter campaign to raise funds to publish Tom Pamperin’s book, Jagular: (mis)Adventues in a $300 Sailboat, met its goal of $5,500 over the weekend! I guess my daily vigil worked… or maybe it was the great community of small-boat builders, sailors, friends and family that did it. Whatever works! Meeting the goal means the book will be published!

I know Tom appreciates all of our contributions.

Kickstarter, as a vehicle to bring What If, What Else and Why Not creativity to fruition, is a good resource to have available.

I’m looking forward to reading Jagular’s adventures…

Random Thoughts…

…on a Friday afternoon:

What happened to the last 12 days? I dunno but it doesn’t seem like 12 days since my last post here…

Waiting for Tom’s KickStarter campaign to reach its goal is a daily vigil. Sometimes I think, “What the heck, bump your donation and put it over the top!”, immediately followed by, “Wait until the last day of the campaign…”, followed by the thought, “How many of us are sitting around waiting for someone else to put it over the goal?” As of this afternoon, $5,399 has been raised toward the goal of $5,500. So close…

Etsy news: First sale shipped today!

So, waiting for that first sale seemed to take forever but the calendar says it was less than three weeks… Impatience in the modern world. Better Etsy news: my first customer has asked about a custom order… Great and it could lead to more sales, too!

The calendar says spring will be here in 35 days. Oh, it’ll be spring in 35 days but I think we’ll still have snow on the ground and coldish weather to deal with but, warmer weather will mean I can finish outfitting the shop and have more time to create WoodDot Designs!

A Very Worthy Endeavor

Tom Pamperin is a boatbuilder and sailor. I first “met” Tom by way of the WoodenBoat Forum, where he is a regular contributor. Tom and I attended Sail Oklahoma in October 2011 and I had the privilege of sitting at the table while Tom interviewed John Welsford. Tom and I attended Howard Rice’s Small Craft Academy in Mackinaw City, MI in June 2012, where, in addition to the classroom work, lessons and exercises, we shared an enjoyable late afternoon sail from the beach back to the launch ramp.

Tom also teaches English at the high school and college levels (not necessarily at the same time…) and writes – often of small boat adventures. A number of his stories have been published in magazines and on-line. Tom is talented, generous, well-spoken and an all-around good guy.

Tom is now writing – perhaps it is already finished – Jagular Goes Everywhere, (mis)Adventures in a $300 Sailboat. Having researched the publishing options available, he has decided to self-publish his book which is, to me, another great adventure for him. Here is a link to his KickStarter fundraising effort. KickStarter Campaign For Jagular

Take a look and, if you are so inclined, help him get the book published by making a contribution. The KickStarter fundraiser will close on March 12, 2014.