Documenting the search for the San Marcos in Ireland with a book of approximately 200-250 pages, a documentary video of thirty minutes to an hour, and a blog to update the progress of the search along the way.
I started my connection with this spot on the coast of Ireland 47 years ago when I first felt something calling me. It is a feeling I have never been able to shake. There is a mystery here that has hidden underwater for the last 426 years. One of the most powerful ships from the Spanish Armada, one of many Portuguese ships in the Grand Armada, wrecked here in a storm and lost all of the almost 500 lives on board. It has to be very close, but she has still not been found after centuries of searches. This year a massive search with 60 divers and the latest technology is planned to finally find and explore her and all the mysteries she has held for centuries. Other ships from the Armada have been explored and even materials like leather have been preserved under the blanket of sand. She is a time capsule full of stories about the 500 men onboard and the period in history.
But that is not the only story to be told. My book will be a short history of the human passions and political and economic drives that set the Armada in motion and the real personalities and their agendas. It was officially a "holy war" but beneath the religious excuses much more selfish motives were at work.
The book will then focus on the design, construction and history of the voyages of the San Marcos in the years before the Great Armada, Then the battles of the Armada and the tragic destruction of the ship on the coast of Ireland.
Then the sleeping centuries and failed searches.
But the most exciting part of the book is about the individuals drawn to this search now. The historians, archeologists, researchers, and divers focused on the mystery of the San Marcos. Project San Marcos 2014 is underway led by John Treacy a PhD. candidate in the final stages of his doctorate in Irish naval history. John was born and his family has lived for centuries near the site of the wreck, which is the location of much of the action in my novel. But now I am writing non-fiction about John and the others in this team drawn to discover the San Marcos at last.
This is a modern adventure to uncover the wreck and find what lessons are in the past to guide us today. And this is an adventure to also explore the greatest terra incognito of them all - what drives the curiosity of man.
I will complete a documentary video which will cover much of the same material, but it is another storytelling medium that will complement the book.
The blog will provide on the spot updates and will include kickstarter supporter exclusives.
YOU will be part of the team. You will be able to make comments in video clips (under 2 mins) on the blog, and the best ones will be chosen for inclusion on the exclusive video and quoted in the book.
Your participation is an integral part of the whole project. I want to know what drives YOU to be a real part of this adventure. How is the San Marcos calling you, and what you want to know.
This mystery from centuries ago has a very modern message for us.
Aside from the "postcard from Ireland," (which will be send from Ireland by normal post), all parcels will be shipped in the US by United Parcel Service, so that we can have reliable delivery and tracking. All support level prices include shipping in the U.S.
ADD-ONS TO YOUR PLEDGE
At the $10 level or above for an additional $90 you may add on:
A PERSONALLY WRITTEN LIMERICK --FROM LIMERICK-- USING YOUR NAME ... or whatever word you choose. Here is a chance for you to get your own personal Limerick written and photographed by a sign in Limerick, County Clare, Ireland. In addition to emailing you the Limerick and photo, I will write it on a postcard mailed from Limerick. Suitable for framing to impress your friends.
ADD-ON - At any level you can add on a copy of the exclusive DVD, including special sections about the involvement of kickstarter participants for $30. This price includes shipping in the USA.
Extra Videos and Books
If you are buying a DVD or Book, or supporting at a level that includes either, you may add additional copies of the DVD (sent to the same address) for $20 each, and additional copies of the San Marcos book for $28 each. You may add additional copies of Waking Remembering to any package that includes that book for $25 each, and additional copies of Joseph (to any package that includes Joseph) for $20 each.
To use any "ADD-ONS" or additional books/videos, just pledge the additional amount of money for what you want. After the Kickstarter is over, we will send out a Survey that will have a place for you to note what ADD-ONS or additional items you want.
Update on Spanish-Irish connection with the San Marcos Project.
An Irish government minister Jimmy Deenihan of Department of Arts Heritage and Gaeltacht is launching the San Marcos Project with the Spanish ambassador to Ireland and the launch will be covered in the Spanish news channels Telecino and Cuatro in a few weeks.
