Kurt S Avard is creating Culture (Er, I mean Fiction)
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$14
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I've heard that it must be a scary place in my head... But I prefer to think of it as a world that's begging to be shared with all of you. 

I am a recovering academic... I spent many a long year toiling away under the lash of cruel professors who demanded I write them papers on boring topics, committing thoughts to paper so they could giggle at my relative ineptitude. Secretly I created worlds in my head, tiny bastions of free thinking and wondrous worlds left unrealized or unrecognized because of their relative worthlessness as I rambled on philosophy and finance.

I escaped eventually, ephemeral degrees clutched to my chest and exploring the world to find my piece of pie. But pie is quite expensive these days, and jobs hard to come by. But while my stomach sought pie, my mind realized the rare chance it had been given, and words flowed through my fingertips to clattering keys and suddenly my neglected worlds were given the sweet breath of life. 

I have written a number of pieces since, but I need you to help me keep the literary family growing. Without you, I will be forced into a cramped cubicle, my fictional children cast out into the nothingness to live wasted lives in literal (or literary, depending on your view) Limbo. 

Here you will find tales of wonder, science, humor, dark thoughts, childlike innocence, and many other things besides. I have worlds that cry out to be explored, and I will post as often as new stories come to me (and I sincerely can say that I have ideas all the time).

I often work on several stories at the same time, and am also in the process of exploring a novel series, so I hope you will come along with me on this trek through the wilderness as each new story is realized and each tale told...

I post AT LEAST once a week, though I promise I will not barrage you with posts. 
Tiers
Pledge $1 or more per month
0 patrons
For those peppy people out there... Thank you for strapping on your best pair of walking shoes. You may not yet be climbing the mountain, but I promise you that I am thinking of your generosity every day as I write.
Pledge $3 or more per month
0 patrons
For those who tread on these steps... A well crafted thank you note, a hearty digital handshake, and my regards for your support of my work.
Pledge $6 or more per month
0 patrons
For those brave souls who ascend to these heights... The previous reward as well as a cheerful tweet and shout-out on my Twitter account thanking you for your generous heart.
Pledge $10 or more per month
0 patrons
For the foolhardy ones who have made it to this summit... I will put your likeness and name into a story. However, like Shakespeare when HE worked with his patrons, I make no promise as to your eventual fate. 

I'm not much of an artist, so please, send a picture or a description of how you see yourself for a more accurate portrayal.*

* Let's keep it clean.

Oh, and all previous rewards.
Pledge $20 or more per month
0 patrons
For the debate-ably deranged who have made it to this level, I will train you in the mystical ways of Kurtish mysticism. You will get the opportunity to plan out a short story, have your likeness in it, and I will guarantee a Skype chat with you to get to know you a little better and truly capture the person you would like to be in the story.
Pledge $30 or more per month
1 of 15 patrons
For the ludicrously plucky who crawl all the way to this summit, I will guarantee a memorable death in a shorter text, and the very strong possibility of becoming a character in my next novel series, the Elysian cycle. First come, first serve, but I promise that there will be more than one book, so future limits may go higher.

And all the other stuff.
Goals
$14 of $150 per month
Cake costs money (unfortunately) and I need to eat. Getting to this level a month means I can do things like get vittles and have them in stock. 

Always good.
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I've heard that it must be a scary place in my head... But I prefer to think of it as a world that's begging to be shared with all of you. 

I am a recovering academic... I spent many a long year toiling away under the lash of cruel professors who demanded I write them papers on boring topics, committing thoughts to paper so they could giggle at my relative ineptitude. Secretly I created worlds in my head, tiny bastions of free thinking and wondrous worlds left unrealized or unrecognized because of their relative worthlessness as I rambled on philosophy and finance.

I escaped eventually, ephemeral degrees clutched to my chest and exploring the world to find my piece of pie. But pie is quite expensive these days, and jobs hard to come by. But while my stomach sought pie, my mind realized the rare chance it had been given, and words flowed through my fingertips to clattering keys and suddenly my neglected worlds were given the sweet breath of life. 

I have written a number of pieces since, but I need you to help me keep the literary family growing. Without you, I will be forced into a cramped cubicle, my fictional children cast out into the nothingness to live wasted lives in literal (or literary, depending on your view) Limbo. 

Here you will find tales of wonder, science, humor, dark thoughts, childlike innocence, and many other things besides. I have worlds that cry out to be explored, and I will post as often as new stories come to me (and I sincerely can say that I have ideas all the time).

I often work on several stories at the same time, and am also in the process of exploring a novel series, so I hope you will come along with me on this trek through the wilderness as each new story is realized and each tale told...

I post AT LEAST once a week, though I promise I will not barrage you with posts. 

Recent posts by Kurt S Avard

Tiers
Pledge $1 or more per month
0 patrons
For those peppy people out there... Thank you for strapping on your best pair of walking shoes. You may not yet be climbing the mountain, but I promise you that I am thinking of your generosity every day as I write.
Pledge $3 or more per month
0 patrons
For those who tread on these steps... A well crafted thank you note, a hearty digital handshake, and my regards for your support of my work.
Pledge $6 or more per month
0 patrons
For those brave souls who ascend to these heights... The previous reward as well as a cheerful tweet and shout-out on my Twitter account thanking you for your generous heart.
Pledge $10 or more per month
0 patrons
For the foolhardy ones who have made it to this summit... I will put your likeness and name into a story. However, like Shakespeare when HE worked with his patrons, I make no promise as to your eventual fate. 

I'm not much of an artist, so please, send a picture or a description of how you see yourself for a more accurate portrayal.*

* Let's keep it clean.

Oh, and all previous rewards.
Pledge $20 or more per month
0 patrons
For the debate-ably deranged who have made it to this level, I will train you in the mystical ways of Kurtish mysticism. You will get the opportunity to plan out a short story, have your likeness in it, and I will guarantee a Skype chat with you to get to know you a little better and truly capture the person you would like to be in the story.
Pledge $30 or more per month
1 of 15 patrons
For the ludicrously plucky who crawl all the way to this summit, I will guarantee a memorable death in a shorter text, and the very strong possibility of becoming a character in my next novel series, the Elysian cycle. First come, first serve, but I promise that there will be more than one book, so future limits may go higher.

And all the other stuff.