Elizabeth Creith is creating fiction and art
12

patrons

$35
per story or poem


I'm a storyteller and illustrator. I write fantasy, horror, humour, science fiction and poetry. I published my first piece of humour – A Loom With A Zoo – in 1990, and I've never looked back.

I've had four humour columns to date on subjects ranging from farm life to books, because you can make humour out of anything! My fourth one, Over the Ridge, is in print and still going strong. Much of my poetry is also humorous verse.

Most of my fiction is flash – one thousand words or shorter – or short stories, but I'm also working on a YA fantasy trilogy and a YA science fiction novel. I occasionally write mysteries. I like to illustrate my work whenever I can.

My memoir, “Shepherd in Residence”, won the Louise de Kiriline Lawrence award for Northern Ontario non-fiction in 2014. I'm particularly chuffed about this one because the inimitable Margaret Atwood was also on the shortlist.

Due to my habits of sleeping indoors and eating regular meals, I'm working at a job that consumes a lot of my writing and art time. I'm hoping to replace a chunk of that income and free myself to spend more time writing and illustrating fiction of all sorts – myths, fairy tales, fantasy, horror, science fiction and humour – and putting it out there for you, my audience. Art is long and life is short, and it gets shorter every day. I just want to fill as much of my life as possible, and yours, too, with good stories.

I'll be posting a new piece once or twice a month. Some will be print stories, and all of those will be unpublished pieces. You, my patrons, get the first look. Some will be audio files of me reading a story, because who doesn't love to be read to? Again, you get the first listen; I may occasionally read a story that has appeared somewhere in print, but most of them will be unpublished.

I also want to make mini-movies of some stories and poems. These may be slide shows of illustrations while I read aloud, or possibly stop-action films or flip-books, pop-ups, whatever the Muse dictates. I'm aiming at three or four of these a year, bur there might be more. These will be exclusive to you, my patrons.

I'm incredibly excited about getting to make this art and post it here, and I'm grateful to every one of you at every level for your support!
Rewards
Pledge $1 or more per story or poem
7 patrons
Did you just join my team of patrons?! Yes, yes you did. THANK YOU for your support and your faith in me. You get all the patron-only posts and feeds. I'd love to hear your comments and suggestions in any discussion going on here.
Pledge $3 or more per story or poem
2 patrons
Wow – thank you! At this level of support, you get the patron-only posts and feeds, a voice in the discussions (please!) and also downloads of any content, whether a print story or a video/audio piece, which you can keep and re-read or re-play.
Pledge $5 or more per story or poem
2 patrons
Really? You're awesome! Thank you so much! You get all the above rewards, and participation in my Ask Me Anything sessions, where you can ask me – well, anything. Art techniques, writing tips, where a story came from or what I do on my vacation.
Pledge $10 or more per story or poem
1 patron
This is a lot of money to invest in an artist, and I'm deeply grateful. You get all the above rewards, plus pick a print story from the year and I'll send you a handmade mini-book, pamphlet stitched by me, and possibly with some genuine artist's cat-hair or dog-hair on it. In the mail. Real mail still rocks, right?
Pledge $100 or more per story or poem
0 of 20 patrons
You are officially an honorary Medici. No, seriously! You get all the above rewards, and once a year I'll write a custom poem for your chosen event – birthday, graduation, retirement, wedding, new baby. Send me some details and I'll send you a poem especially written for the occasion.
Pledge $500 or more per story or poem
0 of 10 patrons
I think the term “art angel” applies here. I'm speechless. You get all the rewards listed so far, and a handmade birthday card with my love and gratitude. If we're ever in the same city together, let's meet – coffee, lunch, whatever. Also, you can appear as a character in one of my stories. We'll talk about who, how and what, and when it's done, I'll send you a handmade mini-book containing the story you appear in.
Goals
$35 of $1,000 per story or poem
This amount per story, poem or video is the magic number that will let me leave wage-slavery and go back to being a slave to the Muse.

