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A congregation of astronomers and addicts awaits a message of hope from extraterrestrial life.
A congregation of astronomers and addicts awaits a message of hope from extraterrestrial life.
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Help support the publication of Noah's Raven, a novel by Jacob Haqq-Misra. I will be writing the draft during the month of November and will provide regular updates and previews along the way. The funds from this Kickstarter campaign will be used to design the cover art and defray the initial printing costs. Any funds beyond the goal will be used to obtain professional editing services and advertise the finished product.

The purpose of this campaign is to build an initial audience for Noah's Raven prior to publication. Even a $1 pledge gets you on an email list where you can follow along from writing to publication and after, and a $7 pledge secures you a copy of the published novel (a discount from its retail price of $10 or more). I expect Noah's Raven to be available May 2014, and backers of this project will be among the first to read the novel when released. Join the campaign, and follow along as the story develops!

Click here to read an excerpt from the draft of the book!

Story Synopsis

A novel written in two alternating parts, Noah's Raven is the story of Maddie Scarlet, a thrill-seeker on the edge of destruction, and Ezra Miller, an Amish farmer turned astronomer. Their faith in an imminent message from extraterrestrial life makes them a beacon of hope to others as the day to contact approaches.

The story takes place in a distant future, in a world where ongoing geoengineering has cast the skies grey while sending civilization into a steady pattern of decay. Dwindling supplies of energy and a continually weakening economy lead society to abandon frivolous pursuits of science, art, music, and literature as it struggles to survive.

Maddie Scarlet was raised on the streets of Brooklyn and never had the luxury of a regular job. She shares her apartment with four others, sometimes more, but she rarely stays there anyhow. Her car is her real home, and she manages quite contentedly living one week at a time. She always had enough but never seemed to get ahead, so Maddie embraced her lifestyle and never looked back. As her work in the city becomes less profitable and more dangerous, Maddie finds herself on the road and in a place she least expected to fit in.

Ezra Miller grew up in a simple Amish community in rural Pennsylvania, but he showed a keen eye for knowledge ever since he was a boy. Taking leave from his community on his Rumspringa as a rite of passage, Ezra enrolls in college against his family's wishes. He takes particular interest to astronomy--now considered an antiquated field--and discovers a long-forgotten report in the library archives describing the day humans discovered extraterrestrial intelligence: a one in a billion fluke, where humans accidentally stumbled upon a transmission not meant for us, but we sent a message back nonetheless, just in case they were listening. And, as science slowly fell by the wayside, this story gradually faded from memory entirely. Ezra quickly realizes that this message sent to space would have reached its destination by now, and that a response to our message could be arriving soon! He soon gets to work constructing a dish large enough to receive this extraterrestrial signal, amidst criticism and ridicule, believing that a message from afar would help to save humanity.

Ezra's dedication soon begin to attract followers, and word quickly spreads about this community and their belief in an imminent message from the stars. Maddie unexpectedly finds herself among this unusual amalgamation of people who, like herself, are seeking answers they have been unable to find.

Writing the Draft

I will be writing the draft of Noah's Raven during the month of November as part of National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo). I will be logging my daily word count on my NaNoWriMo page and will periodically post excerpts from the novel as it is written. My goal is to have a complete 50,000 word draft by November 30th, at the end of this campaign. I will then begin the process of editing and re-editing to prepare the manuscript for publication using CreateSpace, which will enable copies to be sold online.

My previous experience with NaNoWriMo and CreateSpace was positive and resulted in the publication of Planetary Messenger, a philosophical narrative and my first book. Noah's Raven, unlike my last book, is a story-driven novel that alternates between two characters living in different places and times.

Noah's Raven will be distributed as a paperback on CreateSpace.com, Amazon.com, and other online resellers, with an anticipated release in May 2014.

Risks and challenges

One risk is that I do not complete the draft within the allotted 30 day time period. If this happens, no big deal. I have the story outlined anyhow, and the 30 day goal is really just for motivation. I will do my best to make this goal, but the project will proceed regardless.

Another risk is that editing will take much longer than anticipated. My projected timeline is based on my previous experience, but all books are different, and this one might take longer. I will do my best to release the novel by May 2014, but if editing or production causes delays, then I will push back the release date as needed.

Finally, if the project is not funded, then I will keep writing anyway!

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