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 knockoffstandalone 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!
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.