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BOOK: American backpacker plays her white violin for penguins on a isolated Antarctica ice field and attracts a Russian spy!

Park City, UT Nonfiction
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Welcome to my 'novel' true story Kickstarter Campaign! Thanks for visiting and reading my book proposal and thanks for caring about our penguins and our planet. 

SOUND THE ALARM!

Please share my video and link back to my Kickstarter campaign on Facebook, Twitter, blogs, etc. XOX

LIKE ME on MY CAMPAIGN BLOG PLEASE 
http://antarcticaeyewitness.blogspot.com/2013/09/kickstarter-campaign-blog-2013.html

WHAT IS MY DREAM?

Beyond my personal dream to have this work read and published, my ultimate dream is to do something profound to help preserve our precious penguins and sustain planet earth so future generations can enjoy life as we have known it during our lifetimes. There has been a lot of dialogue regarding the changing climate among the scientific community, but my aim is to delicately knit my "mostly" true Antarctica travel narrative with planet conscious awareness. With your support and kindness perhaps we, as a human species, can take a few giant steps for mankind. That's my ultimate dream, but I gotta start somewhere!:)

Kickstarter Campaign

FYI, this Kickstarter campaign is an "all or nothing" campaign that lasts for only a few weeks. Pretty, please - check out the "REWARDS LINEUP" and becme an ambassador and pledge today if your heart feels good about it. THANK YOU! XOX

What a great way to help the artistic and inventive reach their dreams and goals and make new friends across the planet!
Ten hugs for Kickstarter!

                                                             Morningstar, the Hermitess

My campaign blog is located on my Antarctica Eyewitness blog, http://antarcticaeyewitness.blogspot.com/2013/09/kickstarter-campaign-blog-2013.html Follow along with my experience and progress. Thanks so much!

PLEASE LIKE MY ANTARCTICA EYEWITNESS FACEBOOK PAGE https://www.facebook.com/pages/Antarctica-Eyewitness/652040244835614  - SUPER THANK YOU!

"Backpacking Antarctica with a White Violin"
Forlorn American backpacker plays her white violin for penguins on a deserted Antarctica ice field and attracts the attention of a lonely Russian spy. 

Yes, this backpacker was me:) 

The Book Genre - A 'novel' true travel story and photographic journey based on a true story.

The Book Premise - As the vessel tossed me about the ship while it dared the Drake Passage, wondrous mysteries were beginning to unfold among the passengers, all of whom were some of the most interesting characters ever dodging one another in a swaying dining room of flying plates.

Thread notation:
Aboard this ship were the grandsons of the famous Antarctica explorers Shackleton and Scott along with an NBC news crew which added a layer of remarkable diversity to the mix of personalities on board this research ship.

Shackleton and Scott were invited to give presentations on the perils of their progenitors, but however enthralling their lectures and slide shows, they couldn't compete with the motley mix of ship denizens who wandered the decks with Dramamine and unlit Cuban cigars, with odd musical instruments and satellite spy equipment.

                 I wasn't exaggerating
            about the spy equipment!I

Yet underlying all the confusion and reverberation, sliced somewhere between the gourmet dining and evening cocktails, something else was tick, tick, ticking. It came and it went. It went up and it went down. It manifested itself in obvious ways and then faded into the shadows. It was a feeling, a lingering sensation about the only single man aboard, a Russian I nicknamed, Sly the Spy. When I looked for him he was no where to be found. When I least expected it, he was just next to me, a little flirty smirk shining from his otherwise pursed lips, strumming his mandolin. I have to admit, he almost had me at "hello beautiful" (actually "Ti takAya krasIvaya" translated for me by an odd English chap with a a Pinocchio nose). What effectively peaked my curiosity about the Russian, other than his piercing aquamarine eyes, was his strange secret antennas, his professional camera equipment, a wallet stuffed with hundred dollar bills, and his cleverly executed Houdini acts. 

This is the front side of the icy slope where I played my violin for the penguins! And broke my elbow! And fell in love!
This is the front side of the icy slope where I played my violin for the penguins! And broke my elbow! And fell in love!

Once the ship had braved the Drake Passage and found some less volatile water, we all downed our sea sickness meds, had a gigantic breakfast, and disembarked in our zodiacs, eight people at a time. We dressed in thick woolens and masks like overstuffed creatures skinned in yellow slicks. I hid my white violin within my layers, not wanting to be discovered. I had a plan to hike to the opposite side of the mountain and play my heart out for the throng of new penguin mothers and their babies.

Penguin babies are too cute to behold!
Penguin babies are too cute to behold!

My theory about music and animals required testing. Would they notice how bad I played or not? Remember 'Out of Africa' and the record player in the wild Savannah? Yeah, that sort of nonsense mixed with a bit of 'Sound of Music' inspiration. Luckily, I have a decent voice that afforded the ability to drown out the shriek of my violin masterpiece!

What I didn't prepare for, was just what happened. The spy spied on me from the mountain top with his long range binoculars and caught me red handed, or rather WHITE handed, my white violin in my hands and at my chin. Oh the tears of embarrassment! I laughed so hard at myself, tears rolled down my cheeks.

 And that's how it all started. 

That thing, that crazy, wacky, misty and glorious thing that lurks in the shadows of the heart finally revealed itself, opening a door to a world beyond anything I ever imagined. 

After the Russian and I concluded our laughing recital, we sat in the snow and he handed me a red apple from his pack telling me it had healing properties. At least I think that is what he said. I hoped it could heal my violin playing, I explained, and he nodded with a little glimmer in his eyes. 

Before I could finish the apple, the sun disappeared and it began to snow and we feared we might miss the last zodiac of the day. The falling snow mixed with various sizes of hail became a whiteout in less than three minutes as we huddled together struggling back up the hill, then slipping all over the ice on the way back down the other side. Then the wind picked up. To hurry over windy hills with new icy snow atop hidden ancient ice wasn't such a good idea. I slipped and fell against an ice boulder and felt something crack in my elbow. He reached to help me up, but the pain was too excruciating and I told him just to leave me there, to go catch the boat, save himself, but he refused or maybe he just didn't understand. "Bol'shoye spasibo!" Thank you very much was just about the only Russian phrase I knew! 

There among the whitest of whites in the world, among the honking penguins and incoherent elephant seals lounging by the shoreline, there on the peak of no mans land, light snow falling all around us, he looked at me in just a certain way, a slight smile on his lips, knowing in his eyes, and my heart blossomed like a new red bud in spring. 

The hermit and the spy - to be continued... 

MANUSCRIPT
The manuscript will have a maximum of 120,000 words, some of my Antarctica photography and will incorporate the following themes:

1. Traveling (as a backpacker) & Antarctica advice via story line
2. Scientific data on climate change in Antarctica
3. Historical threads as simile - camping now vs then
4. Planet - circle of life begins and ends in Antarctica
5. The life and times of Antarctic wildlife, penguins and krill
6. Comical chronicles of the eccentric - laugh your guts out stuff! 
7. Philosophical underpinnings
8. Psychological undertones
9. 'White' as metaphor
10. Love, laughter and a little bit of violin music! 

 KRILL threadDid I mention this keystone species in the Southern Ocean? The krill thread will make you laugh and break your heart. Watch for it! Meantime, here's a short krill snippet for your entertainment. Click on the krill photo!

        

Story Pitch Conclusion
And so, that's sort of the not-so-fast pitch or outline. I'm hoping you'd like to see the story come to life in all it's glory and detail. It is a true story. It's a crazy story and if you don't mind, I would enjoy writing it as a 'novel' based on a true story or as I call it a "novel" true story. With this unique genre narrative, I can make use of the "creative privileges" I'm accustom to using in my novel writing and in the process create a new-fangled genre of writing. 

Even though 'Backpacking Antarctica with a White Violin" is almost an unbelievable story, it seems to me like a fresh story, one that hasn't been told a thousand times. 

LIKE THE STORY ON FACEBOOK - THIS REALLY HELPS!
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SUPPORT A DREAM

WHY my Antarctica story NOW?

THE WORLD CAN CHANGE YOUR SOUL.

I have a LOT of very gripping stories to write, all tucked in bins with pink and blue ribbons buried in dark closets, but after sketching out a few Kickstarter campaigns for various books and projects, I decided to focus on the one I thought was the most timely, the one that might contribute most to protecting our planet. I believe my Antarctica story has relevance to serious global concerns at this moment in time and therefore may be more widely read. Additionally, an entertaining story has a better chance of making it t the big screen, which my ultimate intention.

ANTARCTICA EYEWITNESS
If the ice keeps melting, all eighteen penguin species are in trouble. In two of the Antarctica species I filmed, the population has declined by fifty percent over the past thirty years! 

