Eric Burns-White is creating Stories
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Thanks for dropping by my Patreon page!
My name's Eric Burns-White, and I've been writing on the Internet for over thirty years, dating back to the days when the whole place was phosphorescent green or -- if you were really swank -- amber and entirely made out of ASCII. In my time I've written over six million words online -- sometimes even sequentially. I'm best known for Websnark: a critical commentary blog that got some traction in the mid-oughts with a lot of coverage of webcomics, cartoons, pop culture and 'stuff' that action hero Wednesday White and I wrote. I also started Banter Latte: a fiction and poetry site which featured serialized work. Among other things, this included "Interviewing Leather" -- the story of a gonzo journalist wannabe interviewing a C-List supervillain -- and Lovelace½ -- the story of a normal enough fourteen year old girl who stopped being quite so normal one day. I spent some time in the RPG development trenches, including being nominated for the prestigious Golden ENnie award (and being part of a win), and working for companies like Decipher and Steve Jackson Games on properties ranging from the wild west to the Angel-and-Demonpunk cool of In Nomine straight through to licensed work for Star Trek. I've also spent the last few years getting increasingly comfortable with CGI and digital art -- opening up artistic avenues for me that honestly I've never been able to pursue before.

Various issues took me out of the public arena except for the occasional essay and Twitter sniping, but I've really wanted to come back and write. It's what keeps me sane. And obviously, I need to make some kind of money while doing it. However, I've discovered that as much as I adore writing... I have a day job I love -- working in the technology sector for a truly amazing school -- and that means I can't drop everything and write against deadline for twenty hours a day any more.

But I don't have to -- we live in the future, where anyone can publish and seek the audience they can find. So that's what I'm going to do -- and I hope you'll want to support the effort and come along with me.

Each month, I work on  Folios. Why Folios? Because I'm pretentious and it's fun. Each Folio is going to include several pieces of fiction, with a minimum word count of 25,000 words (more if certain goals are met) produced per month. When the Folio's complete, I'll compile it into a single PDF and send it out to the people who've pledged for it. That 25,000 words is my commit -- that's the minimum I'll do in a given month. With various goals having been met, my current commit is 40,000 words plus a Myth. Because of my work schedule, there are times of the year when I may not be able to get through that commit. When that's the case, I'll suspend the Patreon so that people aren't charged on the first of the following month. I know a good number of my patrons (who are amazing people) wouldn't mind if I charged for a null month, but I mind. So this is how I reconcile my day job and my writing and still feel like a decent person.

What kinds of things will I write? Stuff about superheroes, science fiction and fantasy, some horror, some essays and critical work, some poetry, some straight up contemporary fiction, a little experimental stuff here and there, and lots of humor. Some projects include:
  • Justice Wing (001JW) -- a somewhat familiar superheroic world, often examining how places like that work, best known for Interviewing Leather and its sequel Interviewing Trey. In ways, this is the fictional universe where I work out the logical hows and whys of superheroing as we've always seen it.
  • Lovelace 1/2 (012LL) -- the story of fourteen year old Andi Gannett-Moore. Andi's a likable if sardonic athlete who makes friends easily and struggles with academics... until one day she stops getting wrong answers and starts doing math as fast as she can write, while remembering literally everything she's ever seen or heard... and learning the world's a stranger place than she ever knew.
  • Corbett-877 (877CB) -- The story of Captain Liam Corbett of the A.F.S. Vigilant -- who heads off on an ordinary mission, transmitting to a planet's surface... only to find himself in an afterlife populated by the souls of the unmourned... including eight hundred and seventy six other Liam Corbetts...
  • Imperial Space (633IPS) -- A semi-hard science fiction universe of the far future, occupying the Venn diagram between Traveller, Babylon 5, and contemporary politics and culture. Probably best known for Theftworld.
  • Mythic Heroes (023SG) -- For literally decades, I've produced stuff for a shared fictional universe called Superguy. A lot of what I wrote for it's terrible, mind, but I've got a lot of affection for it, and after all these years I want to bring those characters out into a broader marketplace and make them earn their keep. As I don't own the rest of that shared universe, Mythic Heroes is my reworking of those stories into a cheap knockoff standalone pastiche. Sometimes very serious, sometimes entirely silly, sometimes starring fish.
  • And many more, all with their own silly alphanumeric codes! Thrill to 320SF! Be amazed by 954ALT! Never actually see anything in 444TH!
These codes, for the record, are part of a multiverse project I call Ninespace, which means in one conceptual sense these are all taking place in a single cosm, with recurring themes and counterparts and crossovers where appropriate.

