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Bacteria runs amok. Government responds. Touch forbidden. Sterilizers and Enforcers struggle to keep the Homeland safe.
Bacteria runs amok. Government responds. Touch forbidden. Sterilizers and Enforcers struggle to keep the Homeland safe.
Bacteria runs amok. Government responds. Touch forbidden. Sterilizers and Enforcers struggle to keep the Homeland safe.
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On Saturday, September 7, I read three sections of the novel at the Encinitas Library. Many in the audience commented on the passion with which I read. Robin Kilrain encouraged me to make an audio version of the book. That's something I would love to do. I enjoy reading my writing. When I looked at costs, I couldn't figure out exactly how much it would cost to "do it yourself," but if I'm the reader, I think it's mostly a question of editing. So my stretch goal is to raise another $1500 for a total of $7275 so I can make an audio book version.

Isolation Reading, Encinitas Public Library, 9/7/13
Isolation Reading, Encinitas Public Library, 9/7/13

Isolation's Beginnings

It all started during the swine flu scare of 2009. Suddenly Elmo was teaching children to sleeve the sneeze and every grocery store entrance offered hand sanitizer. I wondered: What would happen if we could no longer touch our faces? Then a line popped into my head, "And laying a finger aside of his nose..." I thought, what if a boy, in a world where touching his own face was illegal, found the Night Before Christmas? Wouldn't it be contraband? A forbidden image he would hide from his mother? 

Imagine: You can’t touch your face. You can’t leave your home. You don’t dare get sick–that would lead to removal and likely, to death. Welcome to the world of Isolation, where Homelanders must learn to deal with deadly bacteria in new and demeaning ways. Take Maggie who must gauze her infant son’s tiny hands and spray them daily with noxious chemicals. Maggie is sequestered in her home with her aging mother who won’t stop telling stories of the past and her son, Pele, who has never touched another person. When Maggie’s mother dies, her world is turned upside down as she and Pele are escorted by Sterilizers to the Anti-Bacterial Center for scrubbing. Maggie is but one of many characters Isolation follows.

Isolation blends fact and fiction as any good dystopia does. It marries the breadth of Stephen King’s The Stand to the culture-changing force of Margaret Atwood’s Handmaid’s Tale. Stories are intercut creating an awareness of the breadth of the growing crisis. News articles bring the larger American scene into focus, showing how Agri-Biz, Big Pharma, and the government are endangering all life. The unique way of telling this story isn’t appealing to traditional publishers; it’s dangerous–it might not make money. It doesn’t fit neatly into a genre. Indie publishing, and your support through Kickstarter, is the only chance of getting Isolation into the hands of readers. 

Your support will pay for:

·Website, photos, and cover already designed by students

·ISBNs

·Final editing

·A full cover design with spine, back and the whole shabang

·E-layout

·Print layout

·Print 100 paperback copies

·Distribution

·Marketing

·Audio book (stretch goal)

A Little Background

In the spring of 2012 I took a sabbatical from my position as Writing Center Faculty Director at MiraCosta College. My project was to write 100 pages of fiction. Though I had written a dissertation longer than that, I had never written fiction beyond seven pages. I wanted to remember the fear and discomfort of writing something larger than I had before and in a genre that I wasn't expert in, so I could better relate to and help our students. It took me weeks to push past the terror, but when I did, I just kept writing -- 420 pages in 7 months! Since then, I've been revising and learning about the ways of the rapidly changing publishing landscape. Over the summer, I cut nearly 15% to tighten the storyline. According to test readers, it's ready for a larger audience; this Kickstarter will allow me to publish in a way that provides distribution sources to reach that audience.


Risks and challenges

The novel is complete. It's been through several revisions and edits. It's ready to send to a publisher. Reward dates are best guesses from the research I've done about publishing and my knowledge of making journals. If any of the deadlines are not met, I will communicate with supporters to keep you posted on why delays happen and best new projections.

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    Your name spoken with the protective force of the bacteria whisperer: in with the good...out with the bad.

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    My hand-made, letterpress single-page book "Constellations." Edition of 25. Co-created with Mary Beth Boone. Can be viewed on my SDBA gallery. http://www.sandiegobookarts.com/gallery_bio.aspx?id=29

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    I will make a hard-cover journal with coptic binding so that it opens completely flat. Color preference welcome. (Karen's journal on the bookarts section of my website is one example of what the journals will be like.) Makes a fabulous gift.

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    One hour writing consultation: feedback, mentorship, whatever you need. Estimated delivery: whenever you want in the next year. Can be arranged by phone, Skype, FaceTime or in-person if you're in the San Diego area.

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    My hand-made, letterpress triangle book "What She Said." Edition of 15, one of which is in Yale's Special Collection and several are owned by private collectors. Can be viewed on my website.

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    I will write an additional short about one of the following character(s): Sister Georgia, Maggie, Gary or Trevor.

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