Monica Reents

Monica Reents

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Hi, my name is Monica. I am a poet, writer, wife, and mother living with chronic pain because of syringomyelia, syringobulbia, Chiari malformation, and fibromyalgia, along with a few others. 

I have written multi-genre fiction and poetry, off and on, for the better part of twenty years. I, like too many people, had put my dreams off because of this thing I've been doing, called life. It happens. At 34, <pwa data-pwa-id="pwa-E92EB3B56B0F78CF1CEA5DDDAEE93A6A" data-pwa-rule-id="PASSIVE_VOICE" data-pwa-category="style" data-pwa-hint="Passive verbs make your writing less direct. Try to use an active verb instead." data-pwa-suggestions="they diagnosed me~it diagnosed me~someone diagnosed me~something diagnosed me" data-pwa-dictionary-word="I was diagnosed" class="pwa-mark pwa-mark-done pwa-mark-ignored">I was diagnosed</pwa> with <pwa data-pwa-id="pwa-5F3648FDBF0B40EC939A374B0EE587C0" data-pwa-rule-id="REDUNDANT_PHRASE_CE" data-pwa-category="grammar" data-pwa-hint="Possible redundant phrase" data-pwa-suggestions="(omit)" data-pwa-dictionary-word="syringomyelia, " class="pwa-mark pwa-mark-done pwa-mark-ignored">syringomyelia, </pwa>a rare spinal cord <pwa data-pwa-id="pwa-31D1BAAF4A0B02BC3004A3B5E372316E" data-pwa-rule-id="UNNECESSARY_COMMA_CE" data-pwa-category="grammar" data-pwa-hint="Possible unnecessary comma" data-pwa-suggestions="disease" data-pwa-dictionary-word="disease," class="pwa-mark pwa-mark-done pwa-mark-ignored">disease,</pwa> almost three weeks after marrying my husband, Kevin. I had shown no signs of illness prior to the symptoms that began in early July 2011. The diagnosis changed our lives.

I have had several spinal cord surgeries and could not continue working because of my loss of sensation and normal function. This is where I made a choice. I knew that finding/continuing life after the diagnosis was important, so in early 2012, I <pwa data-pwa-id="pwa-2602CEF85769192A88931750DC350686" data-pwa-rule-id="READABILITY_712" data-pwa-category="style" data-pwa-hint="Readability may be enhanced by using: wrote" data-pwa-suggestions="wrote" data-pwa-dictionary-word="started writing" class="pwa-mark pwa-mark-done pwa-mark-ignored">started writing</pwa> poetry and outlining story ideas intending to publish. I rediscovered my passion and have wrapped my goals for the future around writing. I have published two <pwa data-pwa-id="pwa-7C017EF7D799F88A89581B56F8D7C007" data-pwa-rule-id="GENERIC_CE" data-pwa-category="grammar" data-pwa-hint="Possible grammar error" data-pwa-suggestions="poems:" data-pwa-dictionary-word="poems;" class="pwa-mark pwa-mark-done pwa-mark-ignored">poems;</pwa> no major acclaim came from them, but it was just great to see my work in print. 

I have several projects in motion. I am writing my first novel, a psychological thriller, Declaration of Alters (DOA). I enjoy writing from the darker side of my imagination, and this book is definitely <pwa data-pwa-id="pwa-E2D6D7841927BBEF5C14DE822D97A627" data-pwa-rule-id="DET_CG_2" data-pwa-category="grammar" data-pwa-hint="Possible missing determiner" data-pwa-suggestions="a proof~the proof" data-pwa-dictionary-word="proof" class="pwa-mark pwa-mark-done pwa-mark-ignored">proof</pwa> of that. I am also writing my first collection of poetry that is being woven from the experiences of my life, from a difficult childhood to the present.

I also have a blog, My Chronic Happiness, where I share what it is like to live within the realm of chronic illness, sharing stories of my life, and, my journey into becoming an author. I am also writing a series of articles about syringomyelia and my life with this disease. I like to stay busy. 

