January Updates

I will be closing my GoFundMe campaign for field school tonight. Thank you so much again to everyone who donated!

I had several donors who made their names public during both segments of my campaign, and I want to thank them publicly as well. To Kevin Nielson, Angie Lofthouse, Craig Wilson, and Isaac Monsalvo who donated over the January 7th-8th campaign; and to John Olsen, Rachael Moore, and Marie Stirk, thank you for your contributions. I extend that thanks to my anonymous donors as well. Your support means so much to me, and I am grateful for your compassion as well as your faith in me. Your encouragement and generosity have meant so much to me. I plan to post more about what’s happening with this trip here on my blog as things move forward.

Coming up February 16-18, I will be on three panels at the Life, the Universe, and Everything Symposium in Provo. I couldn’t be more excited to be included in this amazing event once again! More details are coming soon.

I’m still working on stories, of course. I didn’t meet my goal of completing two novellas (or of writing two more book reviews, for that matter) in December. Life has been a little crazy the last two months. But I am working on one creepy wintery novella that I’m pretty excited about, and my orc novel is still in progress.

There are two stories I submitted to short story markets–one over a year ago, and the other about eight months ago. I’m hoping no news is good news, but I’ll keep you posted if anything exciting happens there.

I’m still waiting to hear back on my graduate school applications. I probably won’t start hearing back until about March, so I still have a little time to go before I know what will be happening in the fall.

To my fans and friends–follow your dreams, and keep writing!

Exclusive Stories & GoFundMe Update

I want to thank everyone who has donated to my GoFundMe campaign for field school in Kenya. I’ve mentioned this in other updates on social media, but I wanted to reiterate how astounded I truly am by the generosity of my friends, and by the encouraging words I have received in private messages.

Your donations have greatly helped to relieve the burden of making my deposit. I was able to mail out that deposit in full today, with the help of my family as well, to secure my slot in the program. I cannot thank you all enough, nor fully express to you how much this has meant to me.

I believe I have delivered the ebooks I promised as a thank-you gift to each of my donors. If you have not received the stories I intended to give you, please reach out to me by sending me a message through the envelope icon on GoFundMe or through social media, and I’ll get that taken care of right away.

Speaking of stories…anyone who donates to my campaign has the option of receiving a brand new short story that I have not yet officially published entitled “Remedy.” Driveless, Blood Oath, and Maladaptive Bind are all options as well. These ebooks are complimentary as my thanks for your contribution.

If anyone is still interested in donating to help me cover future costs for the program, I will leave this fundraiser open for one more week. Every little bit helps–and the little bit everyone has donated so far has gone a long way. You can find the campaign here: https://www.gofundme.com/sendsaraheseeleyabroad2.

Once more, I am so grateful and humbled by your compassion and assistance. It means the world to me!

Kicking off the New Year with a GoFundMe for Field School

To my friends and fans: I have been accepted into a study abroad program at the Koobi Fora Field School, but need a little help meeting the deposit. I’ve set up a GoFundMe account, and everyone who makes a donation over $5 will receive digital copies of my independent works. You can check out the fundraiser campaign here:

*January 9th Campaign update: I took down the first campaign experiment to explore other virtual donation options, and have decided to continue my campaign on GoFundMe after all. I really think this will be the easiest rout to take to raise the funds I need. Fundraiser websites are better trusted by donors interested in a cause than donation buttons on personal blogs and websites, and I’ve decided that the slice taken by the company is comparable to other fundraiser websites of the same quality and is worthwhile for the services provided. I want to thank everyone for your patience with my craziness, and offer this campaign again with a goal of reaching $300.

Want more information?

Here is my Go Fund Me fundraiser letter for Sarah’s Awesome Field School Fund:

Dear friends,

My name, for those visitors who don’t know me, is Sarah Seeley. I graduated from Brigham Youn University with a bachelor’s degree in geology several years ago, and my goal at this time is to further my education and, one day, pursue a career in research.

