Michelle Nickolaisen is creating podcasts, stories & other indie media
14

patrons

$78
per month

Who are you & what’s this about?


Hello! I’m Michelle Nickolaisen, an indie creator & storyteller, and this is the overarching Patreon to support my creative projects, including but not limited to:

  • Serendipity City, the magical dieselpunk actual play podcast
  • Unplaced, an audio drama currently on hiatus after its first season (returning in late 2018)
  • The Worldslip trilogy, of which I am currently working on book two and three, to be (...hopefully) published in the next two years
  • In various stages of development: a campy queer sci-fi audio drama, a choose-your-own adventure text-based game, in-world and standalone short stories, a supernatural murder mystery, and more
I write a lot, but in addition to more traditional prose, I’m a little obsessed with interactive and/or cross-media storytelling (if you can’t tell). If you’re in that boat, or you're into indie writing and media, inclusive fiction, and/or love to see behind the scenes of those, and you’re a sucker for worlds & stories with sass, action, found family, and magic in unexpected places, you’re in the right place.

Money from this Patreon will help me create more content & better content, but it will also help me pay my collaborators and co-creators, which is very important to me. As a former freelancer myself, and someone who values others' labor, I refuse to ask people to work for free. As a result, I've spent several thousand dollars out of pocket this year to pay my collaborators, and it's created a catch-22 where I often have to delay projects until I have not just the time and energy, but the budget, to start work on them. This is where you come in!

In short: having a Patreon can help me pay my collaborators more (and have more collaborators) and create more things (for even more people to enjoy), and in return, you get exclusives and first-access content. You can get rewards like:

  • Sneak peeks and snippets of works in progress (before anyone else gets any of it!)
  • Behind-the-scenes interviews and commentary with cast/crew/collaborators
  • Process posts and videos, outlining how I build worlds and characters and showing my inspiration (some of these might eventually be republished elsewhere, but you’ll see it first!)
  • Short stories and flash fiction, before it’s published elsewhere, whether standalone or featuring the characters you know & love from other works
  • Q&A posts answering your questions about the worlds, the characters, my writing process, juggling so many side projects while also running a full-time business, or whatever you want!
  • In the future: postcards with custom art and exclusive fiction, livestreams, and more content overall

Basically, if it’s related to any of my fiction work, even tangentially, patrons will always see it first and might be the only ones who ever see it.

Reward schedule:

That sounds great, you say, but how often will I get rewards?

There will be:

  • At least one process/behind the scenes post a month
  • At least two early access episodes a month
  • Sneak peeks, short stories, and other pieces of in-world content whenever possible (and increasing as we go along!)

And there’ll be more content as we go. These are the bare minimum of what I have planned, and I imagine there will be a lot of months when we’ll pass this, but I know that I can do at least this much while keeping up with my full-time freelance workload and keeping up with a production/release schedule. As this Patreon grows and I can replace some of my freelance work with it, I can devote more time to creating more stories and more extra content like the above.

What even are these things?


I know everyone might not use the same lingo I do or think the same way, so here’s a brief breakdown with some examples so that you know exactly what you’re getting:

  • Process post: How I did XYZ (how I use Asana and Evernote to keep track of ideas and keep a swipe file, how I have Ulysses set up to keep track of all my world and character notes as I work on a manuscript/game, how I outline and brainstorm ideas, how this idea evolved over time to wind up where it did, how and why I mashed multiple game systems together for my first DM project instead of just using one, etc.)
  • Behind the scenes or sneak peek posts: Showcasing where things are at in a specific project, what’s coming next, or what the thoughts are behind a specific character/world/story choice or design (I just got this chapter back from the editor, here’s me and the actor for character X talking about character X’s motivations, here’s a look at this upcoming character)
  • Q&A post: You send in questions — about characters, worlds, process, upcoming work, what have you — I (and/or collaborators) post answers.
  • Character sketches: A profile of a character; a sketch, a few pieces of trivia, their birthday, an anecdote about their life, etc. Or maybe just their OKCupid profile. Who knows!
  • Short story or other piece of short media: Okay, just kidding, you probably know this one. Some of them will be in worlds you already know (bonus side stories/back stories for Worldslip characters, for example), some will be standalone stories. And sometimes, these will be minigames, one-off RPG sessions, comics, or other ways to tell short stories, too.

