Nino Cipri is creating Words and Worlds and Weirdness
15

patrons

$81
per month

Who I am and what I do

My name is Nino Cipri. I'm a writer, editor, labor organizer, baby academic, and (most recently)  teacher. I've written fiction, plays, poetry, essays, book reviews, food columns, blogs, listicles, zines, podcasts, travelogues, and comics. My work has been published by Nightmare Magazine, Tor.com, Fireside Fiction, Podcastle, Cicada, and other venues, and has been awarded places on the Tiptree Honor List and the Working Class Writers Grant.

I write for lots of reasons: to make sense of things, to satisfy my curiosity or cure my boredom, to dig into fears, to tell truths.

A true story

When I was six years old, my first grade teacher interviewed each of her students. Decades later, I only remember one of her questions: What do you want to be when you grow up?

My answer was typed up and displayed for all to see: I want to be Hulk Hogan.

Suburban Commando had come out that year, with Hulk Hogan playing some kind of Flash Gordon ripoff in super-armor. What I really wanted to be when I grew up was an interstellar hero with an awesome spaceship, the ability to fight evil, and a leather headband. At six years old, however, I didn't really know how to articulate this.

I've been writing for more than half my life, in all kinds of formats. I've had enough success to think I can maybe make a living at it, and even if I can't, I should keep at it anyway. Since "interstellar superhero" is off the table, being a writer seems like a good fallback. I can still fight evil (or at least try to understand it better), and leather headbands also seem to be an option.

Why a Patreon?

I originally started this Patreon in 2015 because I was barely scraping by financially. Having a Patreon meant being able to buy some groceries or pay for health insurance. My finances have stabilized for now (thanks, grad school), but I still live on low wages and freelance work, and have to deal with summer unemployment (thanks, grad school). There's also a big question mark after I graduate. The future, as always, is uncertain.

I also love that Patreon offers a way to connect to creators in a fun, informal way. I love writing to people's prompts and suggestions: I've made stories about a serial killer's search history, the adventures of a Really Good Hat, and people running away on flying trees, all based on people's random ideas. I'm also hoping to use this Patreon as a place to post up my thoughts about writing as both a craft and a profession, as well as an excuse to get back into making chapbooks and zines, two hobbies I had when I was younger that I'd like to get back to.

If this Patreon is really successful, I have other ideas in the pipeline. Want me to start a podcast? Start sharing lesson plans and writing exercises? Interviews? Choose Your Own Adventure stories? Like I said, the future is uncertain -- but sometimes that's what makes it fun.
Tiers
Solidarity Fistbump
$1 or more per month 8 patrons
You get my sincere gratitude, and access to all content I create for my backers.
Sincere High-Fives
$3 or more per month 3 patrons
Gratitude, and an ebook of all content created for patrons at the end of the year.
Glitter and Arson Squad
$5 or more per month 2 patrons
Patrons at this level get access, ebooks, and get to send in writing prompts, review suggestions, and essay topics. 
Mayhem and Merriment Contingent
$10 or more per month 1 patron
Everything at the Glitter and Arson level, plus -- after a year of patronage -- an exclusive short story printed in a handmade, limited-edition chapbook at the end of the year. 
Sh!ts and Giggles Coalition
$20 or more per month 0 patrons
Back in the good old days when you could steal printing from Kinkos, I made a series of zines called Sh!ts and Giggles. I would like to revive this practice (minus the theft). Patrons at this level get everything at the Mayhem and Merriment level, PLUS a quarterly minizine. 
Goals
$81 of $100 per month
Nino Has Ideas: When I reach this goal, I'll post up a monthly piece of flash fiction (500-1000 words) based on a prompt from one of my patrons.
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Who I am and what I do

My name is Nino Cipri. I'm a writer, editor, labor organizer, baby academic, and (most recently)  teacher. I've written fiction, plays, poetry, essays, book reviews, food columns, blogs, listicles, zines, podcasts, travelogues, and comics. My work has been published by Nightmare Magazine, Tor.com, Fireside Fiction, Podcastle, Cicada, and other venues, and has been awarded places on the Tiptree Honor List and the Working Class Writers Grant.

I write for lots of reasons: to make sense of things, to satisfy my curiosity or cure my boredom, to dig into fears, to tell truths.

A true story

When I was six years old, my first grade teacher interviewed each of her students. Decades later, I only remember one of her questions: What do you want to be when you grow up?

My answer was typed up and displayed for all to see: I want to be Hulk Hogan.

Suburban Commando had come out that year, with Hulk Hogan playing some kind of Flash Gordon ripoff in super-armor. What I really wanted to be when I grew up was an interstellar hero with an awesome spaceship, the ability to fight evil, and a leather headband. At six years old, however, I didn't really know how to articulate this.

I've been writing for more than half my life, in all kinds of formats. I've had enough success to think I can maybe make a living at it, and even if I can't, I should keep at it anyway. Since "interstellar superhero" is off the table, being a writer seems like a good fallback. I can still fight evil (or at least try to understand it better), and leather headbands also seem to be an option.

Why a Patreon?

I originally started this Patreon in 2015 because I was barely scraping by financially. Having a Patreon meant being able to buy some groceries or pay for health insurance. My finances have stabilized for now (thanks, grad school), but I still live on low wages and freelance work, and have to deal with summer unemployment (thanks, grad school). There's also a big question mark after I graduate. The future, as always, is uncertain.

I also love that Patreon offers a way to connect to creators in a fun, informal way. I love writing to people's prompts and suggestions: I've made stories about a serial killer's search history, the adventures of a Really Good Hat, and people running away on flying trees, all based on people's random ideas. I'm also hoping to use this Patreon as a place to post up my thoughts about writing as both a craft and a profession, as well as an excuse to get back into making chapbooks and zines, two hobbies I had when I was younger that I'd like to get back to.

If this Patreon is really successful, I have other ideas in the pipeline. Want me to start a podcast? Start sharing lesson plans and writing exercises? Interviews? Choose Your Own Adventure stories? Like I said, the future is uncertain -- but sometimes that's what makes it fun.

Recent posts by Nino Cipri

Tiers
Solidarity Fistbump
$1 or more per month 8 patrons
You get my sincere gratitude, and access to all content I create for my backers.
Sincere High-Fives
$3 or more per month 3 patrons
Gratitude, and an ebook of all content created for patrons at the end of the year.
Glitter and Arson Squad
$5 or more per month 2 patrons
Patrons at this level get access, ebooks, and get to send in writing prompts, review suggestions, and essay topics. 
Mayhem and Merriment Contingent
$10 or more per month 1 patron
Everything at the Glitter and Arson level, plus -- after a year of patronage -- an exclusive short story printed in a handmade, limited-edition chapbook at the end of the year. 
Sh!ts and Giggles Coalition
$20 or more per month 0 patrons
Back in the good old days when you could steal printing from Kinkos, I made a series of zines called Sh!ts and Giggles. I would like to revive this practice (minus the theft). Patrons at this level get everything at the Mayhem and Merriment level, PLUS a quarterly minizine.