Kim Antieau is creating stories, magic, & retreats at the Old Mermaids Sanctuary
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patrons
My name is Kim Antieau, and I make up stuff. Only fictionally, of course. I write books, take photographs, and run The Wayward Arts Retreats at the Old Mermaids Sanctuary. That last part is why I've created this Patreon page: I need your help in getting the Wayward Arts Retreats up and running. Imagine me holding a bunch of kitty-litter-colored dirt in my hand while I say, "If I have to lie, cheat, or steal, I will save my home!" Actually, I don't intend to cheat or steal, but if I can make up some stories and have them pay my way, I will do that. I figure I have two years to make it happen, so my intention is to only have this page for 24 months, beginning May 1st, 2019 and ending May 1st, 2021.

So this is what happened: A few months ago, a formerly beloved artists' retreat where we had spent 11 winters unexpectedly came up for sale in Tucson. This is a place we cherished. It's the setting for my novel Church of the Old Mermaids. We've never owned a house before, let alone one in the desert with 4.4 acres. But we decided to go for it. We put every penny into trying to purchase it. With the help of family and the bank, we bought our first house—two people in their 60s! Days after we got here, my workplace of 32 years (where I'd been telecommuting for 25 years) suddenly demanded I return to Washington state or they would fire me. I couldn't go back to Washington state full-time, so here I am on this sacred beloved land, and I've got to figure out a way to keep it for us and for the creative community. We want this place open so others can experience the kind of retreats we experienced every winter for 11 years.

We created two places on the property for retreats for the Wayward Arts. Both of them are small studio apartments. What are the Wayward Arts? It includes writing, any visual arts, music, puppetry, dance, acting, healing, storytelling, cooking, caretaking. Our motto is, "At the Old Mermaids Sanctuary, reality is part fairy tale, part magic, and all Sonoran Desert. Stories are everywhere here. Come find yours."

Who am I? I've been writing stories since I was five years old. My first paid-for story was published in Isaac Asimov's Science Fiction Magazine, and my first published novel was The Jigsaw Woman. Since then I've had dozens of stories published along with many novels (including Coyote Cowgirl, The Monster's Daughter, Her Frozen Wild, Butch, Ruby's Imagine, and many others. I also write nonfiction, and those books include The Salmon Mysteries and Answering the Creative Call. And I'm a photographer. I met writer Mario Milosevic at Clarion Science Fiction Writers Workshop in 1980. We married a year later and have been happily together ever since.
 
Now that we've bought this glorious place full of beauty and inspiration and I've lost my job, I figure it is time for some desert magic. My intention is to continue writing books and taking photographs. We've opened up the two studio apartments on the Sanctuary for creative retreats. My job is to keep the place running. With your help, I will do it.

I've got 5 tiers with lots of goodies for you, including Sanctuary gossip, unflattering photos of our star critters, behind the scenes info on my novels and writing process, postcards, acknowledgments, signed books, and lots more.

I hope you'll join me for the next 24 months. I'm excited to see what will happen. Stories are everywhere here, and I will write some of them for you.

Best wishes,

Kim Antieau
Tiers
Jackrabbit
$5 or more per month

• This level unlocks all my exclusive posts about our new life on the Old Mermaids Sanctuary: 4.4 acres in the Sonoran desert in the foothills of the Rincon Mountains. 


• I'll give you all the latest gossip about the flora and fauna on the Sanctuary—along with exclusive revealing photographs of said flora and fauna.


• I will document our successes and failures as we start this new life. Come on, we're two geezers starting a new life in the desert, caring for more than 4 acres, a big ole house along with a barn and two studio apartments. It ain't all gonna be pretty.


 • Stories rule here! And no one else will get these posts except my patreon subscribers. 

Saguaro
$10 or more per month

• You will have access to all of my posts as described above which means you'll get all the celebrity gossip about the cacti, rattlesnakes, and bobcats at the Sanctuary.


