Sarah Monette and Katherine Addison are creating stories
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$919
per month
I'm doing this for my horse.

Okay, lemme back up a second. I am both Sarah Monette and Katherine Addison. Under both names I write horror, fantasy, and science fiction. Due to complicated Publishing Things, my novels are coming out under the Addison name, while I write short fiction under my real name. My most recent novel, The Goblin Emperor, (or buy from your local indie bookstore or Powells) was published by Tor in 2014, was nominated for a bunch of awards, and won the 2015 Locus Award for Best Fantasy Novel. </brag> (I have a contract for two more books with Tor, both of which are still pretty much vaporware as of this writing.) I have a couple of short stories in press right now and I hope that that will continue to be true from month to month.

I fight with a variety of health problems, including fibromyalgia, chronic migraines, restless leg syndrome, (yes, it's properly Restless Legs Syndrome, but for me, it's only in the right leg), and depression, all of which have had a considerable negative impact (she says politely) on my creativity. None of them can be cured; they can only be managed with drugs, therapy, regular exercise, and the pursuit of engagement with my own goddamn life.

MY END GOAL IS TO WRITE CONFIDENTLY, HAPPILY, AND STEADILY.

But creativity is like cats: approach it head on and it skitters away out of reach and stares at you reproachfully. So you go obliquely. Tell the truth but tell it slant.

Which brings us back to my horse.

His name is Milo; he's a 2006 Holsteiner cross (meaning in this case he's half Holsteiner (sired by Fleming), a quarter Arabian, and a quarter Percheron). I've owned him since he was four. We do dressage (it's the other equestrian sport at the Olympics, the one that looks like people riding in random circles: think of it as horse ballet.)

I love this horse. He has been, not even kidding, a steady shining light through an awful lot of darkness over the past seven years. Dressage is literally therapy for me, both physical and mental, even though no health insurance company in the world would agree to cover it, and my goofy asshole of a horse both makes it possible for me to ride regularly and is himself a beloved partner in a way that is unlike any human relationship.

Over the past year, Milo has started foundering for reasons that are still unclear. This has meant months of stall rest (read: boredom, and a bored horse is not a happy horse), weird and fancy shoes to support his feet, and a lot of vet visits. He gets better and relapses, gets better and relapses. The relapses are getting shorter each time, but we're still trying to pinpoint what triggers them. Along with the foundering, we've also discovered an ulcer and the horse equivalent of asthma--meaning more vet visits and medications and my trainer bending over backwards to try to manage Milo's environment so that he can breathe easily. Right now, he's doing acupuncture (which he loves!), but since he can't tell us how he feels, it's hard to know whether it's helping.

In case you didn't know, horses are very expensive--they're expensive just to maintain, and even a routine vet bill is NOT SMALL. Milo's vet and farrier bills are mounting by the day.

My writing income is sporadic at best, and this snarling squirming knot of fibro and migraines and RLS and MDD means that "at best" hasn't been available for a long time. I have a part-time job, which keeps us going when Milo is healthy, but it's starting to stagger under the weight of 2017's bills.

Which is where you come in. All the money I make with this Patreon will go to my horse's vet, farrier, and boarding bills. Let's be clear: these are things I would be--and have been--paying for ANYWAY. This isn't "Dear Internet, buy me a pony!" This is me mobilizing all of my resources to continue to meet the bills for a sport and a sport-partner that I love.

