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An antediluvian man dares to challenge the final destiny of us all.
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"Everybody dies.  That's just the way it is."

In this Biblically-inspired epic, a man living in the pre-flood world of the book of Genesis refuses to accept the inevitable. 

After his village is attacked and his mother and brother are brutally killed by a hideous creature, Enoch asks the question nobody asks.

"Can death be stopped?" 

In so doing, he attracts the attention of God Himself, who sends Enoch on a quest to find his answer.

Before he knows what has happened, Enoch is forging his way across an ancient world of monsters, giants, sprawling cities and enormous jungles.  In his travels, he confronts a four-hundred-year-old prophecy and countless wonders magical, natural, man-made and miraculous.

I have been working on this novel for about four years.  In that time I've collected piles of research, fully plotted my story and character arcs, done many pieces of concept art, both computed-generated and hand-drawn, created detailed world maps and padded four notebooks with jots and scribbles.  This thing is ready to fire out of me like a bullet, but between my job as a web designer, getting married and having a son, I have only completed eleven chapters (91 single spaced pages).  I expect the finished product to be more than three times that long.

To remedy this situation, I would like to take a full month (July 2012) off of my regular jobs to just write for 40 hours a week.  In that time I will finish the first draft of the novel, and afterwards I will get notes and comments from copy editors (who are donating their time) before moving on to self-publishing.

In order to do this, I need financial backing to cover the expenses I would be responsible for if I were working.  Additionally, I will want to compensate my mother for watching my son full-time for an entire month (as I work from home, I am usually his caretaker).

Cost breakdown:

Home expenses (including food, rent, utilities and student loan payment ): $1500

Child care cost ($5/hr for four weeks): $800

Printing manuscripts, postcards, etc: $200

Hardcover printing: $500

Shipping costs: $500

Total: $3500

Any additional money raised will go into improving the final product of the book in print. 

FYI:  The title's definitely going to change.  I just haven't found the perfect one yet

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    All of the above, plus seven smaller posters including five maps of specific cities and regions within Antedilluvia, and two additional pieces of concept art.

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    WOW. Thanks! You get all of the above, plus copies of all the notes, appendices, sketches and concept art that went into the creation of this story and the world in which it is set.

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    Are you just throwing money at books or what? Well we appreciate it more than you can know. You get all of the above, plus I will add your name to an additional Thank You page in the FRONT of the final book, and I will personally write you a 10-15 page short story about any subject you can think of.

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    You rock!

    You get all of the above, plus a special collector's item: A limited edition book detailing the creation of the novel you are backing. This story will explain the genesis of every idea in the story, complete with references to Bible passages, real-world places and events, my own crazy quasi-scientific theories and all the little details that, while crucial to creating the world, did not necessarily get explained in the main text. Think of it as a "Behind the scenes."

    While I may reveal this information again someday in other forms, this limited edition book will never be printed for anyone other than my $1000 backers.

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    You've just funded this entire project by yourself. As a thank you, you will get all of the above, plus my father (a professional custom furniture designer) and I will build you a custom-made cedar chest in which to keep everything. If you live anywhere in the 48 continental United States, I will personally drive to your house and hand-deliver your chest to you.

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