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About Aidan Moher
Hi! I'm Aidan.
I'm a dad, writer, critic, and science fiction and fantasy fan who lives with his family and no dogs on Vancouver Island, British Columbia.
In 2014, I won the Hugo Award for "Best Fanzine" for my blog, A Dribble of Ink. This was the culmination of several years of intense dedication toward the SFF fan community, which saw A Dribble of Ink grow from a humble single-author blog into something much larger, with dozens of contributors and millions of page views.
In 2015, after the birth of my first child, I decided to close A Dribble of Ink, go freelance with my reviews and non-fiction, and dedicate more time to my first love: writing fiction. Since then, I've published in Mothership Zeta, Unfettered II, Medium, and several other fine publications. Some of my recent stories can be found on Curious Fictions, and the rest are listed on my website.
As a fiction writer, I emphasize two elements of SFF that made me love speculative fiction in the first place: a sense of fun and adventure, and Sword & Sorcery-style storytelling. I have fun writing, and that rubs off on my stories. I want readers to leave my stories feeling lighter and more adventurous than when they started reading them.
I've been reviewing and writing about science fiction and fantasy since 2007, and you can now find me regularly writing on the B&N Sci-Fi & Fantasy, Tor.com, and Medium. You can also follow me on Twitter: @adribbleofink.
Being a writer is all consuming. It eats up your time. It gobbles up your money. And it's totally, totally worth it.
Those are genuine costs that have become more difficult to compensate for as other elements of life have caught up to me and my family. When I was 22 and just starting A Dribble of Ink, it wasn't a big deal to spend 70% of my free time working on SFF fandom stuff—but now, with a career and a growing family, that number has, unfortunately, dwindled.
Contributions from patrons provide me the opportunity to put my best foot forward as both a fiction writer and a critic. By providing financial stability, I'm able to carve out more time to dedicate toward SFF, take on new projects, and pursue opportunities that would otherwise be shut off from me—more experimentation with my stories, more self-published fiction and non-fiction, more off-the-cuff writing about books I'm reading and video games I'm playing.
I hope that Patreon will allow me an opportunity not only to pursue these projects, but also provide me with a rewarding and direct connection to you: fellow readers and fans.
The majority of my work is available online for free. Here's a sampling of what I've written over the past few years:
- On the Phone with Goblins (Novelette—Free)
- The Penelope Qingdom (Short Story—Free)
- The Red-rimmed Eyes of Tóu Mǎ (Novelette—$0.99)
- Tide of Shadows (Short Story—Free)
- Art of SFF: A Portrait of Djamila Knopf (Tor.com—March, 2018)
- A Newbie’s Guide to Brandon Sanderson, the Cosmere, and the Stormlight Archive (Barnes & Noble Sci-Fi & Fantasy Blog—November, 2017)
- The Lasting Legacy of Tad Williams’ Memory, Sorrow and Thorn (Barnes & Noble Sci-Fi & Fantasy Blog—June, 2017)
- 10 Great Science Fiction & Fantasy Authors from the Pacific Northwest (Barnes & Noble Sci-Fi & Fantasy Blog—November, 2016)
- Blood Matters: Growing Up in an SF/F House (Uncanny Magazine—September, 2016)
- Leading the Charge: Kameron Hurley’s Geek Feminist Revolution (Barnes & Noble Sci-Fi & Fantasy Blog—May, 2016)
- Please, Judge This Book by Its Cover (Uncanny Magazine Issue #7—November, 2015)
- Welcome to Golarion—Enter the World of the Pathfinder Tales (Barnes & Noble Sci-Fi & Fantasy Blog—August, 2015)
- Rereading Shannara: The Elfstones of Shannara (Tor.com—August, 2015)
- Five Books about Kickass Moms (Tor.com—May, 2015)
- Why I’m Self-publishing My Book (Medium—April, 2015)
- How Terry Brooks Saved Epic Fantasy (Medium—March, 2015)
- Thinking Out Loud About Grimdark (Medium—February, 2015)
- Becoming Gandalf (The Book Smugglers—January, 2015)
- "Life... Dreams... Hope... Where do they come from?" A Final Fantasy VI Retrospective (A Dribble of Ink—April, 2014)
- Avatar: The Last Airbender: An Exploration (A Dribble of Ink—January, 2013)
Seriously. Thank you.
The SFF fan community is an amazing place, and I'm so pleased to get to spend time with you all. The love and support of fellow fans is astonishing and humbling.
(Plus, your contributions will help me acquire a dragon that I'll ride around the world to attend conventions. So, that's pretty cool.)
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Reaching the $100 milestone will cover most of my regular expenses associated with covering SFF (including books purchases for review, which consists of 60% of my reviews, web hosting for my web site, and continued hosting of A Dribble of Ink), as well as compensating for the time I spend writing free content.