Daniel O'Reilly is creating the HardLife Archipelago short story experiment
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patrons

$2
per creation
Thanks so much for making it across the barren wastes of the internet to my Patreon page! I'll try and make your journey worthwhile...

My name is Daniel; writer, surrealist, and creator of online art lab The Unstitute, and my full-time job is creating virtual worlds. Or at least, worlds suggest themselves to me, and I capture them for display by writing them down. As weird as it sounds, the worlds I create are the fictions through which I live, and I am inviting you to come help me build a new one: it’s called the HardLife Archipelago, and it’s a type of experimental fiction happening right here, on Patreon.

Patreon is where fans, friends and strangers alike can empower me to help create this unconventional, surreal story I am writing; without patrons, this voyage would be lonely and penniless - just imagine - and I'd like to take this opportunity to say thanks to my Patrons for helping my story get this far!

So, what's the story?

The HardLife Archipelago project is a writing eventrather than a traditional novel - like a collection of surreal stories and tales you can dive into wherever and however you feel. The dreamlike stories you can explore on my Patron-only feed are like little imaginary islands - complete and perfect territories in themselves - that will eventually span an entire chain of fictions - or archipelago called HardLifeThis map of my dreams, like a reef of fictional outgrowths are the hallucinatory leftovers from this performance of writing - or rather, takeaways from the rite of dreaming.

My job here as writer is diverse. A story may be the capture and taming of a wild animal. It might be a toy, the kind a child grapples with the world through. A story may be a tick waiting in the long grass, an unfolding or hatching world, a facet of peripheral worlds lying in wait for a passing connection. A story may 'escape' out of my head - and into yours. In short, the stories of the HardLife Archipelago are a conveyance, an engine for anticipating dreams, rendezvous between writer and reader - an approach. Patreon is the platform that helps me get paid to do that. This is where I get paid to dream.

OK, so what do you get?

$1 patronage per creation gets you full access to the existing stories in HardLife Archipelago, with a brand-new instalment dreamed and published fresh every fortnight, as well as insights into the unconventional creative processes behind it, original illustrations and photography, plus some cool and exclusive rewards.

Each story is a condensation of 500-1000+ words, a short espresso, palliative for accelerated living; enjoy it on the go. As an arts patron, not only do you get to enjoy the status and tangible feeling of power from enabling these worlds to come about, but you also get exclusive access and insight into a unique artist's impression of ultra-provincial village life in mountainous, rural Spain.

Become part of the story, brighten your online life with brightly-coloured islands of surrealism and join my creative tribe now!

Outside the window, swallows are shooting through the sky; some glide collecting flies, others are shrieking -

Daniel O’Reilly
Terres de l’Ebre,
Catalunya 2018
Tiers
Hoopoe
$1 or more per creation 3 patrons
$1 per creation gets you:


  • Exclusive access to the HardLife Archipelago project on my Patron-only feed, with an original short story published every 2 weeks


  •  Your name credited in the final version of the HardLife Archipelago 


  • The sensation of power that comes from becoming a Patron of the arts! Whoop!
Bee Eater
$3 or more per creation 0 patrons
$3 per creation gets you:


  • An exclusive digital portfolio of original photographs taken in the stunning Ebro river basin in rural Spain & now your beautiful new computer desktop background!


  • Exclusive access to the HardLife Archipelago project on my Patron-only feed, with an original short story published every 2 weeks 


  • Your name credited in the final version of the HardLife Archipelago 


  • Becoming a higher-level Patron to a deeply committed, yet slightly bizarre artist...Fistbump!
Golden Oriole
$10 or more per creation 0 patrons
$10 per creation is frankly awesome, and gets you:


  • A digital copy of the published artists' book The Carousers' Notebook, crammed with original and mysterious drawings by husband-and-wife surrealists Marianna & Daniel O'Reilly 


  • The unusual feeling of investing hard cash in someone else's dreams


  • Plus all the rewards included in the lower tiers
Osprey
$20 or more per creation 0 patrons
$20 per creation is an influential amount, and gets you:


  • A personal thank you message from me, acknowledgement of your bedrock contribution to the project, and your assistance in aligning myself with even more distant personal goals


  • The status of being a taste-maker in the arts!


  • An exclusive HardLife pin badge to perplex your associates

 

  • Naturally, all of the rewards included in the lower tiers
Goals
$2 of $25 per creation
When I reach $25 per short story, I'll have hit my first major milestone on the path to a sustainable career creating virtual worlds! Thank you so much for helping me reach what is, in reality, a massive milestone in my career!

