Cass Morris is creating epic fantasy novels and other SFF stories.
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patrons

$334
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Hi, y'all! I'm Cass, a writer who lives in western Virginia with two cats and a lot of books. My debut novel, From Unseen Fire, Book One of the Aven Cycle, is now available from DAW Books. The Aven Cycle is an epic historical fantasy series -- essentially, I gave the ancient Romans magic to see what they would do with it and what alternate world it would spawn. In Aven, elemental magic shapes history as much as politics, religion, and war.


On April 17th, 2018, a dream more than twenty years in the making came true. From Unseen Fire launched, and I officially became the novelist and creator of worlds that I’ve wanted to be since I was eleven years old.

This is a huge step, and it’s so, so exciting. But it’s certainly not the end of the road -- nor a guarantee of success. I am so fortunate to have a marketing and publicity team behind me, but there’s still a lot that falls on my shoulders. And, cards on the table? I'm a writer working without a lot of the safety nets that typically make this career possible (like a high-paying day job or spousal support), so this Patreon also helps ease some of the burdens of life. For more details about specifically what I'm using Patreon money for, check out my most recent State of the Patreon Address.

I am so lucky to have such supportive friends and fans who have cheered me on through this journey. Whoever you are and however you got here, I'm delighted by you. Thank you!


What has me so excited about Patreon is the chance it gives me to invite you all a little closer into the world of the Aven Cycle. There’s so much I want to share -- and not all of it will fit into the novels! Character sketches, background drabbles, information about side characters, deleted scenes, exciting research… I want to share it all! And Patreon seems a perfect way to do that.

But my Patreon posts are not limited to that world! My creative journey has been a long and sometimes circuitous one, and what I put out here will reflect all of that. I am, as the Aven Cycle shows, a nut for classical history and mythology -- so I'll do some retellings. I'm a medieval and Renaissance studies scholar (what with the Shakespeare), so I've got plenty to talk about there, too. Star Wars was my first real fandom and is my lifelong love, so you'd better believe you'll be getting reaction posts as the new movies come out. Harry Potter is probably the fandom that's made me the most friends over the years: I honed my skills writing fanfic there, ran an online RPG, contributed to the American Wizarding blog, and worked on staff for a fandom-focused convention. And if you're an aspiring author seeking insights into the mystical and often obfuscated world of publishing. I fully intend to shed what light I can on the process.

Periodically, I'll throw the question out to the community: What do you want to know more about? Join the team, and you'll be able to direct some of what I share.


Thank you so much for being with me. I could not have gotten this far without the support and encouragement that so many people have given me over the years, and I cannot wait to see what the future will bring.
Tiers
Aventan Citizenship
$1 or more per month 24 patrons
A reward that any auxiliary would lust for: the Aventan citizenship! This pledge level gets you my very great thanks and access to the patrons-only update feed, where you'll be the first to hear all my news! It's also where I'll share periodic tidbits of what I'm working on, reading, watching, or just what's on my mind - including the Hamilblog Rhetoric Project!

Includes
  • Exclusive Patrons Feed
  • Hamilblog Rhetoric Project
  • Join the People of Aven
Patricians
$3 or more per month 14 patrons
The patricians are a cut above the common rabble, so this pledge level additionally gets access to microfiction and short stories, including the weekly Mages of Aven series, where I'm expanding the world of Aven, one mage at a time.


Includes

  • Exclusive Patrons Feed
  • Hamilblog Rhetoric Project
  • Microfiction and Short Stories
  • Mages of Aven Series
Senators
$7 or more per month 13 patrons
The hallowed halls of the Curia bear witness to learned discourse, masterful rhetoric, and civic debate. At least that’s the idea. In the spirit of the Republic, pledging at this level gives you access to a special feed of blog posts, research snippets, short stories, discarded scenes, early drafts, and other excitement.

