Derek Vasconi is creating Horror books, Blogs about Japanese idols, and crazy movies!
15

patrons

$145
per month
First, THANK YOU. Just for even taking a few minutes out of your life to check out my Patreon page, I can't begin to tell you how grateful I am. Even if you don't send a single dollar my way, that's okay. I am happy to just have you here.

Oh what's that? You DO want to help me? Right on! Then I probably should tell you about myself a little, and maybe give you an idea of what I'm trying to do here, huh? 

Here goes nothing:

My name is Derek Vasconi. I'm the former guitar player for the metal band, From a Second Story Window, and currently I'm an entrepreneur, horror author, movie script writer, and lover of Japanese underground idols. I'm also the author of the multiple award winning, best selling Japanese horror novel, KAI, which was released in 2016 to many accolades. For as long as I can remember, I've been on a mad rush every single day to produce and create. It's like I am buying into Terror Management Theory or something. I feel like every second on this earth I need to make count. And you know, I've never in my entire life asked anyone for money like this. I didn't even realize I could. I mean, I've always been super independent, save for maybe one very dark period in my life a long time ago, but other than that moment, I've been supporting myself with the work I do every single day. Whether it's working crappy real life jobs, or teaching people what I know about the things I know, or being creative, I have found a way to work on making my dreams come true without depending on somebody to help make those dreams come true.
Until now.
I'm at the point where real life has seriously encroached on me and my creative endeavors. And it's not like I'm poor and hungry and destitute. I'm not any of those things--- Yet! I don't plan to be in the future either, but basically, I'm hoping to free up time to devote more of my life to being JUST creative, and not so much a person who has to constantly find the next job to pay the bills. I hate living like that, even though there is a certain kind of freedom that goes along with working for yourself. But it's also like working 80 hours a week for myself to avoid working 40 hours for somebody else. It's just getting to be too much. 
Also, I don't feel entitled, exactly, to being allowed the chance for creative freedom every day. I want to earn it, and have no problem working my oshiri off to really make sure you understand that every penny you throw at me (well, please don't actually throw any money at me... that sounds like it might hurt!), I'm going to put to good use in the sense that it frees up time for me to do all of the following:
1. Write! This is what takes up the most time for me, creatively speaking. I have seven books I'm currently working on, including a trilogy that might end up being probably six or seven books when all is said and done. It's about a love story set to the end of the world, and while I know that sounds ultra cliche, I promise you MY take on this idea is anything BUT cliche. Ever hear of Pan Gu and the mythos surrounding it? How about Cryptozoology? Want a main character who had a girlfriend when he was just a little boy who turned out to be imaginary... or was she? Yeah, that's the primary concept behind this epic tale, which I'm going on several years now of writing and am up to a whopping 2000 pages... and I'm only on book one! There's over 100 characters in my story, and if I can be so bold as to equate my books to a series that is so amazing, it's like the modern day Game of Thrones. Think HBO's next big series in about three more years, assuming I get time to write and finish my story in this life and not the next!
2. Write some MORE! In addition to the aforementioned epic story I'm working on, I have about FOUR other books I want to write, all laid out, researched, and ready to go. Just need the time to focus on them. And since time equals money, well... do the math. 
3. Movies! Yours truly is a movie script writer. I have three moviescripts currently finished and one I'm working on, which happens to be an adaptation of KAI. And one of my scripts has actual name talent attached to it as well as a director and movie crew. I just need the money to make it happen. This is a huge investment though, so maybe not something for Patreon? However, maybe at the same time you would be interested in funding a movie? Let's talk about that one if you do have some kind of desire to see your name as an executive producer on a Hollywood film. I can make that happen!
4. Documentary! I'm in a very rare and special position to shoot a documentary on the underground Tokyo Idol scene. Now, if you don't know what that is, this is precisely why you should help me make this documentary! I can introduce you to this world that is really one of the happiest and best musical scenes I've ever been a part of. And I think I'm now more than just a part, as I'm a person who works directly with idols on a regular basis. I've helped Japanese underground idols come to the USA to perform, and I also help out at shows in Tokyo and attend as many idol shows as possible. And because so many Japanese idols now know me, there is a trust there between me and them that would allow me to take a camera into their lives and showcase what the Tokyo idol scene is really all about. There have been so many incorrect documentaries made about idols, as well as blogs and news reports, that all portray the idol universe as something it's not and something very negative. But my experience has been supremely positive, and I hope to make a documentary to set the story straight, as well as be objective in how I do this. I just need $50,000 to make this happen and I can literally start filming tomorrow. 

