Cast-Iron Caryatid is creating Fiction
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patrons

$218
per 10,000 words

Wherein I lie on the internet for money


If you're reading this, you probably know who I am, but for the sake of completeness and narrative, I'll just go over the facts really quickly.  I go by the name Cast-Iron Caryatid, and I lie on the internet for the entertainment of others—which is to say, I write fiction.  Yes, I admit it—the sad truth is that none of the things I write about are true, yet I'll do my damndest to make you feel like they are, because that's the point, isn't it?

Since Patreon doesn't support multiple projects, this Patreon will have to suffice for all my works as they come and go.  I know it's not ideal, but I hope you'll support my lies not just in the story you came here for, but in future projects as well.  As most authors do, I aspire to the ideal of one day having my lies printed in published books to call my own, but for now, just being here and doing this makes me happy.  More importantly, it makes other people happy.


Wherein the quality and purpose of words are questioned


People have a propensity to enjoy the words I write.  If you're here, there's a good chance you enjoy the words I write.  It's nice to think that such words could be rewarded, and such rewards should most certainly result in new words being written.

Now, I make no allusions to any particular personal greatness, and I have a long way to go as an author, but I have been utterly floored by some of the things that people say to me about my words.  Even more amazing is that the numbers seem to back up these claims of wanton approval.

The problem is, I just don't write nearly enough of these inexplicably popular words.  This failing comes not from any lack of creativity or time, but pure and simple sloth.  I have proven that I can write these words when pressed, but in most circumstances, I simply... don't.

If there's anything that can beat sloth, it's greed.

Before I go any further, though, let me just set this one thing straight—greed doesn't work very well as a motivator if it's superfluous to the motivate-ee, and this isn't.  Unlike when I set up the Flattr account to encourage it as a platform, money actually is really tight for me, right now and even small pledges of a dollar or two will help to improve things past the current state of zero-sum finances.  It's amazing, really, what a few dollars can do.  I still have one crazy person who is still subscribed to the Flattr long after I quietly swept it under the rug, and that small amount has actually done some pretty nice things for me.

With any luck, though, this unfortunate state of affairs can be turned into wonderful, wonderful words.


Wherein the facts remain


So here's how this is going to work: Dollars for words when they happen and not before.  Everyone gets to read the words regardless of patronage, no monthly pledge nonsense, no extras that take me away from providing the progress we all want and nothing I wouldn't be writing anyway—just faster. Hopefully.  

I require illusory carrots.

Feed them to me.
Tiers
Pledge $3 or more per 10,000 words
24 patrons

A Sublime Feeling Of Contentment

You will feel good about having made a small contribution towards making words happen and preventing me from starving.

Okay, in all seriousness, this is just here to remind everyone that the real reward is the words that you'll be encouraging and inspiring me to write.  Don't feel bad if you can't reach one of these rewards—even this one.  They're extras priced mainly to keep numbers of qualifying pledges reasonable.  That said, I haven't placed any actual limits on them, so feel free to make a fool of me by overwhelming me with money (and pre-readers).  I'd be cool with that.
Pledge $10 or more per 10,000 words
4 patrons

Read It Before It’s Cool

Pledge at least $10 and get not only the aforementioned Sublime Feeling of Contentment, but also the chance to read the words written the moment they stop being written, warts and all. You will be invited to be present for the editing and proofreading process and allowed to make comments and suggestions before the words are published.

(Note: Some chapters may be posted without a pre-reading stage in cases of narrow deadlines, such as the traditional Christmas chapter.)
Pledge $20 or more per 10,000 words
4 patrons

Read It While It’s Hot

Pledge at least $20 and get not only the aforementioned Eternal Gratitude, but also in-progress updates on a scene-by-scene basis.  You will receive access to each contiguous scene as they are deemed to be complete, at my discretion, and possibly even help shape the direction of the story with your feedback.

Goals
$218 of $300 per 10,000 words
If we reach this goal, I will stare at my screen for an hour and refuse to believe it. (These are separate things. I normally stare at my screen for many hours a day, so it will not be much of a change. Disbelief may last several seconds.)

