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First, THANKEE THANKEE THANKEE for supporting me.
Jennifer, a friend who's helping me get my writing out, suggested Patreon a while ago and obviously I wasn't ready because I didn't pursue it. She brought it up again recently and "the stars aligned" as they say because here I am.
I've been writing since I was a child (see Mission of the Heart), was successful as a trade-technical author in the 1980s and was a regular contributor to several paying blogging platforms in the 2000s. I would write for any outlet that would hire me because I've always believed that any writing I do will strengthen all the writing I do.
But last year (2016 as I write this), I realized that my day job wasn't making me happy any more. Heck, forget "making me happy", it was something I'd grown to abhor. And writing was calling me. Strongly. Incessantly. Characters were ganging up on me. "Tell my story!" then another character would shout even louder "No, tell my story first" and still another "No, me. Tell mine!". I've been collecting story ideas since I was a teenager and one of my great fears was that I wouldn't have enough time to tell all the stories inside me.
So I decided to change that part of my life. That's why I'm here. My writing was nominated for Nebula and Pushcart awards back in the 1990s but things happened. I stopped writing for about 25 years with occasional forays.
But now...The Boy Is Back!

Great, huh? "The Boy Is Back!"
But before you sponsor me, wouldn't you like to know if The Boy can write? I would, so here are some excerpts from a few Tales Told 'Round Celestial Campfires...

From Mani He - Anthony Morelli saw the badger across the street as he came out of South Station, where the MBTA's southern terminus washed people towards One Financial Place. Anthony wore his St. James suit – bright grays with a black pinstripe – with cream oxford shirt and red and gold pumped satin tie, diamond studs, stockings which blended with his trousers, and black wingtips. It was an early Boston Fall and Channel-4 forecasted light drizzle. Morelli's raincoat was draped over his left arm and his accountant's case pulled down his right like a ship's keel in a storm. Today he made the presentation showing the errors in Thompson's plan.

The badger sat on a pretzel wagon. People were buying soft pretzels with mustard, soft pretzels with cheese, soft pretzels with extra salt. The badger was passing small talk and change and nobody else seemed to notice.

Morelli stopped and stared. The smell of coal-cooked chestnuts, peanuts and pretzels came over the diesel and street-level smog of Boston. His mouth watered and he remembered his father teaching him how to flip peanuts and catch them in his mouth.

From The Goatmen of Aguirra - 705015:216 - We've landed in a grotto, near the center of Hochebene's Altiplano, but closer to the Towers of God than not. On one side of the grotto is the only run of clear water for some thirty kilometers, and I've noted with Sanders that this could be a problem as all native fauna encountered thus far follow the same biologies as we. Immediately upon landing, Sanders ordered Tellweiller, Nash, and Galen to construct a blind. We are now a boulder, one among several, that slid into the grotto when we lowered a rumbler to cover our landing.

Nash estimates two standard hours before sunrise.

Early estimates indicated Aguirra was three and a half to four billion years old. Now, with readings coming in about the deep core and mantle, we place it closer to five. Gravity is one-point-one standard and the atmosphere is quite like Earth's only sweeter due to a higher O3 content. There is also a free floating enzyme, essentially carbolic anhydrase, which explains some of the adaptive biologies on the planet. Everything we've observed is based on the nitrocarbon cycle – everything we've recorded from space and robotics shows up as a variation on some earth fauna – and the carbolic anhydrase probably helps redaction and reduction in the O<sub>3</sub> rich atmosphere when a stressing agent is introduced.

From Cymodoce - Jenny silently guided the boat to the dock, all the while keeping one eye on her three-year-old twins, Davy and Cymmi, sitting in front of her. When the boat was next to the mooring Jenny grabbed a line, pulled the boat to the dock and tied it. It was the first time she'd been to the island since the twins were born. Her parents, who died within a week of each other the previous fall, left her the dock, the boat, the cabin, the two acres of land, and only property taxes and upkeep to concern her.

Davy fidgeted. "Mommy, I'm hungry. Can we eat now?"

She put a finger to her lips and Davy pouted. Cymmi was leaning over the side of the boat, splashing her hands in the water. She paused, looked out over the waves, then splashed harder.Jenny moored the boat, lifted a lunch basket and helped the children onto the dock. "Mom," Davy whined, "I'm hungry."

"We'll go up to the cabin and eat. Okay, Davy?" They started up the narrow path.

"Mom, Cymmi's still by the water."

Jenny looked up. Cymmi was in up to her ankles. Jenny dropped the lunch basket, ran back and lifted Cymmi from the water. Her feet glistened. Cymmi kept looking at the waves as Jenny sat her by the lunch basket, took out a container of fresh water and poured it over Cymmi's feet. The tiny, silvery marks began to fade and Jenny signed /COME /EAT /NOW /PLAY /LATER /OKAY/?// She took Cymmi's hand and gently pulled her along.

