Mana (Writer) is creating Fiction, Fantasy, Experiential, Romance, Adventure, Illustration
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patrons

$57
per month
Welcome to our new Series Illustrator, KotaVa !


Imagine
Spice and Wolf as Heron and Cardinal in a Fantasy Romance where the word "Love" doesn't exist. Fly an ancient sky alongside them as their world comes crashing down.
_____________________________________________

If you listen closely to the birdsong, you will hear a story in their words of a time, of a place, of a world high in the sky. 

So-Rin has lived in the Grotto Isla for as long as he can remember. It's a peaceful life, with days spent flying the sky, hunting, and living just as his Teacher taught him. But when forces beyond his control suddenly find their way into So-Rin's Eden in the sky, he must make a choice. Will So-Rin have what it takes to leave his peaceful life behind and risk it all for something more?
_____________________________________________

About the writer (that's me!):

I'm an Otaku who loves stories so much, I got myself a Creative Writing Masters degree and now love reading, writing, editing and publishing more than ever!

Some of my likes and hobbies include writings by Flannery O'Connor, Light Novels, playing with my dog, gardening, and cooking! I'm also somewhat of an otaku and do go to a variety of literature and anime/gaming conventions in the midwestern United States, so if you have any of the same interests I would love to chat! 

My goals for my writing right now include publishing stories of illustrated fiction aimed at a New Adult audience, especially in the Fiction, Fantasy, Adventure, Romance, Psychological, and Tragedy genres.

A little bit of sweet paired with just a splash of darkness... you'll find it all mixed together in a feels-inducing story when you read my work.

Jamie Johns (aka "BlackManaBurning" or just "Mana" for short ^^)
Deviantart: blackmanaburning.deviantart.com
Contact me via email: [email protected]
Twitter : @ManaKawena
____________________________________________
~Works-in-Progress~ *All working titles subject to change

The stages:
Brainstorming - This is the idea phase. I might have a few notes, but that's about it.
Planning - I've sat down with it and might be as far as an outline, but it's still pretty rough and in its infancy yet.
Drafting - I'm finally writing the story/drawing - yay!
Revising - *Writing only.* This is probably the longest phase. I'm expanding scenes, cutting others, doing continuity checks... all that good stuff that takes the basic awesomeness of a draft and makes it even better.
Editing - *Writing only.*  I'll be going through the draft making it post-ready with a last bit of polish before release.
Sketching - *Drawing only* I'm knee-deep in pencils and eraser shavings! *I hope you like it when it's done~*

Updated 4/2/2018

Kawena Chapters - Volume 2 "Student and Teacher" (So-Rin's Friends+):
Kawena Volume 2 Epilogue/Volume 3 Preview - Drafting

Volume 3 - "Insert Spoiler-Free Working Title Here" ;p
Kawena Chapter 13 - Brainstorming
Kawena Chapter 14 - Brainstorming
Kawena Chapter 15 - Brainstorming
Kawena Chapter 16 - Brainstorming
Kawena Chapter 17 - Drafting


Side and Short Stories:

Skylight Stories: Corona* *Vignette Series

These bright souls rippling at the edge of darkness - may they illuminate your path, and guide you toward the light.

Sora 
Rhonda
Calais
Gwynne
Zilpha
Boren
So-Rin
Teacher

"See You Later" 
"If Things Had Been Different..."
"My Only Child"
"Happy Hatching-Day"


Journal Entries:
Avin Life Stages 4 - Writing portion revising; brainstorming accompanying drawings
Nuva Isla Avin Clothing - Drafting / Sketching
Boreal Isla Avin Clothing - brainstorming
Islas and Places, Parts 1, 2, and 3 - Revising
Islas and Places, Parts 18 and 19 - Revising
Red Wingfall - Writing: Brainstorming
Leadership, Society, and Family Organization - Planning
Jobs - Warrior - Drafting
Jobs - Caretaker - Drafting
Nuva Isla "Family homes" Architecture - drafting/sketching
Boreal Isla "Cityscape" Architecture - brainstorming

