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date submitted 27.07.2010
date updated 09.08.2010
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Juneau's Line

Ryan K. Nolan

Juneau discovers ikebana flower-arranging--and her whole world changes. Luckily, she has all the time in the world to figure things out.

 

According to the Japanese art of flower arranging ikebana, the world and all of nature can be broken down into three elements: time, space, and mind. Juneau Sakamoto finds herself the unwitting possessor of the ability to bend--and even break--time when she takes up ikebana as a talisman against boredom and the stresses of college. She soon meets her half-sisters, Yuki and Claire, who have since come into their own powers: space- and mind-bending, respectively. The sisters set out for Kamakura, Japan, where Juneau meets her father for the first time. His sordid past has led to her morbid present--and the future doesn't look too bright either, if the trio can't nullify a beauty with all three of their powers combined. Fortunately, Juneau and her sisters have some otherworldly help in Juneau's Line, the first in the Master Arranger series.

Juneau's Line is complete. All 47 chapters are posted here on Authonomy.

 
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Now, the only thing left to do was... everything. The Triad was in no shape to take on a crazed woman and her army of doubles. Knowing that their daughters would be in a position they had never been in, Hideyoshi and Mameha poured themselves into training the girls, including Jūban. Juneau was surprised at how clumsy the girl was.

"We don't train very much anymore," was Jūban's excuse. "Tachibana Rikka trained for more than seventy years, never giving up her training until she only had enough energy in her to get her replacement. And with each new replacement, there's that much more experience."

"But the body and mind are separate entities," Hideyoshi said. "Your mind may have been shaped to absorb your predecessor's memories, but your body was never molded into a vessel for hanate."

As such, Jūban ended up spending even more time in the dōjō with Hide. She often sat out sessions with Mameha, however, for a number of reasons. For one, First Mother had never recovered her ease around the ground after that strange gesture. Also, even Jūban's cursory knowledge of the principles and meditation, she knew far more than Mameha, having received five centuries of training instantaneously, whereas Mameha--and any other instructor--had to work with the mortal strictures of time and personal experience.

When routine came back to preside over them all, Juneau's mind began to wonder. Thanks to her upkeep of her tanden, Juneau didn't find her dreams hindered by guilt or passion--but that didn't keep Kato from doing laps in trackshorts around her mind. Even when she managed to keep her thoughts of him chaste, Juneau nonetheless found she was heartened to have him around. Something about his presence made her less anxious about the fact that he'd left at all.

In the dōjō, which they occasionally shared, Kato kept to his own discipline, largely concerned karate and aikido, as he lacked the proper "flair" for hanate. Juneau would steal glimpses of his shirtless body shiny with sweat as he executed stance after stance, movement after movement. If Hideyoshi was present, he offered Kato some pointers and even lugged his older, larger form around the dōjō in demonstration of some obscure form or other when the mood struck him. Kato was always gracious, bowing and executing Hide's suggestion without fail. It was all Juneau could do not to applaud him. She couldn't help it. She was brimming with desire at watching his muscles undulate that an outburst of sorts--any sort!--was required. She settled on smiling giddily, unabashedly. Which smile disappeared the minute Hideyoshi returned his full attention to her and smacked her in the hip with his paper fan.

The smack was a reminder--not so much to remember her stance and get back into form, but of Claire and Yuki's warnings, admonishments. Kato was bad news, according to them. But when she looked at him--how kind he was to the Ieyasu parents, and even the servant monks--and certainly the Triad themselves--she couldn't imagine a deceptive bone in his body. Deception was too ugly a fiend to seek shelter in his beautifully taut body.

It was into the tranquility of routine that Juneau sought to inject some excitement. A week after they had returned to Shokadō, she arranged a secret rendezvous with him. She didn't know what she expected out of it, but her heart, mind, and loins were all in conflict. She felt she was betraying her sisters, whereas she thought her sisters must be mistaken. As for her loins...

It would have been too suspicious if Juneau suddenly took a walk around Kamakura. More than that, it might have presented another opportunity for another of Kuban's goons to spirit her away. So she met him by the stone statue. She had slipped him a note--grade-school style. She was on the verge of giving up when he hadn't shown for ten minutes and was about to walk back to the room where her sisters were playing hanafuda cards when he finally showed.

"Sorry," he said. "I couldn't get away. Hide's in a talkative mood."

"When isn't he?" Juneau joked, suddenly feeling as foolish as any clandestine note passed around a classroom.

