Richard C. Mills is creating Audio Stories
8
patrons
$124
per Short Story

A vault is a place where secrets are kept, where treasures and artifacts are stored for safekeeping. It's a place for precious things, and it's no different here.

My name is Richard C. Mills, and I'm a writer, director, sound engineer, and founder of Sentinel Studios. For as long as I can remember, I’ve been creating stories and finding ways to tell them. It’s always been something I’ve had a passion for, and as I’ve grown and matured, I’ve sought out ways to do what I love for a living. I started my own small production company, and spent time freelancing out to other projects and creative endeavors. But in my pursuit of a professional creative career, I lost track of something very important. I forgot that the reason I started writing in the first place was because it helped me wrestle with concepts bigger then myself, and gave me space to examine topics and subjects in a new light. It was a place where I could sit down with my feelings and try to collect my thoughts, and regardless of whatever projects or productions I’m involved with, I’ve come to realize I still need that place. That’s what I want to do here.


These stories are special. They're real, they're personal, and they mean something. Each one was written out of an intense burden or struggle, created from the vast overflow of thought and emotion in a messy and fumbling attempt to alleviate the weight. These stories are memories, masked only beneath a thin veneer of fiction.

Short stories allow me take to a break from the larger and more full-scale projects and really explore these burdens. They let me write about the problems I see, the struggles I face, the fears I have, and the truths I know, all within a self-contained, singular story. Meanwhile, the audio component gives my thoughts an actual voice, and melds my musings with the emotional potency of music and sound. All of it together lets me stretch my creative muscles, and experiment with different styles, genres, sounds, and lengths. This is not a normal podcast. There is no standard format, unifying precedents, or maximum length, it’s just me trying to figure out how each and every element can best convey and reinforce the narrative that’s being told.





In this place you'll find grief, faith, sins, failures, dreams, longings, mistakes, and regrets. You'll find life in its most honest form, nothing hidden, nothing held back. Everything is exposed and displayed for you...a dissected heart still pumping and wet with blood.


Because of the deeply personal nature of the majority of these stories, I don’t feel that I can justify charging anything for them. I want them to be free for anyone to listen to. My prevailing hope is that if they help me, then maybe they’ll help others too. Patreon, however, gives me the flexibility and platform to accomplish that goal, and to offer some unique behind the scenes features, blog posts, recording outtakes, and other exclusive goodies as thanks for those who choose to support me.

However, some stories arise not from personal burdens, but in other ways. Sometimes they are the result of a challenge, either internal or externally imposed (or other times, just cool ideas!). Whatever the cause, those stories will be Patreon exclusives, and available at any pledge tier. So, if you enjoy what you hear, and want to help me do more of it, would you please consider becoming my patron?

If you can’t, no big deal! I hope that you’ll at least stick around and enjoy some free audio stories! Money is great and all, but it's the people we meet and the friendships we make on this strange journey called life that are by far the most important things!

A vault is a place where things are hidden and locked away, to be seen by only a trusted few...So take this key and come inside, just please be gentle.
Tiers
Watcher
$3 or more per Short Story 1 patron
Get a glimpse at my creative process with exclusive stories, patron-only posts, updates and early announcements. Come see what it's all about!


  • Unlock Patreon Exclusive stories and website pages.
  • Receive access to my Patreon-only feed.
Warden
$5 or more per Short Story 0 patrons
Enjoy a behind-the-scenes look of each story with a compilation of recording outtakes. 


  • All previous rewards.
  • Receive the recording outtakes/blooper reel for each project.
Stalwart
$10 or more per Short Story 0 patrons
Know what to expect before the story reaches your inbox. Get exclusive sneak peeks at in-progress chapters and excerpts. Listen early and often, and give feedback throughout the process!


  • All previous rewards.
  • Exclusive audio sneak peeks and in-progress chapters and excerpts.
Sentry
$15 or more per Short Story 5 patrons
Recording can be a long process, so while you wait, enjoy reading the story while the audio is in progress. Plus, receive even more in-depth Patreon posts about deeper aspects of my stories and the creative choices I make.


  • All previous rewards.
  • Receive early-access PDF versions of each story.
  • Access to more in-depth Patreon posts.
Sentinel
$22 or more per Short Story 0 patrons
You're choosing to take a visible stand with me, and show your support! At this level, I will list your name in the credits of each story, as well as on my website.


  • All previous rewards.
  • 10% discount on all Sentinel Studios products and merchandise (not yet available).
  • Your name in the story credits and website as a Sentinel Supporter
Super Sentinel
$40 or more per Short Story 0 patrons
Legacy Tier: I feel completely unable to adequately provide suitable rewards for this level of support. This is going above and beyond.


  • All previous rewards.
  • 15% discount on all Sentinel Studios products and merchandise (not yet available).
  • Your name in the story credits and website as a Sentinel Super Supporter.

