An Update, Plus Introduction of My Patreon

The past few months since my last post have been interesting.  The “meatspace” job hunt is continuing, but not doing very well. I had a couple of “close calls” where I thought I might get hired, but nothing really came of it. For a while I was volunteering at a no kill animal shelter in hopes of possibly getting hired to a paid position, but things fell through for a variety of reasons I won’t go into here.  I had fun while the volunteer position lasted though, and the staff at the one location I worked at were friendly and patient. (I…am a klutz. And occasionally a space cadet. These are not good traits to have at a shelter.)

I have been writing a lot of fan fiction! I’ve been very productive in that regard, and it helped a great deal with a lot of the stress and anxiety of looking for work, dealing with a mental illness, and generally dealing with the minutia managing my resources. (Both living resources and resources involved in getting assistance and maintaining my contacts/working with the clinics/teams I work with.) I have not been able to do any content/freelance writing because my “failures” at creating a community/getting hits/writing articles were causing me a great deal of stress/anxiety. (Fanfiction is less stressful in many ways, but more stressful in others.)

Writing fan fic made me realize that while I am not actually very good at the sheer productivity necessary to writing pay-per-hit content, I am much better at making stories, and this is something I want to focus on, whether or not I try writing for content providers again. With that in mind I decided to create a Patreon for my writing (whether original or meta). The first project I’m working on is a serial novel called The Forest Room.

The synopsis is: Cody Whitaker disappeared from his family’s vacation property in the summer of 1988. Sixth months later, he turned up on the doorstep of a farm in another state. Ten years later he’s returned to take care of the house in preparation for a family reunion…and maybe find out what happened ten years previously.

What he finds out is even stranger than he could have imagined.

The first chapter is up  on my Patreon, and free. Following chapters will be patron only, though I will eventually start posting an echo of the novel on Catching Shadows my fic journal on Dreamwidth.

Read Chapter One of The Forest Room

My current goal is to get five patrons! When I get five patrons, I’m going to write ten 100-word prompt fics.

My current rewards are:

Regular

$1 or more per month ∙ 2 patrons
You are an awesome person for being a patron. You get to see  original fic posts a day before non patrons.

Joe Buckley

$5 or more per month ∙ 0 patrons
So there’s a Baen fan named Joe Buckley who gets his name written into various works. This character eventually dies horribly. I am not saying this will happen, but I’ll use your name in an original fic or a fan fic. 😀 (Also you get to see chapters/fics a day early.)

Premium

$10 or more per month ∙ 0 of 10 patrons
I will write you a prompt fic between 300 and 500 words. Fan fic (if I know/like the fandom and/or like the character) or original.

Supreme

$15 or more per month ∙ 0 of 5 patrons
I will write you a prompt fic that is at least 1000 words long, original or fanfic. (It may be more or less by  5-10 words.) Again, depending if I know the fandom/like the character.

 

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I Promise I Will Start Updating This Again

I have been blogging, just not on this particular site. Mostly, I have been on dreamwidth and tumblr, on my fannish/random update blogs. So I’ve been updating there fairly frequently, both with real life updates, my ongoing job hunt, my brief experiences with Job-Having last year, and fan fiction updates.

I would like to start writing here again, though this was one of the monetized blogs, and I still feel unhappy with my experience with affiliate marketing and my attempts at writing articles for Yahoo Contributor and Examiner.com. (The problem is that I am not very good at being prolific/coming up with good articles in a variety of subjects/building a readership, and also the entire situation was causing me to have anxiety flare ups which are not fun, followed by depression, which are even less fun.)

I am writing a LOT of fan fiction.

So, I am probably going to be disposing of my blogger blogs, and working on a redesign of this particular blog. (I did some messing around with the layout earlier this morning.) It’s still not the way I want it.

I deleted the “professional” tumblr, and switched the “Publicize” over to my fannish tumblr.