He was only three or so paces away, arms length easily, but he felt so close. Juneau realized, suddenly and forcefully, that they were alone. They had scant moments before someone would notice both of them gone. It seemed too short to do anything, too long not to. And yet, Juneau also felt a kind of disgust with herself for being so weak. But how could she not? He was beautiful.

A step closer, and the gap was practically closed. Now, Juneau did put her hand out, on his chest, spanning the space between them. Reaching out to touch him and also prevent him from coming closer. It was a compromise.

"No," she said now, wondering who she was talking to.

Kato wouldn't listen. He curled her hand into his and brought her closer anyway. "No?" His eyes were dark, darker than the shadows cloaking his face.

"Claire told me what happened... before."

"What happened... before?" The crease on his forehead deepened, a black gash.

"About the abortion. About your family, and mine." She had been looking into his face, adoring what she saw there, but she had to turn away.

Kato was nodding, though Juneau sensed no agreement in his embrace. If anything, he drew her closer. He said, "Do you believe them?"

He said it softly--but it was the same softness with which you could kill a kitten. Juneau rebelled against his arms, but let herself lose. Begrudgingly nuzzling up to his male musk, she said, "They're my sisters. Of course, I believe them."

"Yet, before you knew them, you would have never believed that they were your sisters."

"So?"

"So somehow they had to prove it to you."

"Yeah."

"Have they proved to you that what they've said is true?"

"No."

"You see?" he said, his voice silky in her ear. "They don't always know the truth when they think they do."

Juneau had to agree. Both of her sisters had believed things that turned out to be false. Without proof, Juneau couldn't be certain what Claire and Yuki held to be true was, in fact, the truth. "I guess," she said finally.

"If you're not sure, then let me provide you with some proof--of a different sort."

He kissed her again. He brought his lips to hers, brought his nose alongside hers, brought his chest up against hers. It was a moment and an eternity. Juneau wondered if she had stopped time. She could have stopped time! But she hadn't, or if she had, it wasn't intentional.

She pulled away. Again, she couldn't bring herself to look at him. "I'd better go back in." As if sensing her purpose, Yuki called out for her. When Juneau turned to say goodbye, she saw that Kato had already melted into the shadows.

 

*****

Once more, she found herself taking to her studies voraciously, so much the better to forget about her troubles and her smoldering loins. She couldn't shake the feeling that they were running out of time. She just couldn't get used to being Time's keeper, instead of vice versa. Even if time was malleable, she was so very tired. She wished she could change things quicker and with less effort.

She brought this up to Hideyoshi a few days later when the late July heat made her irritable and her hanate movements sluggish for the molasses-thick humidity. She aimed for assertive and landed square on annoying.

"How will I be able to split realities if no one will teach me?" It was a pertinent question impertinent to her training, which she wanted any excuse to take a break from. Yuki, Claire, and Jūban (who had largely become a fixture at Shokadō, meditating and training with the others as if she were back in the fifteenth century) were with Mameha. "It's important, isn't it?"

Hideyoshi had been fanning himself in the shade with a paper fan. Now he stood up from a crouch and wiped sweat from his forehead with his open palm. "It is important, but how you learn it and who from is equally important."

Juneau had expected that he and Mameha were simply dragging the process out. But something about the movement of the wind through the trees, the sun hanging listless in the sky, the owl call before sunset told her a couple things.

Her time of training was coming to an end--soon. She had learned to trust her hunches, and that was what they were telling her now. Also, if neither of her honorable parents was going to teach her to split realities, then who?

Seeing the question on her face, Hideyoshi smiled, choking in his mirth at her pained expression. "My child, you do know that all the teachers of the past, present, and future are at your disposal, don't you? Seek the right one of them out and take your first step toward him. Now back to your stances."

"So it's a 'he'?" she asked, but he rapped her on the calf with his folded-up fan.

She lunged into her last stance, her foot falling into a sticky funk and refusing to budge, even with the promise of sweet potato ice cream after training. She was frustrated that this tiny kernel of Hide's had only managed to flummox her further.

Who was the right teacher? And where in time was he?

 

*****

One morning soon after this conversation, Juneau was enjoying a hot shower and washing her hair for the first time in three days, when the loosening of her tense muscles gave itself over to an ingenious idea. It struck her hard right in the center of her forehead. She dried off in record speed, wrapping a towel around her body. She frenetically toweled off her hair before putting it up in a towel-turban and went looking for her sisters. They had just finished another long day of training, meditating, and coming to terms with the weight of the world on their achy, close-to-breaky shoulders. When she came back to their bedroom, her sisters saw the ear-to-ear grin on her face and were immediately suspicious.

