$3,220
pledged of $10,000pledged of $10,000 goal
43
backers
0seconds to go
Funding Unsuccessful
The project's funding goal was not reached on Wed, December 5 2012 6:48 AM UTC +00:00
Alice Dean SpicerBy Alice Dean Spicer
First created
Alice Dean SpicerBy Alice Dean Spicer
First created
$3,220
pledged of $10,000pledged of $10,000 goal
43
backers
0seconds to go
Funding Unsuccessful
The project's funding goal was not reached on Wed, December 5 2012 6:48 AM UTC +00:00

About

Here's how you can be sure that I'm qualified to undertake a project like this:

Monetary Awards and Recognition for the Storytelling Workshop and Related Research 

  • 2011, Literacy Engagement Scholarship 
  • 2011, Quality of Display Award, Service-Learning Showcase 
  • 2011, Engaging the Arts Award, Service-Learning Showcase
  • 2011, Access and Outreach Communications Scholarship
  • 2011, Dean's List
  • 2012, Research Presentation at 2012 UCF Inaugural English Symposium
  • 2012, Speaker at the University of Central Florida Service-Learning Showcase and Presenter of the Peer Choice Award
  • 2012, Completion of TimeSlips Training from the University of Wisconsin Center on Age and Community
  • 2012, Office of Undergraduate Research Grant for my Honors in the Major thesis, "Creativity: Transcending Memory Loss"

Other:

  • This project is endorsed by the Literary Arts Partnership at the University of Central Florida 
  • I have 5 years experience in design/layout for marketing-type printed publications, including a publication package for a multimillion dollar building campaign.
  • I recently completed Uncle Orson's Literary Boot Camp, an application-acceptance-only intense workshop for writers serious about professional level work offered by Orson Scott Card, author of Ender's Game and other great sci-fi novels.
  • I've got a couple of years experience in video-making (42,000+ views on youtube)
  • I'm related to Liam Neeson.  Of course, he has no idea who I am...

This is going to be incredible. 

And here you are, at the very beginning of it all, blazing a trail.

Thank you so much for your time and consideration.

Please view these short story previews on youtube:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Cx_kI8e0Q7E

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dcAxgfYAJus

Risks and challenges

I've never been good with numbers, and to be totally honest, when I first considered the award to pledge ratio and production/shipping costs, I was completely overwhelmed. I thought, surely, I'm going to screw this thing up. That's why I hired an accountant to work all those numbers for me. I'm taking this project very seriously. He strongly suggested that I do not set a goal lower than $10,000.00. I'm actually using the most moderate goal amount of the three he proposed.

Another consideration is that it takes time to write, illustrate, format, print, and ship a whole bunch of books. Fortunately, the stories from the workshops are already written. I will be writing a forward and afterward to each story, as well as a forward and afterward to the book. Much of this writing is already done, in what I like to call a "sloppy copy." You see, I've been writing reflections and notes for research for almost two years now. So, it's just a matter of compiling and editing this information, making it flow. I have two artists doing conceptual drawings, which I will use as the basis for the illustrations. I plan on doing a lot of the illustrating myself, and I'll only hire a pro to tweak it and make any necessary changes. Artwork is a strong point of mine, but I'm just too slow to do it all by myself if you all want your books in March or April.

As a courtesy to you, I am going to distribute the audio file awards in December, as long as you provide the email address. As far as the remaining awards, I'm confident that I'll be able to keep track of who gets what and when. So that you, too, may be confident, I'll add that I directed twelve volunteers, in performing a community needs assessment in 2006 in Umatilla, Florida, where I used to live. The assessment required an amazing amount of organization and compilation of information. The assessment results were presented by the mayor at a city meeting. One of the attenders, after the findings were presented, decided to start a country store-type pharmacy that would cater to the needs of the many senior citizens that lived nearby. That pharmacy is still going strong six years later.

My only other concern is time. I'm a full-time student, and my last semester coincides with the expected publication and delivery month. However, I am only taking three classes in my final semester. One is Spanish (please say a prayer for me), one is Digital Media, and one is my Honors in the Major Thesis writing and defense. For my Digital Media credits, I will be doing an independent study. And I bet you can guess what that independent study is! Yep. This project. And my Honors in the Major is "Creativity: Transcending Memory Loss." There's a lot of overlap between what I'm already doing and what I'm required to do as an English major and Digital Media minor.

