Carissa Starr is creating Multimedia Fiction
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patrons

The world is filled with voices, why should you support mine?
Because the world is also full of voices with very little to say, and those of us with stories to tell need someone willing to huddle at our fire willing to hear it through to the end. I have dozens of stories out there for you to read. That's the best sales pitch I can offer. Read those, find my voice. Is it one with even a hint of a siren song for your soul? I hope so, I truly do. The project I want to complete, the stories I have to tell are enormous and I am going to keep at them even if no one supports me. But I won't lie, having at least a few people standing around the fire leaning in, it definitely stokes that fire brighter.

For decades I have been writing. Long before I was paid to do it, I wrote for the school newspapers, comic books, plays, film scripts, short stories, RPGs. Then as an adult, discovered people paid real money for those things. Great revelation, right? So I still did all those things plus added novels and web content to the list. Writing from gig to gig usurps a lot of time for very little pay and drains the energy away from my own creations. The larger their project, the more mine seemed to die. I simply refuse to sacrifice my work anymore. Like any hero's tale, however, if I am to triumph and rise from farm girl to squire to knight, I cannot do it alone.

In 2001, I went to college for filmmaking wanting to learn how to direct the films that I have been writing. So I learned how to be a better screenwriter, a cinematographer, photographer and a lighting guru. I graduated with top honors. With that degree, I still pursue my passion for film, but my path seems to be less straight-forward.

I discovered that video games have become so much more cinematic than they ever were when I was growing up. Games like BioShock, Dragon Age, Mass Effect, Deus Ex (and many others) ...there was so much more story to these. I was hired to write a portion of a game script for a small indie rpg/visual novel game. I gained a taste for it. How could I not? It was not so far aside from writing comics, closer to film, but so much more involved! I like involved. Then this lovely stranger online convinced me that “Jack of all Trades” wasn't a curse. I have a talent, a skill... I am adaptable, love to learn and do it well and best of all, am passionate and take my work as a badge of honor. No matter what work I am doing, it represents me, and it will be the best I can make it. So why not take all of the ways I know how to write and combine it with all of the skills I have learned for visual media? Dive into the world that the Star Wars Universe has conquered masterfully, the artistic medium of the future-now... Transmedia.

I'm doing a who'the'what'now?
Transmedia! Okay, so here's the thing, I have a lot of project folders open:

Snow
, a web/tv series (starting the pre-production stages) - This will be taking up more of my Patreon soon
When Comes the Firetide, a fantasy novel series
My film blog - (soon to be updating)

...a handful of other things to be reworked and put forward...

...and the big one...

VECTOR H+
Vector H+ is a huge undertaking. I spent over 6 months researching, which is a continuing process. I researched game development, projected and current science in environmental development and decline, as well as eco-architecture/farming. I researched bio-engineering, genetics, transhumanism and evolutionary sciences. And I have “leisure” read text books, medical papers and congressional testimonies. No kidding... dry does not begin to describe my new past time.

I had already begun Vector H+ before November 2015 and had roughly 3 chapters. Not counting those, I engaged in my first NaNoWriMo. By January 1st, I was at eleven full chapters.

The end goal with this project is not JUST another novel for the Sci-Fi section on Amazon. No. No, Vector H+ is starting as a novel, but I aim to write a video game that entangles with the events of the novel (same world, different characters). This Twine-built game will have audio and visual media within it. I am also writing short films that can stand alone, but also be cut down into trailers. (Similar to the Destiny live action commercials, only intended to be story-driven not primarily marketing.) Each of these separate pieces is its own story, but adds layers to the others making for a richer, deeper world on the whole. And other media projects may be added later, like comics, etc. As I said... huge undertaking.

So what would Patrons be seeing, exactly?
It all depends on your level of sponsorship. My blog for “When Comes the Firetide” is public (free to all.) As chapters are released those will be released to patrons first before being made public. On occasion excerpts from Vector H+ will be available to patrons only here on Patreon. Those who are mid-higher level donors will have full access to the exclusive Vector H+ blog, which will have chapters, notes, and opportunities for personal discussion. Once I begin work on the next stage of the project it will also have short film scripts and beta content for the video game. All patrons will be free to chat with me, ask questions, offer suggestions or critiques on my work since most of what is released chapter by chapter is still a work in progress. Once I have finished a book, the final, full revised, completed works will be available for free download to all patrons, and depending on your donation tier, a different percentage discount offered on a print copy.

