EIGHT DAYS LEFT: more story, more artists unlocked, more choices you now must make!
EIGHT DAYS LEFT! :0
We've just broken $325k, which means another reward tier, which means Five Awesome Artists have appeared! Each of them will doing an illustration for the book, and I am SO EXCITED:
- Alex Thomas (Star Wars: The Old Republic)
- Andy Runton (Owly)
- David Troupes (Buttercup Festival)
- Faith Erin Hicks (Nothing Can Possibly Go Wrong, Friends With Boys)
- Rosemary Mosco (Bird And Moon)
AAAH THIS BOOK IS GOING TO BE SO GOOD, YOU GUYS. I'm super thrilled to get to work with all these amazing people! Also the School Library Journal did a story on us which is also awesome. So in conclusion: everything is awesome!
The next stretch goal is at $350k. Thank you for sharing hamletbook.com with everyone: you are tied for first place on my list of "Best People Ever".
Storywise, we'd finally come up with a book we could use to trick Claudius into revealing himself as a stone-cold murderer. I'd asked you to either be the best person you could be yesterday or eat sand, and while a lot of you decided to be awesome, there was some sand that got consumed. But there's always tomorrow, right? ANYWAY LET US PROCEED AS OPHELIA:
Give the book to the king
First thing in the morning, you show up to the Royal Court. Hamlet's got the book, so all you need to do is observe. You look out at the room and see that everyone's here: the king and queen, your dad, Hamlet's weird friends Rosencrantz and Guildenstern and Horatio, a bunch of people you've never met - the whole gang! As you walk into the room, you notice Hamlet talking to Horatio. He's asking him to also keep an eye on Claudius as he reads the story. Couldn't hurt.
Alright. There's nothing left to do. It's go time! Hopefully Hamlet realizes that too!
It turns out he does. "Hey Claudius!" Hamlet says, brandishing his copy of Gonzago. "Why don't you read THIS book today?"
"I certainly don't see why not," Claudius says, and Hamlet passes him the book. Hamlet seems to hesitate on where to go next, but settles on standing behind the king so he can see what he's reading.
As Claudius begins to read, you become really intent on what's happening. In fact, you're staring at Claudius and listening so insanely intensely that you almost feel like you've become the man himself!
Here are your two specially-named-just-for-you options: vote for which path you want to take in the comments! Bonus points for doing so rhyming couplets, sonnets, free verse and epic narrative poetry:
OPTION CHRISTINA: Continue staring at Claudius so hard that you become Claudius
OPTION BRITNEY: Keep being Ophelia, because watching someone else read a book is definitely way more fun than actually reading it