Woelf Dietrich is creating Speculative Fiction and Other Weird Tales
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Who am I?


My name is Woelf Dietrich and I’m the author of the dark fantasy novella, The Seals of Abgal and the inspirational short story, Bullies and Soggy Soup Bones. I also have stories in a few anthologies, like These Broken WorldsInterspecies, and Armistice. These collections have been well received and were mentioned twice on Tor’s Aurora Australis. My stories also enjoyed the honour of being nominated twice for New Zealand's Sir Julius Vogel Award.

Oh, lest I forget, I’m also a member of the science fiction writer’s group, the Collective SF. We write stories in a universe where a God-Machine creates life and chronicles it with the help of tethered slave-scribes, but something goes awry and real history gets mixed up with fairy tales and folklore, creating a completely new reality. Our slave-scribes have log entries to share their ordeals with readers and so far I’ve written four. You can read them here: Introducing Wifelier DochtThe PitSkin-Deep, and Hope.



I love art, specifically those original painted covers you get on fantasy and science fiction novels, with a special love for Frazetta, Brom, Harris, and Buscema, and so I’ve been sharing my love and appreciation by running a once weekly exposé on new and established science fiction and fantasy artists on both Kosa Press’ blog as well as my own (which I’ve been doing for over two years).

But here is the downside, as much as I try to steal slithers of time to write, between being a stay-at-home dad for three small children and feverishly searching for work while doing freelance gigs here and there, I’m still not writing enough to make a living or pay the bills. My writing output requires serious boosting for that to happen, and this is where you come in.



Why should you support my writing?


My core motivation for using Patreon consists of three parts: one is a deeply-rooted dream-wish to write full-time and create word art and entertain. The second is, well, to make a living with my writing projects. Thirdly, supporting my endeavors will also help me hire editors and artists to package my words so that, when the time is right to publish them, they are the best damn words they can possibly be.

But why me?!

Mmmm… Because life is short and I still have so much to write and not enough time and I don't write that fast as it is and by helping me you are effectively gifting me time which is a precious gift and one I’m most desperate for?

No? Okay, how about this, then: I have many projects in the pipeline and your kindness will untangle a horrific traffic jam and help me release those stories quicker. Right now they are jammed up in Purgatory, elbowing each other in the face and just really screaming to be read.

To give you an idea of what I’m talking about, here is a list of projects I’m working on right now:

1. The Morrigan, book 2 of The Guardians of the Seals (Urban Fantasy/Supernatural)
I have three books planned for this series. Book 1, The Seals of Abgal, is already out and introduces the series (You can read a fawning review on Amazing Stories Magazine). Book 2 is a few drafts in and called “The Morrigan,” and book 3 is tentatively titled “Rebirth."

My protagonist is a novice antiquarian bookseller called Sebastian Kaine. Sebastian is also the last living guardian of the Seals of Abgal, a book even gods fight over.

2. The Spirit Bow, book 1 of the Land of Giants series (Fantasy)
I’m writing an epic fantasy that takes place in an antediluvian world populated by giants and gods and monsters.

Synopsis: Ashur, son of a temple prostitute and a Gutean barbarian, is in love with the Sumerian princess, Enhed, and they desperately want to marry. But Ashur is a bastard and mere commoner and will need to perform an act of great bravery and courage to impress her father, the Lugal of Eridu, if he hopes to get even a whiff of a chance at obtaining the king’s approval.

And so Ashur sets forth on an epic quest to the Mountains of the Gods in search of the Spirit Tree from which he intends to cut and fashion a magnificent bow and present it to the Lugal in the hopes that such a godly gift would impress the king enough for him to allow the union between a commoner and member of the royal house.

But Ashur will come to discover that finding the Spirit Tree is only the beginning of his journey. A journey that would see the bastard child of a temple prostitute become a god of war for a new nation of people
. (My wife’s been pushing me to get this one done.)

3. The Dead God (Heroic Fantasy)
The Dead God is a failed game proposal I’m adapting into a heroic fantasy novel of the same name. I based the premise on Slavic lore and it features a hero named Krakus, veteran soldier of the 100-Year War. This is a standalone novel and I’ve already written a detailed outline.

4. Hameln-13 (Science Fiction)
A science fiction retelling of the Legend of the Pied Piper of Hamelin. Only, in this tale the setting is an outpost planet in a remote galaxy, and instead of a rat problem my characters will face weird-looking creatures called Murr who haven’t eaten in over a century and are apparently really hungry (Thank you, Captain Obvious!).