The Zaigatz - Writing: Drafting
Avin Weapons - Writing: Brainstorming


Drawings / Sketch:

River's Drawings/WIPs List:

"Chi"
"Kadee"
"Quill"
"Sora" Character Bio Sketch - Brainstorming
"Calais" - Character Bio Sketch - Brainstorming
"Tamara's Peacocks" 
Nestlings (Life Stages)
Juveniles (Life Stages) 
Adults (Life Stages)
Males Vs. Females (anatomical study) - Sketching

KotaVa's Drawings/WIPs List:
Ba'al / Cray / Ruppell Character Reference 

Volume 1 Black and White Illustrations List:
1 - "Let's Have a Race!" - Draft Sketched
2 - "First Meeting" - Draft Sketched
3: "Fallon Eating Fish" - Draft Sketched
4: "Feed a Mouse a Blueberry" -Draft Sketched
5: "Night High Flying"  - Draft Sketched
6: "Rescue!" - Draft Sketched

_____________________

Thanks so much again all my lovely patrons for your continuing support of this series-in-the-making! *hugz*

Cons I'll be attending will be in bold as they are confirmed*


The following monthly breakdowns include all my basic goals for each month, in no particular order, which will release at a rate of about 1 per week (unless dated)

April:
* New *Mystery* Character Artwork! (So-Rin's Friend +)
* Zilpha's Journal Entry; Job: Warrior and Avin Weapons (Fallon's Friend +)
* Kawena Volume 2 Epilogue/Volume 3 Preview *projected final chapter of volume 2* ("So-Rin's Friend" +)
***** Contest Entry Short Story, from Fallon's POV (So-Rin's Friend +) 

May:
* So-Rin's Room - Picture Journal Entry ("Fallon's Friend" +)
* Luminous World Stories Collection: Land of Light and Shade Prologue Chapter Draft - May 4 (available to all "So-Rin's Friend" + through May 11, thereafter only to "Cressa's Kin" +)
Work on revising Kawena Volume 1 for publication later this year!!! :D - Get ready for some draft art and sneak peeks at the final version!
* Patrons-only Giveaway! Stay tuned for more info! (All Patrons during the months of May, and/or June are eligible to win)
* Nuva Isla "Family Homes"/Architecture Journal Entry ("Fallon's Friend" +)


June
Continue work on revising Kawena Volume 1 for publication later this year!!! :D 
* Calais Character Sketch + Short Bio ("So-Rin's Friend" +)
* Journal Entry - Jobs - Caretaker ("Fallon's Friend" +) 
* Kawena Chapter 13 ("So-Rin's Friend" +)

July
Work on editing and formatting Kawena Volume 1 for publication later this year!!! :D - Get ready for some more official art and sneak peeks at the final version!
* Patrons-only Giveaway Drawing! Stay tuned for more info! (All Patrons during the months of May and/or June are eligible to win)
* Kotava WIPs Cover Color Illustration
* Kawena Chapter 14 ("So-Rin's Friend" +) 
* Nuva Isla Journal Entry ("Fallon's Friend" +)
******* See you at Kitsune Kon July 20-22 ! *******

August
Journal Entry - Jobs - Warrior (Fallon's Friends+)
Kawena Chapter 15 (So-Rin's Friends+)
Sora Character Sketch + Short Bio(So-Rin's Friends+)
Character Design Contest (Deviantart) Stay tuned for more info!




Book and E-Book Release Schedule - It's going to be here before you know it! :D

Volume 1: Child of the Sky - Winter 2018
Volume 2: Student and Teacher - Spring/Summer 2019
Volume 3: Traversing the Open Sky -  Fall 2019
Volume 4: "Insert Title Here" - ? 2020

Rewards
Title Acquired: So-Rin's Friend
$2 or more per month 1 patron
"You want to be friends? We're going to have so much fun together!"


And you know So-Rin needs all the friends he can get! 

As So-Rin's new friend, you can read all about his adventures in the latest chapter of Skylight Stories Kawena as they're drafted, way before anyone else! New chapters are released monthly. You'll also get your name listed in the Acknowledgements section at the end of each chapter!

