Molly Fisk is creating written and visual art
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patrons

$265
per poem, radio essay, blog post, book, or painting
HELLO, DEAR PEEPS!   Thank you for visiting! If you don't know me, the short version is this: I'm a seasoned writer who's gotten less productive in recent years in order to make a living, and I'm finding that a dreadful trend. I want to become more productive while making a living, and am exploring Patreon's crowd-sourcing, Medici-inspired method, where you can support, with a pledge, the creation of something (poem, radio essay, blog post, painting, book) as well as the finished product.

This is a way to help creative people carve out time to do their work (and afford supplies, equipment, help, etc., too). It's also a strong motivation for me to create. If you'd like to participate and join my merry band, I thank you! I love crowd-sourcing because it's a radical break with our current economic system and fosters community instead of competition.

UPDATE
After one year (2017), I have 41 patrons and many of my hopes have been realized. I've been much more productive, have started a new project (my long-planned book about teach writing to cancer patients to boost their immune systems), and through your steady donations accomplished a big goal: to redo the rotten floor of my writing/painting studio, which now just needs two more coats of paint and then I'll be able to reinhabit it. I am busting with gratitude and will be sending everyone a surprise present in February. Thank you so much. If you're new to my page, read on...

PATREON?
In 15th-century Italy, the Medicis supported Michelangelo and Leonardo Da Vinci at various times, so they didn't have to be grave diggers and sculpt or paint on the side. Patreon's version of support is built of many people contributing a little, rather than one family contributing a lot (and getting influence over the work because of that). It's a way to support a creative person as they create, rather than after the fact. This ensures that they do create, which is one reason I'm revamping my life to include Patreon and, if you're interested, you.

MY WRITER/ARTIST HISTORY
I've been writing poems since 1990, and have published four collections (see my website). Ten years ago I was asked to do three-minute commentary on my local community radio station, and am now up to about 400 of those, give or take, some of them collected into books that I published myself (see banner photo, above). On paper, the commentary are called essays. You may or may not know that being a poet is perhaps the least-well-paid profession in the solar system, and community radio comes in as a close second. This is not why I chose them. I didn't choose them, they chose me, the way sometimes love will wash over you and there you are, suddenly married, or the sole emotional support of a traumatized Queensland heeler named Ruby, or sitting on the couch under a pile of sleeping cats. (Five cats, in my case.)

All this time, I've worked to pay my bills, sometimes outside the writing life (restaurant book keeper, office manager), sometimes in it (newsletter editor, writing festival director, writing teacher, copy writer, freelance editor). I've been lucky enough to receive grants in support of my work (NEA, California Arts Council, Corporation for Public Broadcasting), and ran a successful Kickstarter campaign in 2008 to match the CPB funding and get my commentary heard farther afield than Northern California, where I live.

For the last few years I've been training to become, and then working as a life coach in the Skills for Change tradition, an offshoot of transactional analysis. I love this work, which supports about half my bill-paying life and all my poetic life, because it involves emotional inquiry as well as looking at the world sideways and upside down, something poets are quite good at. I don't want to stop coaching. I do want to stop teaching, which is how I pay the other half of my bills. Even though I love teaching, it seems to use up all my creativity and leave me with none for my own writing and painting.

WHY PARTICIPATE?
The reason to do this is because you want more of what I know how to do. You want there to be a next poem, essay, blog post, and book, and you want to read it. You want to watch my painting evolve and see how painting and writing get mingled together in my particular way. And maybe you want to be part of a group, a community. No algorithms. Maybe you're looking for a way to belong to the world more directly than, say, futures options trading.

HOW DOES IT WORK?
You choose the level you'd like to participate (on the right side bar), and sign up. I start making things and posting them here on this page. I send you your presents. The unknown variable is how much I will create once I'm let loose. But Patreon allows you to cap your funding, so you could, say, pledge $3/thing and then cap your pledge at 4 things/$12 per month or 20 things/$60 per year or whatever works best for you. This is a sustainability model, not a one-time event. (If you'd like to participate but only make one donation, the way to do that is with me directly, instructions here.) It's like the CSA idea many of us use for food these days (Community Supported Agriculture). We pay farmers in advance to plant crops and grow our food, which we then get in weekly portions throughout the growing season. You're paying me in advance to write poems, which you then get in random portions throughout the writing season. And poems don't need to be composted! It's fabulous.

