Funding Unsuccessful This project’s funding goal was not reached on .
Photo-main
Play
00:00
00:00

Healing Together

God's Long Bones -- a novel of survival, healing and hope based on the suspected 2004 lynching of a Seattle man in Mississippi.

I love to laugh though you'd never know it by the books I've edited or written. Abandoned children, women with HIV, topics no one likes to think about.

SuperSoul Sunday's Caroline Myss, explains it this way: "Some are called into rooms where there is no light."

"Racial attitudes have not improved in the four years since the United States elected its first black president," an Associated Press poll finds, "...bumper stickers, cartoons and protest posters that mock the president as a lion or a monkey, or lynch him in effigy."  

We always hear about those white people, but what about the ones who voted for Obama? The ones eager to have a smart man in office? The white people who voted for him because he is black?

What about white students who choose historically black colleges? Little white girls treasuring black dolls? Young white boys in love with jazz or the blues? The white people sickened by the history of lynching? Why doesn't the media ever talk about them?

God's Long Bones won't be yet another story about down-and-out black people. And hateful rednecks. It won't re-traumatize us by beating us over the head with our sorrowful past.

It will be a healing story, with an ending we haven't seen before. 

Whenever I see images of slavery I wonder, how on earth did they survive that

After three years of unemployment, selling my house for less than I paid for it, replacing my broken-down car with one I could live in if I have to, and, like millions of other Americans, watching my savings dwindle to zero; I think I found an answer. 

Those slaves have much to teach us about survival. 

I want to dig into the dreadful wound of Mississippi history with ten thousand points of light and excavate those lessons and share them with the world. 

 But I can't do it alone. 

Mississippi Justice
Mississippi Justice

I'm thrilled artists can now get support for their work directly from passionate backers via Kickstarter and so grateful for your willingness to help me birth this book.  

I only have 4 DAYS to raise these funds!

HOW YOU CAN HELP:

(1) MAKE A DONATION - no donation is too small or too large! Click on "Back this Project" to donate and receive exclusive incentives.

(2) SPREAD THE WORD - Share this Kickstarter page with family, friends, co-workers, book lovers, and art enthusiasts!

Special thanks to Moby for granting permission to use "Ghost Return," Piko Ewoodzie for his "Cotton" photograph and Jody Kim for her beautiful paintings.

Risks and challenges Learn about accountability on Kickstarter

The main challenge will be researching a possible murder without getting tangled up in the case and completing the writing of the book on schedule. I need to spend extended time in Mississippi and can do it while flying under the radar with the help of allies there. Since I have been able to complete three previous novels, I am confident I will manage time wisely and work around any scheduling challenges.

FAQ

Have a question? If the info above doesn't help, you can ask the project creator directly.

Ask a question
47
Backers
$2,848
pledged of $15,598 goal
0
seconds to go
  • Pledge $1 or more
    You selected

    1 backer

    I offer my deepest gratitude.

    Estimated delivery:
  • Pledge $5 or more
    You selected

    0 backers

    My deepest gratitude. I will place your name on the Matron/Patron Saints list on my website.

    Estimated delivery:
  • Pledge $10 or more
    You selected

    4 backers

    Please accept this heartfelt thanks. Your name will appear on the Matron/Patron Saints list on my website and you'll receive project updates.

    Estimated delivery:
  • Pledge $20 or more
    You selected

    6 backers

    Thank you. I offer my deepest gratitude and a set of postcards of the touch book cover (International backers please add $10 shipping fee). Your choice of digital edition of book - Web-based, Kindle, Nook, iPad -- delivered December 2015. Your name will be posted on the Matron/Patron Saints list on my website. You'll receive project updates.

    Estimated delivery:
    Add $10 USD to ship outside the US
  • Pledge $25 or more
    You selected

    11 backers

    Thank you, thank you. I offer my deepest gratitude and a set of notecards of the touch book cover -- delivered December 2012 (International backers please add $10 shipping fee). Your name will appear on the Matron/Patron Saints list on my website and you'll receive project updates, as well as a copy of the hardcover edition of the book -- to be delivered December 2015.

    Estimated delivery:
    Add $10 USD to ship outside the US
  • Pledge $40 or more
    You selected

    3 backers

    Thank you thank you thankyou. I offer my deepest gratitude plus a poster of the touch book cover (International backers please add $10 shipping fee). Your name will appear on the Matron/Patron Saints list on my website and you'll receive project updates along with a copy of the hardcover edition of the book -- to be delivered December 2015.

    Estimated delivery:
    Add $10 USD to ship outside the US
  • Pledge $50 or more
    You selected

    4 backers

    Thank you so much. I offer my deepest gratitude along with a touch T-shirt -- delivered December 2012 (International backers please add $15 shipping fee). Your name on the Matron/Patron Saints list on my website. Project updates. A copy of the hardcover edition -- delivered December 2015.

    Estimated delivery:
    Add $15 USD to ship outside the US
  • Pledge $60 or more
    You selected

    0 backers

    Muchas gracias. My deepest gratitude and a touch gift set -- notecards, postcards, poster -- delivered December 2012 (International backers please add $15 shipping fee). Your choice of digital edition of book - Web-based, Kindle, Nook, iPad -- delivered December 2015. Your name on the Matron/Patron Saints list on my website. Project updates.

    Estimated delivery:
    Add $15 USD to ship outside the US
  • Pledge $75 or more
    You selected

    0 backers

    Asante sana. I offer my deepest gratitude. A touch gift set -- notecards, postcards, poster -- delivered December 2012 (International backers please add $15 shipping fee). Your name on the Matron/Patron Saints list on my website. Project updates. A signed copy of the hardcover edition -- delivered December 2015.

    Estimated delivery:
    Add $15 USD to ship outside the US
  • Pledge $100 or more
    You selected

    4 backers

    Thankyou thankyou thankyou. My deepest gratitude plus a touch gift set -- notecards, postcards, poster, t-shirt -- delivered December 2012 (International backers please add $15 shipping fee). Acknowledgment in the book. Your name on the Matron/Patron Saints list on my website. Project updates. Signed copy of hardcover edition -- delivered December 2015.

    Estimated delivery:
    Add $15 USD to ship outside the US
  • Pledge $250 or more
    You selected

    3 backers

    I really can't thank you enough. I offer my deepest gratitude and 3 touch gift sets -- notecards, postcards, poster, t-shirt -- delivered December 2012 (International backers please add $20 shipping fee). Acknowledgment in the book. Your name on the Matron/Patron Saints list on my website. Project updates. A signed copy of the hardcover edition -- delivered December 2015.

    Estimated delivery:
    Add $20 USD to ship outside the US
  • Pledge $500 or more
    You selected

    1 backer

    I offer my deepest gratitude. 10 hours of online coaching/cheerleading for your writing project. 4 touch gift sets -- notecards, postcards, poster, t-shirt -- delivered December 2012 (International backers please add $20 shipping fee). Your name on the Matron/Patron Saints list on my website. Project updates. Acknowledgment in the book and a signed copy of the hardcover edition -- delivered December 2015.

    Estimated delivery:
    Add $20 USD to ship outside the US
  • Pledge $1,000 or more
    You selected

    0 backers

    None of the above. You no longer wish to view race relations with ordinary eyes. You are still a true believer in the audacity of hope and will settle for nothing less for future generations than a shift toward the positive in the way we treat each other and the earth. And maybe your name, or the name of a person of your choice, listed in the film credits, if a movie based on this book ever hits the screen.

    Estimated delivery:
Funding period

- (30 days)