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This metaphorical journey through an eating disorder allows the reader/listener to engage with the author's experiences.
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"Eating Disorders on the Wire: Music and Metaphor as Pathways to Recovery" is an Eating Disorder recovery book / music project that will be released in late 2013 by Personal Bias Records. This Kickstarter will help defray the cost of printing the book, recording and producing the music, and marketing the project.

We have already edited the book and researched all of the background musician/recording costs, so we have a solid understanding of how to bring this project to fruition. This Kickstarter will give us the financial backing to get this project moving so we can get this important book and music into the hands and hearts of those facing their eating disorders.

Author/Musician's Note:

This is the story that my eating disorder wouldn't let me tell. It is a direct portal to which my eating disorder did not grant me access. Only in the aftermath can I really explain, and in the explanation, those struggling right now can know about that portal kept well-hidden. "Eating Disorders on the Wire: Metaphor and Music as Pathways to Recovery" guides the reader on a recovery journey as told through a metaphorical tale. Throughout this journey, the eating disorder takes the form of various metaphors including wire-walking, a cocoon, a courtroom, and quicksand. You are shown how each metaphor can be used to your advantage or disadvantage, depending on how you choose to enable it. The book's purpose is to assign imagery and tale to feelings that the eating disorder may render unidentifiable. After all, many with eating disorders share this pre-existing struggle with direct expression. We lack (or don't understand how to use) the appropriate tools that allow us to cope healthfully. Many of us cope with our inability to tolerate these inexplicable feelings by numbing them out - and for different people, different eating disordered symptoms assume the role of "numbing agent." "Eating Disorders on the Wire" attempts to find resolution here by rendering recovery vivid. It provides a universal platform from which to work; a universal language for anyone struggling to communicate. It also allows loved ones to have an alternate perspective from which to understand.Music is my broadest and most pertinent metaphor for recovery. And with that, my book - literally and metaphorically - comes full circle. Here, there is connection. Hand-to-hand clasping. Locking my spirit together with yours, after we've just found ourselves in images and symbols and tales. We meet and align here, because no matter what our chosen connecting point, we have all gone through and come out from under something. And we need to congratulate ourselves and honor that bond.

Risks and challenges

While we understand that many unforseen hurdles may arise, we are well prepared for any and all unexpected obstacles. Having a background in the world of music and fashion the minds behind Personal Bias Records have planned for the unseen and have learned from previous experiences on how to quickly recover and still develop a professional product that we can be proud of. Personal Bias Records is here for the long haul and we look forward to proving that to each and every investor in this project.

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    A heart-felt thank you and a exclusive sticker created for the project (our choice of design). We appreciate that you see the merit in this book and musical journey!

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    You will receive a physical copy of book, a thank you in the book, all three stickers, and a personalised thank you letter hand written by Jenn.

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    You will receive the exclusive t-shirt AND hoodie, physical copy of the book, personalized hard copy of the cd, stickers, thanks in the book, a personalized letter, and a sketch from Jenn as well.

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    Jenn will talk to your group about the book in a public setting (classroom, support group, book store, dinner party, etc.). She will also read excerpts from the book. Must be within four hours driving time from New York City. Dates will depend on availability. You will also receive a physical copy of the book, a thank you in the book, all three sticker designs, and a personalized thank you letter.

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    Jenn will sing selected songs from the book, as well as give a question-and-answer session about the book (great for groups!). Must be in a public setting within 4 hours driving time of New York City. Dates will depend on availability. You will also receive a physical copy of the book, a thank you in the book, all three sticker designs, and a personalized thank you letter.

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    Jenn will perform selected songs, read selections from the book, and discuss the book with your group in a public setting. Must be within 4 hours driving time of New York City. Dates will depend on availability. You will also receive a physical copy of the book, a thank you in the book, all three sticker designs, a personalized thank you letter, and a sketch by Jenn.

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    Personal concert with Jenn performing for 50 of your guests. Leave the planning to us. Personal Bias Records will book the venue and provide light snacks. This is available within New York, New Jersey, Conneticut, and Pennsylvania only. Dates will depend on availability. You will also receive a physical copy of the book, a thank you in the book, all three sticker designs, and a personalized thank you letter.

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