Depending on the level you choose, you'll get access to short stories before and after publication, drafts of novels, advance posts destined for Banter Latte or Websnark, backstory and conceptual bits that won't appear anywhere else (unless they do. I mean, forever's a long time, right?), and even some stuff destined for "holy crap this still exists?" lists like SFStory and Superguy (with notes to make it possible to know what's going on... sort of. It's a long story. Seriously, seriously long.)

If you're interested, I look forward to having you come along with me. If not -- hey, that's cool too. Free stuff will still appear on Banter Latte and hopefully even Websnark, and if you follow the progress of the Folios you'll even know what to expect. And hey... if you pledge enough... you can actually help determine what Banter Latte stories get worked on next, or even commission unique bits of writing or art!

If you can't pledge or just don't want to, but have been following my other (too often) sparse work on Banter Latte and Websnark, don't worry. Like I said above, all posts tagged Banter Latte or Websnark will be posted on those sites at no cost the day after they appear on Patreon, just like they always have. In particular the stories that were started on Banter Latte will be finished on Banter Latte -- none of this 'oh you like Andi Gannett-Moore? Then you better pay up' junk. By the time a Folio's released, all those posts will be up on the free sites -- it's just earlier drafts will be put out on Patreon first. And if none of this is your cup of tea? No worries. There's lots of fun stuff on Patreon -- keep looking and you'll find it. Either way, thanks for stopping by.

Rewards
Innocent Bystander
$1 or more per sufficient material to cover two months worth of posts. 17 patrons
My thanks for your kindness and the warm feeling that comes from being supportive... and subscriber only updates, conceptual work, cover art and concept art as it comes out, and early access to 'alternate projects' like poetry or old school Superguy.
Thrillseeker
$5 or more per sufficient material to cover two months worth of posts. 11 patrons
Everything from the previous reward plus access to first drafts of stories and book chapters and the first chance to see free final draft posts the day before they go up on Banter Latte or Websnark. (Includes older posts.)
Intrepid Reporter
$10 or more per sufficient material to cover two months worth of posts. 7 patrons
Everything from the previous rewards plus access to short vignettes and backstory posts written as part of the process of working out each new work - most never published anywhere else! See worldbuilding at its... well, 'finest' may be a bit much.
Hench
$15 or more per sufficient material to cover two months worth of posts. 6 patrons
Everything from the previous rewards plus any 'Superfluous Press' published short fiction (final draft) in DRM free formats from the time of your pledge forward -- any work 15,000 words or less! Load them on your favorite e-reader! Or don't. Honestly, you don't have to do what I tell you to. (Access comes after donation collection.) Also includes credit in the acknowledgements of novels or collections.
Cognoscenti
$20 or more per sufficient material to cover two months worth of posts. 2 patrons
All earlier rewards plus access to exclusive polls guiding future folios. Help choose the next Folio's Banter Latte update! Suggest essay topics or art subjects! Exert influence and practice your evil laugh!
Arcanist
$30 or more per sufficient material to cover two months worth of posts. 0 of 10 patrons
All the rewards of Cognoscenti or below, plus a custom vignette or story to be included in the next Folio. Minimum 250 words, maximum however much more I end up writing -- I tend to write long. You get to choose the topic or subject, though obviously I'll actually write the thing from there. Nothing explicitly NSFW (I work at a school), and I do reserve Veto power (though I will cheerfully refund in such cases.)
Aficionado
$50 or more per sufficient material to cover two months worth of posts. 0 of 5 patrons
All the rewards of Cognoscenti level and below, plus the ability to commission a single character CGI render to be included in the next Folio. (700x2400 pixel minimum, neutral background - though I may get creative depending). Want fan art? Sure! RPG character? Why not?! 2 revision passes included! Nothing full-on NSFW beyond, say, language please -- I like my job at my school and would like to keep it --  and I will have veto power (with a cheerful refund, of course.)
Goals
$250 of $7,500 per sufficient material to cover two months worth of posts.
If we hit $7,500 per folio... I will get a tattoo of my very own nutritional information as of the time of goal-completion, with the process documented and the tattooing video-recorded if allowed by the artist. This is the standard, FDA style white label indicating ingredients, calorie count -- everything a consumer will need to know should the situation arise. (Once again -- the guidelines will be specific to the time we hit goal. Otherwise, I'd have to keep putting correction stickers over it and oh no. I'm not doing that again.) It's for the public good!
5 of 5
Thanks for dropping by my Patreon page!
My name's Eric Burns-White, and I've been writing on the Internet for over thirty years, dating back to the days when the whole place was phosphorescent green or -- if you were really swank -- amber and entirely made out of ASCII. In my time I've written over six million words online -- sometimes even sequentially. I'm best known for Websnark: a critical commentary blog that got some traction in the mid-oughts with a lot of coverage of webcomics, cartoons, pop culture and 'stuff' that action hero Wednesday White and I wrote. I also started Banter Latte: a fiction and poetry site which featured serialized work. Among other things, this included "Interviewing Leather" -- the story of a gonzo journalist wannabe interviewing a C-List supervillain -- and Lovelace½ -- the story of a normal enough fourteen year old girl who stopped being quite so normal one day. I spent some time in the RPG development trenches, including being nominated for the prestigious Golden ENnie award (and being part of a win), and working for companies like Decipher and Steve Jackson Games on properties ranging from the wild west to the Angel-and-Demonpunk cool of In Nomine straight through to licensed work for Star Trek. I've also spent the last few years getting increasingly comfortable with CGI and digital art -- opening up artistic avenues for me that honestly I've never been able to pursue before.

