Funded! This project was successfully funded on August 13, 2012.


Support for print & strategic mktg costs to get this book in flight, sharing 70+ yrs of history & humor by this Coastal NC author.

Are you a Buzzard's Myth too?
Are you a Buzzard's Myth too?

What is a buzzard’s myth? If this project is fully funded, anyone who cares to find out will be able to do so readily through awareness of one dynamic memoir, a historical adventure involving eight decades and a single man, er … hatchling?

We seek pledges for printing and strategic marketing costs to reintroduce the memoir Buzzard's Myth by Alva Harris, PhD, to the coastal communities of NC and on a grander scale to supporters of ecosystems and the natural cycles of life everywhere. 

A buzzard's myth is actually a creation myth, like the stork, about where babies come from, told to Alva by his daddy back when Alva was a youth. And so Alva named his memoir . . . which is more about history than myths and legends, but the tribute to his father's memory is quickly made clear. 

Buzzard's Myth covers seven decades of adventures by this author, born in 1928 in Hyde County, NC. Now at 83 years old, Alva has recently updated this novel with a new look and essence, the cover of which you see above. 

Alva also salutes the Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson's Research, which he acclaims on the first page of his book. Alva has battled the affects of Parkinson's in recent years, making his completion of this extraordinary novel in his late 70s an inspirational feat. As Parkinson's has limited his ability to complete his marketing goals, he has asked me, his editor and now-promoter Janet Green (thewordverve), to step in and complete the task with his guidance. What an honor!

And so, with a renewed goal to "increase the wingspan" of this novel to the coastal communities and beyond, Alva and I venture into this Kickstarter campaign together, and hopefully, with you. 

More about the memoir: This book brims with entertaining anecdotes from when Alva was a youth in Hyde County, then meanders all over the Coastal areas and beyond -- the Outer and Inner Banks, Beaufort, Morehead City, Wilmington  -- and then across the country to the wilds of Alaska, salmon fishing, and serving in the Coast Guard during the Korean War. Finally he returns home to marry, have children, and collect his PhD from NC State, and then to Louisiana for a professorship from Nicholls State University, retiring at the age of 60, and eventually settling in the area that seems to always call him home: Coastal NC (New Bern to be specific). 

The stories are action-packed, romantic, or full of wit and sarcasm, and sometimes all of those things at the same time! There is much ecological and historical information within as well, which contributes to the fascination of a time gone by that can never truly be retrieved except through recordings such as these. 

Your contribution will ensure the cycle of life continues to spin through this memoir and those who read it. 


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    With much appreciation, we will send two postcard bookmarks -- one to keep and one to share -- featuring the newly designed edition of Buzzard's Myth, and recognition for being a Buzzard Backer.

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    THE BUZZARD EGG: As our thanks for being a Buzzard Backer, you will receive Reward #1 (post card and recognition) AND Born on a Buzzard's Stump, an early edition of Alva's memoir, now out of print. Stamp-signed by author. Shipped to your door with a smile.

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    THE BUZZARD BABY: This Buzzard Backer reward includes Reward #2 (which includes #1) AND a Buzzard Backer T-shirt (you pick the size)!

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    THE BIG BUZZARD BACKER: In appreciation for your support, we will send you Reward #1 (the postcard bookmarks) AND the Buzzard Backer T-Shirt AND the smokin' hot updated edition of Alva's memoir (June 2012), newly titled "Buzzard's Myth: Adventures of a Free Spirit from Egg to Infinity," shipped straight to your door with many thanks. Stamped signed by the author. And of course, recognition for being a Buzzard Backer.

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