Conceive. Believe. Achieve.
My heroes have always been dreamers and doers. They didn't just imagine. They took action. Alexander the Great. Queen Elizabeth I. Charles Dickens. Abraham Lincoln. Jane Addams. Florence Nightingale. Thomas Edison. Nikola Tesla. Louisa May Alcott. Houdini. Thurston the Great. George Gershwin. Walt Disney.
Since 2011 I have been researching, writing, and publishing independent guide books/histories about the Disneyland Resort. It's been a labor of love, with a lot of help and input from friends and family. It was one of my dreams, and I achieved it "with a little help from my friends" as the song goes. I wanted to share with readers around the world, in great detail, and with great enthusiasm, the history and wonder of "the happiest place on earth"--and every year I release an updated edition.
Achieving that dream led to the achievement of other dreams. Publishing histories and photo collections of Los Angeles. Launching a YA fantasy series. Publishing a book that will help job-seekers land a good job. Most recently, publishing my first mystery novel. Dreams are seeds. They are not merely ends unto themselves. When you accomplish one dream, it nurtures new dreams, and you sail toward new horizons.
Right now I am approaching the launch of the fifth edition of the book that started it all, "The Disneyland Book of Secrets 2015". A lot of hard work, research, and enthusiasm went into this project, as with all my projects. And this time I am seeking backers to complete and launch the book. Because this is going to be a special book. And some dreams are so big, they need participation. Sometimes "it takes a village".
There are rewards--great rewards, fun rewards--for supporting the book's completion and launch. There are photographs and signed paperbacks and dinners with the author, and, even for modest donations, seeing your name in print on the "Donor Roll Call of Honor". But mainly there is the satisfaction of backing a labor of love, of being part of something special and positive in a world where, every day, the news sometimes seems grimmer and grimmer.
Please consider being part of this dream, of participating at any level. And whatever your own dreams are, share them. And take action. Conceive. Believe. Achieve.
Kickstart the Independent Magic: "Disneyland Book of Secrets 2015": https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/leslemonauthor/disneyland-book-of-secrets-2015-independent-magic