DARLENE is creating "The Story of Jasmine"
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Greetings! I'm DARLENE (Darlene-Artist), Creator / Author / Artist of "The Story of Jasmine"

Welcome, I invite you into my Fantasy Realm!

I create Stories of Awe, Beauty and Delight and uplifting Art to nourish the Feminine Soul.
I hope you will enjoy adventuring with me on my many fantastic, artistic journeys with Jasmine as the focus, with the aim of getting "The Story of Jasmine" and related works published.

WHAT'S SO UNIQUE ABOUT JASMINE?
 Through fantasy writing and illustration, I desire to delight the child within myself, thereby rekindling the magic of the imagination for all aspiring children. "The Story of Jasmine" is a strange collaboration between me and my younger self. The story is a blend of the energy of youth, tempered with maturity and depth. 

Why the Patreon? With your direct support, I can create without worrying about getting the bills paid. Through it's system of monthly patronage, Patreon makes it super easy (and affordable!) for people to support creators like me. For as little as US$1 a month, you can help to financially support me in my work as a writer/artist. There are various levels of patron membership with corresponding rewards. Pick the one that works best for you and know that I am deeply grateful for whatever support you are willing to provide.
 
I know you're not doing this for the REWARDS. You are pledging to help me as an artist continue The Story of Jasmine with the objective of publishing it. But there ARE Rewards. They are specific to each tier level chosen. No matter at what level you choose to give, please know that all contributions on any level are highly appreciated.

Thank you for supporting me in my work.

Or Make a One Time-Contribution (Pay Pal)


The Story Behind "The Story of Jasmine"

Somewhere in the vicinity of 38 years ago, a story manifested in my mind. Every night, for whatever reason, a story came to me. For over a four-year period, the story, told from many different viewpoints, was a constant companion. After a while, I started the habit of writing down snatches of dialog whenever I heard them in my head and wrote on whatever was at hand -- napkins, envelopes, note cards.

Fast-forward to four months ago. I came across a box filled with Jasmine memorabilia and notebooks, cards, scraps of dialog and prose written on hundreds of sheets of paper. The pages were filled with the above-mentioned story that had danced in my head so long ago. It was hard to believe, I was looking a remnant of my past in the eye after all these years.

So days after opening the box, at the end of January 2018, I made a decision. Lugging those boxes with me for 38 years was going to finally mean something! On my blog darlenetheartist.com, (which feeds to FaceBook), I shared the contents of the box, one scrap, or "snippet" at a time. Ever since, it's been a daily occurrence and still continues.

New Audience
I've published enough of the story that I am, again, enchanted by it. From the delightful responses I've received, others are also and they've become fans.

It's a great feeling, to be able to enchant a new audience with The Story of Jasmine illustrated fantasy adventure as it was meant to be enjoyed. Fans will be happy to know I've taken their advice. Therefore, witness this, my official plunge into taking my next step into retrieving The Story of Jasmine from the past and making it relevant today.

Therefore, for my Patreon project, I'm reprising the writing of the story. I plan to shape the manuscript into a completed, publishable book. To this end, I invite people to a front row view in the creation of a complete story, which will finally reach the light of day.

THE BASIC TIME LINE.
Following are the basic steps that need to be taken in "The Story of Jasmine" Patreon Project and how we would intersect. The list is roughly, but not necessarily, linear.

 • Continue writing and finish writing the first book of "The Story of Jasmine"
May need input about the writing--will be asking specific questions, etc...
• Organize the writing into chapters
Need to figure out if there are holes in the story that need to be written. Should there be descriptions of places? Where is the actual beginning of the story? Is using the prequel effective?
• Include Art where desired
Though I'm planning to keep using the Jasmine Playing cards as general pix, I need suggestions as to the best places to have actual story illustrations. [btw-the playing cards accompanying each tier were placed at random; for instance, there's no inference that anyone has a She-Devil status].
• Design and format the book for e-publication
Idea: Graphic design will be based on a simple "blog" design, to honor how it first came out. The typography of the design will be a typeface I will design especially for this book. So people will get to observe that process too!
Publish the sucker!
• Start the Second Volume
There is plot enough for a several volumes.