As one of So-Rin's friends, you also are granted access to:
• Progress/Group Update Announcements
• Sneak Peeks
• Sketch and WIP Art

And more! 

Title Acquired: Fallon's Friend
$5 or more per month 2 patrons
"You want to be my friend too? I'll do my best for you!"


If you weren't already So-Rin's friend too, he might be a little jealous that you possess the coveted Title of "Fallon's Friend."

In addition to everything you get for being So-Rin's friend, those of you who are also friends with Fallon will also have access to:

♦ Kawena Character and Side Stories
♦ Kawena Short Stories

♦ Supplemental Journal Entries
♦ Early Access to Downloadable Watermark-Free Artworks

Plus other things in the Kawena world!

You may just discover something all new about your favorite characters, see alternate endings and deleted scenes, and just get to know more about the Kawena world between chapter releases!

Bloodline Acquired: Nassima's Kin
$10 or more per month 0 patrons
In addition to everything available at prior levels, humans who become Nassima's Kin have a 1/100,000,000,000 chance of sprouting wings and gaining the ability to fly just like So-Rin and Fallon!

As a new member of Nassima's bloodline, you can dive even deeper into the world of Kawena, whispering your questions to the wind in hopes of having your deepest wishes come true!

♥ Patrons at this level may ask a question or make a story request in the Monthly Update (such as: "I want to see a day in Fallon's life" or "What was So-Rin's first hunt like?").

Each month I'll pick a question and answer it in the form of a short story, journal entry, etc. 
Bloodline Acquired: Cressa's Kin
$15 or more per month 0 patrons
In addition to everything available at prior levels, humans who become Cressa's Kin will have their swimming ability increased by a whopping .097%!

As a friend of So-Rin, Fallon, and by being one of Nassima's Kin, those who are also Cressa's Kin have the unique ability to reach out into the vast ocean of writing beyond Kawena and read other stories in the Luminous World I'm currently working on!

☼ Get permanent access to special short stories and side stories, creation stories, and other stand-alone and tie-in stories you will see nowhere else as this Luminous World is revealed! You may even just catch a glimpse at a future series...

☼ These Patreon-only additional stories will release at least four times a year (in February, May, August, and November).
Kawena Publication Supporter
$40 or more per month 0 patrons
Like any storyteller, it's a goal of mine to get my stories into as many hearts, minds, and hands as possible. 


In addition to getting all previous rewards, by being a supporter at this level you're showing me that you believe what I'm doing is worth such an endeavor as publication, and for that I couldn't possibly be more thankful!  


To show my appreciation, any Patron who has donated a cumulative $40 by the time volume 1 goes to print will be able to find their name listed in a special Thank You section of the print and e-book versions of Skylight Stories Kawena Volume 1!


And, for those who would like to show additional support by becoming a Publication Supporter for a month, once Volume 1 is published, you will receive an e-book copy, in addition to a full package via mail including a signed physical book copy and the same exclusive convention bonus goodies you can only otherwise get with purchase of a copy from me in-person at a convention! 


Thanks so much for your ongoing support! I couldn't do it without you -


 *Volume 1 currently scheduled for release in summer/fall of 2018. Watch announcements for further updates and details.

Light of the Luminous World
$50 or more per month 1 of 5 patrons
I... I'm speechless.

To receive such support is truly humbling, and I'm not sure what else I can offer on top of everything else!

What would you like? Another custom-written story or short? Help and advice with your own writing? Request art from me or KotaVa? Have fanfiction you would like read? We could start a book club/ monthly chat where you can bring your questions directly to me and get answers to them live... Just some ideas, I'm open to pretty much anything!

The only thing I can say right now is...
Thanks so much for your support!
Goals
$57 of $200 per month
When it comes to milestones, it's not often that a writing-centered creator includes as a milestone being able to work with others.

If we can reach this level of support, we'll open up a patrons-only monthly request option for either art requests or short comic requests that I'll work on with KotaVa! Completed artwork requests will be uploaded to Patreon, and once we get enough of them done the next goal will be to eventually make them into an artbook/mini-comic!

