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$1,240
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31
backers
Funding Unsuccessful
The project's funding goal was not reached on Sat, May 31 2014 7:07 AM UTC +00:00

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I just finished a new drawing that I may use as additional artwork for my book.
I just finished a new drawing that I may use as additional artwork for my book.
Handmade wooden toys!
Handmade wooden toys!
"The Boy Who Skated With Dragons" inside cover page
"The Boy Who Skated With Dragons" inside cover page
He decided that he wanted to be like the dragons he imagined, so his mother sewed a dragon costume for him to wear.
He decided that he wanted to be like the dragons he imagined, so his mother sewed a dragon costume for him to wear.
"The Boy Who Skated With Dragons" cover artwork. Here's a sneak peek!
"The Boy Who Skated With Dragons" cover artwork. Here's a sneak peek!
  • Behind the story and why this means so much to me...
  • The reason I am trying to get this book published is because I want to make a positive impact on kids and teach them important morals and values, they should learn that it is okay to be different, being unique and special makes us who we are, we all have gifts, we all have struggles but there is hope to overcome struggles and do great things that make a difference in the world. We can follow dreams and make them a reality if we don't give up. Some of this story I have written comes from personal experiences and being shy, but I was able to overcome obstacles and follow my dreams and do great things by having passion for skateboarding and not giving up. I want kids to have hope to accomplish goals. I plan to share this book as much as possible by reading it to kids wherever possible, libraries, schools, events, bookstores. There are already people looking forward to having the finished book when I do get it published. I have had a positive response to my dragon character and my artwork so I have integrated it into this fun and positive story. Most of my life I have been drawing and skateboarding, I want to further share these gifts that I have. This is a dream for me to follow and I intend to work hard to accomplish this goal. It is a story for any age group because everyone is different and can relate to these messages and overcome obstacles at all stages in life, it is a simple read with exciting illustrations. I have been talking to publishers and learning about the process along the way, there are a few that are excited to publish this book once I have the funding needed, that is why I have set up this kickstarter page. I am excited to bring this book to life and share it. Hopefully there will be future books, the possibilities are endless with an open mind and open heart. I'm always creating and pursuing my artwork and I look forward to all that is still to come. Thank you for your consideration and support for this project. I can't do this on my own.
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handmade wooden wind up toy
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handmade wooden bookends
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Handmade wooden toy with boy in dragon costume
Handmade wooden toy with boy in dragon costume
Read a book to feed your imagination for creativity and inspiration to follow your dreams!
Read a book to feed your imagination for creativity and inspiration to follow your dreams!
Boy in Dragon costume
Boy in Dragon costume
sample artwork
sample artwork

"The Boy Who Skated with Dragons" is a story that kids can enjoy and get excited about while learning positive messages about themselves and life in general. It is based on a shy boy who has a great imagination and finds skateboarding which becomes his passion and brings meaning to his life.   It is an inspiring story of overcoming obstacles and doing great things with the natural gifts and talents that each person has. We can share these things with others to bring joy into each others lives and learn from everyone we meet. It is an example of all of the potential we have to do amazing things if we follow our dreams, do what we enjoy, don't give up and work hard. Anything is possible. Everyone has a path and is destined for greatness if we have an open mind and open heart. I want to bring joy to kids with my book and set a good example of what can be achieved. This is a way for me to share my gifts through art, writing and creativity as well as skateboarding. I'm raising funds so that I can bring this book to life and share it with your help. I have talked with publishers and have the capability of producing this book when I have the financial backing, I am constantly drawing, writing and creating. I am motivated to succeed and follow my dream of getting this book published.

Risks and challenges

This project is fun and exciting but also a lot of hard work including writing, illustrating, layout, editing, proofreading, pre-production, printing, shipping, etc. I want to make sure everything comes out as good as possible to deliver a great picture book story that kids will enjoy. There is always a chance of delay and things sometimes take longer than expected to produce, but I can assure you that I will fulfill my obligation to your pledge and follow through as best I can. There is no doubt that I will get your rewards to you even if it takes a little longer than expected. Patience is a virtue and good things come to those who wait, but hopefully you won't have to. I am excited to get this project completed as soon as possible so that I can share it with the world! Thank you for your interest and for believing in me, we are going to make this an amazing experience!

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