PROGRESS. 
Patrons will receive weekly updates on my progress and I will announce the weekly assignments I give myself. It's like a reverse-class: the students ask the questions and the teacher does the homework. What fun.

SIDE PROJECTS! Be prepared.
One side project has already presented itself and is already getting underway. Jasmine Fan, Joe Piela kindly offered to make quality scans of the original Dragon pages as they appeared in 1980 and plans to use his considerable expertise to assemble the pages into a proper Kindle book.

This Side Project clearly aids our ultimate goal in having a complete and cohesive story published. The first Foundational Story may be important to the development of our current project, so I'm going to be flexible about where I focus my time. This project will include introduction and follow-up pieces. I'm just blown away by Joe's generous offer and cannot thank him enough!

Another Side Project can be tweaking a new Jasmine typeface font especially to use for this project. Isn't that a fun idea?

ART is LIFE; LIFE is ART. That is my motto. I'm making my life an artistic statement. It's an act of courage for an introvert like me to fully declare her value as an artist. Through my example, I hope to inspire all generations of women to find, accept and honor the beauty, talent and power that already exist within themselves.

And so it is...

Thank You, DARLENE
Creator of The Story of Jasmine

PS. Some Highlights of my Background in Fantasy Art

* First female Fantasy Artist for D&D (Dungeons & Dragons) & Role-playing games
* Cartographerof the classic fantasy game map "World of Greyhawk" 2-map set for TSR
* Writer and Illustrator of "The Story of Jasmine," an illustrated fantasy adventure saga published for a year in The Dragon Magazine.
* Creator and publisher of "Jasmine: the Battle for the Mid-realm" award-winning collector card game based on the unfinished story.
* Illustrator & Designer of "Tales of the Magi,"by Joe Aragon, a more responsible version of role-playing games for younger generations of gamers
* Producer of Empowering Coloring Books:"Fantasy Maidens & Beasts: 10 images of Powerful Maidens," (2017) and "Color Me Powerful: Powerful Maidens" Coloring Book (2018) coloring books, offering uplifting, positive images of maidens/women/goddesses/ strong within their power.






Rewards
I really LIKE Jasmine. Lovely work.
$1 or more per month
I am grateful for your support, encouragement and energy towards my creative process to transform my present story into book form. I recognize this as a tangible gesture of your confidence in me. Thank You.


In return, you will have a front row seat watching a fantasy artist, talented in multiple disciplines, to create/recreate The Story of Jasmine. 


You'll keep abreast of all the developments of the time-line, read things before the public has the chance and be a part of the Mid-Realm community. 

I really LOVE Jasmine and I'm stoked!
$5 or more per month
Thank you for more generously showing your support. You will receive the same rewards as the US$1/month tier, but also have the ability to to take a more active role participating in e-mail discussions and having a say. 


You will receive a Jasmine postcard (one time) in the mail welcoming you.  (To receive mailings, Make sure you enter your correct shipping address!)


AFTER 1 Year of Support

• 1 color copy of a Page from the original The Story of Jasmine For those who want 

I'm ECSTATIC about Jasmine... Want More!
$10 or more per month
 

This tier grants more interaction with the artist with more insights, inside stories and other content. You'll have input into strategy sessions on a range of subjects and peek into the process of preparing a manuscript for publication. 


In addition to receiving a Jasmine postcard (one time) in the mail, this tier will grant you one playing card signed by me (one time, my choice) from the JASMINE: The Battle for the Mid-Realm collector card game.  (To receive mailings, Make sure you enter your correct shipping address!)


AFTER 1 Year of Support

• 1 color copy of a Page from the original The Story of Jasmine 

I Can't Wait for your Book!
$20 or more per month
In addition to receiving the Rewards of the other tiers, you will receive sneak peeks and snippets of early drafts of my book as I write it. (To receive mailings, Make sure you enter your correct shipping address!)


AFTER 6 mo. of Support

• Your name mentioned in the acknowledgements section of my book

AFTER 1 Year of Support

• 1 color copy of a Page from the original The Story of Jasmine

• An early copy of the book.

