Amy Teeganis creating Nonfiction essays about life lessons from Anne of Green Gables
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About Amy Teegan
… and everything I know to be true I learned from Anne Shirley.
I used to dye my hair red occasionally, because … of course. I learned how to bake shortbread from an Anne-inspired cookbook when I was about twelve. I once considered naming a business after the Blythes and I’m sure if I had kids one of them would be named Anne or Walter or something like that.
I have loved Anne Shirley forever and I truly cherish all those books by L.M. Montgomery.
I have read the eight books in the Anne of Green Gables series more times than I can count. Probably close to thirty, as I had been reading them every year for awhile.
I went through a personal trauma a few years ago and stopped reading the books annually, but (not so) strangely the books still stuck with me. I find myself craving Anne’s trip from Bright River when the spring weather starts to hit. I always try to post how glad I am to live in a world with Octobers each fall. I remember the value of looking forward to things and of not letting my imagination run away with me when I remember Anne Shirley’s reactions.
Anne Shirley, her friends, and those books as a whole have completely changed my life and the way I see things. The more I learn about people, the more I see how Montgomery invested so much of her own knowledge of humanity into her writing … and the more I realize that everything I know to be true about life I can trace back to the Anne Shirley books.
These are the kinds of insights I want to share.
I have a Masters Degree in English Literature, and to be honest I miss school. I revel in the research. Writing essays about books is one of the things I am best at and I’ve been wanting to get back into it somehow.
Enter my collection of essays about all the life lessons I have learned from Anne Shirley.
The quotes are (mostly) chosen, the concept is clear in my mind, the introduction is drafted … but I have yet to actually start writing the essays.
Each month, I am producing an essay inspired by a quote from one of the eight Anne books. Each month I will share it with you, along with other Anne related shenanigans (I still have that shortbread recipe, for example).
Once the essays are completed, I will be publishing the collection as a book, available on all major retailers and in print.
I’d love your support as I embark on this project.
Patreon means patronage -- as in "I pay people to create for me". Your dollars are making it possible for me to create more. Your support is literally allowing this art to exist in the world.
A collection of essays about Anne Shirley seems to be exactly the kind of art that needs support like this--financial backing from kindred spirits who appreciate the brilliance of L.M. Montgomery’s work, and what a collection like this could be.
Creating a Patreon campaign allows me to reach Anne-fans and Montgomery readers directly.
Your support will do several things:
1) Keep me accountable to finish the project I've been thinking about for literally years. Having monthly deadlines will help me focus in a way that a nebulous ‘someday’ project never will.
2) Help pay for my time so I can turn down other work to focus on finishing this. I currently take freelance editing clients, which is so fun but also spends my creative energy and attention on other people’s work. Taking fewer of those jobs lets me create better things for you.
3) Provide valuable insight and ideas about the Anne of Green Gables series from your own background and point of view. Every so often I post on Instagram or Facebook about Anne or a quote from one of the books and I always (always) get comments from fellow readers who love the books as much as I do. I want a place to facilitate more of that conversation, and this focused blog is perfect.
What is in it for you?
At the moment, I have at least twelve quotes and topics already chosen, but those were just off the top of my head. As I embark on reading Montgomery’s autobiography, journals and other books, more will rise to the top.
No matter which tier you choose to support the project, you will be receiving digital copies of all of the essays.
Higher levels will receive final, edited versions of the collection.
And all patrons get to be part of the discussion. I can’t wait to hear your thoughts on the quotes I have chosen.
You will be supporting this project on a per creation basis, which means that if I don’t produce an essay you will not be charged. I will never exceed one essay each month, so you can feel confident in that consistency.
I appreciate you. Even reading this far tells me that you support the project.
If you become my patron, you're helping me directly and you’re helping this book be created. I can’t wait to thank you in the acknowledgments!