Gravy and the Boattrain : A book for science loving kids
Gravy and the Boattrain : A book for science loving kids
A young boy struggles to build a project for the science fair. Through this he finds the value of friendship, teamwork, and humility
A young boy struggles to build a project for the science fair. Through this he finds the value of friendship, teamwork, and humility Read more
About the Project
Hello Kickstarter. My name is David Hurd. I am a software developer and author from Indianapolis, Indiana. The goal of this project is to get my first children’s book Gravy and the Boattrain in print. Gravy and the Boattrain is about a boy named Gravy who struggles building a project for the Marion County Science Fair. Through this process, Gravy learns the value of friendship, teamwork, and humility.
After much research, I have found a printing service that can deliver a high quality, hardcover edition of the book. I have already negotiated a price per book with the company and they have sent me a sample copy which looks fantastic. I have calculated how much money I need to raise and have the books printed. A large portion of the printing cost will come from myself, but I am hoping to get an extra boost to help me to my goal.
If the project is successfully funded, any excess funds will be used to print more books, recoup illustrator fees previously paid, and help Gravy and the Boattrain reach more children around the world.
About the author
After spending many years as a telecommunications technician, I felt the need for a change. For four years, I worked full time, while raising my three children, and went to school full time. In May 2013, I graduated with a degree in Computer Information Technology from Purdue University and a minor in Creative Writing. An odd combination in the minds of many, but in my mind it made complete sense. Through programming and writing, I could harness all of my creativity and share it with the world.
Dawn of the Boattrain
It was during this time in college that Gravy and the Boattrain began stirring in my mind. While on break one day, I stopped at a gas station to grab a drink. There was a petite, red headed girl, with green eyes behind the counter. I handed her my drink to scan, then attempted to make friendly conversation.
“How are you today?” I asked. It was a canned expression, I’ve never been really good at small talk.
The girl paused for a moment after scanning the drink, then stretched her lips into a wide, delightful smile.
“I’m just gravy and the boat train.” She said, reaching her hand out to me, awaiting payment.
This expression struck me as odd. I had heard gravy train before, but nothing like this. I stared at her for a moment before reaching into my pocket to pull out some crumpled dollar bills, placing them in her hand.
“Gravy and the boat train huh? Where’d you get that from?” I asked her. “I dunno. Something my grandma would say.” She said, her eyes fell toward the register with a sudden sadness. She slapped the changed into my hand, and I shoved it into my pocket.
“Well, you stay gravy and the boat train.” I said, leaving her there in that small Indiana town.
After a few days, my mind was still reeling from the encounter. It was such a unique saying, one that I haven’t heard before nor since. It seemed to me that there was much more to that old colloquialism from her grandmother then I knew. Then it hit me like mighty thunder-punch of Ivan Drago, rattling my imagination to its core.
“Why not a boy named Gravy who rides around town in a boat-train?” I asked myself. My mind raced until the Boattrain exploded from my imagination like a ten megaton atom bomb.
The original story is much different than the finished product, but from its inception, it always revolved around a boy named Gravy, his best friend Nathan, and a mischievous boy, who was originally known only as The Hand, but ultimately became Melvin Snurley, Gravy’s nemesis and main antagonist of the story.
The Writing Process
I wrote the first draft of Gravy and the Boattrain for a fiction writing class my senior year. The story was met with praise by both the professor and students alike. I had already created concept art of the characters, including Gravy, Nathan, and Melvin as well as the Boattrain, and the Barnatory, Gravy’s rural laboratory. After many late night rewrites, fueled coffee and Red Bull, I completed the final manuscript for Gravy and the Boattrain.
After a few weeks of fumbling around with Adobe Illustrator, I found that my drawing ability was on par with a four year old bedroom wall artist. It was important that the illustrations look professional, so I scraped together enough money to contract a professional illustrator and help bring Gravy and the Boattrain to life.
The Big Picture
Gravy and the Boattrain is phase one of the Imagitale Universe. The story of Gravy Boone is far from over. This book is a springboard for the many adventures he and his friends will have in the future. My ultimate goal is to create a learning website, barnatory.com, which will have interactive stories, learning games, and other fun and engaging content for kids. My dream is to create characters that kids can relate to, who value education, and that make learning fun and exciting. It would be fantastic if one day I can dedicate my life to Gravy Boone, letting his stories flow from my mind, through my fingertips, gracefully tapping my keyboard, sending positive influences to children all over the world. But getting this book to readers is step one.
Please consider sharing my dream to build a brighter future and help give children a hero that will inspire them to learn.
Risks and challenges
Gravy and the Boattrain is already written. After much research, I have found a printing service that can deliver the book. I have already received a sample copy and am pleased with the results. The only hiccups possible are shipping times, which may be delayed, but not likely. In the event of a shipping delay, all backers will be notified promptly with an updated status on their shipment. This only applies to the printed book. All eBook rewards will be delivered on time as well as other digital rewards associated with the project.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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