I am not sure if this is the correct area to post in regarding my conundrum, so please let me know if I need to move it to a different location.
So I am in something of a conundrum. I am currently working on a special grant that is worth $8,000. The idea was to put forth a proposal involving a trip to England in 2013 with my son and document the trip in the form of a blog or personal photo book. I have made it a personal mission to meet many of the people behind Doctor Who because of its connection between my deceased father and myself and my connection with my oldest son who will be 11 in 2013. I have met many over the last few years and have given them a personal thank you letter explaining its special place in my heart. As a teacher, I admittedly tend to put my students ahead of my family because it is a job that does not start at 7 in the morning and end at 3 as some would believe. I have many times had to put my job first much to the disappointment of them. I want to do this as a special project that will involve my family.
It is my hope that this grant will allow us to go to a 50th anniversary (blowout?) convention to meet as many people involved in Doctor Who as possible in one strike. While there, we would go to the Globe Theatre, Big Ben, Trafalgar Square, Post Office Tower, St. Peter’s, Stonehenge, etc. Part of the proposal requires a detailed itinerary and budget breakdown. I have contact information for Frazer Hines that he gave me at the 2010 ChicagoTARDIS. I so far estimated that I could do this for approximately $5,000 roundtrip from Chicago via Virgin Vacations. It would be about a 2 week trip. However, the grant calls for 6 weeks of commitment. I do not know how I can put together a viable proposal. I have considered the idea of maybe putting together a documentary of the trip and the meaning Doctor Who has for me and my relationship with my oldest son; maybe even expand the idea into also interviewing other fans and professionals involved with the show. I have even considered using it to create a publishable book (or e-book) regarding Doctor Who fandom similar to Chicks Dig Timelords, but on a more personal level.
Can anyone please give me some ideas? Or have a way for me to expand my vision a little? I know by writing this I am already starting to think this through with greater possibilities. I guess what I am asking for is a sounding board. I know I will already have to try to save a little from tax checks and my paychecks to put into an account that will not be touched except to use for this project/trip. I know that $8,000 alone will not be enough; but it is a heck of a start to realizing this dream. Worst case scenario is that I do not win the grant, but still raise enough to at least take the trip with my son to blog about and maybe still document in book form – whether it is something others may find worth reading is a different question altogether.
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