Clara Blackstone is creating Fiction
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Hey there, guys, I'm Clara Blackstone.  I do a little bit of a lot, but my real passions are writing and acting.  A very long time ago, when I had more passion than common sense or know-how, I published several books with a small-time e-book publisher under a different pen name.  I ended up leaving that publisher after noticing something fishy about their royalties program and self-published through Amazon, with dwindling results.  Looking back on those "books", I am not surprised - they were in no way my best work.  Consider this my do-over.  Older and wiser (I think), I am more determined than ever to write something worthy of being on a bookstore shelf, in real ink on real paper.  

I've spent a lot of time pushing my husband to chase his dreams over the six years we've been together, while floundering when it came to pursuing my own.  I'll admit that my happiness over his success has been tinged with envy.  After achieving a fair amount of success in acting and behind the scenes work, I decided to start chasing the dream I've had since first grade - walking in to a bookstore and seeing my work on the shelf!  That's where you come in.  With growing older and wiser have come a number of adulting related things, like purchasing our first home (one year in March!), adopting/rescuing four wonderfully neurotic fur-babies of the feline persuasion and realizing that even the most sturdily built beast of a laptop doesn't last forever.

Aside from writing, both working on pieces I intend to publish and pieces just for fun, I work in two wonderfully eclectic worlds - a renaissance festival and one of the largest haunted houses in my area. I adore both of these jobs, and the amazingly creative people I am surrounded by at both. Unfortunately, they are both nearly year round work with almost completely seasonal pay. I do neither for money, simply for the love of the work and environment.  Another big reason is being able to bring others in to a world where they realize they aren't so alone in their weirdness. Many, many years ago, a man I will never forget did that for me, and it is now my honor to pass that on to as many as I can.

This does, at times, mean struggle and sacrifice, which I have accepted.  However, as I begin to pursue my life-long dream of traditional publication, I know I will have less time for side jobs and thus began my journey down the rabbit hole that is Patreon.  My hope is to get enough that side projects don't have to consume so much of my time, allowing me to focus more on writing without having to sacrifice as much time with the important people in my life.  I am incredibly grateful for anything you can donate to help bring my dream to life.  Your donation could mean, a new toy for the cats, finally painting the awful beige walls of our kitchen, purchasing better word processing software and other tools of the trade.  Being able to afford to build my author website.  Best of all in my mind, it could mean extra time to spend with my husband and our families, both blood and chosen.  I promise to make it worth your while!


                      

Tiers
Thank you!
$1 or more per month 0 patrons
Welcome to the party!  Now that you're here, you now have access to my Patron-only feed!  This includes community discussions, twice a month flash fiction and cute things.  This may be my own kitties, it may be adorable things I find, but it will always be cute.  We could all use more cute in our lives!
You are awesome!
$3 or more per month 0 patrons
No, seriously, you are.  For being awesome, not only will you have access to everything I mentioned before, you will get sneak peeks at my current major work in progress.  Every other week, I will post one to two paragraph excerpts from the novel YOU are helping support!  Along with that, I will accept you as a friend on Facebook, giving you access to friends only fun over there!  Way more cute stuff!
Fueling the words!
$5 or more per month 0 patrons
At this level, you single-handedly provide the coffee that fuels my writing most days - or the cat toys that keep my wonderful fur balls off the  keyboard while I'm writing.  In addition to everything else, once a month you will get a one to two page sneak peek at my work in progress and access once a month to a patron only poll that will help me make important decisions about the direction of my book.
So much fuel!
$10 or more per month 0 patrons
This isn't just coffee - this is energy drinks for the tough days and protein bars to make sure I eat during my writing binges.  To show my gratitude, you will get a one to two page sneak peek not once but twice a month, as well as in-depth monthly character studies with the chance to ask questions and make suggestions!  Your input will help create the monthly polls, with the possibility of more than one for this level and above.  You are seriously awesome!
More than writing!
$25 or more per month 0 patrons
If just two of you awesome folks pledge at this level, I will be able to take some big steps.  I can get that new writing software I've been lusting after and start getting my website set up.  Beyond writing, if just four of you pledge at this level, I can finally repaint my main workspace!  Along with previous rewards, you will get a new short story (2-3k words) every month, a poll to help pick paint for the study and photos of the finished project! Death to beige!
So much awesome!
$50 or more per month 0 of 20 patrons
This is some serious support, and you are wonderful!  With just a couple of pledges at this level, I can buy a real desk chair!  Enjoy a night away from the computer with my husband! For this I will post polls to let you choose the names (maybe more!) for a second monthly short story (3-5k words).  Stay at this level for 12 months & you will receive a signed print anthology of all the short stories, plus at least two new ones!  Your name will also go on the supporters page of my new website!
Too incredible for words!
$75 or more per month 0 of 15 patrons
If you are crazy enough about books and authors to pledge at this level, email is far too impersonal a thank you.  You will, along with everything else, receive a hand-written thank you card or letter.  Stay at this level for 12 months and I will personalize the autograph on the anthology with any message (within reason) you want!  I will also host a once a month chat session with you wonderful people to get your feedback on every piece of writing I post!
I think I love you!
$100 or more per month 0 of 10 patrons
Getting even one pledge at this level would mean the world to me, my husband and our fur babies.  Once a month, I will host a one hour chat exclusively for this level to get feedback on the 5-10 page sneak peek posted just for you!  That means you get two chats!  Stay at this level for 6 months & you will receive a signed copy of my novel when it is released!   
Goals
$2 of $250 per month
When I hit this goal, I can launch my website!  As a thank you, I will host a one hour Q & A chat session for all pledge levels!
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Hey there, guys, I'm Clara Blackstone.  I do a little bit of a lot, but my real passions are writing and acting.  A very long time ago, when I had more passion than common sense or know-how, I published several books with a small-time e-book publisher under a different pen name.  I ended up leaving that publisher after noticing something fishy about their royalties program and self-published through Amazon, with dwindling results.  Looking back on those "books", I am not surprised - they were in no way my best work.  Consider this my do-over.  Older and wiser (I think), I am more determined than ever to write something worthy of being on a bookstore shelf, in real ink on real paper.  

