Dan Abbott is creating Words and Stories
15

patrons

$44
per Stories, Essays and Songs
Who the hell are you? What are you doing in my computer?
Hi, I'm Dan Abbott. I've been telling stories and making music for as long as I can remember, with such projects as Bobby Joe Ebola and the Children MacNuggits and Thee Hobo Gobbelins. For the last 20 years I've been writing, recording and touring as a songwriter and musician, but recently I've felt drawn back to my first love: writing. I will be exploring where that takes me over the next few months, and I hope you'll join me.

I've always been interested in playing with different media; playing in bands gave me opportunities to experiment with music videosstage playsbooks and more, and I love that variety of experience. So while mostly I'll be focusing here on the written word, I hope to be able to share the breadth of stuff I do: my advice column ("Ask Abbott"), songs, videos, podcasts, games, recipes and more! I'm trying out Patreon as a way to keep a running conversation with my audience.

Over the years, I've gone through creative cycles of hyper-prolific periods and then dry spells. This is probably true of most artists. During those dry spells, at least in the early years, I often wondered if it would ever happen to me again. At a certain point I realized that creativity was not something that happened to me, it was something I was doing

Why Patreon?
I've worked intermittently as a journalist, and deadlines are a good motivator for me. That, and the knowledge that people are out there waiting to read/hear the next thing I do, help keep me up and at 'em even when I'm being a moody artist.

I'm also learning to engage with audiences. This part is a little trickier than simply being creative. I love performing, but I can be prickly and solitary at times, and I'm an old-school pen and paper nerd who never really embraced technology the way I ought to. I want to get better at connecting with people, using all these wonderful tools at my disposal. This process will help me get into the habit of reaching out to people and maintaining connections.

What do you need my money for?

Some of the more ambitious writing projects I want to do will require intensive research; interviews, travel and other time-consuming activities. I'll need better audio and video equipment (and occasionally professional help) so that I can do higher-quality material. Certain projects will be more involved and require hiring visual artists or studio engineers. Some projects will have production costs (printing a written publication or a board game, et al). 

I'm also working on making my art self-sustaining, with the long-term goal of making it my full-time job. I think what I do is worthwhile. If enough people agree I can gradually make it my livelihood. I've got lots of ideas burning holes in my notebooks, and lately I'm thinking about short films, podcasts, and more.

This is new territory I'm entering. It's scary and exhilarating and I hope you'll join me!
Thanks,
-Dan
Rewards
Fan
$1 or more per Stories, Essays and Songs 10 patrons
I will post a piece of writing (a short story, a column or essay, a poem, or something else entirely) whenever I can. I will also post, occasionally, a song from my "Danthology" so you can hear for yourself what I sounded like when I was 18.
Minion
$5 or more per Stories, Essays and Songs 4 patrons
I will thank you personally on Twitter. If you wish to remain anonymous, we can come up with a cool-sounding code name for you.

Twice a month I will post a video of myself playing an original song, whether a song from my catalogue re-imagined, or an unreleased composition.
Pen Pal
$10 or more per Stories, Essays and Songs 2 of 5 patrons
Once a month (or by arrangement) I will send you, via snail mail, a postcard or brief letter. Maybe a poem, an essay, or a short story. Give me a basic prompt and I'll give you something only you and I will see.
Shadowy Paymaster
$20 or more per Stories, Essays and Songs 0 of 15 patrons
I will record a personal video for you, in which I will play the song of your request. This can be one of my songs or a cover.  Let me know what you'd like to hear and if I don't know it, I'll do my best to learn it. The results could be amazing or hilarious, but I'll do it for you.
Sugar Momma/Daddy
$30 or more per Stories, Essays and Songs 0 of 5 patrons
I will write an essay, poem, or story based on a prompt, idea or question you have. This can be fiction or nonfiction, and as vague or specific as you like (ex: "write a story about aliens, where I'm a hero", or "Write a poem about puppies who breakdance", etc).
Your Grace
$50 or more per Stories, Essays and Songs 0 of 10 patrons
If you live in the Bay Area, I will run an ongoing Dungeons and Dragons game for you and other $50 contributors, by availability, or other roleplaying game if you wish. If you are unfamiliar with roleplaying games, it's a kind of interactive storytelling around a tabletop. Think of it like a movie in which you are one of the stars, and I act as both narrator and director. You pick the genre (fantasy, sci-fi, suspense, comedy, etc) and awayyy we go! There are dice involved, and usually snacks. It's fun!

