Richard Barrett is creating Things that use words. Or is it words that use things?
3

patrons

$15
per month
First off, here is a link to the Thing created in the above video.

Second, to restate what I've put in the Thing and in the video -- I'm a father of two who lives in Boston and who has had a lot of different fingers in a lot of different productive and creative pies. I'm a singer, I'm a church musician, I'm a composer, I'm an arts administrator, I'm a historian, I'm a networker. I'm also an activist, an advocate, a commentator, and a speaker. The common thread for a lot of these activities is writing, and while I don't really consider myself an artist as such, I have written -- and published! and even been paid! -- professionally in a lot of different contexts and in a number of different genres. I've published fiction, non-fiction, and poetry; I've produced stories, essays, newspaper articles, and even a couple of drafts of a screenplay or two. I've written on history, technology, drama, humor, religion, music, tech theatre, education, politics, and more. Some of I've done at my own personal blog (which has been kind of moribund during the last year as I've been trying to get some stable ground under my feet; life happens, folks), some of it I've published in magazines and books, some of it I've written as a guest columnist, but the point is, as a writer, I've got a voice and a portfolio, I'm good at it, and I can produce.

I would feel really lame setting up a Patreon to ask people to support a blog, though. Anybody can tap out a blog post in Wordpress, and there's not really any added value I can come up with to justify a Patreon if that's all I'm doing. So I've come up with a different idea, and you can see the idea in the video and in the link above. I suppose we could say that it's an adaptation of my sensibilities as a medievalist who works with manuscripts to the ways we're used to creative people producing in the internet age. Basically, if you support my Patreon, what you'll get are videos of me creating as a writer -- a Thing shows me writing in a notebook with a fountain pen, and I'll also record a voice track reading it aloud. (It will usually be better than the recording in the promo video -- my voice was really croaky that night.) You'll also get a .pdf of the manuscript.

To put it another way, your support will get you a front-row seat to me creating my drafts. These drafts may wind up being polished into things that show up elsewhere, in which case you'll have a unique view on the work's creation, and since I'll be engaging with you on the Patreon page, you might have some participation in the work's development, too.

I'm calling myself "The Journal-ist" to try to convey that what you're getting is an inside look at the writer's notebook. I suppose we could also call this "jotcasting".

I'm offering a monthly subscription rather than a per-Thing amount, and what I want to do is follow the following schedule:

Daily: a group of four jokes.
Weekly: An essay of some kind.
Monthly: Something else.

You can think of it this way -- if you sponsor me for a $1/month, you'll pay a quarter for the essay, a quarter for the Something Else, and then fifty cents for the jokes. That's cheap, right?

And that's a minimum. I'd like to do more, but it's going to depend on how this all goes. I'll also take requests.

So, support me. I've tried to come up with support levels that encourage lots of signups; I want to be inexpensive to encourage as many people as possible to be reading my stuff. Some of it will be good, some of it will be not as good, but I'm at least trying to make this an interesting approach to what I'm doing, and if it's interesting, if nothing else, I'll call that worth it.

We'll see what emerges.
Tiers
Pledge $1 or more per month
2 patrons
At $1, you're supporting me, and I'm grateful. You get all the daily stuff, Patreon-only emails, and the Patreon-only feed.
Pledge $5 or more per month
1 patron
Everything from lower levels, plus some directly-emailed things. Every so often you may get, shall we say, a random surprise. (No, this won't involve a paper lunchsack set on fire.)
Pledge $10 or more per month
3 patrons
Wow, this is a really generous level of support. You'll get everything from lower levels, plus a handwritten Thing from me a couple of times a year.
Pledge $25 or more per month
0 patrons
NICE. Okay, in addition to everything else, I'll make you a character in a short story. CAVEAT: I will make you a character in a short story.
Pledge $50 or more per month
0 patrons
Okay, at this level, in addition to everything else, you can commission a Thing from me a couple of times a year. That is, you can tell me to write whatever you want, within reason.
Pledge $100 or more per month
0 patrons
DUDE. So, what we'll say here is that you'll get all of the above, plus regular handwritten correspondence from me, including postcards from the various places I go. (Which may mean Albuquerque. But it may also mean Athens, Greece.)
Pledge $500 or more per month
0 of 4 patrons
Seriously? Okay, in addition to all of the above, we'll talk about building a series of short stories around you as a character. We can discuss the possibility of a novel. Let's talk over the phone about this.
Pledge $1,000 or more per month
0 of 4 patrons
Right, so, this is, without doubt, incomparable generosity. You're beyond awesome, and I am not worthy. Along with everything else, you get one of my infamous Nacho Nights in your honor at a location of your choosing and at a mutually agreed-upon time. I'll get there, I'll bring the ingredients, and I will make you and your guests my nachos. Alternately, if you want to do it at my house in Boston, we can do that too. You get that once a year, and I will also name a main character in a Thing after you once a year. I may be willing to name one of my children after you. We'll talk.
Goals
$15 of $5,000 per month
At this level of support, this father of two in Boston can do this full-time. That means more Things, same low price!
1 of 1
First off, here is a link to the Thing created in the above video.