Thank you for taking the time to read my pitch, and doubly thank you if you take a chance on my wild ideas and support me in my work.

Tiers
The Tip Jar
$1 or more per Book chapters and transmedia content
Access to new chapters of "When Comes the Firetide" posted to Patreon for "Patrons only" one week prior to being posted to my public blog. And access to new chapters of "Vector H+" posted to Patreon for "Patrons only" one week prior to being posted to the private access blog. As well as access to exclusive behind-the-scenes content of the "Snow" project as the production develops.
Cup o' coffee
$5 or more per Book chapters and transmedia content
All previous tier perks plus, .PDF downloads of my previously published books: Evergate, Roofwalker, and Chrysalis, and a mention in the Patron Acknowledgments of all final media produced through Patreon sponsorship.
A Sunny Lunch
$10 or more per Book chapters and transmedia content
Access to previous tier perks, a .pdf collection of some of my personal story and character notes and sketches. This will contain content that did not make it into my final stories, possible spoilers, and notes on the stories' origins not currently shared with the general public.
A Moonlit Meal
$25 or more per Book chapters and transmedia content
Access to previous tier perks,  plus a one-on-one 30minute Skype session or Google Hangout where you can chat with me about any of my writing or film projects (scheduling and rules apply.) 
Signed, Sealed, Delivered
$50 or more per Book chapters and transmedia content
Access to previous tier perks, plus a signed paperback copy of any one of my books; or a script of one episode or film of your choice.
The VIP
$100 or more per Book chapters and transmedia content
Access to previous tier perks, plus a character named after you in one of the "Vector H+" transmedia side-projects (not the novel.) -OR-  if possible, (dependent upon prod timeline,) a minor char in "Snow." (Preferences will be considered.) Includes signed copy of the finished film or comic in which your character is featured.


Includes
  • Behind the scenes process videos
  • Name in Acknowledgments of all final patron-sponsored works associated
Goals
2 of 20 patrons
The novel for Vector H+ is nearing completion as is the first series of books for the world of Tybraes, When Comes the Firetide. I would like to hire a quality artist to create phenomenal cover art for them- possibly one here on Patreon! This Goal might also allow for me to hire an editor to give them all a very thorough, surgical dissection.
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The world is filled with voices, why should you support mine?
Because the world is also full of voices with very little to say, and those of us with stories to tell need someone willing to huddle at our fire willing to hear it through to the end. I have dozens of stories out there for you to read. That's the best sales pitch I can offer. Read those, find my voice. Is it one with even a hint of a siren song for your soul? I hope so, I truly do. The project I want to complete, the stories I have to tell are enormous and I am going to keep at them even if no one supports me. But I won't lie, having at least a few people standing around the fire leaning in, it definitely stokes that fire brighter.

For decades I have been writing. Long before I was paid to do it, I wrote for the school newspapers, comic books, plays, film scripts, short stories, RPGs. Then as an adult, discovered people paid real money for those things. Great revelation, right? So I still did all those things plus added novels and web content to the list. Writing from gig to gig usurps a lot of time for very little pay and drains the energy away from my own creations. The larger their project, the more mine seemed to die. I simply refuse to sacrifice my work anymore. Like any hero's tale, however, if I am to triumph and rise from farm girl to squire to knight, I cannot do it alone.

In 2001, I went to college for filmmaking wanting to learn how to direct the films that I have been writing. So I learned how to be a better screenwriter, a cinematographer, photographer and a lighting guru. I graduated with top honors. With that degree, I still pursue my passion for film, but my path seems to be less straight-forward.

I discovered that video games have become so much more cinematic than they ever were when I was growing up. Games like BioShock, Dragon Age, Mass Effect, Deus Ex (and many others) ...there was so much more story to these. I was hired to write a portion of a game script for a small indie rpg/visual novel game. I gained a taste for it. How could I not? It was not so far aside from writing comics, closer to film, but so much more involved! I like involved. Then this lovely stranger online convinced me that “Jack of all Trades” wasn't a curse. I have a talent, a skill... I am adaptable, love to learn and do it well and best of all, am passionate and take my work as a badge of honor. No matter what work I am doing, it represents me, and it will be the best I can make it. So why not take all of the ways I know how to write and combine it with all of the skills I have learned for visual media? Dive into the world that the Star Wars Universe has conquered masterfully, the artistic medium of the future-now... Transmedia.

