Jarod Cerf is creating "Until We Were As Kings", a literary fiction series
2

patrons

$5
per month
Who am I?

A writer, journalist, podcast host and occasional real life person.  I try not to write for myself, but rather, with the hope that you can find something of worth--of the characters, their dreams and desires--to make your own.

My first book, And Then the Castle Died, had only one line, written entirely on the final page.  The rest were filled with crayon knights and their squires, sages, and a castle building toward the sky.  I went door to door with it when I was five and made sure every copy sold was signed.

Hopefully, Until We Were As Kings will have a few more lines.

About the Story

Until We Were As Kings is a tale of memory, loss, and the flow of time.  Mostly though, it's about two friends, Adam and Connor--one who's owed a wish, and one who wants to save a life--who think their role is to 'set things right'.

But the tale they're in has older roots than either know, and they soon find themselves confronted by the things they've tried before, both in the war where they 'first' met and in the one last journey that they undertake to find their home.

Why Patreon?

I like telling stories.  And I love to meet folks from all walks of life.  But writing this takes time: time away from sleep and eating and the dog at the door, and my readers, of course, who I'd like to know more.  So for the price of a $1, we can make a little fire here, keep it warm, and stay here awhile as I tell you a story.

And for those of you who'd like a little more--myths and lore, behind the tale, my thoughts on writing this, interviews with Creators and patrons on the works that inspire them--well, that's what the higher reward tiers (and awesome patrons like yourself) are for.

So its kind of like a web comic, beta access, or serialized tale?

Kind of.  Mostly the words for right now.  Though I'd love to have some illustrations, both for the site and the books as they'll appear in their final form.

I'll try to post new scenes (both works-in-progress and revised) every few days or as I write them, with full chapters available once they're complete.  The rest of the content will be by the week. 

If we can meet some of the higher goals, I'll also look into some fun things like a limited signed run and monthly storytelling prizes.

Oh, and the first scene of each chapter will always be free.

Lastly...

My thanks.  Patreon may give me a home for the writing, but the story only lives in the moment you find it. 

So thank you, my friend.

I hope you enjoy your stay by the fire.

-J

Rewards
Tier 1, Kindling - "I'd Like a Story"
$1 or more per month 1 patron
"There's a secret every fire tells when you first light it: 'keep me warm,' it says, 'and I'll give you life'."

- Joseph the abbad, Adam's father


This tier includes:


All the stuff I write (early drafts, revisions, finals) +


  • access to the news feed, surveys and RSS
  • key illustrations, concept art and sketched ideas
  • my eternal (printed) thanks in the final work


And the freedom to comment or give feedback as you like.

Tier 2, Cracked Coal - “Behind the Tale”
$3 or more per month 0 patrons
"And when I'm just the grass again, will you stand upon me then--your feet, hands, smile--and walk?"

- Epitaph on the tombs that comprise the Palings


This tier includes:


Everything that drives this (over ten years worth) +


  • myths and tales of the world, what folks believe
  • first audio drafts and raw, mad ramblings
  • other lives the work has led (short stories, plays, etc.)


plus all previous rewards.

Tier 3, Hearth & Fire - “How We Survive”
$5 or more per month 1 patron
"There's no 'magicked fever' to how I fight them, Connor.  I bleed.  I burn.  And hope the other bastard dies."


-Adam to Connor, on the night that they leave for the conflict in Shiloh

This tier includes:


The works that inspire (films, books, music, writers...) +


  • lessons learned and gained with time
  • techniques, games and insights for your writing
  • feedback and feature on your own creative work or ideas


Plus all previous rewards.

Goals
$5 of $2,500 per month
Forever and the Earth

Congrats! You've time-traveled a writer! At $2500 a month I'm yours forever (or at least until I finish the writing).
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Who am I?

A writer, journalist, podcast host and occasional real life person.  I try not to write for myself, but rather, with the hope that you can find something of worth--of the characters, their dreams and desires--to make your own.

My first book, And Then the Castle Died, had only one line, written entirely on the final page.  The rest were filled with crayon knights and their squires, sages, and a castle building toward the sky.  I went door to door with it when I was five and made sure every copy sold was signed.

Hopefully, Until We Were As Kings will have a few more lines.

About the Story

Until We Were As Kings is a tale of memory, loss, and the flow of time.  Mostly though, it's about two friends, Adam and Connor--one who's owed a wish, and one who wants to save a life--who think their role is to 'set things right'.

But the tale they're in has older roots than either know, and they soon find themselves confronted by the things they've tried before, both in the war where they 'first' met and in the one last journey that they undertake to find their home.

Why Patreon?

I like telling stories.  And I love to meet folks from all walks of life.  But writing this takes time: time away from sleep and eating and the dog at the door, and my readers, of course, who I'd like to know more.  So for the price of a $1, we can make a little fire here, keep it warm, and stay here awhile as I tell you a story.

And for those of you who'd like a little more--myths and lore, behind the tale, my thoughts on writing this, interviews with Creators and patrons on the works that inspire them--well, that's what the higher reward tiers (and awesome patrons like yourself) are for.

So its kind of like a web comic, beta access, or serialized tale?

Kind of.  Mostly the words for right now.  Though I'd love to have some illustrations, both for the site and the books as they'll appear in their final form.

I'll try to post new scenes (both works-in-progress and revised) every few days or as I write them, with full chapters available once they're complete.  The rest of the content will be by the week. 

If we can meet some of the higher goals, I'll also look into some fun things like a limited signed run and monthly storytelling prizes.

Oh, and the first scene of each chapter will always be free.

Lastly...

My thanks.  Patreon may give me a home for the writing, but the story only lives in the moment you find it. 

So thank you, my friend.

I hope you enjoy your stay by the fire.

-J

Recent posts by Jarod Cerf

Rewards
Tier 1, Kindling - "I'd Like a Story"
$1 or more per month 1 patron
"There's a secret every fire tells when you first light it: 'keep me warm,' it says, 'and I'll give you life'."

- Joseph the abbad, Adam's father


This tier includes:


All the stuff I write (early drafts, revisions, finals) +


  • access to the news feed, surveys and RSS
  • key illustrations, concept art and sketched ideas
  • my eternal (printed) thanks in the final work


And the freedom to comment or give feedback as you like.

Tier 2, Cracked Coal - “Behind the Tale”
$3 or more per month 0 patrons
"And when I'm just the grass again, will you stand upon me then--your feet, hands, smile--and walk?"

- Epitaph on the tombs that comprise the Palings


This tier includes:


Everything that drives this (over ten years worth) +


  • myths and tales of the world, what folks believe
  • first audio drafts and raw, mad ramblings
  • other lives the work has led (short stories, plays, etc.)


plus all previous rewards.

Tier 3, Hearth & Fire - “How We Survive”
$5 or more per month 1 patron
"There's no 'magicked fever' to how I fight them, Connor.  I bleed.  I burn.  And hope the other bastard dies."


-Adam to Connor, on the night that they leave for the conflict in Shiloh

This tier includes:


The works that inspire (films, books, music, writers...) +


  • lessons learned and gained with time
  • techniques, games and insights for your writing
  • feedback and feature on your own creative work or ideas


Plus all previous rewards.