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John Steinbeck and Raymond Chandler’s Impact on Comunikin

An idea evolves like an amorphous blob taking shape. If you watch it long enough, limbs emerge and take hold of whatever thought floating in the mind. Until Time Control learns to speak for itself, I will layout some of the ideas that provided its footing and nourishment.

Two men in particular have influenced the abilities of Time Control. Both are writers by profession, Americans by nationality, and both left their mark on American literature and now on a social network.

Sometimes a kind of glory lights up the mind of a man. It happens to nearly everyone. You can feel it growing or preparing like a fuse burning toward dynamite. It is a feeling in the stomach, a delight of the nerves, of the forearms. The skin tastes the air, and every deep-drawn breath is sweet. Its beginning has the pleasure of a great stretching yawn; it flashes in the brain and the whole world glows outside your eyes. ” -East Of Eden

I read John Steinbeck’s East of Eden when I was a senior in High School, and even now the descriptions leave a residue in my mind like the after taste of candy. Compare this to Raymond Chandler’s The Big Sleep:

Tall, aren’t you?” she said. 
“I didn’t mean to be.”
Her eyes rounded. She was puzzled. She was thinking. I could see, even on that short acquaintance that thinking was always going to be a bother to her. – The Big Sleep

Just as there is a sense of magic in the way Steinbeck can strategically describe an unseen and, to others, an unfelt sensation; there is a compelling energy in the way Chandler drives his stories with action and tone. It is these two styles that help define the nature of Time Control

It is a style that can alternate between action and strategic, as quickly as navigating from Time Control to it Social Calendar component–as quickly as switching from planning for the future to making decisions in the present.

Time Control’s repeat feature allows users to contemplate and strategically place events, and then set it to repeat for a defined amount of time. With active use it would be self-evident that some activities repeat more than we expect. That there are patterns within our daily realities whose frequency escapes us, and without an awareness of them we cannot affect them for the betterment of self.

Though strategy can provide an advantage, it requires quick action to take advantage. In lieu of Chandler’s verb driven mystery plots, the Social Calendar provides verb driven plans on the fly. The Social Calendar arranges public events and available friends based on the user’s free time, so that from a single screen users can find an activity and find available friends and tie it all together.

Together they provide a way for users to build balanced schedules without sacrificing flexibility, allowing it to provide social and practical solutions.

If you like the style, remember to make a pledge in our upcoming Kickstarter campaign and help us bring it to audiences.


Kickstarter Gift Examples

Strategically choosing a donation/gift tier is key to a successful project. A thoughtful and unique gift gives the receiver a great new product, a unique understanding, makes them feel good about themselves, and even gives them bragging rights.

Don’t just think of what you think would be a great gift idea. To put it bluntly, it doesn’t matter what you think. What matters is that the your gift  extrinsically and intrinsically communicates the value of your project.  So research, ask questions, and repeat until you are confident.

Fiction Book


If the novel you’re trying to get funded was inspired by a short story, turn it into an exclusive gift. If it wasn’t inspired by one, then write one that best encapsulates your characters and captures the essence of the books.

FREE Chapters

Give out a few free chapters for each of the pledge tiers so that if they pay the highest amount they get the entire book.

Thank you page

A page in the book where the author thanks the those the pledged the most. Including a message from each of therm.

Ask yourself what effect is making pledge having on your supporter. What are they getting out of it?


6 Things You Should Know About Kickstarter

After many days of deliberation and preparation we are nearly ready for our Kickstarter Campaign. Since I’ve heard of it, I have been fascinated with this website.

What is kickstarter?

First of all it offers an all-or nothing style of crowd funding. Which means if a project isn’t fully funded, the project creator doesn’t receive anything. This protects their host of generous contributors, and encourages creators to utilize Kickstarter’s second policy.

Mostly-selfless Funding

For every pledge you have to provide a small gift. This is the part that separates a well planned project from the rest. Gifts are encouraged to be unique and thoughtful so that your altruistic contributors can feel special for believing in the project. Altruistic? That’s right, other than a small percentage of the raised funded that kickstarter takes, the acquired funding, the idea and the future profits remain an exclusive right of the creator.

Kill Two Birds With One Stone

Along with getting funding Kickstarter is a great way of testing products, as well as establishing an early fan base. A solid marketing plan is essential to the campaign because the same people who will be your customers will probably be your contributors as well.

Who are the Contributors?

They are your family members, friends, teachers, ex employers, and people who love the idea.

Who is it for?

Artists, musicians, entrepreneurs, professional and amateur anythings.

Doe it work?


As we near the launch of our campaign, I’ll be posting things we’ve discovered and learned along the way.


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