Two families, locked in ancient war. Two worlds at risk. And one pissed-off geek girl who's just NOT in the mood.
So here's the thing, kids:
I've always been a writer. It's the thing I can't stop doing. All across my checkered and occasionally glorious career path, there's always been "the scribbling." So, when I fled Corporate America and decided to make a go of it as a writer full-time, I knew I'd need three things:
1) The will to succeed, no matter what
2) A darned good story idea for my first novel
3) A little help from those interested in supporting the arts in this benighted age.
I've got numbers one and two locked up - I'll live in a hollowed-out tree and write on scraps of bark if I have to, and La Barceloneta is an idea that's been gestating in the womb-like subbasement of my brain for about a decade now; it is well-developed, outlined and ready to be turned into a novel.
The first of five planned novels in a set (not a series) I call "Songs of Circe," La Barceloneta is a story about ancient wars, the power of family, and a sardonic geek girl who's alarmed to discover the task of saving not only one world, but two has fallen on her shrugging shoulders. Along the way, she finds a family and birthright she never knew existed, and slowly realizes that growing up doesn't mean giving up.
Also, there are killer wombats to deal with. No, really.
Those who fund this project will be funding both the production and printing costs of the physical book, but also supporting the creative process that will lead to its completion. Writing is a full-time (and often far more than full-time) job, but unlike, say, repairing automobiles or brain surgery, it doesn't offer much in the way of steady pay. All the work, all the blood, sweat, tears and tea are invested in the idea that the finished work will be able to produce income commensurate with said investment. Keeping the wolf from the door, then, is not always possible (let alone easy) for those called to the scribbler's profession while we are scribbling.
Supporting this project means you are supporting not only a snarky scribbler, but something that will, let us hope, entertain and edify the reading public. We're living in an amazing age, one where the individual can, with a little bit of help from friends all over the world, create amazing things without the entanglement of corporations, or being crushed to bits in the labyrinthine monolith of industrial production that values the bottom line over artistic endeavor.
I believe that La Barceloneta is one of those amazing things. I hope you will, too.
Well, without giving too much away, "La Barceloneta" is about a young woman named Marisol Rodriguez. Marisol's had a very interesting upbringing at the hands of her eccentric, Auntie-Mame-like grandmother, Luz. Marisol is mostly content with her life: a career as a graphic designer and copywriter for a small video game company; a few close friends and a hopelessly unrequited love; and keeping an eye on Luz to make sure she doesn't go to prison/invade a small country/blow up the house.
Marisol's (relatively) quiet existence is rocked, however, when she comes home from a party one night to discover her grandmother under attack by a group of mysterious thugs. Thugs who aren't even remotely human, and have disturbingly wombat-like faces. When the dust settles, Marisol finds herself thrust into an interfamilial conflict that spans centuries and bloodlines across both Earth and a world she never suspected existed - Circe. Granted extraordinary powers, but cut off from everything she's ever known, Marisol must discover her birthright and find her way in a strange new world that sees her as its savior - before it's too late.
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Funding Unsuccessful This project reached the deadline without achieving its funding goal on July 29, 2012.
Jun 14, 2012 - Jul 29, 2012 (45 days)
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