Thank you for reading this whole darn thing, and welcome, if you decide to join in.
I MEAN IT. THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU!!! AND LOVE.
Tiers
Pledge $1 or more per thing
$1 or more per poem, radio essay, blog post, book, or painting 24 patrons
You'll get big love, most importantly, and huge thanks
  • You'll have access to my patron-only feed, where I'll be posting new poems, new commentary, and photos of new paintings, as well as reporting on my progress and asking you questions about the world, life, trees, language, what's going on in your town, etc., if you feel like chiming in.
Pledge $3 or more per thing
$3 or more per poem, radio essay, blog post, book, or painting 12 patrons
You'll get big love, most importantly, and huge thanks! In addition to: 
  • access to my patron-only feed
  • I'll answer any questions you have about my process, methods, artistic habits, experience, nearly-completed-plans, & what's brewing. We can foment a little art and revolution together. 
  • I'll send you the letter-press broadside of a poem, printed by my friends at Full Circle Press in Grass Valley, CA. (Not necessarily this poem...)
Pledge $5 or more per thing
$5 or more per poem, radio essay, blog post, book, or painting 13 patrons
You'll get big love, like every patron, most importantly, and huge thanks! $5 a thing is really generous of you. As well as the swell perks listed above, I'll send you:
  • one of my books, your choice. 
  • I'll also e-mail you 8 tips on writing from my class How to Write Good, so you can have fun messing with your own work in glorious writerly solitude. These are useful for everyone, since we're all writing online so much, and they're not hard. You know, like avoiding the Rule of Three.
Pledge $8 or more per thing
$8 or more per poem, radio essay, blog post, book, or painting 0 patrons
Thank you so much! Eight is my favorite number. Love, thanks, and in addition to the earlier rewards, I'm going to send you something practical: 
  • my workbook How to Make Peace with Your Inner Critic.
Pledge $10 or more per thing
$10 or more per poem, radio essay, blog post, book, or painting 5 patrons
Wow. This is serious support. You'll get big love, like every patron, because the love part is about equality, and very huge thanks! In addition to the aforementioned rewards, I'll send you:
  • two of my books (your choice)
  • and a second letterpress broadside from Full Circle Press.
Pledge $12 or more per thing
$12 or more per poem, radio essay, blog post, book, or painting 0 patrons
You'll get gigantic love, most importantly, and colossal thanks! Also the rewards from all tiers before this. 
  • And randomly timed but  useful instructional materials as they are made, such as How to Write a Love Poem, How to Write a Protest Poem, and The Poem as Gift.
Pledge $15 or more per thing
$15 or more per poem, radio essay, blog post, book, or painting 0 patrons
Heavenly days, you are wonderful! Along with big love, voluminous thanks, and all the other rewards mentioned previously, you'll get: 
  • three books, including my most recent one coming out in November, 2018: Naming Your Teeth, AND 
  • SPECIAL OFFER if you pledge by midnight PDT, Oct. 1st, you'll get your name in the acknowledgements page.
Pledge $25 or more per thing
$25 or more per poem, radio essay, blog post, book, or painting 0 patrons
At this level of staunch support, as well as big love, most importantly, huge thanks, and the perquisites listed above, 
  • you'll have free entry to my in-person writing classes
  • deep discounts on paintings, new books, and anything I start inventing because of all this support. (What could that be? I don't know, either!)
  • and you can choose which poems and essays I record on video for patrons and my YouTube channel
Pledge $100 or more per thing
$100 or more per poem, radio essay, blog post, book, or painting 0 of 24 patrons
Nothing to say here, except I love you and thank you. This is where speechlessness momentarily takes over. Added to everything else:
  • I'll include your name in my new book acknowledgments (this was a pan-tier event for my first patrons but is now limited)
  • you'll be offered a first look at paintings
  • I'll record a poem or essay of your choice, just for you
  • I'll send you the five books of mine that are still in print (soon to be six) and other surprises to be dreamed up!! 

This is an inner circle of supporters and I'll get overwhelmed unless it's a manageable size, so I'm limiting the number.

Pledge $1000 per thing
$1,000 or more per poem, radio essay, blog post, book, or painting 0 of 1 patrons
Patreon suggests this outrageous idea, and I am doing it in the spirit of hilarity. If anyone takes me up on it, 
  • we'll go for a stroll at the location of your choice (some restrictions apply, like heights and certain foreign countries)
  • I'll write you a poem on the subject of your choice
  • we'll eat dinner together, along with the other rewards. 

It's a little dangerous for you, since I'll probably have to write about it, but I won't use your name or identifying characteristics without permission, never fear.

