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Basketful Relief Project Newsletter, January, 2020

Spike Productions has published it’s first newsletter of the year, 2020. Would you want to subscribe? This is a periodic communication that informs our subscribers when new books are published and on sale, and how we are doing supporting famine relief efforts in Yemen on our BRP fundraising page with Save the Children. We promise not to inundate your inbox! Thanks for subscribing!

Basketful Relief Project Newsletter, January, 2020

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The Pond of Reflection Coming in the Spring

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Spike Productions is excited to announce we are in the creative works on a new BRP children’s story called, The Pond of Reflection. Journee is not only a mouse but a princess who ventures on a quest to discover who she is. Riding on her father’s mighty steed, the adventure takes an interesting turn when she befriends a toad and an owl who tell her about a legendary Pond of Reflection know to reveal one’s true identity while gazing at its mysterious waters. Is the Pond of Reflection magic? Is it simply a solitary place to reflection who you are? What will the legendary water show Journee and her friends? What will the Pond of Reflection show you when you look into its water and reflect on your own heart?

The Pond of Reflection, book 1 in The Pearls of Wisdom Series, is due to be published in early April, 2020.

Spike Productions is delighted to team up with Boulder artist Brooke Connor of Brooke Connor Design to illustrate this fun coming-of-age story.

The Author
CatCrestviewCatherine (Cat) Ann Russell started her own digital multimedia company in 2002 called Spike Productions after a career as a professional research scientist at the National Oceanic Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). Moved to action in 2019 to help address the infant and child famine crisis in Yemen, Cat spearheaded the Basketful Relief Project (BRP) to support emergency famine relief efforts through the publication and sale of children’s books. She has recently published two children’s stories through the BRP: The Little Book of Why and Get to Bed! The third book: The Pond of Reflection is due out in early April, 2020, the first book in The Pearls Of Wisdom Series. Cat lives in Lyons, CO on a hobby farm with her husband, Ed, and several farm animals including two burros named Nikki and Norman.

The Illustrator

BioPhotoBrookeConnorBrooke Connor lives and works in Boulder, CO. She retired from a career as an environmental chemist after 28 years of left-brained activities, and now is a full-time right-brained illustrator. Brooke specializes in alcohol marker illustrations of birds and wildlife. Her style can be described as extremely colorful, imaginative, and whimsical. Other publications include works with her friend and author, Patricia Kittelson, including, “Bixley Baines and the Beehive Fence”, “A Kid’s Guide to Bryce Canyon”, and “Cedar Breaks for Kids”.


Sneak Preview! Check out this sample video of Brooke’s creative process in her digital illustration designing.

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Basketful Relief Project Newsletter: October, 2019

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Spike Productions just published its first newsletter of the year, 2020. Would you want to subscribe? This is a periodic communication that informs our subscribers when new books are published and on sale, and how we are doing supporting famine relief efforts in Yemen on our BRP fundraising page with Save the Children. We promise not to inundate your inbox! Thanks for subscribing!

Basketful Relief Project Newsletter, October, 2019

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Get to Bed! Trailer

Buy now on BookBaby: $23.27. In pre-order on Amazon, with books available October 9!

     

With the purchase of this fun children’s story, we will send you a private link to view and download the entire video of Get to Bed! as a free bonus! Narrated by Rachel Ann Harding, this is a must have in your collection of Basketful Relief Project stories!

On beautiful evenings it’s always a challenge to get the Bouncing Baby Farm to bed!

The Author
CatCrestviewCatherine (Cat) Ann Russell started her own digital multimedia company in 2002 called Spike Productions after a career as a professional research scientist at the National Oceanic Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). Moved to action in 2019 to help address the infant and child famine crisis in Yemen, Cat spearheaded the Basketful Relief Project (BRP) to support emergency famine relief efforts through the publication and sale of children’s books. She has recently published two children’s stories through the BRP: The Little Book of Why and Get to Bed! The third book: The Pond of Reflection is due out in early April, 2020, the first book in The Pearls Of Wisdom Series. Cat lives in Lyons, CO on a hobby farm with her husband, Ed, and several farm animals including two burros named Nikki and Norman.