Ultimately, by supporting Milo, you are supporting my mental and physical health, which means you are 100% supporting my writing. Everything you see me publish from here on out will be something you have made possible, and Milo and I thank you for it.
Rewards
Lurker
$1 or more per month 24 patrons
  • Access to my patron-only feed
  • To-Be-Read and Books-I'm-Looking-For lists
  • Book reviews will be posted here 1 week (7 days) before they go up on Goodreads
  • First lines of all my works in progress (WIP)
  • Q&A: ask me questions & I answer them
  • When I start submitting a story, or send a novel to my editor, I will post a preview.
  • Bonus! Cat pictures
  • Extra bonus! Horse pictures
Friend of Milo
$2 or more per month 14 patrons
  • Updates on Milo & my dressage adventures
  • Plus all previous rewards
Awesome Friend of Milo
$3 or more per month 5 patrons
  • Your name (or chosen designation) will be in the acknowledgments of my next book. (Will start over each time I submit a final draft to my editor.)
  • Plus all previous rewards
Brass Key
$5 or more per month 70 patrons
  • Vignettes and secrets from the Parrington Museum (The Bone Key), Osreialhallan (The Goblin Emperor), Meduse (the Doctrine of Labyrinths), and other worlds as they bloom.
  • Short bibliography of my reference books (with commentary)
  • Plus all previous rewards
Silver Key
$10 or more per month 22 patrons
  • .pdfs of all my published but uncollected short stories (this includes four Kyle Murchison Booth stories)
  • .pdfs of all my published essays about writing & craft
  • .pdf of my unpublished 7000+ word essay on Jack the Ripper
  • Bibliography of my published works, updated as new things come out
  • Plus all previous rewards
Gold Key
$20 or more per month 2 patrons
  • Monthly essay (1000 words or more) on random topic, in addition to patron-only posts
  • Ability to suggest topics
  • Plus all previous rewards
Platinum Key
$25 or more per month 7 of 15 patrons
  • Signed copies of all novels I publish, starting 2017 January 01 (and authors get their copies before publication date, so you will, too)
  • Ongoing catalogue of all the private jokes in the place and character names in the Doctrine of Labyrinths
  • Semi-annual (twice a year) video lecture/tutorials on some aspect of writing craft
  • Ability to suggest topics (and if you want something that isn't writing craft, like genre theory or Shakespeare or Jack the Ripper, I'll be happy to do that, too)
  • Access to other weird things
  • Plus all previous rewards
Key to the Labyrinth
$50 or more per month 3 of 10 patrons
  • Signed copies of all novels I publish after 2017 January 01 (and authors get their copies before publication date, so you will, too)
  • POD collection of your choice of my stories & essays (1 time only)
  • Signed annual POD chapbooks of all the short fiction & essays I publish (including your choice of 5 blog or Patreon posts), starting 2017 January 01 (you can receive this chapbook for any year in which you are a patron, even if it's not for the full calendar year)
  • Plus all previous rewards
Goals
$919 of $1,000 per month
$1000 a month covers boarding, farrier, and massage, plus some left over for the vet bills. $1000 a month is kind of my dream goal. It would roughly double my steady income and would mean a big boost in our financial security.

(GUILT FREE BOOK BUYING.)

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I'm doing this for my horse.

Okay, lemme back up a second. I am both Sarah Monette and Katherine Addison. Under both names I write horror, fantasy, and science fiction. Due to complicated Publishing Things, my novels are coming out under the Addison name, while I write short fiction under my real name. My most recent novel, The Goblin Emperor, (or buy from your local indie bookstore or Powells) was published by Tor in 2014, was nominated for a bunch of awards, and won the 2015 Locus Award for Best Fantasy Novel. </brag> (I have a contract for two more books with Tor, both of which are still pretty much vaporware as of this writing.) I have a couple of short stories in press right now and I hope that that will continue to be true from month to month.

I fight with a variety of health problems, including fibromyalgia, chronic migraines, restless leg syndrome, (yes, it's properly Restless Legs Syndrome, but for me, it's only in the right leg), and depression, all of which have had a considerable negative impact (she says politely) on my creativity. None of them can be cured; they can only be managed with drugs, therapy, regular exercise, and the pursuit of engagement with my own goddamn life.

MY END GOAL IS TO WRITE CONFIDENTLY, HAPPILY, AND STEADILY.

But creativity is like cats: approach it head on and it skitters away out of reach and stares at you reproachfully. So you go obliquely. Tell the truth but tell it slant.

Which brings us back to my horse.

His name is Milo; he's a 2006 Holsteiner cross (meaning in this case he's half Holsteiner (sired by Fleming), a quarter Arabian, and a quarter Percheron). I've owned him since he was four. We do dressage (it's the other equestrian sport at the Olympics, the one that looks like people riding in random circles: think of it as horse ballet.)

I love this horse. He has been, not even kidding, a steady shining light through an awful lot of darkness over the past seven years. Dressage is literally therapy for me, both physical and mental, even though no health insurance company in the world would agree to cover it, and my goofy asshole of a horse both makes it possible for me to ride regularly and is himself a beloved partner in a way that is unlike any human relationship.

