About this project
TWO BIRTHS: A CHILD & A BOOK
Alphabet Living emerged while preparing for our son Julien's arrival. We began looking for children's books that conveyed themes of decency, mindfulness, and strength. Finding no alphabet book that tapped into the concepts we wanted to actively champion as parents, we decided to take matters into our own hands—for as the saying goes, when you want something done, do it yourself. And with that, we began writing Alphabet Living.
After an extremely difficult birth, and exhausted from the intensity of the experience, including the relief that Julien was going to be OK, we made a promise that we would realize Alphabet Living beyond our original intentions, scope, and vision. Julien's rough entry awakened something in the both of us. We came face-to-face with the duality of Life's fragility and Its potent force. We knew we had to step up our game in general, which also meant producing a book that was beyond compare. None of us are here for long, so why not do our best? I pointed my Ph.D. in a new direction, and with Hobo Dan, wrote and illustrated thebook presented in this Kickstarter campaign.
Four years after our son's birth, countless text revisions, several title changes, untold mouse clicks during the illustrating process (Hobo Dan claims it easily reached one million!), and a ridiculous number of sample printings, Alphabet Living is ready for its close-up!
Alphabet Living has evolved into a playful and sincere inspirational book, guided by a seed-like intention: It is our hope that the more you read it and/or hear its poems, the more its concepts and ideas will take root. Yes, it is an alphabet book, but within its covers is a layout of verse and imagery that inspires art-poetry-song-thoughtful conversation, etc. One reviewer referred to it as an "emotional literacy handbook—it engages and inspires ideas and creativity. It is not just a new alphabet book." Thanks for the kind words, J.S.!
Although we have future plans for other Alphabet Living fruit (e.g., computer application, etc.), what is of the utmost importance to us, is to print the first edition hardcover version.
We firmly believe there is no substitute for holding a good old fashioned book in your hands—snuggling up with a child and reading together, feeling the paper as you turn each page, being comforted by all of the fond memories a physical book evokes, and creating new memories with others.
Written and illustrated for people of all ages, Alphabet Living fosters meaningful reading experiences. It was created in such a way that parents and children will enjoy reading and learning from it.
Anyone can grow and evolve via the alphabet.
Each letter features the book's characters, Abby, Zeke, and their fearless companion Ay2zee, who is with them every step of the way! Abby, Zeke, and Ay2zee are sure to please, with engaging and thoughtful activities that capture the essence of each letter's respective word.
What started as a vision for one, has grown into something for many. May it help everyone to move through life with confident footsteps and as a force for good.
THE KICKSTARTER DETAILS:
This Kickstarter project will fund Alphabet Living's first edition print publication, written and illustrated by Dr. Bee & Hobo Dan. Hardcover, 11" x 8.5", and 62 pages in full color, we anticipate printing 1,000 books this fall—keeping the work in the U.S.A. (this is very important to us). Any extra raised would go to more printing.
THE BOOK IS COMPLETE.
We determined that self-publishing is, for us, the only route to maintaining creative control, which allows us to introduce Alphabet Living on our terms.
We hope you will enjoy reading it as much as we do!
THE KICKSTARTER REWARDS:
We have some creative, fun, and indulgent Alphabet Living rewards. Let's Kickstart this! There is something for everyone : ).
Rewards are positioned to the right side of this page and include: bracelets, flying discs, books (obviously!), and fine art.
Also, each Alphabet Living book obtained through Kickstarter will be signed by both Dr. Bee & Hobo Dan.
THE KICKSTARTER PROCESS:
WE MUST HIT OUR MONETARY GOAL, LEST WE GET ZIP, 0, NADA . . . THAT IS THE KICKSTARTER PLATFORM, AND IT WORKS—THANKS TO PEOPLE LIKE YOU!
AND . . .
Our sincere gratitude for your time and interest in Alphabet Living.
If you are moved to do so, we certainly would appreciate it if you joined the Alphabet Living family and help spread its messages. Let's take this viral!
As this whole process is new, we are not sure what may arise. Please feel free to email us at firstname.lastname@example.org with questions, or if you have ideas/suggestions of ways to collaborate.
We will create a FAQ page as needed. Both Hobo Dan and I and look forward to reconnecting with old friends and making new ones!
If you’re not sure how this whole Kickstarter thing works, check out their FAQ page.
* All Alphabet Living fine art prints will be created by Marco Fine Arts, Inc. (www.marcofinearts.com). They are one of the largest specialty printing house in the country, producing the finest quality limited editions. All Alphabet Living prints have an edition size of 99, are signed and numbered (S/N) by both Dr. Bee & Hobo Dan, are sized to scale (approx 10 x 6.75), and come with a Certificate of Authenticity. The only exception to this is the first print offered (GRATITUDE: reward level #4). This edition size will depend upon the Kickstarter campaign.
** The Alphabet Living portfolio will also be created by Marco Fine Arts, Inc. (www.marcofinearts.com). The Alphabet Living portfolio has an edition size of 99, is signed and numbered by Dr. Bee & Hobo Dan, and comes with a Certificate of Authenticity. Layout is a surprise, but it will most definitely have WOW factor!
We are very excited about our fine art prints and portfolio. You are going to love them!
Domestic backers (U.S. or Canada) please add $3 to help us with the cost of shipping—we'll cover the rest.
International backers (outside the U.S. or Canada) please add $18 to help us with the cost of shipping—we'll cover the rest (apologies for the price, but it is quite expensive when shipping across the ocean).
We hope your interest has been piqued! We will disclose other Alphabet Living letter layouts in updates, address common questions, and simply check in as our Kickstarter campaign progresses.
Cheers, and thanks for your time!
Here is a YouTube link to our Alphabet Living video:
Authentic, Beauty, Courage, Dreams, Exercise, Forgiveness, Gratitude, Humor, Imagination, Joy, Kindness, Love, Music, Nature, Open, Peace, Questioning, Respect, Solitude, Trust, Unity, Voice, Wisdom, eXperience, Yearning, Zest.
There are several reasons:
1) You may have kids someday.
2) You may know someone who has kids and want to gift them a copy of Alphabet Living.
3) You may be interested in the philosophical underpinnings of each word.
4) You may want a first edition copy.
5) You want to support our endeavor, irrespective of child status.
6) You appreciate a grassroots movement.
7) You want to back a winner!
This was an oversight on our part.
We should have put the shipping reminders at the end of each reward level ($3 for domestic and $18 for international: these amounts don't cover it all, but help). The reward levels that already have pledges cannot be changed.
What this means is if you have already pledged without adding shipping, you can go back and amend your pledge to account for the shipping. For domestic pledges, no worries; we'll chalk it up to an error on our end (school can be expensive : ). For international pledges, we'll have to work something out.
We apologize for any confusion.
Alphabet Living conveys universal messages that are timeless. Though the context is alphabetical, the messages and imagery exist in a realm without boundaries.
We say give it a chance. Go beyond the surface of its ABC framework and see how it resonates. It influences everyone differently!
Its primary intention is to help make the world a better place! How can that be anything but good?
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