Goals
10% complete
When I reach $1000/month, I will finally be able to make a dent in my credit card debt. But I also need the house painted, and the bathroom is still gutted from total removal of mold, but the roof leaks... And I'm selling my library So anything in terms of a steady income would be welcomed. I'll let y'all know what around the house I've fixed, improved, got rid of, etc...
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Greetings! I'm DARLENE (Darlene-Artist), Creator / Author / Artist of "The Story of Jasmine"

Welcome, I invite you into my Fantasy Realm!

I create Stories of Awe, Beauty and Delight and uplifting Art to nourish the Feminine Soul.
I hope you will enjoy adventuring with me on my many fantastic, artistic journeys with Jasmine as the focus, with the aim of getting "The Story of Jasmine" and related works published.

WHAT'S SO UNIQUE ABOUT JASMINE?
 Through fantasy writing and illustration, I desire to delight the child within myself, thereby rekindling the magic of the imagination for all aspiring children. "The Story of Jasmine" is a strange collaboration between me and my younger self. The story is a blend of the energy of youth, tempered with maturity and depth. 

Why the Patreon? With your direct support, I can create without worrying about getting the bills paid. Through it's system of monthly patronage, Patreon makes it super easy (and affordable!) for people to support creators like me. For as little as US$1 a month, you can help to financially support me in my work as a writer/artist. There are various levels of patron membership with corresponding rewards. Pick the one that works best for you and know that I am deeply grateful for whatever support you are willing to provide.
 
I know you're not doing this for the REWARDS. You are pledging to help me as an artist continue The Story of Jasmine with the objective of publishing it. But there ARE Rewards. They are specific to each tier level chosen. No matter at what level you choose to give, please know that all contributions on any level are highly appreciated.

Thank you for supporting me in my work.

Or Make a One Time-Contribution (Pay Pal)


The Story Behind "The Story of Jasmine"

Somewhere in the vicinity of 38 years ago, a story manifested in my mind. Every night, for whatever reason, a story came to me. For over a four-year period, the story, told from many different viewpoints, was a constant companion. After a while, I started the habit of writing down snatches of dialog whenever I heard them in my head and wrote on whatever was at hand -- napkins, envelopes, note cards.

Fast-forward to four months ago. I came across a box filled with Jasmine memorabilia and notebooks, cards, scraps of dialog and prose written on hundreds of sheets of paper. The pages were filled with the above-mentioned story that had danced in my head so long ago. It was hard to believe, I was looking a remnant of my past in the eye after all these years.

So days after opening the box, at the end of January 2018, I made a decision. Lugging those boxes with me for 38 years was going to finally mean something! On my blog darlenetheartist.com, (which feeds to FaceBook), I shared the contents of the box, one scrap, or "snippet" at a time. Ever since, it's been a daily occurrence and still continues.

New Audience
I've published enough of the story that I am, again, enchanted by it. From the delightful responses I've received, others are also and they've become fans.

It's a great feeling, to be able to enchant a new audience with The Story of Jasmine illustrated fantasy adventure as it was meant to be enjoyed. Fans will be happy to know I've taken their advice. Therefore, witness this, my official plunge into taking my next step into retrieving The Story of Jasmine from the past and making it relevant today.

Therefore, for my Patreon project, I'm reprising the writing of the story. I plan to shape the manuscript into a completed, publishable book. To this end, I invite people to a front row view in the creation of a complete story, which will finally reach the light of day.

THE BASIC TIME LINE.
Following are the basic steps that need to be taken in "The Story of Jasmine" Patreon Project and how we would intersect. The list is roughly, but not necessarily, linear.

 • Continue writing and finish writing the first book of "The Story of Jasmine"
May need input about the writing--will be asking specific questions, etc...
• Organize the writing into chapters
Need to figure out if there are holes in the story that need to be written. Should there be descriptions of places? Where is the actual beginning of the story? Is using the prequel effective?
• Include Art where desired
Though I'm planning to keep using the Jasmine Playing cards as general pix, I need suggestions as to the best places to have actual story illustrations. [btw-the playing cards accompanying each tier were placed at random; for instance, there's no inference that anyone has a She-Devil status].
• Design and format the book for e-publication
Idea: Graphic design will be based on a simple "blog" design, to honor how it first came out. The typography of the design will be a typeface I will design especially for this book. So people will get to observe that process too!
Publish the sucker!
• Start the Second Volume
There is plot enough for a several volumes.