Any questions?
Feel free to email me at michelle (at) bombchelle (dot) com, hit me up via messages here, or send me a tweet

Thanks so much for reading this far, and for your support! <3 

Wait, who are you again?
Just in case you don't know who I am, or want to know more: I'm a writer & storyteller. My other projects (often business-oriented) have included the Freelancer Planner and Rock the System (a Kindle book about business systems for solopreneurs), along with Unplaced and Keys and Needles (the first Worldslip book). 

All of my fiction/worlds/stories are, of course, heavily influenced by my life and experiences. In my case, some of those are being pagan/witchy (it is almost impossible for me to create worlds without magic and gods, because I see those everywhere in my everyday life), growing up queer and pagan in the Bible Belt, and my experiences of mental health/illnesses and chronic pain/illnesses. If your interest is piqued by any of that, you're probably in the right spot and I'd love to have you as a patron! 
Tiers
The NPC
$1 or more per month 7 patrons
This tier gets you:


  • My eternal gratitude
  • Entrance into the NPC lottery
  • Access to Patron-only Discord channels
  • Teepublic store discount
Includes Discord rewards
The Early Bird
$2 or more per month 0 patrons
This tier gets you access to everything above, as well as: 


  • Outtakes and bloopers
  • Early access to podcast episodes
Includes Discord rewards
The Question-Asker
$5 or more per month 5 patrons
This tier gets you all of the above, plus: 


  • Behind the scenes/process posts 
  • AMA/Q&A posts 
  • In-world content for existing projects
Includes Discord rewards
The Reader
$10 or more per month 0 patrons
This tier gets you access to all of the above, plus: 


  • First access to standalone short stories and flash fiction
  • Livestreams and character submissions (once we hit those goals) 
Includes Discord rewards
The Future-Seer
$15 or more per month 0 patrons
This tier gets you access to everything above, as well as: 


  • Sneak peeks at future projects/WIPs
  • Story-prep screencasts
  • Monthly group divination readings
  • Twice a year mystery packages with notes & more
Includes Discord rewards
The Named
$25 or more per month 2 patrons
This tier gets you access to all of the above, plus: 


  • Signed copy of physical books when released
  • Shout-out on projects published while you're a patron (on-air shout out in podcasts and/or mention in the acknowledgements section for other media)
  • Postcards (once we hit the goal) 
Includes Discord rewards
Goals
$78 of $100 per month
Monthly character posts! These might include a sketch, some trivia, an interview with the player, in-world content...or out of world content (OKCupid profiles? What their Twitter page would look like? Who knows!). 
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Who are you & what’s this about?


Hello! I’m Michelle Nickolaisen, an indie creator & storyteller, and this is the overarching Patreon to support my creative projects, including but not limited to:

  • Serendipity City, the magical dieselpunk actual play podcast
  • Unplaced, an audio drama currently on hiatus after its first season (returning in late 2018)
  • The Worldslip trilogy, of which I am currently working on book two and three, to be (...hopefully) published in the next two years
  • In various stages of development: a campy queer sci-fi audio drama, a choose-your-own adventure text-based game, in-world and standalone short stories, a supernatural murder mystery, and more
I write a lot, but in addition to more traditional prose, I’m a little obsessed with interactive and/or cross-media storytelling (if you can’t tell). If you’re in that boat, or you're into indie writing and media, inclusive fiction, and/or love to see behind the scenes of those, and you’re a sucker for worlds & stories with sass, action, found family, and magic in unexpected places, you’re in the right place.

Money from this Patreon will help me create more content & better content, but it will also help me pay my collaborators and co-creators, which is very important to me. As a former freelancer myself, and someone who values others' labor, I refuse to ask people to work for free. As a result, I've spent several thousand dollars out of pocket this year to pay my collaborators, and it's created a catch-22 where I often have to delay projects until I have not just the time and energy, but the budget, to start work on them. This is where you come in!

In short: having a Patreon can help me pay my collaborators more (and have more collaborators) and create more things (for even more people to enjoy), and in return, you get exclusives and first-access content. You can get rewards like:

  • Sneak peeks and snippets of works in progress (before anyone else gets any of it!)
  • Behind-the-scenes interviews and commentary with cast/crew/collaborators
  • Process posts and videos, outlining how I build worlds and characters and showing my inspiration (some of these might eventually be republished elsewhere, but you’ll see it first!)
  • Short stories and flash fiction, before it’s published elsewhere, whether standalone or featuring the characters you know & love from other works
  • Q&A posts answering your questions about the worlds, the characters, my writing process, juggling so many side projects while also running a full-time business, or whatever you want!
  • In the future: postcards with custom art and exclusive fiction, livestreams, and more content overall

Basically, if it’s related to any of my fiction work, even tangentially, patrons will always see it first and might be the only ones who ever see it.