I'm no scientist, but during my time on the white icy slopes, I became a set of neutral eyes on the ground, I became very concerned eyes on the ground, but I wasn't the only set of eyes on the ground.

Welcome to the Continent!
Welcome to the Continent!

NBC TODAY
NBC was there with their TODAY crew, filming a story or two themselves. In fact, Kerry Sanders has used some of my footage (with permission) in his TODAY piece (listen to the background voice shouting "Oh, my goodness!" - that' my video capture! 

You can see the Today piece at the following link. http://www.today.com/video/today/51131772 and you can see the other TODAY piece, along with my same video capture on Kerry's other piece, here http://www.nbcnews.com/video/nbc-news/51014400/#51014400 

THANK YOU KERRY! Here's the NBC link to my video capture with credits - http://www.nbcnews.com/video/nbc-news/51060599/#50997500

Sorry, for the asides. Are you still with me?
So anyway, It is one thing to listen to the various debates about climate change and excess man-made pollution and quite another to see it happening in front of your face. The planet IS sick - it's not just a theory! Hearing the fears from those who spend a good deal of their year in Antarctica, I had my head turned. I'm really scared about the decreasing ice, decreasing krill, my penguin friends and the future of their families. Look how darn personable they are!

Penguins are so much like people, their little bodies going about their business without a care in the world. They probably don't know their numbers are dwindling. They just keep smiling!
Penguins are so much like people, their little bodies going about their business without a care in the world. They probably don't know their numbers are dwindling. They just keep smiling!

But they are in danger! For instance, the temperature at a research station in the middle of West Antarctica has warmed by 4.4 degrees Fahrenheit since 1958. 

PENGUIN PLIGHT - 50% loss of some penguin species!

Warming temperatures = ice melt
1.Jeopardizes the safety of penguin breeding areas
2.Harms their food supply - krill need ice to survive and thrive
3.Causes increased chick and adult mortality 

Climate oddness is being experienced all over the world. Everyone agrees on that. BUT, it shouldn't be happening before our eyes like this! 

Nowadays it isn't possible to participate in an Antarctica expedition and ignore your eyes and ears regarding the acceleration of ice melt. For the TODAY show piece on the ice melt and possibly some more of my footage, please click on the following links.

http://www.today.com/video/today/51131772#51118900 or http://www.nbcnews.com/video/nbc-news/51060599/#51140448

"Dancing with the Stars" - 1st Place Wildlife Photo Competition
"Dancing with the Stars" - 1st Place Wildlife Photo Competition

I believe a love story set in Antarctica will allow readers a first hand account of what is happening at the South Pole, both lovely and alarming. Although, I am really a "save-the-penguins" activist, I am also concerned about the rapidity with which we are losing ice and gaining sea level rise, losing important species, and gaining a crazy climate.

Since few people ever get the opportunity to visit Antarctica in person, the mega importance of this continent is NOT really in the forefront of public consciousness. It is my hope, that by way of my story, more people will stop to think about Antarctica and begin to worry about the health and well-being of this land mass and it's significance to the continued existence of life as we know it. So this current event is the main reason I selected THIS particular project for my first Kickstarter campaign. The rest of my story projects must wait a while longer in their dark hiding places.

Did you know - Each member of the King penguin family has their own distinctive voice? AMAZING! Their own distinctive voice!
Did you know - Each member of the King penguin family has their own distinctive voice? AMAZING! Their own distinctive voice!

      A Little History about the Hermit!

There is likely a reason I live in a cabin at eight thousand feet with a few thousand books instead of a mate, but that doesn't really mean I am a staunch, undeviating, unkempt hermit, but that may be what people tend to whisper about me. In a way, I suppose I like being a hermit, or really, a hermitess, among the sweet smell of the pines, in a peaceful place where there is time to ponder the meaning of life. Yesterday I saw a beautiful deer and her Bambi baby. Today, from my kitchen window, I watched a fox snooping around. Tomorrow the moose may come back with her yearling. How awesome is that? On the other hand, I don't believe I would cherish this lifestyle as much if I didn't have the contrast of chaos that abides in the big cities of my three-month-long annual trips.

As a successful entrepreneur who ran five businesses concurrently in the 80's and 90's, I can accomplish any task I put my mind to. With that said, I have put almost all my writing and painting projects on hold for the past 6 years because I knew that some of the places I wanted to see and experience in the world would be gone if I waited much longer. Tibet was one of those places and if you know even a little about that situation, you'll understand what I was thinking.To know more about Tibet you are welcome to visit the Wild Yak Adventures website I created for my two Tibetan private guide friends. www.tibetanwildyakadventures.com

Yes, indeed, I am concerned about this magnificent and mysterious place! My sensitivities have been awakened! The ice fields are cracking off and the seas are polluted even as far south as Antarctica!
Yes, indeed, I am concerned about this magnificent and mysterious place! My sensitivities have been awakened! The ice fields are cracking off and the seas are polluted even as far south as Antarctica!

Since my Antarctica extravaganza earlier this year, I've now traveled to every continent and I have even lost count of how many countries. The single travelers' life may be exciting and enthralling, but it also can resemble the cave of a hermit at times. Unlike most American travelers, I have never enjoyed the limitations of group travel so basically I'm a lone traveler who either lives with locals, stays in hostels, works in orphanages or otherwise lives among the people I visit. I may not know every tourist site in every place I have been, but I know the culture, I understand and appreciate the lives of the locals, and I have developed precious friendships I cherish.

Along the way there has been danger, intrigue, fear and suffering, both at home and abroad. Along the way I have experienced some of the most tender moments of my days on earth. Illusive as love can seem, I have enjoyed more than my share of enduring connections and poignant farewells.

     The World Can Change Your Soul

As a quasi backpacker (gave up the big pack a few years back) I know the ropes of cheap travel, but it's not because I didn't have the funds to travel like other westerners, it's because I found my kindred people among travelers who understood that traveling, that being in other places among strange cultures and customs and religions wasn't about tour buses and filling the eyes with ancient sites. Do you recall the television series, 'I Led Three Lives"? Well, my sort of travel is more about "living a series of extremely different lives" rather than gathering snapshots of pretty tourist attractions. Now that I have lived so many unusual lives, I need to write and publish those incredibly crazy, strange and life-altering experiences - beginning with my Antarctica adventure.

The world has the power to change the soul if you sit still long enough.                                                              Marilyn Morningstar

THE WORLD CAN CHANGE YOUR SOUL and that is part of the message of "Backpacking Antarctica with a White Violin."

So with that brief explanation, I hope you can see why I have put my creative life on hold for so many years, put my writing projects away in a closet, and only recently set up my easel and palette again. Besides, with the banking disaster, as shocking as it is, I am no longer secure, I am living on the edge and I must find a way to make a living again. It' has come to this - either EARN INCOME via finishing my book projects or give up the philanthropic projects I support like my orphanage site, You can get a feel for my writing skills on this website also. Worldwide Orphanages. www.worldwideorphanages.com or my last novel, "The Last Snapshot". www.marilynmorningstar.com/snapshot.htm

We are born, we exist and we leave. Time stands still for no one. If we miss our chance to do the thing we are called to do, we will never get a second chance.

I have dozens of new stories to write, but this one tears at my heart. Through this campaign I HOPE to find an agent or publisher, but if I don't, I will self publish. I avoided that option like the plague for years, but self publishing is no longer looked down upon. 'Ratings' have changed everything! Amazon has an amazing publishing program and even offers promotional packages. It's time I get busy. 

Timeline
Honestly, I've only written the first few pages of this story and that might not seem like a lot, but the beginning is always the most difficult part. I suspect I will spend another good week on those three pages before I am satisfied. The rest will be gravy - NOT! However, once I get rolling I can produce quite a number of pages everyday. Ah, starting! Well, my Kickstarter program won't be over until mid-November so I have scheduled myself to begin writing seriously November 1st and work through December 15th. I will be back at it January 15th at the latest, and work through May. So by May I should be done writing the book (HOPEFULLY!) and placing my photographs. I am not sure what editor I am going to use, but the editing process can take 30-60 days or longer depending on the editor.

Printing
My intention is to produce the hardback version of the book in high resolution, offset printing on high quality print paper combined with photo stock inserts, with a fold out page for the premier shots of the trip. I have discovered that it is far too expensive to use a vanity press for a project like this, not to mention the size limitations. Therefore I will be using a printer with experience in this type of book, but that requires running off more copies since they don’t do small runs. Of course, I need to complete the storytelling,  but I have started laying out the book just to get an idea of how it will look. Although the story-line must be captivating, I want the colorful prints to be stunning and eye catching since one of the key purposes of the book is to allow the readers to ‘feel’ Antarctica, to fall in love with Antarctica and to thereby want to protect Antarctica and its creatures.

