storm row studio is creating whole worlds with words and art
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patrons

Hi, and again, I’m glad you’re here. Hooray.

Please note: On May 1, 2018, tiers underwent a revision. Please enjoy.

I started this Patreon project to share the wide variety of writing and art I make at storm row studio day-to-day. And let’s face it, there’s a lot of ground to cover when it comes to explaining why I’m here and what I’m offering. It’s never easy being a Creative with multiple interests. In fact, it can be downright overwhelming.

But I’m also lucky.

I’m observant. Curious. And an active dreamer. I never lack ideas. For novels or art. All the ideas aren’t good, of course. A fair amount totally suck. Still, I mustn’t keep my creative life to myself. And because writing informs my art-making and art-making informs my writing, the time has come to plop my boat in Patreon’s waters and share how it's all connected. If you get onboard and join the tour, a hundred-thousand thanks.

So. What do I write about?

My stories showcase the tough, uphill climb out of childhood, and sometimes, how that affects adulthood. My biggest inspiration is being a child of the 70s and 80s, a time when kids had freedom to roam, largely unmonitored by adults. Figuring it out on my own felt raw and wonderful and scary and empowering. It all shows up in my writing, and whether the story is set in the past or is contemporary or futuristic, I’m not allowed to shy away from the edge or the truth. The storm or the rowing. For me, the characters appear, stuck in a rowboat, with bad weather hovering and my job is to get them to shore. I write for any reader, of any age, who enjoys sorting out the mysteries and triumphs of that trip to solid ground.

So. What’s an illustrated novel?

Similar to a graphic novel, an illustrated or art novel’s written text is supplemented with visual art that gives a personal and private view into the plot or characters. The difference between graphic and illustrated novels is in the formatting, and in my stories, the characters curate between the chapters. Meaning, it’s mostly their art the reader sees. Also, their diaries, doodles, handwritten letters. Their ephemera. That kind of thing.

And what about the art?

Characters and the world they live in inspire the art for the novels, and whether for the cover or interior, the work is designed and representational. My stand-alone artwork is more conceptual. Abstract. Color and texture drive the process. But sometimes the piece wants to be something specific. My cityscapes are an example of that.

Okay. But what puts all these ideas in my heart and head?

The music, moments, and stuff from the 70s and 80s. Fashion. Then and now. Almost always. I love fabric, thread. I love plaid. Rainbows. Patterns. I love things in miniature. Smalls—collectibles. I like the history behind everyday vintage items. A tea towel. A deck of cards. I like paper, of all kinds. I’m (deeply) interested in politics and social causes. I ache for a more inclusive, equal society. Always have. I’m a planner, organizer. I like to noodle things out in a sketchbook. I suppose it’s not so surprising when my characters show up troubled by some unfairness that must be fixed. Almost always they bring their art, or that of someone they know. It helps them make sense of it all. And it means I best get to work.

GOALS: BIG AND SMALL


The Overall Goal:

By sharing what I do, make, and mess up, I aim to connect, entertain, and stir the creative in anyone who visits the page.

The Pointed Goal:

I strive to earn every penny of every pledge dollar you offer and money always gets invested back into the studio. The investments include: covering expenses, like utilities, supplies, and equipment, and paying myself a modest wage. With your support, I can invest more time in the studio, making for patrons.

Earning enough to make investments means projects I’ve set aside get attention. For instance, funds that allow me to purchase a commercial scanner and a vintage typewriter bring handmade, limited edition story collections or arty zines into play. Or I could pay for design services with a print-on-demand publisher, allowing me to craft curated books or Tribute Storyzines, made to raise funds for select charities and non-profits.

REWARDS: TIER BY TIER

The TIP JAR Tier: Arty Public Service

A daily post open to all visitors keeps me connected to the practice of sharing. And with tie-ins to the other tiers (fReads, free STYLE, free falling, and 1, 2, 3 free), once weekly Rowboat Quote (my version of Wednesday wisdom), and Driftwood (companion posts from storm row studio's blog), there's something for every reader, maker, and gongoozler.

The STORIES Tier: Reading Rainbow meets Netflix

Posts Published
: 1-3x weekly

Post Contents: Original short stories and snippets, character and setting profiles, and work-in-progress novel updates (which includes rmack: bookmaker posts), all with illustrations and art of some kind. Also making an appearance? Storytime videos, trailers, and read-alouds. 