Includes
  • Exclusive Patrons Feed
  • Hamilblog Rhetoric Project
  • Microfiction and Short Stories
  • Mages of Aven Series
  • Blog Posts and Deleted Scenes
Aediles
$15 or more per month 2 patrons
The aediles are responsible for much within the walls of Aven -- building codes, the grain dole, but perhaps most importantly, the games! In their spirit of entertainment and oversight, if you pledge at this level, you'll get access to the "Storytime with Cass" video feed, where I shall tell deliciously scandalous tales from history and mythology. I'll also do a special three-card tarot reading, just for you.

 
Includes

  • Exclusive Patrons Feed
  • Hamilblog Rhetoric Project
  • Microfiction and Short Stories
  • Mages of Aven Series
  • Blog Posts and Deleted Scenes
  • Handwritten Thank You Postcard
  • Storytime with Cass
  • 3-Card Tarot Reading
Praetors
$25 or more per month 1 patron
The praetors are the governors who get a lot of the real work of Aven done. Pledge at this level, in addition to all the previous rewards, you'll also get a 10-card tarot reading that I've developed, themed around the elemental magic of From Unseen Fire.


Includes

  • Exclusive Patrons Feed
  • Hamilblog Rhetoric Project
  • Microfiction and Short Stories
  • Mages of Aven Series
  • Blog Posts and Deleted Scenes
  • Handwritten Thank You Postcard
  • Storytime with Cass
  • Aventan Elements Tarot Reading
Consuls
$50 or more per month 3 patrons
The pinnacle of the cursus honorum, the consuls are responsible for governing the Senate and setting the overall motion of the city. If you pledge at this level, I will mention you in my next book's acknowledgments as a sponsor of the Aven Cycle -- and you'll be able to see that in a signed copy!


Includes

  • Exclusive Patrons Feed
  • Hamilblog Rhetoric Project
  • Microfiction and Short Stories
  • Mages of Aven Series
  • Blog Posts and Deleted Scenes
  • Handwritten Thank You Postcard
  • Storytime with Cass
  • Aventan Elements Tarot Reading
  • Acknowledgment in Novels
  • Signed Copy of FROM UNSEEN FIRE
Goals
$334 of $500 per month
Meeting this goal will mean that I'll be able to upgrade my website, seriously plan to hawk From Unseen Fire at various book-centric conventions, and maybe even get myself a fancy new typing machine to write these books on. To celebrate, I'll enter all patrons into a drawing for a hand-annotated copy of From Unseen Fire!
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Hi, y'all! I'm Cass, a writer who lives in western Virginia with two cats and a lot of books. My debut novel, From Unseen Fire, Book One of the Aven Cycle, is now available from DAW Books. The Aven Cycle is an epic historical fantasy series -- essentially, I gave the ancient Romans magic to see what they would do with it and what alternate world it would spawn. In Aven, elemental magic shapes history as much as politics, religion, and war.


On April 17th, 2018, a dream more than twenty years in the making came true. From Unseen Fire launched, and I officially became the novelist and creator of worlds that I’ve wanted to be since I was eleven years old.

This is a huge step, and it’s so, so exciting. But it’s certainly not the end of the road -- nor a guarantee of success. I am so fortunate to have a marketing and publicity team behind me, but there’s still a lot that falls on my shoulders. And, cards on the table? I'm a writer working without a lot of the safety nets that typically make this career possible (like a high-paying day job or spousal support), so this Patreon also helps ease some of the burdens of life. For more details about specifically what I'm using Patreon money for, check out my most recent State of the Patreon Address.

I am so lucky to have such supportive friends and fans who have cheered me on through this journey. Whoever you are and however you got here, I'm delighted by you. Thank you!


What has me so excited about Patreon is the chance it gives me to invite you all a little closer into the world of the Aven Cycle. There’s so much I want to share -- and not all of it will fit into the novels! Character sketches, background drabbles, information about side characters, deleted scenes, exciting research… I want to share it all! And Patreon seems a perfect way to do that.

