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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. 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. Every penny I really generate is from donations, (and some side gigs like pet sitting and nannying). 

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, should they wish to, 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.) 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," 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.

Tiers
V.I.P. Room
$1 or more per month
Now that Patreon has decided not to charge patrons the service fee for their payment processing, I can again in good conscience recommend this level.

*Join conversations that only patrons get to be a part of
*Get occasional meta-updates on progress (or frustrations about the lack of it).

*Give input into upcoming projects, take place in patrons-only polls, join the back channel conversation about upcoming projects.

*Be informed about hiccups in the blog's regular update schedule.

Silver Silly Superfluous Selfies
$5 or more per month
Well....not JUST selfies.

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.

Plus all the lower tier rewards.
Early Access
$10 or more per month
A lot of my posts go up pretty last minute, but once a month (twice if I'm on FIRE) I will really try to get one of the "meatier" posts done ahead of time enough time to post it to Patreon early.  I often also incorporate your feedback and input into what becomes the published draft.

Plus all the lower tier rewards.
The Gold Club
$15 or more per month
Enjoy a number of minimally tangible rewards like being the first tier to break a tie on polls that are too close to call, the level I will regularly tell when something is going on that will cause a major disruption on the blog, and the occasional personal update that I'm not ready to share with a wide audience.

But none quite so great as that warm and fuzzy feeling that you are REALLY helping a struggling artist be able to spread some peanut butter on today's ration of toast.


Plus all the lower tier rewards.

Inside Scoop
$25 or more per month
Be included in a newsletter (once every three months is my ambition) detailing major writing developments, progress, and upcoming projects before anyone else does as well as a greater personal insight.

(Note: this is the same letter as the Kickstarter Inside Scoop for the duration of that project.)

Plus all the lower tier rewards. 
Patron Muse
$50 or more per month
Join a small group of incredibly generous donors. You will (should you wish) get a blog shout out a couple of times a year as well as a page within my blog's upper menu "pages" singing your praises.  There will be a few updates just for you and once in a while I will ask for just your input.

If you stay here for a year or so, there might also be a zombie story where a character with your name makes it to the helipad....

Plus all the lower tier rewards.
All The Autographs
$75 or more per month
Whenever I'm out of town (and if I don't travel for a while I'll offer it up every few months) I'll give a shout out and anyone who wants an autographed postcard from where I am can (privately) tell me their mailing address.

Then when I'm gobs-o-famous, you can pull out the collector's item postcards worth tens of dollars and show your completely unimpressed grandkids. 

Plus all the lower tier rewards.
I Literally Can't Even
$100 or more per month
Are you sure?

Okay, well, if you're sure, let's hook you the hell up.

*Early access to fiction pieces (and a good chance your feedback will go towards some last polish).
*High priority influence on choice of upcoming projects and articles. 

*Should you wish it, a video chat every couple of months.
*Recieve a postcard a couple of times a year (they might even be worth something some day).

*Keep at this level for a year and I'll ask you if you'd like to name a character in one of the fiction pieces I'm working on.

Plus all the lower tier rewards.

The Inner Sanctum
$150 or more per month
If you aren't already (and provided you behave, of course) I will invite you to follow my personal account on Facebook. There I share feelings and thoughts that are generally a little closer to my vest and less for public consumption.

Plus all the rewards of the lower tiers.
The Platinum Club
$250 or more per month
It's hard to imagine going higher than the tier below but consider that I will gladly expand my efforts to keep you happy to anything–even sustained things that might take a few hours a month. (Two or threeish)

Personal letters (even hand written)? Tutoring? Voice chats? Editing work on your own writing? After a sustained month at this level, I'll be e-mailing you to find out what I can do to make you happy.

Plus all the lower tier rewards.
Old Timey Patron
$500 or more per month
I don't even know why I'm writing this. Please don't do this if you're not filthy rich and just love independent artists. I don't want to be the reason you haven't eaten anything other than Ramen for a month.

At this level I don't really know what I could offer, but I'll be e-mailing you at least once a month after the first to try to figure something out. Facetime. E-mails. Private tutoring. Advice. Editing. Signed copies of anything I write. Handwritten letters of thanks that you can sell on e-bay when I'm uber-famous. And of course my ear as regards to upcoming projects. Even sustained efforts that might take five or six hours a month.

Plus all the lower rewards.
Goals
89% complete
The Rising Cost of Health Care

This small goal is set up to help me meet an expense I didn't really plan on when I was first setting up this Patreon. 

My insurance in our current political climate is going to go up. I am healthy but too old to risk only getting a catastrophic plan. I am self-employed, so any plan I buy is out of pocket, and that's where the increases are hitting the hardest.

