Thinking that this may be my last update makes me relieved, but also a little bit sad because I've loved so much the connections and support I've not only felt but been shown in action through this project. Thank you again for cheering me on. I would be lying if I said there weren't a few tears of frustration shed at points in the process, but I'd also be lying if I said I wasn't proud to see over 1000 packages containing my books go out into the world these last weeks.
The whole point of The Lost Party story is to hopefully remind us that we are awesome, with good ideas, and meaning to offer and that we don't have to wait around for someone to give their approval or wait for the popular crowd to like our idea or invite us, we can just do things! So, bless you all for being willing to take the time to to make something I had only previously dreamed about, a reality. Let me know how and when I can support you in return.
Also, speaking of reality, I still have about 600 books hanging out at my house (it is a small house), so please! spread the word if you like your books. Also, because you got a very good deal on the books through your pledge (as in your pledge simply equaled the cost of books, the rewards and shipping), I'd love to make some profit so I can go on and make more books (at a certain point I realized that small businesses actually do have to make money to keep going, though it pains me to realize they don't run on rainbows, fun and happiness) Shop.ashmae.com On Wednesday the 11th, for every two Lost Party or Animal Parade books sold, I will donate one to a Sub-4-Santa program.
All the packages have been sent out now, and remember, some things are coming in waves because it was so much cheaper to send things out through media mail. So if you are waiting on postcards and/or pins, they are on their way.
Portrait people, I found a stack of portraits under a pile of boxes at the end of everything, so if you haven't received yours, it is also on its way.
As for books going to schools, I've decided that if I have to package one more round of boxes right now, I, and my children, might cry heartily, so I will get the classroom books out for the beginning of the new year.
If you don't receive your package, or something isn't right, please contact me and we'll make it right.
And lastly, I am thinking about doing some sort of video conference or forum to talk about what I've learned through this process and to discuss running a meaningful business (what I'm trying to do). Shoot me an email if you'd be interested in joining the conversation and I'll keep you in the know.
Thanks again everyone. I've loved so much seeing your photos and hearing your reactions to the books. What joy! and bless the little hands that hold them. Keep the photos coming!!
most happy holidays,