The Illustrator
MorganQuistSMMorgan Grace Quist is a nurse and artist who lives in the mountains of Colorado. She grew up adventuring in the outdoors: kayaking down rivers, pitching tents in the woods, climbing tall mountains, and catching lizards on the trails. The beauty of the natural world heavily influences her artistic pieces, and you’ll often find her lost in the Colorado landscape with a paintbrush in hand.

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The Little Book of Why Trailer

Buy now on BookBaby $21.68. In pre-order on Amazon with books available Oct 9!

   

With the purchase of this fun children’s story, we will send you a private link to view and download the entire video of The Little Book of Why as a free bonus! Narrated by Rachel Ann Harding, this is a must have in your collection of Basketful Relief Project stories!

Father Ben and his daughter, Belle, love walking through the woods on crisp winter days. But this day presented Father Ben with plenty of challenges with Belle’s many questions of, “Why!”

The Author
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Catherine (Cat) Ann Russell started her own digital multimedia company in 2002 called Spike Productions after a career as a professional research scientist at the National Oceanic Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). Moved to action in 2019 to help address the infant and child famine crisis in Yemen, Cat spearheaded the Basketful Relief Project (BRP) to support emergency famine relief efforts through the publication and sale of children’s books. She has recently published two children’s stories through the BRP: The Little Book of Why and Get to Bed! The third book: The Pond of Reflection is due out in early April, 2020, the first book in The Pearls Of Wisdom Series. Cat lives in Lyons, CO on a hobby farm with her husband, Ed, and several farm animals including two burros named Nikki and Norman.

The Illustrator
MorganQuistSMMorgan Grace Quist is a nurse and artist who lives in the mountains of Colorado. She grew up adventuring in the outdoors: kayaking down rivers, pitching tents in the woods, climbing tall mountains, and catching lizards on the trails. The beauty of the natural world heavily influences her artistic pieces, and you’ll often find her lost in the Colorado landscape with a paintbrush in hand.

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Two Basketful Relief Children’s Books on sale, Now!

We have our first two children’s books published and ready for purchase: The Little Book of Why and Get to Bed! How about buying one of these beautifully-illustrated humorous stories and support this great cause at the same time? Better yet, buy one of each and share this blog with all of your friends so they can do the same!

A little about our first two children’s books:

The Author
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Catherine (Cat) Ann Russell started her own digital multimedia company in 2002 called Spike Productions after a career as a professional research scientist at the National Oceanic Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). Moved to action in 2019 to help address the infant and child famine crisis in Yemen, Cat spearheaded the Basketful Relief Project (BRP) to support emergency famine relief efforts through the publication and sale of children’s books. She has recently published two children’s stories through the BRP: The Little Book of Why and Get to Bed! The third book: The Pond of Reflection is due out in early April, 2020, the first book in The Pearls Of Wisdom Series. Cat lives in Lyons, CO on a hobby farm with her husband, Ed, and several farm animals including two burros named Nikki and Norman.

MorganQuistSMMorgan Grace Quist is a nurse and artist who lives in the mountains of Colorado. She grew up adventuring in the outdoors: kayaking down rivers, pitching tents in the woods, climbing tall mountains, and catching lizards on the trails. The beauty of the natural world heavily influences her artistic pieces, and you’ll often find her lost in the Colorado landscape with a paintbrush in hand. 

The Little Book of Why

Father Ben and his daughter, Belle, love walking through the woods on crisp winter days. But this day presented Father Ben with plenty of challenges with Belle’s many questions of, “Why!”

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Buy now on BookBaby $21.68. Coming Soon to Amazon!


Get to Bed!

On beautiful evenings it’s always a challenge to get the Bouncing Baby Farm to bed! A humorous poem your kids will want to hear read to them every night before bed.

GTBCoverSM

Buy now on BookBaby: $23.27. Coming soon to Amazon!

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Rearrangements: High Water – Reflections on Lyons 2013 Flood, Art Exhibit in Lyons

The town of Lyons is bouncing back from Colorado’s epic flood 6 years ago and looks like a vibrant, engaged community. But The flood still remains in people’s hearts and minds. Similar to 911, there is a little spot in our psyche that relates our lives, before and after the event.

Cathy Rivers, a Lyons resident and artist, is still processing the town’s collective experience in an up and coming art exhibit here in town.

