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An adorable story about keeping hope in love alive.  Written for all ages and dedicated to you, for those times when you'll need it.
An adorable story about keeping hope in love alive. Written for all ages and dedicated to you, for those times when you'll need it.
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     Long ago I wrote a touching 11 stanza poem, "Hearts and Crafts." It tells the tale of a crafter, the "Heartsmith" who's special porcelain white heart is broken. Saddened, the Heartsmith builds another heart to replace it, which also gets broken and so on until the piece ends in a touching allegorical note about keeping one's heart open because "a breakable heart's a more lovely possession compared to a heart no one can touch." 

      'm finally illustrating this poem into a proper children's book and will self-publish it for now. Having donors pledge to the piece will motivate me to complete it and the eventual payoff will allow me the funds to give those donors a signed copy. 

     I will update everyone with the progress of the book, featuring completed illustrations on http://heartsandcraftsbook.blogspot.com/

     Also, I'll be asking for your advice, perhaps running designs for elements, backgrounds and such by YOU so that with your help I can make this book even more awesometacular.

     If the total funding goes up to $3,000.00 I'll be able to hire and work with a programmer to turn it into an animation-rich interactive e-book with a fully animated Heartsmith narrating it for you and turning your pages.

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    A Hearts and Crafts postcard sent as a big thanks. The biggest thanks I can afford to give at that level, I'm afraid.

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    A Hearts and Crafts postcard and stickers! What FUN!

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    A signed photo of the Heartsmith and Kaye. Plus stickers, why not?

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    A signed softcover copy of the book.

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    A signed hardcover copy of the book.

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    Two signed hardcover copies of the book. If I am able to get it programmed into an e-book you get a copy of that.

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    Two signed hardcover copies of the book plus a personalized flash animated thank-you from the Heartsmith and Kaye. Full music, voice acting, and animation. I'm a professional animator with a very talented voice actor. You will be thanked by name. Please include the pronunciation of your name so we get it right. If I am able to get it programmed into an e-book you get a copy of that.

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    Two signed hardcovers, the personalized animation, and a handmade clay Heartsmith or Kaye the harlequin setter heart. If I am able to get it programmed into an e-book you get a copy of that.

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    Two signed hardcovers, the animation, the mystery prize, and two more copies in whatever format you like. If I am able to get it programmed into an e-book you get a copy of that. If there's anything else you'd like that I may not have thought of, please feel free to ask and We'll discuss the feasibility of it.

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