That's all I can think of, for the time being, but if you have any concerns, please don't hesitate to contact me. I promise to be transparent along the way, posting regular updates about the process here on Kickstarter.com and on AlzheimerChronicles.com.

Learn about accountability on Kickstarter

Questions about this project? Check out the FAQ

Support

  1. Select this reward

    Pledge $5 or more About $5

    Dramatic reading of the short story,"Painted Lady," by professional voice artist George Sarris. The audio file will be sent to your email.

    Less
    Estimated delivery
    2 backers
    $
    Kickstarter is not a store.

    It's a way to bring creative projects to life.

    Learn more about accountability.
  2. Select this reward

    Pledge $5 or more About $5

    Great news! Any award that already includes a dramatic reading of the short story,"Painted Lady," by professional voice artist George Sarris, will now include two more audio files, by the same artist, called "People or Targets" and "Looking for the Reference Point." (Awards updated on Nov. 21st)

    Less
    Estimated delivery
    1 backer
    $
    Kickstarter is not a store.

    It's a way to bring creative projects to life.

    Learn more about accountability.
  3. Select this reward

    Pledge $10 or more About $10

    Audio + a beautiful, full-color, postcard-size magnet (1 of 3) featuring a quote from a short story.

    Less
    Estimated delivery
    Ships to Anywhere in the world
    1 backer
    $
    Kickstarter is not a store.

    It's a way to bring creative projects to life.

    Learn more about accountability.
  4. Reward no longer available

    Pledge $25 or more About $25

    EARLY PLEDGE INCENTIVE for pledges made by November 12th:

    Audio + magnet + softcover book.

    Less
    Estimated delivery
    Ships to Anywhere in the world
    Reward no longer available 8 backers
    $
    Kickstarter is not a store.

    It's a way to bring creative projects to life.

    Learn more about accountability.
  5. Select this reward

    Pledge $25 or more About $25

    Softcover book.

    Less
    Estimated delivery
    Ships to Anywhere in the world
    6 backers
    $
    Kickstarter is not a store.

    It's a way to bring creative projects to life.

    Learn more about accountability.
  6. Select this reward

    Pledge $30 or more About $30

    Audio + magnet + softcover book.

    Less
    Estimated delivery
    Ships to Anywhere in the world
    1 backer
    $
    Kickstarter is not a store.

    It's a way to bring creative projects to life.

    Learn more about accountability.
  7. Reward no longer available

    Pledge $50 or more About $50

    EARLY PLEDGE INCENTIVE for pledges made by November 12th:

    Audio + set of 3 magnets (a set has 3 unique designs/quotes) + hardcover book.

    Less
    Estimated delivery
    Ships to Anywhere in the world
    Reward no longer available 1 backer
    $
    Kickstarter is not a store.

    It's a way to bring creative projects to life.

    Learn more about accountability.
  8. Select this reward

    Pledge $50 or more About $50

    Hardcover book.

    Less
    Estimated delivery
    Ships to Anywhere in the world
    1 backer
    $
    Kickstarter is not a store.

    It's a way to bring creative projects to life.

    Learn more about accountability.
  9. Select this reward

    Pledge $60 or more About $60

    Audio + set of 3 magnets (each with a unique design/quote) + hardcover book.

    Less
    Estimated delivery
    Ships to Anywhere in the world
    1 backer
    $
    Kickstarter is not a store.

    It's a way to bring creative projects to life.

    Learn more about accountability.
  10. Reward no longer available

    Pledge $100 or more About $100

    EARLY PLEDGE INCENTIVE for pledges made by November 12th:

    Audio + 2 sets of magnets (each set has 3 unique designs/quotes) + softcover book + hardcover book + your name included in the "special thanks" section of the book.

    Less
    Estimated delivery
    Ships to Anywhere in the world
    Reward no longer available 6 backers
    $
    Kickstarter is not a store.

    It's a way to bring creative projects to life.

    Learn more about accountability.
  11. Select this reward

    Pledge $100 or more About $100

    Audio + 2 sets of 3 magnets (each set of 3 has a unique design/quote) + softcover book + hardcover book.

    Less
    Estimated delivery
    Ships to Anywhere in the world
    1 backer
    $
    Kickstarter is not a store.

    It's a way to bring creative projects to life.

