Michael W (Warren) Lucas

is creating Books. Tech books. Novels. More books. Stories. Articles.

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You don't have much, but that's okay. All of my patronizers, even those of you with only a buck, get a few things.

1) The fiction fans get a free story. I'll change the story occasionally.
2) The nonfiction fans get a Unix fortune file, composed of footnotes and quotes from my books. Again, I'll update this occasionally.

Every month, I'll post a patrons-only post discussing where I am in various projects, what's happening, and details I'm not sharing with the greater world. This might include parts of works in progress, pending book covers, or other oddities. Contents vary: writing books is messier than it should be.

You'll get to see what nobody else sees; my appalling creative process. Not for the faint of heart.

Thank you!

Digital Reader

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You like me! You really like me!

For $5 a month, you'll get a link to download a digital copy of most new titles I publish. You'll get tech books in the IT Mastery series, novels, and stories. The link stays good for one month, so grab it quick.

I can only offer what I have the digital rights to. I don't "write books;" I "create and license intellectual property," and must abide by the terms I negotiated. I can't send out ebooks published via No Starch Press, because I don't have those rights--as in, you won't get Absolute OpenBSD 3/e. Stories that I sell to anthologies, ditto. But you'll get a copy of everything that comes from Tilted Windmill Press.

(Note the "new title" in the description. I'm planning some bundles in 2021, such as a SSH/Sudo collection that will be available everywhere but Amazon, as well as a Montague Portal omnibus. I can't afford to give away previously published titles, sorry.)

Plus, of course, you receive the gratitude, updates, fortune file, and story that the one-dollar supporters get.

Monthly Video Chat

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You'll get a pass to a monthly Patronizer-only live AMA/live reading session with yours truly. If only a couple folks show, I'll hang around for not less than half an hour. I'll go an hour if we get more people.

Meets will be scheduled in advance, at different times of the week and different times of day, so Patronizers will get a share of time slots no matter where they live or their work hours.

While this is an "ask me anything" sort of thing, I do retain the right to not answer questions that are a) too personal, or b) would spoil the surprise.
I have no idea what will happen with the video chat, but I'll commit to working through any issues for twelve meetings, barring personal debacle or US civil war or such. Even if the remaining half of my thyroid implodes, I should be able to sit on video chat.

I'll be experimenting with a few different technologies for video chat: Zoom, Jitsi, Discord, whatever other diabolical incantations seem to work. While I'm biased towards open source, I'm more heavily biased to "what causes me the least pain."

The technology might be changed. If it's wildly successful, I might need to add a moderator. If nobody shows up, or it turns into a time sink that interferes with my writing, I'll stop it.



About Michael W (Warren) Lucas


I was four years old when I discovered that stories weren't handed down from On High, but created by human beings. Once I found out that you could grow up to be a writer, that's all I wanted.

Well, a writer or an astronaut. If NASA calls, I'm open to negotiations.

I've spent the decades since then working on my writing. I published role-playing games in the early 1990s, veered into technology books in the 2000s, and added science fiction and thrillers in the 2010s. In 2014, I leaped head-first from a cozy career in the technology industry into writing for a living.

Thanks to my fans, I'm doing pretty decent. Life as a writer is wonderful. I set my own hours. I have no meetings, no conference calls. My co-workers have four feet.

Income as a writer? Not so much. Compared to most writers I'm doing great, but compared to my days as a systems administrator or network engineer it's mediocre. The good news is, my expenses have plunged. When you work at home, nobody cares if all your shirts come from conference swag bags. Plus, I've always believed that socks are a tool of the oppressor.

I knew what I was signing up for when I changed careers, and have no complaints. I'm amazed every day that I have enough fans and readers to pay the mortgage.

Still, a little financial stability would be nice. That's where my amazing patrons come in. You reassure me that no matter what happens with royalty checks and sales channels, my light bill gets paid. Which is a wonderful certainty to have.

Thanks for reading this far.

[Note on shipping rewards: depending on book release schedules, I reserve the right to delay books a couple weeks so that I can send multiple books in one mailing. I'll also bundle my occasional print short stories into other shipments, so I don't go broke.]
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For a paltry $500/month I will write a whole bunch of stuff, but not--NOT--systemd erotica.

Not again, that is.
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