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Have you ever looked around and thought, This is all so wrong? Or, A bulldozer would fix this situation nicely? Or, Regardless of the repercussions, a hammock and sleeping under the stars would be mighty fine right about now?
If you have, then Estelle, the protagonist of Bright, is your kind of revolutionary.
Bright started out as a short story that I wrote about eight years ago. The story is about an idealistic teenager named Estelle Wells, who lives in an uber-consumerist city with too much ambient light. She dreams of seeing the stars and ultimately carries out a plan inspired by the writings of Henry David Thoreau.
The short story sat on a shelf while I worked on other projects.
About a year ago while standing on the shores of Walden pond. I started thinking about Estelle's world. I thought about her city and all the ways that its relationship to its citizens was insidious, and confining. It was all about control I realized. I became certain that in Estelle's future world where everything was new and bright and exceedingly controlled, that Thoreau's ideas would still shine brightly.
I started writing again, and changed the story in many ways.
Her world that once glowed all over with a grey murky light, now was a bright gleaming jewel of a city with projected patterns that covered the sky. Even with the fabulous light-show, Estelle still longed for a black night sky and twinkling stars.
I deepened the malicious authority that Estelle struggled against. In deepening, Estelle's character emerged. She became less idealistic, and far more imperfect. My favorite stories have protagonists that are in-over-their-head; Estelle became deep.
Estelle's brother Terran, formerly a side-kick, blossomed into a true partner and friend. Estelle's parents, Frederick and Sylvia emerged as fallible, but caring parents.
Floyd*, William, and Mj entered the story, bringing with them friendship and love. They also complicated things thoroughly.
The story is exciting. Here's just a few moments:
Estelle joins a protest and almost gets...Oh, wait, I don't want to spoil it.
Estelle falls in love, with someone. I'm not saying who.
Estelle has to drive a large piece of machinery.
Okay, well, I can't tell you too much without spoiling the book, but suffice it to say, there's a whole lot more.
Estelle wants to change her world. She believes she has a plan, a good plan, but it's a lot more like wishful thinking. Her plan goes well until it doesn't. Then Estelle realizes that in giving everything up, she's gained a lot more to lose.
Bright is finished. The editor, Denine Dawson (thanks Denine!) is giving it the last look. I'm raising money to pay the editor, because the bill is coming due.
That's where you come in.
I've been working on this story for a really long time. I do hope you'll help me finish it up and send it out into the world.
pss. chapter 4 is up on my site: The Kind of Guy
psss. Chapter 22 is up on my site: Introducing the Character, Mj
Risks and challenges
I know I sound like the protagonist of Bright when I say that there are no risks, but even disregarding wishful thinking there just aren't any. The book is finished. The proof-editing is almost over. I need to pay the editor, but even if the funds aren't raised now then I'll just beg her to let me pay over time.
Did I mention that I have minions (or rather elves, depending on our mood) to help me package the books and take them to the post office?Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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