In my former life I had a regular(ish) career working within the NHS and local government. Wake up, eat breakfast, get the kids to school, an hour commute to work, full time job at the office, hour commute home, see the family, eat dinner, put the kids to bed, housework then sleep. Rinse and repeat.
You know, the usual.
However illness has put the kybosh on all that, so I have found myself at a loose end. Suddenly having time on my hands came as a shock. What should I do with myself? There is only so much housework you can do before you start re-cleaning what you cleaned earlier. There is only so many times you can walk the dog around the block before the dog wants to give up and lounge on the sofa.
So what did I do? I decided to write. Firstly just as something to do to stop my brain from turning to mush, but then I got the writing itch, and it became my passion.
To learn new skills I set about creating a website, Nomad's Reviews, which has become one of my main projects. Here I combine my love of writing with my love of gaming, media and all things geeky. It has gone through a few revisions as the technology has changed, but it is now ready.
My other big project was writing a book. NOMAD is slightly dyslexic, and everyone said I would never be able to do it. Well if famous dyslexic Max Brooks can write a full length book or three, then I figured I could too. So I did. Or rather, so I am, since I’m still writing it. That book is 'The Chernobyl Zone Survival Guide'. What started out as ‘something to do’ has developed into a 90,000+ word, 550+ page labour of love…and it’s still growing.
This has been quite the journey, and I have learned the following:
- I would like to continue to write for and develop Nomad Writes for a long time. The website is up and running. It’s beta stage is over, now it’s time to do it properly and take it to the people.2)I would love for NW to become self-sustaining. At the moment it is costing me to run the site, what with domain fees and whatnot.
- I would like to improve the quality of the website and the posts thereon by using better picture editing software, subscription photo services, Grammarly etc.
- I would like to obtain professional art work for The Chernobyl Zone Survival Guide. I would do it myself, but my drawing prowess maxes out at badly drawn stick men ;-)
I am considering creating an audiobook version of The Chernobyl Zone Survival Guide, so that the visually impaired and dyslexics can enjoy it, and for those who are too busy to sit down and read something. #audiobooks whilst doing the housework. This would require either hiring a voice actor, or creating a ‘pseudo-audiobook’ via text-to-speech software. I have created a sample of this using free text-to-speech software, which you can hear on the The Chernobyl Zone Survival Guide website.
So, how would your patronage help to achieve this?
Your patronage would aid the website immensely by:
- Helping to cover the cost of running the website, which would allow it to run for as long as you would like it to. Without this I may be forced to close it down due to the running costs.
- Secondly, any additional funding will be used to purchase the software and pay for the various subscription services which would improve the quality of the site and the posts hosted on it.
Your patronage would aid the creation of The Chernobyl Zone Survival Guide by:
- Helping to pay for Grammarly – being slightly dyslexic this is handy for ensuring I don’t write a load of gibberish and gobbledygook ;-)
- Helping to pay for a professional artists to create the book’s front and back cover, and possibly illustrations within it as well.
- Hiring a professional proof reader and or editor, to clean up any gibberish and gobbledygook that might slip through.
- With your patronage I could invest in better text-to-speech software, which would allow me to create the pseudo-audiobook version in a range of higher quality, less robotic sounding voices.
So what would you, dear patron, get for helping with this?
- Shout outs in the supporter hall of fame.
- First look at articles posted to the website.
- A say in what articles will be created in the future.
- Monthly ‘Ask Me Anythings’. Find out what is in the pipeline, who NOMAD is and my creative process.
- Monthly live chats via discord.
- Exclusive access to tutorials and how to guides.
- Exclusive first look at the Chernobyl Zone Survival guide when it is finished, and you will be sent a section per week in the meantime as a PDF.
- Signed copy hot off the press!
- Named and thanked in the book in the thanks and acknowledgements section.
If you would rather support NW and TCZSG by making 'ad hoc' or a one of donation, please see my GoFundMe page instead.