If you happen to have $20,000 burning a hole in your pocket, George RR Martin will cut you for it. The author behind Game of Thrones will slay you with all appropriate gore—on the written page, of course—if you are a top-tier donor of his current crowdfunding blitz. Martin is raising money for the Wild Spirit Wolf Sanctuary and the Food Depot in his current hometown of Santa Fe, New Mexico. As Mashable reports, you get to decide your character's station in life, from lord to peasant, and Martin will write out your lot in death in a future A Song of Ice and Fire novel. About $19,950 short of $20,000? Not to worry. You can still score a T-shirt, and a chance to pal around with Martin at the sanctuary.
Martin describes his motivation thusly: "I've always been fond of wolves... direwolves in Westeros, and real wolves in the real world. US wolf populations hit critical lows during the 20th century, and finding a way for humans to co-exist with this majestic creatures is an important part of the conservation movement." The campaign is here. (Read more George RR Martin stories.)