Insomnium: A Serialized Science Fiction Novel
Insomnium: A Serialized Science Fiction Novel
Insomnium is a twelve episode serial about the adventures of Nel Hanima in the conundrum world of 'Nowhere.'
Insomnium is a twelve episode serial about the adventures of Nel Hanima in the conundrum world of 'Nowhere.' Read more
Introduction to Insomnium
Nel Hanima lives in Seattle of 2089, a citizen of the newly organized Western Union. Life has stabilized since his childhood, when he lived with his parents in the Queen Anne community bunker. Government has been reestablished, and order restored. Famine and disease no longer run rampant, and the economy has stabilized. But still, the trees and grasses grow browner. The Sound continues to rise, swallowing up neighborhood after neighborhood of Nel’s youth.
Even though life has never been better, Nel can’t help but feel his life is somehow worse, without purpose or meaning or hope.
One night, he falls asleep in his apartment and awakens in the City of Nowhere, an impossible conundrum world of inhuman citizens, where time and space are an illusion and paradoxes run rampant.
As Nel explores the city, he meets Giniip Pana, Rev Merveille, and Drogl Belgaer, humans from alternate versions of his world. Together with his new friends, Nel works to unravel the mysteries of Nowhere, to learn how he came to be there, and discover not only a way to return to Seattle, but also the purpose and meaning his life has lacked.
A Bit of History
In 2000, I began writing a book called Voyage Along the Catastrophe of Notions. What started as a novel soon sprawled into many short story length works. It lay dormant for many years. I wrote a few bits here, a few bits there.
When the ebook revolution happened, and I sprang at the opportunity to breathe new life into my project, and decided to publish Voyage as a set of serialized novels. Just over half of the first arc of Voyage has been released, and it continues on schedule to this day.
I had always known that I wanted Voyage to be illustrated. Through my writing group, I met Aubry Kae Andersen. I remember how, long before Voyage: Embarkation #7 Duality had even gone to my writing group, I described the illustration I had envisioned for it: Kal and Rko's kiss inside a forcefield bubble surrounded by lava.
To my happy surprise, Aubry pulled out a sketchpad and drew up concept art on the spot.
My response was something like an amazed and bewildered: "Uh, can we formalize this arrangement?"
Needless to say, Aubry's work suffuses the Voyage Along the Catastrophe of Notions series, and I believe it's a much richer and vivid multicosm for her many contributions.
The Birth of Insomnium
This past February I started daydreaming about a city called Nowhere. A lot of daydreams flitter into my imagination and then out again, but Nowhere kept nagging at me, like all gripping stories do.
Before long, I had episode synopses worked out, characters, and a vision for the series arc.
I sat down and I wrote and wrote and wrote. I called my serial Insomnium. It's twelve episodes long, and the writing is done.
I went to make the ebooks' release schedule, and that's when I ran into my big snag.
They tell us not to judge a book by it's cover, but let's face it. We all do.
Aubry has created beautiful covers for Voyage, and I want her incredible art style to suffuse Insomnium as well. I pay Aubry real money for the art she does for Voyage, because, as a fellow creative professional, I feel she deserves to be compensated well for her work.
I've been funding Voyage's art with my own money. I carefully planned out a schedule so I could maintain the series' release cycle, but I didn't plan on Insomnium happening. It just happened, and there's no bandwidth left in my personal budget for another series of covers.
Insomnium needs covers. Not just good covers. Great covers. And I'm sure Aubry can deliver. But before that happens, Insomnium needs an art budget. That's where you come in.
Upon the successful completion of the Kickstarter campaign, the funds raised will become the art budget for the twelve Insomnium ebook covers and the final collected version cover. I will then hand over the budget and the details for all the wards of Nowhere to Aubry, and she will create the cover art for all twelve episodes and the final print book.
As for writing, all twelve episodes are already complete. I will use the intervening months to get feedback and do editing on the material, so that the final books that ship will be of the highest quality, inside and out.
You can find the release schedule for Insomnium here. The first episode is slated for October 30, and the full book, in print and ebook formats, is scheduled for February 12. The episodes will only be available as ebooks.
If we reach $3,600, I will also commission from Aubry a "growing map" of the City of Nowhere that will precede each episode. I imagine this illustration starts off as a dotted line outline of the city in the first episode, with just the Market Rotunda and the first ward drawn in. Each subsequent episode would "fill in" a ward, and the serial would end with a complete map of Nowhere.
I can't really say too much in this regard, but the map itself would not exactly be static over the course of the novel... Anyway, it'd be great to be able to visually render that.
The Art of Aubry Kae Andersen
Preliminary Insomnium Concept Sketches
Risks and challenges
If successful, Aubry will begin creating cover art for the books.
The writing is done, and all that remains is editing and the covers. The few risks that exist are so unlikely as to not be worth mentioning. All episodes of Voyage: Embarkation have been released on schedule, and the series continues on schedule to this day. I maintain a large backlog of mostly-ready Voyage episodes, so as to minimize the impact of an unforeseen disaster.
Barring such an unlikely event, I am confident that Insomnium is in a state that will allow us to meet our release schedule on time.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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