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About this project

The Project: Completing the writing of a collection of 81 short stories that help Westerners understand the corresponding 81 verses of the Tao de Jing.

The ancient Chinese writing called Tao de Jing contains some of the greatest timeless wisdom of humanity, yet is virtually unknown to Westerners. One very good reason is it is not written in a form or with expressions familar to Westerners. Wouldn't it be wonderful if there was a non-academic, casual way to undertand its 81 verses? Like a simple short story that goes with each verse?

That is the basic premise in back of this project. Five--no, SIX* stories have already been written. Over the next four months, the other 75 short stories will be written, all of which will be published on my website and available to all, free of charge and royalty free.

To see the existing stories and for more background about the project, visit http://www.orfeomusic.org/books/western_tao.htm

*Story number 6 was written after this Kickstarter project was announced.

Risks and challenges

The challenge is to maintain good quality throughout the project; the risks are minimal, but includes Writer's Block! Fortunately, one of the Taoist teachings is about what is called the "uncarved block," and its wisdom almost by definition makes it easy to move past that other kind of block.

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    The Hogarth Prize: Good Karma and Happy Feelings!
    All pledges are welcome, and whether you pledge or not, you are most welcome to read and comment on the stories. After all, this is not my work; it is our work and works.
    The Hogarth Prize is a gift of thought that goes with any and all pledges and good wishes.

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    Personalized autographed copy of a story of your choice sent to you as a PDF. You tell me who it is for, and I will write it in and scan the copy for you! NOTE: you may choose an existing story, or make your selection later after more or all of the stories are written.

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    You get to select the verse (if still available) and the names used in the short story! This makes for an extremely personal gift for a special someone. Be sure to tell me about the person so I can work personal features into the story.

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