Just a note to let you know I spoke to Leelanau County Sheriff, Mike Oltersdorf this week about the cherry orchard vandalism. Still no solid clues on who or why, but he seems to think the only motive that makes sense is revenge.
Still, seems a pretty twisted way to get back at someone, doesn't it?
This week I'll be speaking with farmers, the Grand Traverse County Sheriff, and some folks at the Cooperative Extension. This is my first time launching a Kickstarter project and I had planned to wait and see if it got funded, but that part is going pretty well (I'm 73% there!), I was anxious to get going, and Sheriff Oltersdorf was happy to talk to me. He's retiring in at the end of the year and he'd like to see this mystery solved, too.
If you're near a radio, tune in tomorrow, Monday, to the Ron Jolly show on WTCM NewsTalk580. I'll be on at 9:10 talking about Kickstarter for writers, this cherry tree mystery, and other literary topics.
Thanks again for your support - so far backers have pledged a heartening $1,835 of my $2,500 goal. I've got 12 days left to raise the remainder, so please feel free to spread the news.
seconds to go
Pledge $5 or moreYou selected
Have your name listed in the "Thank-You" section at the end of the story and as a backer in the author's blog at http://mardilink.typepad.com/mardis_link/.Estimated delivery:
Pledge $15 or moreYou selected
All of the above plus a PDF copy of this work of long-form journalism emailed to you, along with copies of the police reports.Estimated delivery:
Pledge $25 or moreYou selected
All of the above plus the chance to experience why cherry trees are such an integral part of northern Michigan by enjoying a bag of delicious dried cherries (yum!) from one of the orchards profiled.Estimated delivery:
Pledge $50 or moreYou selected
All of the above plus a signed copy of the printed work in numbered chapbook form.Estimated delivery:
Pledge $200 or moreYou selected
All of the above plus a homemade cherry pie made with fruit from a northern Michigan cherry orchard over-nighted to you! Yummy beyond compare!Estimated delivery:
- (31 days)