What a roller coaster ride I am on. :) Since I hit the "launch" button for Kickstarter on Monday I have been a nervous wreck. I have so much riding on this project. It has become more than just a "project" to me. It has become a living, breathing part of me. I want so much to see it happen. I've already started lining up the kids to be part of it. I've been talking to their parents--some of them for a long time now. I can't wait to start working on the art pieces!!! I have until May 26th--45 days total--to get the donations for kickstarter. It is an all or nothing deal. I either make all of it or nothing. That's why I'm nervous. It seems like a lot of money, but Kickstarter gets 5% and Amazon.com gets 3%. Also, with the way Kickstarter's reward system works--if you donate $50, you get a t-shirt with the "Look At Me" image on the front--I really only make about half the amount. I am trying to promote like crazy. It takes a lot more effort than I expected. I'm putting stuff on fb, I'm hanging up fliers, I'm having Derek's therapists talk to AOII alums, I'm talking to old printmaking friends...anything I can think of. I had an interview with the Kearney Hub yesterday, so I'm hoping that will help also. A friend of mine is trying to get me on NTV as well. I also talked in front of my church last week and plan on talking to two separate autism teams. I'm EXHAUSTED. I hope it is worth it. I have met so many wonderful people so far, and I don't want to let them down and tell them the project is going to have to be put on hold until I have the funds to continue. If Kickstarter fails, I'm going to be REALLY bummed.