Rewards
Meantime, I can be preparing some of my Kickstarter reward packages during May and June, Hopefully in July the book will go to print and be ready to send out by the end of the month. August will be spent on making sure every single Backer has been sent their reward plus, for some Backers, a little unexpected surprise package to show my appreciation. In September I will begin to ship out copies of the books to libraries and other book outlets.

Stretching

If I have promotional funds left over, I will begin to plan my promotional campaign lecture tour for the fall. If not, I might consider creating a second Kickstarter campaign to fund the promotional campaign and the film.

The Annoying Numbers 

I tried to calculate all the printing (so expensive when including color photography!), editing, shipping, paper and ink, and Kickstarter rewards, but I'm sure I left stuff off. 

Oops! See!
"Kickstarter Fees & Reward Fulfillment" include: - Kickstarter takes a 5% fee from the funds collected. - Amazon payments takes another 3-5% for credit card processing. - My estimated printing and mailing expenses for Kickstarter rewards (excluding shipments outside the US, to which a shipping fee is added) and interview expenses with Antarctica experts like Paul Niklen (interviews to also be used in film next year). 

I've never done this before, so, of course, I've forgotten a dozen more things! Still, I WILL make this happen with your gracious enthusiasm, I promise you that!

FUTURE STRETCH GOALS

If this goal is reached and I'm lucky enough to consider stretch goals it would be fantastic if some of my Kickstarters would be willing to put in some pledges for promotion via a college lecture tour. Like a movie production or even a product, you can have a wonderful product, a wonderful book, but without the proper promotion and exposure, that wonderful product can sit in storage for years. And since my stories have already endured decades of dark spaces, I'm hoping 'Backpacking Antarctica with a White Violin' never has to endure that fate! But seriously, getting out and about, speaking to young adults about the diminishing penguin populations and getting the book into readers hands is going to take a lot of work and stamina, not to mention money. I realize this is a stretch goal, so I won't elaborate at the moment.

When the tour is over and the buzz remains, my intention is to create a series of young children's TRAVEL/ART books, entitled,Morningstar Universe, one of which I already started on Antarctica, named Mr. Penguins Plight! OR, if I get super lucky, I will get to that series AFTER I produce the "Backpacking Antarctica with a While Violin" FILM! Luckily I live about 20 miles from Robert Redford and the Park City Film Festival! Oh, I'm so excited just thinking about all the possibilities!  

My ultimate STRETCH GOAL, which maybe belongs to another Kickstarter campaign would be to make a full-length feature film of 'Backpacking Antarctica with a White Violin'. My experience as a director and producer is limited to a small theater I once owned and operated, 'Treasure House Theater', but producing a film has always been on my list of lifetime goals. Having a Kickstarter fan club behind me surely would give me the impetus to keep moving forward with my goals!

So, maybe you guessed...I'm hoping you'll support my dreams! If YES, you are a true-blue angel. If YES, I will be jumping up and down in my PJ's in front of my fireplace at my cabin (just imagine it...silly...goofy...giddy - maybe I should invite the neighbors over for popcorn?) Ok, I promise to film that event and email it to you with a big kiss for your support!

Other Ways to Help

Stand on top of the nearest mountain with a loud speaker and scream as loud as you can so your friends, neighbors, sisters, brothers (I could just use the word 'siblings', but it sounds prettier this way), aunts and uncles (otherwise known as family members), co-workers and especially FACEBOOK and Twitter friends can hear about my Kickstarter Project. Or, if you don't want to scream, these are the other alternatives: Tweet, let your fingers fly! Or another cool idea, invite the entire neighborhood to your house for a free BBQ, but don't let them eat until they make a pledge! Hehe! Or, get the neighborhood kids together to offer a "Support a Dream" carwash. Then share my Kickstarter campaign page and ask the customers if they would like to make a small pledge to help my dream come true. You get the idea. There are lots of ways to spread the word and support the dream!

HELPING ROLES FOR THE MORE SERIOUS MINDED

Would you tell me what you think, your opinion, offer any suggestions, be a reader or editor, help in any way? BTW, if you know any of the following like-minded, environmental friendly, would you give them a holler, send an email with a link to this campaign? Supercalifragilisticeexpialidocious!

Leonardo DeCaprio

George Clooney
Cameron DiazRobert RedfordKate BlanchettEd Begley, Jr.Edward NortonDaryl Hannah Julia Louis-DreyfusPierce Brosnan Will FerrellTom HanksBrad PittMatt DamonJulia RobertsMatt DillionCharlice TheronBill MoyerMichael MooreAl GoreTed TalksPBSBBC

YOU ARE MY FAMILY, MY FRIENDS AND MY COMMUNITY!

They say on Kickstarter that the only way to reach your goal is from the participation of your friends, neighbors and family. Well, just to let you know, you're it. You're my family, in a very philosophical way, in a global way, in an online way, and you will soon be my new best friends! I DO have over 500 friends on Facebook and another 300 travelers I've met along the way, but as far as a community, as far as support and willingness to commit money on behalf of my success, that takes a special personality, a truly emphatic person who FEELS the joy for the success of others. I experience that joy every time I am able to make life a little better for an orphan, every time I spare some short change for someone less fortunate than myself, every time I do my small share to support another Kickstarter campaign and see it succeed. It is this camaraderie that makes us a true community of same-minded people. 

Namaste
With your willingness, with you speaking to your friends and relatives about my project, I'm sure this project is going to happen! So, let me know if you have questions. I'm happy to correspond with all kind souls who offer pocket advice for hermits.:)

THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR YOUR TIME, INTEREST, SUPPORT, HELP AND ENTHUSIASM. Thank you in advance for anything you do to help me achieve this dream even if you just spread the word. 

"Above all, I hope all my Backers will pledge their hearts to protecting the planet and act upon THAT pledge each and every day. That would be the fastest way to really make a difference."                                       Morningstar 

SWEET SUPPORT 
I will be eternally grateful to anyone who believes in me and with enough enthusiasm to make a financial pledge. 

Do you think I look silly with two sets of glasses on? I look silly, I know I do, but there is a story behind those wind goggles, a pretty funny story, but don't worry, I'm not going to hold out on you. The goggle story will be in the book! :)
Do you think I look silly with two sets of glasses on? I look silly, I know I do, but there is a story behind those wind goggles, a pretty funny story, but don't worry, I'm not going to hold out on you. The goggle story will be in the book! :)

 PLEASE JOIN THE COALITION AND SIGN THE PETITION TO PROTECT THE LAST GREAT WILDERNESS OF ANTARCTICA, AND YES, MY LITTLE MUSICAL FRIENDS, THE PENGUINS. THANK YOU!

CLICK HERE TO SIGN NOW!

Risks and challenges

This will be a brand new book. Most books take a year or two to write. However, this book is not going to take any research. This book is coming right from my memory. That's not to say I won't have to do eight re-writes, but my intention is to start in October and have it finished, at least the first or second draft in six-seven months. That might be unrealistic on my part. I could have an emergency. My computer, which is nearly trash, may give up on me and set me back. I could die laughing at myself because the story gets pretty hysterical at times. I could use a few readers, actually, very avid readers or a volunteer editor, but otherwise I WILL be dependent on an editors timeline once my work is done. Publishing without a professional edit is not wise. Another set of eyes can catch an error the writer will miss a dozen times. Then we get to printing, which appears pretty straight forward, but honestly, I've never self published before. Maybe a publisher may pick me up and everything will run smoothly, but there is the chance that their process could set back the time frame. There are a lot of variables even though it seems like I just need to write a book, but I can say this about myself: I don't make promises I don't keep and I will nearly kill myself before I will alter my commitment in any way. I could fall sick. I could have an accident or a family emergency. If it goes beyond my control, then yes, that's a sort of issue everyone needs to understand. Believe me, if you follow my blog and updates on Kickstarter you will be informed regularly as to how the project is moving. You might have noticed, I'm a writer who doesn't mind writing! LOL

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    DREAM SUPPORTER! For those who just want to support the dream of a lifetime, please allow me to thank you profusely on your Facebook page with a link back to the 'Backpacking Antarctica with a White Violin". THANKS A KAJILLION!

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    PENGUIN PLIGHT SUPPORTER!
    For those who just want to HELP SAVE THE PENGUINS, please allow me to thank you profusely on your Facebook page with a link back to the 'Backpacking Antarctica with a White Violin". THANKS A KAJILLION! Oh, and by the way, you are invited to participate in the writing of the book, by submitting your PENGUIN names under the COMMENT section. The WINNING names will be announced via an UPDATE by a couple weeks after the end of the campaign, along with reserve names, just in case my penguins have babies! I can't wait to see the names you come up with! Whoosh!

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    ANTARCTICA AMBASSADOR. All Ambassadors of my Kickstarter campaign will be featured IN THE BOOK by name. What is an Ambassador? Make this pledge, "I want to protect the planet and I promise to GET THE WORD OUT about this campaign via Facebook, blogs, Twitter, news media or any related online website. In each post include a link to this Kickstarter campaign. No tracking, no accounting required, but IF YOU WANT TO, keep a list of all the friends you got to pledge to my campaign, and send it in at the end of the campaign along with the total of their donations, and YOU might be one of the 5 TOP Ambassadors invited to not only my book release party, but to be an extra IN THE FILM, Backpacking Antarctica with a White Violin, which will hopefully fund in my next Kickstarter campaign. With your help, we can make the world wake up and protect the planet and save the penguins! Besides the above, I will write a personal thank you on YOUR Facebook and also via email with a large file, digital, complementary copyright jpeg version of the "Antarctica Backpacker" photograph used on the book cover with permission to print to any size print, including poster size. This particular photograph will have the book title and "Thank you, Kickstarter Ambassador" printed on it, along with the name of the book and the authors signature.

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    PENGUIN PLIGHT Research TEAM MEMBER. Do your part to help save the penguin populations in Antarctica, especially the Chinstrap Penguin. Help me research online for detailed information about penguins as I need it when writing the book. You may also wish to begin your research and start posting it to the Antarctica Eyewitness blog at http://antarcticaeyewitness.blogspot.com, my Antarctica blog. PRETTY PLEASE, only select this reward if you really LOVE penguins and can commit to their cause! XXOO

    In addition to being the first to read the book via your digital link, a BIG HUGE THANK YOU on your Facebook page will let the world know how much you care about the PLIGHT OF THE PENGUINS, Also you will receive a thank you email from Marilyn Morningstar with a large file, digital, complementary copyright jpeg version of the "Antarctica Backpacker" photograph used on the book cover with permission to print to any size print, including poster size. This particular photograph will have the book title and "Thank you, Kickstarter Contributor" printed on it, along with the authors signature.

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    LOVE STORY ENTHUSIAST.
    An inscribed paperback copy of the finished book will be mailed to you with an Antarctica scene thank you card photographed and made and signed by the author.

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    CAMPAIGN AMBASSADOR
    YOUR NAME IN THE BOOK as a Campaign Ambassador - YOU MADE IT HAPPEN LIST! Perfect for bloggers, Facebook junkies, computer buffs, twitterpatters, scientists, professors, students, writers, environmentalists, and penguin lovers! Thank you for supporting the PLIGHT OF THE PENGUINS and BACKPACKING ANTARCTICA WITH A WHITE VIOLIN! Your online help is really needed! If you have a Facebook page, a Twitter account and an email address book, I NEED YOUR HELP! You know, Kickstarter campaign success is all about having a ton of fans or a ton of Facebook friends or an entire cavalry of relatives, and sadly I'm a bit slim in these areas, SO, I thought it would be really cool, if you have the heart for it, to HELP (yes, that is me begging!) me with this campaign via your contacts and lists. What do you think?

    In each post include a link to this Kickstarter campaign. No tracking, no accounting required, but IF YOU WANT TO, keep a list of all the friends you got to pledge to my campaign, and send it in at the end of the campaign along with the total of their donations, and YOU might be one of the 5 TOP Ambassadors invited to not only my book release party, but to be an extra IN THE FILM, Backpacking Antarctica with a White Violin, which will hopefully fund in my next Kickstarter campaign. With your help, we can make the world wake up and protect the planet and save the penguins!

    An inscribed paperback copy of the finished book will be mailed to you with an Antarctica scene thank you card photographed and made and signed by the author, but THIS will not be just any old paperback or any old card, it will have my photo inside, with a custom note written directly to you for all your enthusiasm and support. PLUS, I will call you on your birthday and sing you a really cool happy birthday song for your special day. This is really a unique reward and I'm sorry, but I MUST limit it, otherwise I could lose my voice if I was singing everyday all year long!

    Wow, I'm excited to have you sponsor my Kickstarter campaign with your daily/weekly (whatever you can do is sooooooooo appreciated) blog posting, Facebook posting, emailing, Twitterpatting (wait, is that a word?), so PLEASE PLEASE choose this reward if you are game to help the penguins and me succeed! THANK YOU A QUADRILLION TIMES!

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    POETRY COLLABORATOR - LOVE.
    Your poem will be inside my book if it is selected as the winner. Submit your love poem before March 2014 and have it considered as the Poetry Collaborator LOVE Poem which will be inserted into the "Backpacking Antarctica with a White Violin" and printed with your name as contributor in all copies of the book. ONLY one will be selected as the official winner, although others may be considered as additional material (with your permission). Author reserves the right to select or not select, depending on the subjective nature of the selection process. ADDITIONALLY, an inscribed paperback copy of the finished book will be mailed to you, and a thank you email from author with a large file, digital, complementary copyright jpeg version of the "Antarctica Backpacker" photograph used on one of the book covers with permission to print to any size print, including poster size. This particular photograph will have the book title and "Thank you, Kickstarter Contributor" printed on it, along with the authors signature.

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    POETRY COLLABORATOR - PLANET. Your poem will be inside my book if it is selected as the winner. Submit your "SAVE THE PLANET" poem before March 2014 and have it considered as the Poetry Collaborator PLANET Poem which will be inserted into the "Backpacking Antarctica with a White Violin" and printed with your name as contributor in all copies of the book. ONLY one will be selected as the official winner, although others may be considered as additional material (with your permission). Author reserves the right to select or not select, depending on the subjective nature of the selection process. ADDITIONALLY, an inscribed paperback copy of the finished book will be mailed to you, and a thank you email from author with a large file, digital, complementary copyright jpeg version of the "Antarctica Backpacker" photograph used on the book cover with permission to print to any size print, including poster size. This particular photograph will have the book title and "Thank you, Kickstarter Contributor" printed on it, along with the authors signature.

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    POETRY COLLABORATOR - PENGUIN. Your poem will be inside my book if it is selected as the winner. Submit your "PROTECT THE PENGUINS" poem before March 2014 and have it considered as the Poetry Collaborator PENGUIN Poem which will be inserted into the "Backpacking Antarctica with a White Violin" and printed with your name as contributor in all copies of the book. ONLY one will be selected as the official winner, although others may be considered as additional material (with your permission). Author reserves the right to select or not select, depending on the subjective nature of the selection process. ADDITIONALLY, an inscribed paperback copy of the finished book will be mailed to you, and a thank you email from author with a large file, digital, complementary copyright jpeg version of the "Antarctica Backpacker" photograph used on the book cover with permission to print to any size print, including poster size. This particular photograph will have the book title and "Thank you, Kickstarter Contributor" printed on it, along with the authors signature.

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    BLOGGER CAMPAIGN AMBASSADOR
    If you LOVE TO BLOG, this is really a great opportunity to help protect the planet, save wildlife and specifically perky little penguins. They are so seriously adorable! If you LOVE TO BLOG, pretty please help me blog throughout my Kickstarter campaign and as much as you would like to after that, for my Antarctica Eyewitness blogspot. REWARD: YOUR NAME IN THE BOOK as a Blogger Ambassador - YOU MADE IT HAPPEN LIST! Perfect for bloggers, Facebook junkies, computer buffs, twitterpatters, scientists, professors, students, writers, environmentalists, and penguin lovers! In each post include a link to this Kickstarter campaign. No tracking, no accounting required, but IF YOU WANT TO, keep a list of all the friends you got to pledge to my campaign, and send it in at the end of the campaign along with the total of their donations, and YOU might be one of the 5 TOP Ambassadors invited to not only my book release party, but to be an extra IN THE FILM, Backpacking Antarctica with a White Violin, which will hopefully fund in my next Kickstarter campaign. With your help, we can make the world wake up and protect the planet and save the penguins! Thank you for supporting the PLIGHT OF THE PENGUINS and BACKPACKING ANTARCTICA WITH A WHITE VIOLIN! Your online help is really needed! To make a dent on behalf of future generations, we are going to need to get real serious about demanding that the big corporations and their lobbyists STOP the devastation of our planet and our wildlife. The truth is the penguin populations are in decline and using simple logic, the penguins decline is a striking indication of what will one day happen to the human populations if we don't stand up and persist in our efforts to stop the poisoning of the planet. Oh my, sorry about the rant, I know this is not the space for it, but YES, I am very worried about the PLIGHT OF THE PENGUINS and I would love some kinds souls to worry along side me. If you have the heart to help me with my efforts on behalf of penguin populations, I would seriously LOVE your help. Obsessive compulsive IS PERFECT! With a couple hundred bloggers, and maybe people who can put up some videos on YouTube and enough pressure on Washington (we SHALL stage a protest!) there is a chance that things could be turned around. PLEASE HELP if you can. You'd be entirely on your own, of course, but I know bloggers who LOVE TO BLOG are the biggest of all blessings in cases where it's all about the numbers. I will love you the rest of my life, if you do!

