First let me apologize for the long time since last update. As funding was drawing to a close, my family and I were preparing for a move across seas from our home in North Carolina to the forested north of Sweden - the homeland of my wife. This move was in the planning for many months but in the last month, in particular, we were in a mad rush to unload ourselves of our worldly belonging, finish making arrangements and shipping a crate of our records and valuable possessions. It was a bit a stressful, but we arrive in Sweden on April 28 and breathed a breath of fresh air!
We were staying with in-laws until we got on our feet with jobs, a car and a place of our own to live. We enjoyed our time out in the middle of the Småland forest, but settled into a farm of our own after about a month of staying with the in-laws. Sadly, it took until just a few weeks ago to get internet access at our house. So, it has been difficult to get to work until now! But, I am happy to say I am working on I AM SCIENCE about 70% of my time and have some developments for you.
I am putting those backer dollars to work with a fantastic artist on the cover design and potentially some interior artwork as well. I am holding off on the shirts because of this. I am hoping that we make an even awesomer t-shirt design based on the new cover design. (Instead of my not-so-artistic original design!). More details about the design and artist and a special preview for backers of the cover as it gets finalized.
Stories: This is proving more difficult and interesting than I imagined before. There were LOTS of stories and I have been categorizing them all in a spreadsheet, pulling out narrative elements and trying to figure out how to tie them all into a continuous theme. I will not be editing individual stories as the original context and voice remains so important to the project. But, I will be picking a selection of stories based on diversifying the different experiences had by those who contributed to to the success of I AM SCIENCE. I will be sending out emails, or contacting storytellers via twitter or blog comments if I cannot find your email address, to ask for permission to use your story and whether you would like to expand or edit it for the final eBook.
Second, let me apologize for not getting your rewards to you yet. For those getting t-shirts, as I mentioned above, I've held off until we get an awesome cover design to base the shirts on. For those getting stickers, I have a contact in NYC who will be helping me (since postage is really expensive from Sweden). I will be sending her the addresses and the stickers to mail out for me. Obviously, books will be sent when they are done. I am still shooting for a September deadline as originally intended, but will keep you all posted of obstacles.
Please let me know if you have comments or concerns about the project and now that I am fully internetified I will be in touch more often. If you are near the southeast coast of Sweden, let me know and I'll buy you a fika or an öl!
All the best, Kevin!