Nerissa is creating fiction, non-fiction
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First of all, thanks for checking me out. Born in Toronto, Canada, I was raised in Mississauga, (at the time) a suburb of Ontario. As a kid my dream was to be like Pippi Longstocking: strong enough to protect the people I loved and confident enough to live the way I wanted. At the time I didn't see anything "wrong" with the fact that she was white and I was black, but the older I got the more I noticed the main characters in the books, shows and movies I loved didn't look like me.

Then I noticed their experience of life looked different than mine. The realization was slow in coming, but by the time my twenties hit I started to consider suicide. My birth wasn't a mistake, but what happened to me afterwards was an aberration, I thought.



No one was meant to live a life like the one I had lived, no one would be expected to survive domestic abuse, isolation, depression, racism, and the other circumstances that made up my experience. Suicide was a better option.

The most notable piece of evidence to support this idea was that other people (particularly white people) led lives that were comfortable; easy, it seemed, when compared to mine. I found a disturbing connection between my race and my experience.

A lot of work went into moving past that idea. I went to therapists, self-help gurus, I learned to mediate and work out. I did yoga, went to intuitives, psychics and astrologers. I tapped into my own intuitive skills and bought every self-help book that came recommended, or that I picked up at a bookstore and answered a question I had. Eventually I started to choose different ideas; ones that wouldn't lead me to think about committing suicide. In trying to find ways to support these new ideas, I’ve relied on curiosity, spirituality and imagination.

Ok, so why Patreon? I'm ready. Is my stuff any good? Can I really do this? What if this doesn't work? I'm not sure about any of it. So let's see what happens.

Profile Pic by Miguel Weston, @whoismiguel
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Get access to all of my patreon posts, specifically the locked ones. I'll also acknowledge you in my book!
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Access to my locked posts, plus a monthly mail-out of resources for writers and artists. Don't forget to include your email address in your order!
Unlocked Access + Resources + Short Stories
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The unlocked access, resources, and an advanced look at my short stories.
Unlocked Access + Resources + Short Stories + Your Name in My Book
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Unlocked access to my hidden posts, resources and my monthly newsletter. At this level I will include your name as a character in my book.
Unlocked Access + Resources + Short Stories + Your Name in My Book + First Versions
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Everything in all the other tiers PLUS! You will get the first version of my book once it's published.
Unlocked Access + Resources + Short Stories + Your Name in My Book + First Versions + IDEAS!
$100 or more per month 0 patrons
Wow. You really want to support me? At $100 a month?!? Ok, at this level you'll basically get everything I can give, and I'll share with you some of my ideas for future short stories and books.
The Gold, Platinum, Silver and Titanium package.
$250 or more per month 0 of 10 patrons
You'll get my personal email address so we can talk about anything you want, including what you'd like for your contribution.
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Yay! At this level I'll be working on Patreon part-time, making content to turn my patrons into my happy patrons.
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First of all, thanks for checking me out. Born in Toronto, Canada, I was raised in Mississauga, (at the time) a suburb of Ontario. As a kid my dream was to be like Pippi Longstocking: strong enough to protect the people I loved and confident enough to live the way I wanted. At the time I didn't see anything "wrong" with the fact that she was white and I was black, but the older I got the more I noticed the main characters in the books, shows and movies I loved didn't look like me.

Then I noticed their experience of life looked different than mine. The realization was slow in coming, but by the time my twenties hit I started to consider suicide. My birth wasn't a mistake, but what happened to me afterwards was an aberration, I thought.



No one was meant to live a life like the one I had lived, no one would be expected to survive domestic abuse, isolation, depression, racism, and the other circumstances that made up my experience. Suicide was a better option.

The most notable piece of evidence to support this idea was that other people (particularly white people) led lives that were comfortable; easy, it seemed, when compared to mine. I found a disturbing connection between my race and my experience.

A lot of work went into moving past that idea. I went to therapists, self-help gurus, I learned to mediate and work out. I did yoga, went to intuitives, psychics and astrologers. I tapped into my own intuitive skills and bought every self-help book that came recommended, or that I picked up at a bookstore and answered a question I had. Eventually I started to choose different ideas; ones that wouldn't lead me to think about committing suicide. In trying to find ways to support these new ideas, I’ve relied on curiosity, spirituality and imagination.

Ok, so why Patreon? I'm ready. Is my stuff any good? Can I really do this? What if this doesn't work? I'm not sure about any of it. So let's see what happens.

Profile Pic by Miguel Weston, @whoismiguel

Recent posts by Nerissa

Tiers
Unlocked Access
$2 or more per month 0 patrons
Get access to all of my patreon posts, specifically the locked ones. I'll also acknowledge you in my book!
Unlocked Access + Resources
$5 or more per month 0 patrons
Access to my locked posts, plus a monthly mail-out of resources for writers and artists. Don't forget to include your email address in your order!
Unlocked Access + Resources + Short Stories
$10 or more per month 0 patrons
The unlocked access, resources, and an advanced look at my short stories.
Unlocked Access + Resources + Short Stories + Your Name in My Book
$25 or more per month 0 patrons
Unlocked access to my hidden posts, resources and my monthly newsletter. At this level I will include your name as a character in my book.
Unlocked Access + Resources + Short Stories + Your Name in My Book + First Versions
$50 or more per month 0 patrons
Everything in all the other tiers PLUS! You will get the first version of my book once it's published.
Unlocked Access + Resources + Short Stories + Your Name in My Book + First Versions + IDEAS!
$100 or more per month 0 patrons
Wow. You really want to support me? At $100 a month?!? Ok, at this level you'll basically get everything I can give, and I'll share with you some of my ideas for future short stories and books.
The Gold, Platinum, Silver and Titanium package.
$250 or more per month 0 of 10 patrons
You'll get my personal email address so we can talk about anything you want, including what you'd like for your contribution.