I am attempting to find out how to install a donate button, but the directions I found seem to be for the version of WordPress where you are setting it up on your own server, instead of using WordPress.com.

I already have donate buttons on my dreamwidth and tumblr blogs. (Which was much easier to do.)

I’m poking at the idea of starting a Patreon, for my not-yet-posted original fic (and/or this blog).

Things I’m going to be writing about:

Books/Shows/Movies (as usual)

Fannish Things and Observations on Fannish Culture

The Job Hunt and/or Being Insufficiently Employed and Why Universal Basic Income can Happen Any Time Now Because No One is Hiring Me and Freelance Writing is Frustrating

Mental Illness and Ableism Topics

My Current Adventures in Volunteering for an Animal Rescue (Which I am Really Happy About)

My Original Fiction (Possibly a lot of blather about previous Original Fic attempts, worldbuilding, and so on.)

Fan Fiction (About fan fiction, I will not be posting fanfiction here.)

 

 

 

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It’s animated! I know you like animated stuff.

via My Brain is Apparently a Fallow Field Today, So Here, Have a Chvrches Video — Whatever

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What I Did for My Two Year Hiatus

Toward the end of 2013, I became homeless. I became homeless after a conflict with my family that resulted in a broken kitchen cabinet and an ultimatum that I have my caseworker find me a new place to live. (The irony here is that I did not at that time have a caseworker, as my SMI (Seriously Mentally Ill) diagnosis was still being processed and I hadn’t yet been assigned a care provider or a clinic.) With some help with organizations connected to Community Bridges (which is a sort of interim provider while they find a place to put you) I ended up at a halfway house called Carry the Message.

Carry the Message catered to both those with substance abuse problems and physical/mental disability.  I did not have money to pay rent but I was assured that I would be able to pay with foodstamps until I got a job. By the way, it’s illegal to use foodstamps as legal tender. Do not use foodstamps (EBT) as legal tender because it is illegal. I was however desperate, so that’s what I did. (What happened was I gave T the woman who ran Carry the Message my EBT card and the password and she spent it on groceries. Don’t do this folks. Just don’t.) During this time I found that I had a caseworker, service provider and case worker, which meant I was finally getting more help.

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Book Review: Fall of Angels by L.E. Modesitt Jr.

TOR
592 pp.

I recently re-read Fall of Angels, the sixth book in Modesitt’s Recluce series. The first time I read it was not long after it first came out. Though Fall of Angels is the sixth book in the series, it actually takes place hundreds of years in the past, when the angels of legend fell. The angels in this case are the mostly female crew of a military starship from another universe that suddenly find themselves in a completely different universe with half of their tech not working or working in ways that are not according to their original design. Luckily they find themselves orbiting a world that is just barely inhabitable for them. (They are cold-adapted humanoids. The planet is mostly too warm for them.) They crash land in an uninhabited area that is close enough to their requirements and attempt to settle. Continue reading

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Book Review: Autumn Bones by Jacqueline Carey

ROC
424 pp.

In Autumn Bones, Daisy discovers that her nice normal boyfriend Sinclair Palmer is not quite as normal as advertised. Sinclair turns out to be related to a powerful judge back in Jamaica who is less than pleased with her son’s bus tour business and choice in girlfriends. This would be ordinary family drama–even with Daisy being hellspawn–if not for the part where Sinclair’s family are also obeah sorcerers and not at all shy about using magic to get their way. (When Sinclair’s twin sister Emmeline decides to strong arm her way into convincing Daisy to help her “convince” Sinclair to go back home, it does not go well for anyone concerned.) Continue reading

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Book Review: Copperhead by Tina Connoly

TOR
316 pp.

In Copperhead, the sequel to Ironskin, Jane’s sister Helen must navigate a tangled web of conspiracy when Jane disappears during a disastrous face lift procedure that goes terribly wrong. (It might have gone less wrong if it hadn’t been taking place during a party where a weapon meant to be used against the fey was being exhibited.) Continue reading

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