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Martius Catalyst - Where the Unknown Becomes Truth (A collaborative steampunk fiction series), powered by imagination & love.

THE PROJECT

When you’re a couple of ladies in the year 1885 with a penchant for science, tinkering, a curiosity for things unknown, and an insatiable appetite for adventure, the city of Detroit cannot contain you – even with all its clacking-edge technology and love for inventors. But it does keep pulling you back to its heart with its seemingly unending series of mysteries and curiosities. 

YOU'RE INVITED

Come join in the adventures of Margaret Alvery Clayton and Penelope Anne Davenport, as their zeal for discovery and adventure propels them into the realm between science and that which lies beyond. Martius Catalyst is an online serialized-web fiction set in Detroit in 1885. The adventures of curiosity shop owner, Margaret Alvery Clayton, and prominent socialite, Penelope Anne Davenport, will pull you into secret societies, esoteric and occult philosophies, and societal demands of the Gilded age. Find out what significance the local legend of Le Nain Rouge has as Maggie and Penny try to uncover the meaning and purpose behind the artifact acquired during the auction of the estate of a mysterious Dr. Greeves. The Maritus Catalyst somehow holds the key to making the unknown a truth that few can resist. 

WHAT WE'VE ACCOMPLISHED SO FAR:

Creating art is never a smooth process. Something with a Steampunk bent for sure is not smooth. It’s rugged, it chugs, it smokes and sometimes it fizzles. But then the tinkers come along (that’s where we come in)  and polish it up, find new parts and tinker and tinker until it sails away across the sky all shiny and new and worthy.

Maggie and Penny’s adventures are just getting going; but, Samantha, Jackie and I have been at this for more than a year, developing, outlining, editing, learning to be tech monkeys and gnashing our teeth. This story is near and dear to our hearts. So, we’ve endured, cussed, sprouted a few gray hairs, and fought through learning to collaborate with one another to bring Martius Catalyst to the world. 

We have fun and lots of danger ahead for our steampunk tinkering ladies; but, we want this also to be an interactive adventure, so KICKSTARTER seemed to be a perfect fit for what we wanted to accomplish.

FUNDING TO TAKE IT FURTHER

Your support goes towards the purchase of everything necessary for us to complete this project. Our $3,000 goal is to cover production and publications costs (including procuring some necessary software upgrades ala Indesign/Photoshop), marketing, and webhosting. Also included is the cost of packing materials and postage, so that we may cover the expense of sending out the finished product. We aim to produce not only our online version available through the website and as an RSS feed but, also to take each chapter of an overall whole of our ongoing story to produce small novella-length graphic-novel-style chap book. Donations to the project would allow us to produce something of quality that would then be marketed to a wider audience and help to pay for marketing costs and other related events to promote Martius Catalyst.

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    Inventor Level -- Tinkerer & Apprentice award levels plus Martius Catalyst Book Mark (with original artwork).

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