My hope, with Patreon, is that I will be able to earn an income with my writing and gain valued readers. I want <pwa data-pwa-id="pwa-2D5BE98DB9AA4266CFB7CBD5D476AE85" data-pwa-rule-id="SPLT_INFI" data-pwa-category="grammar" data-pwa-hint="Split infinitive. Some people strongly object to this type of construction, especially in formal writing. If your reader is likely to object to the split infinitive, rewrite the sentence to avoid its use." data-pwa-suggestions="" data-pwa-dictionary-word="to financially contribute" class="pwa-mark pwa-mark-done pwa-mark-ignored">to </pwa><pwa data-pwa-id="pwa-2D5BE98DB9AA4266CFB7CBD5D476AE85" data-pwa-rule-id="SPLT_INFI" data-pwa-category="grammar" data-pwa-hint="Split infinitive. Some people strongly object to this type of construction, especially in formal writing. If your reader is likely to object to the split infinitive, rewrite the sentence to avoid its use." data-pwa-suggestions="" data-pwa-dictionary-word="to financially contribute" class="pwa-mark pwa-mark-done pwa-mark-ignored">financially contribute</pwa> to my family;<pwa data-pwa-id="pwa-7B696B4C7F6F68481A2557E53C114B0D" data-pwa-rule-id="CAPITALIZATION_CE" data-pwa-category="grammar" data-pwa-hint="Possible capitalization mistake" data-pwa-suggestions="As" data-pwa-dictionary-word=" as" class="pwa-mark pwa-mark-done pwa-mark-ignored"> as</pwa> my neurosurgeon decided in 2011 that I cannot work outside the home, this has been a hardship on my family. But I don't feel helpless; I have many abilities, a dream with passion, along with the determination to make my lifelong dream a reality. 
As for my writing goals with Patreon, I would love to be able afford to submit my work (more often) into writing <pwa data-pwa-id="pwa-9050615D7F40AA975F36C3D0A86ECF23" data-pwa-rule-id="UNNECESSARY_COMMA_CE" data-pwa-category="grammar" data-pwa-hint="Possible unnecessary comma" data-pwa-suggestions="contests" data-pwa-dictionary-word="contests," class="pwa-mark pwa-mark-done">contests,</pwa> and for publication inquiries. As most publications have a fee to read your submission, <pwa data-pwa-id="pwa-270116C2071DBC76502C65B41D9ED8FF" data-pwa-rule-id="READABILITY_2896" data-pwa-category="style" data-pwa-hint="Can you bring these together for clarity?" data-pwa-suggestions="whether or not they chose your work~if they chose your work" data-pwa-dictionary-word="whether they chose your work or not" class="pwa-mark pwa-mark-done pwa-mark-ignored">whether they chose your work or not</pwa>. It quickly becomes expensive if you have several places you want to submit to. When my poetry collection and novel are complete, I would love to <pwa data-pwa-id="pwa-2F706309FF7E6D92F522C97B5E4566F1" data-pwa-rule-id="READABILITY_1750" data-pwa-category="style" data-pwa-hint="Readability may be enhanced by removing this" data-pwa-suggestions="(omit)" data-pwa-dictionary-word="be able to " class="pwa-mark pwa-mark-done pwa-mark-ignored">be able to </pwa>afford a good editor and be able to pay for the marketing and promoting of my work. 
Like many people, I would love to travel and see the world<pwa data-pwa-id="pwa-B867831E0B83A8B655906640E360379F" data-pwa-rule-id="GENERIC_CE" data-pwa-category="grammar" data-pwa-hint="Possible grammar error" data-pwa-suggestions=" and" data-pwa-dictionary-word="," class="pwa-mark pwa-mark-done">,</pwa> meet new people. I want to succeed so I can provide the life that my family and I are working hard to create. I want to experience things in life while my body will allow it. My disease is progressive, so I don't know what my timeline looks like, but I want to control as much as possible. I am not <pwa data-pwa-id="pwa-CDB6B72AA84CA786EB2533FA381AF33E" data-pwa-rule-id="DET_CG_3" data-pwa-category="grammar" data-pwa-hint="Possible missing determiner" data-pwa-suggestions="a terminal~the terminal" data-pwa-dictionary-word="terminal" class="pwa-mark pwa-mark-done pwa-mark-ignored">terminal</pwa>, but my body has restrictions, and the disease is unpredictable.