PROGRESS. 
Patrons will receive weekly updates on my progress and I will announce the weekly assignments I give myself. It's like a reverse-class: the students ask the questions and the teacher does the homework. What fun.

SIDE PROJECTS! Be prepared.
One side project has already presented itself and is already getting underway. Jasmine Fan, Joe Piela kindly offered to make quality scans of the original Dragon pages as they appeared in 1980 and plans to use his considerable expertise to assemble the pages into a proper Kindle book.

This Side Project clearly aids our ultimate goal in having a complete and cohesive story published. The first Foundational Story may be important to the development of our current project, so I'm going to be flexible about where I focus my time. This project will include introduction and follow-up pieces. I'm just blown away by Joe's generous offer and cannot thank him enough!

Another Side Project can be tweaking a new Jasmine typeface font especially to use for this project. Isn't that a fun idea?

ART is LIFE; LIFE is ART. That is my motto. I'm making my life an artistic statement. It's an act of courage for an introvert like me to fully declare her value as an artist. Through my example, I hope to inspire all generations of women to find, accept and honor the beauty, talent and power that already exist within themselves.

And so it is...

Thank You, DARLENE
Creator of The Story of Jasmine

PS. Some Highlights of my Background in Fantasy Art

* First female Fantasy Artist for D&D (Dungeons & Dragons) & Role-playing games
* Cartographerof the classic fantasy game map "World of Greyhawk" 2-map set for TSR
* Writer and Illustrator of "The Story of Jasmine," an illustrated fantasy adventure saga published for a year in The Dragon Magazine.
* Creator and publisher of "Jasmine: the Battle for the Mid-realm" award-winning collector card game based on the unfinished story.
* Illustrator & Designer of "Tales of the Magi,"by Joe Aragon, a more responsible version of role-playing games for younger generations of gamers
* Producer of Empowering Coloring Books:"Fantasy Maidens & Beasts: 10 images of Powerful Maidens," (2017) and "Color Me Powerful: Powerful Maidens" Coloring Book (2018) coloring books, offering uplifting, positive images of maidens/women/goddesses/ strong within their power.






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Rewards
I really LIKE Jasmine. Lovely work.
$1 or more per month
I am grateful for your support, encouragement and energy towards my creative process to transform my present story into book form. I recognize this as a tangible gesture of your confidence in me. Thank You.


In return, you will have a front row seat watching a fantasy artist, talented in multiple disciplines, to create/recreate The Story of Jasmine. 


You'll keep abreast of all the developments of the time-line, read things before the public has the chance and be a part of the Mid-Realm community. 

I really LOVE Jasmine and I'm stoked!
$5 or more per month
Thank you for more generously showing your support. You will receive the same rewards as the US$1/month tier, but also have the ability to to take a more active role participating in e-mail discussions and having a say. 


You will receive a Jasmine postcard (one time) in the mail welcoming you.  (To receive mailings, Make sure you enter your correct shipping address!)


AFTER 1 Year of Support

• 1 color copy of a Page from the original The Story of Jasmine For those who want 

I'm ECSTATIC about Jasmine... Want More!
$10 or more per month
 

This tier grants more interaction with the artist with more insights, inside stories and other content. You'll have input into strategy sessions on a range of subjects and peek into the process of preparing a manuscript for publication. 


In addition to receiving a Jasmine postcard (one time) in the mail, this tier will grant you one playing card signed by me (one time, my choice) from the JASMINE: The Battle for the Mid-Realm collector card game.  (To receive mailings, Make sure you enter your correct shipping address!)


AFTER 1 Year of Support

• 1 color copy of a Page from the original The Story of Jasmine 

I Can't Wait for your Book!
$20 or more per month
In addition to receiving the Rewards of the other tiers, you will receive sneak peeks and snippets of early drafts of my book as I write it. (To receive mailings, Make sure you enter your correct shipping address!)


AFTER 6 mo. of Support

• Your name mentioned in the acknowledgements section of my book

AFTER 1 Year of Support

• 1 color copy of a Page from the original The Story of Jasmine

• An early copy of the book.