Heidi Hough is creating A Cult Memoir
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patrons
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My Story

When I was little, I couldn't stand to see injustice. If I saw someone being picked on, I was the first to run over and confront the bully.

Then, when I was eight, the Brothers in my Christian fundamentalist cult sat me down and told me I was a flirt and a Jezebel. I felt that familiar sense of rage in the face of wrong rise.

But over time and constant pressure, I gradually forgot my warrior spirit. Just like the cult wanted me to. I forgot my child's sense of self-love and innocence. I began to believe what they said: that I was inferior, worthless, bad, nothing without them, and The Church.

Somehow, I escaped. But what happens when a cult is all you've ever known?

You don't know who you are. You end up in abusive relationships. You consider suicide. You feel completely alone.

More than a decade later I still work through these challenges everyday.

What keeps me moving forward? Healing with Story. Rewriting My Life. Choosing the Next Chapter.

Today I'm writing a memoir and making a documentary in which I seek to shape my future, even as I journey into my past. I grapple with the pain of time-travel into trauma and the worry of hurting my family even more. But I believe the cost of ignoring the past — of ignoring history itself - is a greater threat.

A girl that speaks her mind and sticks up for herself in a patriarchal Christian fundamentalist group is also a threat. But when she grows up and tells her story, and hopefully, helps save other little girls from a similar fate, she wins in the end! That is the warrior spirit I stand for, just like my name, Heidi, which means, "noble warrior."

If you'd like to help me finish my story of that bullied little girl who stood up for herself and escaped a cult against all odds, please donate $1 / month towards my book at Patreon.com. Every drop in the bucket makes a difference!

If you support me I will privately share each new chapter with you, monthly, starting from the first, before it is published anywhere else. And I would love to hear your feedback!  

Why I need your help:

1) Writing this book is way harder than I ever imagined. The deeper I go, the darker it gets. My light at the end of the tunnel can be you, dear Patron!

2) I need to be self-sustaining in order to finish. I put myself through college, against all odds, coming from a homeschooling background where women weren’t supposed to get higher educations, by working three jobs while taking full-time classes. Now I come home from work exhausted, and find it almost impossible to write at the end of the day. The gift of being able to harness my strength and energy and put it into full-time writing will make all the difference, again thanks to You!

I have whittled down my expenses to only needing $1,000 a month to survive.

The way Patreon works is a reader can donate whatever they want per month and the donation is recurring each month after that. So anything from $1/month up, is hugely helpful to my cause.

What I’ll Use the Money For:
Rent: My rent is $650 a month. 
Car Payment: My car payment and insurance is $200 a month.
Food: $150 a month can get me enough local produce to keep my mind fresh, healthy and focused.
That Equals: $1000

Those are the basics. With those pieces covered, I can support myself and write full-time!

Here's my Stretch Goal: An additional $500/month will allow me to take my book to the next level, enabling me to do things like:
Travel to meet with literary agents and maybe take a creative writing course to help ensure this book is as good as it can be!
Save up for a better laptop.
Redo my website, which is in a sorry state.

If I hit the $1500 Stretch Goal, I will start a weekly podcast of Bible stories told in a ‘real world’ style. Haven’t you always wondered what’s really going on in those stories, without the religious overtones?!

The stretch goal would be amazing to hit, but simply being totally supported by reader generosity makes me endlessly grateful, no matter what else happens.
Tiers
Pledge $1 or more per month
Did you just join my team of patrons?! Yes, yes you did. THANK YOU! As an official patron, you'll have access to my patron-only feed with project updates and content creation tips once every month.
Pledge $3 or more per month
Every month, I'll have a Patreon-live chat with all of you awesome $3+ patrons, plus all previous rewards.
Pledge $5 or more per month
You'll receive access to an unpublished piece of writing for your eyes only, plus all previous rewards.
Goals
$10 of $1,000 per month
$1,000 a month would allow me to finish this book. My goal is to complete it by June, 2018. I will privately share each new chapter with my patrons before it is published anywhere else.
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My Story

When I was little, I couldn't stand to see injustice. If I saw someone being picked on, I was the first to run over and confront the bully.