Risks and challenges
The weather in Ireland this winter has been the worst since the storm of 1588 that wrecked the Armada ships. A series of record storms has re-arranged the coastline and may have moved sand around the wreck, or Neptune may have arranged this giant underwater bulldozer of his to help reveal her secrets at last. People have searched for the San Marcos for centuries unsuccessfully. She may still avoid discovery. Nothing is certain connected with the sea. But this time there are sixty divers committed to begin the search and the latest in technology is available to search with electronic tools. Fresh clues have been discovered from new science and re-analyzed historical records. A massive organized search is planned and these new clues give a refined focus. But nothing is sure except that there will be a search and I CAN write about that in detail - the excitement and the heartache, the danger and the unforeseen. I will need to travel to Ireland to be there, but since I cannot predict when it will be discovered - I have to plan for several trips to cover various aspects of the search and exploration. There is a story here - a story of mystery and my own exploration of what it is that drives men to search for a mystery. I will write that story no matter what. And the story of what has driven me to be involved with the San Marcos since I was a teenager standing on the shore listening to the whispers of the unknown. This gives me a unique perspective to tell the story in a book, video, and blog. I have published two books already, and created several documentaries of this length. I know what is involved in production and I know how to plan a complex project. And I am working with others who are searching for their own reasons and all of us have joined in a common purpose to understand what has been invisible for so long.
One key point I want everyone to understand is that, if the project minimum is not reached, everyone gets their money back. I know things are moving slowly now-- we have a lot of releases out and hope to get some news coverage which will help. But we do understand folks might worry whether this is going to fly, and what happens to their support if it doesn't. Easy answer-- you get your money back. So please, join us on this journey and we can make the minimum and tell this wonderful story-together.
Even if this kickstarter project does not get funded, the book is underway and the San Marcos Project is well underway - I will find another way to get to Ireland to finish the book and video. For those who want to follow the progress I will continue this blog at www.wakingremembering.com I have been connected with this project for 47 years and I will continue.
Every dollar helps! Thanks for your interest and support in helping to bring this exciting story to the world. You will be included in all emails and will be listed along with all the other supporters in the published book as being a part of this adventure.
JUST THE E-BOOK
The title pretty much describes the package. We wanted some way for interested folks to get into the story, even as they understand they won't get all the personalized attention, post cards, and other things, links, photos, etc that the other levels contain. Still, it should be a good story, and we want you to be able to enjoy it.
You will receive an email with a personal message from P J Ceren with photos from the site and a private link to a short video presentation about the San Marcos including video from the site, and interviews with those involved in the search. You will see this preview a week before it is posted on the website blog. You will also receive the postcard from Ireland.
E-BOOK COPY of the NEW SAN MARCOS BOOK and a PERSONAL MESSAGE AND SNEAK PEEK ... You will receive an E-Book copy and an email with a personal message from P J Ceren with photos from the site and a private link to a short video presentation about the San Marcos including video from the site, and interviews with those involved in the search. You will see this preview a week before it is posted on the website blog. You will also receive the postcard from Ireland.
A signed copy of the book PJ Ceren writes that includes the history of the San Marcos with text and photos documenting the site and those involved in the search. A complete history and an exploration of what drew the team together for this search and what they find. A glimpse into the personalities of those involved and what this sort of project is really like in human terms. You will also receive email updates and link to the sneak peek video, and the postcard.
TWO DIFFERENT BOOKS - Fiction and Non-Fiction on the San Marcos - and more. ...
In addition to the new San Marcos Book, you will receive a signed copy of PJ Ceren's novel "Waking Remembering" (A substantial book of 530 pages) that includes the story of the San Marcos and the lovers the shipwreck connected in Ireland in 1588. This is the book written years before this big search for the San Marcos began. You will also receive email updates and links to videos including an audio file of the author reading a chapter from "Waking Remembering", the sneak peek link, and the postcard.
In addition to the San Marcos Book and "Waking Remembering," you will receive PJ Ceren's first novel, "Joseph: Everyone Knows Who He Is, But Nobody Knows Who He Was." (254 pages) All personally signed. You will also receive email updates, the chapter audio file and links to videos and the postcard.
In addition to the postcard and the San Marcos Book you will receive emails and digital photos and links to videos of the progress from the site in Ireland so you can get a real feel for the location and the people involved in the search.
THE SITE VISIT WITH A LIVE SKYPE CONVERSATION. ...