It's simple ... I want to live a full life doing what I love. Who doesn't, really?

It is <pwa data-pwa-id="pwa-F7411E692C40A00AD117DD54E9088765" data-pwa-rule-id="UNNECESSARY_COMMA_CE" data-pwa-category="grammar" data-pwa-hint="Possible unnecessary comma" data-pwa-suggestions="important" data-pwa-dictionary-word="important," class="pwa-mark pwa-mark-done">important,</pwa> to your heart and <pwa data-pwa-id="pwa-82C18C77D8BB1F79A956896FA54A9CA0" data-pwa-rule-id="UNNECESSARY_COMMA_CE" data-pwa-category="grammar" data-pwa-hint="Possible unnecessary comma" data-pwa-suggestions="soul" data-pwa-dictionary-word="soul," class="pwa-mark pwa-mark-done">soul,</pwa> to pursue your dreams. I have so much to share and regardless of what I am going through, this journey continues to amaze me and I am looking forward to the future and what it holds.

Thank you for your patronage! 
<pwa data-pwa-id="pwa-57CF3BB55480F19BCE858B1EA98B0F3E" data-pwa-rule-id="MISSING_SPACE_CE" data-pwa-category="grammar" data-pwa-hint="Possible missing space" data-pwa-suggestions="~ Monica" data-pwa-dictionary-word="~Monica" class="pwa-mark pwa-mark-done">~Monica</pwa>

Tiers
Lyrically Speaking
$2 or more per month

~  I will post one new poem each week

~ You will have my undying gratitude for your support!

Goals
$2 of $500 per month
  • When I reach $500 per month, I will post a video to thank you for your support!
  • I will also post two extra poems each month! 
  • I will also share a list of the publications that I am submitting to.
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Hi, my name is Monica. I am a poet, writer, wife, and mother living with chronic pain because of syringomyelia, syringobulbia, Chiari malformation, and fibromyalgia, along with a few others. 

I have written multi-genre fiction and poetry, off and on, for the better part of twenty years. I, like too many people, had put my dreams off because of this thing I've been doing, called life. It happens. At 34, <pwa data-pwa-id="pwa-E92EB3B56B0F78CF1CEA5DDDAEE93A6A" data-pwa-rule-id="PASSIVE_VOICE" data-pwa-category="style" data-pwa-hint="Passive verbs make your writing less direct. Try to use an active verb instead." data-pwa-suggestions="they diagnosed me~it diagnosed me~someone diagnosed me~something diagnosed me" data-pwa-dictionary-word="I was diagnosed" class="pwa-mark pwa-mark-done pwa-mark-ignored">I was diagnosed</pwa> with <pwa data-pwa-id="pwa-5F3648FDBF0B40EC939A374B0EE587C0" data-pwa-rule-id="REDUNDANT_PHRASE_CE" data-pwa-category="grammar" data-pwa-hint="Possible redundant phrase" data-pwa-suggestions="(omit)" data-pwa-dictionary-word="syringomyelia, " class="pwa-mark pwa-mark-done pwa-mark-ignored">syringomyelia, </pwa>a rare spinal cord <pwa data-pwa-id="pwa-31D1BAAF4A0B02BC3004A3B5E372316E" data-pwa-rule-id="UNNECESSARY_COMMA_CE" data-pwa-category="grammar" data-pwa-hint="Possible unnecessary comma" data-pwa-suggestions="disease" data-pwa-dictionary-word="disease," class="pwa-mark pwa-mark-done pwa-mark-ignored">disease,</pwa> almost three weeks after marrying my husband, Kevin. I had shown no signs of illness prior to the symptoms that began in early July 2011. The diagnosis changed our lives.

