A new year, a new approach to this campaign.
Before anything else, I want to thank my patrons, for your support, encouragement, and inspiration — you encourage me to try new things, and support the changes I make as I make them, and that means a lot to me. You let me bounce ideas off you, you provide feedback, and you cheer me on. Your very presence creates a much needed, a much valued sense of expectation that I’m able to use to keep myself moving forward with projects, even if it’s sometimes two steps forward, one hundred steps back. Thank you, thank you, thank you!
TL;DR: three tiers, $5 or less. Story Subscription tier is dropping to $3
I seem to have a few super powers, most of which I use for evil. Strong imagination? I find creative health conditions to entertain myself with. (Because multi-day long heart burn is totally a sign of cartiac arrest, especially when accompanied by cramps in your toe, right?) Like the idea of making a hand-bound book? Berate myself instead because I can’t grow the plant from seed, to render into pulp, to make the paper, and I can’t DIY the glue, and have it all ready to go right now because obviously I’m a horrible person. Enjoy my Patreon projects? Let’s keep piling on the pressure and not feel free to drop things or set them aside when they don’t work out because people are watching and they’ll know you can’t do any of this crap. I can suck the joy out of any thing I’m happy to be working on or experimenting with in no time flat. Super powers for the win.
What are my plans for 2018? Mostly, to have fun with creating. Right now, what I’m looking at are:
[update 3/30/18: so far, the above isn't happening, and I don't know that I'm going to even make it it happen. Spiritual Blather articles will continue, and will continue to go live to my Patrons first, though.
The story subscription will continue, though I’m making a concerted effort to get back to shorter fiction. I think this will be a nice challenge for myself, and I think it will be more sustainable, too. Much as I enjoy the few novellas I’ve released in the last two years, I’m also bored with that particular world and set of characters. (Are we supposed to admit that? I don’t think so, but you know how I feel about keeping it real.) I’m thinking that I’ll do my damnedest to make a single story not span more than two installments, and the minimum 2000 words is remaining.
[update 3/30/18: nope, not doing this one either, apparently. Learn the lesson, Jo: daily anything other than taking care of the critters and the house are not a thing I'm willing to sign up for. The second I say "daily" is the second my interest in a thing evaporates.
Writing-and-Art-in-One Hand Written book — it’s going to be messy, and it’s going to be awful and awkward and raw. This is my answer to wanting a journal practice, a lettering practice, and writing a book by hand all rolled into one thing. I’m not planning as I go, and my deadline is pretty much a year from now to finish it.
[update 3/30/18: I actually do want to get back to some form of this. Making the time is the hard part, but I'll get there.]
I am eager to get going on these projects (already started) and sharing them with my patrons as I go forward! I hope to see you there.