    So, yes, an inscribed paperback copy of the finished book will be mailed to you, and a thank you email from author with a large file, digital, complementary copyright jpeg version of the "Antarctica Backpacker" photograph used on the book cover with permission to print to any size print, including poster size. This particular photograph will have the book title and "Thank you, Kickstarter Contributor" printed on it, along with the authors signature AND an 8X10 signed photograph (professional head shot) of the author, inscribed to you for your special efforts on behalf of penguins and the book. And my lifetime of friendship! Thanks so much!

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    PROOF READER COLLABORATOR. Help me make this book the best it can be. Readers, i.e. exceptionally experienced readers with varying viewpoints and opinions can help a writer see past her own vision. I will only select a dozen readers from this group, otherwise, well you can see, time is of the essence! Your name will be printed in the book as a contributor/supporter. I super appreciate anyone who volunteers! For the pledge level, I pledge back to you a specially inscribed paperback copy of the finished book will be mailed to you along with an Antarctica scene thank you card photographed and made and signed by the author. Thank you email from author with a large file, digital, complementary copyright jpeg version of the "Antarctica Backpacker" photograph used on the book cover with permission to print to any size print, including poster size. This particular photograph will have the book title and "Thank you, Kickstart Contributor" printed on it, along with the authors signature.

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    RUSSIAN FACE ARTIST COLLABORATOR
    Please submit your "Russian Face" (male, 35) to be used in the book as the face of the lover/hero. Of course, I HAVE the real face, but, nope can't use it! A Russian Spy may not really appreciate his face slapped all over the world on or inside a book, so I agreed to create a representative face rather than to use his. After all, I would like to live long enough to complete this manuscript! Therefore, my artist fellows and misses, please send me your submissions and I will pick one, announcing it by the end of my campaign. If chosen from the submissions your 'Russian Face' will be used inside "Backpacking Antarctica with a White Violin" and printed with your name as contributor in all copies of the book. ONLY one will be selected as the official winner, You cannot imagine how excited I am that I thought to offer this as a reward, because although I am really great with oils, my actual drawing skills are pretty weak! So, thank you, thank you!

    Author reserves the right to select or not select, depending on the subjective nature of the selection process. ADDITIONALLY, an inscribed paperback copy of the finished book will be mailed to you. Additionally a thank you email from author with a large file, digital, complementary copyright jpeg version of the "Antarctica Backpacker" photograph used on the book cover with permission to print to any size print, including poster size. This particular photograph will have the book title and "Thank you, Kickstarter Contributor" printed on it, along with the authors signature.

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    BOOK COVER ARTIST & COLLABORATOR.
    Your ARTWORK will be used as the book cover, if chosen from the submissions. Submit your "BAWV" cover artwork before March 2014 and have it considered as the Cover Art Collaborator which will be used on the cover of "Backpacking Antarctica with a White Violin" and printed with your name as contributor in all copies of the book. ONLY one will be selected as the official winner, although others may be considered as additional material (with your permission). Author reserves the right to select or not select, depending on the subjective nature of the selection process. ADDITIONALLY, an inscribed paperback copy of the finished book will be mailed to you. Additionally a thank you email from author with a large file, digital, complementary copyright jpeg version of the "Antarctica Backpacker" photograph used on the book cover with permission to print to any size print, including poster size. This particular photograph will have the book title and "Thank you, Kickstarter Contributor" printed on it, along with the authors signature.

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    LOVE THE PLANET SUPPORTER.
    You will receive a DVD of Morningstar 2013 Antarctica photographs for home use, and also an inscribed paperback copy of the finished book will be mailed to you along with an Antarctica scene thank you card photographed and made and signed by the author.

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    BAWV MEMORABILIA COLLECTOR Jr.
    An inscribed paperback copy of the finished book will be mailed to you along with an Antarctica scene thank you card photographed and made and signed by the author. Additionally you will receive a DVD of Morningstar 2013 Antarctica photographs for home use and copy permissions for up to 4 photographs for personal use. Additionally you will receive the Morningstar Antarctica mouse pad for your wonderful support of my project.

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    EDITOR COLLABORATOR limited to TWO. This level is ONLY open to professional editors or retired professional editors (please provide credentials). I will select two from ten if I am lucky enough to get that many! Your name will be listed on the inside book cover as Editor Collaborator. Of all contributors, your contribution will make the biggest impact on the success of this book. Thanks so much. I am looking forward to developing a lifelong friendship and hopefully more collaboration on future projects. Let me send you a Fan Poster of my #1 Antarctica Landscape (not included in any other photograph DVD. I won first place for this landscape and I really want you to enjoy it for years to come.A super special inscribed hardback copy of the finished book will be mailed to you along with an Antarctica scene thank you card photographed and made and signed by the author. Additionally you will receive a DVD of Morningstar 2013 Antarctica photographs for home use and copy permissions for up to 4 photographs for personal use. Additionally you will receive the Morningstar Antarctica mouse pad for your wonderful support of my project. Wow, I'm excited to meet you!

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    SONG LYRICS & MUSIC CONTRIBUTOR.
    Your SONG LYRICS & MUSIC will be used in all promotional video or commercial promotions for "BAWV" if chosen from the submissions. Submit your "BAWV" song lyrics and music before March 2014 and have it considered as the Song Contributor for "Backpacking Antarctica with a White Violin". Your lyrics and song promotional information will be printed with your name as contributor in all copies of the book. (Possible consideration for use in the BAWV film should the film come to life - no promises!) ONLY one will be selected as the official winner, although others may be considered as additional material (with your permission). Author reserves the right to select or not select, depending on the subjective nature of the selection process. ADDITIONALLY, an inscribed HARDBACK copy of the finished book will be mailed to you. Additionally a thank you email from author with a large file, digital, complementary copyright jpeg version of the "Antarctica Backpacker" photograph used on the book cover with permission to print to any size print, including poster size. This particular photograph will have the book title and "Thank you, Kickstarter Contributor" printed on it, along with the authors signature.

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    FAN CLUB MEMBER & SUPPORTER
    You have joined my fan club! How to show my gratefulness? (well that would be impossible really) I'd like to offer to call you personally to thank you, no matter where you are in the world. I can speak some French and Spanish and have studied Italian in Venice (LOL) so if you speak a little English, I think we could have a fabulous conversation. I just LOVE making friends all over the world! In fact, hit me up on Facebook anytime! Marilyn Morningstar Books & Photography - Park City or Asheville. An inscribed paperback copy of the finished book will be mailed to you along with an Antarctica scene thank you card photographed and made and signed by the author. Additionally you will receive a DVD of Morningstar 2013 Antarctica photographs for home use and copy permissions for up to 4 photographs for personal use. Additionally you will receive the Morningstar Antarctica mouse pad for your wonderful support of my project.Plus, let me send you a Fan Poster of my #1 Antarctica Landscape (not included in any other photograph CD. I won first place for this landscape and I really want you to enjoy it for years to come.

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    GENUINE DREAM SUPPORTER! You don't want stuff, you just want to help make my dream come true. Of course, I would be thrilled with any pledge, but $100 would sure kickstart my campaign and I would be eternally grateful. Your wish is my command. Let me know if you would like any of the rewards listed on the other $100 level pledge. If not, at least accept a thank you card and a phone call, as you wish. THANK YOU SO MUCH!

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    BAWV MEMORABILIA COLLECTOR Sr.
    Your donation will REALLY help me get started. Thanks so much. Let me send you a Fan Poster of my #1 Antarctica Landscape (not included in any other photograph DVD. I won first place for this landscape and I really want you to enjoy it for years to come.An inscribed paperback copy of the finished book will be mailed to you along with an Antarctica scene thank you card photographed and made and signed by the author. Additionally you will receive a DVD of Morningstar 2013 Antarctica photographs for home use and copy permissions for up to 4 photographs for personal use. Additionally you will receive the Morningstar Antarctica mouse pad for your wonderful support of my project.