"What?" Yuki asked, narrowing her eyes and raising her eyebrows. The glittering tear on her cheek rose minutely. Seated beside her, Jūban also looked up, giving Juneau a chance to see that out of boredom, Yuki had drawn a corresponding tear on the girl's cheek. Juneau though, If they kissed, the tears would be aligned, then forgot all about it.

"I just had a killer idea!" Juneau cried. "Yuki, you can bend matter, right? Make things intangible, right?"

"Yep," said the Chinese girl, "But I am not walking through walls just so you can get your kicks."

"No, I thought of something even better. Maybe you can apply it to a different problem, if you think of it in a different way. Yuki, if you can change something from tangible to intangible, perhaps you can think of being caught in time as physical, rather than temporal."

"Not following," Yuki said.

"Maybe there's a way that you can shake out of a time-lock... by making yourself intangible to it!"

Claire was incredulous. "Juneau, you are genius!"

"What can I say? I try..."

Even Jūban seemed encouraged by this. "I'm certain Kuban didn't teach any of the doubles how to do that! I know I can't..."

Yuki soon found that, with this in mind, she could, indeed, break out of Juneau's time-lock. "I got it!" she squealed triumphantly when Juneau tried for the third time to freeze her and she managed, for the third time, to break out after about a minute. But then her eyes brightened. "I think--I can't be sure, but I think it isn't about becoming intangible to time. It helps, don't get me wrong, but I think all of you can learn how to break out of a time-lock, too!"

Yuki explained, in the matter-of-fact, bossy way she had, that breaking out of a time-lock was less about being physically caught. "If you can undo one lock, I think you can undo them all. Time-lock's the hardest, because you don't know that time's passing you by. But there are subtleties. When Rikka had me trapped in time, and then when she released me, I remember seeing--not with my eyes, but with my mind. It was like my body stopped, but my mind simply went faster. I realized when I was out that I had had a world of thoughts in a split second--which isn't possible. So now I know that when I have thoughts that run longer than it would normally take to think them, I'm locked in time. Once you're wise to it, it should be easy to shake out. Juneau, hit me!"

Juneau stopped time around Yuki again. She was stopped for a full minute before disappearing and reappearing across the room.

"See?" Yuki cried defiantly. "I realized I was having like a minute-long thought in seconds. You guys weren't moving, my body wasn't moving--but my mind was like a train on a one-way track!"

"Sounds about right," Claire seconded.

"It totally reminds me of, like, 'Minority Report,' with the cars being driven by a mainframe computer. But if the driver could wrestle control away from it--"

"Got it, Yuki." Juneau was happy for her sister, but didn't want to waste time on movie plot elements. "Now, what about when Claire takes control of you?"

"It's similar, but different. This time, my body keeps moving, but my mind wants to stay put, stay open to Claire's voice in my head."

"My voice is in your head?"

"It's like I have you on surround sound. All the other voices in there shut up for a sec."

"You hear other voices?" Juneau was surprised.

" You don't?" Yuki asked with a straight face and such conviction that Juneau wondered if she didn't. "Anyway, I'm tuned into your voice, Claire, and my body does whatever you tell it, too. But I'm there, too. I just don't have any say. It's like watching a movie at a theater..."

"Yuki, can we focus? You and all this talk about movies..."

But Claire disagreed. "Movies are a wonderful metaphor for life. Let her go."

"Thank you, Claire." She stuck her tongue out at Juneau. "Anyway, when you're at a movie in a theater, you can clap all you want if it's a good movie, boo all you want if it's bad--but no matter what, the show goes on. That's what it's like when Claire's in my head. I'm in a movie theater watching myself do things I have no control over. But once I realize I've lost control, I could take steps to recover it. Then it'd be like watching a production in a playhouse. No matter how convincing the actors, how compelling the orchestra, how beguiling the set--if you have a heckler in the audience, you have to shut him up before the show can go on. And if the heckler gets violent, say, rushes on stage, emasculates the protagonist, and violates the damsel--the show can't go on!"

"What an imagination!" Jūban snickered.

"If I put myself back into the picture, I could wrestle control away from Claire, then jump away." She demonstrated now, and it worked.

"That's great," Juneau said heartened. "Now show us how."

