LADY-FAME and St. Bernard

September 15, 2013: The LADY-FAME Book Project is still my highest priority right now, but, my favorite restoration project at St. Bernard Church started back up right at the moment the Kickstarter Project to help fund LADY-FAME ended! The past three months, during which I had been planning to sit at the keyboard, instead became three months of graining pews. For more information on the St Bernard Restoration Project, CLICK HERE:

LADY-FAME, or, THE FLUKE is this book I am currently working on.
Something I've been putting off for many years.
Started in 1973, almost immediately after having survived the Christmas Eve sinking of the crab boat, Lady Fame at the entrance to Humboldt Bay, I wrote down 50,000 words documenting my every thought and action, as truthfully as possible, during the 24-hour period leading up to a near-death experience.

Now I am expanding the story. Embellishing. Exaggerating. Maybe making stuff up.
Kind of a novel, kind of a memoir. Kind of true, kind of a lie...

You know, a sea story.

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A Kickstarter crowd-source fundraising campaign was set up to raise money to make the writing and editing possible. The campaign ended with full funding. In fact, 150% of requested funding!

While it might seem like a bit of an odd turn after the recent "Exhibition at the End of Time, at the End of the World", I have done projects in the past that would qualify as writing.

Take a look at "Mount Shasta", a photo-novella I created for the Internet back in 2000.


The incident at the heart of "LADY-FAME" was one of four stories in
Jon Humboldt Gates' well received book "Night Crossings" (1990, Moonstone Publishing).
I believe it's out of print but a search should reveal used copies.





At 6:00PM (PDT) on June 30th, the finest Kickstarter Project yet conceived ended with a rousing success!
If we include the several contributions made by people who didn't want to go through the
Kickstarter / Amazon / credit card process, this campaign ended with 150% funding!
Many thanks to all of you who contributed. It's very gratifying and will make getting this book finished much, much easier.
I'm going to leave the link to the Kickstarter page intact for a while since it seems to still function correctly and that video is worth a look.

This is a Kickstarter fundraising campaign to get a little financial help in completing the book project.
Launched just after Memorial Day, the campaign will end on June 30th.

The logo above will also link directly to my Kickstarter Project page.

If you are unfamiliar with Kickstarter, use the above link, or go to Kickstarter's Homepage to learn a bit about how it works and then get ready to pledge to support a project by someone who's work you care very much about,... me!

Now,... all Kickstarter projects have this reward system and usually your pledge is rewarded with a copy of the thing created. You’ll get that, but since you are pledging to an artist, you can get more, including all sorts of things you saw at the museum but never dreamed you could afford!

The rewards that can be yours in exchange for your support of this book project are HERE: