Anna McCluskey

Anna McCluskey

is creating stories and cocktails and poetry and silliness and whimsy

1

patron

$1

per month
You can call me Anna. Anna McCluskey. That’s sort of, but not entirely my name.  I like having a pen name - it makes me feel mysterious and also helps with my innate fear of people finding out that I'm weird.  If I use my real name, I find it difficult to be my true self.  It's okay if you find out what it is, though; it's not like a secret identity or anything.  I'm not a superhero.  I'm just a super weirdo.  

And now I'm here.  I'm new to Patreon.  I've been waffling about whether to do this for a while, and you know what? There's really no reason not to except fear and anxiety and I really want to not let those things get in my way anymore. So, I'm here. I said that already. I just checked, though, and it's still true.  Sorry - I'm nervous.

I feel like I'm in that terrible spot where I'm here, but no one knows or cares that I am. I have a blog - it has some followers. I'm hoping to get more followers and I'm hoping some of those followers will become Patrons.  My blog is called The Anna Files and you can find it at theannafiles.com, assuming you didn't just come from there.   It contains all of my silly wanderings and wonderings, my stories about the world that is and the world that could be, and, every once in a while, delicious cocktail recipes.

As of this writing, I have no Patrons, and, to be honest, I'm terrified that I never will. That no one will even look at this page, or, if they do look, they'll go, "Ew, she has no Patrons? I don't want to be the Patron of someone who has no Patrons....."  I feel like I should pretend to be extremely confident, and act like I have hoards of Patrons, but, after all, you can see that I don't.  So, I won't.  I'll just huddle in my corner, hoping someone will love me.

Because I want to be a Real Writer. Right now, I'm sort of an amateur writer who sometimes gets paid for it. And I know that there will be no point at which I look around and say, "Oh, hey. I'm a Real fucking Writer now." But the process of becoming a Real Writer has to start with putting my writing out there, and it has to also involve writing for a living.

I do make some money doing "freelance writing," but that's not what I mean. Freelance writing has led me down the dark path of writing bio blurbs for people's Etsy pages and web content for people's tech companies and cover letters for people's job searches. That's not what I want to write, and if I want to be able to continue writing creative, beautiful, hilarious and heartbreaking prose, poetry, and creative nonfiction, I need to be able to make some money doing it. Because if I can't make the money doing that, then I will have to waste all of my time making the money in other ways.

Right now, I work three jobs. On my weekday mornings, I work as a book-keeper for a bowling alley and sports bar. That's sort of interesting, but it involves a fair amount of math and no creative thought. I work most weekends for a mobile pizza company, and they're pretty cool and I get delicious pizza out of it, but again, no creative thought. And thirdly, here and there, when I can, I write.

Income-wise, I make very little doing the writing, a pittance selling pizza, and hardly anything as a book-keeper. What I would like to do instead, is make a comfortable living as a writer, spend some of that money eating pizza, and never do any math again.  That's where I hope that Patreon will come in.  In exchange for a small amount of money, I will love you forever, and also write you the best stories, poems, books, and occasional cocktail recipes that I possibly can. 

Patrons will have exclusive access to all of my best work, as well as a peek into my writing process in the form of first drafts, bare-bones ideas before they become stories or poems, character sketches, and other such things.  I will also post all of my regular blog posts over here too, so you only need to come to one site, and in fact, I believe that Patreon will just email you everything I post.

So, if you think that's worth $1 or more, click that button!  Even if you don't, thank you for reading this whole thing - you're amazing, and I love you anyway.  But if you don't Patronize, you don't get an exclamation point.
Tiers
Read All the Stuff
$1 or more per month

For $1/month, you get access to all of the stories, poems, posts (public and Patron-only) that I put up on here, emailed directly to you.  You'll also have the opportunity to pre-order books and suchlike before non-Patrons do, and you'll get sneak previews of the content of said books.

Read and Listen to the Stuff
$5 or more per month

$5 Patrons get access to all the same stuff as the $1 people, plus access to audio clips of me reading each thing aloud, so you can read and listen.

Even More Stuff!
$10 or more per month

If you give $10/month, you'll get access to all the stuff from the $1 tier, and the audio from the $5 tier, plus you'll automatically get a signed copy of my books in the mail, and occasional random other goodies in the mail - postcards, extra writings, definitely not anything creepy like a lock of my hair.

The Most Stuff of All!!
$20 or more per month

Whoa, seriously?  You're gonna pay me $20/month?  That's so awesome!  You get all the goodies - the posts, the audio posts, the signed books, and, on top of random whenever-I-feel-like-sending-stuff mail, you're gonna get a personal, handwritten card in the mail every month, 'cause I appreciate you so much!

Goals
1 of 5 patrons
When I reach 5 Patrons, I will write and post a story in which those 5 Patrons are the main characters.
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You can call me Anna. Anna McCluskey. That’s sort of, but not entirely my name.  I like having a pen name - it makes me feel mysterious and also helps with my innate fear of people finding out that I'm weird.  If I use my real name, I find it difficult to be my true self.  It's okay if you find out what it is, though; it's not like a secret identity or anything.  I'm not a superhero.  I'm just a super weirdo.  

And now I'm here.  I'm new to Patreon.  I've been waffling about whether to do this for a while, and you know what? There's really no reason not to except fear and anxiety and I really want to not let those things get in my way anymore. So, I'm here. I said that already. I just checked, though, and it's still true.  Sorry - I'm nervous.

I feel like I'm in that terrible spot where I'm here, but no one knows or cares that I am. I have a blog - it has some followers. I'm hoping to get more followers and I'm hoping some of those followers will become Patrons.  My blog is called The Anna Files and you can find it at theannafiles.com, assuming you didn't just come from there.   It contains all of my silly wanderings and wonderings, my stories about the world that is and the world that could be, and, every once in a while, delicious cocktail recipes.

As of this writing, I have no Patrons, and, to be honest, I'm terrified that I never will. That no one will even look at this page, or, if they do look, they'll go, "Ew, she has no Patrons? I don't want to be the Patron of someone who has no Patrons....."  I feel like I should pretend to be extremely confident, and act like I have hoards of Patrons, but, after all, you can see that I don't.  So, I won't.  I'll just huddle in my corner, hoping someone will love me.

Because I want to be a Real Writer. Right now, I'm sort of an amateur writer who sometimes gets paid for it. And I know that there will be no point at which I look around and say, "Oh, hey. I'm a Real fucking Writer now." But the process of becoming a Real Writer has to start with putting my writing out there, and it has to also involve writing for a living.

I do make some money doing "freelance writing," but that's not what I mean. Freelance writing has led me down the dark path of writing bio blurbs for people's Etsy pages and web content for people's tech companies and cover letters for people's job searches. That's not what I want to write, and if I want to be able to continue writing creative, beautiful, hilarious and heartbreaking prose, poetry, and creative nonfiction, I need to be able to make some money doing it. Because if I can't make the money doing that, then I will have to waste all of my time making the money in other ways.

Right now, I work three jobs. On my weekday mornings, I work as a book-keeper for a bowling alley and sports bar. That's sort of interesting, but it involves a fair amount of math and no creative thought. I work most weekends for a mobile pizza company, and they're pretty cool and I get delicious pizza out of it, but again, no creative thought. And thirdly, here and there, when I can, I write.

Income-wise, I make very little doing the writing, a pittance selling pizza, and hardly anything as a book-keeper. What I would like to do instead, is make a comfortable living as a writer, spend some of that money eating pizza, and never do any math again.  That's where I hope that Patreon will come in.  In exchange for a small amount of money, I will love you forever, and also write you the best stories, poems, books, and occasional cocktail recipes that I possibly can. 

Patrons will have exclusive access to all of my best work, as well as a peek into my writing process in the form of first drafts, bare-bones ideas before they become stories or poems, character sketches, and other such things.  I will also post all of my regular blog posts over here too, so you only need to come to one site, and in fact, I believe that Patreon will just email you everything I post.

So, if you think that's worth $1 or more, click that button!  Even if you don't, thank you for reading this whole thing - you're amazing, and I love you anyway.  But if you don't Patronize, you don't get an exclamation point.

Recent posts by Anna McCluskey

Tiers
Read All the Stuff
$1 or more per month

For $1/month, you get access to all of the stories, poems, posts (public and Patron-only) that I put up on here, emailed directly to you.  You'll also have the opportunity to pre-order books and suchlike before non-Patrons do, and you'll get sneak previews of the content of said books.

Read and Listen to the Stuff
$5 or more per month

$5 Patrons get access to all the same stuff as the $1 people, plus access to audio clips of me reading each thing aloud, so you can read and listen.

Even More Stuff!
$10 or more per month

If you give $10/month, you'll get access to all the stuff from the $1 tier, and the audio from the $5 tier, plus you'll automatically get a signed copy of my books in the mail, and occasional random other goodies in the mail - postcards, extra writings, definitely not anything creepy like a lock of my hair.

The Most Stuff of All!!
$20 or more per month

Whoa, seriously?  You're gonna pay me $20/month?  That's so awesome!  You get all the goodies - the posts, the audio posts, the signed books, and, on top of random whenever-I-feel-like-sending-stuff mail, you're gonna get a personal, handwritten card in the mail every month, 'cause I appreciate you so much!