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A Star-Filled Sea

A project in East Dereham, UK by Lesley Smith

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A short novel set in the Ashteraiverse in which a cosmic being trying to be human is stuck on a spaceship with a murderer on the loose.
Backers: 41
Average Pledge Per Backer: £21

Funded: £856 of £750
Dates: Dec 31st -> Feb 8th (40 days)
Project By: Lesley Smith
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Latest News

Thank you, Team Star!

February 8th - via: kickstarter.com
Thank you, Team Star, you've been awesome! And, after forty days, we're done. You guys are awesome and now the really hard work begins. No, just kidding, this bit is a cinch in comparison to the campaign. This bit is lining up my indie toolbox and... (Read More)

A Star Filled Sea: Space Travel For Beginners

February 8th - via: kickstarter.com
Here is the final excerpt. This chapter comes directly after Work and Pay, The Blue Girl, Diplomatic Ties and Escape Velocity I and II. * * * Union technology interests me from a purely technical level. They’ve been around, an amalgam of... (Read More)

My Other Ashteraiverse Books

February 8th - via: kickstarter.com
This sums up my Ashteraiverse nicely, I think. A quick post as I've had a couple of people asking where they can get my other books from and what else is in this universe. I posted a suggested reading order here. Currently available are: The... (Read More)

A Star Filled Sea: Escape Velocity II

February 8th - via: kickstarter.com
Apologies, I've been ill thanks to new medication but, as we come to the close, it seemed fitting to offer up a final excerpt (actually there might one one more because I think it's the perfect place to hook the lot of you). This scene comes... (Read More)

Pre-orders closing tomorrow!

February 7th - via: kickstarter.com
I'm almost looking forward to funding, to being able to sleep and not wake up wondering if we're going to get backers or if I need to stress out. This marks my third successful (*touches wood*) Kickstarter campaign and so there are a couple of things... (Read More)

We. Just. Funded.

February 6th - via: kickstarter.com
Rock on, Team, rock on! Also just because we've funded, it doesn't mean I'm not still looking for more people to join up. We have two days and now the project is officially at 105%, it's a sure thing for people looking for instant gratification when... (Read More)

Today is the day we fund ...

February 6th - via: kickstarter.com
This badge means a lot to me. We're so close, just £70 between us and being done, being funded,and that is so exciting. 90% .... I'm continually blown away by your support and it means a lot even if we still have 50 hours to go until things... (Read More)

A Star Filled Sea: Escape Velocity I

February 3rd - via: kickstarter.com
Hey! While I was out we hit 30 backers and it's awesome. Welcome new and returning team members to the last few days of this campaign! Great to have you, grab a seat, make yourselves comfy We have 3 days and just £155 to go. That's a Tuckeristion,... (Read More)

The homeward stretch

February 2nd - via: kickstarter.com
It blows my mind how generous people are, how willing folks are to back my little campaigns. I'm at a point where I'm hopeful, we have just £265 (rounded up to the higher number for the sake of well actually pledging) before A Star Filled Sea is... (Read More)

New Tier Added: Come Skype With Me

January 28th - via: kickstarter.com
If 7 people select this tier, we're funded. Oh and if you're local (Norwich-based and I know you) I'll upgrade it to coffee in person (at my discretion). It's been bugging me for a while now that wasn't a £50 tier, something to cushion the books... (Read More)

A Star Filled Sea Artcards: The Unboxening

January 28th - via: kickstarter.com
I am soaked to the bone, thanks to the combination of hail and sleet (Aspie Me demanded a trip to the post office). Anyway do you wanna build a snowman? No wait, that's tomorrow. Today it's a look at the art cards I've had done for the campaign. We... (Read More)

Ask Me Anything ...

January 25th - via: kickstarter.com
Things have been quiet so let's get some audience participation going. One of the things I want to put in A Star Filled Sea is a short Q and A so, lovely backers, ask me stuff below (seriously, anything goes) and I'll answer here but you'll also get... (Read More)

Juggling balls

January 23rd - via: kickstarter.com
I got my bipolar diagnosis over Christmas (I'm okay with this, honestly, it's not new information) but I wanted to take a minute to explain to my Teams what this means. I seldom write just one project, usually I have three or four things on the go... (Read More)

A Star Filled Sea: Diplomatic Ties

January 23rd - via: kickstarter.com
We did it and are over half way! In celebration, here is chapter three: Diplomatic ties which comes after Work and Pay and The Blue Girl. The next extract, from the following chapter Escape Velocity, unlocks at 75%. I found myself trying to loosen... (Read More)

As we reach the half way point I want to say thank you!

January 22nd - via: kickstarter.com
You'll need an HTML5 capable browser to see this content. Play 00:00 00:00 The last second of the video froze but, seriously, we're going to do this and I am so grateful to each and everyone of you! £8 and we're finally over the halfway point. I... (Read More)

Small weaknesses and impatience

January 21st - via: kickstarter.com
I can't order these until tomorrow :S I freely admit to not being a patient person (it's why I became a journalist ... they get stuff much earlier than a street date) but today I have to be patient. I got the final ebook art from Scarlett this... (Read More)

Just about done with A Star Filled Sea so now we need to fund! ASAP!

