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Update #9

Big News!!

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I hope you’re all doing great. It’s been a very big year here at the Spaulavallo homestead and in the world of LionHorse Productions. First I’ll update you on the professional side:

The book is DONE! I’ve just received the final PDF back from the editor with the final corrections. Rita Sabler, my designer, will be making the changes this week and creating the official final draft file, which will be print ready. I’m really, really proud of the book and the work that we’ve done, which was made possible by YOU. Because of your support I was able to work with Rita who did an extraordinary job of laying it all out and making it into something meaningful and beautiful. 

Next step = printing. Originally I was going to print about 1,500 copies of the book. However, the book turned out to be more than twice as long as I budgeted for. First drafts of the book included a photo on each page, very little room for the stories, no chapter titles, and the final page count was about 120. After much discussion, Rita and I decided to create a layout that allowed more breathing room for each photo and story -- this turned out to be much more elegant and easy to read. I also needed to add more pages than expected for content, the index, chapter title pages, and more. This brought the final page count to 260. Therefore the book will cost more than twice as much to print as I originally thought. So I’ve needed to rethink my printing strategy to stay within what I had first budgeted and fundraised for. I’m working now on getting new quotes from local printers who will print a much smaller run of books (my original printer only works in large orders).  So if you take anything away from this email let it be this: they will be printed soon!! 

And I’m going to get as far as I can before Tom and I welcome our first child into the world, some time in the next few weeks. (That’s our big personal news of the year!)  I really pushed hard to get the book off to print before baby arrives but as you all know, life has a way of making its own plans and timelines. Once baby is born Tom and I will take some time to ourselves to transition into the world of parenthood. But please rest assured that the book will NOT be forgotten – it will just be on yet another new timeline adjusted for life. 

My new goal is to release the book on Mother’s Day 2014, exactly 2 years after the She Inspires 365 gallery exhibit and the success of the Kickstarter campaign. The release will be marked with a party here in Portland and those of you who are expecting books will receive them a few weeks before that event.  I'll email you for your current mailing addresses at that time.

Thank you all so much for your continued support, encouragement, and patience. This has been a HUGE learning experience for me but I’m excited that we’re so close to reaching the end of this journey together! 

With much love and appreciation, 

Andrea 


Update #8

Summer is on the way ... as well as the book!

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Hello supporters of She Inspires 365,

I hope this finds you all well. I wanted to give you a quick update and again, apologize for the great length of time that has passed between updates. I have spent the winter months working with my wonderful designer, Rita Sabler, laying out the book, editing the photos, and creating something special that I know will honor this project. I've also been working with writer/editor, Jane Turville, to refine and edit the quotes and stories of the women who participated. I am so grateful to my small but powerful team because they have helped me to rediscover the essence of the project and have kept me on track.

The projected delivery time for the book is now mid-summer. Again, my deepest apologies for taking so much longer than originally anticipated. My goal is to finish the final draft within the next month, then the printing will require an additional three months. After the book goes to print I will turn to marketing and a distribution.  A big part of my plan is developing a diverse list of well-known, inspirational women which includes feminist bloggers, filmmakers, writers, politicians, magazine editors, philanthropists, educators and more.  It’s my hope to send each of these women a copy of the book and a letter asking them to help me get the word out about the project via social media outlets. I am also looking into the possibility of having the book available for sale on Amazon and in national bookstores. More on these efforts later. Thank you again for all your unwavering support and for your considerable patience. I’ll send another update early next month. 

Very kindly, 

Andrea 


Update #7

It's a crazy busy summer

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Hello wonderful supporters of She Inspires 365!

I hope this finds you all doing well and I first wish to take a moment to sincerely apologize for taking so long to send this update.  For the first time in my life have more work than I know what to do with ... literally.  But the really amazing thing is that it's all work that means something to me and that I'm passionate about and I thought I should share some of it with you now. 

This summer I've been traveling around the country visiting different Native American communities producing a documentary with Video/Action and funded by The Office for Victims of Crime about how Native people are responding to the needs of drug endangered children on their reservations.  I've visited the Santee Sioux in Nebraska for a second time to document their equine therapy program; I've met with the people of the Northern Arapaho Tribe in Wind River, Wyoming and learned about their Tribal Youth Program; I've been to New Mexico twice and visited a few of the Northern Pueblos outside of Espanola and have talked with the founders of Tewa Women United, an organization dedicated to amplifying the voices of Indigenous women.  I've also been working closely with the Native American Youth and Family Center in Portland in the hopes of helping to make the "invisible visible" (one of the biggest challenged for urban Indians is simply to be recognized for who they are as Native people).  I'm planning a trip to Bethel, Alaska to learn how Alaska Native youth are using theater to heal from historical trauma and I'm planning a road trip to the Cahto Indian Reservation in Northern California to go on a ride-along with a tribal police officer.  

I've been given the great honor of attending my first sweat, I've recorded numerous stories of trauma and resiliency, and I've made a lot of friends who I hope to visit with again some day, ideally with Tom and our new puppy, Banjo.  Oh yeah, did I mention that Tom and I adopted a 4 month old puppy in the middle of all of this?!  Thankfully we have AMAZING friends who have helped to care for him while I'm away and Tom's at his office (special thanks to Sue and Richard and Pete!!).  

