Pierce Rowley is creating Tales of Tal'Thalon
9

patrons

$53
per month

Greetings, weary travelers!


Pull up a chair, and allow me to spin a tale for you.
My name is Pierce Rowley, and storytelling is my craft.

     "The figure’s face was concealed beneath the shroud of a hood which hung far beyond his brow, though Arthfael could imagine a confident glare resting deep within its shadows as the assassin approached his cornered prey. Arthfael’s gaze traced downward towards the man’s several belts, one lined with throwing knives, others strapped with glass vials which shimmered in every imaginable toxic shade, and pouches beyond counting all clutched tightly across the man’s chest and legs.
     What sort of high-risk sword-play was this demon responsible for? Arthfael had the feeling that if there were any examples worth speaking of, there were none left to speak of them. And those daggers… Nearly ten inch blades, the both of them, and still dripping with the slowly coagulating blood of the late Hendall Ironfist as they hung delicately from the man’s fingers. Paintbrushes, Arthfael thought, in the hands of a homicidal artist.
     They weren’t going anywhere."


     The long and short of it? I'm a fantasy writer who's very quickly becoming unable to do what makes me tick. I've been on this journey for some time now, long enough to the point where I wonder where years of my life have gone -- though I know I wouldn't have spent them any other way. Unfortunately, due to a rise in living expenses (and as I face another by the spring of 2019) I can no longer afford to continue this journey alone! Flinging open the doors of my imagination to the public for the first time in over four years of world-building, character development, and storytelling, it's my great pleasure to introduce...

Tales of Tal'Thalon


     Through this Patreon, and for as little as a dollar a month, I intend to offer you one ten-thousand word short fantasy story (or ten-thousand word installment of a fantasy novella) each and every month taking place in the world of Tal'Thalon -- offering glimpses into the hearts and minds of the greatest leaders, underdogs, warriors, artists, and outcasts to have scaled its highest peaks and traversed its deepest valleys. For a free look at the first five pages of my debut novella, "Roderick Kinley, Lord of the Stone Isle", click here!

"Brilliant!" you say. 

"How marvelous!"


     Ah, but that's not all, my friend! At no charge to you (you don't even have to subscribe to the story feed!) each month's published content will arrive complete with a gorgeous, full-size, color illustration from a local artist in the Twin Cities community. By joining us on this new adventure, you'll be supporting not only me, but a host of other independent creatives yearning to stretch the bounds of your imagination and take you to wild, extraordinary places! As an added bonus -- if you sign up to the Patreon at any level between now and July 2nd, you'll be entered to win your very own high-quality gloss print of the illustration from the project's debut novella, "Roderick Kinley, Lord of the Stone Isle!"

Ahh, but I know what you’re thinking: 

"Surely, there must be more!"


    If you find yourself aching to dive deeper into the world of Tal'Thalon, you can increase your patronage in an accumulative tier-based system to receive ~exclusive~ bonus content! Due to the limited amount of time I currently have to devote to the project, the current rewards on offer include travel logs, audio-copies of each month's story, additional illustrative support, bi-annual chapbook releases, and monthly live chat sessions; but make no mistake, there's a whole array of exciting new content in store as the project moves forward! Access to Q&As, high-speed recordings of start-finish development, narrated page-by-page breakdowns of the creative process and critique with special guests, additional illustrations, audio-drama productions, and even more to be unveiled as we move forward together on this grand odyssey!

"That sounds great and all, but... 

Why is writing so important for you?"


     Over years of fiction writing, I've come to find a great deal of satisfaction in crafting fantastic worlds inside my head. From the sculpting of vast mountain ranges, to penning the clashes of history that help shape the foundations of a culture, nothing warms my heart more than exploring the many facets of human endeavor and mapping out lands upon which none have yet tread. But beyond accepting the role of record keeper for my overactive imagination, it's always been my goal to share these worlds with others. Even before taking on the task of penning the quirks and missteps of a wide slew of characters, I've always been one to daydream, and it's my firm belief that a bit of fantasy should be flowing through everyone's lives. A well told story can take us to brilliant new places and help to make the ordinary extraordinary, even after the last page has been turned.     

