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Steampunk technology has brought US Marshal Robert "Bodacious" Creed back from the dead, and justice returns to the Wild West.
Steampunk technology has brought US Marshal James "Bodacious" Creed back from the dead, and justice returns to the Wild West.
Steampunk technology has brought US Marshal James "Bodacious" Creed back from the dead, and justice returns to the Wild West.
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Bodacious Creed: A Steampunk Zombie Western

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Steampunk, Zombies, Robots, and the Wild West

What more could you want from a novel?

Bodacious Creed is the story of US Marshal Robert Creed, a tough lawman in another version of our Wild West.  He was a fair man.  A good man.

That was, until he was murdered for being too good at his job.

Enter Anna Boyd, a brothel madam and inventor who, for unknown reasons, uses her scientific know-how to raise Creed from the dead.

I recon that'd make a fascinatin' yarn.

Take a look at the great rewards being offered to backers.  They're  designed so that everyone who donates gets something great, a big thank you for joining me on this journey.  The higher levels even allow backers to contribute to the story in various ways!

Stretch Goals 

We're 100% funded!  There's a lot more great information on the project continuing in the next section, but it's also important to share the stretch goals!

Ideally, it would be great to have a full painted cover and full page illustrations. After discussing the cost with Joshua J. Stewart, I've calculated the following. Each full page illustration will cost $100, and a front cover will cost $500.

Josh has been part of this project since I started my thesis work, and his art is inseparable from Bodacious Creed. To cover backer rewards, we will need $260 per $100 of art.

So, the stretch goals work this way: If the project $2,260 to $3,299 total, the book will get four full page, black and white illustrations! If it reaches $3,300 total, the book will instead get one full cover beautiful cover. For ever $260 the project gets over the $3,300 total, it will get a full page, black and white illustration.

That breaks down like this: 

$2,260 - One full page illustration. 

$2,520 - Two full page illustrations.

$2,780 - Three full page illustrations.

$3,040 - Four full page illustrations. 

$3,300 - Color cover.

$3,560 - One color cover and one full page illustration.

$3,820 - One color cover and two full page illustrations.

And so on.

With three days to go, let's try to get at least one full page illustration!

The Origin of "Bodacious Creed"

In 2010, I was an graduate student at Academy of Art University, pursuing my MFA in Animation and Visual Effects, 3D Modeling.  At the half-way point of my studies, it was time to come up with the basis for my thesis demo reel.

Now, I'm full of ideas, but I latched onto three things: Steampunk, the Wild West, and Zombies.

Most Steampunk takes place in Victorian England, which was during the same time period as America's Old West, and while Steampunk Old West had been done before, it hadn't been done enough.  I figure it still hasn't, especially not with zombies created by using Steampunk technology.  Steampunk cyborg zombies in the Wild West.  Now that was a theme I could get into!

Get into it I did!  I created "Bodacious Creed," and created my demo reel.  In fact, here it is!  Don't feel obligated to watch it this second, if you want to read on, but you should watch it soon!

I also created an extensive blog on the topic at http://jf-mastersthesis.blogspot.com/, and an accompanying vlog at https://www.youtube.com/bodaciouscreed.  This thing is well documented.

I now work as a full-time, freelance writer, editor, and 3D modeler.  Bodacious Creed is still with me, though, his likeness revealed, his back story there, but his adventures untold.  If only I could cut back my article writing hours a bit so that I could write that story.

Oh wait... Maybe I can.

Howdy, Kickstarter!  I just need a pardner, or several dozen.

How am I Qualified to Bring This Story to Life?

I am no stranger to writing.  As mentioned, I write articles for a living.  I've also written numerous short stories and three novels.  My best short story sale was to Marion Zimmer Bradley's Fantasy Magazine, but I've sold many other short stories.  My Elance rating for the Writing category is 5.0, the highest one can get, and that's with nearly 30 clients so far.

My books are available on Amazon, here:

Tamshi's Imp: One agent signed me because his first reader said this was the most original fantasy novel she had read in years.

Children of Rhatlan: This was my first novel, and it's about a brother and sister stuck switching places.

Seeds of Vision: This is my short story anthology. It includes the tale L'autre Margot, which was originally published in Marion Zimmer Bradley's Fantasy Magazine.

Amber in the Over World: This was my first young adult novel. There are a lot of stories in which people from Earth enter a fantasy world. In this, a young dragon from a fantasy world comes to Earth.

To address the subject of this section, yes, I can write this novel.  I would love to write this novel.

Why $2,000 for the Initial Goal?

I created an Excel worksheet to figure out the minimum amount I should shoot for. To do so, I assumed that everyone would pledge at the $20 amount, the first reward that gives a print copy of the finished novel. The project would need to earn enough to fulfill the rewards, as well as pay for the ISBN, initial setup fee with the printer, website, and related domain names.  In that scenario, one hundred backers would pledge $20 each, and I would basically break even.

This pie chart shows the breakdown:

Risks and challenges

I expect it to take months to write and edit the novel, which is why the pledge rewards are set for June, 2014. I put a lot of thought into my books and stories.

I also know that I will need to do continued research. I did a lot of research for Bodacious Creed when it was my thesis, so most of that groundwork is done. For instance, did you know that brothels often had their own currency, like buying tokens at an arcade? Did you know that one of the few professions a woman in the Old West could make a lot of money at was being a brothel madam? I will of course do research online and at the library, and will buy books as needed.

To blog, or not to blog? Certainly, I'll be keeping up with all of you though the project page, especially when this gets funded! I already have the blog and vlog from when Bodacious Creed was my thesis. I may just transition those or I may create new ones, but this project should have both.

Though this story was the basis for my own MFA thesis and involved 3D modeling and texturing, I'd like to have a painted cover. That will mean finding, and paying, the right artist for the job.

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    You get everything that's in the $65 pledge, PLUS, you get to help me name one of the human characters, OR a place in the story, OR you get a 10 minute Skype chat with me!

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    You get everything that's in the $65 pledge, PLUS, you get to help me create a Steampunk invention that will appear in, and could be very important to, the story, OR you get a 20 minute Skype chat with me!

    Let's fill this story with cool Steampunk gadgetry!

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    You get everything that's in the $65 pledge, PLUS, you get to help me create one of the following: the lead villain's love interest (he may have up to 3!), one of the villain's family members, or someone from Bodacious Creed's past! Whoever bids first gets first choice! This will be during a 30 minute Skype session with me!

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    You get everything that's in the $65 pledge, PLUS, you get to help me create THE LEAD villain during a one hour Skype session with me!

    Do you feel the power?

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