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What happens if a Selkie never gets her skin back? Will Etain come home, and will Kirsty earn a sealskin and survive? A journey begins.
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Selkies' Skins?  What's a selkie, what's so special about the skin... and did you really mean more than one?

Selkies are Scottish seal people, and are considered magical shape-shifting creatures, able to interbreed with humans. Spoken of in many old stories, the females are said to make caring wives, and the men to be charming and good lovers. If their skin is captured, they will remain on land, though more is heard about women being captured than the men. If they find their stolen skin, they will return to the sea and any mate or family therein, though remaining nearby to watch over their land-children.

What happens though, if a Selkie never manages to reclaim her skin before her death, and so remains with her children? What happens if her family is a magical one, and her subspecies had been created by the cooperation of sister water goddesses? Further, what if the drive to return to the sea remains strong in the offspring, and as servants of these goddesses, provide their care despite being disliked and untrusted by both full blooded Selkies and humans when found out.

We come then to modern times. First a fishing family, favored then by fortune and Marsali’s magic, the Makay clan grew to a merchant family that went on grand voyages for the good of the Magical Community. Few now remain, and those are now waterwitches, primarily interested in tending duties set by deities that few believe actually exist, and the health of the waters both locally and planet wide.

Kirsty has little choice in her fate, only how it will manifest. There are tests to pass, a place that she may have to occupy prematurely if her visions prove true, and a need to earn her sealskin to be complete. Will Etain return safe to port, and will Kirsty survive her training and test?

This story exists primarily because of a role play started with my mate. We rp for fun, and my Selkie needed a backstory. Then it ran away with me, and Kirsty and her family started demanding more and more headspace. My other novel's characters are not amused at having to share the author. I continue writing the story of how Etain loses herself to the sea and how Kirsty gains her sealskin because of his initial request.

Currently the story is a work in progress, and is being released in bi-weekly installments. You can read (and leave a review) by starting at http://webfictionguide.com/listings/selkies-skins/.

You can also visit other pages, once getting to the story itself, and find little extra bits.

It's all in my head, the getting it out to the rest of you (and him) is what will take time. Then it will require refining to go from webserial format to book format. I hope to make print, ebook, and perhaps audio versions available. I also need to be able to pay my long-suffering editor (Faith Lindgren-Brown), who always cuts me so much slack when it comes to the money issue.

If we at least raise the minimum I have set, I'll at least be able to afford printing for editing, since her computer is down irreparably and she does not have the means (due to physical disabilities) to afford a replacement. Anyone interested in an editor, feel free to ask and I'd be happy to give you her contact info. I am hoping to raise more though, and I do have some stretch goals, but would prefer to save those and reveal them a bit at a time.

Small heads up

I want to stress that, if you choose a print version of the book in your reward package, to be aware that if you are outside the US that there may be fees or taxes that your country imposes on the package, which are out of my control.  If so, be aware that you will be responsible for paying them.  Yes, all print copies obtained from this will be signed.

Also, if there are delays, such as I become ill and lose huge chunks of productivity, I will alert you, but my goal is to have this ready by December of 2013.

Please also be aware that if this project does not fund, I will not receive your pledge.  If it does not fund, rest assured that Amazon will not be charging you.

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Everyone that gets listed as a backer on the website will also be listed as a backer in the print and ebook editions of this book.


Stretch Goals So Far

$226 - Would give the chosen cover artist a good payment.  The cover artist currently intended for the print version of the book is Samantha Buckley.

$626 - A start toward being able to pay a narrator up front to record an audio version of the book.

If these stretch goals are not met, I'll have to find other ways of affording these.  The cover art I can speak to the artist, if she still wants the project and can fit it into her schedule, about payments.  The audio book, depending on whether we hit this stretch goal for it, may need to be royalty share with the narrator if it is done.  Or I might end up needing to record it, which means paying for my time spent recording.  In any case, the audio version would be of lesser priority than print and ebook, though backers of the print and ebook editions will be notified about any audio version.

Bear in mind, these goals do not pay me for my time actually writing the story.  My pay will be coming from sales once the print and ebook editions are available, unless we hugely overfund (which I admit would be nice).

Risks and challenges

I have written other books and stories before. I have two novels completed in the Dragon Shaman series, and a poetry book, as well as having published other authors. As a child I wrote short stories with weekly vocabulary words for my teachers. I wrote my first novel attempt starting in middle school and did not shelve that series until obtaining an Associates of Science in Psychology in 2001, when I had to focus on my infant. I plan to eventually return to that project, but I have several other projects first- such as this one.

The greatest potential challenge will be time. I am a student at American Public University pursuing my Bachelor's Degree in International Relations (Asian Studies), writing this book, and raising my children mostly on my own (though with a great deal of emotional support from friends, family, and long-distance mate).

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    My sincere thank you and your name placed on a list of backers that will be viewable in the Selkies Skins section of my story archive site. You will ALSO get an icon sized copy of the computer desktop background image being awarded to other backer levels. Image is not being publicly displayed at the time of this setting, but a sample is shown in a backer-only update in the logbook. It does show one form of a Selkie, and is part of one of the book's scenes.

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