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    LANDSCAPE GIGLEE PACKAGE.
    You have joined my fan club. Thank you so much! Let me send you a beautiful limited edition, 8X10 signed and numbered wrapped canvas giclee of my #1 Antarctica Landscape (not included in any other photograph CD except the one I am sending to you. No framing needed to hang. I won first place for this landscape and I really want you to enjoy it for years to come. An inscribed hardback copy of the finished book will be mailed to you along with an Antarctica scene thank you card photographed and made and signed by the author. Additionally you will receive a DVD of Morningstar 2013 Antarctica photographs for home use and copy permissions for up to 4 photographs for personal use. And to show my gratefulness (well that would be impossible really) I'd like to offer to call you personally to thank you, no matter where you are in the world. I can speak some French and Spanish and have studied Italian in Venice (LOL) so if you speak a little English, I think we could have a fabulous conversation.I just LOVE making friends all over the world! In fact, hit me up on Facebook anytime! Marilyn Morningstar - Park City or Asheville.

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    PENGUIN PLEDGE PACKAGE #1. You have joined my fan club. Thank you so much! Let me send you a beautiful limited edition, 8x10 signed and numbered wrapped canvas giclee of my #1 Antarctica "Dancing with the Stars" (not included in any other photograph CD except the one I am sending to you. No frame required to hang. I won first place for Antarctica WILDLIFE and I really want you to enjoy it for years to come. An inscribed paperback copy of the finished book will be mailed to you along with an Antarctica scene thank you card photographed and made and signed by the author. Additionally you will receive a DVD of Morningstar 2013 Antarctica photographs for home use and copy permissions for up to 4 photographs for personal use. And to show my gratefulness (well that would be impossible really) I'd like to offer to call you personally to thank you, no matter where you are in the world. I can speak some French and Spanish and have studied Italian in Venice (LOL) so if you speak a little English, I think we could have a fabulous conversation.I just LOVE making friends all over the world! In fact, hit me up on Facebook anytime! Marilyn Morningstar - Park City or Asheville.

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    Custom made for YOU, the Marilyn Morningstar 'FAVORITE POETRY' and 'FAVORITE TRAVEL PHOTOS' in one custom made book with you name inscribed by hand, a personal thank you for your support, and signed with the famous Marilyn Morningstar signature (at least it's famous around my neck of the woods! Take a peak at my signature on www.marilynmorningstar.com.

    I'd also like to offer to call you personally to thank you, no matter where you are in the world. I can speak some French and Spanish and have studied Italian in Venice (LOL) so if you speak a little English, I think we could have a fabulous conversation. I just LOVE making friends all over the world! In fact, hit me up on Facebook anytime! Marilyn Morningstar Books & Photography - Park City or Asheville. An inscribed paperback copy of the finished book will be mailed to you along with an Antarctica scene thank you card photographed and made and signed by the author. Additionally you will receive a DVD of Morningstar 2013 Antarctica photographs for home use and copy permissions for up to 4 photographs for personal use. Additionally you will receive the Morningstar Antarctica mouse pad for your wonderful support of my project.

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    Custom written poem by Marilyn Morningstar

    You give me the parameters from the following list.PICK ONE OF EACH.

    1, Love, Death, Flourishing, Hatred, Politics (left or right or middle leaning)
    2. Your favorite color
    3. The name you want blended into the poem
    4. Your favorite season
    5. Your favorite philosopher or religion
    6. Three words - any three words
    7. Your favorite artist
    8. Your favorite flavor
    9 Your favorite animal
    10. Your favorite memory

    It will take me a day or two to write you a poem that reminds me of you. If you send me a photograph, it will help me to see your eyes. I may need to telephone you to ask you a few more questions. Or you may wish me to write a wedding poems for a family member or friend who is getting married later in 2014.

    Additionally, an inscribed hardback copy of the finished book will be mailed to you along with an Antarctica scene thank you card photographed and made and signed by the author. Additionally you will receive a DVD of Morningstar 2013 Antarctica photographs for home use and copy permissions for up to 4 photographs for personal use. Additionally you will receive the Morningstar Antarctica mouse pad for your wonderful support of my project.

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    PENGUIN PLEDGE PACKAGE #2. You have joined my fan club. Thank you so much! EVERY CONTRIBUTOR OVER $250 will have his/her name listed inside the book as a key contributor. Let me send you a beautiful limited edition, 11x14 signed and numbered 1.5 wrapped canvas giclee of my #1 Antarctica "Dancing with the Stars" (not included in any other photograph CD except the one I am sending to you. No frame required to hang. I won first place for Antarctica WILDLIFE and I really want you to enjoy it for years to come. An inscribed hardback copy of the finished book will be mailed to you along with an Antarctica scene thank you card photographed and made and signed by the author. Additionally you will receive a DVD of Morningstar 2013 Antarctica photographs for home use and copy permissions for up to 4 photographs for personal use. And to show my gratefulness (well that would be impossible really) I'd like to offer to call you personally to thank you, no matter where you are in the world. I can speak some French and Spanish and have studied Italian in Venice (LOL) so if you speak a little English, I think we could have a fabulous conversation.I just LOVE making friends all over the world! In fact, hit me up on Facebook anytime! Marilyn Morningstar - Park City or Asheville.

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    SUPER FAN CLUB MEMBER & SUPPORTER. EVERY CONTRIBUTOR OVER $250 will have his/her name listed inside the book as a key contributor. One HARDBACK inscribed copy and one signed paperback of the finished book will be mailed to you along with an Antarctica scene thank you card photographed and made and signed by the author. Additionally you will receive a DVD of Morningstar 2013 Antarctica photographs for home use and copy permissions for up to 4 photographs for personal use. Additionally you will receive the Morningstar Antarctica mouse pad for your wonderful support of my project.Plus, let me send you a beautiful limited edition, 11X14 signed and numbered 1.5 wrapped canvas giclee of my #1 Antarctica Landscape (not included in any other photograph CD except the one I am sending to you. I won first place for this landscape and I really want you to enjoy it for years to come. And to show my gratefulness (well that would be impossible really) I'd like to offer to call you personally to thank you, no matter where you are in the world. I can speak some French and Spanish and have studied Italian in Venice (LOL) so if you speak a little English, I think we could have a fabulous conversation.I just LOVE making friends all over the world! In fact, hit me up on Facebook anytime! Marilyn Morningstar - Park City or Asheville..

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    DELUXE COLLECTOR PACKAGE #1. EVERY CONTRIBUTOR OVER $250 will have his/her name listed inside the book as a key contributor. One leather-bound limited edition hardback inscribed copy with a special hand-written thank you addressed to you by name, and two signed paperback of the finished book will be mailed to you along with an Antarctica scene thank you card photographed and made and signed by the author. Additionally you will receive a DVD of Morningstar 2013 Antarctica photographs for home use and copy permissions for up to 4 photographs for personal use. Additionally you will receive the Morningstar Antarctica mouse pad for your wonderful support of my project.Plus, let me send you a beautiful limited edition, 11X14 signed and numbered 1.5 wrapped canvas giclee of my #1 Antarctica Landscape (not included in any other photograph CD except the one I am sending to you. I won first place for this landscape and I really want you to enjoy it for years to come. And to show my gratefulness (well that would be impossible really) I'd like to offer to call you personally to thank you, no matter where you are in the world. I can speak some French and Spanish and have studied Italian in Venice (LOL) so if you speak a little English, I think we could have a fabulous conversation.I just LOVE making friends all over the world! In fact, hit me up on Facebook anytime! Marilyn Morningstar - Park City or Asheville..

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    CUSTOM CANVAS ART by Marilyn Morningstar

    YOUR CHOICE 16X20

    Photograph FINE ART (Oil embellishment on Canvas (yours or mine) - I will print, paint (oil), package and ship YOUR CHOICE photograph, painted in colors to suit your tastes. This may be a landscape, a person, or a place, the choice is yours. And of course, a hard bound copy of the book, Backpacking Antarctica with a White Violin and hardback inscribed copy with a special hand-written thank you addressed to you by name, and you will receive a DVD of Morningstar 2013 Antarctica photographs for home use and copy permissions for up to 4 photographs for personal use. EVERY CONTRIBUTOR OVER $250 will have his/her name listed inside the book as a key contributor. And an official hug from the creator!