5. The Mercy Giver (Supernatural Horror/Cosmic Horror)
A tale about a psychopath on the loose with a warped sense of destiny who is forced to deal with his literal demons. So, If you're in the mood for a modern tale, loosely based on Charles Dickens' A Christmas Carol, where instead of a bitter old miser you'll get to meet a murdering psychopath, you've only to gift me time. 




And here


…is where the dream-wish comes in. If I get enough support here on Patreon to write full-time, I'll be able to complete most if not all of these projects in a year, with possibly the exception of “Rebirth," which means I'll have the freedom to continue on to more projects I have in the pipeline. Trust me, there are always more projects. So, when I say full-time I mean putting in 45 to 60 hours of pure writing a week, more if I can.

And that, dear future patrons, is why I need you. You have the power of gifting me time. Please help me and in return I will give you unfiltered access to my mind where you’ll explore new worlds, familiar but strange worlds, and sometimes just plain scary worlds.

And I’ll give you books. And other things. See my Patreon Rewards for details.

Let me be your gateway to the weird and fantastic.

Woelf
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Who am I?


My name is Woelf Dietrich and I’m the author of the dark fantasy novella, The Seals of Abgal and the inspirational short story, Bullies and Soggy Soup Bones. I also have stories in a few anthologies, like These Broken WorldsInterspecies, and Armistice. These collections have been well received and were mentioned twice on Tor’s Aurora Australis. My stories also enjoyed the honour of being nominated twice for New Zealand's Sir Julius Vogel Award.

Oh, lest I forget, I’m also a member of the science fiction writer’s group, the Collective SF. We write stories in a universe where a God-Machine creates life and chronicles it with the help of tethered slave-scribes, but something goes awry and real history gets mixed up with fairy tales and folklore, creating a completely new reality. Our slave-scribes have log entries to share their ordeals with readers and so far I’ve written four. You can read them here: Introducing Wifelier DochtThe PitSkin-Deep, and Hope.



I love art, specifically those original painted covers you get on fantasy and science fiction novels, with a special love for Frazetta, Brom, Harris, and Buscema, and so I’ve been sharing my love and appreciation by running a once weekly exposé on new and established science fiction and fantasy artists on both Kosa Press’ blog as well as my own (which I’ve been doing for over two years).

But here is the downside, as much as I try to steal slithers of time to write, between being a stay-at-home dad for three small children and feverishly searching for work while doing freelance gigs here and there, I’m still not writing enough to make a living or pay the bills. My writing output requires serious boosting for that to happen, and this is where you come in.



Why should you support my writing?


My core motivation for using Patreon consists of three parts: one is a deeply-rooted dream-wish to write full-time and create word art and entertain. The second is, well, to make a living with my writing projects. Thirdly, supporting my endeavors will also help me hire editors and artists to package my words so that, when the time is right to publish them, they are the best damn words they can possibly be.

But why me?!

Mmmm… Because life is short and I still have so much to write and not enough time and I don't write that fast as it is and by helping me you are effectively gifting me time which is a precious gift and one I’m most desperate for?

No? Okay, how about this, then: I have many projects in the pipeline and your kindness will untangle a horrific traffic jam and help me release those stories quicker. Right now they are jammed up in Purgatory, elbowing each other in the face and just really screaming to be read.

To give you an idea of what I’m talking about, here is a list of projects I’m working on right now:

1. The Morrigan, book 2 of The Guardians of the Seals (Urban Fantasy/Supernatural)
I have three books planned for this series. Book 1, The Seals of Abgal, is already out and introduces the series (You can read a fawning review on Amazing Stories Magazine). Book 2 is a few drafts in and called “The Morrigan,” and book 3 is tentatively titled “Rebirth."

My protagonist is a novice antiquarian bookseller called Sebastian Kaine. Sebastian is also the last living guardian of the Seals of Abgal, a book even gods fight over.

2. The Spirit Bow, book 1 of the Land of Giants series (Fantasy)
I’m writing an epic fantasy that takes place in an antediluvian world populated by giants and gods and monsters.

