Hi My Numinous Friends:
At 10am Los Angeles time today (in about four hours), we'll be into the final week of THE NUMINOUS PLACE Kickstarter campaign.
I'm a little sleep-deprived, a tad wrung-out, and feeling the pressure.
But, I'm also determined, committed and have been boosted endlessly by your contributions, and your messages of support.
This last week is going to take a superhuman effort considering we still need to raise about half the money to reach our goal of $75K.
Let's not mince words. The naysayers think we aren't going to make it. Remember, if we don't reach $75K, we don't get ANY of the money to bring THE NUMINOUS PLACE to life.
My inspiration through all this has come from an unexpected source—my six year-old son Milo.
Milo was born here in the U.S., but I constantly remind him that he is half Kiwi. I was really proud to take him home a year ago, and I showed off my country to him like I was an unofficial ambassador for the Ministry of Tourism.
Over the years, I've always proudly told Milo about that great New Zealander Ed Hillary—the first man to climb Mt. Everest. Whenever Milo has been tempted to surrender, I've reminded him of what a modest beekeeper achieved, and Hillary's awesome quote:
"It is not the mountain we conquer but ourselves."
And now, it's my turn to lead by example, and show Milo that his Old Man lives by these words as well.
In exactly one week from now, on August 9, 2012, I truly believe I'll be using another famous Hillary quote. Those words he uttered when he came down from the highest mountain on Earth.
"We knocked the bastard off!"
Yeah, I know. I'm being dramatic, and a Kickstarter campaign can hardly be compared to climbing Mt. Everest...
But, I have a feeling Sir Ed would be pleased to know he's a source of inspiration to a fellow Kiwi and his half-New Zealand son who are both a long way from home.
Here's how you can help "knock the bastard off" in the final, frantic 604,800 seconds:
Fund The Numinous Place, get an on-screen credit! Amazing creative work I’m supporting, please join us: http://kck.st/Qyovgi #tech
Email the Kickstarter link:
Email some of our amazing press to friends who you think may have been holding back:
Leave messages of support on the blogs who run stories on us. Say why you're excited about the project:
And lastly, spread the word that Part 2 of the Henry Meat article will be available exclusively to backers later today.
Thank you so much everyone...
I'm off to continue climbing Mt. Kickstarter!
Hi Numinous Peeps:
Today we're publishing an excerpt from the book... It's part one of a two part magazine article written by our less-than hero HENRY MEAT. We're publishing the first part for everyone... It handily ends on a cliffhanger, and we'll publish part two exclusively for backers in the next day or so.
In other words—you'll have to pledge some money to THE NUMINOUS PLACE to read part two. Yes, we're getting brutal as we head to the finish line of the campaign!
Here's some context: Henry—who's a rather lazy and cowardly freelance journalist—is hired by a friend at the Tribune to write a story on the secretive BARTOK SLEEP RESEARCH CLINIC in Los Angeles where two volunteers have recently committed suicide.
What Henry uncovers in the clinic is nothing short of earth-shattering, and involves him in a battle between good and evil that has been fought since the beginning of time.
Hello Numinous Peeps:
You may have noticed that I love quotes... Certain milestone moments in my life have been marked by, and will always be remembered with a quotation. They've got me through the good times and the bloody awful moments. They've spurred me on and made me a better person.
I also believe quotations appear when you need them most.
I wanted to share with everyone a quote that revealed itself to me a couple of days ago. I'd like to dedicate this to everyone else who is thinking about putting their neck on the line and trying something new. Perhaps you're about to launch into something like a Kickstarter campaign yourself?
Well, I hope these incredible words provide you with the same comfort and determination that they have me.
“Before the beginning of great brilliance, there must be chaos. Before a brilliant person begins something great, they must look foolish in the crowd.”
Another source of inspiration throughout my life has been music... In fact, when I was a little kid all I wanted to be when I grew up was a classical composer. Uh-huh, I know that's kinda weird wanting to be Mozart when everyone else had aspirations towards putting out fires or being a sheriff in the Wild West.