Over the past year, Milo has started foundering for reasons that are still unclear. This has meant months of stall rest (read: boredom, and a bored horse is not a happy horse), weird and fancy shoes to support his feet, and a lot of vet visits. He gets better and relapses, gets better and relapses. The relapses are getting shorter each time, but we're still trying to pinpoint what triggers them. Along with the foundering, we've also discovered an ulcer and the horse equivalent of asthma--meaning more vet visits and medications and my trainer bending over backwards to try to manage Milo's environment so that he can breathe easily. Right now, he's doing acupuncture (which he loves!), but since he can't tell us how he feels, it's hard to know whether it's helping.

In case you didn't know, horses are very expensive--they're expensive just to maintain, and even a routine vet bill is NOT SMALL. Milo's vet and farrier bills are mounting by the day.

My writing income is sporadic at best, and this snarling squirming knot of fibro and migraines and RLS and MDD means that "at best" hasn't been available for a long time. I have a part-time job, which keeps us going when Milo is healthy, but it's starting to stagger under the weight of 2017's bills.

Which is where you come in. All the money I make with this Patreon will go to my horse's vet, farrier, and boarding bills. Let's be clear: these are things I would be--and have been--paying for ANYWAY. This isn't "Dear Internet, buy me a pony!" This is me mobilizing all of my resources to continue to meet the bills for a sport and a sport-partner that I love.

Ultimately, by supporting Milo, you are supporting my mental and physical health, which means you are 100% supporting my writing. Everything you see me publish from here on out will be something you have made possible, and Milo and I thank you for it.

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Rewards
Lurker
$1 or more per month 24 patrons
  • Access to my patron-only feed
  • To-Be-Read and Books-I'm-Looking-For lists
  • Book reviews will be posted here 1 week (7 days) before they go up on Goodreads
  • First lines of all my works in progress (WIP)
  • Q&A: ask me questions & I answer them
  • When I start submitting a story, or send a novel to my editor, I will post a preview.
  • Bonus! Cat pictures
  • Extra bonus! Horse pictures
Friend of Milo
$2 or more per month 14 patrons
  • Updates on Milo & my dressage adventures
  • Plus all previous rewards
Awesome Friend of Milo
$3 or more per month 5 patrons
  • Your name (or chosen designation) will be in the acknowledgments of my next book. (Will start over each time I submit a final draft to my editor.)
  • Plus all previous rewards
Brass Key
$5 or more per month 70 patrons
  • Vignettes and secrets from the Parrington Museum (The Bone Key), Osreialhallan (The Goblin Emperor), Meduse (the Doctrine of Labyrinths), and other worlds as they bloom.
  • Short bibliography of my reference books (with commentary)
  • Plus all previous rewards
Silver Key
$10 or more per month 22 patrons
  • .pdfs of all my published but uncollected short stories (this includes four Kyle Murchison Booth stories)
  • .pdfs of all my published essays about writing & craft
  • .pdf of my unpublished 7000+ word essay on Jack the Ripper
  • Bibliography of my published works, updated as new things come out
  • Plus all previous rewards
Gold Key
$20 or more per month 2 patrons
  • Monthly essay (1000 words or more) on random topic, in addition to patron-only posts
  • Ability to suggest topics
  • Plus all previous rewards
Platinum Key
$25 or more per month 7 of 15 patrons
  • Signed copies of all novels I publish, starting 2017 January 01 (and authors get their copies before publication date, so you will, too)
  • Ongoing catalogue of all the private jokes in the place and character names in the Doctrine of Labyrinths
  • Semi-annual (twice a year) video lecture/tutorials on some aspect of writing craft
  • Ability to suggest topics (and if you want something that isn't writing craft, like genre theory or Shakespeare or Jack the Ripper, I'll be happy to do that, too)
  • Access to other weird things
  • Plus all previous rewards
Key to the Labyrinth
$50 or more per month 3 of 10 patrons
  • Signed copies of all novels I publish after 2017 January 01 (and authors get their copies before publication date, so you will, too)
  • POD collection of your choice of my stories & essays (1 time only)
  • Signed annual POD chapbooks of all the short fiction & essays I publish (including your choice of 5 blog or Patreon posts), starting 2017 January 01 (you can receive this chapbook for any year in which you are a patron, even if it's not for the full calendar year)
  • Plus all previous rewards