I have more dreams, more ideas to pursue, but this is enough for now. I don't want to get too ambitious. As somebody who has never asked for this kind of help before, I don't know exactly what I'm supposed to ask from you, other than your patience in reading all of this! However, I do know that I have a lot of creative opportunities to share DIRECTLY with you if you support my vision and what I'm doing as a creative individual. Check out everything I'm offering okay? And if you see something that makes sense to you, then I sincerely hope to show you what I'm doing in exchange for your contribution. And again, THANK YOU. It means so much to me you even care. 


Tiers
Join My exclusive mailing list, get mail from me more than you probably want
$1 or more per month 6 patrons
This is the best level to start with me. It's simple, and if I get over 1,500 of you to stay with me at this level a month, ALL MY BILLS ARE PAID. Think about that... just 1 dollar a month and you've made me an artist who does not have to go work some crap job and take away from my creative pursuits because by the time I get home from that crap job, I'm going to be so tired I'll not want to be creative. At the dollar level, you're making it so that I don't have to feel this way ever again on any single day of my existence. How awesome is that?

Oh, and by joining my mailing list, guess what? I'm going to message you. A LOT. Probably more than necessary, but I'll tell you all about what I'm up to, ask you questions, answer your questions when you message me back, and basically spend time sharing my brain, via the digital medium of words typed on my laptop. I guarantee you when I'm messaging you at four in the morning talking about the underwater pyramid off the coast of Yonaguni, you'll be thankful you started with me at this level (or at least I think you.... will?). 

Buy me a Boba Tea, get a shout out from me!
$3 or more per month 2 patrons
So you get to be part of my mailing list plus I'll give you a personal shout out in one of my monthly mailings. And best part of all, you've just paid for me to drink some boba tea at my favorite boba tea joint. This is like paying for a medical shot of caffeine straight into my brain. Thank you!
Ask a question and I'll discuss it in the mailing list
$5 or more per month 2 patrons
So you get to be part of my mailing list plus I'll give you a personal shout out in one of my monthly mailings.  And then you get to ask me anything related to Tokyo Idols, Asian horror, Japanese horror, Japanese culture, or even personal questions, so long as they aren't too ridiculous... I'll have fun with these! We can all discuss them too. I really enjoy being asked about what I know... because as you'll see, I don't know much at all, but I'm good at B.S.'ing!


The Ideal tier for you and me, and here's why...
$10 or more per month 3 patrons
I mean, if you can do this level, that's only around 150 people a month that would basically insure my financial freedom. Seriously... this is the ideal level for me and you.

As for you, I'm going to include you on the mailing list. You can ask me a question and I'll answer. You'll get a shout out from me, but we'll also talk as much as I can with you. I'll share some inside stuff with you about what I'm writing. You can ask me about my thought process, what I'm working on, and we'll have conversations. You can be PART of my creative process at this level. I really would like that. I would love for you to get stuck inside my imaginary universes. Careful though... they can be pretty scary. This is why you'll need to keep contributing to me at this level.... I can always guide the way for you, keep you on the safe path, and we can walk TOGETHER towards my creative goals. I love just thinking about this, especially when I message you and tell you about this great new idol group I'm listening to, or the crazy thought I had to twist a plot in a whole new direction in a story I'm writing. You'll be the first to see the light bulb turn on inside my head. 


First copy of my next book
$25 or more per month 0 patrons
So you get everything before this tier and a copy of my next book, FIRST, before it's made available to the general public! This might take some time, so think of this more as you reserving a table at the best restaurant on earth--- that hasn't opened yet. 

Digital copy only!

