About this project
VISION: Creative Cues From The Cat is an 80-page inspirational book that celebrates cats and creativity.
From cats we learn how to:
• HUNT — chase down opportunity
• MUSE — enjoy the creative process
• PURR — counter negativity
• FOCUS — see what is relevant to the task
• LAND — land on our feet and try again
and much more!
All my life I've been fond of learning by analogy. For an analogy on vision, what would be better than the world's most popular pet? Cats have astonishing eyesight and can see with just the tiniest amount of light.
I started working on VISION five years ago with my coauthor, Eric Nichols. Eric and I share a passion for creativity, a desire to inspire it in others and a fondness for cats!
We believe that anyone can be a creative person of vision, someone who has innovative ideas and imagines things that could be before they are. Everyone has what it takes to come up with something new, whether that be a clever piece of technology, a solution to a problem or a tasty new recipe. In every area of life, having a little vision contributes to a person’s sense of purpose, motivation, pleasure and success.
I designed VISION to be entertaining and inspirational on every page. With an economy of words, humor, great quotes and photography, it's a colorful, upbeat book with layers of meaning. VISION is now ready to go to press, if funding allows, so it can be enjoyed by cat lovers and anyone with a creative streak.
For additional rewards, I designed the Feline Finale Bookmark (photo above), Creative Cat Coasters, and the International Cat Canvas Wall Art. All pieces will be produced with top-notch vendors.
Your help. Over the past 30 years, I've worked on all sides of publishing: as an author, graphic designer, and publisher. Pretty much everything to do with books (at least for me) is a labor of love, which is another way of saying that I would really appreciate your help to move forward with VISION.
The cost for printing a minimum quantity of books and rewards is approximately $5,000. I've already invested quite a bit in photography and proofs. I would be so very grateful for your support!
If funding allows, I'll print and deliver books by December of this year. If funding goes beyond my goal, I'll print a greater quantity of books and develop more Creative Cat Coasters, turning them into collectibles.
People underestimate how much joy and energy comes from creative endeavors. Please help me launch VISION so it will, in turn, inspire others to pursue their vision!
“We all wish we had more vision—to have the imaginative abilities to see ahead, envision solutions, and pursue what our mind’s eye says is possible. VISION shows us how by looking at the most unlikely of places: cats. A fun, insightful read that will keep you thinking long after you’re finished.” —Jonah Berger, best selling author of Contagious: Why Things Catch On
Special thanks to Kate of Hauspanther, Jenny of FloppyCats, my nephew Bryce Rabideau who provided the music for my video, my friends and family who critiqued VISION, my backers and Muffins. I'm grateful!
Risks and challenges
I have trusted vendors for the book, bookmark, coasters, and wall art, so I don't foresee any problems, but if something comes up, I will let backers know right away and work to remedy the situation to everyone's satisfaction.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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