And she did. Using Yuki's principles--and her movie-based analogies--Juneau, Claire, and Jūban all managed to break out of their respective holds. It took a little while and a lot of energy, but they got the gist of it.

Then they did one better. Juneau realized that though she and Claire regularly used time- and mind-bending to manipulate their respective elements, Yuki did not. "If I can stop time by manipulating its flow," she said to her sister, "then you should be able to manipulate matter in such a way that it stops."

"Like reverse telekinesis," Yuki agreed. So she set about mastering matter-locking, and the others set about breaking out of it. To celebrate their individual victories, they had ice cream and sake for dinner.

 

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Laura Bailey wrote 1066 days ago

This is very well written. No problem backing it.

Laura Bailey
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Eunice Attwood wrote 1294 days ago

This is certainly something different and refreshing. A very feminine feel to your writing, which is lovely. A great storyline which plays out well. Happy to back. Eunice - The Temple Dancer.

Ryan K. Nolan wrote 1355 days ago

All right, the whole book is up for anyone who wants to see how it ends.

Ryan K. Nolan wrote 1355 days ago

I apologize again for not commenting sooner. The truth is that I am very busy. I'll be traveling back to China in a week, have a full time job technical editing (which means that staring at a computer screen after working for eight hours is the last thing on my mind), and I am currently working on another book completely unrelated to Juneau's Line. Needless to say, for all the writers out there, you know how it is when you've fallen in love with a new project: the older projects receive less attention. That said, I hope no one will take my lack of a backing or commenting on your books. Everyone understands that there are simply too many books to read--and even more to write!

I understand that this won't help my standing at all, but I'll keep at it.

Thanks again, everyone!
Ryan

tlst wrote 1360 days ago

What an interesting storyline - your pitch is intriguing and the writing style doesn't disappoint. Backed. Tania, This Last Summer

Pia wrote 1360 days ago

Ryan -

Juneau's Line - I enjoy this very much, love the gentle rhythm of the writing, and the theme openes a whole new world to me. Thank you.

Backed recently, Pia (Course of Mirrors)

Katherine Edwards wrote 1361 days ago

Lovely writing with a gentle rhythm which I enjoyed greatly. Well done on this and good luck. Katherine.

Kidd1 wrote 1362 days ago

Beautiful written narrative in a voice that has a calming effect on the reader. Backed

I hope you will give mine a read and back it if you like it.
Best,
Robert
Golden Conspiracy

Beval wrote 1362 days ago

There's a calm quality to the writing that seems to reflect the calm beauty of Japanese flower arranging. There is also the same discipline and attention to detail.
I found the opening chapter excellent, there was a haunting element within the writing that complimented the sensations Juneau was feeling.
On a more mundane level, I loved the cat as well, arrogant, self centred and totally catlike.
The narrative is beautifully written and draws the reader along at this calm regular pace that is a pleasure to read, the story unfolds before you, never demanding attention, but gently compelling it.

klouholmes wrote 1362 days ago

Hi Ryan, I can imagine that Kuni hides her anxiety well since her mother isn’t aware of it. You’ve captured a personality here that is discreetly seeking and with very lovely prose. This is very interesting, the reference to Zen and then the time bending in the synopsis. Kuni’s POV is done well while this subject is pleasant to read about and it stimulates with concept. Happy to shelve – Katherine (The Swan Bonnet)

C W Bigelow wrote 1363 days ago

Ryan, an entertaining, well written story that is humorous, with a style that is captures the reader. Nice job. Backed. CW (To Save the Sun)

Barry Wenlock wrote 1363 days ago

This is original, intriguing and extremely entertaining. Backed with absolute pleasure,
Barry
LITTLE KRISNA AND THE BIHAR BOYS

homewriter wrote 1363 days ago

Beautiful descriptive writing. Well researched. Superb story telling. Don't be influenced by the 'show don't tell brigade' that inhabit this site! Backed, Gordon - The Harpist of Madrid

Ferdi wrote 1363 days ago

Backed

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missyfleming_22 wrote 1364 days ago

Really interesting and vivid. I love that you take something like the flower arranging and weave it into the story, it's fascinating. I like that this book doesn't really feel like sci-fi to me, the time travel parts just felt like a natural part of the story. That's impressive to me! You've done something original with this and I love that. The writing and the characters are strong and really kept me reading.

best of luck with this
Missy

KW wrote 1364 days ago

Ikebana and time travel. Why not, if you set out for Kamakura. "If Juneau's father was out there somewhere, she'd never know." I have a feeling she will find out soon. Then she is suddenly able to read Japanese. Until this moment, or a little later, ikebana "had been less than a hobby." Now, she begins to realize it "is a way of life." At least, for Shokado in Kamakura and the Ieyasu dynasty. Of course, her father's name has to be Hideyoshi. I have a feeling that there is a Nobunaga lurking around somewhere.