PS: After many steps and stumbles, Rowboat Storytime finally launches in May 2018. Rowboat Storytime is an audio/video read-aloud featuring many genres. And the tales told span from original, illustrated stories to beloved books by other authors.

PPS: Posts contain an audience rating of G, PG, PG-13, and R to advise all ages on content.

The STYLE Tier: Art Workshop turned Art Exhibit

Posts Published: 2x monthly, on the 10th and 20th

Post Contents: Art and design process, inspiration, and how-to posts, where I showcase and discuss the art I make for book interiors and covers, stand-alone pieces, and lifestyle art—gift wrap, tablescapes, and other fun stuff.

PS: A subscription to this tier gives patrons access to STORIES and STYLE. As an additional perk, patrons of this tier receive a 5% discount in Storm Row Studio’s Etsy boutique after three months of membership.

PPS: Looking ahead, I plan to explore installation art, dioramas, and other staged art to accompany my writing.

The STEPS AND STUMBLES Tier: Make-It-Work versus You’re-Out

Posts Published: 1x monthly, on the last day of the month

Post Contents: Opinion pieces, on the humbling, human process of being an artist, which includes keeping up a workshop, bouncing back from art-making mess-ups, and Creative wellness. Posts also feature the books I read, supplies I buy, places I go, and research I complete to help me develop—or ditch—a project.

PS: A subscription to this tier gives patrons access to STORIES, STYLE, and STEPS & STUMBLES. As an additional perk, patrons of this tier receive a 10% discount in Storm Row Studio’s Etsy boutique after three months of membership.

PPS: Goofs are a real part of the day and I’ve been known to start a project on a whim and end up in deep space. Because I’m sharing some of what I know and a lot of what I don’t, expect some laughs in-between.

IMPORTANT NEWS ABOUT ETSY

Starting January 15, 2018, for the first time ever, my paintings and other arty goods will be available in Storm Row Studio’s Etsy boutique. I’m an old pro at selling my large mixed, media pieces, but now I’m presenting smaller work, lifestyle art, and unique, handmade, one-of-kind, well, stuff. Stuff for walls, bookcases, coffee tables. Stuff to gift or to keep. And all at in-reach, affordable prices.

PS: In fairness to all STYLE and STEPS & STUMBLES patrons, three months of pledges must be paid to Patreon before the discount is applied. The discount applies to any and all items for sale in the boutique.
Tiers
storm row TIP JAR
$1 or more per month
If you just drop by for public posts, but would like to contribute, the TIP JAR is for you. And to thank you, I'll be sure to include you in day-before post previews. A dollar a month does make a difference and I appreciate your help. 
storm row STORIES
$2 or more per month
The STORIES tier is Reading Rainbow meets Netflix. I provide the words and images, you choose when to tune in. And a $2 monthly subscription lets you access short stories and snippets, arty character development or world-building posts, and work-in-progress novel updates, which includes rmack: bookmaker posts. Adding to the value, STORIES patrons get each and every Rowboat Storytime, a lively, read-aloud video feature. I appreciate your reader- and viewership and hope you enjoy. 
storm row STYLE
$4 or more per month
The STYLE tier is Art Workshop turned Art Exhibit. If you want more art, this is your tier. And a $4 monthly subscription lets you access the STORIES tier and twice monthly STYLE posts, which feature behind-the-scenes first looks and tutorials of the mixed media art I create for my novels and home interiors. Included in many posts are style and design tips on personalizing environs, gifts, and, well, life. As a bonus, STYLE patrons get a 5% discount in Storm Row Studio's Etsy boutique after three months of membership. Thank you for signing up. Let's get art-ing. 
storm row STEPS & STUMBLES
$7 or more per month
The STEPS & STUMBLES tier is Make-It-Work versus You're Out. In these once monthly posts, you get a peek into the humble, human process of being a writer and an artist. What are the steps for taking an idea to a finished product? When do I know I must scrap a project? How do I manage my time, workshop, and missteps? Along with a few laughs, it's all here, and with a $7 monthly subscription, patrons have access to STORIES, STYLE, and STEPS & STUMBLES posts, plus, a 10% discount in Storm Row Studio’s Etsy boutique after three months of membership. You're support here means a lot. Many thanks.
Hi, and again, I’m glad you’re here. Hooray.

