Kay Holt is creating Sand in the Blood (a memoir)
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$21
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My name is Kay Holt, and I am a haunted house.

Life as a haunted house isn't easy. I'm so overrun by bad memories and nightmares that I can't work, I struggle to do things I enjoy, and sometimes I completely shut down. I lose time. I feel things that aren't there - I have panic attacks and tactile hallucinations almost every day.

The good news is that I am also a writer. And after years of therapy and medication for my PTSD, and many requests from my friends, I'm finally going to throw the book at my ghosts. Which is to say that I'm writing a memoir.

Some of you have been waiting for this book almost as long as I've been waiting to write it. Some of you just heard about it. Welcome to my scary life! Now that you're all gathered here, stay awhile, and listen while I spill my guts.

Sometimes PTSD makes it nearly impossible for me to find words, which is a BIG problem for a writer. I work around this by using dictation software to transcribe while I literally tell my stories. This way I can draft my life story as quickly as I can talk, which is a little bit faster than my internal editor can censor the process.

I could toil away on this project in secret, but keeping my ghosts to myself is part of why I'm still haunted. It's time to break that habit, hence the creation of this Patreon. For most creators who use it, Patreon is primarily a revenue stream intended to supplement or replace their income from other sources, but also an elegant way to expand and interact with their audience.

Supporters of my Patreon will help drive the course of my memoir. You'll get access to unedited audio of me telling my stories, plus the transcribed texts. Patrons at higher pledge levels will get to see (and help choose!) pics as supplements to my stories, have a character named after them (since I won't be using real names), participate in Q&A's – ask me questions I didn't answer in my recordings! – and even help me choose which stories end up in the final Table of Contents. That means you'll get to hear stories no one but Patrons will!

Over time I'll be posting polls asking the public which stories I should tell next. The polls will be open to anyone, but only Patreon supporters will get to hear the stories themselves.

I hope that by going after my ghosts with words, others will find support, humor, decompression, and relief as well. Please watch my intro video and check out the first story (from the first poll, free to everyone), and consider helping me share these pieces of myself.
Rewards
Storytime
$1 or more per creation 7 patrons
Get access to the unedited audio and written transcripts of my stories! All the tears and laughter in real time.
Your Name Here
$3 or more per creation 0 patrons
Previous tier, plus have a character in a story (re)named after you!
AMA, with pics
$5 or more per creation 1 patron
All previous tiers, plus participate in weekly Q&A's and help choose supplemental photos.
Clever Girl
$7 or more per creation 0 patrons
All previous tiers, plus your name on the Acknowledgements page in the final book.
Selective Memories
$11 or more per creation 1 patron
All previous tiers, plus help choose which stories end up in the final draft of the book.
My name is Kay Holt, and I am a haunted house.

Life as a haunted house isn't easy. I'm so overrun by bad memories and nightmares that I can't work, I struggle to do things I enjoy, and sometimes I completely shut down. I lose time. I feel things that aren't there - I have panic attacks and tactile hallucinations almost every day.

The good news is that I am also a writer. And after years of therapy and medication for my PTSD, and many requests from my friends, I'm finally going to throw the book at my ghosts. Which is to say that I'm writing a memoir.

Some of you have been waiting for this book almost as long as I've been waiting to write it. Some of you just heard about it. Welcome to my scary life! Now that you're all gathered here, stay awhile, and listen while I spill my guts.

Sometimes PTSD makes it nearly impossible for me to find words, which is a BIG problem for a writer. I work around this by using dictation software to transcribe while I literally tell my stories. This way I can draft my life story as quickly as I can talk, which is a little bit faster than my internal editor can censor the process.

I could toil away on this project in secret, but keeping my ghosts to myself is part of why I'm still haunted. It's time to break that habit, hence the creation of this Patreon. For most creators who use it, Patreon is primarily a revenue stream intended to supplement or replace their income from other sources, but also an elegant way to expand and interact with their audience.

Supporters of my Patreon will help drive the course of my memoir. You'll get access to unedited audio of me telling my stories, plus the transcribed texts. Patrons at higher pledge levels will get to see (and help choose!) pics as supplements to my stories, have a character named after them (since I won't be using real names), participate in Q&A's – ask me questions I didn't answer in my recordings! – and even help me choose which stories end up in the final Table of Contents. That means you'll get to hear stories no one but Patrons will!

Over time I'll be posting polls asking the public which stories I should tell next. The polls will be open to anyone, but only Patreon supporters will get to hear the stories themselves.

I hope that by going after my ghosts with words, others will find support, humor, decompression, and relief as well. Please watch my intro video and check out the first story (from the first poll, free to everyone), and consider helping me share these pieces of myself.

Recent posts by Kay Holt

Rewards
Storytime
$1 or more per creation 7 patrons
Get access to the unedited audio and written transcripts of my stories! All the tears and laughter in real time.
Your Name Here
$3 or more per creation 0 patrons
Previous tier, plus have a character in a story (re)named after you!
AMA, with pics
$5 or more per creation 1 patron
All previous tiers, plus participate in weekly Q&A's and help choose supplemental photos.
Clever Girl
$7 or more per creation 0 patrons
All previous tiers, plus your name on the Acknowledgements page in the final book.
Selective Memories
$11 or more per creation 1 patron
All previous tiers, plus help choose which stories end up in the final draft of the book.