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By Linda Morganstein
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About this project

Right now, we're seeing a huge rise in the popularity of fake news in the media and an urgent desire to believe it, raising questions about what is truth and what's fiction.

Hi, I'm Linda Morganstein, published author, concerned about our world today.

As a child who grew up in a home where a primary source of information was the National Enquirer, the nature of truth and fiction is a topic I've been pondering my whole life, starting with nightmares about actresses coming back from the dead and UFOs kidnapping little children.

My current project takes my passion about the intersection of truth and fiction to a new level. You see, I believe art and humor are some of the best ways to understand reality, which is neither all good nor all evil. I'd like you to join me in a mission to find hope in a troubled world.

A testimonial from Mary Swander, Poet Laureate of Iowa and Distinguished Professor, Iowa State University : 

"Linda Morganstein has outdone herself, and the world of the arts, with her Numinosity project. Morganstein has found a fun, new, innovative way to reach an audience. She deserves all the support you can give.” 

Let me tell you a story.

It was May 2002. I was traveling down to L.A. with my partner to celebrate my fiftieth birthday and to research my Hollywood book. Just outside of Bakersfield, on Highway 5, my mobile phone rang.

"Guess who?" a man shouted.

“I can hardly hear you," I shouted back.

"It's your father!"

My father?

The man I had shut out of my life for over twenty-five years.

That call kicked off a very unusual reunion and planted the seeds of my book project, NUMINOSITY: My Life and Our Times.

"Numinosity is what we feel when we encounter the creativity of the Universe, in small moments and earth-shattering ones."

Front cover
Front cover

NUMINOSITY is an illustrated book consisting of six chapters. Each chapter is an issue of an invented photo journal modeled on the iconic LIFE magazine. http://www.numinosityworks.com

Six chapters/issues
Six chapters/issues

Each chapter/issue features articles about iconic personalities of the times, all of them played by me. Like the artist Cindy Sherman, I poke fun at my own pomposity and insecurities to point out the dangers of narcissism.

Controversial Psychoanalyst
Controversial Psychoanalyst

In addition, I create all the advertisements for imaginary products making fun of consumerism with fond ambivalence.

Dolly Lama Boots, a collaboration of the Dalai Lama and Dolly Parton
Dolly Lama Boots, a collaboration of the Dalai Lama and Dolly Parton

I’m working with a talented design team to create a book that is truly polished. I need to pay for design, editing and proofreading in collaboration with Trio Bookworks, followed by delivery to IngramSpark for printing and distribution. 

http://triobookworks.com

Once written, my book needs to build an audience beyond my current fan base, which involves a committed publicity strategy. My capable consultant, Kate Renee, will help to build that strategy, as well as guiding me in the business aspects of a creative venture.

http://www.katerenee.com

Funds from the campaign will go to:

In return for your support, I can offer you my eternal gratitude plus a host of rewards, all designed by me. 

Rewards from the heavens!
Rewards from the heavens!

Rewards will include an autographed notecard, art quality postcards, and the book itself. One of the special rewards will be a personally designed NUMINOSITY cover immortalizing your story!

This could be your cover!
This could be your cover!

However, anything you want to contribute will put you on the team and will be greatly appreciated. Glance over at the rewards to the right! Thank you and think good thoughts!

 

Risks and challenges

I have had five well-reviewed books published by small presses, plus numerous award-winning short stories and poems, so I am accustomed to getting my projects completed—professionally and on time. The project has a reasonable and achievable timeline. Careful planning will help minimize publication delays.

Promotion remains a key factor in helping books stay alive in the long term. I plan on spending a dedicated year, with the help of my consultants, publicizing my book.

Backers will have continued communication as the project progresses towards publication and when it launches.

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