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Knowing Cathy’s exceptional artistic creativity and talent, this might be a great visit to see what she’s been up to in this exhibit should you be in the area.

Here’s an article in Lyons’ Redstone Review about the upcoming show. (Page 8)

https://issuu.com/sdcmc/docs/redstone_augsept_2019

Come on over and check it out, share your story too and marvel in how much healing can be found in shared experience, creative expression and the good old fashioned passing of time and moving forward.

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UWOL 51 Guest Entry: Cille Et Let Ouiseaux

The June, 2019 Under Water Over Land (UWOL) 51 Challenge had the theme: Man vs Nature. Spike Productions worked collaboratively with flutist Cille Lutsch in a very last minute guest entry entitled Cille Et Les Oiseaux, a play on the musical title Pan Et Les Oiseaux by Jules Mouquet, which Cille played excerpts from in this creative short.

Guest entry basically means that one has missed the sign up deadline and is not an official entrant in the challenge. We only had a few days to try an idea for the theme. Other UWOL filmmakers were kind enough to offer footage of singing birds to help us enter before the looming deadline. Shared footage is not permissible in an official UWOL entry, but this wasn’t so why not collaborate with friends!

This entry also tested filming with black screen and trying out different filters in the post processing to be able to transpose Cille perfectly into scenes.

It was a lot of fun to do and a great success. View this on the UWOL forum on Vimeo by clicking on the photo below.


Cille Et Les Oiseaux – UWOL 51

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The Basketful Relief Project is On!

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Two Books with the Basketful Relief Project (BRP)


Spike Productions is excited to announce the launching of its Basketful Relief Project (BRP). We are collaborating with artists of all talents to write, illustrate and publish beautiful children’s stories in hardcover format, accompanied by beautifully narrated online video.

Spike Productions’ Basketful Relief Project (BRP) is a proud supporter of organizations fighting world hunger and currently has a BRP Save the Children Yemen famine relief fundraising page. Join us by clicking the link and making a direct donation today.

Why Spike Productions’ Basketful Relief Project (BRP) is a proud supporter of Save the Children Famine Relief Efforts in Yemen

Yemen in Crisis

Embroiled in civil conflict since 2011 and civil war since 2015, Yemen is experiencing the world’s worst man-made humanitarian disaster. As war continues, the UN says it is on the brink of the world’s worst famine in 100 years. Twenty-two million people are in urgent need of help, half of them children who are facing a triple threat – hunger, disease and bombs on a daily basis. Save the Children estimates more than 100 young children are dying from extreme hunger every single day.

Save the Children (STC) is on the ground in Yemen, working to help the most vulnerable access food, healthcare and education.

  • STC has treated over 150,000 children under five suffering from malnutrition and is supporting health facilities and mobile health and nutrition teams in some of the hardest to reach areas.
  • STC is supporting over 150 health facilities to provide life-saving primary healthcare, and responding to outbreaks of cholera and diphtheria.
  • STC is distributing food to young children, pregnant women and breastfeeding mom.

Join us by clicking the link and making a direct donation today.

BRP Save the Children Yemen famine relief fundraising page

Contact Spike Productions: cat@basketfulreliefproject.com, cat@spikeproductions.com

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Winners Announced at UWOL 37 Challenge

Yesterday, 3/8, the winners were posted for the Under Water Over Land (UWOL) – 37 International Film Challenge. My entry, “The Little Book of Why” for the theme “Why?” took first place. Click the photo below to view the 4-min entry, and review the forum results thread here.

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Second place went to Mick Jenner of West Sussex, England with his entry, Why? The Answer!, that beautifully followed his quest for the Bearded Tit or Bearded Reedling and his awesome distractions along the way.

The UWOL Challenge goes way beyond posing film challenges and selecting winners. Wildlife filmmakers of any ability, from novice to expert, enter these challenges for the excellent critical feedback and supportive community atmosphere. Any are welcome, and if you love the outdoors and you seriously desire to improve your filming, production and editing skills, then this is the forum for you! Join in! Next round, UWOL 38, sign up thread opens March 15.

For more information on the UWOL Challenge forum and how to enter and participate, read more here.

Congratulations to all participants!