My name is Michelle. I'm known as mediaChick on the interwebs. I'm asking for your help to fund a trip to Copenhagen, Denmark for a media-collecting and fact-gathering adventure: "Destination Denmark."
The Miracle in July: A Digital Love Story
I'm the multimedia producer, writer and "media ecology" enthusiast who has committed her time, energy and heart to a ridiculously ambitious, multi-platform publishing experiment called The Miracle in July: a digital love story.
Since July 2009, I've been publishing this genre-bending multimedia tale about a profoundly romantic relationship that existed almost completely due to technology. It takes place in Portland, Oregon, and at various locations in the Kingdom of Denmark.
As I publish chapters of my work-in-progress story, each chapter includes a music playlist and is embedded with poignant, user-generated content such as photos and videos. I am painting the portrait of an erotic digital love story. Media is crucial to my art, as I draw readers into the visceral experience of "following your bliss" and falling in love online. You can learn more about The Miracle in July here: http://themiracleinjuly.com/story/about/
OMG, I'm Almost Done! (Sorta)
As of mid-May I have nearly 100,000 words of heartache and bliss, erotica and humor ready for future phases of development. I daydream about these draft words converging into many new formats, singular and bundled, each an opportunity for creative expression:
• Hardback book
• Downloadable soundtrack
• Music CDs
• Interactive DVDs
• Mobile augmented reality game
• Feature film
• Web series
• Multimedia ebook
Problem: I Need to Own the Embedded Media
One crippling problem with my plans to offer MIJ in multiple formats is that my online draft is embedded with lots of user-generated content freely available on the Internet. I need to own the digital content that I want to use in my future projects. The first time I went to Copenhagen I took a single photo. It was of the wall of windows outside my hotel room. (I was meeting my digital lover for the first time and was a tad...err...distracted.)
Solution: Destination Denmark
There's a long list of places featured in MIJ that must be digitally re-captured -- photos, sounds, video -- for future versions of the story. These are significant, picturesque places:
• The pub on the pedestrian street with the green walls and heavy, round tables • The spot under a skylight at the Copenhagen airport where the first kiss took place
• The foreboding birds chattering in the rafters of the Central train station
My collaborator in Denmark is Dr. Sarah Holloway, a professional wordsmith and grant writer, one of my MIJ editors, and a life-long friend who is featured as "Becca" in The Miracle in July. (Here's her impressive LinkedIn profile: http://www.linkedin.com/pub/sarah-holloway/b/470/663) Sarah will be my sounding board, research assistant, chronicler, stylist, photographer, and videographer during the trip.
Outright Bribery: What You Get In Return
My potential backers...my Investors of Bliss... you'll be forever immortalized in the pages of the next phase of development: a hardback book. Pledge $10 or more to get your name in the "Thank You" section of the first paper edition of The Miracle in July.
Destination Denmark backers can also get exclusive access to a travel blog chronicling the trip, a t-shirt and button flair, and get a signed and bound copy of the 2nd draft of The Miracle in July. I'm also offering aspiring and practicing transmedia storytellers who back this project special one-on-one consulting time with me and an ebook on what worked (and didn't work) in my publishing experiment MIJ.
Thanks for taking the time to learn about my totally ambitious publishing experiment and my Kickstarter project Destination Denmark. I hope you like what you see and decide to invest in the future of storytelling and my journey to follow my bliss :)
A Grateful Hug to All My Backers so Far
Posting intimate drafts of my first book online is scary business. I solicit readers' opinions and insights, and they oblige. Oh, how they oblige! I have absolutely fantastic and supportive fans (Hi guys!) thanks to a healthy Facebook fan page, sweet Twitter accolades, positive press, and a kick-ass social media press release. Their passion and energy has carried me through difficult passages, and I wouldn't dream of doing this without them.
- (46 days)