Richard Barrett

is creating Things that use words. Or is it words that use things?

Select a membership level

$1
per month
At $1, you're supporting me, and I'm grateful. You get all the daily stuff, Patreon-only emails, and the Patreon-only feed.
$5
per month
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.)
$10
per month
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.

2

patrons

$5

per month

About

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.
Goals
$5 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
By becoming a patron, you'll instantly unlock access to 37 exclusive posts
3
Audio releases
17
Images
4
Links
6
Writings
12
Videos
By becoming a patron, you'll instantly unlock access to 37 exclusive posts
3
Audio releases
17
Images
4
Links
6
Writings
12
Videos

Recent posts by Richard Barrett

How it works

Get started in 2 minutes

Choose a membership
Sign up
Add a payment method
Get benefits