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Why Fred? I need to name these tiers so why not Fred? Supporting me at this tier gets you pretty much the same as the other tiers. You get my newsletter, Soriano's Comment before others do.
Terry is a pretty good name. Supporting me at this tier gets you pretty much the same as the other tiers. You get my newsletter, Soriano's Comment before others do. Send me message if you have a question and I will get back to you quick. I might do that if you don't sign up for this tier.
Short for Samantha or Samuel or Sammy Bammy Momammy. Supporting me at this tier gets you pretty much the same as the other tiers. You get my newsletter, Soriano's Comment before others do and you can ask me questions. What a book or record recommendation? I'll throw that in, too.
Soriano's Comment digs into current events and explores political trends, strategies, and tactics, using history and experience to inform. I try to demystify politics and engagement, bring it down to an everyday level. I don’t tell you how bad everything is or sugar coat live. I don’t pander to cynicism or idealism. Instead, I write about the possibility for change and what people are doing to fight for a better life. And sometimes I write on my favorite musicians and records.
My freelance investigative journalism based on deep research, document dives, analyzing campaign finance reports, digging through shareholder statements, and parsing government reports. I translate this information into clear, informative, and sometimes entertaining prose. My goal is not only to inform, but create solid information that people can act upon.
Over the past year, I've done a series for Capitol Weekly on California's rape crisis centers, what they do, how they are funded (or underfunded), and the challenges that they face dealing with everything from Trump's zero tolerance immigration policy to the coronavirus.
Other stories that I've done for Capitol Weekly:
Anti-Asian bigotry & the coronavirus
Kids lost in California immigration detention
California county & city jails housing ICE detainees
Private prison/ICE contractor contributions to the California Democratic Party
CA Dems reject private prison money.
While I often sell my work for publication, freelance rates do not pay for all the time I put into it. This is not my publisher's fault. This is the state of journalism today, especially investigative journalism. While there are some fine organizations funding investigative journalism, institutionally, there is enough money to pay for the time and resources needed to pay for all the reporting we need (especially in the time of Trump). But there is Patreon.
Through Patreon, you can support writers like me in our work. I'm not looking to get rich. I want to build a firm financial base that enables me to spend my time doing important research and turning that research into good, informative writing, that will hopefully be used to create a better world. It is as simple as that. Your support will pay for the following:
- My time: Freelance writers get paid for the final product, often based on word count. We do not get paid for our time. Solid research responsible done takes a lot of time. That info-dense piece that took you 20 minutes to read probably took 40 - 60 hours research - translate that to an hourly wage and a writer takes in less than a fast food worker.
- Expenses: Writers are frugal, at least this one is. My writing machine is paid for, until it wears out or breaks, but there's paper, printing, government documents (yes, some agencies charge for documents), research material, and treats for my assistant Harry. Is coffee an expense? Of course it is!
- Travel: Sometimes my work takes me to exotic places like Glendale, Pleasanton, Red Bluff, and Taft. I travel in style, cruising in a 2007 Honda Fit with 180,000+ miles on it and a CD player that cuts in & out. When I am feeling luxurious, I stay the night in a Motel 6 or - when jonesing for a continental breakfast - Travel Lodge.
- Future projects: Plenty of folks have asked me to do a podcast. I'd love to but right now I don't have the time and resources to do it right. Long-term writing projects like a book go pokey slow until my financial footing is solid.
And then there's my newsletter, Soriano's Comment, which focuses on news commentary, politics, history, organizing, and sometimes records. I send out 2000 - 3000 words several times a month via email. Every so often I do some social media blasts and/or creative writing, as well as pro-bono research for other folks who are doing good work.
Over to the side, you will see different support tiers, from nominal to quite a bit. Whatever your support is appreciated. My research assistant Harry (laying next to the computer) will also be happy. The guy in the picture won't care. He is Francis Picabia and is long gone. Before he died, he wrote things like "Our heads are round so that thoughts can change direction" and "My arse contemplates those who talk behind my back." I like the way he thinks. If you have any questions, please message me. Thanks!