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BECOMING DANGEROUS: A book about ritual and resistance

Created by Katie West

BECOMING DANGEROUS: A book about ritual and resistance
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1,557 backers pledged £39,380.00 on Kickstarter

Twenty-three personal essays from witchy femmes, queer conjurers, and magical rebels on summoning the power to resist.

Raised in Kickstarter
£39,380.00 / 1,557 backers
Raised in BackerKit
£6,576.00 / 1,629 backers

Latest Updates from Our Project:

BackerKit orders are being charged and locked down this Sunday!
4 days ago – Thu, Jan 18, 2018 at 01:28:43 PM

 

This Sunday I'll be locking down orders on BackerKit which means two things:

1. You have until Sunday to fill out your BackerKit survey. You can go to this link and enter your email address. There are 56 of you who still haven't done it. If you don't fill out your survey on time, the delivery of your book could be massively delayed as logistically, I won't get the books to ship out to stragglers until mid-2018. You've been warned!

2. You have until Sunday to tell all your friends and family about pre-ordering this book! :D

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Attention retailers! If you'd like to stock Becoming Dangerous in your shop, I have a special BackerKit pledge level for you and all you need to do is send me your email address (hello@fictionandfeeling.com) and I can hook you up with good deals and cheap shipping (if you're in the US. If you're outside the US, unfortunately, you are subject to extravagant international shipping costs. I'm sorry!) 

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Swag has started arriving at BackerKit in SF to send out to you! Thomas from BackerKit sent me a photo of the Kate Leth stickers that arrived:

Kate Leth sticker sheets!
Kate Leth sticker sheets!

Also, I think I've found a new printer that is women-owned and really great! Everything is going well. 

I've been spending the last few days writing the introduction for this book. Here's an excerpt:

"The difference between the witch and the layperson is that a witch already knows they are powerful. The layperson may only suspect. To tap into this power, a witch performs rituals with purpose, with intent, and with an enviable aesthetic. Some people say witches are irrational, absurd, or ridiculous, but in response, witches smile knowingly. They see the irony in the accusations: Rituals have been and continue to be performed in all societies throughout time to such an extent that the performance of ritual could be said to be the defining characteristic of human beings. What are we if not the culmination of our efforts to construct meaning where there is none; to pull reason from the absurd?"

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Talk soon!

<3 Katie

It's happening!
18 days ago – Thu, Jan 04, 2018 at 08:36:21 PM

I just got off the phone with the lovely people at BackerKit and we've figured out a way for them to handle all the fulfillment for this Kickstarter! This pleases me immensely!

I'm getting pins, prints, book plates, and stickers sent to BackerKit shortly. The book should be ready to send to the printers by the end of the month, bar any unforeseen problems. 

Which means now is a very good time to fill out your BackerKit survey if you haven't already. There are still 91 people who haven't filled it out

Here are some excerpts from the essays in Becoming Dangerous. You can see them all on the Fiction & Feeling Twitter account.

 

 

 

 

 Talk soon!

<3 Katie

December update!
26 days ago – Wed, Dec 27, 2017 at 11:26:02 PM

It's my favourite time of the year: it's cold, it snows (if you're lucky!), there's holiday baking, everyone eats a lot, it smells like a spruce forest everywhere you go, and people give each other thoughtful (hopefully!) gifts. Also, Christmas music, of which I am particularly fond (Driving Home For Christmas by Chris Rea and All I Want for Christmas by Mariah Carey--my two favourites, in case you were wondering).

Personally, I've been extremely stressed this entire December. I'm desperately trying to get this book done and things keep popping up to keep me from doing that. (It hasn't helped that it's almost impossible to work over the holidays, and not because you're distracted eating shortbread and Toblerone, but because everything closes!) This book is my number one priority right now so I've been really struggling while I run up against things that are preventing me from getting it out there! I'm sure once 2018 starts and people switch off holiday mode, things will speed up. 

I hope you all had a wonderful Winter Solstice and whatever you do (or don't!) celebrate! I hope you all got to spend time with your chosen families and just soaked up the love! I'll be back with another update soon, but until then, tell the people you love that you love them, call a friend you haven't spoken to for a while, check in on the people in your life who need you most this time of year. And eat another cookie.

<3Katie

Sorry about the MASSIVE images!
about 2 months ago – Thu, Dec 07, 2017 at 06:03:55 PM

Sorry! I didn't realize the images in the last update were so massive? They didn't look like that in the preview, but when I got the email, they were enormous! Sorry, not sure how that happened!

Also, if you haven't filled out your backer survey from BackerKit (there's only 103 of you left!) please do so ASAP! Putting in final numbers on all items very shortly! 

Can't remember if you filled out your survey? Need to change your address? Forgot to add an extra book or pin to your order? No problem. Click here and enter your email address. You can do whatever you need to do from there. :)

❤Katie 

p.s. I'm starting to think it's just my email? ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

Edits are almost done + here's some artwork from the illustrated version
about 2 months ago – Thu, Dec 07, 2017 at 06:02:49 PM

Hello everyone!

Sorry for the lack of communication, I just didn't really have anything to update you on! Edits are still happening. Hope to have them done by December 12. Then I put the design together and it's off to the printers, probably in January. So we're a little behind schedule, but hopefully it won't affect the release date too much.

Here's some of the artwork from the limited edition illustrated hardcover version of Becoming Dangerous. It's bound in black velvet. It comes in a slipcase. It's very badass. You can buy it here.

Artwork by Ursula Decay (click image to visit their site!)
Artwork by Ursula Decay (click image to visit their site!)

 

   
Artwork by Tea Cake (click image to visit their site!)
Artwork by Tea Cake (click image to visit their site!)

 

Artwork by Maria Nguyen (click image to visit their site!)
Artwork by Maria Nguyen (click image to visit their site!)

 

Alright, that's all for now! Hope you're all having a lovely holiday season, or at least enjoying holiday eating. :)  

If you want to give someone a copy of Becoming Dangerous for Christmas, well, you can't. But you could pre-order it for them and they can get it in February? JUST AS GOOD.  You can also get items like the Jen Bartel Resist/Persist pin set, the Kate Leth stickers, the Julia Scheele poster, or the Becoming Dangerous enamel pin. (Those also won't ship until February though. I'm really not very helpful for Christmas presents, am I?)

Talk soon!  

❤Katie