When I called my mother last night, shortly before Neil Gaiman re-Tweeted my Kickstarter link and my social media blew up, she said:
“I think you’ll get 17. Dad’s birthday is June 17th.”
I laughed at her. We were at $13K at the time, and that itself was astonishing to me. I never thought this many people would be interested in this project. When I talked about it with my father last spring, shortly after he’d been diagnosed with multiple myeloma and shortly before he got so sick that I didn’t pester him with my Kickstarter plans anymore, he also thought it’d be good to make the $3K goal just so I could publish the book and consider other projects. I’d intended to launch this campaign last September, but everything went on hold when my father started spending more time in hospitals than at home, and I was flying back and forth from California to try to be there as much as I could.
Dad departed for his next big adventure on September 23.
There was too much to do to even think about this project for a while, so I put it aside. Over the winter, I continued to watch other Kickstarter projects and gather data, and taught myself how to make videos. Last month, I was finally ready, and this campaign began. My only regret during this entire experience has been that my father isn’t here to see it.