Chris Brecheen

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I'll share pictures of things I find interesting, pets I'm sitting, trips I'm on, maybe even wacky photoshops. Really this is just some small way of saying a deep and sincere thanks.

I tend to post a lot when I'm doing something interesting like a trip  and forget for too long if I'm overbusy on side gigs.

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About

HELLO!!!

Thank you SO much for taking a look at my Patreon page. My name is Chris Brecheen, and I'm a writer who depends on patrons.

I have a number of ongoing writing projects–from a blog about writing that occasionally dips into fiction, to regular Facebook posts about current affairs (along with a healthy dash of daily updates and geekery). I run a Facebook page about writing where I put up all kinds of content from puns and memes to articles about linguistics. In addition, I post a lot of social issue thoughts and reviews on my NOT Writing About Writing blog. I'm also writing a book as fast as I can and periodically work on other projects as well.

I really don't get paid for any of this work though. Not directly.

I don't have ads on my blog. Digging around for the links and memes I put on FB is a labor of love. Even the book I'm writing will be published non-traditionally and made available to everyone for free (as well as as cheaply as I can on Kindle and print-on-demand). My writing is for the world and if I can keep the bills paid doing so, always will be.

Also, while I have a few breathtaking, top-dollar patrons, about half of my current output is based on donors of less than $10 a month. It is really up to all of you you how much I can keep writing. Losing a big patron can mean 10% of my income in one disaster, and lots of little patrons help mitigate that, so no amount is too small.

Of course, I would continue to write with or without making a dime, but the more bills that I can pay without having to slog off to my zillion side gigs , the more time I can focus on doing even MORE writing. More posts. More content. Better quality. And faster turn over on my fiction. I set up this Patreon so that my readers would have a chance to support these endeavors as well as have the warm and fuzzy feeling from providing patronage to an independent artist who provides all his art to the world for free.

So if you like me, if you like what I do, and if you want to see me continue and/or do more of it, please consider becoming a patron of even as little as a single dollar.

NOTE: If you'd like to support me as a writer, I welcome that support as I have skyrocketing rent and insurance like everyone else and might like to live in my own tiny studio some day instead of sharing a two bedroom with three people, but PLEASE, PLEASE, PLEASE don't "fund" my social justice writing in a vacuum. (My political snark I don't mind getting paid for, and, yes, I know that there is overlap between "political" and "social justice," so please just do your best and try to honor the spirit of what I'm saying here.) I don't do the social equality part of my writing for money. I have my reasons for not being able to be a full-fledged "social justice advocate/activist/writer/warrior/whatever," and I refuse to be making a paycheck off of these struggles that are not mine. I'll do these Social Justice Bard posts and call out privilege on my Facebook no matter what my income looks like. I promise. If the gestalt of my writing appeals, great, but if you only want to see more social justice posts, please donate to the causes themselves (BLM, SPLC, Planned Parenthood, Equality Now to name just a few) or writers–particularly women of color–who are on the front lines writing about their own struggles and without whose hard work I would never be able to articulate such ideas. Thank you.

Goals
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I can survive.

Leaving a financially stable situation to one that is.....less financially stable means one has a couple of years before the little problems start to seep in. Where once one could just replace laptops or mattresses and everything was in pretty primo condition (because all income was discretionary income), suddenly around twenty-four months, the wear and tear of life begins to catch up. Computers are starting to glitch. I need to do some clothes shopping. Not to mention that the car I bought will begin to need really real maintenance soon.

As these things decay and the cost of being poor multiplies, my need for steady, reliable work instead of just side gigs will grow.

If I can achieve this level of stability, I will update the blog four times a week (though one update will almost always be a "jazz hands" type post). 
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