I started the saga in HERE, THERE BE DRAGONS, and finished it in THE FIRST DRAGON, but the stories in those seven books weren’t all the stories I had to tell. The eighth Imaginarium Geographica book, THE DRAGON KNIGHT, is live on Kickstarter now, and our goal is to give readers a new Dragon book for Christmas. Get yours here: https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1401678214/the-dragon-knight-the-8th-imaginarium-geographica
A couple of weeks ago, we sent out the BackerKit surveys for rewards for the good people who backed the Meditations Trilogy Kickstarter. If that includes YOU, you should have gotten an update from Kickstarter, and an email from BackerKit with the survey. (If you haven’t seen it, check your Spam folders.) For those of you who missed the opportunity to pledge for the books during our Kickstarter campaign, or wanted to add something to your collection and reading stack, we are now open for pre-orders, to be shipped after the Kickstarter rewards have gone out. You can look over the options and order the books at the link, here:
A couple of decades ago, I was hanging out at a pizza place I frequented – I designed their logo, so I ate there for free – and I was talking with the guys there about the cool scene in Michael Jackson’s “Smooth Criminal” video where he starts the music by throwing a quarter across an entire room and into the slot on a jukebox. It was agreed that was an engineered effect, and further agreed that it would still be wicked cool to do in real life. I ventured the opinion that it would be really, really hard, but not impossible. The owner opened up the register, handed me a pile of quarters, pointed at the jukebox, and said “Knock yourself out.”
I spent the whole afternoon – whenever no customers were dining in – flinging quarters from across the room at that jukebox. Not a single one went in, although a few careened off in weird angles because they hit the little tab underneath. The guys laughed about the fact I tried so hard to do it, and did pretty much every day after. I figured if I was going to be hanging out in a pizza place – my hand was still healing from the recent car accident, and I stopped in there every day after therapy – I may as well be throwing quarters across a room at a jukebox.
The thing is, my aim got better. A LOT better. And I could now pretty reliably hit a very small area with the quarters. The guys were commenting on that one day as I patiently threw quarter after quarter after quarter, and then…suddenly…
The quarter slid right into the slot and the jukebox cranked to life with a Guns “n Roses song at full blast.
Everyone stood there, stunned, then started yelling and applauding. One of the cooks commented that yeah, I’d gotten the quarter in, but only after a thousand tries.
The owner laughed and said “That doesn’t matter. It doesn’t matter how many times he tried and missed. All he had to do was make it work ONE TIME, and we’re all going to be talking about it forever, for the rest of our lives.”
The Meditations Kickstarter has 236 backers and just 30 hours left to run to raise $1922 in order to be fully funded. Four days ago, we were only 51% funded. Today we are 92% funded. I think we can find 14 more people who want to see these books in print, and bring us the rest of the way. Here’s the link – you know what to do. Show me something awesome today:
With 54 hours to go, the Kickstarter to publish hardcover editions of DRAWING OUT THE DRAGONS and the other two books in the Meditations Trilogy is 85% funded, and this thing is going to go the distance. Thank you everyone for your support of this project!
We have also added some really excellent new backer rewards: an opportunity for some individual mentoring, signed books, and more! All the details are at the link. Go here to have a look:
A little more than two days to go – almost there!
James & Team Dragon
The stories I share in the three Meditations books are my mythology, and I am doing the best I can to ensure that they are worthy of inspiring others. If the things I write and speak about have touched or inspired you in some way, I hope you’ll help us put these books out in hardcover by joining our Kickstarter. We have six days left to make something extraordinary happen, and we need a lot of support to do it. Help push the cart here: https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1401678214/the-meditations-trilogy
I’m running a Kickstarter to publish hardcovers of the three books in my Meditations series: DRAWING OUT THE DRAGONS, THE BARBIZON DIARIES, and THE GRAND DESIGN. But I’m not asking anyone to take a chance by backing books they haven’t read. So today and today ONLY you can download the ebook versions of all three of Meditations books for FREE.
You don’t even need a Kindle to read them – just click on the “Read on any device” link beneath the cover thumbnail of any one of the books. That will allow you to download the Kindle reader application.
If you haven’t read them, now’s your chance. If you HAVE and any part of them resonate with you, please join us and back the project, then share these links with everyone you feel could benefit from reading them as well.
Some choices can make miracles and magic happen. Some choices can change your day. And some might even change your life.
Nine days. We have nine days to make something extraordinary happen. It’s a big challenge, but it is ABSOLUTELY DOABLE. It can be done, but I need your help to build the momentum. If you know someone who would love these books, call them. Don’t wait. If you’d been waiting to make a pledge or to level up to one of the more exclusive rewards, now’s the time.
Many people have expressed a desire to have these books in hardcover, especially DRAWING OUT THE DRAGONS, and THIS is the opportunity. To those who are already backing it, thank you! To those still thinking on it, please don’t hesitate – throw your support into the project now, and share it with anyone else who could benefit from hearing the messages in these books. We have TEN DAYS to change the future. Please help me make it happen.
StarChild was my first great work in comics; the Chronicles of the Imaginarium Geographica was my first great series in fantasy fiction. But the book called Drawing out the Dragons has been, I feel, the most meaningful thing I’ve ever written. It’s the first in a series of three books that I hope will help change your life, and how you choose to live it.
In its pages, I talk about all the choices I made as I learned what I needed to learn to write and illustrate the comics and stories that built my career; but I also talk about the things that I believe are most important in this life; about things I believe are true, and meaningful, and most worth sharing.
I tell stories drawn from my own life: examples about overcoming obstacles and adversity; stories about how making choices in your life is like drawing a Dragon; vignettes about how I came to do what it is that I love most in the world for my job. But most importantly, I tell each and every reader that they can make the same kinds of choices that I did – and that I believe in them.
Sometimes, being told that is the thing that we need most in our lives. And I think it’s the most important thing that I can say to anyone: I believe in you.
Since the Kickstarter campaign to publish the first version of Drawing out the Dragons took place, I’ve added to the stories and expanded on the original – and what was one book soon grew to become three: the definitive Author’s Edition of DRAWING OUT THE DRAGONS; the followup book THE BARBIZON DIARIES, and the great conclusion, THE GRAND DESIGN.
These books contain the most significant stories I have ever shared. Many thousands of people have seen my presentation Drawing out the Dragons, or have read the ebook, or one of the published versions of the print book; and a great many more have responded to quotes and essays I’ve posted online. The best of all of the speaking and writing I have done is found in these three books: The Meditations Trilogy. They have been available as ebooks, but now I want to publish them as hardcovers, and I’m asking for my readers to help me do it. Click on the link and read more about the Kickstarter project, and then help us make some awesome books.
As always, thank you – I am very, very grateful for your support.
James A. Owen and Team Dragon
Our webhost was hacked on January 23rd, they had to take all of our sites offline, and everything was moved to a new data center. Unfortunately the most recent backups were also unavailable. So we are slowly rebuilding all three sites (this site, herethrebedragons.net, and coppervaleinternational.com). Please bear with us while we try to get things back to normal.