Synopsis: Ashur, son of a temple prostitute and a Gutean barbarian, is in love with the Sumerian princess, Enhed, and they desperately want to marry. But Ashur is a bastard and mere commoner and will need to perform an act of great bravery and courage to impress her father, the Lugal of Eridu, if he hopes to get even a whiff of a chance at obtaining the king’s approval.

And so Ashur sets forth on an epic quest to the Mountains of the Gods in search of the Spirit Tree from which he intends to cut and fashion a magnificent bow and present it to the Lugal in the hopes that such a godly gift would impress the king enough for him to allow the union between a commoner and member of the royal house.

But Ashur will come to discover that finding the Spirit Tree is only the beginning of his journey. A journey that would see the bastard child of a temple prostitute become a god of war for a new nation of people
. (My wife’s been pushing me to get this one done.)

3. The Dead God (Heroic Fantasy)
The Dead God is a failed game proposal I’m adapting into a heroic fantasy novel of the same name. I based the premise on Slavic lore and it features a hero named Krakus, veteran soldier of the 100-Year War. This is a standalone novel and I’ve already written a detailed outline.

4. Hameln-13 (Science Fiction)
A science fiction retelling of the Legend of the Pied Piper of Hamelin. Only, in this tale the setting is an outpost planet in a remote galaxy, and instead of a rat problem my characters will face weird-looking creatures called Murr who haven’t eaten in over a century and are apparently really hungry (Thank you, Captain Obvious!).

5. The Mercy Giver (Supernatural Horror/Cosmic Horror)
A tale about a psychopath on the loose with a warped sense of destiny who is forced to deal with his literal demons. So, If you're in the mood for a modern tale, loosely based on Charles Dickens' A Christmas Carol, where instead of a bitter old miser you'll get to meet a murdering psychopath, you've only to gift me time. 




And here


…is where the dream-wish comes in. If I get enough support here on Patreon to write full-time, I'll be able to complete most if not all of these projects in a year, with possibly the exception of “Rebirth," which means I'll have the freedom to continue on to more projects I have in the pipeline. Trust me, there are always more projects. So, when I say full-time I mean putting in 45 to 60 hours of pure writing a week, more if I can.

And that, dear future patrons, is why I need you. You have the power of gifting me time. Please help me and in return I will give you unfiltered access to my mind where you’ll explore new worlds, familiar but strange worlds, and sometimes just plain scary worlds.

And I’ll give you books. And other things. See my Patreon Rewards for details.

Let me be your gateway to the weird and fantastic.

Woelf

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You are amazingly awesome! Thank you so much, you patron of the arts! I'll keep you updated with monthly reports of my progress, milestones achieved, and ideas for covers and even my thoughts on the story's progress, and I'll do that in the patron-only feed where we can interact. Also, your name will be listed on the acknowledgements page of the books sponsored through this Patreon.
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You are amazingly awesome and generous beyond my understanding. Thank you! In addition to the above you will also get a digital download of each book sponsored by this Patreon and you will get it before the rest of the world.
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You are gobsmackingly awesome and your generosity powers the sun. Thank you, dear wonderful stranger! In addition to the above, I will send you a digital copy of The Seals of Abgal.
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Ack! Your awesomeness knows no bounds and your generosity powers all the stars in our galaxy. Thank you, you beautiful golden soul you! In addition to the above, I will send you an old-school styled packaged print copy of one of the books sponsored by this Patreon, and you may choose which book. And I will sign it, if you want.
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Holy Mother of Tarantula! Your awesomeness puts even the gods to shame and your generosity makes stars turn supernova. Thank you dear stranger from the land of wonder and awe. In addition to the above, you will receive another print copy of one of the books sponsored by this Patreon and it can be one of your choosing, similarly signed, of course, and packaged in old-school love.
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By the Seven Sages of Abgal! Your awesomeness makes the gods weep and your generosity creates wormholes to the past, most notably the 80s, and maybe the early 90s, too. Thank you, you sentient of innocence and beauty. In addition to the above, you will receive a third print copy of the books sponsored through this Patreon, similarly signed, of course, and packaged in old-school love, and I will even write you a handwritten note with an old fountain pen (All my fountain pens are old).
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By Odin’s Truant Eye! Your awesomeness makes the gods rebel and your generosity splits open the fat belly of heaven. Thank you, you most generous patron of the arts. In addition to the above, you will receive the balance of the books sponsored through this Patreon, and along with the handwritten note I will also dust off my old drawing skills and create something small and unique for you on said note under my signature.