About this project
You know how you read a story and you wonder how much the main character reflects the author? Well, you don't have to wonder in this case. Stop reading now if you'd rather keep the mystery so you can debate it in your next reading club.
Too late. Yep, I'm the cat who hated reading. I was a terrible student. And to make it worse, my older sister had straight A's! "What's wrong with Will?", my parents, teachers, and clergy would say. There's one word that most accurately describes what's wrong with a child who hates reading. Nothing.
Sure, not reading can be incredibly painful. I was so relieved when I finally found that reading can be desirable, fun, even joyful. I hope my story will let others know they aren't alone, and perhaps, just perhaps, open them to the possibility that reading can be fun.
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Step One - storyboard of sketches - done!
Step Two - clean and color - done!
This means PDF ebook will be delivered early, the day after Kickstarter funds us. With enough interest, I could publish it on paper.
Step Three - animation tweens - in progress
I'll post an example here when done.
Step Four - animation sounds
Step Five - icons and splash screens
Step Six - finalize app design with programmer
Step Seven - get app back from programmer
Step Eight - submit for Apple Store approval
Step Nine - announce to world and deliver to Kickstarter backers
The following is an actual email from a friend and backer who thinks he's a screen writer. I did not write this.
Scene between the Kickstarter Backer and his Spam Filter
[Backer opening email in the morning]
Filter: I got a bunch of no-goodniks quarantined.
Backer: Any potentials? Anything interesting?
Filter: Nah, it's the usual viagra and hot stock tips. Wait. There was something new, some threatenings to start kicking.
Backer: Whu? Start kicking what?
Filter: I don't know. They hate reading or something.
Backer: ARGH! I've been waiting for news about I HATE READING! Kickstarter project, and you kept it! I'm going to start my own Kickstarter project called I HATE STUPID SPAM FILTERS!
Filter: Yeah, me too. My cousin is a stupid spam filter. Good thing you got me.
WOW! 547,928 likes on facebook for I Hate Reading. Too bad, it's not for this project. Yep, that's right. Facebook has a member called I Hate Reading I never knew about. Its sole purpose seems to be counting the number of folks who hate reading. If I only reach 1% of them, it'll be worth it.
Hey, what a great idea for my next story and Kickstarter project I HATE ANDROID! Penguin says "Open the app", and Cat yells "I hate Android". Then an anvil falls on his head.
Nah. As much as I like anvils being introduced to heads, my heart just isn't into it. The truth is I don't hate Android. I have an iPad, a Nook and a Kindle Fire. I had to start somewhere, so I took those devices and tossed them down my driveway. The iPad slid further. (The iPad's aluminum backing helped win the driveway war. Just another Steve Jobs innovation at work.)
If we end up totally blowing away our goal by a million or two, I promise to hire Android and Nook programmers on exotic beaches around the world and then go on site to personally supervise their work.
Sorry, I probably crossed the line between funny and snarky. I'll try hard to be super serious for a moment. The programmer is looking at doing the work the first time in a format that works on both iOS and Android; however, we both think it best to promise iOS, and announce Android later if the common format works.
Pretty much any question that starts with "How come" is gonna suck. My mom peppered me with How-comes as a child:
How come you don't draw like Dr Seuss?
How come you're not as pretty as your sister?
How come you don't wear pants in public?
But since you asked, and you're not my mother, (that question didn't come from you, Mom, did it?) stretch goals sound like stretch pants and stretch marks. Stretch is not a good prefix to any word.
Instead, I got something tons better in mind for you. You're about to experience Secret Victory Tiers. If you're really cool, you can just say SVT. The world is starving from lack of acronyms. I'm doing my part. You can help too.
It's easy. You back me now you're plugged in for any future SVT.
First off, what part of "Secret" is throwing you? You don't peek at your presents, do you?
Second, didn't you see Fight Club? Even the trailer explains that the first rule of Fight Club is "Don't talk about Fight Club."
Most important of all, I don't want to tip off the other Kickstarter projects. SVT is only cool when no one knows about it. I mean if EVERYONE has an SVT, what's cool about that? You're part of an exclusive club. Enjoy the privileges. But don't talk about them.
I generally don't tell you what you want for your kid. But since you asked me, sure, my story is exactly what you want for your kid.
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