Naseem Jamnia is creating novels that center marginalized voices
17

patrons

$52
per month
EXCITING NOVEMBER 2017 ANNOUNCEMENT: All patrons will get my questionable first draft of the novel I'm writing for NaNoWriMo! $1/mo gets you access to unedited daily pages, Q&A about the process, and an accountability buddy if you're also joining in!!

Hi Patreon! I'm Naseem. I'm here to write stories that center marginalized voices, whether through narrative nonfiction, novels/short stories, or my monthly reflection series on growing pains (as a person in this world and as a feminist) called the Tuesday Telegrams. My true love is fiction, and I want to be a full-time novelist.

Up until December of 2016, I was a neuroscientist working on the models of neuropsychiatric disorders. I was a PhD student at UPenn, sneaking in bits of writing when I could. As of January 2017, I'm a full-time freelancer, doing whatever odd-jobs I can to make ends meet. Which, lately, hasn't been much, because depression.

But I've always been a writer, and I'm here to tell the hard stories. I'm here to uplift marginalized voices. As a queer, non-binary, disabled (shockingly, mental illness is disabling!), Persian, Muslim, child-to-immigrants, I think about my pale skinned/white-, cis-, and abled- passing privileges all the time. I want my voice to be heard, but more importantly, I want to tell your stories. So that's why I'm here: writing to tell the stories people are afraid to tell, and to center the voices that are usually ignored.

So how does this work? Once a month, Patreon will charge you whatever amount you choose. I decided to do a monthly campaign so you know exactly how much you're paying. I write a lot—I work on novels, send out (now monthly) newsletters/blogs, and freelance (although I've been doing less of that in past months).

My first big goal is to make $1400/month (to cover taxes, too), which will cover all major expenses while my partner is in graduate school without pulling from our savings. I would like to eventually have a living wage from my Patreon.

Why should you support me? Supporting queer, trans, Muslim artists in the U.S. right now makes a difference. (And Black artists. That's not an afterthought; it's just that I'm the first three identities and not the fourth.) We're in a political era that threatens many of our lives. I live in daily fear for my family, who doesn't pass as American as well as I do. If you want to make a difference, support artists in this time. I don't shy away from politics in my work, and I especially think about intersectionality. I will ALWAYS fight for the people our system tries to oppress.

Also: my video does need to be updated, as I still identified as a woman when I made it. Yes, I was designated female at birth. No, I no longer identify as a woman. But I find it so funny and it features a cat that is no longer in my life, because she went missing :( 
Tiers
The Walker
$1 or more per month 7 patrons
Dying for fresh meat? The Walker gets fed on the exclusive Patron-only feed, including day-in-the-life rambles not found in the Tuesday Telegrams and awknowledgment on my website. Also includes pictures of pets!

 

The Companion
$2 or more per month 1 patron
Everyone knows the Doctor is useless without them. The Companion has the important role of topic suggestions for monthly Tuesday Telegrams, with named credit for the week's prompt. Companions also have access to the Patron-only feed and get acknowledgments on my site.

 

The Immigrant
$3 or more per month 3 patrons
Immigrants get the job done. The Immigrant will get a monthly, original piece of flash fiction or nonfiction. Immigrants also get access to the Patron-only feed, acknowledgments, and get to suggest topics for the Telegrams.


The King of Games
$5 or more per month 4 patrons
The biggest goal of life is being the best at a children's card game. The King of Games gets access to my Patreon-exclusive Discord server, where we talk about ANYTHING. This is ideal for other creatives! The King(s) of Games will also receive the Patron-only feed, topic suggestions, and acknowledgment on my site.

 

Includes Discord rewards
The State Alchemist
$7 or more per month 1 patron
You may be a dog of the military, but your real dream is to find the Philosopher's Stone, return your brother to his body, stop the genocide of your nation, catch a mass murderer, play tour guide to a hungry prince, hate your father, and be the hero.
When you need a break, the State Alchemist gets excerpts from works-in-progress, including deleted scenes and extra materials. They also get the Patron-only feed, suggestions, Discord access, and acknowledgment on my site.

Includes Discord rewards
The Slayer
$10 or more per month 3 patrons
Into every generation, a slayer is born. The Slayer cuts their teeth on acknowledgment in printed works (when possible), copies of submitted pieces, and a monthly letter that's personalized to you. They also get the Patron-only feed, suggestions, Discord access, Q&As, website acknowledgments, and excerpts/deleted scenes.


Includes Discord rewards
The Chosen One
$25 or more per month 0 of 3 patrons
Whether you're just trying to pass Potions or out looking for Horcruxes, every hero needs their story told. The Chosen One gets a handmade book by yours truly. These take time to make, so I would expect them to arrive every few months. We'll discuss details. Of course, the Chosen One still gets access to the Patron-only feed, suggestions, Discord server, Q&As, excerpts/deleted scenes, acknowledgements on my website and in print, and personal letters. 

Includes Discord rewards
Goals
$52 of $100 per month
Once upon a time, my pills cost $50/mo. But I turned 26 and had to change insurance. Now, my pills cost around $75/month, but I'm in the midst of shuffling a lot of things on that front. Hitting this goal means I can safely cover them in this transitional time.