Reward schedule:

That sounds great, you say, but how often will I get rewards?

There will be:

  • At least one process/behind the scenes post a month
  • At least two early access episodes a month
  • Sneak peeks, short stories, and other pieces of in-world content whenever possible (and increasing as we go along!)

And there’ll be more content as we go. These are the bare minimum of what I have planned, and I imagine there will be a lot of months when we’ll pass this, but I know that I can do at least this much while keeping up with my full-time freelance workload and keeping up with a production/release schedule. As this Patreon grows and I can replace some of my freelance work with it, I can devote more time to creating more stories and more extra content like the above.

What even are these things?


I know everyone might not use the same lingo I do or think the same way, so here’s a brief breakdown with some examples so that you know exactly what you’re getting:

  • Process post: How I did XYZ (how I use Asana and Evernote to keep track of ideas and keep a swipe file, how I have Ulysses set up to keep track of all my world and character notes as I work on a manuscript/game, how I outline and brainstorm ideas, how this idea evolved over time to wind up where it did, how and why I mashed multiple game systems together for my first DM project instead of just using one, etc.)
  • Behind the scenes or sneak peek posts: Showcasing where things are at in a specific project, what’s coming next, or what the thoughts are behind a specific character/world/story choice or design (I just got this chapter back from the editor, here’s me and the actor for character X talking about character X’s motivations, here’s a look at this upcoming character)
  • Q&A post: You send in questions — about characters, worlds, process, upcoming work, what have you — I (and/or collaborators) post answers.
  • Character sketches: A profile of a character; a sketch, a few pieces of trivia, their birthday, an anecdote about their life, etc. Or maybe just their OKCupid profile. Who knows!
  • Short story or other piece of short media: Okay, just kidding, you probably know this one. Some of them will be in worlds you already know (bonus side stories/back stories for Worldslip characters, for example), some will be standalone stories. And sometimes, these will be minigames, one-off RPG sessions, comics, or other ways to tell short stories, too.

Any questions?
Feel free to email me at michelle (at) bombchelle (dot) com, hit me up via messages here, or send me a tweet

Thanks so much for reading this far, and for your support! <3 

Wait, who are you again?
Just in case you don't know who I am, or want to know more: I'm a writer & storyteller. My other projects (often business-oriented) have included the Freelancer Planner and Rock the System (a Kindle book about business systems for solopreneurs), along with Unplaced and Keys and Needles (the first Worldslip book). 

All of my fiction/worlds/stories are, of course, heavily influenced by my life and experiences. In my case, some of those are being pagan/witchy (it is almost impossible for me to create worlds without magic and gods, because I see those everywhere in my everyday life), growing up queer and pagan in the Bible Belt, and my experiences of mental health/illnesses and chronic pain/illnesses. If your interest is piqued by any of that, you're probably in the right spot and I'd love to have you as a patron! 

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Tiers
The NPC
$1 or more per month 7 patrons
This tier gets you:


  • My eternal gratitude
  • Entrance into the NPC lottery
  • Access to Patron-only Discord channels
  • Teepublic store discount
Includes Discord rewards
The Early Bird
$2 or more per month 0 patrons
This tier gets you access to everything above, as well as: 


  • Outtakes and bloopers
  • Early access to podcast episodes
Includes Discord rewards
The Question-Asker
$5 or more per month 5 patrons
This tier gets you all of the above, plus: 


  • Behind the scenes/process posts 
  • AMA/Q&A posts 
  • In-world content for existing projects
Includes Discord rewards
The Reader
$10 or more per month 0 patrons
This tier gets you access to all of the above, plus: 


  • First access to standalone short stories and flash fiction
  • Livestreams and character submissions (once we hit those goals) 
Includes Discord rewards
The Future-Seer
$15 or more per month 0 patrons
This tier gets you access to everything above, as well as: 


  • Sneak peeks at future projects/WIPs
  • Story-prep screencasts
  • Monthly group divination readings
  • Twice a year mystery packages with notes & more
Includes Discord rewards
The Named
$25 or more per month 2 patrons
This tier gets you access to all of the above, plus: 


  • Signed copy of physical books when released
  • Shout-out on projects published while you're a patron (on-air shout out in podcasts and/or mention in the acknowledgements section for other media)
  • Postcards (once we hit the goal) 
Includes Discord rewards