This is quite entertaining and intriguing. I'll be back to read more of this time-traveling ikebana fantasy. Backed for now.

yasmin esack wrote 1365 days ago

Lovely!

Ryan K. Nolan wrote 1366 days ago

WOW! To everyone who's commented, thank you very much. Juneau's Line is very much a labor of love, which is to say that I love flowers, language, most things Japanese, and above all writing! I am very, very new to Authonomy, so I don't even know how to back a book, but I'm encouraged that as many readers have backed me in as many hours as I've been on Authonomy! It is very, very humbling. I hope to have to time to return the favor to you all. As an aside, the picture on the cover I took myself of a piece of ikebana I did myself. Actually, I fell in love with ikebana, which I took up literally the day I started writing the book...

PS. I have already begun writing the sequel. Also, I would like incite on a possible deal-breaker for future readers: the series goes backward! So, Juneau's Line is actually chronologically third of three. Any thoughts?

Burgio wrote 1367 days ago

JUNEAU’S LINE
What an imaginative story. I’ll think of it every time I pass my local flower shop which always feature at least one Japanese inspired bouquet in their window. I like the whole idea of being able to bend time; it’s good plotting. Juneau is a good main character; she’s likable and interesting to follow as she explores all the strange things happening to her. I’m adding this to my shelf. If you have a moment, would you look at mine (Grain of Salt)? I’m in 8th place but only holding on by my teeth. Burgio

name falied moderation wrote 1367 days ago

Dear Ryan
this is a beautiful book cover, so well done. Your long pitch was the thing that drew me to your book, and I thought I had already backed it but obviously not....I will coment later when I have read more but till then i wish to support your climb to the top
Backed for sure my me
THE VERY BEST OF LUCK
BACKED BY ME FOR SURE
If you would take a look at my book, comment ( hopefully positive ) and back it that would be soooo great. if not that is OK also
VERY best of luck
Denise
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andrew skaife wrote 1367 days ago

This is a wonderfully written piece of work with a quiet pace that runs smooothly over the read. You have, in tune with your pace, an exciting structure and rhythm that moves the narrative forward well.

You know your stuff and the Japanese scenery, environment and background is beautifully imprinted upon us.

Your use of language is admirable: just two examples:

"Her neighbourhood (I still still over American spellings), like her bedroom, housed no shadey characters."

"Kuni Sakamoto. on the other hand, was old-fashioned or perhaps just Japanese fashioned."

These two lines work on so many levels that it is dizzying.

Excellent and certainly BACKED.

livid wrote 1367 days ago

Hi, I am sorry that this comment does not help you in any way just yet, other than to let you know that I think your work is worth backing, but I am getting used to the site slowly. Also, work commitments and writing are being squeezed to try to keep up. After the first days I thought that the reading returns and support would slow but as yet they have not even begun to. So, in order to be fair I am backing everyone who I think deserves it, thanking everyone who has backed me and keeping an increasingly long list to get back to and give my hand written comments over. I hope this is ok with you? Cheers.

livid wrote 1367 days ago

Hi, I am sorry that this comment does not help you in any way just yet, other than to let you know that I think your work is worth backing, but I am getting used to the site slowly. Also, work commitments and writing are being squeezed to try to keep up. After the first days I thought that the reading returns and support would slow but as yet they have not even begun to. So, in order to be fair I am backing everyone who I think deserves it, thanking everyone who has backed me and keeping an increasingly long list to get back to and give my hand written comments over. I hope this is ok with you? Cheers.

livid wrote 1367 days ago

Hi, I am sorry that this comment does not help you in any way just yet, other than to let you know that I think your work is worth backing, but I am getting used to the site slowly. Also, work commitments and writing are being squeezed to try to keep up. After the first days I thought that the reading returns and support would slow but as yet they have not even begun to. So, in order to be fair I am backing everyone who I think deserves it, thanking everyone who has backed me and keeping an increasingly long list to get back to and give my hand written comments over. I hope this is ok with you? Cheers.