• You will get access to my Work in Progress fiction. Only you, dear patreon subscriber, will get to witness my creative process which may or may not be a little like watching sausage being made when you're a vegetarian. 


• Plus, poet Mario Milosevic will write a poem every month exclusively for my patreon peeps.


• And guess what, you will get to read my novels before anyone else does. Come on: how cool is that?

Bobcat
$35 or more per month

• All gossip and headline news about the Sanctuary, my writing, my failures and successes,  all my WIP fiction, and a poem by Mario Milosevic, all as described above.


• Your name in the acknowledgements as a benefactor in any book I write during your membership, plus a signed copy of each book. You'll be famous! Or at least infamous because of your involvement in my writing process.


• A common or uncommon dialogue each month between me and a critter on the Sanctuary (real or unreal) or between Mario and a critter on the Sanctuary (real or unreal). Where else can you get sublime nonsense like this?


• Extra behind the scenes about each book I am working on, including scenes that will not be in the book and are written just for my Patreon subscribers. This will be my hats off thanks to you.


• A postcard from me each month from somewhere ordinary or extraordinary


• After two months, I'll make you an Old Mermaids stocking



Jaguar
$75 or more per month

• All of the gossip and hits from above (all my posts, photographs, WIP, a postcard a month, an acknowledgment and signed copy of a book, dialogues common and bizarre, and a poem from Mario).


• After three months, I will create recipes for a meal especially designed for you using the principles of the Unified Field Theory of Spices (see  Marguerite Teng in Queendom: Feast of the Saints). What does this mean? The meals you create from these recipes could possibly be magic and change the course of your life. Or they might just be fun to read. Either way, pretty profound, eh?


• After six months, two Old Mermaid stockings made especially for you with secret symbols for health and prosperity from the Old Mermaids Book of Sacred Arts. These are not stockings for your feet...or your tail. These are like Christmas/Solstice stockings to hang on the proverbial mantel only they are shaped like mermaid tales. Fun in the sun, people.


 • All the behind the scenes material for Queendom: Feast of the Saints that was previously only available to the Queendom's Court. This includes sacred poetry and recipes from the Unified Field Theory of Spices, and much more. 


 • After six months, a signed limited edition paperback of Queendom: Feast of the Saints which will include the unpublished material that was only available to the Queendom's Court WITH NEW MATERIAL. This book will be only available to this tier and above for at least 24 months. This means that at the most, 26 people will have a copy of this special edition. You are so special to get all of this stuff. Believe it!


Gila Monster
$500 or more per month

• You will get all of of the above: the goofiness, the headlining dialogues, the gossip, the unflattering photos, along with me spilling my guts about my life on the Sanctuary and my process as a writer, postcards, recipes for healing meals, behind the scene everything, etc.


•   I will use your first or last name (my choice) as a character in a novel. Yes, I will. She or he won't be anything like you, but you'll know that they were named after you. I've not done that before.


•  And I will do an Old Mermaids Oracle reading for you on your birthday. What does that mean? I've created a 13 piece oracle based on the 13 Old Mermaids from Church of the Old Mermaids. It's like a tarot reading only it's nothing like that because it's the Old Mermaids, and they never predict anything scary. They just tell it like it is and will be.


•  After two months, I will write an Old Mermaids Healing tale with you as a character visiting the Old Mermaids Sanctuary back in the day when the 13 Old Ems wandered the New Desert. OR, I will write a Marguerite Teng story with you as a character as she gets recipes for the Unified Field Theory of Spices. You get to decide. 


• After three months, I will make an Old Mermaids treasure box for you. This is also from Church of the Old Mermaids. So this is an Old Mermaids extravaganza! I will ask you a bit about yourself, and then I will follow my intuition to create a magical, meaningful, fun, healing treasure box for you.


• I will send you a letter or an email once a month, giving you the scoop on what's happening at the Sanctuary, things I haven't necessarily shared anywhere else.

