My 'Boosted' campaign is doing amazingly well.
To say I'm grateful is really an understatement. It's been an amazing week - watching as your generosity and aroha rolls in. It's been humbling to realise how much support is out there for me and for this project in particular. To be over half way at such an early stage is more than I could have imagined.
So. Thank you! Tēnā koutou, tēnā koutou, tēnā koutou katoa. ALL EIGHTY THREE OF YOU.
One of the recurrent themes in the messages you have been sending along with your koha has been that you 'wish it could be more' or you're 'sorry it's not much'. My answer in every case has been: Please don't apologise for what you are giving! I am grateful for anything anyone is moved to give, however small: it means a lot to me.
Over the last 15 years or so I've published three poetry books and produced five CDs - and I've managed to do this at the same as working pretty much full time. But this book is an entirely different creature. It's become clear to me that because of the emotional, historical and family territory I'm traversing here, this project deserves my full attention. I'm very fortunate that so many of you understand and support that.
A highlight of the last week, apart from such a successful launch to this campaign, has been the great feedback I've been receiving about our Boosted video. Thanks again Ange Boyd! For your entertainment and edification, here's a 'behind the scenes' glimpse of the making of that video. Essentially a gag reel.
Again, Ange put this together. It begins with me learning why they call it a 'clapper board':
There are still four weeks to go of the campaign, and I'll keep you updated as we go. I post regularly about my writing and about this project (as well as other stuff) on my Facebook and Twitter pages:
Thanks again all of you - I'll be in touch again soon. And in the meantime, I hope you are all enjoying your Waitangi Day, in whichever way means the most to you.