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The countdown clock has begun. Less than 24 hours for this particular project for subverting kids and turning them into huge geeks.

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The end is nigh for this Cthulhu-related kickstarter. Revel in its glorious final hours, and perhaps save it from a fearful fate.

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The last, final hours for a ill-fated (DOOMED) project launched when the stars weren't aligned.

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This kickstarter is in the last 24 hours. It probably won't get funded, but everyone loves a lost cause.

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My children's album Kickstarter is in the last 24 hours. Only YOU can make this thing happen.

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Four years ago, I started getting unexplainable allergic reactions. At about the same time, I was tracking double bass for an album, and after every session my hands would be inflamed, swollen, painful and itchy. After consulting with an expert at a hospital with a renowned allergy facility, it came to light that what I was allergic to was prolonged pressure on my skin. That effectively ended my music career, such as it was.

Since that time, I’ve done a little bit of studio work, but I have to take pretty potent steroids in advance so that my hands don’t turn into mittens full of angry bees. I wear ugly shoes because they are comfortable and prevent my feet from swelling after standing all day, and I’ve learned to seek out the good chairs in any room so that I don’t end up with hives on my spine and the backs of my legs.

I’m telling you all of this because I still want to make music, but I just can’t play instruments anymore. I’ve got a bunch of musician friends who have been very generous with their time, and have done free studio work for me. It’s great to have such wonderful friends who have so much faith in my projects, but I really feel they deserve to be paid for their work.

The motto for this project is “Everyone Gets Paid.” It’s important for me to acknowledge all the creative people in my life who regularly donate their time to me, unpaid. That’s the people at Evergroove Studio, who take time out of the insane production schedule to let me record there. It’s the musicians who act as my hands. It’s the graphic designers, artists and photographers who have contributed their time and money. There are others too, and I want them to have credit (and money). By helping my project, at any level, I am one step closer to being able to compensate artists of all sorts for their time and creative energy.

My most recent project is a children’s album about Cthulhu and the other elements of 1930s horror writer H.P. Lovecraft. What started as a joke has developed into something I’m really proud of: taking something decidedly not “kid-friendly” and making it age-appropriate and full of actual lessons kids need.

For everyone who has shared the Professor Grownup Kickstarter campaign already, I’m eternally grateful. To those who are only now taking a look at it, keep in mind that a $5 music download (the lowest tier) means I’m that much closer to being able to complete this thing, which in many ways is my surrogate for all those years of playing in bands.

Thank you for taking the time to read this, and please check out the link. Even if you can’t contribute financially, you can put it in front of new audiences who might be able to. My greatest strength in this process is the good character of my friends and acquaintances, so thank you for everything you have done and everything you will do.

-Cameron Hays (AKA Professor Grownup)

#cthulhu #lovecraft #kids #geekparenting #music #kickstarter #crowdfunding

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I'm going to take a break from shamelessly promoting my own Kickstarter to share this one instead.

If there is one game supplement that I am excited to see in 2017, it's Harlem Unbound. I was a history teacher for the better part of a decade and I can't overstate how disappointingly thin most pop-history about middle-class black lives in the 19th and early 20th century is. The Harlem Renaissance was a brilliant period in American history, and I think it's about time that an RPG was set with it as a backdrop, especially one that doesn't shy away from addressing issues of race and class in our society.

If you haven't backed it already, take a look: you have 7 days to act!

Hey there. I've been trying to contact the moderator for this group for a while with no response. I don't want to be the jerk who shows up to drop a Kickstarter campaign where its not wanted, but it seemed like it might appeal to someone else in this group.

I'm a teacher, psychologist, doctoral candidate in education and musician; I'm trying to combine all these elements into one project by recording a children's album based on the works of H.P. Lovecraft. The songs are kid-friendly (and actually impart kid-specific messages about things like making friends, reading, and trying new foods), but are also targeted at adults familiar with the mythos.

As a bonus, I'm throwing in a 3 song EP of kids' songs about the works of Lovecraft's pulp-writing buddy Robert E. Howard and his Conan the Barbarian stories.

If it's okay, I'll post a link, but I want to be respectful to the community standards. 

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I'm recording an EP of kids' songs about Conan the Barbarian as a companion to my full-length children's album about Lovecraft's Cthulhu Mythos. If my Cthulhu album gets funded, everyone will also get "B is for Barbarian," "Never Trust A Wizard" and "He Did It Anyway" (a song about how the stories are different from the movies).

If you are a fan of Conan, or just want to see how I can possibly make something kid-friendly out of any of this, please back my project. Or, y'know, pass it on to interested parties.

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I'm recording an EP of children's songs about Conan to accompany my full-length album about Lovecraft's Cthulhu Mythos. The three songs include "B is for Barbarian" (a song about the etymology of the word Barbarian and its historical usage), "He Did It Anyway" (about the differences between the movies and Robert E. Howard's short stories), and "Never Trust a Wizard" (self-explanatory).

If you were looking for the best way to introduce kids (yours or someone else's) to the Hyborian Age or the Great Old Ones, I'd love your support either by backing the project or by passing it along to interested parties.
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