Support at this level would enable me to keep doing what I love most--writing--while also enabling me to further partner with KotaVa and support her goals of being an Illustrator!

Huh... what could be better than fulfilling two people's life goals in one?

If we can reach this goal, expect to see some Patrons-only artwork commemorating the event, as well as even more art in the future!
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Welcome to our new Series Illustrator, KotaVa !


Imagine
Spice and Wolf as Heron and Cardinal in a Fantasy Romance where the word "Love" doesn't exist. Fly an ancient sky alongside them as their world comes crashing down.
_____________________________________________

If you listen closely to the birdsong, you will hear a story in their words of a time, of a place, of a world high in the sky. 

So-Rin has lived in the Grotto Isla for as long as he can remember. It's a peaceful life, with days spent flying the sky, hunting, and living just as his Teacher taught him. But when forces beyond his control suddenly find their way into So-Rin's Eden in the sky, he must make a choice. Will So-Rin have what it takes to leave his peaceful life behind and risk it all for something more?
_____________________________________________

About the writer (that's me!):

I'm an Otaku who loves stories so much, I got myself a Creative Writing Masters degree and now love reading, writing, editing and publishing more than ever!

Some of my likes and hobbies include writings by Flannery O'Connor, Light Novels, playing with my dog, gardening, and cooking! I'm also somewhat of an otaku and do go to a variety of literature and anime/gaming conventions in the midwestern United States, so if you have any of the same interests I would love to chat! 

My goals for my writing right now include publishing stories of illustrated fiction aimed at a New Adult audience, especially in the Fiction, Fantasy, Adventure, Romance, Psychological, and Tragedy genres.

A little bit of sweet paired with just a splash of darkness... you'll find it all mixed together in a feels-inducing story when you read my work.

Jamie Johns (aka "BlackManaBurning" or just "Mana" for short ^^)
Deviantart: blackmanaburning.deviantart.com
Contact me via email: [email protected]
Twitter : @ManaKawena
____________________________________________
~Works-in-Progress~ *All working titles subject to change

The stages:
Brainstorming - This is the idea phase. I might have a few notes, but that's about it.
Planning - I've sat down with it and might be as far as an outline, but it's still pretty rough and in its infancy yet.
Drafting - I'm finally writing the story/drawing - yay!
Revising - *Writing only.* This is probably the longest phase. I'm expanding scenes, cutting others, doing continuity checks... all that good stuff that takes the basic awesomeness of a draft and makes it even better.
Editing - *Writing only.*  I'll be going through the draft making it post-ready with a last bit of polish before release.
Sketching - *Drawing only* I'm knee-deep in pencils and eraser shavings! *I hope you like it when it's done~*

Updated 4/2/2018

Kawena Chapters - Volume 2 "Student and Teacher" (So-Rin's Friends+):
Kawena Volume 2 Epilogue/Volume 3 Preview - Drafting

Volume 3 - "Insert Spoiler-Free Working Title Here" ;p
Kawena Chapter 13 - Brainstorming
Kawena Chapter 14 - Brainstorming
Kawena Chapter 15 - Brainstorming
Kawena Chapter 16 - Brainstorming
Kawena Chapter 17 - Drafting


Side and Short Stories:

Skylight Stories: Corona* *Vignette Series

These bright souls rippling at the edge of darkness - may they illuminate your path, and guide you toward the light.