January 20th - via: kickstarter.com
We have a couple of weeks left but Scarlett has done everything she needs to do until I poke her about the precise dimensions for the paperback (Star needs to be laid out first before I can do that) which won't be for a couple of months. Next, once... (Read More)

We're close to halfway so have a present ...

January 18th - via: kickstarter.com
1) I have to have a crown fitted this morning. Ugh. 2) There is white stuff on the ground (Uni says: YAY! Me: Ugh/SQUEEEE) 3) We're pretty close to the half way point and Scarlett has just this very moment (yes I am conscious at 4am, what of it?)... (Read More)

Blurbs and final covers and thoughts for the future, oh my!

January 16th - via: kickstarter.com
First up: Yes there are two different covers. One for the ebook and one for the paperback. The ebook cover The paperback cover This was something I initially envisioned, recognising that sometimes Cover A looks better on an ebook than it does on the... (Read More)

The final ebook cover and some bonus pretties

January 15th - via: kickstarter.com
Look, isn't it lovely? This is the final ebook cover (so erm, yeah. we totally need to fund this campaign. Seriously now, guys.) Scarlett has also send me her starter for the wraparound cover which is promising but isn't yet as awesome as the ebook... (Read More)

Cover concepts #2 and #3

January 14th - via: kickstarter.com
A new morning (just) and two new and infinitely more suitable concept covers. Wanna see? I like this one I also like this one but not quite as much  Thoughts? I'm still attempting, mainly throught bold text to get 'The Ashteraiverse' lowered and... (Read More)


January 12th - via: kickstarter.com
How Things are GoingI'm making it my current mission to be calm and take pleasures where I can find them (like this dawn shot I took on Sunday). I've been up late, writing and up early, writing. My current project, A World of Strange New Things, is... (Read More)

Cover concept # 1

January 12th - via: kickstarter.com
Scarlett just sent me this. What do you guys think?  (Read More)

The manuscript is finished ... now comes the funding part

January 9th - via: kickstarter.com
The best part of being finished is I don't have Josh in my head anymore. Peace and quiet. We're doing brilliantly, Scarlett is doing her thing Down Under and I finished the third draft MS early this morning. It's now going to rest until Ellen can... (Read More)

A Star-Filled Sea: The Blue Girl

January 6th - via: kickstarter.com
This scene carries on directly from Work and Pay. I'm posting it now because I have faith someone will pledge today, bypassing the £250 mark, and because I have other things I want to talk about. Like concepts and finishing the manuscript! Enjoy!... (Read More)

The cover process

January 5th - via: kickstarter.com
Because I have faith in how awesome you lot are, I've gone ahead (as mentioned on Sunday) and commissioned Scarlett to get going on the cover for A Star-Filled Sea. I've also asked her to do me the paperback cover, a Facebook banner and some book... (Read More)

Let the cover chaos begin!

January 4th - via: kickstarter.com
Normally there is a distinct order to things. You do A, then B then C (or in this case 1: Write 2: Edit 3: ???? and 4: Publish/Profit). However because this is book will be happening (remember this is basically a pre-order campaign) regardless... (Read More)

A Star-Filled Sea: The playlist and thoughts on story strands

January 2nd - via: kickstarter.com
Like most authors/writers/creatives, I write to music and I'm an unabashed fan of Spotify so I love to create playlists. As an aspie, I also tend to abuse the repeat button more than is polite or necessary but there you go. So, erm, behold: These... (Read More)

The Major Players

January 2nd - via: kickstarter.com
I'm trying to get this 'done' so I can focus on other stuff, like Parting. I'm a month behind because I wrote a totally different novel called The Fractured Mirror (due out 23/2/2015 as part of the Apocalypse Weird universe, if you want to read the... (Read More)

Into the oceans of space ...

January 2nd - via: kickstarter.com
I found this last night and it entranced me, the fact that is the most beautiful 4 minutes of my life (go here to see the video). But there's a moment when Josh gets to see the Earth from space for the first time and he, who is seldom humbled by... (Read More)

A Star-Filled Sea: Work and Pay

January 1st - via: kickstarter.com
Well that was fast! You asked and so you shall receive. Let's start at the beginning, shall we? Let's say the next excerpt will unlock at £250 :D Go! * * * Midian, Oregon, EarthLate August 2018C.E./4 After ContactThe acrid smell of chargrilled... (Read More)

Why thank you, Kickstarter, yes it was!

January 1st - via: kickstarter.com
I know it's automated but I love getting emails like this. Carry on, Team, carry on. Once we get to £125 I'll post an extract. That's your motivation, right there :D The Mighty D demands it!  Actually that might look sorta menacing. Sorry. Erm ...... (Read More)

Hello, welcome and happy new year!

December 31st - via: kickstarter.com
Ben just posted the final art from Changing and while nothing do with it, Star is still set in the same universe. Okay actually, there might be a couple of familiar faces. It's day one and I have a Team ... I like the fact I didn't even know I was... (Read More)

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