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No Birds, No Planes, Just me! - An Illustrated book

It's an illustrated novella about random "not-so-superpowers" and the many problems they cause when one has a soul-sucking job.

No Birds, No Planes, Just me! - An Illustrated book

It's an illustrated novella about random "not-so-superpowers" and the many problems they cause when one has a soul-sucking job.

$901
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Last updated July 28, 2014

About

BIG ANNOUNCEMENT!

It's an exciting week! The book has been featured on a couple HUGE websites. One of them is Wired Magazine's Geek Dad Blog. You can see that article HERE.  And the other blog is Hypergeek and that article can be seen HERE.

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Thank you for taking a moment to look at our page! Here you will be updated about the progress of our book: No Birds, No Planes, Just Me.  Jacques Nyemb is the author (graphic artist/web designer) of the book and Morgan Carmichael is the Illustrator.  You can find out more about us on the bio section to the right.

Our book is currently being written/illustrated and will be self published. It will be a 120ish, Full color cover, black and white interior novella with awesome illustrations, similar to what you see in the video above. The story will be stupendous, but totally relatable to anyone who ever had a job and tried juggling new, not-so-super powers. Every few days we'll be posting snippets of the book to tickle your fancy. So go to our TEASERS section of our blog to stay interested. I've also created ton's of entertaining videos of the project HERE.

We will work very hard to keep you updated on the progress of the book. We both (Jacques and Morgan) are doing this as a labor of love and want it to be published in December 2011 (we think we can do it sooner). We are not greedy and just want our ideas to interest as many people as we can reach. We decided to put it on a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 3.0 Unported (CC BY-NC 3.0) license  to allow people to share it with others. Also when published any other gifted writers who would want to expand the story has our full blessing. Just let us know, we'd love to help publish it. If this book is a success we have many more ideas we'd love to share with you.

If what you see in this blog interests you and you want to make this book real, help us fund it.  By doing so you will get a copy of the book and some pretty awesome rewards.

BOOK SYNOPSIS:

Picture being a regular person, with a normal 9 to 5 job. One day your mundane life is shattered to pieces with the discovery of randomly appearing super powers...

Our Protagonist Daniel Douglas finds himself in this odd predicament. Daniel is a 30 something bachelor who lives in a world where the mild-mannered receive little attention. Each day constantly speeds by and all he sees in his immediate future in an eternal state of bachelorhood and enslavement by the company's smart phone.

One day his life takes a weird turn when he wakes up with a random assortment of powers. They range from X-ray vision that enables him to see through things (not in the sexy Superman way, but see things like food digesting and coworkers implants) to his oh-so-hated, ultra disgusting, spider snot ability.

The list of powers grows and Daniel never knows when they appear or disappear. None of the powers are particularly helpful to him and they find ways to inconvenience him at every turn. As a matter of fact, we see his life spiral into shear chaos as he maneuvers in our unforgiving, modern world as he tries to figure out what made him this way.

Daniel's story is very relatable in a sense. It forces us to take a look at our own hectic lives and realize that we all have something that makes us "Super" but we never attain the status of Super Hero because we tend to see "Super" as a colossal burden.

TEASER

I never should have eaten that Chinese food. A proudly displayed C rating would send any sensible person running in terror; but I had to test the limits of what my body could stand. I’m paying for it now. It’s 3:00am and my stomach is killing me. Great! Just what I need, food poisoning 6 hours before a big meeting. I knew my addiction to sweet and sour sesame chicken would catch up with me eventually. I’ve had it at countless seedy restaurants and survived unscathed but tonight is different. I need to do something; pacing the floor will not help at all. After looking up the symptoms of my newly acquired affliction online, I run to the bathroom to brace myself for the horrible ordeal to come. I grab the pink stuff from the medicine cabinet and prepare myself for an intense abdominal workout.

