My name is Jasmine Lamb. Almost ten years ago I thought I was coming apart at the seams. It turns out I was coming into being. I was living alone. All I wanted to do was stay home, curl under the covers, and walk in the woods.
I asked myself a lot of questions: What will become of me? Is this okay? Who am I? What am I? What about being productive? What about saving the world? Is this it?
Along the way I began to wonder if this personal undoing was possibly not so personal, but in fact the universal story of becoming oneself, the heroine's journey.
With your support I will answer this question with a written manuscript.
I have over 500 pages of unedited typed journal. In the next two months I'll begin doing some broad editing and cutting out what is not essential to the story.
The next stage of editing includes revising, sculpting, visioning the final form of the manuscript. For this I need a quiet I don't have in my day to day life. I need the space to carry the vision across the days and also deeply touch in to my inner landscape that the writing reflects. I am asking for your help to make this possible. With your financial contributions I can take a month out of my regular life to finish this book.
This work will take place in Port Townsend, WA from the end of September until the end of October. I've been offered a very reasonably priced little apartment where I'll live alone. At the end of this time I will have a final first draft of a manuscript ready for editorial insights from a few chosen readers. In November and December I'll make decisions about whether I want to self publish it or look for a publisher. Either way I'll be sharing a ten page excerpt of the book with you in PDF form by the beginning of 2014.
I would be honored and grateful for your donation to make this manuscript possible.
The Energy of Money
I've launched this Kickstarter campaign to raise the funds to finish this manuscript. I've set my funding goal at $2014.00 both because it comes close to what I need to cover my basic expenses for completing the first draft, and because it is my goal to complete this project within a decade of when I began it and the decade is up in 2014.
Any funds I raise above my original goal will go toward hiring Kelly Diels as my editorial consultant (by the hour or a flat fee depending on available funds). As a writer I'm not scared to cut and re-write and re-shape the words. In fact, I'm good at it. But once I've worked and worked them, I need fresh eyes to help me polish and sparkle the final draft. Kelly recently edited this piece for me, and I was impressed: Men Should Not Ignore and Dismiss Women, Especially Me. We work well together and have shared taste, but different style. She is exacting and encouraging. Just what every writer needs.
The Circular Nature of Giving
Check out the pledge column on the left to see the specific ways I will bow to you in THANKS. Click on the pledge you want to contribute.
Together we'll make something new: a manuscript, a community, a sense of being home together on this earth.
Cover Image Credit: Painting by Rosy Lamb, Jasmine in the Braemare House, oil on plaster, 79 x 63cm, 2008.
Music: Ludovico Einaudi, the song Nightbook from the album of the same name; Music editing: Tonio Epstein; Photo editing and pictures of the view: Janina Lamb; Pictures of Marion's bathroom: Juno Lamb; Pictures of me in her house: Anjali Budreski
Risks and challenges
When we take a risk, we take a risk. We jump and we don't know what will catch us. Jumping and not knowing what will catch us is an irrational thing to do. But when faced with risks it is the right thing to do. Most risks I've taken, I've taken when backed up against a wall, after a lot of kicking and screaming, when I've exhausted all other options. What feels special about the risks of this project is that I'm not kicking and screaming, just ready to give myself a kickstart in the pants, jump into the unknown, and be present with the vulnerability, but trust in the luminous unknown net that catches us all.
Timeline: One month feels like it may not be enough time to complete the the first draft of the manuscript. Although no-matter-what, this time of retreat will be the time I can do the most rich and delicate work toward the project. I will potentially have additional time in December to dedicate to the project if I'm behind with my timeline goals.
Content: Although I have the raw material for the book, and I sense the book is in there, I don't know what it looks like or what shape it will take. Over the course of these past ten years if I've learned anything, it is to allow for the unknown. So although this feels like a risk, it is a challenge I am well prepared for living into and I trust that what is meant to be born out of this writing will come to be.
Publishing: My plan for this Kickstarter campaign is only to tackle the making of the book. Once it is complete there will be the next challenge, and next project of how to publish it and distribute it. I've decided to hold off on these decisions until I make the book. This adds more unknown to the project, but I trust that I'll have much better information and, I hope, confidence about the book that will inform how I approach this task when the time comes.
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