Today has been a crazy sort of a day. I had to go into 'the city' to run some errands and when I got home and turned on the computer I let out a yell of surprise. Wow!
A HUGE thank you to PAUL the incredible for helping get the word out there.
And a lovely thank you to everyone who's worked so hard on this.
When I started, it was just me and a typewriter. Now it's a huge team of people helping to make this happen. Everyone who has pledged. Everyone who has helped get the word out there. I don't have the words for how in awe I am about this response.
Even my favourite librarian deserves some credit for making this happen. Whenever I want to learn something new, I log onto my library account and put a hold on any book that comes up with those keywords. When I go to the local library branch, I may have to make two or three trips to the car there are so many books waiting for me. They all know me by name but there is one in particular who always asks me what I'm up to. I must have spent a good hour talking to her today. We talked about how gorgeous Tracy's drawings are and how lucky I am to work with her. She adored the video (even the parts with me in it).
We talked about libraries. I talked about how much I appreciate having a library filled with books I can borrow. How much I've learned from the library and it only costs me about two dollars a year in late fees (and how in a few days I can donate food to the food bank to cover my existing fees that I was going to pay as soon as the kickstarter money comes in - I owe them almost a dollar! I hate owing money!). We also talked about local bookshops. She wanted to know if I was producing an ebook and I said, "not yet". My idea is the first flush of sales could go to local shops. That way customers don't have to pay shipping and local shops get more customers. I'm even delaying putting it on amazon while I fulfil all the Kickstarter orders. Local libraries and shops are really important to me because they are run by people. I probably wouldn't buy so much yarn related goodies if it wasn't for Ryan's joyful greeting each time I go to my LYS (Local Yarn Store) and I definitely wouldn't spend so much time at the library if it wasn't for the enthusiastic greeting by the library with the long silver hair.
I was so excited to see this kickstarter! A few years ago I saw someone at a fair breaking down the fiber in flax to make linen and I love that someone was still doing this. I want to learn more and doing fiberwork. Would really like to do other fibers like cotton, hemp, wool.. So glad to see there are others just as excited!
Whew! What kick that was! Thanks for cheering us along the way, gang.
Now I've got more work to do. I'm working on the book layout, as well as the other documents that Raven will be giving as rewards. Still a few more drawings to do to make sure all of Raven't text is illustrated and understood by her readers. That's an illustrator's job.