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    PENGUIN PLEDGE PACKAGE #3. PERFECT FOR KIDS WALL DECOR. GREAT GIFTS! You have joined my fan club. Thank you so much! Let me send you two beautiful limited edition, 12x18 signed and numbered 1.5 wrapped canvas giclees, one of my #1 Antarctica "Dancing with the Stars" (not included in any other photograph CD except the one I am sending to you AND "YOUR CHOICE" Penguin or Penguin Collage print. No frames required to hang. I won first place for Antarctica WILDLIFE and I really want you to enjoy these for years to come. An inscribed HARDBACK copy of the finished book will be mailed to you along with an Antarctica scene thank you card photographed and made and signed by the author. Additionally you will receive a DVD of Morningstar 2013 Antarctica photographs for home use and copy permissions for up to 4 photographs for personal use. And to show my gratefulness (well that would be impossible really) I'd like to offer to call you personally to thank you, no matter where you are in the world. I can speak some French and Spanish and have studied Italian in Venice (LOL) so if you speak a little English, I think we could have a fabulous conversation.I just LOVE making friends all over the world! In fact, hit me up on Facebook anytime! Marilyn Morningstar - Park City or Asheville. EVERY CONTRIBUTOR OVER $250 will have his/her name listed inside the book as a key contributor.

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    PENGUIN PLEDGE PACKAGE #4. You have joined my fan club. Thank you so much! Let me send you a beautiful, ARTIST EMBELLISHED ONE OF A KIND, 24x36 signed and numbered 1.5 wrapped canvas giclee of my #1 Antarctica "Dancing with the Stars" (not included in any other photograph CD except the one I am sending to you OR YOUR CHOICE of one of any of my Antarctic photography. No frame required to hang. An inscribed HARDBACK copy of the finished book will be mailed to you along with an Antarctica scene thank you card photographed and made and signed by the author. Additionally you will receive a DVD of Morningstar 2013 Antarctica photographs for home use and copy permissions for up to 4 photographs for personal use. And to show my gratefulness (well that would be impossible really) I'd like to offer to call you personally to thank you, no matter where you are in the world. I can speak some French and Spanish and have studied Italian in Venice (LOL) so if you speak a little English, I think we could have a fabulous conversation.I just LOVE making friends all over the world! In fact, hit me up on Facebook anytime! Marilyn Morningstar - Park City or Asheville. EVERY CONTRIBUTOR OVER $250 will have his/her name listed inside the book as a key contributor.

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    DELUXE COLLECTOR PACKAGE #2. One leather-bound limited edition hardback inscribed copy with a special hand-written thank you addressed to you by name, and two signed paperback of the finished book and a Morningstar surprise package (included will be Morningstar-made creations that may include artwork, photography, poetry, etc.) will be mailed to you along with an Antarctica scene thank you card photographed and made and signed by the author. Additionally you will receive a DVD of Morningstar 2013 Antarctica photographs for home use and copy permissions for up to 4 photographs for personal use. Additionally you will receive the Morningstar Antarctica mouse pad for your wonderful support of my project.Plus, let me send you a beautiful limited edition, 12x18 signed and numbered 1.5 wrapped canvas giclee of my #1 Antarctica Landscape (not included in any other photograph CD except the one I am sending to you. I won first place for this landscape and I really want you to enjoy it for years to come. And to show my gratefulness (well that would be impossible really) I'd like to offer to call you personally to thank you, no matter where you are in the world. I can speak some French and Spanish and have studied Italian in Venice (LOL) so if you speak a little English, I think we could have a fabulous conversation.I just LOVE making friends all over the world! In fact, hit me up on Facebook anytime! Marilyn Morningstar - Park City or Asheville. EVERY CONTRIBUTOR OVER $250 will have his/her name listed inside the book as a key contributor.

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    CUSTOM CANVAS ART by Marilyn Morningstar

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    Photograph FINE ART (Oil embellishment on Canvas (yours or mine) - I will print, paint (oil), package and ship YOUR CHOICE photograph, painted in colors to suit your tastes. This may be a landscape, a person, or a place, the choice is yours. And of course, a hard bound copy of the book, Backpacking Antarctica with a White Violin and hardback inscribed copy with a special hand-written thank you addressed to you by name, and you will receive a DVD of Morningstar 2013 Antarctica photographs for home use and copy permissions for up to 4 photographs for personal use. And an official hug from the creator! And to show my gratefulness (well that would be impossible really) I'd like to offer to call you personally to thank you, no matter where you are in the world. I can speak some French and Spanish and have studied Italian in Venice (LOL) so if you speak a little English, I think we could have a fabulous conversation.I just LOVE making friends all over the world! In fact, hit me up on Facebook anytime! Marilyn Morningstar - Park City or Asheville. EVERY CONTRIBUTOR OVER $250 will have his/her name listed inside the book as a key contributor.

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    DELUXE COLLECTOR PACKAGE #3. One leather-bound limited edition hardback inscribed copy with a special hand-written thank you addressed to you by name, and three signed paperback of the finished book and a Morningstar surprise package (included will be Morningstar-made creations that may include artwork, photography, poetry, etc.) will be either mailed to you or you can come out to Park City and I'll take you out to my favorite place for dinner! Don't worry, you'll be treated like royalty and you'll even receive an Antarctica scene thank you card photographed and made and signed by me. Additionally you will receive a DVD of Morningstar 2013 Antarctica photographs for home use and copy permissions for up to 4 photographs for personal use. Additionally you will receive the Morningstar Antarctica mouse pad for your wonderful support of my project.Plus, let me send you a beautiful limited edition, 12x18 signed and numbered 1.5 wrapped canvas giclee of my #1 Antarctica Landscape (not included in any other photograph CD except the one I am sending to you. I won first place for this landscape and I really want you to enjoy it for years to come. And to show my gratefulness (well that would be impossible really) I'd like to offer to call you personally to thank you, no matter where you are in the world. I can speak some French and Spanish and have studied Italian in Venice (LOL) so if you speak a little English, I think we could have a fabulous conversation.I just LOVE making friends all over the world! In fact, hit me up on Facebook anytime! Marilyn Morningstar - Park City or Asheville. EVERY CONTRIBUTOR OVER $250 will have his/her name listed inside the book as a key contributor. And thank you so much!

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    CUSTOM CANVAS ART by Marilyn Morningstar YOUR CHOICE 40 X 60 Photograph FINE ART (Oil embellishment on Canvas (yours or mine) - I will print, paint (oil), package and ship YOUR CHOICE photograph, painted in colors to suit your tastes. This may be a landscape, a person, or a place, the choice is yours. And of course, a hard bound copy of the book, Backpacking Antarctica with a White Violin and hardback inscribed copy with a special hand-written thank you addressed to you by name, and you will receive a DVD of Morningstar 2013 Antarctica photographs for home use and copy permissions for up to 4 photographs for personal use. And an official hug from the creator! And to show my gratefulness (well that would be impossible really) I'd like to offer to call you personally to thank you, no matter where you are in the world. I can speak some French and Spanish and have studied Italian in Venice (LOL) so if you speak a little English, I think we could have a fabulous conversation.I just LOVE making friends all over the world! In fact, hit me up on Facebook anytime! Marilyn Morningstar - Park City or Asheville. EVERY CONTRIBUTOR OVER $250 will have his/her name listed inside the book as a key contributor.

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    PREMIERE COLLECTOR PACKAGE #1. One leather-bound limited edition hardback inscribed copy with a special hand-written thank you addressed to you by name, and three signed paperback of the finished book and a Morningstar surprise package (included will be Morningstar-made creations that may include artwork, photography, poetry, etc.) will be either mailed to you or you can come out to Park City and I'll take you out to my favorite place for dinner after a round of golf at one of my cities famous golf courses! Don't worry, you'll be treated like royalty and you'll even receive an Antarctica scene thank you card photographed and made and signed by me. Additionally you will receive a DVD of Morningstar 2013 Antarctica photographs for home use and copy permissions for up to 4 photographs for personal use. Additionally you will receive the Morningstar Antarctica mouse pad for your wonderful support of my project.Plus, let me send you a beautiful limited edition, 12x18 signed and numbered 1.5 wrapped canvas giclee of my #1 Antarctica Landscape (not included in any other photograph CD except the one I am sending to you. I won first place for this landscape and I really want you to enjoy it for years to come. And to show my gratefulness (well that would be impossible really) I'd like to offer to call you personally to thank you, no matter where you are in the world. I can speak some French and Spanish and have studied Italian in Venice (LOL) so if you speak a little English, I think we could have a fabulous conversation.I just LOVE making friends all over the world! In fact, hit me up on Facebook anytime! Marilyn Morningstar - Park City or Asheville. EVERY CONTRIBUTOR OVER $1000 will have his/her SIGNATURE listed inside the book as a major contributor. THANK YOU SO MUCH!

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    MAJOR DREAM SUPPORTER! You don't want stuff, you just want to help make my dream come true. Of course, I would be thrilled with any pledge, but $1000 would sure kickstart my campaign clear into the green!, and I would be eternally grateful. Your wish is my command. Let me know if you would like any of the rewards listed on the other $1000 level pledge. If not, at least accept a thank you card and a phone call, as you wish.EVERY CONTRIBUTOR OVER $1000 will have his/her SIGNATURE listed inside the book as a major contributor. THANK YOU SO MUCH!