You will receive the San Marcos Book, everything from the Virtual Site Visit and we will schedule a Skype conversation from Ireland with PJ Ceren and others closely involved with the San Marcos Project. You will be able to fully participate in the conversation. You will feel even more connected to this wonderful project and the people involved. Plus two postcards from Ireland, one to you and one to another address you choose. And audio files of Ceren reading a chapter from Waking Remembering and a pre-release chapter from the new book.
I WANT IT ALL. Plus a Stone from the Shore Like the One In the Book. ...
All the signed books, the exclusive video for kickstarter supporters only, email updates and pictures and the live site conversation via Skype. Plus an actual small stone from the beach near the shipwreck like the stone that is such an important part of "Waking Remembering" like the stone PJ Ceren has carried in his pocket for the last 25 years. Maybe it will bring you luck. It will certainly be a tangible reminder of the shipwreck site. I will personally select a stone from the water for you.
Plus two postcards from Ireland, one to you and one to another address you choose.
MEMPHIS AND MID-SOUTH SPECIAL ... I will come to speak at your book club or other group within a 120 mile radius of Memphis [ I will include Nashville in this ] for 3 hours to discuss my books and the San Marcos Project. Includes a signed copy of all three of the books, the DVD, and the names of your book club members will be listed in a special section of the San Marcos book. Plus, I will send the "postcard from Ireland" to five addresses you select.
PATRON OF THE VIDEO - Your name will be listed in the credits as a patron of the video. You will receive an exclusive version of the film for kickstarter participants, and the postcard. You will see an advance cut of the film and be able to comment and make suggestions. You will receive two personal e-mails and a personal skype conversation to talk about the film.You will also receive the e-version of the book in advance, plus the signed, printed copy.
PATRON OF THE BOOK ... Your name will be listed in the book as a patron of the book. You will also receive the e-version of the book in advance, plus the signed, printed copy. You also receive the postcard, the emails, and 2 personal emails and a personal skype conversation to discuss the book and comment and give input before it is completed.
PATRON OF THE BOOK AND I WANT IT ALL PLUS A STONE - Your name will be listed in the credits as a patron of the book. You will receive all three signed, printed books--made out to you or a name you designate, plus the e-version, plus P.J.Ceren will send you an audio file of him reading a chapter of the book before it is printed (and will include a thank you on that file for your being a patron). Plus you'll get all the other items in the "I want it all plus a stone" category.
AS EXCLUSIVE AS CAN BE. ... Have you ever wanted to see how a writer starts a book and how this seed grows into the finished product? I will make my initial notes and sketches for the book in a leather-bound journal with ideas and phrases as they come to me in Ireland. This handwritten copy will be the record of what I feel and see that will become the basis of the book. Also included will be a first draft of the book document so you can see inside the mind of a writer at work and see how the final book grew from the notes in the journal. Also included will be a personal Skype conversation about the writing of The San Marcos Book, including my thoughts on how the final title will be decided. Expect some seawater stains and wear on the leather journal. Also included will be a personally signed copy of the finished book, addressed to you, the e-version of the book, my previous books, the exclusive video for kickstarter supporters, and the audio file of P.J.Ceren reading a chapter of the book, plus the postcard from Ireland.
I WILL PERSONALLY COME TO YOUR BOOK CLUB anywhere in the continental US for two consecutive evenings to discuss my books and the project. Also a signed copy of all three books, and the exclusive video for kickstarter supporters. Also, the names of the book club members will be listed in a special section of the credits in The San Marcos Book. I will mail 5 postcards from ireland to addresses you choose and bring 20 copies of the postcard to your session.
Open to 3 couples and limited to only one couple per day - this is very exclusive. Be there in person in Ireland at the beach where you can view the site during the day and then at night spend the evening in the Pub with team members and PJ Ceren and have your name and pictures in the book. Be part of history and the excitement of being there in person and bring a friend or spouse. You will have to supply your own transportation to Shannon Airport, but we will pick you up there and arrange your lodging for two nights close to the site and your meals and a night at the Pub. This will be an experience you will never forget with some of the most interesting people in the world. Plus you get all the signed books, the video, the e-version of the book, the audio file of a chapter reading, an audio file from a Pub evening, and a chance to choose your own stones yourself from the shore as you smell the sea and watch history. You can send 5 postcards from Ireland while you are there, and Ceren will shoot a photo of the two of you at your favorite location in the area. You will also get the Virtual Site visit with Skype conversation--your choice whether you want it before your visit (for planning) or after your visit (for following up).