Pleiades: Seven Stories of Unhurried Solitude

Covering the years 2001-2009 and roughly 1000 miles, the seven short stories of Pleiades swim between present and past, reality and dreams, tracing the quiet life of a solitary girl named Mara. More

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About Lilli Blackmore

Lilli Blackmore produced her first work, "The Vampire-Ghost Rabbit" at the age of three, via dictation. Seventeen years later she attended Catawba College, where she worked as editor of the school's poetry, art, and prose publication, The Arrowhead. While at Catawba, she was inducted into the Sigma Tau Delta honor society for English majors, and received the Frances Decker-Wentz award for library service. As an undergraduate she also wrote several articles for the city's local newspaper. She graduated in 2009.

Since that time, she started the photographic web-comic Emmy: Self-Titled, and launched the website The Disquieted Pen. And, for the past five years, she has been working on the short story collection, Pleiades. Like the story's central character, Mara, Lilli grew up in Florida, and spent her younger years exploring the acres of completely undeveloped land around her home. "It was wonderful to have that kind of beautiful isolation. I had friends, and we had forts and trails all over the place, but I spent a lot of time alone, too. I found so much peace just walking through the forest with no one else around. When things were tense, there was a natural sanctuary right next to my house I could escape to."

In her senior year at college, Lilli created We Are Seven, the umbrella studio under which all of her projects, literary or otherwise, would gather. At the moment, We Are Seven is still a one-woman show, but she has ambitious, if long-term, plans. "That's the general dream of every artist, isn't it? To be able to quit the day job and actually live off of the work you have a passion for." She adds, "I have a lot of projects I want to see come to life in the coming years, and some of them are too big one person to do alone."

Emmy and other projects are temporarily on hold while Lilli works on publishing and promoting Pleiades.

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