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Good evening, internet.

For those whom I haven't met, my name is Taylor Hidalgo, and I'm a freelance games writer and editor. I write and edit regularly for Haywire Magazine and my website, on a freelance basis for XPGain, Unwinnable, and the Escapist Magazine.

I take great pride that I have the opportunity to write about—and love finding—new ways to approach games as a medium. This Patreon exists so I can move toward expanding my work. Not just into writing more, but writing more widely, taking time to practice writing with a laser-focus as well as a wide net. To explore new topics, cover approaches I've not considered previously, and find new ways to make observations about games as a hobby, gaming as a culture, and games as an art form.

In order to have that reach, every extra cent is another step toward widening how I can approach my writing. Major releases come and go, and with them opportunities and perspectives I could develop for them. Sadly, my pocket's too thin to pay the cost of entry. I'm opening this Patreon not just to earn myself some money, but also to help expand how I can approach writing, and help me afford the costs that come with doing a demanding craft.

What this means for me:
For me, earning money for writing is just a possibility; it's not that probable, and it's not terribly lucrative. The reason I write about games is because they're worth discussing. They aren't going to change the world in flourishing style, nor are they going to solve the maladies that have been plaguing society. They are, however, worth exploring: they tell us about ourselves, the world we live in, and the world we hope to one day create. Like film, visual arts, music, and literature, they're part of how we explore who and what we are.

I'm honored to be a part of that, and everyone who turns on a console or launches a PC game are a part of it too. We're making a future that consumes and explores games. I'd like to hopefully make enough to be able to do it more often and better. Because the discussions like these shouldn't go unsaid.

What this means for you:
Every dollar that filters its way through the internet is another dollar I can put toward improving my craft. Whether that means exploring more topics to cover things you may love, helping me find a partner to produce content with, or even help push me forward because you enjoy my work, this money is something I can use to help make better content for you.

I hope to use the income I make to better create for my readers and patrons, because you all deserve no less than the best I can offer.

In short,
Patreon enables me to write more, both for you and with you, and I look forward to getting to plunge headfirst into the great knowns and unknowns of writing out there. I hope we all find something amazing in our journey there together.
Tiers
Kind Patrons
$1 or more per month 1 patron
At $1 a month, you're doing more than I ever expected. Every bit of money that heads my way is actually just a reflection of how awesome you are. Seriously, high fives or hugs if I ever meet you in person, and at least one Patron-only post a month, usually on some errant thought or game-related musing.
Behind the Words Weekend Updates
$7 or more per month 0 patrons
In addition to the thanks above, you'll join an exclusive group who get an every-other-week blurb about whatever game, story, or prevailing trend I'm pondering at the time. Although it won't be as nuanced or developed as my full articles, it'll provide some insight into my musings. 
Play Journalism
$10 or more per month 3 patrons
In addition to eternal thanks and every-other-week updates, this includes occasional play journals about what game I'm playing or book I'm reading, mostly unfiltered thoughts on them, and likely how my thoughts go from idle musings to full articles.
Goals
$24 of $55 per month
One of the hidden parts of writing is in the unseen time of organization and editing. At this level, I'll struggle to organize with a partner to do podcasts, guest articles, co-written articles, or some other form of collaborative work, ideally every other month. More variety means better overall work.
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Good evening, internet.

For those whom I haven't met, my name is Taylor Hidalgo, and I'm a freelance games writer and editor. I write and edit regularly for Haywire Magazine and my website, on a freelance basis for XPGain, Unwinnable, and the Escapist Magazine.

I take great pride that I have the opportunity to write about—and love finding—new ways to approach games as a medium. This Patreon exists so I can move toward expanding my work. Not just into writing more, but writing more widely, taking time to practice writing with a laser-focus as well as a wide net. To explore new topics, cover approaches I've not considered previously, and find new ways to make observations about games as a hobby, gaming as a culture, and games as an art form.

In order to have that reach, every extra cent is another step toward widening how I can approach my writing. Major releases come and go, and with them opportunities and perspectives I could develop for them. Sadly, my pocket's too thin to pay the cost of entry. I'm opening this Patreon not just to earn myself some money, but also to help expand how I can approach writing, and help me afford the costs that come with doing a demanding craft.

What this means for me:
For me, earning money for writing is just a possibility; it's not that probable, and it's not terribly lucrative. The reason I write about games is because they're worth discussing. They aren't going to change the world in flourishing style, nor are they going to solve the maladies that have been plaguing society. They are, however, worth exploring: they tell us about ourselves, the world we live in, and the world we hope to one day create. Like film, visual arts, music, and literature, they're part of how we explore who and what we are.

I'm honored to be a part of that, and everyone who turns on a console or launches a PC game are a part of it too. We're making a future that consumes and explores games. I'd like to hopefully make enough to be able to do it more often and better. Because the discussions like these shouldn't go unsaid.

What this means for you:
Every dollar that filters its way through the internet is another dollar I can put toward improving my craft. Whether that means exploring more topics to cover things you may love, helping me find a partner to produce content with, or even help push me forward because you enjoy my work, this money is something I can use to help make better content for you.

I hope to use the income I make to better create for my readers and patrons, because you all deserve no less than the best I can offer.

In short,
Patreon enables me to write more, both for you and with you, and I look forward to getting to plunge headfirst into the great knowns and unknowns of writing out there. I hope we all find something amazing in our journey there together.

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Tiers
Kind Patrons
$1 or more per month 1 patron
At $1 a month, you're doing more than I ever expected. Every bit of money that heads my way is actually just a reflection of how awesome you are. Seriously, high fives or hugs if I ever meet you in person, and at least one Patron-only post a month, usually on some errant thought or game-related musing.
Behind the Words Weekend Updates
$7 or more per month 0 patrons
In addition to the thanks above, you'll join an exclusive group who get an every-other-week blurb about whatever game, story, or prevailing trend I'm pondering at the time. Although it won't be as nuanced or developed as my full articles, it'll provide some insight into my musings. 
Play Journalism
$10 or more per month 3 patrons
In addition to eternal thanks and every-other-week updates, this includes occasional play journals about what game I'm playing or book I'm reading, mostly unfiltered thoughts on them, and likely how my thoughts go from idle musings to full articles.