All Beautiful Creatures* Update #2

As you can see, the project has hit its goal! Sure, the not-so-healthy, pessimistic part of me is still telling me that backers can cancel their pledges up until the end of the month, so I shouldn’t start celebrating just yet. But it was still a great moment when I checked my phone after a nap on Sunday to see an email informing me that the project had successfully reached its target.

It is fantastic to know that there are people out there who support me and (hopefully) like what I write. I had a few goals when starting this project, but the main one was to push myself to finish this book that I started back in 2005. I would work on stories on-and-off, but life happened and I’d go long periods without writing anything. Yes, I wanted to finish the stories and get the book out there, but I also apparently needed a little push to get it done. And I knew people trusting me with their money was what would be the thing to do it.

So, even though the project still has 12 more days until it can be officially successfully funded, I still want to say how immensely grateful I am to everyone who has pledged, who has trusted me, who pushed me to finish this book, so that people can physically (or digitally) have something that I created and love.

And then I can begin working on the next books, whose progress you will be able to follow on this site.

In other All Beautiful Creatures* news, a portion of Larry the Lyin’ Lion is now posted as the Story of the Week. This one is a little different in that it’s more than just a straightforward narrative; it’s a story told through limericks.

I cannot say that I much understand poetry without a designated rhyme scheme, but I love limericks. I’ve loved them since my dad’s dad, my Papa, introduced me to them tell as a (too-) young child. Sure, many of the ones he shared were inappropriate, but they also served to teach a young, impressionable boy about the type of abnormally-proportioned men one could encounter from a small Massachusetts island town. So basically, he was just fostering an interest in poetry, geography, and biology.

Give my poem a read and let me know what you think. And if you haven’t already, pledge to get yourself one of the first copies of All Beautiful Creatures*.


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