Please note: On May 1, 2018, tiers underwent a revision. Please enjoy.

I started this Patreon project to share the wide variety of writing and art I make at storm row studio day-to-day. And let’s face it, there’s a lot of ground to cover when it comes to explaining why I’m here and what I’m offering. It’s never easy being a Creative with multiple interests. In fact, it can be downright overwhelming.

But I’m also lucky.

I’m observant. Curious. And an active dreamer. I never lack ideas. For novels or art. All the ideas aren’t good, of course. A fair amount totally suck. Still, I mustn’t keep my creative life to myself. And because writing informs my art-making and art-making informs my writing, the time has come to plop my boat in Patreon’s waters and share how it's all connected. If you get onboard and join the tour, a hundred-thousand thanks.

So. What do I write about?

My stories showcase the tough, uphill climb out of childhood, and sometimes, how that affects adulthood. My biggest inspiration is being a child of the 70s and 80s, a time when kids had freedom to roam, largely unmonitored by adults. Figuring it out on my own felt raw and wonderful and scary and empowering. It all shows up in my writing, and whether the story is set in the past or is contemporary or futuristic, I’m not allowed to shy away from the edge or the truth. The storm or the rowing. For me, the characters appear, stuck in a rowboat, with bad weather hovering and my job is to get them to shore. I write for any reader, of any age, who enjoys sorting out the mysteries and triumphs of that trip to solid ground.

So. What’s an illustrated novel?

Similar to a graphic novel, an illustrated or art novel’s written text is supplemented with visual art that gives a personal and private view into the plot or characters. The difference between graphic and illustrated novels is in the formatting, and in my stories, the characters curate between the chapters. Meaning, it’s mostly their art the reader sees. Also, their diaries, doodles, handwritten letters. Their ephemera. That kind of thing.

And what about the art?

Characters and the world they live in inspire the art for the novels, and whether for the cover or interior, the work is designed and representational. My stand-alone artwork is more conceptual. Abstract. Color and texture drive the process. But sometimes the piece wants to be something specific. My cityscapes are an example of that.

Okay. But what puts all these ideas in my heart and head?

The music, moments, and stuff from the 70s and 80s. Fashion. Then and now. Almost always. I love fabric, thread. I love plaid. Rainbows. Patterns. I love things in miniature. Smalls—collectibles. I like the history behind everyday vintage items. A tea towel. A deck of cards. I like paper, of all kinds. I’m (deeply) interested in politics and social causes. I ache for a more inclusive, equal society. Always have. I’m a planner, organizer. I like to noodle things out in a sketchbook. I suppose it’s not so surprising when my characters show up troubled by some unfairness that must be fixed. Almost always they bring their art, or that of someone they know. It helps them make sense of it all. And it means I best get to work.

GOALS: BIG AND SMALL


The Overall Goal:

By sharing what I do, make, and mess up, I aim to connect, entertain, and stir the creative in anyone who visits the page.

The Pointed Goal:

I strive to earn every penny of every pledge dollar you offer and money always gets invested back into the studio. The investments include: covering expenses, like utilities, supplies, and equipment, and paying myself a modest wage. With your support, I can invest more time in the studio, making for patrons.

Earning enough to make investments means projects I’ve set aside get attention. For instance, funds that allow me to purchase a commercial scanner and a vintage typewriter bring handmade, limited edition story collections or arty zines into play. Or I could pay for design services with a print-on-demand publisher, allowing me to craft curated books or Tribute Storyzines, made to raise funds for select charities and non-profits.

REWARDS: TIER BY TIER

The TIP JAR Tier: Arty Public Service

A daily post open to all visitors keeps me connected to the practice of sharing. And with tie-ins to the other tiers (fReads, free STYLE, free falling, and 1, 2, 3 free), once weekly Rowboat Quote (my version of Wednesday wisdom), and Driftwood (companion posts from storm row studio's blog), there's something for every reader, maker, and gongoozler.

The STORIES Tier: Reading Rainbow meets Netflix

Posts Published
: 1-3x weekly

Post Contents: Original short stories and snippets, character and setting profiles, and work-in-progress novel updates (which includes rmack: bookmaker posts), all with illustrations and art of some kind. Also making an appearance? Storytime videos, trailers, and read-alouds. 