And oh, by the way, here's my original introductory video:

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Muse
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Source
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  • 1 Autographed bookmark    
Creator
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  • 3 Autographed bookmarks    
Co-Author
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  • 3 Autographed bookmarks   
  • 1 Tales Short Story eBook - You pick from any story in Tales V1    
Wordsmith
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  • Access to Patron Only feed   
  • 3 Autographed bookmarks   
  • 1 Tales Short Story eBook - You pick from any story in Tales V1   
  • A patron-only t-shirt     
Inspiration
$50 or more per month
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  • 10 Autographed bookmarks   
  • 1 Personalized, Autographed copies of one (1) of my books      
  • A patron-only t-shirt
Editor
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  • 10 Autographed bookmarks
  • Personalized, Autographed copies of one (1) of my books
  • A patron-only t-shirt 
  • Flash Fiction - You answer six questions, I turn it into a personalized story for you (1,000 words max) 
Apsara
$250 or more per month
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  • 10 Autographed bookmarks
  • Personalized, Autographed copies of one (1) of my books
  • A patron-only t-shirt 
  • Flash Fiction - You answer six questions, I turn it into a personalized story for you (1,000 words max) 
  • Listing in the acknowledgements section of a future books
Vala
$500 or more per month
Access to Patron Only feed
  • 10 Autographed bookmarks
  • Personalized, Autographed copies of one (1) of my books
  • A patron-only t-shirt 
  • Flash Fiction - You answer six questions, I turn it into a personalized story for you (1,000 words max) 
  • Listing in the acknowledgements section of a future books
  • Take part in monthly small group critiquing/creating sessions (6 people max/group, my work or your work)


Polyhymnia
$1,000 or more per month
Access to Patron Only feed
  • 10 Autographed bookmarks
  • Personalized, Autographed copies of one (1) of my books
  • A patron-only t-shirt 
  • Flash Fiction - You answer six questions, I turn it into a personalized story for you (1,000 words max) 
  • Listing in the acknowledgements section of a future books
  • Take part in monthly small group critiquing/creating sessions (6 people max/group, my work or your work)
  • You or someone you know becomes a one-time character in a work in progress (think of it as a gift. "Hey, I got Joseph Carrabis, Author, to include you in a story he's published!")


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First, THANKEE THANKEE THANKEE for supporting me.
Jennifer, a friend who's helping me get my writing out, suggested Patreon a while ago and obviously I wasn't ready because I didn't pursue it. She brought it up again recently and "the stars aligned" as they say because here I am.
I've been writing since I was a child (see Mission of the Heart), was successful as a trade-technical author in the 1980s and was a regular contributor to several paying blogging platforms in the 2000s. I would write for any outlet that would hire me because I've always believed that any writing I do will strengthen all the writing I do.
But last year (2016 as I write this), I realized that my day job wasn't making me happy any more. Heck, forget "making me happy", it was something I'd grown to abhor. And writing was calling me. Strongly. Incessantly. Characters were ganging up on me. "Tell my story!" then another character would shout even louder "No, tell my story first" and still another "No, me. Tell mine!". I've been collecting story ideas since I was a teenager and one of my great fears was that I wouldn't have enough time to tell all the stories inside me.
So I decided to change that part of my life. That's why I'm here. My writing was nominated for Nebula and Pushcart awards back in the 1990s but things happened. I stopped writing for about 25 years with occasional forays.
But now...The Boy Is Back!

Great, huh? "The Boy Is Back!"
But before you sponsor me, wouldn't you like to know if The Boy can write? I would, so here are some excerpts from a few Tales Told 'Round Celestial Campfires...

From Mani He - Anthony Morelli saw the badger across the street as he came out of South Station, where the MBTA's southern terminus washed people towards One Financial Place. Anthony wore his St. James suit – bright grays with a black pinstripe – with cream oxford shirt and red and gold pumped satin tie, diamond studs, stockings which blended with his trousers, and black wingtips. It was an early Boston Fall and Channel-4 forecasted light drizzle. Morelli's raincoat was draped over his left arm and his accountant's case pulled down his right like a ship's keel in a storm. Today he made the presentation showing the errors in Thompson's plan.

The badger sat on a pretzel wagon. People were buying soft pretzels with mustard, soft pretzels with cheese, soft pretzels with extra salt. The badger was passing small talk and change and nobody else seemed to notice.

Morelli stopped and stared. The smell of coal-cooked chestnuts, peanuts and pretzels came over the diesel and street-level smog of Boston. His mouth watered and he remembered his father teaching him how to flip peanuts and catch them in his mouth.

From The Goatmen of Aguirra - 705015:216 - We've landed in a grotto, near the center of Hochebene's Altiplano, but closer to the Towers of God than not. On one side of the grotto is the only run of clear water for some thirty kilometers, and I've noted with Sanders that this could be a problem as all native fauna encountered thus far follow the same biologies as we. Immediately upon landing, Sanders ordered Tellweiller, Nash, and Galen to construct a blind. We are now a boulder, one among several, that slid into the grotto when we lowered a rumbler to cover our landing.