I have had several spinal cord surgeries and could not continue working because of my loss of sensation and normal function. This is where I made a choice. I knew that finding/continuing life after the diagnosis was important, so in early 2012, I <pwa data-pwa-id="pwa-2602CEF85769192A88931750DC350686" data-pwa-rule-id="READABILITY_712" data-pwa-category="style" data-pwa-hint="Readability may be enhanced by using: wrote" data-pwa-suggestions="wrote" data-pwa-dictionary-word="started writing" class="pwa-mark pwa-mark-done pwa-mark-ignored">started writing</pwa> poetry and outlining story ideas intending to publish. I rediscovered my passion and have wrapped my goals for the future around writing. I have published two <pwa data-pwa-id="pwa-7C017EF7D799F88A89581B56F8D7C007" data-pwa-rule-id="GENERIC_CE" data-pwa-category="grammar" data-pwa-hint="Possible grammar error" data-pwa-suggestions="poems:" data-pwa-dictionary-word="poems;" class="pwa-mark pwa-mark-done pwa-mark-ignored">poems;</pwa> no major acclaim came from them, but it was just great to see my work in print. 

I have several projects in motion. I am writing my first novel, a psychological thriller, Declaration of Alters (DOA). I enjoy writing from the darker side of my imagination, and this book is definitely <pwa data-pwa-id="pwa-E2D6D7841927BBEF5C14DE822D97A627" data-pwa-rule-id="DET_CG_2" data-pwa-category="grammar" data-pwa-hint="Possible missing determiner" data-pwa-suggestions="a proof~the proof" data-pwa-dictionary-word="proof" class="pwa-mark pwa-mark-done pwa-mark-ignored">proof</pwa> of that. I am also writing my first collection of poetry that is being woven from the experiences of my life, from a difficult childhood to the present.

I also have a blog, My Chronic Happiness, where I share what it is like to live within the realm of chronic illness, sharing stories of my life, and, my journey into becoming an author. I am also writing a series of articles about syringomyelia and my life with this disease. I like to stay busy. 