    Learn more about accountability.
  12. Select this reward

    Pledge $150 or more About $150

    Audio + 2 sets of 3 magnets (each set of 3 has a unique design/quote) + softcover book + hardcover book + your name included in the "special thanks" section of the book.

    Less
    Estimated delivery
    Ships to Anywhere in the world
    3 backers
    $
    Kickstarter is not a store.

    It's a way to bring creative projects to life.

    Learn more about accountability.
  13. Select this reward

    Pledge $225 or more About $225

    Gift-giver's special: 10 softcover books.

    Less
    Estimated delivery
    Ships to Anywhere in the world
    Limited 0 backers
    $
    Kickstarter is not a store.

    It's a way to bring creative projects to life.

    Learn more about accountability.
  14. Select this reward

    Pledge $500 or more About $500

    5 hardcover books + your name included in the "special thanks" section of the book + your dedication (250 words or less) in memory of a loved one, will appear in the book.

    Less
    Estimated delivery
    Ships to Anywhere in the world
    0 backers
    $
    Kickstarter is not a store.

    It's a way to bring creative projects to life.

    Learn more about accountability.
  15. Reward no longer available

    Pledge $600 or more About $600

    EARLY PLEDGE INCENTIVE for pledges made by November 12th:

    Your choice of either of the $1,000.00 awards!

    Less
    Estimated delivery
    Ships to Anywhere in the world
    Reward no longer available 1 backer
    $
    Kickstarter is not a store.

    It's a way to bring creative projects to life.

    Learn more about accountability.
  16. Select this reward

    Pledge $1,000 or more About $1,000

    5 hardcover books + your name included in the "special thanks" section of the book + full color 1/2 page dedication (500 words or less, 1 photograph) in memory of a loved one, will appear in the book. Special design/layout are included, upon request.

    Less
    Estimated delivery
    Ships to Anywhere in the world
    0 backers
    $
    Kickstarter is not a store.

    It's a way to bring creative projects to life.

    Learn more about accountability.
  17. Select this reward

    Pledge $1,000 or more About $1,000

    5 hardcover books + your name included in the "special thanks" section of the book + your likeness will appear as a character in the book. I will consult with you by phone or email so that you may choose which character you would like to be.

    Less
    Estimated delivery
    Ships to Anywhere in the world
    0 backers
    $
    Kickstarter is not a store.

    It's a way to bring creative projects to life.

    Learn more about accountability.
  18. Select this reward

    Pledge $3,000 or more About $3,000

    EARLY PLEDGE INCENTIVE: for pledges made by November 12th:

    Your choice of either of the $5,000.00 awards!

    Less
    Estimated delivery
    Ships to Anywhere in the world
    0 backers
    $
    Kickstarter is not a store.

    It's a way to bring creative projects to life.

    Learn more about accountability.
  19. Select this reward

    Pledge $5,000 or more About $5,000

    5 hardcover books + your name included in the "special thanks" section of the book + both of the $1,000 award options are available to you + 10 hardcover books will be donated in your name to your choice of public libraries or Alzheimer/dementia-related organizations.

    Less
    Estimated delivery
    Ships to Anywhere in the world
    Limited 0 backers
    $
    Kickstarter is not a store.

    It's a way to bring creative projects to life.

    Learn more about accountability.
  20. Select this reward

    Pledge $5,000 or more About $5,000

    Florida residents ONLY:

    5 hardcover books + your name included in the "special thanks" section of the book + I will do a storytelling session either one-on-one with your loved one or in a group home setting between 12/15/12-1/31/13. This story will appear in the book with named and/or anonymous authors.

    Less
    Estimated delivery
    Ships to Anywhere in the world
    Limited 0 backers
    $
    Kickstarter is not a store.

    It's a way to bring creative projects to life.

    Learn more about accountability.
  21. Select this reward

    Pledge $10,000 About $10,000

    Continental U.S. residents ONLY:

    5 hardcover books + your name included in the "special thanks" section of the book + I will do a storytelling session either one-on-one with your loved one or in a group home setting between 12/15/12-1/31/13. This story will appear in the book with named and/or anonymous authors.

    Less
    Estimated delivery
    Ships to Anywhere in the world
    Limited 0 backers
    $
    Kickstarter is not a store.

    It's a way to bring creative projects to life.

    Learn more about accountability.

Funding period

- (30 days)