In addition I've been traveling to Washington, D.C. for two new photography projects: the first is one for Sisters Empowering Sisters, a peer-to-peer support group for women struggling with a dual diagnoses of addiction and mental health issues.  Over 30 of their powerful stories and intimate portraits will be published in a book written by Maxine Harris with photographs by me (!).  The second project will take me to D.C. for most of September during which time I'll be working intensely with the DC Public School system to build a diverse collection of "Day in the Life" portraits of 10 different schools in the city.  It's a giant project which will produce hundreds of images and I'm thrilled to be a part of it.

I've written some grants, I've photographed some weddings around the country and some family portraits here in Portland, and I've been trying to keep up with my responsibilities as President of the Board of the Portland chapter of Women in Film.  I am so grateful to have such an amazing Board of Directors who are completely dedicated and hard working and make up for my many weaknesses on a daily basis.  I owe so much to Women in Film and I just strive to give back even a fractions of what I have received in the way of friends, knowledge, connections, and confidence in my work.  

Which brings me to the She Inspires 365 book!  Because of all this work and travel I was not able to meet my July deadline which would have had the final copies being printed now and delivered in October.  I've done a lot of thinking and feeling around this and have decided to adjust my timeline so that I will complete the book by the fall and have it printed over the winter months so that it can be delivered and released on March 8 which is International Women's Day.  I hope you can all understand this adjustment -- I was not excited to delay the release of the book but I also could not bring myself to release it before it was finished in the way that I want it to be.  

Thank you so much for reading this (if you've gotten this far :) and for your patience and continued support.  I'll try to write some more frequent updates in the coming weeks and months and let you know where I am and what I'm doing and how the book is progressing.

Thanks again and have a great night!!

Andrea

Below are two photos from my most recent trip to Espanola, New Mexico.  The first is a group of Native women praying around three children whose parents are struggling with drug and alcohol addiction.  The second is a tribal elder named Bluehorse in front of his home in Pojoaque Pueblo north of Santa Fe.  

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Update #6

THANK YOU!!!!!!

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Hello wonderful supporters of She Inspires 365!  

Thank you, thank you, thank you for all your great generosity!   As you probably know by now we surpassed our goal and raised over $10,000 thanks to ALL of you!  I am so deeply humbled and grateful to have such an amazing community of friends, family and people around the world who I am just meeting for the first time.  The She Inspires book can now become a reality and I cannot wait to share it with all of you!  

The next steps include meeting with my designer and transferring all my images and ideas to him.  I will also meet with the printer and set up an official schedule for delivery and distribution.  And most importantly I will work with an editor to create a narrative thread for the book which will weave my experiences into and between the stories of the women, many of whom I will re-interview so that I can dig deeper into how inspiration shapes the most important moments in our lives.  And I'll definitely keep the updates coming as the process progresses.

Thank you again from the bottom of my heart -- I truly could not have done this without you :).  And even more important than the money is knowing that all of you believe in me and this project and are out there rooting for me to complete it.  The money is making many things possible, but your faith in me will keep me going during the days when the work is hard or when I begin to doubt myself.  

Thank you again and more soon!!

Andrea

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Update #5

Only $332 to go!!!! {And an apology and an amendment}

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First of all I can't believe there's only $332 to go and we still have 3 days left!  Thank you ALL for all your generosity, support and encouragement!  

Second, I am very sorry to say that of course I forgot several very important people on my thank you list that I sent out the other day.  I was so tired and I knew it was dangerous operating my computer in that state but I went ahead and did it anyway.  Now I fear the people who I left off that list may feel as though they don't mean as much to me as the others -- but they would be very wrong and I am very, very sorry.  

I keep thinking of this scene from Moonstruck (one of my favorite movies of all time).  Ronny Cammareri (Nicolas Cage) says: "Love don't make things nice.  It ruins everything.  It breaks your heart.  It makes things a mess. We aren't here to make things perfect. Snowflakes are perfect.  The stars are perfect. Not us. We are here to ruin ourselves and break our hearts and love the wrong people and die."  

I am most definitely not perfect and I feel as though I have been doing a better job of making a mess this week than keeping things as perfect as they were on Sunday.  The only way it would have been more perfect is if the following people were there: Rich (my mom's partner and someone who has brought great joy into my family), Rosa + Joyce (my husband's beautiful aunts who also bring great joy and happiness to our family), my dear, dear friends, Lilach + Rod + Ella + Sahar + Shai + Eden, Johanna, Lisa, Jenna + Shane + Cooper + Sawyer, Sandy, Jonas, Keren + Sean + Max + Lily, Joanna + The Snead, Jeff + Steph, Ezra + Audrey + Asa + Ida, Pete + Roseanne, Larry + Pam, Bill + Pat, Gina + Dave + Nicole, Micha, and all of my amazing community in Portland and many, many more!!!!  I've probably still left off more people because I am one of the luckiest people in the world who has many, many amazing people in her life.  So please forgive me in advance :).  And thank you again for all your great support!!!!

OK -- off to enjoy Friday and hope that $332 will find its way here by the end of today or this weekend!!!!

Much love,

Andrea


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