I don't have a definitive reward for this tier, but I will try to update my fiction and/or "meaty posts" more regularly by way of saying thanks. Currently it is twice a week. I will strive to have weeks that are occasionally three.
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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. 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. Every penny I really generate is from donations, (and some side gigs like pet sitting and nannying). 

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, should they wish to, 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.) 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," 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.

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Tiers
V.I.P. Room
$1 or more per month
Now that Patreon has decided not to charge patrons the service fee for their payment processing, I can again in good conscience recommend this level.

*Join conversations that only patrons get to be a part of
*Get occasional meta-updates on progress (or frustrations about the lack of it).

*Give input into upcoming projects, take place in patrons-only polls, join the back channel conversation about upcoming projects.

*Be informed about hiccups in the blog's regular update schedule.

Silver Silly Superfluous Selfies
$5 or more per month
Well....not JUST selfies.

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.

Plus all the lower tier rewards.
Early Access
$10 or more per month
A lot of my posts go up pretty last minute, but once a month (twice if I'm on FIRE) I will really try to get one of the "meatier" posts done ahead of time enough time to post it to Patreon early.  I often also incorporate your feedback and input into what becomes the published draft.

Plus all the lower tier rewards.
The Gold Club
$15 or more per month
Enjoy a number of minimally tangible rewards like being the first tier to break a tie on polls that are too close to call, the level I will regularly tell when something is going on that will cause a major disruption on the blog, and the occasional personal update that I'm not ready to share with a wide audience.

But none quite so great as that warm and fuzzy feeling that you are REALLY helping a struggling artist be able to spread some peanut butter on today's ration of toast.


Plus all the lower tier rewards.

Inside Scoop
$25 or more per month
Be included in a newsletter (once every three months is my ambition) detailing major writing developments, progress, and upcoming projects before anyone else does as well as a greater personal insight.

(Note: this is the same letter as the Kickstarter Inside Scoop for the duration of that project.)

Plus all the lower tier rewards. 
Patron Muse
$50 or more per month
Join a small group of incredibly generous donors. You will (should you wish) get a blog shout out a couple of times a year as well as a page within my blog's upper menu "pages" singing your praises.  There will be a few updates just for you and once in a while I will ask for just your input.

If you stay here for a year or so, there might also be a zombie story where a character with your name makes it to the helipad....

Plus all the lower tier rewards.
All The Autographs
$75 or more per month
Whenever I'm out of town (and if I don't travel for a while I'll offer it up every few months) I'll give a shout out and anyone who wants an autographed postcard from where I am can (privately) tell me their mailing address.

Then when I'm gobs-o-famous, you can pull out the collector's item postcards worth tens of dollars and show your completely unimpressed grandkids. 

Plus all the lower tier rewards.
I Literally Can't Even
$100 or more per month
Are you sure?

Okay, well, if you're sure, let's hook you the hell up.

*Early access to fiction pieces (and a good chance your feedback will go towards some last polish).
*High priority influence on choice of upcoming projects and articles. 

*Should you wish it, a video chat every couple of months.
*Recieve a postcard a couple of times a year (they might even be worth something some day).

*Keep at this level for a year and I'll ask you if you'd like to name a character in one of the fiction pieces I'm working on.

Plus all the lower tier rewards.

The Inner Sanctum
$150 or more per month
If you aren't already (and provided you behave, of course) I will invite you to follow my personal account on Facebook. There I share feelings and thoughts that are generally a little closer to my vest and less for public consumption.

Plus all the rewards of the lower tiers.
The Platinum Club
$250 or more per month
It's hard to imagine going higher than the tier below but consider that I will gladly expand my efforts to keep you happy to anything–even sustained things that might take a few hours a month. (Two or threeish)

Personal letters (even hand written)? Tutoring? Voice chats? Editing work on your own writing? After a sustained month at this level, I'll be e-mailing you to find out what I can do to make you happy.

Plus all the lower tier rewards.
Old Timey Patron
$500 or more per month
I don't even know why I'm writing this. Please don't do this if you're not filthy rich and just love independent artists. I don't want to be the reason you haven't eaten anything other than Ramen for a month.

At this level I don't really know what I could offer, but I'll be e-mailing you at least once a month after the first to try to figure something out. Facetime. E-mails. Private tutoring. Advice. Editing. Signed copies of anything I write. Handwritten letters of thanks that you can sell on e-bay when I'm uber-famous. And of course my ear as regards to upcoming projects. Even sustained efforts that might take five or six hours a month.

Plus all the lower rewards.