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Seven short stories chronicling the life of a solitary Floridian girl as she runs from her imagined 'kudzu monster.'

Hello Kickstarter. My name is Lilli Blackmore, and I'm here raising funds for the publication of my new book, Pleiades.

The book is a collection of seven short stories following the life of the central character, Mara. The stories deal with isolation, in both positive and negative manifestations. Five of the seven could be read as stand alone stories, with the remaining two chapters lacing them altogether. The result is an episodic, non-linear look at the life of an introvert growing up in a digital age of isolation, surrounded by a rural, and somewhat wild, geography.

I'm setting out to raise $500 to publish and promote Pleiades. This money will go toward buying an ISBN (in order to be sold anywhere, a book needs an ISBN--the number and barcode you see on the back of the book), and toward promotion, including donating copies of the book, internet advertising and web hosting, information cards to be distributed locally, and postage.

I'm putting my own savings toward buying a good microphone to produce a quality audiobook, and other promotional expenses not included in the $500.

If you can't donate, please spread the word! Share this link, like the Facebook page, tell your roommate about it-- anything you can do to help me publicize this project will earn you my eternal gratitude.

To read a chapter, go to www.pleiades.weareseven.com, or visit the Facebook page at facebook.com/pleiadesshortstories

Thank you!

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    Eternal gratitude. I am truly thankful for every single dollar pledged to make this project happen.

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    An e-book of the final product. The e-book will be an exact, digital replica of the physical book.

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    ALL of the above, plus a set of seven art prints (4x6'') of illustrations from the book.

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    The e-book, digital audiobook, a signed, personalized copy of the paperback, the set of art prints (at size 8x10''), PLUS a set of four collectable bookmarks, AND your name in the book as a backer. (Of course, if you don't want your name in the book, you can always opt out of that part.)

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    For the $100 pledge, you get everything from the $75 reward AND one of the book's original illustrations (not a print). The illustrations will be distributed randomly; you won't be able to request which one you get.

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    The e-book, a digital copy of the audiobook, a signed, personalized copy of the paperback, the bookmark set, the 8x10 set of art prints, your name in the book as a backer, PLUS an extra copy of the paperback (signed and personalized), AND a hand-written, signed copy of the short story "Dream" on quality art paper with individually-drawn illustrations.

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