Michiko Bates Chronicles - Staff Pick!
Michiko Bates Chronicles - Staff Pick!
The first of many stories about a teenage girl who can travel to other worlds with the help of a mystical pendant.
The first of many stories about a teenage girl who can travel to other worlds with the help of a mystical pendant. Read more
About the Project
"I always liked adventure stories. When I was younger I discovered a lack of "travelling to other worlds via magic" stories that were not Medieval in tone missing from my local library. I decided I would write something better and more diverse for these bookshelves when I got older in hopes of providing something new to read.
One story I’ve wanted to write was an adventure of a young girl discovering a mystical place and wanting to explore it deeper. The story would have an old-fashioned flair and yet be connected to modern conveniences, as sometimes portrayed in certain Japanese manga. I was inspired by many things which show through the appearance of the main character and the vistas she would encounter. Exploring anachronism and the interactions of different peoples she would run across. Something that left the reader wondering 'what if" when they put the book down and looked out the window.
I have doodled things for this project and had the tone I wanted to portray but it remained doodles and drawings, never venturing further. I entered college and it was soon a forgotten idea that I barely remembered.
That's when I met Tanya Rodgers. She had published eBooks before and agreed to help bring my idea to life. Taking my concept, ideas and guiding hand, Tanya has crafted Michiko's story from the idea that I've long held in my head. This project comes to life even more with the help of Katarzyna, an artist who’d do work for me over the same summer.
Together, the three of us are working together, to realize this idea and dream that has lain dormant for so long." -Janeil H.
Meet Michiko, a 17-year-old teenager that mixes with the social crowd but likes her own space, having a knack for tech and using her head. After a trip with her friends to the movies one night, she finds a pendant that allows her to visit a mysterious world with massive trees, each leading to yet another different world. After a harrowing first contact through one of these trees, Michiko is determined to go back with gadgets in hand. As she explores this new place, she will learn that her help is needed as well...
Who's Doing What:
Janeil Harricharan is the creator of Michiko and her adventures, as the story idea is his brainchild. Coming up with concepts about the characters, situations, environments and so on, he provides the framework for Tanya to write. He also is responsible for the entire production process of supervision and coordination.
Tanya Rodgers is the writer who is bringing Michiko's tale to life. She handles the majority of the writing and is responsible for some of the ideas involved. She uses her creative writing skills to incorporate Janeil's ideas, ensuring that Michiko’s story will be consistent and well-written.
Katarzyna Kruszyńska is an artist/illustrator. She is responsible for chapter illustrations and any other artwork related to the project. She works in conjunction with Tanya's writing to get a sense of the environment for the moment she illustrates, confirming and clarifying certain elements with Janeil for continuity.
Developing this story has some financial needs. Janeil is commissioning Katarzyna for the art and Tanya for her writing. The money raised from this Kickstarter is to compensate both of them for their work on this project.
As of July 2014, a year after this project has started, it's estimated that 2/3rd of the written content is done. Tanya has anticipated that her productivity should increase greatly over the summer and early fall. It's estimated that this project may be complete by the end of this year, allowing some for any problems that may arise.
Michiko's story will be available as an eBook, and will be available to purchase from Amazon Kindle and iTunes stores shortly after the initial release date.
*Update: Print quote to bring this story to mass-market paperback is $2500. If a stretch goal of $3300 is met, an option for backers to receive a copy will be made available.
Janeil has put together a small sample that you can read; works on both Kindle and Nook/iPad devices. Visit the Wordpress post on his personal website for the download link.
Risks and challenges
This project has gone through a lot of production and is well on its way past the halfway mark. Things that can go wrong is delays in Tanya finishing the story, editing issues and scheduling conflicts with Katarzyna.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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