If I have this kind of incentive and still fail to get a chapter out in a month, then it's time for some negative reinforcement.  $100 of the pledges for any such late chapter will go to the betterment of that story through commissioned art, readings of chapters and the like.

That's a valid punishment, right...?

It turns out that this is counterproductive after the deadline has been missed.  Let me know if you have any ideas  for something to put here.
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Wherein I lie on the internet for money


If you're reading this, you probably know who I am, but for the sake of completeness and narrative, I'll just go over the facts really quickly.  I go by the name Cast-Iron Caryatid, and I lie on the internet for the entertainment of others—which is to say, I write fiction.  Yes, I admit it—the sad truth is that none of the things I write about are true, yet I'll do my damndest to make you feel like they are, because that's the point, isn't it?

Since Patreon doesn't support multiple projects, this Patreon will have to suffice for all my works as they come and go.  I know it's not ideal, but I hope you'll support my lies not just in the story you came here for, but in future projects as well.  As most authors do, I aspire to the ideal of one day having my lies printed in published books to call my own, but for now, just being here and doing this makes me happy.  More importantly, it makes other people happy.


Wherein the quality and purpose of words are questioned


People have a propensity to enjoy the words I write.  If you're here, there's a good chance you enjoy the words I write.  It's nice to think that such words could be rewarded, and such rewards should most certainly result in new words being written.

Now, I make no allusions to any particular personal greatness, and I have a long way to go as an author, but I have been utterly floored by some of the things that people say to me about my words.  Even more amazing is that the numbers seem to back up these claims of wanton approval.

The problem is, I just don't write nearly enough of these inexplicably popular words.  This failing comes not from any lack of creativity or time, but pure and simple sloth.  I have proven that I can write these words when pressed, but in most circumstances, I simply... don't.

If there's anything that can beat sloth, it's greed.

Before I go any further, though, let me just set this one thing straight—greed doesn't work very well as a motivator if it's superfluous to the motivate-ee, and this isn't.  Unlike when I set up the Flattr account to encourage it as a platform, money actually is really tight for me, right now and even small pledges of a dollar or two will help to improve things past the current state of zero-sum finances.  It's amazing, really, what a few dollars can do.  I still have one crazy person who is still subscribed to the Flattr long after I quietly swept it under the rug, and that small amount has actually done some pretty nice things for me.

With any luck, though, this unfortunate state of affairs can be turned into wonderful, wonderful words.


Wherein the facts remain


So here's how this is going to work: Dollars for words when they happen and not before.  Everyone gets to read the words regardless of patronage, no monthly pledge nonsense, no extras that take me away from providing the progress we all want and nothing I wouldn't be writing anyway—just faster. Hopefully.  

I require illusory carrots.

Feed them to me.

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Tiers
Pledge $3 or more per 10,000 words
24 patrons

A Sublime Feeling Of Contentment

You will feel good about having made a small contribution towards making words happen and preventing me from starving.

Okay, in all seriousness, this is just here to remind everyone that the real reward is the words that you'll be encouraging and inspiring me to write.  Don't feel bad if you can't reach one of these rewards—even this one.  They're extras priced mainly to keep numbers of qualifying pledges reasonable.  That said, I haven't placed any actual limits on them, so feel free to make a fool of me by overwhelming me with money (and pre-readers).  I'd be cool with that.
Pledge $10 or more per 10,000 words
4 patrons

Read It Before It’s Cool

Pledge at least $10 and get not only the aforementioned Sublime Feeling of Contentment, but also the chance to read the words written the moment they stop being written, warts and all. You will be invited to be present for the editing and proofreading process and allowed to make comments and suggestions before the words are published.

(Note: Some chapters may be posted without a pre-reading stage in cases of narrow deadlines, such as the traditional Christmas chapter.)
Pledge $20 or more per 10,000 words
4 patrons

Read It While It’s Hot

Pledge at least $20 and get not only the aforementioned Eternal Gratitude, but also in-progress updates on a scene-by-scene basis.  You will receive access to each contiguous scene as they are deemed to be complete, at my discretion, and possibly even help shape the direction of the story with your feedback.