Fortunately, I'm writing rather than giving a speech!
I'd like to start by giving a warm welcome to the new guys and I hope you have fun chatting with the regulars on the comment threads. Make sure you check out the "Community" tab too, where you can see Patron created posts. There's some great pictures there!
Obviously, I'd like to say a huge thank you to everyone who has been with me from my humble beginnings on literotica and then encouraged me to start up on Patreon. I took some convincing, but you can probably guess that I'm glad I listened to your advice!
Finally, I'd like to say thanks to my editors for their tireless and invaluable support over the last year. It's been a wonderful journey so far and I couldn't have done it without you!
As we hit this epic milestone, I'd like to make a few announcements:
1) I've started commissioning artwork, so I hope to have some custom pics of the girls in the near future!
2) I'm already working with one of the Patrons on a very cool picture of the Invictus! I drew up deck plans for him the other day, to give him an idea of the layout. I'd like to have those professionally recreated as the "blueprints" for a Terran Federation Assault Cruiser and I'll start looking for an artist who can put those together!
3) I've handed in my notice! I was moaning about how frustrating work was, so my wife said, "Just quit! If the writing doesn't work out, you can always do contracting." So there we are, I'm making a full time commitment to the rest of the story!
I hope to continue keeping everybody entertained with John Blake's ongoing adventures for months to come, but eventually our favourite Progenitor's story will come to an end. I've been preparing for that day and making plans for a sequel, which I'm excited to get stuck into too!