CarolinaAl wrote 1367 days ago

You provide us with an outstanding story with an intelligent plot and fascinating characters. Polished writing. Backed.

celticwriter wrote 1367 days ago

Continuing to be entertained by your journey. Nice continuity of story, structure. Happily backed.

jim
jack & charmian london

lizjrnm wrote 1367 days ago

This is excellent writing! Easy to back for an intriguing unique story.

Liz
The Cheech Room

soutexmex wrote 1367 days ago

Ryan: I read Chapter 5 and this is very competent writing. Nothing to gig you on. Even the pitches both worked for me. Think you're gonna have to pound the pavement to get people to read this effort. All godd writing does on this website. BACKED!

I can use your comments on my book when you get the chance. Cheers!

JC
The Obergemau Key

Rusty Bernard wrote 1367 days ago

Hi Ryan,

your 'future' is 'bright' if you continue with this. Well done and good luck.

I have backed your book because I was hooked by the pitch, loved the introduction and read on. How much more I read depends on time and commitment.

Enjoy everything and good luck.

Rusty Bernard
The Mental Pause


lynn clayton wrote 1367 days ago

You describe excellently, particularly Juneau's sense of being watched in the night - not overwritten, not over-stressed, and all the more believable for that. For me, though, there was one false note - I didn't believe it when she stifled a yawn. I think in those circumstances something physical takes place that precludes yawning. We're very much on the alert.
Excellent, though. Backed. Lynn

SammySutton wrote 1367 days ago

Ryan,

Fabulous, in so many ways. Your words touch the senses in a rare way. The reader is bombarded with wonderful gifts practical, cultural, and artistic. This all is done in support of the story rather than in a distracting manner.
Absolutely wonderful. I am so impressed. Linguistics..Wow!
Good Luck!
I backed!
Sammy Sutton
King Solomon's '13'

PATRICK BARRETT wrote 1367 days ago

Beautiful and evocative with a thoroughly original thread running through it. I was suprised by the use of the term "Chowed down" when the cat was eating, this is a very masculine phrase to be used in a tale of a sensitive female and her life. Paula Barrett (Cuthbert-how mean is my valley)

K A Smith wrote 1367 days ago

I like the idea, I like the cross-cultural milieu. I like the cat. Juneau's Line is a bit of a slow-grower, for me, but I will persist, as there are qualities of the book which appeal to me. What almost stopped me from reading past the first paragraph was the first paragraph, which seems to be striving awkwardly for some over-literary impact - to the point where it didn't make much sense. The promise I saw in the pitch kept me reading, however, and I will finish it. The book gets better when it doesn't try so hard.

Jim Darcy wrote 1368 days ago

Evocative and quite haunting in places, lyrical prose that quickly cpatures the reader's interest and involvement.
Jim Darcy
The Firelord's Crown

Jason Morte wrote 1368 days ago

What a wonderfully original idea! This is something new for the fantasy genre and it's about time! Are you sure there are no elves in this book? What about ogres? Anyway, joking aside, this is well written and deserves some attention. We get to do some traveling to Japan, too, which is something different. Ikebana...wow, who would've thought ikebana could be novel fodder? Nice job. And space- and time-bending are drawn from Japanese lore, if I'm not mistaken. Very interesting stuff indeed.

Despinas1 wrote 1368 days ago

Great pitch promising an amazing sci fi with a twist of mammoth proportion. Backed on the strength of its pitch and originality. Wishing you much success.
Best of luck, backed with pleasure
Helen
The Last Dream

Katy Christie wrote 1368 days ago

So often it is the words that transport me more than the story but, in this case, I believe it's both. You have a lovely way with words and I wish I could stay with you longer but, alas, I can't (see profile). This story has the beginnings of the uncanny, the mysterious and all the trappings that draw the reader into the book. Well done and good luck.
Hate to canvas but I've got my first red arrow (ouch!), so if you could have a look at my novel with a view to backing it, I'd be most grateful.
Katy Christie
No Man No Cry

SusieGulick wrote 1368 days ago

Dear Ryan, I love that you are making this a series. :) It's wonderful & I love your heroine - she is so sensitive - wish I had powers. :) Your pitch is excellent, so set the hook for me to read your book. :) When you use short paragraphs & lots of dialogue, it makes me want to keep reading to find out what's going to happen next. I'm backing your book. :) Could you please take a moment to back my TWO memoir books? Thanks. :) Love, Susie :)

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backed :)
Love, Susie :)

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