What’s this I’m feeling? The web never mentioned this odd sensation of “cold heat” coursing through my body. What did I just eat? I run to the mirror to see what’s wrong; my face looks flushed. I look a mess. Due to my job’s increasing demands, I have eaten out every night for the past few years. I guess today I’m paying the price for not caring about my body. I need to get some shut eye soon if I want to make it to work on time. I lie in the bed tossing and turning, thinking of my long-neglected to do list. Dry cleaning needs to be picked up, got to get some Yellow Energy Drinks and, most importantly, I have that awesome meeting in a few hours. OUCH… am I having a baby in there? I could have sworn I felt a kick.

Morning…

I must have blacked out. The fog horn is blowing to wake me up. I hate that alarm. The bright red 7:00am is flashing into my eyes… wait a minute… I can see the time clearly. This is really weird. My eyesight is usually terrible! Could it be that, after all these years of praying, wishing, hoping, I can finally see? Maybe I’m dreaming. Nope, the stomach ache says otherwise. I can’t even rejoice in this new found glory because of my stomach pain. I feel like an epic battle is going on in there and the losers will be expelled from the premises. I get out of bed rubbing my hurting tummy and shuffle to the bathroom. I hope I have some more pink stuff left for this pain. Curse you Wok n Roll Palace! I shall never buy food from you again! I shake my fists violently. Would probably mean something if I did this at the establishment, but it made me feel slightly better. If only I could trade this pain for butterflies; after all, I do have a meeting in a couple of hours.

I’m in the demon’s lair now. Before me, I see an opulent glass and steel structure. I do as I have done every day for the past eight years– I take a deep breath, and dream of winning the lottery or hope for the strength not to kill anyone in a fit of maniacal rage. As I swing through the revolving doors, I see the oh-so-magnificent Techyon Corporation Logo smiling at me. The familiar, stale aroma of depression wafts through the air. Welcome to work! I say my usual good mornings to the security guys. They are the only people I can relate to in this building. They have no idea what my job is but they at least greet me with something funny and not some long overdue task. I grudgingly walk towards the elevators. It’s funny how 8 years ago I was so eager to walk through these doors. Hired as an IT specialist straight out of college , I was so desperate to gain experience that I agreed to work for peanuts. Little did I know that my job included running the whole company, for little to no pay. In 8 years I have climbed a few ladders but I am nowhere near where I expected to be.

DING. I made it to my destination. The elevator door open, it’s showtime. I begin my usual routine I stop by the “sassy” receptionist’s desk and snag some candy. I tell her my usual joke about how “it’s the breakfast of champions”, and she tells me she doesn’t know how I stay so “skinny” and, like thousands of people I’ve met before, wishes there was a way she could transplant her fat into my body. I do the fake laugh and prepare to walk away, pausing for a second to reassure myself that it was not déja vu. We’ve done this many times before. Then I hear “by the way I like your new contacts.” I was about to refute her statement when I remembered, I did suddenly wake up with clear vision. I sense a disturbance in the force. The routine has been broken. BEEP BEEP goes my smart phone… oh yeah I have a meeting in 30 minutes.

I sprint towards the office- you add one window to a cubicle and everyone calls it an office – and pick up the handouts I printed out last night. I look at them with disgust. You are the reason I got food poisoning, I thought. If it wasn’t for you little sheets of …What am I doing now? Mental monologues?. I need to get to this meeting before the “King” beheads me. I feel the poison baby kicking in my stomach again….yuck.

I run to the meeting space down the hall. We are all meeting in the executive conference room. I, the goldfish, have been summoned to mingle with the sharks. I enter the room 5 minutes early. Already everyone is seated, waiting for my presentation. The room smells of cigars and air freshener. I hate this room. Everything about it is created to intimidate: the well- crafted wooden tables, the leather chairs, and the paintings of deceased rulers of the Techyon dynasty looking at me, waiting for me to fail. My presentation is about investing in infrastructure. They hate hearing that stuff. Instead of helping us do our jobs more efficiently, they prefer to finds ways to split the company’s profits among themselves. I’m talking to the same folks who put half-ply toilet paper in our restrooms to save money, but somehow manage to go on luxurious lunches with clients we have yet to receive any business from.........

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