This Page is Getting a Make-Over Beginning of May. New video, new info, new ideas and inspiration. Come back or jump in and be part of the changes.
Much love to you!
Got a new job, moved out of the city and into the country (out of the blue, serendipitously) and oh yeah, got sick with the nasty bug that seems to be felling people left and right, with a bad case of laryngitis to boot -- all in a span of weeks. December was rough!
So now that I've gone through training, am settled in my new home and well again (yay!), I can resume posting on a regular basis, record podcast episodes and share the creative process with you!
Stretch those wings, it's going to be a wonderful year! :)
Creativity is My Lifeline, My Heartbeat.
As a single mom, caregiver to my mom until she passed away in '97, my sister and a more than dear friend who passed away from cancer in 2004 and 2009 respectively, a period of homelessness and raising my third child with little to no support, my creativity was the one constant.
I wrote and recorded the CD, For the Sake of Love, based on my healing journey and wrote a children's book, Little Yellow Pear Tomatoes, published by Illumination Arts, based on the teachings of Thich Nhat Hanh and endorsed by Jane Goodall.
I used my creativity to engage in human rights activism.
It's for each of us to decide on which side we will stand -- love or fear. I choose love. And for me, love looks like living, working, and spreading the message of healing as a full-time artist activist.
They say, anything is possible. I believe this is possible.
Patreon is my YES to that possibility.
Where There's Smoke Series on Covert Abuse
This is a book series on covert abuse and the healing journey that I'm making into podcasts.
If you look at the column to the left and at the bottom, you'll see a small section called "Featured Tags." Click the tag "wtss1 podcast" and all available public episodes will appear. I publish all episodes here first, privately, for those with early access. After 24 hours, they become public posts.
Alternatively, you can go to my website, www.keepingthedream.com, to hear the episodes and read the show notes with complete transcript. And don't forget you can subscribe through your favorite pod-catcher and receive each new episode as it becomes publicly available right on your podcast app!
What are the books in the series? In Episode 1, I give a summary of each of the books found in the series on covert abuse. You can listen to the book descriptions starting at the 2:51 time mark. Or scroll down the page on my website and read the summaries in the transcript.
The healing journey isn't easy, but it's made kinder and a bit gentler if you travel with friends and people who care. I hope you'll join me.
If you find this podcast and my writings helpful to you or could be to someone you know, please share and consider becoming my patron. It will greatly help me continue this work! Seriously, one or several dollars at a time can add up especially if people spread the word.
The more support I have, the more free time I have to create, to write, record, edit and publish. It’s an intricate process, and one in which I'm still learning and writing the series as I go along.
Thank you for being here! With all my heart,
If you’ve never been to Patreon, it’s wonderful!
Patreon is an opportunity for artists to receive sustainable support to do their art. And an opportunity for those who want to support them! Perfect match. This is grassroots support for artists. No longer do you have to be one of the wealthy few to be an art patron!
Here's how it works.
- Look over to the right.
- Pick a tier of monthly support you want to engage in. You'll be eligible to claim the rewards for that tier and every tier below you.
- If you pledge any amount between the tiers, you will receive the rewards from the tiers just below your pledge and every tier below that. If you then choose to pledge at the next tier above your previous amount, you'll receive the rewards for that tier and every tier below.
- For example: If you pledge $3 a month, you'll receive the awards from the $3 and $1 tiers. If you pledge $4 a month, which is more than the $3 tier but less than the next tier, which is $5, you'll receive the rewards from the $3 and $1 tier. However, if you pledge at $5 a month tier, you'll receive rewards from the $5 tier plus the $3 and $1 tiers. Make sense?
- Click the "Get $ Reward" button for the tier you desire, and follow directions. You'll be charged for the amount you choose at that time, and then monthly thereafter. And of course, you can cancel or change your tier level of support at any time.
- And voila! Congratulations! You're a full-fledged Patron of the Arts! Yay!
See? It's easy! And you can cancel or switch tiers or cancel at any time! You are in complete control.
Bottom line, the more patrons I have, the less "outside job" hours I have to work, the more time to devote to my writing and music and activism.
Just know that even though it may seem like a small amount of money in the lower tiers, it does add up. More, each contribution is a wonderful affirmation that I’m going in the right direction, and another powerful incentive to keep going forward -- being accountable to you.
What Your Patronage Will Go Toward:
This is THE most important impact of your support!
Any amount of support is greatly appreciated, and will positively impact my ability to write. I have to balance between my deep held belief that this information needs to be available to all who want it and respecting who I am as an artist. The whole point is to create a level of sustainability for my work as an activist and artist.
COMPLETING THE WHERE THERE"S SMOKE SERIES
Exposing the manipulation of covert abuse and empowering those who have been hurt by it is the stand I'm taking against the rising tide of abuse on individuals, the American people and elsewhere in this world.
There are other projects — writing and music — all with the same theme of healing and empowerment, and I’ll share those as we go along, but right now this is my focus.
SHARING THE CREATIVE PROCESS
I want to walk every step of the way with you. I’m learning so much creating podcasts and seeing how it affects my writing — to the better! While I’m working on this project, I need to write other things, smaller things, like poetry, song lyrics. Plus, there are creative decisions I need to make and I will be asking patrons for feedback.
AND THE EXPENSES OF WRITING
- Copyright fees
- ISBN fees
- Cover design for Where There’s Smoke series
- Cover design for For the Sake of Love eBook
- Cover design and illustrator for River of Heaven book.
- Editing and Formatting for all the books
- Recording time/production for songs
- Monthly costs of Web hosting, newsletter service, podcasting hosting, graphic art service.
- Yearly domain name renewals
- Better (much better) recording equipment and editing software for podcasts and videos
- Expert and legal services
PLUS MY SINGING VOICE!
Care-taking and working a stressful job has rendered me fatigued much of the time. The body is the vocalist’s instrument, so while I can still write words, it’s harder to sing them when I'm exhausted. When I manage to get the rest I need, my vocal chords do a rebound and I can sing. My tone is clear, I have control and my singing voice easily carries the song’s message.
I want to do this…
And this again...
As an incest survivor, it’s been a long hard journey reclaiming my voice after years of being silenced as a child. I want to use it again in response to today's rhetoric of hate and fear.
I will never stop. But your support will make it possible for me to not only write and speak more than once in a while or piece by piece, but to sing again.
So many stories to tell, songs to sing and dreams waiting to come true...
Let's see what we can do -- together.
With all my heart, thank you.
~ Keeping the Dream