Jerome Stueart is creating art and writing exploring community
5
patrons
$9
per month



Hi, my name is Jerome Stueart and I’m a 50-year-old queer writer, cartoonist, and illustrator living in Ohio about to start a new journey. 


Living in Community.  I’ve lived all over North America---mostly Missouri, Kansas, Texas, the Yukon Territory and Ohio--- and I’ve had the chance to experience life deeply in community with so many amazing and wonderful friends—not only the friends that live around me, but those I meet at conferences, conventions, all over the world. Some of you would really like to support me in my work, but you can’t buy a painting, and I completely understand that. I created this Patreon so that anyone who wanted to help out, even a dollar a month, could do that. Small ways of helping are still helping. Patreon is a good place for that. 


Why Patreon? I’ve been an English teacher for more than 20 years—mostly adjunct or visiting positions at universities and colleges. If you know the adjunct situation around the country, you know it’s not easy to make a living at this, and try as I might to get one of those coveted brass-ring tenure-track positions, they are hard to come by. (Possibly it’s my scifi background, but may be my lack of a literary novel, or just the incredible competition of my fellow writers and teachers all doing their best out there! I salute all of them). The bottom line for me was that I can’t afford to keep living this way, adjunct gig to adjunct gig, and certainly it doesn’t make an easy environment to create stuff in.

SO---- I’m about to make a huge career change, going back to school to develop my art into a commercially viable set of skills. YES!! I need to have a lot of options when it comes to this gig economy, besides just teaching. This Patreon is my way of keeping my art and writing skills as economically competitive skills, as well as building a community of friends and colleagues, and also a way of making ends meet, paying for things that fall through the cracks, like food, jeans, or my electricity.

Now, you do not have to support this Patreon to keep being my friend or following me on Facebook. I love you. You’re awesome and we are good friends, probably, already. But, I created this in response to a need I had, in case you were wondering how you could help out, or if you wanted to keep tabs on my new adventures in Columbus, Ohio, or on my art and my writing. I would enjoy having you as part of this circle!  But you'll also be getting things no one else will get, and be helping out--through me--other artists and writers on Patreon!

______________________________________

What you can get--and what others can get:

For anyone who gives a dollar a month, you can get story excerpts and art and news of my Columbus adventures!  This is the easiest and the widest tier--giving you news about all that I'm doing plus art and writing. 

From there, the levels offer you everything in the preceding levels + :

  • all my art that I produce, 
  • chapters of a serialized space opera with queer characters only available here--with illustrations!, 
  • and for the fellow writers who want to learn more about craft, the levels go up to include writing videos answering YOUR questions (the videos may become available to everyone if we reach certain goals, but you will always guide the questions), 
  • reading lists and discussions of other books, 
  • personal critiques of your writing, 
  • and, at the highest level, personalized perks that include portraits of people you love and signed books. 


Also, as we meet certain goals, I will pay it forward by dedicating 10% of my earnings to patronizing other queer artists and writers, and I will tell you about that in posts.  I already give $40 a month to other artists/writers and magazines that support queer writers/artists.  My goal is to bring others with me if I rise, and will tell you about them and why I support them.  You'll (hopefully, if Patreon helps me display them properly) be able to see everyone I support here.  

______________________

My Writing:

For those who may not be familiar with my writing, my latest story was published in F&SF (The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction) in March/April 2019. The novelette, “Postlude to the Afternoon of a Faun,” was about mentoring, about jazz, about how you change a life in midstream---sorta like I’m doing. Life imitating art, or vice versa.

I write science fiction and fantasy, but also queer literary stories/novellas.  My work falls in between a lot of categories.  My first book of collected short fiction, The Angels of Our Better Beasts , came out last year from ChiZine Publications. I’m a 2007 Clarion graduate, a Lambda Literary Fellow, and a Milton Fellow. I write science fiction, fantasy, and mainstream short stories and am working into novellas and novels. My work has been published or is forthcoming in Tor.com, Lightspeed’s Queers Destroy Science Fiction, Fantasy, Geist, Geez, On Spec, Joyland . I’ve co-edited three anthologies: Imaginarium 4, Wrestling with Gods: Tesseracts 18 , and Inhuman. I tend to touch on the spiritual side of my characters and my worlds —trying to understand their (and our) search for something deeper in the chaos that we live in.

My fiction can be about a talking dog that saves a gay deacon's life on a cold night in the Yukon, or about trying to figure out how to be a gay man from working as a park ranger in Teddy Roosevelt's house on Long Island trying to learn from Roosevelt, to a woman blazing through the stars to see all the sacred places in the galaxy before she dies. People are sacred. What they do to find peace, to find safety, to find meaning in the world and in their lives is fascinating to me. I'll use tropes from literary fiction, fantasy, science fiction, horror, mystery--all to discover what people are doing to find something real.

My Art:

I’ve always been an artist, since I was a kid, doing cartoons on the edges of flip tablets, imagining adventures of skunks and raccoons. I started doing pencil portraits in front of the local Piggly Wiggly in Caruthersville, MO when I was 15. This girl forced me to. I didn’t want to. I was happy drawing portraits of celebrities from the TV Guide, and she stood there and said she wanted a picture of herself! Well, I didn’t know anything about live sketching someone. But she wouldn’t leave, and she was determined that I could do it. So I did. And that was my first live portrait. Since then, I’ve turned to portraiture every time I’m low on money. Gaining more skill, slowly, dabbling in other mediums until now I do portraits in acrylic. I’d love to move into oils one day. 



But more than portraits, I like doing pictures of people in community. We see so much art where people are isolated and alone. I want to expand past portraits to paint community, groups, people interacting. I just finished a show called Communion, where I did portraits of people drinking coffee, and I could arrange them in a way to make them seem like they were all in conversation with each other. 



How we build community is important.  It's something I want to explore.  I want to explore this in painting and in writing.  I'd love for you to be part of that journey with me.  If you'd like to come along, please consider becoming one of my patrons!  I would love to have your companionship on this journey.  


Thank you.

___________________________________





BOOKS I've edited or written

     


____________________________


Tiers
Well-Met Wanderer
$1 or more per month

Thank you!  This is the level where you can keep tabs on what I'm doing, see some art, get a story excerpt, find out what's happening in my Columbus adventure every month.  You receive access to my Patreon posts and a newsletter of all the things I’m working on and planning to do, what events I will attend—your way of being a part of my fun. 

Enthusiastic Sightseer
$2 or more per month

Thank you!  You will have access to all the art that I make at CCAD for any of my projects.  I'll upload photos probably once a week, letting you see what I've been doing.  

Fellow Passenger
$5 or more per month

Well, you are along for the ride!  For this level, you will get chapters of an ongoing serial that I'm creating just for Patreon--a space opera about a retired nurse who sells her home, buys a spaceship, recruits her son to fly it, but has to deal with the former captain who is part of the deal--as well as her own home health care nurse, the nurse's 10 year old daughter, and a host of other characters as they start out on an easy tour of the sacred sites of the galaxy, only to be caught up in much more intrigue than they planned on.  I will be creating a chapter a month for this, with illustrations!  The first ones will be crude---as I'm just learning digital illustration--but the joy is going to be watching me learn how to make these illustrations better.  

Good Traveler
$10 or more per month

Thank you so much!  You receive the perks of the previous levels +

New to this level are writing tips, and answers to YOUR writing questions that will be covered in a monthly video talking about them.  I will pull four or five from those that have been submitted (probably do a poll of them) and answer those questions in the video.   

Armchair Explorer
$25 or more per month

Thank you!  At this level, you will receive all that I've done for other levels, but this will indicate that you want to explore other writers that I'm reading, and recommending to you, every month.  These will probably be a list of four longer works, or six shorter works (or a combo) and small descriptions of them and how they are influencing me, affecting me, or just something I love.  You can
think of this as your reading list for the month if you like and read with me.  And we can discuss these online together in a community!  

Intrepid Voyager
$50 or more per month only 6 left

Thank you.  You will receive all the previous perks.  But this tier is for writers who want critiques of their stories.  I will limit this to six writers, 20 pages apiece, per month.  That's about all I can do.  I will arrange to meet with you on Google Hangout and we will go over your story together.  I will give you thirty minutes of my professional critique.  I have a PhD in Creative Writing, and have been a creative writing professor for more than 20 years.  I would like to help you out.  

Faithful Companion
$100 or more per month only 5 left

Thank you.  You are truly a faithful companion.  You will receive all the benefits of other levels (even  the critiques).  At this level you will also get signed copies of my books and mention in my acknowledgement pages.   Every month I will send you a personal thank you card.  If you remain at this level for 3 months, I will paint a portrait for you, 16 x 20, of any one person, in acrylic, and ship it to you.  You can get a maximum of 4 portraits a year this way.  

Goals
$9 of $250 per month
Thank you so much! This kind of money is the difference between a bounced check and fees and being able to pay bills with no worries. Honestly, it makes a difference. All Patrons thus far get their names in the Founders List.  I will also choose five more queer writers or artists to support every month at $5 a piece. 

1 of 7



Hi, my name is Jerome Stueart and I’m a 50-year-old queer writer, cartoonist, and illustrator living in Ohio about to start a new journey. 


Living in Community.  I’ve lived all over North America---mostly Missouri, Kansas, Texas, the Yukon Territory and Ohio--- and I’ve had the chance to experience life deeply in community with so many amazing and wonderful friends—not only the friends that live around me, but those I meet at conferences, conventions, all over the world. Some of you would really like to support me in my work, but you can’t buy a painting, and I completely understand that. I created this Patreon so that anyone who wanted to help out, even a dollar a month, could do that. Small ways of helping are still helping. Patreon is a good place for that. 


Why Patreon? I’ve been an English teacher for more than 20 years—mostly adjunct or visiting positions at universities and colleges. If you know the adjunct situation around the country, you know it’s not easy to make a living at this, and try as I might to get one of those coveted brass-ring tenure-track positions, they are hard to come by. (Possibly it’s my scifi background, but may be my lack of a literary novel, or just the incredible competition of my fellow writers and teachers all doing their best out there! I salute all of them). The bottom line for me was that I can’t afford to keep living this way, adjunct gig to adjunct gig, and certainly it doesn’t make an easy environment to create stuff in.

SO---- I’m about to make a huge career change, going back to school to develop my art into a commercially viable set of skills. YES!! I need to have a lot of options when it comes to this gig economy, besides just teaching. This Patreon is my way of keeping my art and writing skills as economically competitive skills, as well as building a community of friends and colleagues, and also a way of making ends meet, paying for things that fall through the cracks, like food, jeans, or my electricity.

Now, you do not have to support this Patreon to keep being my friend or following me on Facebook. I love you. You’re awesome and we are good friends, probably, already. But, I created this in response to a need I had, in case you were wondering how you could help out, or if you wanted to keep tabs on my new adventures in Columbus, Ohio, or on my art and my writing. I would enjoy having you as part of this circle!  But you'll also be getting things no one else will get, and be helping out--through me--other artists and writers on Patreon!

______________________________________

What you can get--and what others can get:

For anyone who gives a dollar a month, you can get story excerpts and art and news of my Columbus adventures!  This is the easiest and the widest tier--giving you news about all that I'm doing plus art and writing. 

From there, the levels offer you everything in the preceding levels + :

  • all my art that I produce, 
  • chapters of a serialized space opera with queer characters only available here--with illustrations!, 
  • and for the fellow writers who want to learn more about craft, the levels go up to include writing videos answering YOUR questions (the videos may become available to everyone if we reach certain goals, but you will always guide the questions), 
  • reading lists and discussions of other books, 
  • personal critiques of your writing, 
  • and, at the highest level, personalized perks that include portraits of people you love and signed books. 


Also, as we meet certain goals, I will pay it forward by dedicating 10% of my earnings to patronizing other queer artists and writers, and I will tell you about that in posts.  I already give $40 a month to other artists/writers and magazines that support queer writers/artists.  My goal is to bring others with me if I rise, and will tell you about them and why I support them.  You'll (hopefully, if Patreon helps me display them properly) be able to see everyone I support here.  

______________________

My Writing:

For those who may not be familiar with my writing, my latest story was published in F&SF (The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction) in March/April 2019. The novelette, “Postlude to the Afternoon of a Faun,” was about mentoring, about jazz, about how you change a life in midstream---sorta like I’m doing. Life imitating art, or vice versa.

I write science fiction and fantasy, but also queer literary stories/novellas.  My work falls in between a lot of categories.  My first book of collected short fiction, The Angels of Our Better Beasts , came out last year from ChiZine Publications. I’m a 2007 Clarion graduate, a Lambda Literary Fellow, and a Milton Fellow. I write science fiction, fantasy, and mainstream short stories and am working into novellas and novels. My work has been published or is forthcoming in Tor.com, Lightspeed’s Queers Destroy Science Fiction, Fantasy, Geist, Geez, On Spec, Joyland . I’ve co-edited three anthologies: Imaginarium 4, Wrestling with Gods: Tesseracts 18 , and Inhuman. I tend to touch on the spiritual side of my characters and my worlds —trying to understand their (and our) search for something deeper in the chaos that we live in.

