So this feedback has come from 2 Patrons so far - please edit your photos at the $10 Reward level.
I've also got feedback from some Patrons saying they love seeing the 'photo dump' from each site visit and following through.
My initial Reward option was to select 5-10 curated photos from each site visit, but as I'm taking 100 ish each visit, it felt like a bit of a waste not to share them, and I figured that folk could self select which 5-10 photos they want to download and keep from each visit. So now patrons get access to the Google Folder and can pick and choose as they like (for personal use only, of course).
In some of the shots, you'll see my finger, or my foot.
This is not by accident! I am pointing out things on the landscape (and will also provide a finger free option alongside it) that the untrained or inexperienced eye may not pick up, such as an archaeological feature, or a white cow through the trees ;-)
When I put my foot specifically beside a stone or a feature, this is an archaeological photography 'trick' - insert something for scale. It's actually really important to provide context with this sort of photography or the viewer doesn't have any sense of size. (I wear a UK size 9, for reference.) Again, non footed pics of each object are also included each time.
When you see my feet walking the site - that's a sort of subjective or personal thing, fair enough, as some folk feel it represents 'feet on the land' that they can live vicariously through... so I've been told.
When I'm with an Adventure Buddy (sometimes my partner but not always) on a Site Visit, I often include them in the pics - fun or pleasant moments we are sharing on the day. This is unnecessary to the site experience, but I feel provides the human element.
And then I also take selfies, which have been specifically requested by some of the Patrons. People seem to like me, and seem to like seeing me at a site?!
ALL OF THIS IS UP FOR REVIEW THOUGH!
Please indicate your preferred option below ;-)
Cut the Extras - I'd like 20 ish good quality Site Pictures ONLY
Keep the Photo Diary/Dump of all Pics - I'll choose the ones I want
Site Visit all pics Diary/Dump - but no People please, Site Only
YOU get to choose a topic (an appropriate topic, smut monsters, and something relevant to Ireland) for me to write about on my blog. PLUS, you get access to the Patron only posts here. AND MY LOVE... that's worth a dollar?
I'll send you a unique Irish story every month. You'll get the seeds of a tale plucked from Irish legend and written fresh for your reading pleasure; or it could be a story that's inspired by my Site Visits... and sure who doesn't love an oul story?
Get a photo diary set of (50-100) digital pictures each month from an ancient site I visit, and a link to an info resource that I've checked/approved. Share my experiences of Ireland directly! (Plus previous rewards.)
A video diary, sharing as I get to and walk around each site. You get multiple short videos so you can see and hear the site right in front of you, and get a sense of what it's like to be there as I share my connection with you. (Plus previous Rewards.)
Full Site Access
Here you get a full Site Report (15-20 pages), researched and written by me; covering everything from specific directions to the Site, to the archaeology, history and folklore of each place, and an account of my experiences there. If the site is suitable, I'll include a suggestion for practical exercises you can do to connect more personally. (Plus all previous Rewards!)
Personal Progress Review
- 30 Day Guided Journeys Programme - Level 1
- A Unique Tale of Old Ireland
- Text and Audio files for the Level 2 Guided Journey
- Digital photo diary, & guided video experience of Site Visit
- Full Site Report from our Site Visit
- Live Access to the monthly Online Class
Then at the end of the month, we arrange a 30 minute Personal Progress Review Session to go over what you've learned, your Journey Experience, and I can answer any questions you may have. This session will be recorded (audio and video), and filed in a personal folder for you to access.
(Limited to 5 Patrons Only)
Personal Tuition Programme
Except instead of a 30 minute review session at the end of each month, you get ONE FULL HOUR of in depth personal tuition, with an organic Irish Spirituality guidance programme designed around your unique needs, as we go.
This Reward is limited to 2 Patrons Only.
Eschewing the Underground Aquarium
It is. It really, really is. Especially with all this other work I do. Everybody thinks they have a book in them. The vast majority of us won't ever actually sit down and do the work... I'm sure I don't need to map out the endless years of honing the skill and talent of the craft of writing; you, my dear Patrons, know better than to think that just because a person can put words in a sentence that they are a writer - someone who can draw a stick figure isn't automatically an artist, right? Then there's all the research, and the actual time-intensive slog of writing and wordcount, editing it down to readable, reasonable content, and even the marketing of each and every book us writers have to do these days. It's intense, truly.
If you like my books though, and want to support me so I can write more of them (ok, so it's hard, did I mention how HARD it is to write a book - but it's also a good thing for me to do, I know this), you can support me as an author by choosing this reward. There's been like *counts* 10 other reward options by now, with some pretty awesome swag, so I guess I don't need to go through everything else you'll get. If you've read through to this point, you're pretty into the whole idea of connecting to Ireland, so you know what your options are here. $500 per month is a lot of money for one person to give each month. But if you've got it spare, there's definitely worse things you could be doing with it. Do you REALLY need an underground aquarium beneath a living room floor made of glass? Do you? What if that shit breaks?!
Supporting me writing my next book, or books, gets you all of the other Patreon Prizes each month, plus you get raved about in the acknowledgments section of each new book, and of course you get a personalised, pre-release, signed copy of all forthcoming print books I write while you're a Patron. And you don't have to worry about falling through your living room floor and drowning in that aquarium. You're welcome. This Reward is limited to 3 Patrons only, or my publishers will have a hissy fit about me giving away books before the official release date.