Nash estimates two standard hours before sunrise.

Early estimates indicated Aguirra was three and a half to four billion years old. Now, with readings coming in about the deep core and mantle, we place it closer to five. Gravity is one-point-one standard and the atmosphere is quite like Earth's only sweeter due to a higher O3 content. There is also a free floating enzyme, essentially carbolic anhydrase, which explains some of the adaptive biologies on the planet. Everything we've observed is based on the nitrocarbon cycle – everything we've recorded from space and robotics shows up as a variation on some earth fauna – and the carbolic anhydrase probably helps redaction and reduction in the O<sub>3</sub> rich atmosphere when a stressing agent is introduced.

From Cymodoce - Jenny silently guided the boat to the dock, all the while keeping one eye on her three-year-old twins, Davy and Cymmi, sitting in front of her. When the boat was next to the mooring Jenny grabbed a line, pulled the boat to the dock and tied it. It was the first time she'd been to the island since the twins were born. Her parents, who died within a week of each other the previous fall, left her the dock, the boat, the cabin, the two acres of land, and only property taxes and upkeep to concern her.

Davy fidgeted. "Mommy, I'm hungry. Can we eat now?"

She put a finger to her lips and Davy pouted. Cymmi was leaning over the side of the boat, splashing her hands in the water. She paused, looked out over the waves, then splashed harder.Jenny moored the boat, lifted a lunch basket and helped the children onto the dock. "Mom," Davy whined, "I'm hungry."

"We'll go up to the cabin and eat. Okay, Davy?" They started up the narrow path.

"Mom, Cymmi's still by the water."

Jenny looked up. Cymmi was in up to her ankles. Jenny dropped the lunch basket, ran back and lifted Cymmi from the water. Her feet glistened. Cymmi kept looking at the waves as Jenny sat her by the lunch basket, took out a container of fresh water and poured it over Cymmi's feet. The tiny, silvery marks began to fade and Jenny signed /COME /EAT /NOW /PLAY /LATER /OKAY/?// She took Cymmi's hand and gently pulled her along.

And oh, by the way, here's my original introductory video:

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Source
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You're officially a Patron! Thankee! 
  • Access to Patron Only feed   
  • 1 Autographed bookmark    
Creator
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  • Access to Patron Only feed   
  • 3 Autographed bookmarks    
Co-Author
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You're officially a Patron! Thankee!
  • Access to Patron Only feed   
  • 3 Autographed bookmarks   
  • 1 Tales Short Story eBook - You pick from any story in Tales V1    
Wordsmith
$25 or more per month
You're officially a Patron! Thankee!
  • Access to Patron Only feed   
  • 3 Autographed bookmarks   
  • 1 Tales Short Story eBook - You pick from any story in Tales V1   
  • A patron-only t-shirt     
Inspiration
$50 or more per month
You're officially a Patron! Thankee! 
  • Access to Patron Only feed   
  • 10 Autographed bookmarks   
  • 1 Personalized, Autographed copies of one (1) of my books      
  • A patron-only t-shirt
Editor
$100 or more per month
Access to Patron Only feed
  • 10 Autographed bookmarks
  • Personalized, Autographed copies of one (1) of my books
  • A patron-only t-shirt 
  • Flash Fiction - You answer six questions, I turn it into a personalized story for you (1,000 words max) 
Apsara
$250 or more per month
Access to Patron Only feed
  • 10 Autographed bookmarks
  • Personalized, Autographed copies of one (1) of my books
  • A patron-only t-shirt 
  • Flash Fiction - You answer six questions, I turn it into a personalized story for you (1,000 words max) 
  • Listing in the acknowledgements section of a future books
Vala
$500 or more per month
Access to Patron Only feed
  • 10 Autographed bookmarks
  • Personalized, Autographed copies of one (1) of my books
  • A patron-only t-shirt 
  • Flash Fiction - You answer six questions, I turn it into a personalized story for you (1,000 words max) 
  • Listing in the acknowledgements section of a future books
  • Take part in monthly small group critiquing/creating sessions (6 people max/group, my work or your work)


Polyhymnia
$1,000 or more per month
Access to Patron Only feed
  • 10 Autographed bookmarks
  • Personalized, Autographed copies of one (1) of my books
  • A patron-only t-shirt 
  • Flash Fiction - You answer six questions, I turn it into a personalized story for you (1,000 words max) 
  • Listing in the acknowledgements section of a future books
  • Take part in monthly small group critiquing/creating sessions (6 people max/group, my work or your work)
  • You or someone you know becomes a one-time character in a work in progress (think of it as a gift. "Hey, I got Joseph Carrabis, Author, to include you in a story he's published!")