Sora 
Rhonda
Calais
Gwynne
Zilpha
Boren
So-Rin
Teacher

"See You Later" 
"If Things Had Been Different..."
"My Only Child"
"Happy Hatching-Day"


Journal Entries:
Avin Life Stages 4 - Writing portion revising; brainstorming accompanying drawings
Nuva Isla Avin Clothing - Drafting / Sketching
Boreal Isla Avin Clothing - brainstorming
Islas and Places, Parts 1, 2, and 3 - Revising
Islas and Places, Parts 18 and 19 - Revising
Red Wingfall - Writing: Brainstorming
Leadership, Society, and Family Organization - Planning
Jobs - Warrior - Drafting
Jobs - Caretaker - Drafting
Nuva Isla "Family homes" Architecture - drafting/sketching
Boreal Isla "Cityscape" Architecture - brainstorming

The Zaigatz - Writing: Drafting
Avin Weapons - Writing: Brainstorming


Drawings / Sketch:

River's Drawings/WIPs List:

"Chi"
"Kadee"
"Quill"
"Sora" Character Bio Sketch - Brainstorming
"Calais" - Character Bio Sketch - Brainstorming
"Tamara's Peacocks" 
Nestlings (Life Stages)
Juveniles (Life Stages) 
Adults (Life Stages)
Males Vs. Females (anatomical study) - Sketching

KotaVa's Drawings/WIPs List:
Ba'al / Cray / Ruppell Character Reference 

Volume 1 Black and White Illustrations List:
1 - "Let's Have a Race!" - Draft Sketched
2 - "First Meeting" - Draft Sketched
3: "Fallon Eating Fish" - Draft Sketched
4: "Feed a Mouse a Blueberry" -Draft Sketched
5: "Night High Flying"  - Draft Sketched
6: "Rescue!" - Draft Sketched

_____________________

Thanks so much again all my lovely patrons for your continuing support of this series-in-the-making! *hugz*

Cons I'll be attending will be in bold as they are confirmed*


The following monthly breakdowns include all my basic goals for each month, in no particular order, which will release at a rate of about 1 per week (unless dated)

April:
* New *Mystery* Character Artwork! (So-Rin's Friend +)
* Zilpha's Journal Entry; Job: Warrior and Avin Weapons (Fallon's Friend +)
* Kawena Volume 2 Epilogue/Volume 3 Preview *projected final chapter of volume 2* ("So-Rin's Friend" +)
***** Contest Entry Short Story, from Fallon's POV (So-Rin's Friend +) 

May:
* So-Rin's Room - Picture Journal Entry ("Fallon's Friend" +)
* Luminous World Stories Collection: Land of Light and Shade Prologue Chapter Draft - May 4 (available to all "So-Rin's Friend" + through May 11, thereafter only to "Cressa's Kin" +)
Work on revising Kawena Volume 1 for publication later this year!!! :D - Get ready for some draft art and sneak peeks at the final version!
* Patrons-only Giveaway! Stay tuned for more info! (All Patrons during the months of May, and/or June are eligible to win)
* Nuva Isla "Family Homes"/Architecture Journal Entry ("Fallon's Friend" +)


June
Continue work on revising Kawena Volume 1 for publication later this year!!! :D 
* Calais Character Sketch + Short Bio ("So-Rin's Friend" +)
* Journal Entry - Jobs - Caretaker ("Fallon's Friend" +) 
* Kawena Chapter 13 ("So-Rin's Friend" +)

July
Work on editing and formatting Kawena Volume 1 for publication later this year!!! :D - Get ready for some more official art and sneak peeks at the final version!
* Patrons-only Giveaway Drawing! Stay tuned for more info! (All Patrons during the months of May and/or June are eligible to win)
* Kotava WIPs Cover Color Illustration
* Kawena Chapter 14 ("So-Rin's Friend" +) 
* Nuva Isla Journal Entry ("Fallon's Friend" +)
******* See you at Kitsune Kon July 20-22 ! *******

August
Journal Entry - Jobs - Warrior (Fallon's Friends+)
Kawena Chapter 15 (So-Rin's Friends+)
Sora Character Sketch + Short Bio(So-Rin's Friends+)
Character Design Contest (Deviantart) Stay tuned for more info!




Book and E-Book Release Schedule - It's going to be here before you know it! :D

Volume 1: Child of the Sky - Winter 2018
Volume 2: Student and Teacher - Spring/Summer 2019
Volume 3: Traversing the Open Sky -  Fall 2019
Volume 4: "Insert Title Here" - ? 2020

Recent posts by Mana (Writer)

Rewards
Title Acquired: So-Rin's Friend
$2 or more per month 1 patron
"You want to be friends? We're going to have so much fun together!"