Goals
$265 of $375 per poem, radio essay, blog post, book, or painting
This amount of support per thing, and an average of eight things per month, would be enough to replace my paid work so that I could create full-time and treat life coaching as a hobby. [Note that when Patreon shows my current pledges, the total is for the first "thing" of the month only. Because of how people structure their pledges, the second "thing" is about half that, and then each subsequent one is slightly less. So I am looking a little closer to the goal than is actually the case, just fyi. ;) ]
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HELLO, DEAR PEEPS!   Thank you for visiting! If you don't know me, the short version is this: I'm a seasoned writer who's gotten less productive in recent years in order to make a living, and I'm finding that a dreadful trend. I want to become more productive while making a living, and am exploring Patreon's crowd-sourcing, Medici-inspired method, where you can support, with a pledge, the creation of something (poem, radio essay, blog post, painting, book) as well as the finished product.

This is a way to help creative people carve out time to do their work (and afford supplies, equipment, help, etc., too). It's also a strong motivation for me to create. If you'd like to participate and join my merry band, I thank you! I love crowd-sourcing because it's a radical break with our current economic system and fosters community instead of competition.

UPDATE
After one year (2017), I have 41 patrons and many of my hopes have been realized. I've been much more productive, have started a new project (my long-planned book about teach writing to cancer patients to boost their immune systems), and through your steady donations accomplished a big goal: to redo the rotten floor of my writing/painting studio, which now just needs two more coats of paint and then I'll be able to reinhabit it. I am busting with gratitude and will be sending everyone a surprise present in February. Thank you so much. If you're new to my page, read on...

PATREON?
In 15th-century Italy, the Medicis supported Michelangelo and Leonardo Da Vinci at various times, so they didn't have to be grave diggers and sculpt or paint on the side. Patreon's version of support is built of many people contributing a little, rather than one family contributing a lot (and getting influence over the work because of that). It's a way to support a creative person as they create, rather than after the fact. This ensures that they do create, which is one reason I'm revamping my life to include Patreon and, if you're interested, you.

MY WRITER/ARTIST HISTORY
I've been writing poems since 1990, and have published four collections (see my website). Ten years ago I was asked to do three-minute commentary on my local community radio station, and am now up to about 400 of those, give or take, some of them collected into books that I published myself (see banner photo, above). On paper, the commentary are called essays. You may or may not know that being a poet is perhaps the least-well-paid profession in the solar system, and community radio comes in as a close second. This is not why I chose them. I didn't choose them, they chose me, the way sometimes love will wash over you and there you are, suddenly married, or the sole emotional support of a traumatized Queensland heeler named Ruby, or sitting on the couch under a pile of sleeping cats. (Five cats, in my case.)

All this time, I've worked to pay my bills, sometimes outside the writing life (restaurant book keeper, office manager), sometimes in it (newsletter editor, writing festival director, writing teacher, copy writer, freelance editor). I've been lucky enough to receive grants in support of my work (NEA, California Arts Council, Corporation for Public Broadcasting), and ran a successful Kickstarter campaign in 2008 to match the CPB funding and get my commentary heard farther afield than Northern California, where I live.

For the last few years I've been training to become, and then working as a life coach in the Skills for Change tradition, an offshoot of transactional analysis. I love this work, which supports about half my bill-paying life and all my poetic life, because it involves emotional inquiry as well as looking at the world sideways and upside down, something poets are quite good at. I don't want to stop coaching. I do want to stop teaching, which is how I pay the other half of my bills. Even though I love teaching, it seems to use up all my creativity and leave me with none for my own writing and painting.

WHY PARTICIPATE?
The reason to do this is because you want more of what I know how to do. You want there to be a next poem, essay, blog post, and book, and you want to read it. You want to watch my painting evolve and see how painting and writing get mingled together in my particular way. And maybe you want to be part of a group, a community. No algorithms. Maybe you're looking for a way to belong to the world more directly than, say, futures options trading.

HOW DOES IT WORK?
You choose the level you'd like to participate (on the right side bar), and sign up. I start making things and posting them here on this page. I send you your presents. The unknown variable is how much I will create once I'm let loose. But Patreon allows you to cap your funding, so you could, say, pledge $3/thing and then cap your pledge at 4 things/$12 per month or 20 things/$60 per year or whatever works best for you. This is a sustainability model, not a one-time event. (If you'd like to participate but only make one donation, the way to do that is with me directly, instructions here.) It's like the CSA idea many of us use for food these days (Community Supported Agriculture). We pay farmers in advance to plant crops and grow our food, which we then get in weekly portions throughout the growing season. You're paying me in advance to write poems, which you then get in random portions throughout the writing season. And poems don't need to be composted! It's fabulous.