I'm doing a who'the'what'now?
Transmedia! Okay, so here's the thing, I have a lot of project folders open:

Snow
, a web/tv series (starting the pre-production stages) - This will be taking up more of my Patreon soon
When Comes the Firetide, a fantasy novel series
My film blog - (soon to be updating)

...a handful of other things to be reworked and put forward...

...and the big one...

VECTOR H+
Vector H+ is a huge undertaking. I spent over 6 months researching, which is a continuing process. I researched game development, projected and current science in environmental development and decline, as well as eco-architecture/farming. I researched bio-engineering, genetics, transhumanism and evolutionary sciences. And I have “leisure” read text books, medical papers and congressional testimonies. No kidding... dry does not begin to describe my new past time.

I had already begun Vector H+ before November 2015 and had roughly 3 chapters. Not counting those, I engaged in my first NaNoWriMo. By January 1st, I was at eleven full chapters.

The end goal with this project is not JUST another novel for the Sci-Fi section on Amazon. No. No, Vector H+ is starting as a novel, but I aim to write a video game that entangles with the events of the novel (same world, different characters). This Twine-built game will have audio and visual media within it. I am also writing short films that can stand alone, but also be cut down into trailers. (Similar to the Destiny live action commercials, only intended to be story-driven not primarily marketing.) Each of these separate pieces is its own story, but adds layers to the others making for a richer, deeper world on the whole. And other media projects may be added later, like comics, etc. As I said... huge undertaking.

So what would Patrons be seeing, exactly?
It all depends on your level of sponsorship. My blog for “When Comes the Firetide” is public (free to all.) As chapters are released those will be released to patrons first before being made public. On occasion excerpts from Vector H+ will be available to patrons only here on Patreon. Those who are mid-higher level donors will have full access to the exclusive Vector H+ blog, which will have chapters, notes, and opportunities for personal discussion. Once I begin work on the next stage of the project it will also have short film scripts and beta content for the video game. All patrons will be free to chat with me, ask questions, offer suggestions or critiques on my work since most of what is released chapter by chapter is still a work in progress. Once I have finished a book, the final, full revised, completed works will be available for free download to all patrons, and depending on your donation tier, a different percentage discount offered on a print copy.

Thank you for taking the time to read my pitch, and doubly thank you if you take a chance on my wild ideas and support me in my work.

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Tiers
The Tip Jar
$1 or more per Book chapters and transmedia content
Access to new chapters of "When Comes the Firetide" posted to Patreon for "Patrons only" one week prior to being posted to my public blog. And access to new chapters of "Vector H+" posted to Patreon for "Patrons only" one week prior to being posted to the private access blog. As well as access to exclusive behind-the-scenes content of the "Snow" project as the production develops.
Cup o' coffee
$5 or more per Book chapters and transmedia content
All previous tier perks plus, .PDF downloads of my previously published books: Evergate, Roofwalker, and Chrysalis, and a mention in the Patron Acknowledgments of all final media produced through Patreon sponsorship.
A Sunny Lunch
$10 or more per Book chapters and transmedia content
Access to previous tier perks, a .pdf collection of some of my personal story and character notes and sketches. This will contain content that did not make it into my final stories, possible spoilers, and notes on the stories' origins not currently shared with the general public.
A Moonlit Meal
$25 or more per Book chapters and transmedia content
Access to previous tier perks,  plus a one-on-one 30minute Skype session or Google Hangout where you can chat with me about any of my writing or film projects (scheduling and rules apply.) 
Signed, Sealed, Delivered
$50 or more per Book chapters and transmedia content
Access to previous tier perks, plus a signed paperback copy of any one of my books; or a script of one episode or film of your choice.
The VIP
$100 or more per Book chapters and transmedia content
Access to previous tier perks, plus a character named after you in one of the "Vector H+" transmedia side-projects (not the novel.) -OR-  if possible, (dependent upon prod timeline,) a minor char in "Snow." (Preferences will be considered.) Includes signed copy of the finished film or comic in which your character is featured.


Includes
  • Behind the scenes process videos
  • Name in Acknowledgments of all final patron-sponsored works associated