Second, to restate what I've put in the Thing and in the video -- I'm a father of two who lives in Boston and who has had a lot of different fingers in a lot of different productive and creative pies. I'm a singer, I'm a church musician, I'm a composer, I'm an arts administrator, I'm a historian, I'm a networker. I'm also an activist, an advocate, a commentator, and a speaker. The common thread for a lot of these activities is writing, and while I don't really consider myself an artist as such, I have written -- and published! and even been paid! -- professionally in a lot of different contexts and in a number of different genres. I've published fiction, non-fiction, and poetry; I've produced stories, essays, newspaper articles, and even a couple of drafts of a screenplay or two. I've written on history, technology, drama, humor, religion, music, tech theatre, education, politics, and more. Some of I've done at my own personal blog (which has been kind of moribund during the last year as I've been trying to get some stable ground under my feet; life happens, folks), some of it I've published in magazines and books, some of it I've written as a guest columnist, but the point is, as a writer, I've got a voice and a portfolio, I'm good at it, and I can produce.

I would feel really lame setting up a Patreon to ask people to support a blog, though. Anybody can tap out a blog post in Wordpress, and there's not really any added value I can come up with to justify a Patreon if that's all I'm doing. So I've come up with a different idea, and you can see the idea in the video and in the link above. I suppose we could say that it's an adaptation of my sensibilities as a medievalist who works with manuscripts to the ways we're used to creative people producing in the internet age. Basically, if you support my Patreon, what you'll get are videos of me creating as a writer -- a Thing shows me writing in a notebook with a fountain pen, and I'll also record a voice track reading it aloud. (It will usually be better than the recording in the promo video -- my voice was really croaky that night.) You'll also get a .pdf of the manuscript.

To put it another way, your support will get you a front-row seat to me creating my drafts. These drafts may wind up being polished into things that show up elsewhere, in which case you'll have a unique view on the work's creation, and since I'll be engaging with you on the Patreon page, you might have some participation in the work's development, too.

I'm calling myself "The Journal-ist" to try to convey that what you're getting is an inside look at the writer's notebook. I suppose we could also call this "jotcasting".

I'm offering a monthly subscription rather than a per-Thing amount, and what I want to do is follow the following schedule:

Daily: a group of four jokes.
Weekly: An essay of some kind.
Monthly: Something else.

You can think of it this way -- if you sponsor me for a $1/month, you'll pay a quarter for the essay, a quarter for the Something Else, and then fifty cents for the jokes. That's cheap, right?

And that's a minimum. I'd like to do more, but it's going to depend on how this all goes. I'll also take requests.

So, support me. I've tried to come up with support levels that encourage lots of signups; I want to be inexpensive to encourage as many people as possible to be reading my stuff. Some of it will be good, some of it will be not as good, but I'm at least trying to make this an interesting approach to what I'm doing, and if it's interesting, if nothing else, I'll call that worth it.

We'll see what emerges.

Recent posts by Richard Barrett

Tiers
Pledge $1 or more per month
2 patrons
At $1, you're supporting me, and I'm grateful. You get all the daily stuff, Patreon-only emails, and the Patreon-only feed.
Pledge $5 or more per month
1 patron
Everything from lower levels, plus some directly-emailed things. Every so often you may get, shall we say, a random surprise. (No, this won't involve a paper lunchsack set on fire.)
Pledge $10 or more per month
3 patrons
Wow, this is a really generous level of support. You'll get everything from lower levels, plus a handwritten Thing from me a couple of times a year.
Pledge $25 or more per month
0 patrons
NICE. Okay, in addition to everything else, I'll make you a character in a short story. CAVEAT: I will make you a character in a short story.
Pledge $50 or more per month
0 patrons
Okay, at this level, in addition to everything else, you can commission a Thing from me a couple of times a year. That is, you can tell me to write whatever you want, within reason.
Pledge $100 or more per month
0 patrons
DUDE. So, what we'll say here is that you'll get all of the above, plus regular handwritten correspondence from me, including postcards from the various places I go. (Which may mean Albuquerque. But it may also mean Athens, Greece.)
Pledge $500 or more per month
0 of 4 patrons
Seriously? Okay, in addition to all of the above, we'll talk about building a series of short stories around you as a character. We can discuss the possibility of a novel. Let's talk over the phone about this.
Pledge $1,000 or more per month
0 of 4 patrons
Right, so, this is, without doubt, incomparable generosity. You're beyond awesome, and I am not worthy. Along with everything else, you get one of my infamous Nacho Nights in your honor at a location of your choosing and at a mutually agreed-upon time. I'll get there, I'll bring the ingredients, and I will make you and your guests my nachos. Alternately, if you want to do it at my house in Boston, we can do that too. You get that once a year, and I will also name a main character in a Thing after you once a year. I may be willing to name one of my children after you. We'll talk.