PS: After many steps and stumbles, Rowboat Storytime finally launches in May 2018. Rowboat Storytime is an audio/video read-aloud featuring many genres. And the tales told span from original, illustrated stories to beloved books by other authors.

PPS: Posts contain an audience rating of G, PG, PG-13, and R to advise all ages on content.

The STYLE Tier: Art Workshop turned Art Exhibit

Posts Published: 2x monthly, on the 10th and 20th

Post Contents: Art and design process, inspiration, and how-to posts, where I showcase and discuss the art I make for book interiors and covers, stand-alone pieces, and lifestyle art—gift wrap, tablescapes, and other fun stuff.

PS: A subscription to this tier gives patrons access to STORIES and STYLE. As an additional perk, patrons of this tier receive a 5% discount in Storm Row Studio’s Etsy boutique after three months of membership.

PPS: Looking ahead, I plan to explore installation art, dioramas, and other staged art to accompany my writing.

The STEPS AND STUMBLES Tier: Make-It-Work versus You’re-Out

Posts Published: 1x monthly, on the last day of the month

Post Contents: Opinion pieces, on the humbling, human process of being an artist, which includes keeping up a workshop, bouncing back from art-making mess-ups, and Creative wellness. Posts also feature the books I read, supplies I buy, places I go, and research I complete to help me develop—or ditch—a project.

PS: A subscription to this tier gives patrons access to STORIES, STYLE, and STEPS & STUMBLES. As an additional perk, patrons of this tier receive a 10% discount in Storm Row Studio’s Etsy boutique after three months of membership.

PPS: Goofs are a real part of the day and I’ve been known to start a project on a whim and end up in deep space. Because I’m sharing some of what I know and a lot of what I don’t, expect some laughs in-between.

IMPORTANT NEWS ABOUT ETSY

Starting January 15, 2018, for the first time ever, my paintings and other arty goods will be available in Storm Row Studio’s Etsy boutique. I’m an old pro at selling my large mixed, media pieces, but now I’m presenting smaller work, lifestyle art, and unique, handmade, one-of-kind, well, stuff. Stuff for walls, bookcases, coffee tables. Stuff to gift or to keep. And all at in-reach, affordable prices.

PS: In fairness to all STYLE and STEPS & STUMBLES patrons, three months of pledges must be paid to Patreon before the discount is applied. The discount applies to any and all items for sale in the boutique.

Recent posts by storm row studio

Tiers
storm row TIP JAR
$1 or more per month
If you just drop by for public posts, but would like to contribute, the TIP JAR is for you. And to thank you, I'll be sure to include you in day-before post previews. A dollar a month does make a difference and I appreciate your help. 
storm row STORIES
$2 or more per month
The STORIES tier is Reading Rainbow meets Netflix. I provide the words and images, you choose when to tune in. And a $2 monthly subscription lets you access short stories and snippets, arty character development or world-building posts, and work-in-progress novel updates, which includes rmack: bookmaker posts. Adding to the value, STORIES patrons get each and every Rowboat Storytime, a lively, read-aloud video feature. I appreciate your reader- and viewership and hope you enjoy. 
storm row STYLE
$4 or more per month
The STYLE tier is Art Workshop turned Art Exhibit. If you want more art, this is your tier. And a $4 monthly subscription lets you access the STORIES tier and twice monthly STYLE posts, which feature behind-the-scenes first looks and tutorials of the mixed media art I create for my novels and home interiors. Included in many posts are style and design tips on personalizing environs, gifts, and, well, life. As a bonus, STYLE patrons get a 5% discount in Storm Row Studio's Etsy boutique after three months of membership. Thank you for signing up. Let's get art-ing. 
storm row STEPS & STUMBLES
$7 or more per month
The STEPS & STUMBLES tier is Make-It-Work versus You're Out. In these once monthly posts, you get a peek into the humble, human process of being a writer and an artist. What are the steps for taking an idea to a finished product? When do I know I must scrap a project? How do I manage my time, workshop, and missteps? Along with a few laughs, it's all here, and with a $7 monthly subscription, patrons have access to STORIES, STYLE, and STEPS & STUMBLES posts, plus, a 10% discount in Storm Row Studio’s Etsy boutique after three months of membership. You're support here means a lot. Many thanks.