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About MeWhile most people know me as the host of the long-running Psychedelic Salon podcast, I prefer to think of myself as a writer. Although I have several books listed on Amazon, most of my work has never been published. But now I am working on a new type of autobiography that I plan on putting immediately into the Public Domain. So rather than look to future book sales to pay for my time, I'm asking you to become a part of this project and send me a few dollars each month so that together we can give this book away free for anyone who wants it. ( Also see: More About Me - at the page bottom).
What is a Postmodern Autobiography?On my 74th birthday I decided that each day during the next 12 months I would write a new short account of something that I've done or experienced along the way in this life. It is now 2018, and Volume 1 of Lorenzo's Chronicles is complete and available for free downloads. Here is a link where you can go to download your own free copy of Volume 1:
Lorenzo studying for the Texas bar exam in 1972.
One of the things that I've realized as I worked on this series of books is that this is a very easy and simple way for all of us to preserve a few little bits about our lives that our distant descendants may one day enjoy reading. For instance, wouldn't you like to know what your great great grandmother did for entertainment? What about your grandfather's boyhood adventures, wouldn't it be fun to know a few of them? And with these little stories, wouldn't you have a better picture of the stories that make up your family history? In our community discussion section I'll be sharing a few tips that I have learned since beginning this process, and hopefully I will also create a spark in you to do something similar.
How Patreon WorksMost likely already know about Kickstarter, which is essentially a crowd-funding platform for specific projects of all shapes and sizes. Unfortunately, that isn't actually a very good fit for some of us starving artists. However, Patreon has now organized a way for patrons of musicians, artists, writers, and other creators to come together and collectively provide their favorite artists with a more steady form of income.
And while a pledge of just $2 a month may not seem like a lot to you, it can actually make a noticeable difference in an artist's life. For example, I do most of the cooking in our family, and so a pledge of $2 a month by you will allow me to take my wife out to eat once a year, and it will give me that night off from my cooking chores.
So these small pledges that are made here through Patreon can really add up. And, BTW, you can always stop or change your monthly payments at any time.
As of 2018 my landlord has raised my rent by $400/month. So it is with the help of my patrons here that I am able to remain in the apartment in which I've been living for the past seven years. And this is a Really Big Deal for me! Thanks again to everyone here.
What you will receive as a patron of mine.
ALL SUPPORTERS, no matter what level of monthly contribution is selected, are invited to attend the "Psychedelic Salon Monday Nights" video conferences on Zoom.us. These half hour sessions are a great place to get to know a few of the other patrons as well as hanging out with Lorenzo. Over time, these weekly sessions will be where larger conferences for the entire salon, complete with several speakers, will be planned.
As a SUPPORTER, for a contribution of $1/month or more, you will receive access to the text version of my patron-only release of new stories that will make up my new book, "Lorenzo's Chronicles: Volume 2". From time to time, I will post a new story from Volume 2 of my postmodern autobiography. Additionally, you will be able to participate in my Patreon Community where you can add your comments about what I've written so far, and you will be able to vote on which stories are to be included in the final edition.
One of the reasons that I'm writing this book is so that my grandchildren will be able to learn a few stories about some of their ancestors, which will eventually include me :-). Once this project began to take on a life of its own, I thought that I should actually record these stories. Of course, that is going to take a lot of work on my part. So to more or less force myself to take on this task, I'm offering access to my recorded versions of these stories to those who can afford to pay a bit more each month.
As a PATRON, for a contribution of $5/month, in addition to receiving access to the text version of my patron-only new story releases, you will also receive a paperback copy of Volume 2. PLUS your name will appear as a Patron in the final edition of the book.
My SILVER PATRONS, who contribute $15/month, in addition to everything mentioned above, will also receive a paperback copy of the print edition of Lorenzo's Chronicles - Volume 2 that I will personally sign and endorse to you or to the person of your choice. PLUS your name will appear as a Silver Patron in the final edition of the book.
The last time that I checked the Amazon listing for my novel, The Genesis Generation, used copies were selling for $104 and new ones for $525. The reason that I set the new book price so high is that I didn't want those who purchased a copy the first year it was available to have to wait until I died for their copy to be worth more than they paid for it. I know, that seems a little goofy, but I never have claimed to be all that normal.
So for any overly-generous soul who becomes a SILVER PATRON, for a monthly contribution of $15, they will receive everything mentioned above PLUS a signed and personally endorsed copy of The Genesis Generation. PLUS your name will appear as a Gold Patron in the final edition of the book.
What your money will be used for?I've set my initial goal at $600/month, which would relieve a little of the stress involved in making ends meet, since our two social security checks are the primary source of income for my wife and me. So $600 a month would significantly improve our attitudes about getting old. Also, your donation will help to offset some of the expenses associated with my podcasts. Beyond that, well, let's see what happens first.
More About Me:If you want to get a quick overview of what I've been up to during my first seventy years, the following 15 minute video will bring you almost up to date. It will also give you an idea of what some of my stories are about. Perhaps it will even spark a few ideas of your own so that you can request a particular story through the polls that I will be periodically conducting here on Patreon.
And if you still haven't had enough of me yet, then there is:
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