I've spent a lot of time pushing my husband to chase his dreams over the six years we've been together, while floundering when it came to pursuing my own.  I'll admit that my happiness over his success has been tinged with envy.  After achieving a fair amount of success in acting and behind the scenes work, I decided to start chasing the dream I've had since first grade - walking in to a bookstore and seeing my work on the shelf!  That's where you come in.  With growing older and wiser have come a number of adulting related things, like purchasing our first home (one year in March!), adopting/rescuing four wonderfully neurotic fur-babies of the feline persuasion and realizing that even the most sturdily built beast of a laptop doesn't last forever.

Aside from writing, both working on pieces I intend to publish and pieces just for fun, I work in two wonderfully eclectic worlds - a renaissance festival and one of the largest haunted houses in my area. I adore both of these jobs, and the amazingly creative people I am surrounded by at both. Unfortunately, they are both nearly year round work with almost completely seasonal pay. I do neither for money, simply for the love of the work and environment.  Another big reason is being able to bring others in to a world where they realize they aren't so alone in their weirdness. Many, many years ago, a man I will never forget did that for me, and it is now my honor to pass that on to as many as I can.

This does, at times, mean struggle and sacrifice, which I have accepted.  However, as I begin to pursue my life-long dream of traditional publication, I know I will have less time for side jobs and thus began my journey down the rabbit hole that is Patreon.  My hope is to get enough that side projects don't have to consume so much of my time, allowing me to focus more on writing without having to sacrifice as much time with the important people in my life.  I am incredibly grateful for anything you can donate to help bring my dream to life.  Your donation could mean, a new toy for the cats, finally painting the awful beige walls of our kitchen, purchasing better word processing software and other tools of the trade.  Being able to afford to build my author website.  Best of all in my mind, it could mean extra time to spend with my husband and our families, both blood and chosen.  I promise to make it worth your while!


                      

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Tiers
Thank you!
$1 or more per month 0 patrons
Welcome to the party!  Now that you're here, you now have access to my Patron-only feed!  This includes community discussions, twice a month flash fiction and cute things.  This may be my own kitties, it may be adorable things I find, but it will always be cute.  We could all use more cute in our lives!
You are awesome!
$3 or more per month 0 patrons
No, seriously, you are.  For being awesome, not only will you have access to everything I mentioned before, you will get sneak peeks at my current major work in progress.  Every other week, I will post one to two paragraph excerpts from the novel YOU are helping support!  Along with that, I will accept you as a friend on Facebook, giving you access to friends only fun over there!  Way more cute stuff!
Fueling the words!
$5 or more per month 0 patrons
At this level, you single-handedly provide the coffee that fuels my writing most days - or the cat toys that keep my wonderful fur balls off the  keyboard while I'm writing.  In addition to everything else, once a month you will get a one to two page sneak peek at my work in progress and access once a month to a patron only poll that will help me make important decisions about the direction of my book.
So much fuel!
$10 or more per month 0 patrons
This isn't just coffee - this is energy drinks for the tough days and protein bars to make sure I eat during my writing binges.  To show my gratitude, you will get a one to two page sneak peek not once but twice a month, as well as in-depth monthly character studies with the chance to ask questions and make suggestions!  Your input will help create the monthly polls, with the possibility of more than one for this level and above.  You are seriously awesome!
More than writing!
$25 or more per month 0 patrons
If just two of you awesome folks pledge at this level, I will be able to take some big steps.  I can get that new writing software I've been lusting after and start getting my website set up.  Beyond writing, if just four of you pledge at this level, I can finally repaint my main workspace!  Along with previous rewards, you will get a new short story (2-3k words) every month, a poll to help pick paint for the study and photos of the finished project! Death to beige!
So much awesome!
$50 or more per month 0 of 20 patrons
This is some serious support, and you are wonderful!  With just a couple of pledges at this level, I can buy a real desk chair!  Enjoy a night away from the computer with my husband! For this I will post polls to let you choose the names (maybe more!) for a second monthly short story (3-5k words).  Stay at this level for 12 months & you will receive a signed print anthology of all the short stories, plus at least two new ones!  Your name will also go on the supporters page of my new website!
Too incredible for words!
$75 or more per month 0 of 15 patrons
If you are crazy enough about books and authors to pledge at this level, email is far too impersonal a thank you.  You will, along with everything else, receive a hand-written thank you card or letter.  Stay at this level for 12 months and I will personalize the autograph on the anthology with any message (within reason) you want!  I will also host a once a month chat session with you wonderful people to get your feedback on every piece of writing I post!
I think I love you!
$100 or more per month 0 of 10 patrons
Getting even one pledge at this level would mean the world to me, my husband and our fur babies.  Once a month, I will host a one hour chat exclusively for this level to get feedback on the 5-10 page sneak peek posted just for you!  That means you get two chats!  Stay at this level for 6 months & you will receive a signed copy of my novel when it is released!