And if keeping your word is going to kill, don't write stuff like "ohlala im so poor damn what im gonna do! damn if only people would agree to pay!" and hope that it works.
You man up and you apologize properly, saying it ain't going to be free and that wasn't planned, but it has to be.
Going through the foggy FUD before announcing that (if ever announced of course) would be pretty low on my scale.
Time to use your mod down points :-)
Oh I agree. But this would be very easy to do tactfully, and so I consider it semi trivial. All you have to do is be humble, and apologize profusely and talk about the soul-consuming labour of love the project has been over the past few years and I think most people would forgive him.