A vault is a place where secrets are kept, where treasures and artifacts are stored for safekeeping. It's a place for precious things, and it's no different here.

My name is Richard C. Mills, and I'm a writer, director, sound engineer, and founder of Sentinel Studios. For as long as I can remember, I’ve been creating stories and finding ways to tell them. It’s always been something I’ve had a passion for, and as I’ve grown and matured, I’ve sought out ways to do what I love for a living. I started my own small production company, and spent time freelancing out to other projects and creative endeavors. But in my pursuit of a professional creative career, I lost track of something very important. I forgot that the reason I started writing in the first place was because it helped me wrestle with concepts bigger then myself, and gave me space to examine topics and subjects in a new light. It was a place where I could sit down with my feelings and try to collect my thoughts, and regardless of whatever projects or productions I’m involved with, I’ve come to realize I still need that place. That’s what I want to do here.


These stories are special. They're real, they're personal, and they mean something. Each one was written out of an intense burden or struggle, created from the vast overflow of thought and emotion in a messy and fumbling attempt to alleviate the weight. These stories are memories, masked only beneath a thin veneer of fiction.

Short stories allow me take to a break from the larger and more full-scale projects and really explore these burdens. They let me write about the problems I see, the struggles I face, the fears I have, and the truths I know, all within a self-contained, singular story. Meanwhile, the audio component gives my thoughts an actual voice, and melds my musings with the emotional potency of music and sound. All of it together lets me stretch my creative muscles, and experiment with different styles, genres, sounds, and lengths. This is not a normal podcast. There is no standard format, unifying precedents, or maximum length, it’s just me trying to figure out how each and every element can best convey and reinforce the narrative that’s being told.





In this place you'll find grief, faith, sins, failures, dreams, longings, mistakes, and regrets. You'll find life in its most honest form, nothing hidden, nothing held back. Everything is exposed and displayed for you...a dissected heart still pumping and wet with blood.


Because of the deeply personal nature of the majority of these stories, I don’t feel that I can justify charging anything for them. I want them to be free for anyone to listen to. My prevailing hope is that if they help me, then maybe they’ll help others too. Patreon, however, gives me the flexibility and platform to accomplish that goal, and to offer some unique behind the scenes features, blog posts, recording outtakes, and other exclusive goodies as thanks for those who choose to support me.

However, some stories arise not from personal burdens, but in other ways. Sometimes they are the result of a challenge, either internal or externally imposed (or other times, just cool ideas!). Whatever the cause, those stories will be Patreon exclusives, and available at any pledge tier. So, if you enjoy what you hear, and want to help me do more of it, would you please consider becoming my patron?

If you can’t, no big deal! I hope that you’ll at least stick around and enjoy some free audio stories! Money is great and all, but it's the people we meet and the friendships we make on this strange journey called life that are by far the most important things!

A vault is a place where things are hidden and locked away, to be seen by only a trusted few...So take this key and come inside, just please be gentle.

Recent posts by Richard C. Mills

Tiers
Watcher
$3 or more per Short Story 1 patron
Get a glimpse at my creative process with exclusive stories, patron-only posts, updates and early announcements. Come see what it's all about!


  • Unlock Patreon Exclusive stories and website pages.
  • Receive access to my Patreon-only feed.
Warden
$5 or more per Short Story 0 patrons
Enjoy a behind-the-scenes look of each story with a compilation of recording outtakes. 


  • All previous rewards.
  • Receive the recording outtakes/blooper reel for each project.
Stalwart
$10 or more per Short Story 0 patrons
Know what to expect before the story reaches your inbox. Get exclusive sneak peeks at in-progress chapters and excerpts. Listen early and often, and give feedback throughout the process!


  • All previous rewards.
  • Exclusive audio sneak peeks and in-progress chapters and excerpts.
Sentry
$15 or more per Short Story 5 patrons
Recording can be a long process, so while you wait, enjoy reading the story while the audio is in progress. Plus, receive even more in-depth Patreon posts about deeper aspects of my stories and the creative choices I make.


  • All previous rewards.
  • Receive early-access PDF versions of each story.
  • Access to more in-depth Patreon posts.
Sentinel
$22 or more per Short Story 0 patrons
You're choosing to take a visible stand with me, and show your support! At this level, I will list your name in the credits of each story, as well as on my website.


  • All previous rewards.
  • 10% discount on all Sentinel Studios products and merchandise (not yet available).
  • Your name in the story credits and website as a Sentinel Supporter
Super Sentinel
$40 or more per Short Story 0 patrons
Legacy Tier: I feel completely unable to adequately provide suitable rewards for this level of support. This is going above and beyond.


  • All previous rewards.
  • 15% discount on all Sentinel Studios products and merchandise (not yet available).
  • Your name in the story credits and website as a Sentinel Super Supporter.