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    OWNERSHIP OF ORIGINAL COVERS
    LIMITED TO ONE PLEDGE ONLY.
    Ownership of the original artwork layout created for the front and back covers of the book, along with one (specifically #2 of 500) leather bound, limited edition first run book, along with a DVD of all footage shot in Antarctica, including video footage, in January 2013 by Marilyn Morningstar, for personal use only. YOUR CHOICE of any other rewards listed limited to what is offered for backers of $500 or less.

    The rights to print from this original layout are reserved by Marilyn Morningstar. You own the actual rights to the artwork but I own the rights to use the artwork to print more copies of the book. Depending on the popularity of the book and/or the possible film, this could be an excellent thing to own. EVERY CONTRIBUTOR OVER $1000 will have his/her SIGNATURE listed inside the book as a major contributor. THANK YOU SO MUCH!

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    ANTARCTICA PRESENTATION TO YOUR SCHOOL, LOCAL LIBRARY OR CLUB
    For your favorite school or library, I will give a very lively and entertaining one-hour presentation to any audience of your choice about Antarctica or any of my other travel experiences at your request and include 10 paperback copies of my book as a complimentary handout. Additionally you will receive a leather bound FIRST PRINT limited edition copy of my book, a DVD of my Antarctica photography and an artist embellished (oil ) giclee ONE OF A KIND 12X18 or 24X36 (YOUR CHOICE) 1.5 wrapped canvas print of your choice. YOUR CHOICE of any other rewards listed limited to what is offered for backers of $500 or less.

    Unless the presentation is in Utah or New York, the author will require travel expenses.Allow 90 days advance notice when scheduling. Non US based location require 180 notice and visa approval along with travel expenses. Dependent on how many PRESENTATION Backers pledge, please be understanding regarding the scheduling of your presentation.EVERY CONTRIBUTOR OVER $1000 will have his/her SIGNATURE listed inside the book as a major contributor. THANK YOU SO MUCH!

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    OIL ON CANVAS. YOUR CHOICE. AUTHOR WILL HAND PAINT ON CANVAS ANY ANTARCTICA MM PHOTOGRAPH. This will be a one-of-a-king collector oil painting painted and signed by the artist/photographer/writer Marilyn Morningstar. You will receive the painting in time for the 2014 holiday season. The print rights remain with the originator, but you have the original and it's all about originals! Along with the painting you will receive a leather-bound FIRST EDITION copy of 'Backpacking Antarctica with a White Violin' for your collector shelf. You may also choose from any of the other rewards listed up to $500, as you wish. EVERY CONTRIBUTOR OVER $1000 will have his/her SIGNATURE listed inside the book as a major contributor. THANK YOU SO MUCH!

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    KEY BENEFACTOR ACKNOWLEDGEMENT
    Your name will be printed on the acknowledgement page in all editions of the book. The author will happily present you as either the key benefactor or one of several benefactors on the first night of the book launching party, city yet known - hoping for New York City. At the party you will be presented with your personal first edition, leather bound copy of the book, along with a 24X36 artist embellished giclee of your choice of my Antarctica photography. Additionally the author will be at your service for up to three appearances (presentation and travel consultation) of your choice, whether for your club, your church, your business or your family. YOUR CHOICE of any other rewards listed limited to what is offered for backers of $750 or less.

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    Unless the presentation is in Utah or New York, the author will require travel expenses.Allow 90 days advance notice when scheduling. Non US based location require 180 notice and visa approval along with traveling expenses.

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    PENGUIN PLEDGE PACKAGE MIX & MATCH. PERFECT FOR YOUR OFFICE OR HOME.
    Your choice of 3 24X36 or smaller Marilyn Morningstar one-of-a-kind, (ARTIST EMBELLISHED using oils) Antarctica Photographic masterpieces. Printed on top quality giclee canvas, 1.5 wrapped, no frame needed for mounting. Additionally, enjoy three gold trimmed leather-bound first edition copies of the book you sponsored, and MIX & MATCH choice of other premium rewards listed, up to $500 value. Includes US shipping and handling. And, a very unusual and magical thank you surprise!

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    TRAVEL BENEFACTOR:
    Travel with Marilyn Morningstar to Antarctica or other destination of your choice. As an inveterate world traveler, Marilyn is willing to be your guide to just about any destination on the planet. Like a genie, she requires three wishes, and once her research is done and she selects a destination from your wish list, you and your companions can sail away to the wild blues knowing you will be in for the adventure of a lifetime. There on a beach somewhere you can open the pages of your gold trimmed leather-bound first edition copy of the book you sponsored, and who knows, you may just be the star of the next Morningstar travel tale!

    And remember, your wish is my command, so you may write to me and choose any of the other reward offers not mentioned in this reward section up to $1000 value.

    NOTE: All travel expenses must be provided by the pledge donor. Trip may not exceed one month. Trips must be scheduled ahead six months to a year in advance. Tour group includes up to 4 persons. For additional persons, a separate charge will be needed. Morningstar requires private room. If more than one Backer selects this option, each Backer, dependent on pledge date, will be able to choose from a list of months and years into the future. Only one trip per year can be accomplished. Backer must submit required personal documentation for a personal background check before travel begins. Backer must pass the personal background check without any criminal record. Thanks for understanding, my personal security is important. EVERY CONTRIBUTOR OVER $1000 will have his/her SIGNATURE listed inside the book as a major contributor. THANK YOU SO MUCH! PLEDGE EARLY TO HAVE THE BEST PICK!

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    STORY COLLABORATOR OR STORY CHARACTER PART
    Although this is a 'novel' non-fiction tale, there are slices of it that could include you as a character, depending on your imagination. I cannot use real names or identities for private reasons, but with your permission I can use YOUR NAME or name you choose. You could be my Russian lover, you could stand in for his thoughts and feelings and help me with dialogue. There is no way for me to recall every word, well, no matter, the dialogue I do remember so well, must be tailored. Do you know any Russian? Or you could be the Russian captain of the ship who dined with me during the voyage toward the South Pole, or you could be the French Deck Cabet I met at the dock, whose eyes gave him away every time I arrived on the bridge. There is the old English snob who continually insults Americans during dinner, or the New York widow who trailed me all over the ship. Who would you like to be? Maybe the joviah anchorman from a news station who was shooting a documentary on the melting of ice caps at the north and the south poles. Or his female boss, the brilliant director! So many characters to choose from. If you have the confidence, if you have some literary or journalistic ambitions, you can come along with me, day by day, line by line, from wherever your are and we can create a read that will knock the socks of the public. And if it is made into a movie, there could be much more opportunity for us both. Of course, this is my project and my literary masterpiece and we won't be adding any additional themes or asides, but as a collaborator, editor, and advisory assistant, who else but you would be entitled to the dedication page (along with my penguins)! Who else but you would be invited to every book event ever after? I've never collaborated before, but I have always believed that two heads are better than one. I have no problem taking criticism, in fact, as a writer, even though it isn't necessarily pleasing to the senses, I thrive on it. Without readers and editors I would have never finished my first book after eight long years! So, if you're game, let's get this puppy rolling off the printer! And yes, of course you would receive a golden edged leather bound first edition and all the other goodies previously mentioned for the same donation amount. In fact, write down just what you'd like to have and send it over for my approval. I think this is going to be so much fun!

    I guess I should say that I reserve the right to select one collaborator from among those who offer after a personal meeting. So, although I will accept up to ten, I will select just one or two. EVERY CONTRIBUTOR OVER $1000 will have his/her SIGNATURE listed inside the book as a major contributor. THANK YOU SO MUCH! Thank you so much for your support and understanding.
    Marilyn Morningstar

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    SAVE ANTARCTICA SUPER SUPPORTER. PERFECT FOR YOUR OFFICE OR HOME. Your choice of 6 24X36 or smaller Marilyn Morningstar one-of-a-kind, (ARTIST EMBELLISHED using oils) Antarctica Photographic masterpieces. Printed on top quality giclee canvas, 1.5 wrapped, no frame needed for mounting. Additionally, enjoy six gold trimmed leather-bound first edition copies of the book you sponsored, and MIX & MATCH choice of other premium rewards listed, up to $500 value. Includes US and INTERNATIONAL shipping and handling. And, a very unusual and magical thank you surprise! EVERY CONTRIBUTOR OVER $1000 will have his/her SIGNATURE listed inside the book as a major contributor. THANK YOU SO MUCH!

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