And you know So-Rin needs all the friends he can get! 

As So-Rin's new friend, you can read all about his adventures in the latest chapter of Skylight Stories Kawena as they're drafted, way before anyone else! New chapters are released monthly. You'll also get your name listed in the Acknowledgements section at the end of each chapter!

As one of So-Rin's friends, you also are granted access to:
• Progress/Group Update Announcements
• Sneak Peeks
• Sketch and WIP Art

And more! 

Title Acquired: Fallon's Friend
$5 or more per month 2 patrons
"You want to be my friend too? I'll do my best for you!"


If you weren't already So-Rin's friend too, he might be a little jealous that you possess the coveted Title of "Fallon's Friend."

In addition to everything you get for being So-Rin's friend, those of you who are also friends with Fallon will also have access to:

♦ Kawena Character and Side Stories
♦ Kawena Short Stories

♦ Supplemental Journal Entries
♦ Early Access to Downloadable Watermark-Free Artworks

Plus other things in the Kawena world!

You may just discover something all new about your favorite characters, see alternate endings and deleted scenes, and just get to know more about the Kawena world between chapter releases!

Bloodline Acquired: Nassima's Kin
$10 or more per month 0 patrons
In addition to everything available at prior levels, humans who become Nassima's Kin have a 1/100,000,000,000 chance of sprouting wings and gaining the ability to fly just like So-Rin and Fallon!

As a new member of Nassima's bloodline, you can dive even deeper into the world of Kawena, whispering your questions to the wind in hopes of having your deepest wishes come true!

♥ Patrons at this level may ask a question or make a story request in the Monthly Update (such as: "I want to see a day in Fallon's life" or "What was So-Rin's first hunt like?").

Each month I'll pick a question and answer it in the form of a short story, journal entry, etc. 
Bloodline Acquired: Cressa's Kin
$15 or more per month 0 patrons
In addition to everything available at prior levels, humans who become Cressa's Kin will have their swimming ability increased by a whopping .097%!

As a friend of So-Rin, Fallon, and by being one of Nassima's Kin, those who are also Cressa's Kin have the unique ability to reach out into the vast ocean of writing beyond Kawena and read other stories in the Luminous World I'm currently working on!

☼ Get permanent access to special short stories and side stories, creation stories, and other stand-alone and tie-in stories you will see nowhere else as this Luminous World is revealed! You may even just catch a glimpse at a future series...

☼ These Patreon-only additional stories will release at least four times a year (in February, May, August, and November).
Kawena Publication Supporter
$40 or more per month 0 patrons
Like any storyteller, it's a goal of mine to get my stories into as many hearts, minds, and hands as possible. 


In addition to getting all previous rewards, by being a supporter at this level you're showing me that you believe what I'm doing is worth such an endeavor as publication, and for that I couldn't possibly be more thankful!  


To show my appreciation, any Patron who has donated a cumulative $40 by the time volume 1 goes to print will be able to find their name listed in a special Thank You section of the print and e-book versions of Skylight Stories Kawena Volume 1!


And, for those who would like to show additional support by becoming a Publication Supporter for a month, once Volume 1 is published, you will receive an e-book copy, in addition to a full package via mail including a signed physical book copy and the same exclusive convention bonus goodies you can only otherwise get with purchase of a copy from me in-person at a convention! 


Thanks so much for your ongoing support! I couldn't do it without you -


 *Volume 1 currently scheduled for release in summer/fall of 2018. Watch announcements for further updates and details.

Light of the Luminous World
$50 or more per month 1 of 5 patrons
I... I'm speechless.

To receive such support is truly humbling, and I'm not sure what else I can offer on top of everything else!

What would you like? Another custom-written story or short? Help and advice with your own writing? Request art from me or KotaVa? Have fanfiction you would like read? We could start a book club/ monthly chat where you can bring your questions directly to me and get answers to them live... Just some ideas, I'm open to pretty much anything!

The only thing I can say right now is...
Thanks so much for your support!