Stretch Goal of $20,000 REACHED!
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"It's only through disruptions and confusion that we grow.
Jarred out of ourselves by the collision of someone else's private world with our own."
-Joyce Carol Oats
// C A T C H & R E L E A S E
I carry stories in my pockets the way children collect pebbles.
As a child I'd spend my days staring wide-eyed into the world, outlining the shapes of emotions. The bend of sadness on the grocery clerk's brow, the arch of joy in the child's elbow.
"Why are you always staring off?" My friends would ask.
"Because if I don't notice, who will?" I'd answer.
After the birth of my daughter I translated this gift of noticing-the-unspoken-details into a photography career. Through my River Story work I've shared the most incredible adventures with hundreds of women in rivers all across the country. I've spent close to a decade carefully listening to and documenting their stories.
Now it is time to share my own.
As a child I would burrow under my Grandmother's kitchen table and listen to her and her girlfriends talk for hours while they met for their weekly card games. They'd laugh and cry and just share story after story and if there ever was a heaven on Earth, to me, that was it.
I have always been in love with stories. I believe, with my entire heart, that our unspoken truths hold the collective secret recipes to soothing even the strongest fears. That the validation and love that flows from seeing our own shadows reflected back to us by other bright souls who have made it through the storms, offers grace and power unspeakable.
Catch and Release is my Grandmother's kitchen table for you to sit under. For us all to sit under, together.
A collection of essays shared with the sole purpose of reverberating this truth to as many people as I can: You Are Not Alone.
I now know that the best thing I can do to help others is both the simplest and most terrifying: speak my truths.
My most sincere hope is that Catch and Release will become a dogeared well-weathered friend to you, whenever you need it most. I hope you share it with others and that it ends up, generations from now, tucked in a dusty corner of an oceanside used book store, waiting for just the right person to walk by.
If you feel that this book is worth writing, and sharing, I would love your support.
// R E W A R D S
The rewards for this project are:
$5 or more - A Pocketful of Moonbeams
A digital card with original watercolor and pen-ink illustration by me. Perfect for screen savers, phone backgrounds, and printing for the nightstand. This artwork will feature a quote from the book, rooted in hope and made with so much love.
$30 or more - An Exclusive, Signed Copy of Catch & Release
A signed, limited-first-edition copy of the book that will ONLY be released during this Kickstarter campaign. While I do plan to let truths fly long after this campaign is completed, the book that is being offered here is an exclusive version that will never be available for purchase again.
You will also receive the digital card included in the "Pocketful of Moonbeams" reward, mentioned above.
$50 or more - The Book + The First Look
In addition to everything mentioned above, you will be the first one to read the words on the pages. Contributors at this level will receive a series of exclusive emails containing top secret excerpts from the book before it is released.
$100 or more - Your Name in Ink
This reward comes with everything above, and you will also have the name of your choosing included on the contributor's page of this exclusive edition of Catch & Release. This one means so much to me because it's like having a circle of people holding my hand while I take this huge leap. Having our names all together in print feels like the best kind of magic to me, and I will frame this page and keep it on the walls of my house, wherever I may go, forever and ever.
$500 or more - 5 Books + Handmade Pottery + A Signed and Numbered Print
You will receive 10 signed copies of the book, the name of your choosing on the contributor's page, the exclusive first looks, the digital card and a one-of-a-kind made-just-for-you piece of my pottery.
Every single day I made something with clay. For the last six years this has been my practice of centering, soothing and letting go. I have never offered any of my pieces to anyone until now. I thought so much about how I could truly express my gratitude for someone supporting this project and believing in me at this level, and this feels like the only thing that will do. I use collected river waters and clay gathered from the local earth. I turn up my pottery playlist, light my favorite balsam candles, sit on my rickety old stool and feel so completely myself at the wheel.
You will also receive a signed and numbered exclusive print.
This reward level is a collection of my favorite things (photography, pottery and prose), and I am so super excited to offer it, here.
$1200 or more - The River Story Collection
If you or someone you love has ever dreamed of having a River Story Session with me, this is your chance to hold a spot.
This contribution includes one signed, limited-first-edition copy of Catch & Release, your name on the book's contributor page, the exclusive preview, a custom handmade piece of pottery, a signed and numbered print AND a River Story Session with me in my most sacred waters.
The session will take place between April 2019 - October 2020 near Austin, Texas, at my magical top-secret location, an hour before sunset. As for the exact date, you can let me know when you're able to come and we will work with you to make it happen. Think of it as a River Story gift certificate that you can cash in whenever you are ready.
(Serious/boring talk: This reward covers the entire photography session fee as well as a collection of full-sized, edited digital image files.
All other fees and expenses, such as travel, lodging, clothing, and anything else you want to bring/add are your responsibility. This reward is for the session fee and files only.)
// T H A N K Y O U
I have been nervous and I have been brave a thousand times. This feels different because it's the first time I am standing here as I am with no frills. No images of other people to hide behind, no awards or accolades listed. I went back and forth about making a video for this main page and then decided I want to allow this to stand on its own two feet. No performative emotions or forced productions.
Just me and my words and a hope that this is enough. That I am enough.
And so I just want to take a moment to thank you for being here. Truly, from the bottom of my heart.
Risks and challenges
To say I'm not nervous would be the biggest lie every told. Even though I have done a successful Kickstarter and run a successful business this feels scarier because I'm not hiding behind anyone else this time. It's just me. Honestly the biggest challenge and risk was just showing up here on Kickstarter. Publishing is so crazy expensive and filled with all sorts of winding roads and detours. But at the end of the day, I know WE can do this and I cannot wait to get these books into your hands.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
- (19 days)