Here's To The Beginning!

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Here's To The Beginning!

Art by Theresa Johnson
Art by Theresa Johnson

Original Post Date: November 2nd, 2015

I am a mad Googler! If I am curious about anything, my phone is in my hands before I can even finish a thought.

This is a habit I get from my father. I know if ever I were in need to “call a friend” to win a million dollars, it would be him. He is always on his computer and always sharing about what he has found out pertaining to the situation we are in. Whether it’s a character in a movie or a Seahawks fact (despite him being a giant Ram’s fan) or what’s going on with Suzie’s son’s cousin’s neighbor’s new car, if we are talking about something he has something to add because he’s over there ticking away on the keypad to add to the conversation.

When it came time to sit down with my potential (and now current) illustrator, she was blown away with how much I “knew” about what I wanted for this book. I had the size down, the images clearly stated for each page, which self-publishing site I wanted to go through and I naturally had the perfect amount of pages for a traditional children’s book is (32 in case you are wondering). When things line up, you just need to RUN with them!

So here we are! Vulnerably awaiting to see if my hopes and dreams of seeing Cartoon Rojo bringing joy and giddiness to children will be funded. T-minus 59 days and counting.

I can’t tell you the excitement that came over my face when I saw I already had 2 backers within 10 minutes of posting on Rojo’s facebook page. Then the realization set in to see that it was parent #1 and parent #2 who were the backers… #letdown. Don’t get me wrong, I can’t tell you how proud it makes me to have their support and how excited they were to be the first supporter of my book… but thinking it was someone random was a very exciting thought! You should have heard our laughter when I exclaimed, “Two backers already!!” and she sneakily said, “I was one of them.” Well done parents. Well done.

Now I sit. Anxiously refreshing my Kickstarter page and watching the amount of video views go up. Getting tagged every couple of minutes as friends share my link to their own timeline. Soon I will have to physically set down the laptop and go exercise the animals so that I can let these nerves settle. It feels like waiting for water to boil. These will be the longest two months EVER. But the most exciting two months as well.

I have the best of friends and family. To see their support in me and what I’m doing is beyond amazing! Now if only it was January already…

https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/735575425/rojo-the-perfectly-imperfect-llama