My name is Kim Antieau, and I make up stuff. Only fictionally, of course. I write books, take photographs, and run The Wayward Arts Retreats at the Old Mermaids Sanctuary. That last part is why I've created this Patreon page: I need your help in getting the Wayward Arts Retreats up and running. Imagine me holding a bunch of kitty-litter-colored dirt in my hand while I say, "If I have to lie, cheat, or steal, I will save my home!" Actually, I don't intend to cheat or steal, but if I can make up some stories and have them pay my way, I will do that. I figure I have two years to make it happen, so my intention is to only have this page for 24 months, beginning May 1st, 2019 and ending May 1st, 2021.

So this is what happened: A few months ago, a formerly beloved artists' retreat where we had spent 11 winters unexpectedly came up for sale in Tucson. This is a place we cherished. It's the setting for my novel Church of the Old Mermaids. We've never owned a house before, let alone one in the desert with 4.4 acres. But we decided to go for it. We put every penny into trying to purchase it. With the help of family and the bank, we bought our first house—two people in their 60s! Days after we got here, my workplace of 32 years (where I'd been telecommuting for 25 years) suddenly demanded I return to Washington state or they would fire me. I couldn't go back to Washington state full-time, so here I am on this sacred beloved land, and I've got to figure out a way to keep it for us and for the creative community. We want this place open so others can experience the kind of retreats we experienced every winter for 11 years.

We created two places on the property for retreats for the Wayward Arts. Both of them are small studio apartments. What are the Wayward Arts? It includes writing, any visual arts, music, puppetry, dance, acting, healing, storytelling, cooking, caretaking. Our motto is, "At the Old Mermaids Sanctuary, reality is part fairy tale, part magic, and all Sonoran Desert. Stories are everywhere here. Come find yours."

Who am I? I've been writing stories since I was five years old. My first paid-for story was published in Isaac Asimov's Science Fiction Magazine, and my first published novel was The Jigsaw Woman. Since then I've had dozens of stories published along with many novels (including Coyote Cowgirl, The Monster's Daughter, Her Frozen Wild, Butch, Ruby's Imagine, and many others. I also write nonfiction, and those books include The Salmon Mysteries and Answering the Creative Call. And I'm a photographer. I met writer Mario Milosevic at Clarion Science Fiction Writers Workshop in 1980. We married a year later and have been happily together ever since.
 
Now that we've bought this glorious place full of beauty and inspiration and I've lost my job, I figure it is time for some desert magic. My intention is to continue writing books and taking photographs. We've opened up the two studio apartments on the Sanctuary for creative retreats. My job is to keep the place running. With your help, I will do it.

I've got 5 tiers with lots of goodies for you, including Sanctuary gossip, unflattering photos of our star critters, behind the scenes info on my novels and writing process, postcards, acknowledgments, signed books, and lots more.

I hope you'll join me for the next 24 months. I'm excited to see what will happen. Stories are everywhere here, and I will write some of them for you.

Best wishes,

Kim Antieau

Recent posts by Kim Antieau

Tiers
Jackrabbit
$5 or more per month

• This level unlocks all my exclusive posts about our new life on the Old Mermaids Sanctuary: 4.4 acres in the Sonoran desert in the foothills of the Rincon Mountains. 


• I'll give you all the latest gossip about the flora and fauna on the Sanctuary—along with exclusive revealing photographs of said flora and fauna.


• I will document our successes and failures as we start this new life. Come on, we're two geezers starting a new life in the desert, caring for more than 4 acres, a big ole house along with a barn and two studio apartments. It ain't all gonna be pretty.


 • Stories rule here! And no one else will get these posts except my patreon subscribers. 

Saguaro
$10 or more per month

• You will have access to all of my posts as described above which means you'll get all the celebrity gossip about the cacti, rattlesnakes, and bobcats at the Sanctuary.