Then, when I was eight, the Brothers in my Christian fundamentalist cult sat me down and told me I was a flirt and a Jezebel. I felt that familiar sense of rage in the face of wrong rise.

But over time and constant pressure, I gradually forgot my warrior spirit. Just like the cult wanted me to. I forgot my child's sense of self-love and innocence. I began to believe what they said: that I was inferior, worthless, bad, nothing without them, and The Church.

Somehow, I escaped. But what happens when a cult is all you've ever known?

You don't know who you are. You end up in abusive relationships. You consider suicide. You feel completely alone.

More than a decade later I still work through these challenges everyday.

What keeps me moving forward? Healing with Story. Rewriting My Life. Choosing the Next Chapter.

Today I'm writing a memoir and making a documentary in which I seek to shape my future, even as I journey into my past. I grapple with the pain of time-travel into trauma and the worry of hurting my family even more. But I believe the cost of ignoring the past — of ignoring history itself - is a greater threat.

A girl that speaks her mind and sticks up for herself in a patriarchal Christian fundamentalist group is also a threat. But when she grows up and tells her story, and hopefully, helps save other little girls from a similar fate, she wins in the end! That is the warrior spirit I stand for, just like my name, Heidi, which means, "noble warrior."

If you'd like to help me finish my story of that bullied little girl who stood up for herself and escaped a cult against all odds, please donate $1 / month towards my book at Patreon.com. Every drop in the bucket makes a difference!

If you support me I will privately share each new chapter with you, monthly, starting from the first, before it is published anywhere else. And I would love to hear your feedback!  

Why I need your help:

1) Writing this book is way harder than I ever imagined. The deeper I go, the darker it gets. My light at the end of the tunnel can be you, dear Patron!

2) I need to be self-sustaining in order to finish. I put myself through college, against all odds, coming from a homeschooling background where women weren’t supposed to get higher educations, by working three jobs while taking full-time classes. Now I come home from work exhausted, and find it almost impossible to write at the end of the day. The gift of being able to harness my strength and energy and put it into full-time writing will make all the difference, again thanks to You!

I have whittled down my expenses to only needing $1,000 a month to survive.

The way Patreon works is a reader can donate whatever they want per month and the donation is recurring each month after that. So anything from $1/month up, is hugely helpful to my cause.

What I’ll Use the Money For:
Rent: My rent is $650 a month. 
Car Payment: My car payment and insurance is $200 a month.
Food: $150 a month can get me enough local produce to keep my mind fresh, healthy and focused.
That Equals: $1000

Those are the basics. With those pieces covered, I can support myself and write full-time!

Here's my Stretch Goal: An additional $500/month will allow me to take my book to the next level, enabling me to do things like:
Travel to meet with literary agents and maybe take a creative writing course to help ensure this book is as good as it can be!
Save up for a better laptop.
Redo my website, which is in a sorry state.

If I hit the $1500 Stretch Goal, I will start a weekly podcast of Bible stories told in a ‘real world’ style. Haven’t you always wondered what’s really going on in those stories, without the religious overtones?!

The stretch goal would be amazing to hit, but simply being totally supported by reader generosity makes me endlessly grateful, no matter what else happens.

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Tiers
Pledge $1 or more per month
Did you just join my team of patrons?! Yes, yes you did. THANK YOU! As an official patron, you'll have access to my patron-only feed with project updates and content creation tips once every month.
Pledge $3 or more per month
Every month, I'll have a Patreon-live chat with all of you awesome $3+ patrons, plus all previous rewards.
Pledge $5 or more per month
You'll receive access to an unpublished piece of writing for your eyes only, plus all previous rewards.