I am delighted to share that I have been accepted into the Koobi Fora Field School program for the summer. This is a wonderful opportunity to gain invaluable experience and expand my horizons in the field of paleoanthropology, something I hope to study in graduate school in the future.

In applying to the program, I also applied for an NSF fellowship, which would have fully funded this experience. There are two rounds of applications, and while I was offered a slot in the program after the first round of applications, I was not offered one of the limited funding packages. I am still in the pool to be considered for funding for the second round of applications, and those funding opportunities will be determined in March.

At this time, I could use your help.

I am currently exploring other financial options to fund the bulk of my expenses—including grants, loans, and different employment opportunities—in the case that I am not able to secure a fellowship in the second round so that I may still take advantage of this opportunity this summer. However, I need to make a $500 deposit within the next two weeks (by January 21) to hang onto the slot I’ve been offered (which presumably would be refunded if I were extended a fellowship after the second round of applications).

During this short window of time I would like to raise money to meet the deposit and secure my slot in the program. Even a few hundred dollars would be enough to make the cost of the deposit manageable for me in this time frame.

As many of you know, I am also a science fiction, fantasy, and horror author. To show my appreciation for your help, anyone who donates $5 will receive their pick of two free digital stories from among my independently published works, including Maladaptive Bind, Blood Oath: An Orc Love Story, and Driveless (Driveless was originally published in Leading Edge Magazine #66, and is not currently available in digital form at online stores. The copy of Driveless you will recieve will not include the rest of the Leading Edge Magazine content). Or, if some would prefer, those who donate at the AWESOME Level may opt for one of my independent works, plus a brand new short story that has never been published.

Those who donate $10 at the SUPER Level will receive digital copies of all three of my independent works, or their pick of two of my independent works plus the new short story.

Those who donate $20 or more at the FANTASTIC Level can claim digital copies of all three of my independent works AND the new short story.

*The new short story will be produced and sent out by the end of February.

Any donations that surpass my $500 goal will go toward covering the expenses of my study abroad experience. If I am offered a fellowship after the second application round, which would cover tuition, airfare, and my travel abroad emergency healthcare insurance, all donations will go toward buying equipment for the trip, paying for inoculations (as I do not currently have health insurance that will cover this), and paying down my current student loan debt from my undergraduate degree.

Thank you so much for your help!

December Update

It’s been a wonderful year, and I can’t believe it’s about to draw to a close at the end of the month!

The paperback for Windows Into Hell is now available at Barnes and Noble: http://bit.ly/2gKvXtY

and Amazon: http://amzn.to/2gQo74M

The audio book production is coming out soon on Audible, and I can’t wait to share it! (I’ve listened to a couple of the anthology stories already, including my own, and I’m really excited). This will the first official audio book I’ve ever been a part of, so I’m stoked. Special thanks to Tonya Adolfson and her studio for the production.

Also, Curiosity Quills is putting the Kindle edition on Sale for 99 cents on December 11th and 12th! Mark your calendars and grab yourself an e-copy of this creepy masterpiece.

I have to say that it has been great to see the reviews come in, and to read that so many people are enjoying this collection. It was so fun to write a story for this, and it has been an honor to be included with these other fabulous authors. To all looking forward to reading this anthology or gifting it to friends and family over the holidays, I hope you enjoy!

I’ve finished up my grad school applications, and I’m jumping back into writing more this month. I’m still working on my orc novel (which I am super excited about, and it is coming along nicely), but I’ve also decided I would like to write (or complete) a couple of stand-alone novellas–before the end of the year. Yea for goals!

I’m hoping to get another review or two posted for books by fellow authors before the end of the year as well.

Happy December! Happy holidays! Merry Christmas! And happy reading, writing, and doing whatever it is that gets you into the spirit of the season.

Sarah E. Seeley is a fantasy and horror author, and an affiliate member of the Horror Writers Association.

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