• You will get access to my Work in Progress fiction. Only you, dear patreon subscriber, will get to witness my creative process which may or may not be a little like watching sausage being made when you're a vegetarian. 


• Plus, poet Mario Milosevic will write a poem every month exclusively for my patreon peeps.


• And guess what, you will get to read my novels before anyone else does. Come on: how cool is that?

Bobcat
$35 or more per month

• All gossip and headline news about the Sanctuary, my writing, my failures and successes,  all my WIP fiction, and a poem by Mario Milosevic, all as described above.


• Your name in the acknowledgements as a benefactor in any book I write during your membership, plus a signed copy of each book. You'll be famous! Or at least infamous because of your involvement in my writing process.


• A common or uncommon dialogue each month between me and a critter on the Sanctuary (real or unreal) or between Mario and a critter on the Sanctuary (real or unreal). Where else can you get sublime nonsense like this?


• Extra behind the scenes about each book I am working on, including scenes that will not be in the book and are written just for my Patreon subscribers. This will be my hats off thanks to you.


• A postcard from me each month from somewhere ordinary or extraordinary


• After two months, I'll make you an Old Mermaids stocking



Jaguar
$75 or more per month

• All of the gossip and hits from above (all my posts, photographs, WIP, a postcard a month, an acknowledgment and signed copy of a book, dialogues common and bizarre, and a poem from Mario).


• After three months, I will create recipes for a meal especially designed for you using the principles of the Unified Field Theory of Spices (see  Marguerite Teng in Queendom: Feast of the Saints). What does this mean? The meals you create from these recipes could possibly be magic and change the course of your life. Or they might just be fun to read. Either way, pretty profound, eh?


• After six months, two Old Mermaid stockings made especially for you with secret symbols for health and prosperity from the Old Mermaids Book of Sacred Arts. These are not stockings for your feet...or your tail. These are like Christmas/Solstice stockings to hang on the proverbial mantel only they are shaped like mermaid tales. Fun in the sun, people.


 • All the behind the scenes material for Queendom: Feast of the Saints that was previously only available to the Queendom's Court. This includes sacred poetry and recipes from the Unified Field Theory of Spices, and much more. 


 • After six months, a signed limited edition paperback of Queendom: Feast of the Saints which will include the unpublished material that was only available to the Queendom's Court WITH NEW MATERIAL. This book will be only available to this tier and above for at least 24 months. This means that at the most, 26 people will have a copy of this special edition. You are so special to get all of this stuff. Believe it!


Gila Monster
$500 or more per month

• You will get all of of the above: the goofiness, the headlining dialogues, the gossip, the unflattering photos, along with me spilling my guts about my life on the Sanctuary and my process as a writer, postcards, recipes for healing meals, behind the scene everything, etc.


•   I will use your first or last name (my choice) as a character in a novel. Yes, I will. She or he won't be anything like you, but you'll know that they were named after you. I've not done that before.


•  And I will do an Old Mermaids Oracle reading for you on your birthday. What does that mean? I've created a 13 piece oracle based on the 13 Old Mermaids from Church of the Old Mermaids. It's like a tarot reading only it's nothing like that because it's the Old Mermaids, and they never predict anything scary. They just tell it like it is and will be.


•  After two months, I will write an Old Mermaids Healing tale with you as a character visiting the Old Mermaids Sanctuary back in the day when the 13 Old Ems wandered the New Desert. OR, I will write a Marguerite Teng story with you as a character as she gets recipes for the Unified Field Theory of Spices. You get to decide. 


• After three months, I will make an Old Mermaids treasure box for you. This is also from Church of the Old Mermaids. So this is an Old Mermaids extravaganza! I will ask you a bit about yourself, and then I will follow my intuition to create a magical, meaningful, fun, healing treasure box for you.


• I will send you a letter or an email once a month, giving you the scoop on what's happening at the Sanctuary, things I haven't necessarily shared anywhere else.