"We all have hobbies, 

can't you just write for fun?"


     Writing hasn't been a hobby for me in a long time. If I could ever call it one, it would only be due to the lack of time I've had to spend with it here and there (especially over the past several months) due to economic constraints. I once spent 30+ hours a week crafting the world of Tal'Thalon and penning its many tales. I've watched friends start and finish school, I've passed up full-time career opportunities with higher wages, and along the way, sacrificed well over a thousand hours that could've been spent making decent income on a punch clock. Writing is at the core of my being. I don't wait for inspiration, and I don't only write when I'm in the mood. I spend a lot of time brainstorming, a lot of time being frustrated with trying to make story arcs flow well and end in a satisfying way, and a lot of time balancing world-building and character development.

     Is it still fun? More often than not, yes! But the only reason I finish anything in a timely manner is because I treat it like a job. No job is going to be fun all the time. The best you can hope for is that at the end of the day, it's satisfying in the short term and fulfilling in the long term. And believe me -- beyond the frustration of making all of these pieces fit properly, beyond tunneling through writing blocks, beyond the rewriting of entire drafts -- this is more satisfying for me, and has proven to be more fulfilling, than anything else I've ever done. When everything in the world feels bleak and weary, there's always a story to be told. Heart-strings to be plucked. Laughs to be shared. Unfortunately, even that rug is now being pulled out from under my feet.

"What are your larger goals? 

Surely, Patreon can't be your end-game."


     For the last four years, I've been working on my first full-length series revolving around a young woman named Senora, a merchant's daughter in the city of Eirdun. Bereft of her father, Arthfael, who's forced to flee the city after being wrongfully accused of murder, Senora is driven into Eirdun's darkest corners to catch the true culprit and bring her father home. Garnering the least likely of allies, cutting deals with street gangs, digging deep into the economic corruption at the heart of the city, and uncovering shadowed plots that stretch far beyond the reaches of the Middle Kingdoms, Senora will stop at nothing to be reunited with her father; but will Arthfael lose the daughter he knew in the process?

     I have confident hopes of seeing such novel-length work traditionally published in the coming years, but if I don't begin self-publishing more easily accessible fragments of this world and garnering some degree of financial support, the time I have to spend at my writing desk shall very soon be whittled down to almost nothing. Patreon gives artists like me an opportunity to offer an exchange of artistic creation for real, financial support that can help give us the time to continue producing (and for our communities to keep receiving!) the media we all wish to see more of. This is an opportunity for both of us! By joining our crew on this epic voyage of fantasy and wonderment, you're ensuring that the legacy of our vessel carries on further than I alone could have ever hoped to captain it.

I'm excited to begin this journey with you all!
Remember: I may be the one stringing the words together,
but you're the ones who can keep the sentences flowing.