My hope, with Patreon, is that I will be able to earn an income with my writing and gain valued readers. I want <pwa data-pwa-id="pwa-2D5BE98DB9AA4266CFB7CBD5D476AE85" data-pwa-rule-id="SPLT_INFI" data-pwa-category="grammar" data-pwa-hint="Split infinitive. Some people strongly object to this type of construction, especially in formal writing. If your reader is likely to object to the split infinitive, rewrite the sentence to avoid its use." data-pwa-suggestions="" data-pwa-dictionary-word="to financially contribute" class="pwa-mark pwa-mark-done pwa-mark-ignored">to </pwa><pwa data-pwa-id="pwa-2D5BE98DB9AA4266CFB7CBD5D476AE85" data-pwa-rule-id="SPLT_INFI" data-pwa-category="grammar" data-pwa-hint="Split infinitive. Some people strongly object to this type of construction, especially in formal writing. If your reader is likely to object to the split infinitive, rewrite the sentence to avoid its use." data-pwa-suggestions="" data-pwa-dictionary-word="to financially contribute" class="pwa-mark pwa-mark-done pwa-mark-ignored">financially contribute</pwa> to my family;<pwa data-pwa-id="pwa-7B696B4C7F6F68481A2557E53C114B0D" data-pwa-rule-id="CAPITALIZATION_CE" data-pwa-category="grammar" data-pwa-hint="Possible capitalization mistake" data-pwa-suggestions="As" data-pwa-dictionary-word=" as" class="pwa-mark pwa-mark-done pwa-mark-ignored"> as</pwa> my neurosurgeon decided in 2011 that I cannot work outside the home, this has been a hardship on my family. But I don't feel helpless; I have many abilities, a dream with passion, along with the determination to make my lifelong dream a reality. 
As for my writing goals with Patreon, I would love to be able afford to submit my work (more often) into writing <pwa data-pwa-id="pwa-9050615D7F40AA975F36C3D0A86ECF23" data-pwa-rule-id="UNNECESSARY_COMMA_CE" data-pwa-category="grammar" data-pwa-hint="Possible unnecessary comma" data-pwa-suggestions="contests" data-pwa-dictionary-word="contests," class="pwa-mark pwa-mark-done">contests,</pwa> and for publication inquiries. As most publications have a fee to read your submission, <pwa data-pwa-id="pwa-270116C2071DBC76502C65B41D9ED8FF" data-pwa-rule-id="READABILITY_2896" data-pwa-category="style" data-pwa-hint="Can you bring these together for clarity?" data-pwa-suggestions="whether or not they chose your work~if they chose your work" data-pwa-dictionary-word="whether they chose your work or not" class="pwa-mark pwa-mark-done pwa-mark-ignored">whether they chose your work or not</pwa>. It quickly becomes expensive if you have several places you want to submit to. When my poetry collection and novel are complete, I would love to <pwa data-pwa-id="pwa-2F706309FF7E6D92F522C97B5E4566F1" data-pwa-rule-id="READABILITY_1750" data-pwa-category="style" data-pwa-hint="Readability may be enhanced by removing this" data-pwa-suggestions="(omit)" data-pwa-dictionary-word="be able to " class="pwa-mark pwa-mark-done pwa-mark-ignored">be able to </pwa>afford a good editor and be able to pay for the marketing and promoting of my work. 
Like many people, I would love to travel and see the world<pwa data-pwa-id="pwa-B867831E0B83A8B655906640E360379F" data-pwa-rule-id="GENERIC_CE" data-pwa-category="grammar" data-pwa-hint="Possible grammar error" data-pwa-suggestions=" and" data-pwa-dictionary-word="," class="pwa-mark pwa-mark-done">,</pwa> meet new people. I want to succeed so I can provide the life that my family and I are working hard to create. I want to experience things in life while my body will allow it. My disease is progressive, so I don't know what my timeline looks like, but I want to control as much as possible. I am not <pwa data-pwa-id="pwa-CDB6B72AA84CA786EB2533FA381AF33E" data-pwa-rule-id="DET_CG_3" data-pwa-category="grammar" data-pwa-hint="Possible missing determiner" data-pwa-suggestions="a terminal~the terminal" data-pwa-dictionary-word="terminal" class="pwa-mark pwa-mark-done pwa-mark-ignored">terminal</pwa>, but my body has restrictions, and the disease is unpredictable.

It's simple ... I want to live a full life doing what I love. Who doesn't, really?

It is <pwa data-pwa-id="pwa-F7411E692C40A00AD117DD54E9088765" data-pwa-rule-id="UNNECESSARY_COMMA_CE" data-pwa-category="grammar" data-pwa-hint="Possible unnecessary comma" data-pwa-suggestions="important" data-pwa-dictionary-word="important," class="pwa-mark pwa-mark-done">important,</pwa> to your heart and <pwa data-pwa-id="pwa-82C18C77D8BB1F79A956896FA54A9CA0" data-pwa-rule-id="UNNECESSARY_COMMA_CE" data-pwa-category="grammar" data-pwa-hint="Possible unnecessary comma" data-pwa-suggestions="soul" data-pwa-dictionary-word="soul," class="pwa-mark pwa-mark-done">soul,</pwa> to pursue your dreams. I have so much to share and regardless of what I am going through, this journey continues to amaze me and I am looking forward to the future and what it holds.

Thank you for your patronage! 
<pwa data-pwa-id="pwa-57CF3BB55480F19BCE858B1EA98B0F3E" data-pwa-rule-id="MISSING_SPACE_CE" data-pwa-category="grammar" data-pwa-hint="Possible missing space" data-pwa-suggestions="~ Monica" data-pwa-dictionary-word="~Monica" class="pwa-mark pwa-mark-done">~Monica</pwa>

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Lyrically Speaking
$2 or more per month

~  I will post one new poem each week

~ You will have my undying gratitude for your support!