Joseph Carrabis is creating Words in Various Shapes and Sizes!
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patrons

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 (some of them are in my area. Hope you enjoy them).
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:

Tiers
Muse
$1 or more per month
You're officially a patron and I'll give you a virtual nod in a weekly "new patrons" post.
You also get:
  • Access to Patron Only feed
  • Your name will be included in my website's patron listing (only with your permission)
  • I'll share early drafts and works in progress
Source
$3 or more per month
First, you'll get all the Muse-level rewards.
Plus you'll receive:
  • Early notification of Amazon GiveAways
Creator
$5 or more per month
Creators get everything at the Muse and Source levels plus:
  • You get to vote on which Tale to include in the $312 goal
  • 5% discount on most of my existing and future Amazon titles
Co-Author
$10 or more per month
Everything listed for Muses, Sources and Creators PLUS:
  • A vote on which chapter to include in the $333 goal
  • Your name on my Goodreads, Amazon, Facebook and blog pages (with your permission)
  • Access video library of previous interviews (when available)
  • Included in random drawings for free, autographed copies of upcoming titles as they're published
  • You get to comment on and ask questions about works in progress
  • 10% discount on most of my existing and future Amazon titles
Wordsmith
$25 or more per month
Wordsmiths get all the previous goodies plus:
  • A patron-only t-shirt (one time only)
  • Audio files of me reading my stories
  • Help me research stuff for my stories (I'll interview you and you'll be listed in the acknowledgements of whatever story we're working on)
  • Each month, I'll select a Wordsmith patron to video interview me for posting on Patreon (anything goes, 1 hr max)
Inspiration
$50 or more per month
Everything listed above AND!!!
  • Personalized, Autographed copies of books (1 book/patron/year, must be an Inspiration patron for two or more months to qualify)
  • Flash Fiction - You answer six questions, I turn it into a personalized story for you (1,000 words max)
  • Listed in the acknowledgements section of upcoming title of your choice (must be patron for 12+ months, one title/year)
Editor
$100 or more per month
Editors get all the rewards listed above AND!!!
  • Personal Shout Out in the Special Thanks section of a future title (you get to pick)
  • Take part in small group critiquing/creating sessions (6 people max/group, my work or your work, one 1-2hrs/month)
  • Make suggestions on work in progress (and get credit for it should I use your suggestions)
Apsara
$250 or more per month
Apsaras get everything listed above AND!!!
  • One-on-one tutorials/trainings (one 1hr/month, recorded or not, your choice)
  • Included in Dedication section of upcoming title of your choice (must be a patron for 12+ months, one title/year)
Vala
$500 or more per month
Valas get everything listed above AND!!!
(wait for it...)
YOU GET TO ROLL YOUR OWN REWARD! NO KIDDING!
Here's how it works - you let me know what you'd like as a reward, we agree on a minimum number of months of sponsorship for that reward and when we're sympatico we go for it!
Exciting, huh?
Polyhymnia
$1,000 or more per month
Everything above EXCEPT Valaships (the $500 (Roll Your Own" Reward) AND!!!
You or someone you know becomes a character in a to be published work in progress (think of it as a gift. "Hey, I got Joseph Carrabis, Author, to include you in a story he's published!" PS) You have to be a Polyhymnia level sponsor for at least six (6) months before you can specify a character)
Goals
77% complete
Patreon made me put a number as a goal but my real first goal has nothing to do with financial milestones.
My real first goal is to get ten to twenty patrons supporting my work. Simple, sure, and also telling; getting ten to twenty people essentially saying "Yes, Joseph, I like your writing and know you'll succeed," means folks beyond my friends and family are with me on this journey. Sometimes you got to strike out on your own and when you do, it's good to have friends (we're calling you all TeamAbis, by the way) to share the experience with.
So let's get 10-20 people interested, then we'll worry about financial milestones.
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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 (some of them are in my area. Hope you enjoy them).
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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Tiers
Muse
$1 or more per month
You're officially a patron and I'll give you a virtual nod in a weekly "new patrons" post.
You also get:
  • Access to Patron Only feed
  • Your name will be included in my website's patron listing (only with your permission)
  • I'll share early drafts and works in progress
Source
$3 or more per month
First, you'll get all the Muse-level rewards.
Plus you'll receive:
  • Early notification of Amazon GiveAways
Creator
$5 or more per month
Creators get everything at the Muse and Source levels plus:
  • You get to vote on which Tale to include in the $312 goal
  • 5% discount on most of my existing and future Amazon titles
Co-Author
$10 or more per month
Everything listed for Muses, Sources and Creators PLUS:
  • A vote on which chapter to include in the $333 goal
  • Your name on my Goodreads, Amazon, Facebook and blog pages (with your permission)
  • Access video library of previous interviews (when available)
  • Included in random drawings for free, autographed copies of upcoming titles as they're published
  • You get to comment on and ask questions about works in progress
  • 10% discount on most of my existing and future Amazon titles
Wordsmith
$25 or more per month
Wordsmiths get all the previous goodies plus:
  • A patron-only t-shirt (one time only)
  • Audio files of me reading my stories
  • Help me research stuff for my stories (I'll interview you and you'll be listed in the acknowledgements of whatever story we're working on)
  • Each month, I'll select a Wordsmith patron to video interview me for posting on Patreon (anything goes, 1 hr max)
Inspiration
$50 or more per month
Everything listed above AND!!!
  • Personalized, Autographed copies of books (1 book/patron/year, must be an Inspiration patron for two or more months to qualify)
  • Flash Fiction - You answer six questions, I turn it into a personalized story for you (1,000 words max)
  • Listed in the acknowledgements section of upcoming title of your choice (must be patron for 12+ months, one title/year)
Editor
$100 or more per month
Editors get all the rewards listed above AND!!!
  • Personal Shout Out in the Special Thanks section of a future title (you get to pick)
  • Take part in small group critiquing/creating sessions (6 people max/group, my work or your work, one 1-2hrs/month)
  • Make suggestions on work in progress (and get credit for it should I use your suggestions)
Apsara
$250 or more per month
Apsaras get everything listed above AND!!!
  • One-on-one tutorials/trainings (one 1hr/month, recorded or not, your choice)
  • Included in Dedication section of upcoming title of your choice (must be a patron for 12+ months, one title/year)
Vala
$500 or more per month
Valas get everything listed above AND!!!
(wait for it...)
YOU GET TO ROLL YOUR OWN REWARD! NO KIDDING!
Here's how it works - you let me know what you'd like as a reward, we agree on a minimum number of months of sponsorship for that reward and when we're sympatico we go for it!
Exciting, huh?
Polyhymnia
$1,000 or more per month
Everything above EXCEPT Valaships (the $500 (Roll Your Own" Reward) AND!!!
You or someone you know becomes a character in a to be published work in progress (think of it as a gift. "Hey, I got Joseph Carrabis, Author, to include you in a story he's published!" PS) You have to be a Polyhymnia level sponsor for at least six (6) months before you can specify a character)