Thank you for reading this whole darn thing, and welcome, if you decide to join in.
I MEAN IT. THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU!!! AND LOVE.

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Tiers
Pledge $1 or more per thing
$1 or more per poem, radio essay, blog post, book, or painting 24 patrons
You'll get big love, most importantly, and huge thanks
  • You'll have access to my patron-only feed, where I'll be posting new poems, new commentary, and photos of new paintings, as well as reporting on my progress and asking you questions about the world, life, trees, language, what's going on in your town, etc., if you feel like chiming in.
Pledge $3 or more per thing
$3 or more per poem, radio essay, blog post, book, or painting 12 patrons
You'll get big love, most importantly, and huge thanks! In addition to: 
  • access to my patron-only feed
  • I'll answer any questions you have about my process, methods, artistic habits, experience, nearly-completed-plans, & what's brewing. We can foment a little art and revolution together. 
  • I'll send you the letter-press broadside of a poem, printed by my friends at Full Circle Press in Grass Valley, CA. (Not necessarily this poem...)
Pledge $5 or more per thing
$5 or more per poem, radio essay, blog post, book, or painting 13 patrons
You'll get big love, like every patron, most importantly, and huge thanks! $5 a thing is really generous of you. As well as the swell perks listed above, I'll send you:
  • one of my books, your choice. 
  • I'll also e-mail you 8 tips on writing from my class How to Write Good, so you can have fun messing with your own work in glorious writerly solitude. These are useful for everyone, since we're all writing online so much, and they're not hard. You know, like avoiding the Rule of Three.
Pledge $8 or more per thing
$8 or more per poem, radio essay, blog post, book, or painting 0 patrons
Thank you so much! Eight is my favorite number. Love, thanks, and in addition to the earlier rewards, I'm going to send you something practical: 
  • my workbook How to Make Peace with Your Inner Critic.
Pledge $10 or more per thing
$10 or more per poem, radio essay, blog post, book, or painting 5 patrons
Wow. This is serious support. You'll get big love, like every patron, because the love part is about equality, and very huge thanks! In addition to the aforementioned rewards, I'll send you:
  • two of my books (your choice)
  • and a second letterpress broadside from Full Circle Press.
Pledge $12 or more per thing
$12 or more per poem, radio essay, blog post, book, or painting 0 patrons
You'll get gigantic love, most importantly, and colossal thanks! Also the rewards from all tiers before this. 
  • And randomly timed but  useful instructional materials as they are made, such as How to Write a Love Poem, How to Write a Protest Poem, and The Poem as Gift.
Pledge $15 or more per thing
$15 or more per poem, radio essay, blog post, book, or painting 0 patrons
Heavenly days, you are wonderful! Along with big love, voluminous thanks, and all the other rewards mentioned previously, you'll get: 
  • three books, including my most recent one coming out in November, 2018: Naming Your Teeth, AND 
  • SPECIAL OFFER if you pledge by midnight PDT, Oct. 1st, you'll get your name in the acknowledgements page.
Pledge $25 or more per thing
$25 or more per poem, radio essay, blog post, book, or painting 0 patrons
At this level of staunch support, as well as big love, most importantly, huge thanks, and the perquisites listed above, 
  • you'll have free entry to my in-person writing classes
  • deep discounts on paintings, new books, and anything I start inventing because of all this support. (What could that be? I don't know, either!)
  • and you can choose which poems and essays I record on video for patrons and my YouTube channel
Pledge $100 or more per thing
$100 or more per poem, radio essay, blog post, book, or painting 0 of 24 patrons
Nothing to say here, except I love you and thank you. This is where speechlessness momentarily takes over. Added to everything else:
  • I'll include your name in my new book acknowledgments (this was a pan-tier event for my first patrons but is now limited)
  • you'll be offered a first look at paintings
  • I'll record a poem or essay of your choice, just for you
  • I'll send you the five books of mine that are still in print (soon to be six) and other surprises to be dreamed up!! 

This is an inner circle of supporters and I'll get overwhelmed unless it's a manageable size, so I'm limiting the number.

Pledge $1000 per thing
$1,000 or more per poem, radio essay, blog post, book, or painting 0 of 1 patrons
Patreon suggests this outrageous idea, and I am doing it in the spirit of hilarity. If anyone takes me up on it, 
  • we'll go for a stroll at the location of your choice (some restrictions apply, like heights and certain foreign countries)
  • I'll write you a poem on the subject of your choice
  • we'll eat dinner together, along with the other rewards. 

It's a little dangerous for you, since I'll probably have to write about it, but I won't use your name or identifying characteristics without permission, never fear.