Sandra Stephens is creating Stories
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My name is Sandra Stephens and I am a storyteller. I write mostly essays and short stories which I publish on my writer's website, Reliably Uncomfortable. I'm working on some novel length stories, too, an endeavor this Patreon page will help support.

Joan Didion said, "We tell ourselves stories in order to survive" and I think that's pretty close to right. Perhaps not ironically, I write the kind of fiction most closely linked to survival - i.e.  horror. That I write horror, and the horror stories themselves, tends to make people uncomfortable. I like that. If you’re really uncomfortable, it means you’re paying attention. When you pay attention, you almost always see something you didn’t see before. That's my specialty - showing you the thing you didn't notice before, but maybe should have, or wish you would have.

Thank you for paying attention to these stories.
Tiers
The Oxford Comma Reward
$2 or more per month 1 patron
Access to patron-only content
The Flash in the Pan Award
$25 or more per month 0 patrons
  • You provide the prompt of 10 words or less, I'll write a flash fiction story of 500 words or less, published only on Patreon
  • plus previous level awards
The Naming Names Award
$100 or more per month 0 patrons
  • Have a fictional character named after you - your choice of good guy or bad guy, horror or non
  • Plus all previous rewards
Love Is In the Air Award
$500 or more per month 0 patrons
  • I will write a love letter for you.  This prize was created at the insistence of my husband, who has saved all of the love letters I have written him and burned them onto a CD. By his estimate, they comprise 30% of the reason he married me (your results may vary).
  • Prize level includes two "get to know you" interactions (phone/email/video call) and one feedback/edit before final delivery.
  • Plus all previous rewards
Ooh-La-La award
$1,000 or more per month 0 of 10 patrons
  • Receive a selection of two dozen cannelé de Bordeaux,  In addition to being a writer I make canelés  - an artisanal French pastry - that are among the best in the world. 
  • Plus all previous rewards
Goals
$2 of $5,000 per month
I have 3 main writing goals that your patronage supports:
1. Completing and publishing The Jake of Everything, an adventure story about a old girl and her dog traveling in a strange land - funds will go to hiring an artist for illustration which will be central to the story.

2. Completing an collection of horror shorts for publication
3. Starting my tour de force life's work: The Henry Crowne Series which includes 4 novels: The Farm Motel, The International, The Commodore, The Sault
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My name is Sandra Stephens and I am a storyteller. I write mostly essays and short stories which I publish on my writer's website, Reliably Uncomfortable. I'm working on some novel length stories, too, an endeavor this Patreon page will help support.

Joan Didion said, "We tell ourselves stories in order to survive" and I think that's pretty close to right. Perhaps not ironically, I write the kind of fiction most closely linked to survival - i.e.  horror. That I write horror, and the horror stories themselves, tends to make people uncomfortable. I like that. If you’re really uncomfortable, it means you’re paying attention. When you pay attention, you almost always see something you didn’t see before. That's my specialty - showing you the thing you didn't notice before, but maybe should have, or wish you would have.

Thank you for paying attention to these stories.

Recent posts by Sandra Stephens

Tiers
The Oxford Comma Reward
$2 or more per month 1 patron
Access to patron-only content
The Flash in the Pan Award
$25 or more per month 0 patrons
  • You provide the prompt of 10 words or less, I'll write a flash fiction story of 500 words or less, published only on Patreon
  • plus previous level awards
The Naming Names Award
$100 or more per month 0 patrons
  • Have a fictional character named after you - your choice of good guy or bad guy, horror or non
  • Plus all previous rewards
Love Is In the Air Award
$500 or more per month 0 patrons
  • I will write a love letter for you.  This prize was created at the insistence of my husband, who has saved all of the love letters I have written him and burned them onto a CD. By his estimate, they comprise 30% of the reason he married me (your results may vary).
  • Prize level includes two "get to know you" interactions (phone/email/video call) and one feedback/edit before final delivery.
  • Plus all previous rewards
Ooh-La-La award
$1,000 or more per month 0 of 10 patrons
  • Receive a selection of two dozen cannelé de Bordeaux,  In addition to being a writer I make canelés  - an artisanal French pastry - that are among the best in the world. 
  • Plus all previous rewards