I'll write a blog post just for you!
$50 or more per month 0 of 20 patrons
So really, if you are awesome enough to contribute at this level, I'll totally write a blog post for you, based on any of the following subjects: Tokyo Idols, Japanese horror, Asian horror, or creative writing. I feel I'm pretty knowledgeable about all of these subjects, and I welcome the chance to share what I know via a blog entry. The length will be up to me, as I see fit, but if you can't tell just by reading everything here, I'm pretty long-winded! So you'll get your money's worth, I promise!
Signed autograph copy of my next book
$70 or more per month 0 patrons
The reason this is so high is because shipping from Tokyo is rather expensive, so most of what you're paying for here is the trip to the post office. However, I'll personally autograph and send you a copy of my next book before anyone else gets it. Oh, and you get all the tier perks before this as well (except the one where I'm writing blogs every month... that's kind of limited). 
Thanks in tha' Books!
$100 or more per month 1 patron
I'll thank you in one of my books, since, you know, you helped me write them by giving me some mental space normally reserved for the stressful daily act of wondering how the heck I'm going to pay for wi-fi, electric, water, gas, rent...
I'll make you famous!
$400 or more per month 0 of 5 patrons
A character in one of my books will be named after you! Ready to be famous? Or if you are shy, you can give me a name you love and I'll use it!
You'll be on the end credits of a movie
$2,000 or more per month 0 patrons
Want to be immortal? Nothing accomplishes this by having your name listed in the credits at the end of a movie... which of course, nobody is going to watch, but hey! You'll be forever remembered in the epic ages of movie history not yet lived! 
Hang with me in Tokyo! See idols! Eat the best food! Karaoke! Maids! Weirdness galore!
$10,000 or more per month 0 patrons
So yeah, if you actually are crazy enough to give me that kind of money, I'll show you the Tokyo that I KNOW. We'll set up a time for you to come to Japan, you can stay with me, and I'll take you everywhere and anywhere you want to go. I'll also show you MY Tokyo, which is filled with idols, music, great eats, karaoke, meeting all my awesome friends, and a bunch of unusual but fun stuff in between! I'll cater your trip to your particular interests, and believe me, I make a great tour guide! Plus, it will be an experience you'll never forget. AND if you're super awesome, I'll sit down and show you everything I'm working on and you'll be the first to get a sneak peek at all my upcoming work. If you actually do this... I mean, this is the definition of happiness for me, doing what I love and showing a city I love so deeply to you! 
Goals
$145 of $26,000 per month
This is a year's worth of financial duties that I have. Pretty low I guess for a lot of people, but for me, I live on the cheap. I'm too busy stuck in my imaginary worlds, living more in them than in the real one. So really, 26K is a lot of ramen and ketchup (though I like my ketchup and ramen separate, to be clear!) and making sure the water is warm in the tub. As long as I have these things, I'm good.
And yeah, assuming I reach this goal, I will dedicate a YEAR of my life to JUST working on my books and my movies!
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First, THANK YOU. Just for even taking a few minutes out of your life to check out my Patreon page, I can't begin to tell you how grateful I am. Even if you don't send a single dollar my way, that's okay. I am happy to just have you here.

Oh what's that? You DO want to help me? Right on! Then I probably should tell you about myself a little, and maybe give you an idea of what I'm trying to do here, huh? 

Here goes nothing:

My name is Derek Vasconi. I'm the former guitar player for the metal band, From a Second Story Window, and currently I'm an entrepreneur, horror author, movie script writer, and lover of Japanese underground idols. I'm also the author of the multiple award winning, best selling Japanese horror novel, KAI, which was released in 2016 to many accolades. For as long as I can remember, I've been on a mad rush every single day to produce and create. It's like I am buying into Terror Management Theory or something. I feel like every second on this earth I need to make count. And you know, I've never in my entire life asked anyone for money like this. I didn't even realize I could. I mean, I've always been super independent, save for maybe one very dark period in my life a long time ago, but other than that moment, I've been supporting myself with the work I do every single day. Whether it's working crappy real life jobs, or teaching people what I know about the things I know, or being creative, I have found a way to work on making my dreams come true without depending on somebody to help make those dreams come true.
Until now.
I'm at the point where real life has seriously encroached on me and my creative endeavors. And it's not like I'm poor and hungry and destitute. I'm not any of those things--- Yet! I don't plan to be in the future either, but basically, I'm hoping to free up time to devote more of my life to being JUST creative, and not so much a person who has to constantly find the next job to pay the bills. I hate living like that, even though there is a certain kind of freedom that goes along with working for yourself. But it's also like working 80 hours a week for myself to avoid working 40 hours for somebody else. It's just getting to be too much. 
Also, I don't feel entitled, exactly, to being allowed the chance for creative freedom every day. I want to earn it, and have no problem working my oshiri off to really make sure you understand that every penny you throw at me (well, please don't actually throw any money at me... that sounds like it might hurt!), I'm going to put to good use in the sense that it frees up time for me to do all of the following:
1. Write! This is what takes up the most time for me, creatively speaking. I have seven books I'm currently working on, including a trilogy that might end up being probably six or seven books when all is said and done. It's about a love story set to the end of the world, and while I know that sounds ultra cliche, I promise you MY take on this idea is anything BUT cliche. Ever hear of Pan Gu and the mythos surrounding it? How about Cryptozoology? Want a main character who had a girlfriend when he was just a little boy who turned out to be imaginary... or was she? Yeah, that's the primary concept behind this epic tale, which I'm going on several years now of writing and am up to a whopping 2000 pages... and I'm only on book one! There's over 100 characters in my story, and if I can be so bold as to equate my books to a series that is so amazing, it's like the modern day Game of Thrones. Think HBO's next big series in about three more years, assuming I get time to write and finish my story in this life and not the next!
2. Write some MORE! In addition to the aforementioned epic story I'm working on, I have about FOUR other books I want to write, all laid out, researched, and ready to go. Just need the time to focus on them. And since time equals money, well... do the math. 
3. Movies! Yours truly is a movie script writer. I have three moviescripts currently finished and one I'm working on, which happens to be an adaptation of KAI. And one of my scripts has actual name talent attached to it as well as a director and movie crew. I just need the money to make it happen. This is a huge investment though, so maybe not something for Patreon? However, maybe at the same time you would be interested in funding a movie? Let's talk about that one if you do have some kind of desire to see your name as an executive producer on a Hollywood film. I can make that happen!
4. Documentary! I'm in a very rare and special position to shoot a documentary on the underground Tokyo Idol scene. Now, if you don't know what that is, this is precisely why you should help me make this documentary! I can introduce you to this world that is really one of the happiest and best musical scenes I've ever been a part of. And I think I'm now more than just a part, as I'm a person who works directly with idols on a regular basis. I've helped Japanese underground idols come to the USA to perform, and I also help out at shows in Tokyo and attend as many idol shows as possible. And because so many Japanese idols now know me, there is a trust there between me and them that would allow me to take a camera into their lives and showcase what the Tokyo idol scene is really all about. There have been so many incorrect documentaries made about idols, as well as blogs and news reports, that all portray the idol universe as something it's not and something very negative. But my experience has been supremely positive, and I hope to make a documentary to set the story straight, as well as be objective in how I do this. I just need $50,000 to make this happen and I can literally start filming tomorrow. 

I have more dreams, more ideas to pursue, but this is enough for now. I don't want to get too ambitious. As somebody who has never asked for this kind of help before, I don't know exactly what I'm supposed to ask from you, other than your patience in reading all of this! However, I do know that I have a lot of creative opportunities to share DIRECTLY with you if you support my vision and what I'm doing as a creative individual. Check out everything I'm offering okay? And if you see something that makes sense to you, then I sincerely hope to show you what I'm doing in exchange for your contribution. And again, THANK YOU. It means so much to me you even care. 


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Tiers
Join My exclusive mailing list, get mail from me more than you probably want
$1 or more per month 6 patrons
This is the best level to start with me. It's simple, and if I get over 1,500 of you to stay with me at this level a month, ALL MY BILLS ARE PAID. Think about that... just 1 dollar a month and you've made me an artist who does not have to go work some crap job and take away from my creative pursuits because by the time I get home from that crap job, I'm going to be so tired I'll not want to be creative. At the dollar level, you're making it so that I don't have to feel this way ever again on any single day of my existence. How awesome is that?

Oh, and by joining my mailing list, guess what? I'm going to message you. A LOT. Probably more than necessary, but I'll tell you all about what I'm up to, ask you questions, answer your questions when you message me back, and basically spend time sharing my brain, via the digital medium of words typed on my laptop. I guarantee you when I'm messaging you at four in the morning talking about the underwater pyramid off the coast of Yonaguni, you'll be thankful you started with me at this level (or at least I think you.... will?). 