When I reach this goal, I'll be creating longer, more detailed fictions for y'all. I'm currently creating stories of 500-1000+ words which is greatly condensed, but when I reach this milestone I'll be writing up to 2000 words to get more adventure out to you!
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Thanks so much for making it across the barren wastes of the internet to my Patreon page! I'll try and make your journey worthwhile...

My name is Daniel; writer, surrealist, and creator of online art lab The Unstitute, and my full-time job is creating virtual worlds. Or at least, worlds suggest themselves to me, and I capture them for display by writing them down. As weird as it sounds, the worlds I create are the fictions through which I live, and I am inviting you to come help me build a new one: it’s called the HardLife Archipelago, and it’s a type of experimental fiction happening right here, on Patreon.

Patreon is where fans, friends and strangers alike can empower me to help create this unconventional, surreal story I am writing; without patrons, this voyage would be lonely and penniless - just imagine - and I'd like to take this opportunity to say thanks to my Patrons for helping my story get this far!

So, what's the story?

The HardLife Archipelago project is a writing eventrather than a traditional novel - like a collection of surreal stories and tales you can dive into wherever and however you feel. The dreamlike stories you can explore on my Patron-only feed are like little imaginary islands - complete and perfect territories in themselves - that will eventually span an entire chain of fictions - or archipelago called HardLifeThis map of my dreams, like a reef of fictional outgrowths are the hallucinatory leftovers from this performance of writing - or rather, takeaways from the rite of dreaming.

My job here as writer is diverse. A story may be the capture and taming of a wild animal. It might be a toy, the kind a child grapples with the world through. A story may be a tick waiting in the long grass, an unfolding or hatching world, a facet of peripheral worlds lying in wait for a passing connection. A story may 'escape' out of my head - and into yours. In short, the stories of the HardLife Archipelago are a conveyance, an engine for anticipating dreams, rendezvous between writer and reader - an approach. Patreon is the platform that helps me get paid to do that. This is where I get paid to dream.

OK, so what do you get?

$1 patronage per creation gets you full access to the existing stories in HardLife Archipelago, with a brand-new instalment dreamed and published fresh every fortnight, as well as insights into the unconventional creative processes behind it, original illustrations and photography, plus some cool and exclusive rewards.

Each story is a condensation of 500-1000+ words, a short espresso, palliative for accelerated living; enjoy it on the go. As an arts patron, not only do you get to enjoy the status and tangible feeling of power from enabling these worlds to come about, but you also get exclusive access and insight into a unique artist's impression of ultra-provincial village life in mountainous, rural Spain.

Become part of the story, brighten your online life with brightly-coloured islands of surrealism and join my creative tribe now!

Outside the window, swallows are shooting through the sky; some glide collecting flies, others are shrieking -

Daniel O’Reilly
Terres de l’Ebre,
Catalunya 2018

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Tiers
Hoopoe
$1 or more per creation 3 patrons
$1 per creation gets you:


  • Exclusive access to the HardLife Archipelago project on my Patron-only feed, with an original short story published every 2 weeks


  •  Your name credited in the final version of the HardLife Archipelago 


  • The sensation of power that comes from becoming a Patron of the arts! Whoop!
Bee Eater
$3 or more per creation 0 patrons
$3 per creation gets you:


  • An exclusive digital portfolio of original photographs taken in the stunning Ebro river basin in rural Spain & now your beautiful new computer desktop background!


  • Exclusive access to the HardLife Archipelago project on my Patron-only feed, with an original short story published every 2 weeks 


  • Your name credited in the final version of the HardLife Archipelago 


  • Becoming a higher-level Patron to a deeply committed, yet slightly bizarre artist...Fistbump!
Golden Oriole
$10 or more per creation 0 patrons
$10 per creation is frankly awesome, and gets you:


  • A digital copy of the published artists' book The Carousers' Notebook, crammed with original and mysterious drawings by husband-and-wife surrealists Marianna & Daniel O'Reilly 


  • The unusual feeling of investing hard cash in someone else's dreams


  • Plus all the rewards included in the lower tiers
Osprey
$20 or more per creation 0 patrons
$20 per creation is an influential amount, and gets you:


  • A personal thank you message from me, acknowledgement of your bedrock contribution to the project, and your assistance in aligning myself with even more distant personal goals


  • The status of being a taste-maker in the arts!


  • An exclusive HardLife pin badge to perplex your associates

 

  • Naturally, all of the rewards included in the lower tiers