Various issues took me out of the public arena except for the occasional essay and Twitter sniping, but I've really wanted to come back and write. It's what keeps me sane. And obviously, I need to make some kind of money while doing it. However, I've discovered that as much as I adore writing... I have a day job I love -- working in the technology sector for a truly amazing school -- and that means I can't drop everything and write against deadline for twenty hours a day any more.

But I don't have to -- we live in the future, where anyone can publish and seek the audience they can find. So that's what I'm going to do -- and I hope you'll want to support the effort and come along with me.

Each month, I work on  Folios. Why Folios? Because I'm pretentious and it's fun. Each Folio is going to include several pieces of fiction, with a minimum word count of 25,000 words (more if certain goals are met) produced per month. When the Folio's complete, I'll compile it into a single PDF and send it out to the people who've pledged for it. That 25,000 words is my commit -- that's the minimum I'll do in a given month. With various goals having been met, my current commit is 40,000 words plus a Myth. Because of my work schedule, there are times of the year when I may not be able to get through that commit. When that's the case, I'll suspend the Patreon so that people aren't charged on the first of the following month. I know a good number of my patrons (who are amazing people) wouldn't mind if I charged for a null month, but I mind. So this is how I reconcile my day job and my writing and still feel like a decent person.

What kinds of things will I write? Stuff about superheroes, science fiction and fantasy, some horror, some essays and critical work, some poetry, some straight up contemporary fiction, a little experimental stuff here and there, and lots of humor. Some projects include:
  • Justice Wing (001JW) -- a somewhat familiar superheroic world, often examining how places like that work, best known for Interviewing Leather and its sequel Interviewing Trey. In ways, this is the fictional universe where I work out the logical hows and whys of superheroing as we've always seen it.
  • Lovelace 1/2 (012LL) -- the story of fourteen year old Andi Gannett-Moore. Andi's a likable if sardonic athlete who makes friends easily and struggles with academics... until one day she stops getting wrong answers and starts doing math as fast as she can write, while remembering literally everything she's ever seen or heard... and learning the world's a stranger place than she ever knew.
  • Corbett-877 (877CB) -- The story of Captain Liam Corbett of the A.F.S. Vigilant -- who heads off on an ordinary mission, transmitting to a planet's surface... only to find himself in an afterlife populated by the souls of the unmourned... including eight hundred and seventy six other Liam Corbetts...
  • Imperial Space (633IPS) -- A semi-hard science fiction universe of the far future, occupying the Venn diagram between Traveller, Babylon 5, and contemporary politics and culture. Probably best known for Theftworld.
  • Mythic Heroes (023SG) -- For literally decades, I've produced stuff for a shared fictional universe called Superguy. A lot of what I wrote for it's terrible, mind, but I've got a lot of affection for it, and after all these years I want to bring those characters out into a broader marketplace and make them earn their keep. As I don't own the rest of that shared universe, Mythic Heroes is my reworking of those stories into a cheap knockoff standalone pastiche. Sometimes very serious, sometimes entirely silly, sometimes starring fish.
  • And many more, all with their own silly alphanumeric codes! Thrill to 320SF! Be amazed by 954ALT! Never actually see anything in 444TH!
These codes, for the record, are part of a multiverse project I call Ninespace, which means in one conceptual sense these are all taking place in a single cosm, with recurring themes and counterparts and crossovers where appropriate.