My fiction can be about a talking dog that saves a gay deacon's life on a cold night in the Yukon, or about trying to figure out how to be a gay man from working as a park ranger in Teddy Roosevelt's house on Long Island trying to learn from Roosevelt, to a woman blazing through the stars to see all the sacred places in the galaxy before she dies. People are sacred. What they do to find peace, to find safety, to find meaning in the world and in their lives is fascinating to me. I'll use tropes from literary fiction, fantasy, science fiction, horror, mystery--all to discover what people are doing to find something real.

My Art:

I’ve always been an artist, since I was a kid, doing cartoons on the edges of flip tablets, imagining adventures of skunks and raccoons. I started doing pencil portraits in front of the local Piggly Wiggly in Caruthersville, MO when I was 15. This girl forced me to. I didn’t want to. I was happy drawing portraits of celebrities from the TV Guide, and she stood there and said she wanted a picture of herself! Well, I didn’t know anything about live sketching someone. But she wouldn’t leave, and she was determined that I could do it. So I did. And that was my first live portrait. Since then, I’ve turned to portraiture every time I’m low on money. Gaining more skill, slowly, dabbling in other mediums until now I do portraits in acrylic. I’d love to move into oils one day. 



But more than portraits, I like doing pictures of people in community. We see so much art where people are isolated and alone. I want to expand past portraits to paint community, groups, people interacting. I just finished a show called Communion, where I did portraits of people drinking coffee, and I could arrange them in a way to make them seem like they were all in conversation with each other. 



How we build community is important.  It's something I want to explore.  I want to explore this in painting and in writing.  I'd love for you to be part of that journey with me.  If you'd like to come along, please consider becoming one of my patrons!  I would love to have your companionship on this journey.  


Thank you.

___________________________________





BOOKS I've edited or written

     


____________________________


Recent posts by Jerome Stueart

Tiers
Well-Met Wanderer
$1 or more per month

Thank you!  This is the level where you can keep tabs on what I'm doing, see some art, get a story excerpt, find out what's happening in my Columbus adventure every month.  You receive access to my Patreon posts and a newsletter of all the things I’m working on and planning to do, what events I will attend—your way of being a part of my fun. 

Enthusiastic Sightseer
$2 or more per month

Thank you!  You will have access to all the art that I make at CCAD for any of my projects.  I'll upload photos probably once a week, letting you see what I've been doing.  

Fellow Passenger
$5 or more per month

Well, you are along for the ride!  For this level, you will get chapters of an ongoing serial that I'm creating just for Patreon--a space opera about a retired nurse who sells her home, buys a spaceship, recruits her son to fly it, but has to deal with the former captain who is part of the deal--as well as her own home health care nurse, the nurse's 10 year old daughter, and a host of other characters as they start out on an easy tour of the sacred sites of the galaxy, only to be caught up in much more intrigue than they planned on.  I will be creating a chapter a month for this, with illustrations!  The first ones will be crude---as I'm just learning digital illustration--but the joy is going to be watching me learn how to make these illustrations better.  

Good Traveler
$10 or more per month

Thank you so much!  You receive the perks of the previous levels +

New to this level are writing tips, and answers to YOUR writing questions that will be covered in a monthly video talking about them.  I will pull four or five from those that have been submitted (probably do a poll of them) and answer those questions in the video.   

Armchair Explorer
$25 or more per month

Thank you!  At this level, you will receive all that I've done for other levels, but this will indicate that you want to explore other writers that I'm reading, and recommending to you, every month.  These will probably be a list of four longer works, or six shorter works (or a combo) and small descriptions of them and how they are influencing me, affecting me, or just something I love.  You can
think of this as your reading list for the month if you like and read with me.  And we can discuss these online together in a community!  

Intrepid Voyager
$50 or more per month only 6 left

Thank you.  You will receive all the previous perks.  But this tier is for writers who want critiques of their stories.  I will limit this to six writers, 20 pages apiece, per month.  That's about all I can do.  I will arrange to meet with you on Google Hangout and we will go over your story together.  I will give you thirty minutes of my professional critique.  I have a PhD in Creative Writing, and have been a creative writing professor for more than 20 years.  I would like to help you out.  

Faithful Companion
$100 or more per month only 5 left

Thank you.  You are truly a faithful companion.  You will receive all the benefits of other levels (even  the critiques).  At this level you will also get signed copies of my books and mention in my acknowledgement pages.   Every month I will send you a personal thank you card.  If you remain at this level for 3 months, I will paint a portrait for you, 16 x 20, of any one person, in acrylic, and ship it to you.  You can get a maximum of 4 portraits a year this way.