Buy me a Boba Tea, get a shout out from me!
$3 or more per month 2 patrons
So you get to be part of my mailing list plus I'll give you a personal shout out in one of my monthly mailings. And best part of all, you've just paid for me to drink some boba tea at my favorite boba tea joint. This is like paying for a medical shot of caffeine straight into my brain. Thank you!
Ask a question and I'll discuss it in the mailing list
$5 or more per month 2 patrons
So you get to be part of my mailing list plus I'll give you a personal shout out in one of my monthly mailings.  And then you get to ask me anything related to Tokyo Idols, Asian horror, Japanese horror, Japanese culture, or even personal questions, so long as they aren't too ridiculous... I'll have fun with these! We can all discuss them too. I really enjoy being asked about what I know... because as you'll see, I don't know much at all, but I'm good at B.S.'ing!


The Ideal tier for you and me, and here's why...
$10 or more per month 3 patrons
I mean, if you can do this level, that's only around 150 people a month that would basically insure my financial freedom. Seriously... this is the ideal level for me and you.

As for you, I'm going to include you on the mailing list. You can ask me a question and I'll answer. You'll get a shout out from me, but we'll also talk as much as I can with you. I'll share some inside stuff with you about what I'm writing. You can ask me about my thought process, what I'm working on, and we'll have conversations. You can be PART of my creative process at this level. I really would like that. I would love for you to get stuck inside my imaginary universes. Careful though... they can be pretty scary. This is why you'll need to keep contributing to me at this level.... I can always guide the way for you, keep you on the safe path, and we can walk TOGETHER towards my creative goals. I love just thinking about this, especially when I message you and tell you about this great new idol group I'm listening to, or the crazy thought I had to twist a plot in a whole new direction in a story I'm writing. You'll be the first to see the light bulb turn on inside my head. 


First copy of my next book
$25 or more per month 0 patrons
So you get everything before this tier and a copy of my next book, FIRST, before it's made available to the general public! This might take some time, so think of this more as you reserving a table at the best restaurant on earth--- that hasn't opened yet. 

Digital copy only!

I'll write a blog post just for you!
$50 or more per month 0 of 20 patrons
So really, if you are awesome enough to contribute at this level, I'll totally write a blog post for you, based on any of the following subjects: Tokyo Idols, Japanese horror, Asian horror, or creative writing. I feel I'm pretty knowledgeable about all of these subjects, and I welcome the chance to share what I know via a blog entry. The length will be up to me, as I see fit, but if you can't tell just by reading everything here, I'm pretty long-winded! So you'll get your money's worth, I promise!
Signed autograph copy of my next book
$70 or more per month 0 patrons
The reason this is so high is because shipping from Tokyo is rather expensive, so most of what you're paying for here is the trip to the post office. However, I'll personally autograph and send you a copy of my next book before anyone else gets it. Oh, and you get all the tier perks before this as well (except the one where I'm writing blogs every month... that's kind of limited). 
Thanks in tha' Books!
$100 or more per month 1 patron
I'll thank you in one of my books, since, you know, you helped me write them by giving me some mental space normally reserved for the stressful daily act of wondering how the heck I'm going to pay for wi-fi, electric, water, gas, rent...
I'll make you famous!
$400 or more per month 0 of 5 patrons
A character in one of my books will be named after you! Ready to be famous? Or if you are shy, you can give me a name you love and I'll use it!
You'll be on the end credits of a movie
$2,000 or more per month 0 patrons
Want to be immortal? Nothing accomplishes this by having your name listed in the credits at the end of a movie... which of course, nobody is going to watch, but hey! You'll be forever remembered in the epic ages of movie history not yet lived! 
Hang with me in Tokyo! See idols! Eat the best food! Karaoke! Maids! Weirdness galore!
$10,000 or more per month 0 patrons
So yeah, if you actually are crazy enough to give me that kind of money, I'll show you the Tokyo that I KNOW. We'll set up a time for you to come to Japan, you can stay with me, and I'll take you everywhere and anywhere you want to go. I'll also show you MY Tokyo, which is filled with idols, music, great eats, karaoke, meeting all my awesome friends, and a bunch of unusual but fun stuff in between! I'll cater your trip to your particular interests, and believe me, I make a great tour guide! Plus, it will be an experience you'll never forget. AND if you're super awesome, I'll sit down and show you everything I'm working on and you'll be the first to get a sneak peek at all my upcoming work. If you actually do this... I mean, this is the definition of happiness for me, doing what I love and showing a city I love so deeply to you!