Depending on the level you choose, you'll get access to short stories before and after publication, drafts of novels, advance posts destined for Banter Latte or Websnark, backstory and conceptual bits that won't appear anywhere else (unless they do. I mean, forever's a long time, right?), and even some stuff destined for "holy crap this still exists?" lists like SFStory and Superguy (with notes to make it possible to know what's going on... sort of. It's a long story. Seriously, seriously long.)

If you're interested, I look forward to having you come along with me. If not -- hey, that's cool too. Free stuff will still appear on Banter Latte and hopefully even Websnark, and if you follow the progress of the Folios you'll even know what to expect. And hey... if you pledge enough... you can actually help determine what Banter Latte stories get worked on next, or even commission unique bits of writing or art!

If you can't pledge or just don't want to, but have been following my other (too often) sparse work on Banter Latte and Websnark, don't worry. Like I said above, all posts tagged Banter Latte or Websnark will be posted on those sites at no cost the day after they appear on Patreon, just like they always have. In particular the stories that were started on Banter Latte will be finished on Banter Latte -- none of this 'oh you like Andi Gannett-Moore? Then you better pay up' junk. By the time a Folio's released, all those posts will be up on the free sites -- it's just earlier drafts will be put out on Patreon first. And if none of this is your cup of tea? No worries. There's lots of fun stuff on Patreon -- keep looking and you'll find it. Either way, thanks for stopping by.

Recent posts by Eric Burns-White

Rewards
Innocent Bystander
$1 or more per sufficient material to cover two months worth of posts. 17 patrons
My thanks for your kindness and the warm feeling that comes from being supportive... and subscriber only updates, conceptual work, cover art and concept art as it comes out, and early access to 'alternate projects' like poetry or old school Superguy.
Thrillseeker
$5 or more per sufficient material to cover two months worth of posts. 11 patrons
Everything from the previous reward plus access to first drafts of stories and book chapters and the first chance to see free final draft posts the day before they go up on Banter Latte or Websnark. (Includes older posts.)
Intrepid Reporter
$10 or more per sufficient material to cover two months worth of posts. 7 patrons
Everything from the previous rewards plus access to short vignettes and backstory posts written as part of the process of working out each new work - most never published anywhere else! See worldbuilding at its... well, 'finest' may be a bit much.
Hench
$15 or more per sufficient material to cover two months worth of posts. 6 patrons
Everything from the previous rewards plus any 'Superfluous Press' published short fiction (final draft) in DRM free formats from the time of your pledge forward -- any work 15,000 words or less! Load them on your favorite e-reader! Or don't. Honestly, you don't have to do what I tell you to. (Access comes after donation collection.) Also includes credit in the acknowledgements of novels or collections.
Cognoscenti
$20 or more per sufficient material to cover two months worth of posts. 2 patrons
All earlier rewards plus access to exclusive polls guiding future folios. Help choose the next Folio's Banter Latte update! Suggest essay topics or art subjects! Exert influence and practice your evil laugh!
Arcanist
$30 or more per sufficient material to cover two months worth of posts. 0 of 10 patrons
All the rewards of Cognoscenti or below, plus a custom vignette or story to be included in the next Folio. Minimum 250 words, maximum however much more I end up writing -- I tend to write long. You get to choose the topic or subject, though obviously I'll actually write the thing from there. Nothing explicitly NSFW (I work at a school), and I do reserve Veto power (though I will cheerfully refund in such cases.)
Aficionado
$50 or more per sufficient material to cover two months worth of posts. 0 of 5 patrons
All the rewards of Cognoscenti level and below, plus the ability to commission a single character CGI render to be included in the next Folio. (700x2400 pixel minimum, neutral background - though I may get creative depending). Want fan art? Sure! RPG character? Why not?! 2 revision passes included! Nothing full-on NSFW beyond, say, language please -- I like my job at my school and would like to keep it --  and I will have veto power (with a cheerful refund, of course.)