Also, I'll send out little stick figure drawings when I hit this goal!
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EXCITING NOVEMBER 2017 ANNOUNCEMENT: All patrons will get my questionable first draft of the novel I'm writing for NaNoWriMo! $1/mo gets you access to unedited daily pages, Q&A about the process, and an accountability buddy if you're also joining in!!

Hi Patreon! I'm Naseem. I'm here to write stories that center marginalized voices, whether through narrative nonfiction, novels/short stories, or my monthly reflection series on growing pains (as a person in this world and as a feminist) called the Tuesday Telegrams. My true love is fiction, and I want to be a full-time novelist.

Up until December of 2016, I was a neuroscientist working on the models of neuropsychiatric disorders. I was a PhD student at UPenn, sneaking in bits of writing when I could. As of January 2017, I'm a full-time freelancer, doing whatever odd-jobs I can to make ends meet. Which, lately, hasn't been much, because depression.

But I've always been a writer, and I'm here to tell the hard stories. I'm here to uplift marginalized voices. As a queer, non-binary, disabled (shockingly, mental illness is disabling!), Persian, Muslim, child-to-immigrants, I think about my pale skinned/white-, cis-, and abled- passing privileges all the time. I want my voice to be heard, but more importantly, I want to tell your stories. So that's why I'm here: writing to tell the stories people are afraid to tell, and to center the voices that are usually ignored.

So how does this work? Once a month, Patreon will charge you whatever amount you choose. I decided to do a monthly campaign so you know exactly how much you're paying. I write a lot—I work on novels, send out (now monthly) newsletters/blogs, and freelance (although I've been doing less of that in past months).

My first big goal is to make $1400/month (to cover taxes, too), which will cover all major expenses while my partner is in graduate school without pulling from our savings. I would like to eventually have a living wage from my Patreon.

Why should you support me? Supporting queer, trans, Muslim artists in the U.S. right now makes a difference. (And Black artists. That's not an afterthought; it's just that I'm the first three identities and not the fourth.) We're in a political era that threatens many of our lives. I live in daily fear for my family, who doesn't pass as American as well as I do. If you want to make a difference, support artists in this time. I don't shy away from politics in my work, and I especially think about intersectionality. I will ALWAYS fight for the people our system tries to oppress.

Also: my video does need to be updated, as I still identified as a woman when I made it. Yes, I was designated female at birth. No, I no longer identify as a woman. But I find it so funny and it features a cat that is no longer in my life, because she went missing :( 

Recent posts by Naseem Jamnia

Tiers
The Walker
$1 or more per month 7 patrons
Dying for fresh meat? The Walker gets fed on the exclusive Patron-only feed, including day-in-the-life rambles not found in the Tuesday Telegrams and awknowledgment on my website. Also includes pictures of pets!

 

The Companion
$2 or more per month 1 patron
Everyone knows the Doctor is useless without them. The Companion has the important role of topic suggestions for monthly Tuesday Telegrams, with named credit for the week's prompt. Companions also have access to the Patron-only feed and get acknowledgments on my site.

 

The Immigrant
$3 or more per month 3 patrons
Immigrants get the job done. The Immigrant will get a monthly, original piece of flash fiction or nonfiction. Immigrants also get access to the Patron-only feed, acknowledgments, and get to suggest topics for the Telegrams.


The King of Games
$5 or more per month 4 patrons
The biggest goal of life is being the best at a children's card game. The King of Games gets access to my Patreon-exclusive Discord server, where we talk about ANYTHING. This is ideal for other creatives! The King(s) of Games will also receive the Patron-only feed, topic suggestions, and acknowledgment on my site.

 

Includes Discord rewards
The State Alchemist
$7 or more per month 1 patron
You may be a dog of the military, but your real dream is to find the Philosopher's Stone, return your brother to his body, stop the genocide of your nation, catch a mass murderer, play tour guide to a hungry prince, hate your father, and be the hero.
When you need a break, the State Alchemist gets excerpts from works-in-progress, including deleted scenes and extra materials. They also get the Patron-only feed, suggestions, Discord access, and acknowledgment on my site.

Includes Discord rewards
The Slayer
$10 or more per month 3 patrons
Into every generation, a slayer is born. The Slayer cuts their teeth on acknowledgment in printed works (when possible), copies of submitted pieces, and a monthly letter that's personalized to you. They also get the Patron-only feed, suggestions, Discord access, Q&As, website acknowledgments, and excerpts/deleted scenes.


Includes Discord rewards
The Chosen One
$25 or more per month 0 of 3 patrons
Whether you're just trying to pass Potions or out looking for Horcruxes, every hero needs their story told. The Chosen One gets a handmade book by yours truly. These take time to make, so I would expect them to arrive every few months. We'll discuss details. Of course, the Chosen One still gets access to the Patron-only feed, suggestions, Discord server, Q&As, excerpts/deleted scenes, acknowledgements on my website and in print, and personal letters. 

Includes Discord rewards