- A Pledge is an amount you donate per month.
- Pledge Rewards are what you get for pledging at a certain level.
- Milestone Goals represent the total amount of everyone's pledges per month. They're like Stretch Goals on Kickstarter.
- Milestone Rewards are things that I make or do for everyone when we hit a Milestone Goal.
The Whole StoryI’ve been writing fantasy novels for decades. I love stories with strong redemptive arcs and complex, shades-of-gray characters. My fiction usually includes some talking animals, lots of weird biology, and often some LGBT characters.
In 2008, I started podcasting my stories as serialized audio books. I solo-read the Prophet of Panamindorah trilogy, and you can still listen to it on Podiobooks.com
I became more ambitious with my next series, The Guild of the Cowry Catchers. I produced those 5 books in fullcast audio, with forty voice actors, music and sound effects. I also commissioned illustrations for each podcast episode. My primary artist is Sarah (Rah) Cloutier
Cowry Catchers was labor-intensive, but rewarding. I got to work with talented voice actors and artists, and I built a wonderful group of fans. The project took 5 years and finished in 2014. The whole series was released for free, and you can listen to Cowry Catchers on Podiobooks.com. (Or search for it in iTunes.)
While I was doing all this, the ebook revolution hit. I learned to produce ebooks, paper books, hardback art books, and pro-level audio books for Audible.com.
My audience has been fantastic and encouraging. I have continued to work with my artist on illustrated projects. In May of 2015, we begun a semi-weekly (every other week) comic. We started with my short story "Professionals" before proceeding into Cowry Catchers. You can also see some of the many illustrations that Rah has created for my stories in numerous styles on Tumblr and Pinterest.
This Patreon has made the comic possible. In 2016, I wrote a new short story every single month for the Patreon donors. I continued to do this through the first half of 2017. Around the middle of the year, I switched gears to get some books finished. I am still providing new fiction at least once a month, sometimes weekly, and there is a large backlog of stories available only to Patreon donors.
I also do a weekly podcast on Patreon with an update about my life and a live reading of my newest work. I typically release one free episode each month, so you're welcome to follow, even if you can't donate. Enjoy!