The first $250 will allow me to cut back to four days a week. That extra art day is super-productive!

I'll be sending my first 250 patrons - no matter the amount - a signed copy of "Shepherd in Residence", my award-winning memoir. You'll like it. It has sheep in it.
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I'm a storyteller and illustrator. I write fantasy, horror, humour, science fiction and poetry. I published my first piece of humour – A Loom With A Zoo – in 1990, and I've never looked back.

I've had four humour columns to date on subjects ranging from farm life to books, because you can make humour out of anything! My fourth one, Over the Ridge, is in print and still going strong. Much of my poetry is also humorous verse.

Most of my fiction is flash – one thousand words or shorter – or short stories, but I'm also working on a YA fantasy trilogy and a YA science fiction novel. I occasionally write mysteries. I like to illustrate my work whenever I can.

My memoir, “Shepherd in Residence”, won the Louise de Kiriline Lawrence award for Northern Ontario non-fiction in 2014. I'm particularly chuffed about this one because the inimitable Margaret Atwood was also on the shortlist.

Due to my habits of sleeping indoors and eating regular meals, I'm working at a job that consumes a lot of my writing and art time. I'm hoping to replace a chunk of that income and free myself to spend more time writing and illustrating fiction of all sorts – myths, fairy tales, fantasy, horror, science fiction and humour – and putting it out there for you, my audience. Art is long and life is short, and it gets shorter every day. I just want to fill as much of my life as possible, and yours, too, with good stories.

I'll be posting a new piece once or twice a month. Some will be print stories, and all of those will be unpublished pieces. You, my patrons, get the first look. Some will be audio files of me reading a story, because who doesn't love to be read to? Again, you get the first listen; I may occasionally read a story that has appeared somewhere in print, but most of them will be unpublished.

I also want to make mini-movies of some stories and poems. These may be slide shows of illustrations while I read aloud, or possibly stop-action films or flip-books, pop-ups, whatever the Muse dictates. I'm aiming at three or four of these a year, bur there might be more. These will be exclusive to you, my patrons.

I'm incredibly excited about getting to make this art and post it here, and I'm grateful to every one of you at every level for your support!

Recent posts by Elizabeth Creith

Rewards
Pledge $1 or more per story or poem
7 patrons
Did you just join my team of patrons?! Yes, yes you did. THANK YOU for your support and your faith in me. You get all the patron-only posts and feeds. I'd love to hear your comments and suggestions in any discussion going on here.
Pledge $3 or more per story or poem
2 patrons
Wow – thank you! At this level of support, you get the patron-only posts and feeds, a voice in the discussions (please!) and also downloads of any content, whether a print story or a video/audio piece, which you can keep and re-read or re-play.
Pledge $5 or more per story or poem
2 patrons
Really? You're awesome! Thank you so much! You get all the above rewards, and participation in my Ask Me Anything sessions, where you can ask me – well, anything. Art techniques, writing tips, where a story came from or what I do on my vacation.
Pledge $10 or more per story or poem
1 patron
This is a lot of money to invest in an artist, and I'm deeply grateful. You get all the above rewards, plus pick a print story from the year and I'll send you a handmade mini-book, pamphlet stitched by me, and possibly with some genuine artist's cat-hair or dog-hair on it. In the mail. Real mail still rocks, right?
Pledge $100 or more per story or poem
0 of 20 patrons
You are officially an honorary Medici. No, seriously! You get all the above rewards, and once a year I'll write a custom poem for your chosen event – birthday, graduation, retirement, wedding, new baby. Send me some details and I'll send you a poem especially written for the occasion.
Pledge $500 or more per story or poem
0 of 10 patrons
I think the term “art angel” applies here. I'm speechless. You get all the rewards listed so far, and a handmade birthday card with my love and gratitude. If we're ever in the same city together, let's meet – coffee, lunch, whatever. Also, you can appear as a character in one of my stories. We'll talk about who, how and what, and when it's done, I'll send you a handmade mini-book containing the story you appear in.