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By Blair K. Hurm
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About

The story began years ago when my five year old niece Jessica asked me to tell her a story. When I asked her what kind of story she said: "Tell me a story about a pig named Arnie who wanted to be Santa Claus." I made something up on the spot and thought that was the end of it. Then the story started to take shape and the character of Arnie began to develop. It tells the story of a naive little pig who wants to be Santa Claus. The other pigs laugh at him, but Arnie refuses to give up on his dream. When he goes to the North Pole and meets the Big Guy himself he sees that being Santa Claus is a much bigger job than he had imagined. He is very sad when he realizes that he will never be able to accomplish his dream. But before he can leave Santa asks him to stay and help him deliver presents, and Arnie gets to experience the joy of giving. He even helps deliver presents to the mean pigs who made fun of him. I didn't realize it at the time, but I am Arnie the pig. More about that later.

The message is not only to keep dreaming, but to take action to make that dream a reality. We may not always accomplish exactly what we originally intend, but what we do accomplish in the pursuit of our dreams is often more imortant than the dream itself.

I have wanted to illustrate the book for years, but my talent for drawing is totally nonexistent. Even my stick men don't look like stick men. I considered submitting it to publishers, but didn't want to give up control of the illustrations. Then I met an amazing artist named Lars-Erik Robinson www.larsERArts.com and shared my vision for the book. Lars understood immeditately, and brought the character to life. When I saw his work I knew I had to complete this project. And my five year old niece who inspired the story? She's a Senior at LSU. Help!

Risks and challenges

The biggest challenge has been finding an illustrator for the project. This has already been overcome. Also, gettting the art work completed in time to meet the expected delivery date(s) of the project. Like most professional illustrators, the artist I am working with has periods of high demand, where he may not be able to devote as much time to my project as he would like. I do not anticipate this being a problem, but must consider it. For this reason I have allowed more time than expected for the completion of the art work and printing.

I am also concerned about whether my project is fully funded the first time around. I am prepared to re-submit my project, but would like to avoid having to do so. I believe I have a set realistic goal and am offering value for the support requested.

Another concern is the cost of self publishing the book I am funding. I have based my funding goal and backer rewards on information obtained from online publish on demand services. However, before launching the project I will obtain a written quote from the sevice I select.

Having considered the challenges, I am ready to move forward and look forward to getting started.

Thank you for considering my project.

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    An illustrated thank you card signed by both author and illustrator. Regular updates on the progress of the book. The heartfelt thanks of a newly published author.

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