But my Patreon posts are not limited to that world! My creative journey has been a long and sometimes circuitous one, and what I put out here will reflect all of that. I am, as the Aven Cycle shows, a nut for classical history and mythology -- so I'll do some retellings. I'm a medieval and Renaissance studies scholar (what with the Shakespeare), so I've got plenty to talk about there, too. Star Wars was my first real fandom and is my lifelong love, so you'd better believe you'll be getting reaction posts as the new movies come out. Harry Potter is probably the fandom that's made me the most friends over the years: I honed my skills writing fanfic there, ran an online RPG, contributed to the American Wizarding blog, and worked on staff for a fandom-focused convention. And if you're an aspiring author seeking insights into the mystical and often obfuscated world of publishing. I fully intend to shed what light I can on the process.

Periodically, I'll throw the question out to the community: What do you want to know more about? Join the team, and you'll be able to direct some of what I share.


Thank you so much for being with me. I could not have gotten this far without the support and encouragement that so many people have given me over the years, and I cannot wait to see what the future will bring.

Recent posts by Cass Morris

Tiers
Aventan Citizenship
$1 or more per month 24 patrons
A reward that any auxiliary would lust for: the Aventan citizenship! This pledge level gets you my very great thanks and access to the patrons-only update feed, where you'll be the first to hear all my news! It's also where I'll share periodic tidbits of what I'm working on, reading, watching, or just what's on my mind - including the Hamilblog Rhetoric Project!

Includes
  • Exclusive Patrons Feed
  • Hamilblog Rhetoric Project
  • Join the People of Aven
Patricians
$3 or more per month 14 patrons
The patricians are a cut above the common rabble, so this pledge level additionally gets access to microfiction and short stories, including the weekly Mages of Aven series, where I'm expanding the world of Aven, one mage at a time.


Includes

  • Exclusive Patrons Feed
  • Hamilblog Rhetoric Project
  • Microfiction and Short Stories
  • Mages of Aven Series
Senators
$7 or more per month 13 patrons
The hallowed halls of the Curia bear witness to learned discourse, masterful rhetoric, and civic debate. At least that’s the idea. In the spirit of the Republic, pledging at this level gives you access to a special feed of blog posts, research snippets, short stories, discarded scenes, early drafts, and other excitement.

Includes
  • Exclusive Patrons Feed
  • Hamilblog Rhetoric Project
  • Microfiction and Short Stories
  • Mages of Aven Series
  • Blog Posts and Deleted Scenes
Aediles
$15 or more per month 2 patrons
The aediles are responsible for much within the walls of Aven -- building codes, the grain dole, but perhaps most importantly, the games! In their spirit of entertainment and oversight, if you pledge at this level, you'll get access to the "Storytime with Cass" video feed, where I shall tell deliciously scandalous tales from history and mythology. I'll also do a special three-card tarot reading, just for you.

 
Includes

  • Exclusive Patrons Feed
  • Hamilblog Rhetoric Project
  • Microfiction and Short Stories
  • Mages of Aven Series
  • Blog Posts and Deleted Scenes
  • Handwritten Thank You Postcard
  • Storytime with Cass
  • 3-Card Tarot Reading
Praetors
$25 or more per month 1 patron
The praetors are the governors who get a lot of the real work of Aven done. Pledge at this level, in addition to all the previous rewards, you'll also get a 10-card tarot reading that I've developed, themed around the elemental magic of From Unseen Fire.


Includes

  • Exclusive Patrons Feed
  • Hamilblog Rhetoric Project
  • Microfiction and Short Stories
  • Mages of Aven Series
  • Blog Posts and Deleted Scenes
  • Handwritten Thank You Postcard
  • Storytime with Cass
  • Aventan Elements Tarot Reading
Consuls
$50 or more per month 3 patrons
The pinnacle of the cursus honorum, the consuls are responsible for governing the Senate and setting the overall motion of the city. If you pledge at this level, I will mention you in my next book's acknowledgments as a sponsor of the Aven Cycle -- and you'll be able to see that in a signed copy!


Includes

  • Exclusive Patrons Feed
  • Hamilblog Rhetoric Project
  • Microfiction and Short Stories
  • Mages of Aven Series
  • Blog Posts and Deleted Scenes
  • Handwritten Thank You Postcard
  • Storytime with Cass
  • Aventan Elements Tarot Reading
  • Acknowledgment in Novels
  • Signed Copy of FROM UNSEEN FIRE