Alternately, I will come to you to give a private musical performance twice a year. If you live outside the Bay Area, we'll have to sort out the best time for that. But yeah, also fun!
Who the hell are you? What are you doing in my computer?
Hi, I'm Dan Abbott. I've been telling stories and making music for as long as I can remember, with such projects as Bobby Joe Ebola and the Children MacNuggits and Thee Hobo Gobbelins. For the last 20 years I've been writing, recording and touring as a songwriter and musician, but recently I've felt drawn back to my first love: writing. I will be exploring where that takes me over the next few months, and I hope you'll join me.

I've always been interested in playing with different media; playing in bands gave me opportunities to experiment with music videosstage playsbooks and more, and I love that variety of experience. So while mostly I'll be focusing here on the written word, I hope to be able to share the breadth of stuff I do: my advice column ("Ask Abbott"), songs, videos, podcasts, games, recipes and more! I'm trying out Patreon as a way to keep a running conversation with my audience.

Over the years, I've gone through creative cycles of hyper-prolific periods and then dry spells. This is probably true of most artists. During those dry spells, at least in the early years, I often wondered if it would ever happen to me again. At a certain point I realized that creativity was not something that happened to me, it was something I was doing

Why Patreon?
I've worked intermittently as a journalist, and deadlines are a good motivator for me. That, and the knowledge that people are out there waiting to read/hear the next thing I do, help keep me up and at 'em even when I'm being a moody artist.

I'm also learning to engage with audiences. This part is a little trickier than simply being creative. I love performing, but I can be prickly and solitary at times, and I'm an old-school pen and paper nerd who never really embraced technology the way I ought to. I want to get better at connecting with people, using all these wonderful tools at my disposal. This process will help me get into the habit of reaching out to people and maintaining connections.

What do you need my money for?

Some of the more ambitious writing projects I want to do will require intensive research; interviews, travel and other time-consuming activities. I'll need better audio and video equipment (and occasionally professional help) so that I can do higher-quality material. Certain projects will be more involved and require hiring visual artists or studio engineers. Some projects will have production costs (printing a written publication or a board game, et al). 

I'm also working on making my art self-sustaining, with the long-term goal of making it my full-time job. I think what I do is worthwhile. If enough people agree I can gradually make it my livelihood. I've got lots of ideas burning holes in my notebooks, and lately I'm thinking about short films, podcasts, and more.

This is new territory I'm entering. It's scary and exhilarating and I hope you'll join me!
Thanks,
-Dan

Recent posts by Dan Abbott

Rewards
Fan
$1 or more per Stories, Essays and Songs 10 patrons
I will post a piece of writing (a short story, a column or essay, a poem, or something else entirely) whenever I can. I will also post, occasionally, a song from my "Danthology" so you can hear for yourself what I sounded like when I was 18.
Minion
$5 or more per Stories, Essays and Songs 4 patrons
I will thank you personally on Twitter. If you wish to remain anonymous, we can come up with a cool-sounding code name for you.

Twice a month I will post a video of myself playing an original song, whether a song from my catalogue re-imagined, or an unreleased composition.
Pen Pal
$10 or more per Stories, Essays and Songs 2 of 5 patrons
Once a month (or by arrangement) I will send you, via snail mail, a postcard or brief letter. Maybe a poem, an essay, or a short story. Give me a basic prompt and I'll give you something only you and I will see.
Shadowy Paymaster
$20 or more per Stories, Essays and Songs 0 of 15 patrons
I will record a personal video for you, in which I will play the song of your request. This can be one of my songs or a cover.  Let me know what you'd like to hear and if I don't know it, I'll do my best to learn it. The results could be amazing or hilarious, but I'll do it for you.
Sugar Momma/Daddy
$30 or more per Stories, Essays and Songs 0 of 5 patrons
I will write an essay, poem, or story based on a prompt, idea or question you have. This can be fiction or nonfiction, and as vague or specific as you like (ex: "write a story about aliens, where I'm a hero", or "Write a poem about puppies who breakdance", etc).
Your Grace
$50 or more per Stories, Essays and Songs 0 of 10 patrons
If you live in the Bay Area, I will run an ongoing Dungeons and Dragons game for you and other $50 contributors, by availability, or other roleplaying game if you wish. If you are unfamiliar with roleplaying games, it's a kind of interactive storytelling around a tabletop. Think of it like a movie in which you are one of the stars, and I act as both narrator and director. You pick the genre (fantasy, sci-fi, suspense, comedy, etc) and awayyy we go! There are dice involved, and usually snacks. It's fun!

Alternately, I will come to you to give a private musical performance twice a year. If you live outside the Bay Area, we'll have to sort out the best time for that. But yeah, also fun!