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Sorry, that came out weird. I meant: thank you so much for your support! This tier is a basic way to say that you're enjoying my writing, and would like me to continue. It includes access to my patron-only news feed.
TOMORROW'S UPDATE TODAY
You will get each update at least one day early! It's like a tiny version of the smug thrill of already knowing what happens because you read the books.
First off: thank you, thank you, thank you!
You will additionally get access to an in-line author commentary at the end of each full episode. These are sort of like the cast/crew commentaries that come with the Game of Thrones DVDs, in text form. It's basically me MST3K-ing my own work. Warning: may be silly at times.
Disclaimer: these commentaries will eventually get released for everyone. But you will get them as they come out.
About Alice Shipwise
If you're reading this, you probably know me for the speculative full-episode fan scripts that I've been writing for Game of Thrones Season 8. A few of you might know me for my original story Beastling.
Some background on me: I'm not a professional writer by trade, but I write stories when inspiration strikes, which first happened in 2010. (More on what that's like here.) Then, in the fall of 2017, I got a MASSIVE wave of inspiration for Game of Thrones Season 8. I maxed out my company's leave policy to take a writing sabbatical in December/January. However, the beast was still not sated, so finally in May 2018, I quit my Very Nice Engineering Job to pursue writing full time.
I'm living well enough off my savings, and I could always go back to another Very Nice Engineering Job once that runs out. But I am really enjoying my writing, and judging by my site traffic and reddit comments, you all are enjoying it too. :) By contributing to my Patreon, you are making it easier for me to focus on writing. The more support I get here, the less I have to think about money, and the longer I can go before I need to consider Getting a Real Job again. All of which means more content for you! <3 Yay all around!
Important disclaimer: by supporting me on Patreon, you are not "purchasing" any particular content. Rather, you are supporting me personally as a writer and artist. So the perks are fluid and will probably evolve over time depending on what I happen to be producing at the moment. But I promise to be conscientious about giving you heads up if the perks are about to change, and I will definitely pause your donations if I ever need to take a break. :)
I actually have very little conscious control over what I'm creating. Demanding specific product tends to anger my Writing Gods, so I generally just follow Their lead and go along for the ride. For the Game of Thrones scripts, I've been able to commit to a posting schedule (...so far) because I did a fuckton of advance work over the course of 9 months, before I ever shared a word of it. I already have the entirety of Season 8 mapped out in a rough form, and though there is still massive work left to do, it's a more predictable kind of work.
Game of Thrones is also a special case because it's based on copyrighted material. I haven't been able to procure a commercial sublicense (though if HBO / GRRM are reading this, please see my special note for you below). So unfortunately I can't offer any exclusive patron-only GoT content. Any GoT content you get as a patron is necessarily also available for free on AliceShipwise.com.
However, I can offer exclusive content related to my original stories, such as Beastling. I haven't formalized those into the Patreon perks because Beastling is still very young and constantly evolving. But as a patron, you can expect to get occasional Beastling news and surprise bonus content. :)
Thank you so much once again for reading this! Even if you're not able to contribute, I so appreciate you for reading my work and for leaving me so many amazing comments. Your enthusiasm gives me life, pleases my Writing Gods, and keeps me excited to continue writing. Thank you. <3
Special note for HBO and/or George R.R. Martin
First of all, if you are actually reading this: gosh, what an honor. I love your work! Thank you for creating this amazing book series / TV show for me to obsess over. I am your biggest fan.
HBO, I tried to research how to buy a commercial sublicense from you, and I found the contact information for one "HBO Licensing & Retail" office. However, upon inspection, I'm pretty sure this office exists for Mattel to talk to you about action figures, and not for random unknown amateur authors to talk to you about fanfiction. I wrote you a letter anyway, and folded it into a paper airplane, and climbed the tallest hill in San Francisco, and threw it in the general direction of New York, NY. I haven't heard back yet, but I would still love to talk!
George, you mentioned that you might let me write fanfiction if I showed up at your house with a dump truck full of money, but you forgot to include your home address, so I've been struggling to fulfill your terms. So if you could just DM me with that, we will be in business! Oh also: let me know what currency and denominations you prefer, and what kind of dump truck. Personally, I'm thinking one of those big yellow ones, filled with a loose mound of American ones. But I'm flexible, and would love to work with you toward a shared vision.
But all joking aside... please don't sue me! I want to be friends. <3 Call me maybe?