And ultimately, my dream never came true... I had to settle for words, rather than notes. I wonder if Walter wanted to be a writer when he was a kid?
WALTER WERZOWA: COMPOSER
Walter's not only an incredibly talented human being, he's also a prince. He's helped me out of tight spots since I've known him, and is a truly genuine bloke despite his great success in Hollywood and beyond. I'm so very proud to have him work on the music and sound design for THE NUMINOUS PLACE, and you'll understand why when you hear one of his wonderful tracks called "Agnus" which is included at the end of the Q & A.
1. Tell us a little about yourself, and what your role is on The Numinous Place.
I am a dreamer. My life's dream is "Music" . Music stimulates me emotionally and intellectually. TNP nurtures this passion. Music helped to inspire Mark to write this fantastic story, and it is part of the numinous journey. I am humbled to compose for the numinous experience.
2. What are you doing in that photo? (see below)
In that attached photo I am looking at a light, it appears to be warm and magical - it looks like a wax-candle - but in reality it is a cheap battery powered plastic light-
3. What attracted you to The Numinous Place?
Mark introduced me to TNP 1.5 years ago- This project combines art, science and technology in a way no other project does.
4. TNP is about a spiritual quest, tell us about yours
I was raised in conservative Vienna. My journeys exposed me to many different belief systems. Is there "ONE" answer? Instead of looking for an answer, we should become the answer.
Probably "Because it is" sums it up best.
5. What's the most amazing thing that ever happened to you?
Right now, - The most amazing thing is that my next breath of air is making my life possible.
6. TNP is about lucid, or numinous dreaming, tell us about your dream life.
My dream life is my sanctuary, I know if I would not dream I could not be creative.
7. You're one of the few people who've read the manuscript, please tell us your favorite part.
So many favorite parts - probably when Henry takes on the "persona" of Beelzebub and is experiencing another world, for the first time he is consciously in a new world ...
8. Is there a character in TNP you particularly relate to?
I wish I was Henry and could take an elevator into the untapped realm.
9. What are some of your favorite books, music and people who inspire you?
Recently: On Intelligence, - It compares pattern processing in our brains to how music works… and defies the myth that our brains and computers are comparable…
In music there is one constant - The Emperor … Johann Sebastian Bach - and then there is Radiohead and the wind (noise) blowing through a tree...
10. What's your greatest achievement so far in life?
I am restless, - being quoted "composer of the most recognizable and most performed melody in broadcast" [Intel mnemonic] and my music credit in "MInority Report" seem to be the greatest creative achievements - I am getting a hunch that scoring TNP will outshine my prior achievements
11. And finally, what's the quote that really inspires you and your life?
"Everything should be made as simple as possible, but not simpler" Albert Einstein
HELLO NUMINOUS ARMY!
I wanted to remind you about the new(ish) REWARD for all levels... And I wanted to ask you to spread the word.
There are 99 of us, and we have 10 days left to bring THE NUMINOUS PLACE alive.
This incentive came from a member of the team, Rachel Grant (who plays deadly-dangerous high-kicking April-Mae Miyazaki)...
Not only are we going to include names of backers in the books, with hot links back to their twitter account or blogs, we're also going to include YOUR photograph in the cover design.
Yes, insert "face" and "book" joke here.
We love the Numinous Place logo that Dean Johnson from Brandwidth has created, and we're going to ask him to incorporate as a background the faces of every single one of our backers.
To keep with the lucid dreaming theme, we'll ask you to send a c/u photograph of your sleeping face for inclusion.
Not that you'll have to actually be asleep... Just pretending will do fine.
We think it'll look very cool, and is another way of thanking everyone for their generosity and trust.
Here's a handy tweet for you to send out, all ready to cut and paste:
Fund #FutureFiction, get your face on a book! Amazing creative work I’m supporting, please join us: http://kck.st/Qyovgi #ebook
Or, send your friends to the Kickstarter site, here's the link:
Remember, not only will EVERYONE be immortalized on the cover of THE NUMINOUS PLACE, they'll also go in the draw to win a glossy of James Backhouse's amazing "Lucifer" painting.
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