The Spoken Series is exciting for me to speak about because the conceptual sea I set my sails of vision for in the beginning has actualized into something much more expansive than I ever dreamed, and I now have the great privilege of presenting this project to you!
In the beginning the intention of this series was to be a playground of experimentation for myself as a storyteller... I had serendipitously stumbled upon the ancient Celtic written language of Ogham, and thought my highly intelligent son would enjoy the thrill of decoding the language as part of a bigger storyline. I knew going into the developmental phase of writing that I wanted to build a contemporary storyline with a mystical flare on top a concrete foundation of intellectual stimulation...
As I began to narrow my scope of vision I was able to see both the storyline and the script for their own individual beauty, like two separate rivers taking their own journey to the same sea, each with their own adventure to be shared... What I wasn't cognizant of at that time, and have grown to appreciate since, is that each component, the storyline and the script, represent the two reasons I believe people read: FOR PURPOSES OF ENTERTAINMENT AND/OR TO EXPAND KNOWLEDGE BASE. I was developing a project that bridged both of these reasons together, and it became even more inspiring when I was able to see how this project could potentially fill a void in the children's literary market as children over the age of five years old are not being provided with literary projects that bridge both entertainment and intellect. ALL of the top selling books in children's literature belong to a bigger series, but NONE of them offer an experience for children to challenge their intelligence through strategic application.
Educators and Scientists agree that pattern recognition is essential to brain development in mathematics and science; the necessary decoding of the Ogham Script in The Spoken Series facilitates this development while the contemporary storyline satisfies the innate human desire for captivating entertainment. I believe the intellectual component to this project is special, so I gave it focused attention, herein leading to my development of a companion workbook for each book in the series along with the forecasted augmentation of companion computer software for use at home and in academic environments. The workbook is a concentrated experience of intellectual application written entirely in script, offering the child an opportunity to decode several variations to unveil the personal, intimate stories of highlighted woodland entities from the the story. Computer software will be developed as soon as finances support this intended progression.
Here is a brief outline of each book in the series:
Nemeton, Book One in The Spoken Series
Readers are introduced to Iris Webber, the character from whom the perspective of the first book is told, and to her cousin, Abraham Thompson, an eccentric child fated to live with Iris and her parents after the unexpected death of his own. When Abraham is found unconscious near a bike trail in the backdrop of a small rural town Iris feels compelled to solve the mystery surrounding the accident when she finds a notebook belonging to Abraham written in bizarre script. Iris believes Abraham may have found a mystical unknown world within the larger, known world and will learn of the two wars facing the woodlands and the greater community. Children are given an introductory glimpse into the woodland entities that will be developed further in the companion workbook and in subequent books within the series. The woodland entities highlighted in Nemeton are: Ardaak the Wolf Faun, the majestic Swan Maiden, Sistine the genius Moss Maiden artist, Willie the Wisp, the rebellious Elle Folk, the serene Forest Elves, and the dark Erl King.
Book Two in The Spoken Series
This book is in the conceptualization process. As I envision it to be, this book will be told through Abraham's perspective as he learns to navigate the modern social world through Iris while he, in return, schools her in the happenings of the mystical woodlands. The war between the entitites, and the war to save the woodlands from comercial development are the focus to the storyline in Book Two, and children will be asked to now decode three variations to the Ogham Script in the second story and its' companion workbook.
Book Three in the Spoken Series
The final book in The Spoken Series promises to be memorable, as the story will collectively be narrated from the perspectives of Iris, Abraham, and Ardaak the Wolf Faun. The two wars highlighted within Book Two will come to a shocking finality: a crusading grassroot effort to save the woodlands, and the struggles to keep the entities from obliterating one another will be the focus of this final installment to the series. Three variations of the Ogham Script will be emphasized in Book Three and its' companion workbook. In addition, the implementation of musical charts and songs will be used to accompany the voice of a surprising series spin-off character.
We are elated to announce that the first book in the series, Nemeton, is complete and ready for the process of publication! And yet as exciting as this has been for myself and my illustrator, I have been cognizant how extraordinary this series truly is in what it offers above and beyond anything else on the market; the question of how to best honor this boundless potential has demanded a reflection of what goals further the fullest outcome for ourselves, and our audience... should we to sell to Big Publishing and hope that our artistic vision will be honored, or are we better suited as artists and entrepreneurs to keep our artistic vision in our hands, and grow the potential from the grassroot level on up so that every intention birthed of this project can be given freedom to actualize itself organically?
To answer this question, I asked what best reflected the spirit of my characters...
We are boldly stepping out beyond the practices of conventional wisdom and are constructing a strategic plan for artistic and entrepreneurial success. We have started our own company (Eden Enterprises, LLC) and are engaged in the initial process of self-publishing. This is what it's all about ...dreaming bigger, and fuller, while staying loyal to our vision and development by providing ourselves with the space and freedom to create superior works of art.
In order to offer products that match our competitior's quality, it is absolutely essential that a self published book supercede consumer expectation. The artistic standards we have projected for delivering aesthetically appealing books, with intellectually captivating literaure means the necessary utilization of professional editor's and a gifted design team. This is of utmost importance when you factor in the addition of a companion workbook; the two components must compliment one another and they MUST be of superior quality.
Professional editing services and design assistance is what we are raising money for here, on Kickstarter... we are seeking the highest professional editing and design layout expertise that money can provide us, because anything less would be beneath the spirit of this series. The eight thousand dollars we need funded will ensure an unparalleled professional standard so that we can deliver you the most exceptionally diverse literary products to ever be represented in children's literature. Everything we raise above and beyond our goal will go towards the bulk printing and production of Nemeton Book One, computer software development and design, and a possible publicity campaign!!
We thank you for your time and for joining our vision.
Light and Love,
Shannon and Stephanie
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A thank you letter written in the Ogham Script; a free copy of Nemeton; an autographed illustration print of either Ardaak the Wolf Faun or the Swan Maiden; a toast made in your honor by the author and illustrator over a glass of fine port for your health and prosperity.
A free copy of both Nemeton and the companion workbook; a short story written in the Ogham Script by either Ardaak the Wolf Faun, or the Swan Maiden; TWO toasts made in your honor by the author and illustrator over a glass of fine port for your health and prosperity.
Two free autographed copies of both Nemeton and the companion workbook; a short story written in the Ogham Script by your choice of Ardaak the Wolf Faun or the Swan Maiden; an11x14 autographed illustration copy of the Title Cover; a meal in your honor enjoyed by the author and illustrator for your well being and prosperity.
Two free autographed copies of Nemeton and the companion workbook; a short story written in the Ogham Script by your choice of Ardaak the Wolf Faun or the Swan Maiden; Three 11x14 print illustrations of the Title Cover, the Forest Elves, and The Swan Maiden; a personalized video thank you from the author and illustrator.
Two free autographed copies of Nemeton and the companion workbook; a short story written in the Ogham Script by your choice of Ardaak the Wolf Faun or the Swan Maiden; three 11x14 print illustrations of the Title Cover, The Forest Elves, and The Swan Maiden; a phone call or skype chat with the author and illustrator.