Still Waters

Things have been a little quiet around the website lately, but that’s not to say the Consortium’s been quiet. Quite the contrary: we’ve all been way too busy to talk about it.

That goes double for me. Last time you heard from me, it was just a little press release announcing the release of Gods Tomorrow — forgivably, I figure, because most of you understand how much work that was.

It was also something of a last-minute accomplishment before the monster that is National Novel Writing Month moved into my life. I had a mighty successful one — featuring the conclusion of the third sequel to Gods Tomorrow, which I look forward to publishing early in 2012 — but it was everything I could do to keep up with absolutely critical responsibilities. Pleasant diversions like blogging, watching TV, hanging out with friends and family, and even talking with friends and family all got pushed to the back burner.

Which is to say, Dec. 1.

So this week saw a huge flurry of chatter in my inbox as I started reconnecting with everyone and settled back into the business of setting up a business.

I chatted with Julie Velez who’d decided to stop accepting new clients for the winter and still somehow ended up flooded with new clients. Her photography business is thriving, but she was still anxious to contribute to the Consortium (and to know what everyone else was up to). So I filled her in:

  • Last week I met with our accountant and finally officially started the application process for 501(c)(3) status with the IRS. That’s the bit where they recognize us as a non-profit organization and you can all start making tax-deductible donations.
  • In the process we’ll also officially file with the state as a corporation, and that requires me to finalize our Board of Directors. I’ve been in touch with nearly all of them to officially confirm their interest, and we even added a new Director: Elizabeth McElroy, who has experience on the Board of Directors for another organization here in town and who’s going to act as our director of fundraising.
  • As a matter of fact, Liz and Trish have already held two planning meetings and they’re working on putting together a big fancy event in late February. I’ll let them provide the exciting details, but it should definitely be worth looking forward to.
  • Trish is also working on coordinating a Consortium Christmas party so all our directors and artists can get up to speed on our fundraising plan (and, of course, party hearty).
  • Toby’s got a functional game engine for The First Myth, our first major game project, which is going to be a web-based 2D fantasy RPG. Carlos has also helped enlist the aid of a new volunteer, Heather, who’s going to bring her expertise in game art rendering to make our game beautiful.
  • At the same time, Thomas is working on music for the game, and the samples we’ve heard so far are inspiring.
  • Sean has transitioned all our webpages to our very own webserver, and set up one for Becca, too. We’re in a good position now to provide individual sites for all our artists, which has been the plan for a while now.
  • Oh, did I mention Becca joined the Consortium? She’s a writer (who not only won NaNoWriMo but also finished her novel last month), and she also knits, draws, and designs.
  • Courtney won NaNoWriMo and she’s well on her way to wrapping up a trilogy that’s slated for Consortium Books publication during 2011. She’s also hard at work painting the cover art for my own Taming Fire which should be available next April.
  • Ed’s thrown his hat in the ring, too. We’re working on a plan to get him helping out as our Director of Music. I’m incredibly excited about that. Ed’s mostly just nervous.
  • We’ve also added another writer to our mix, Joshua Unruh, who’s got professional experience in game design and a passion for our organization’s mission. It was a thrill to meet him and I’m really looking forward to his contributions in the coming months.

I’ve been doing it long enough now that there was something old and familiar about settling into the frenzy of NaNoWriMo. I emerged a little dazed, and found myself trying to remember where things left off with the Consortium (and a little afraid it might have stalled without me).

The reality, though, is that it’s going strong as ever. I’m so proud to be a part of this, and anxious to see all these active projects come to fruition. There’s an awful lot of them, but I’ll do my best to keep you posted.