Tiers
Patron of Tal'Thalon
$1 or more per month 1 patron
Receive a digital download of each month's short story or novella chapter! Every piece of published content will typically hover around ten-thousand words. Downloads will be available in PDF, MOBI, and EPUB formats.
The Traveled
$2 or more per month 3 patrons
After years of planning, I'm finally making a trip to Japan this fall! Chip in a dollar more from now through September, and in addition to the monthly story feed, you'll also receive a travel-blog style article for each of the three weeks I was gone, complete with photos, stories, and other commentary!
The Listener
$3 or more per month 0 patrons
 Contribute $3 a month, and in addition to all previous rewards, you'll also receive an audio-copy of each month's published content, narrated by yours truly! 
The Curator
$6 or more per month 2 patrons
Wondering where those gorgeous illustrations keep coming from? Currently studying as an illustrative artist at MCAD here in the Twin Cities, Hannah Jerrie is the creative mind and talent behind every composition, bringing light and life to all of these works! Contribute $6 a month, and in addition to receiving all previous rewards, one dollar from every payment at this tier or higher will go straight to Hannah! 
The Collector
$25 or more per month 1 of 75 patrons
Contribute $25 a month, and in addition to receiving all previous rewards, I will send you a chapbook that's hand-signed by me with the fountain-pen featured in the Patreon trailer twice every year! Each chosen story from the previous six-month period will be voted for by you and your fellow collectors.
The Master
$50 or more per month 0 of 5 patrons
Contribute $50 a month, and in addition to receiving all previous rewards, you and I can have a 30-minute (audio-only) skype call about whatever you want after each month's story releases! Questions about the new story? Creative processes? My history with writing? Goals for future work? Personal interests? The death of fatalism in an existentialist era? Anything's on the table! 
The Archivist
$75 or more per month 0 of 10 patrons
Contribute $75 a month, and in addition to receiving all previous rewards -- including the bi-annual 10k chapbooks -- once every year at either of the two printing periods of your choosing, I will create a chapbook for you of any full work in the Patreon's history! That means all the chapters of any novella, or even a copy of that short story from a year ago that you might've missed or that didn't quite make the cut for the collector tier. This will also be hand-signed by me with the fountain-pen featured in the Patreon trailer!
Goals
$53 of $200 per month
When we reach $200 a month, I will commission a full-size/color map of Tal'Thalon from Hannah that will be featured at the head of every month's story file!
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Greetings, weary travelers!


Pull up a chair, and allow me to spin a tale for you.
My name is Pierce Rowley, and storytelling is my craft.

     "The figure’s face was concealed beneath the shroud of a hood which hung far beyond his brow, though Arthfael could imagine a confident glare resting deep within its shadows as the assassin approached his cornered prey. Arthfael’s gaze traced downward towards the man’s several belts, one lined with throwing knives, others strapped with glass vials which shimmered in every imaginable toxic shade, and pouches beyond counting all clutched tightly across the man’s chest and legs.
     What sort of high-risk sword-play was this demon responsible for? Arthfael had the feeling that if there were any examples worth speaking of, there were none left to speak of them. And those daggers… Nearly ten inch blades, the both of them, and still dripping with the slowly coagulating blood of the late Hendall Ironfist as they hung delicately from the man’s fingers. Paintbrushes, Arthfael thought, in the hands of a homicidal artist.
     They weren’t going anywhere."


     The long and short of it? I'm a fantasy writer who's very quickly becoming unable to do what makes me tick. I've been on this journey for some time now, long enough to the point where I wonder where years of my life have gone -- though I know I wouldn't have spent them any other way. Unfortunately, due to a rise in living expenses (and as I face another by the spring of 2019) I can no longer afford to continue this journey alone! Flinging open the doors of my imagination to the public for the first time in over four years of world-building, character development, and storytelling, it's my great pleasure to introduce...

Tales of Tal'Thalon


     Through this Patreon, and for as little as a dollar a month, I intend to offer you one ten-thousand word short fantasy story (or ten-thousand word installment of a fantasy novella) each and every month taking place in the world of Tal'Thalon -- offering glimpses into the hearts and minds of the greatest leaders, underdogs, warriors, artists, and outcasts to have scaled its highest peaks and traversed its deepest valleys. For a free look at the first five pages of my debut novella, "Roderick Kinley, Lord of the Stone Isle", click here!

"Brilliant!" you say. 

"How marvelous!"


     Ah, but that's not all, my friend! At no charge to you (you don't even have to subscribe to the story feed!) each month's published content will arrive complete with a gorgeous, full-size, color illustration from a local artist in the Twin Cities community. By joining us on this new adventure, you'll be supporting not only me, but a host of other independent creatives yearning to stretch the bounds of your imagination and take you to wild, extraordinary places! As an added bonus -- if you sign up to the Patreon at any level between now and July 2nd, you'll be entered to win your very own high-quality gloss print of the illustration from the project's debut novella, "Roderick Kinley, Lord of the Stone Isle!"

Ahh, but I know what you’re thinking: 

"Surely, there must be more!"


    If you find yourself aching to dive deeper into the world of Tal'Thalon, you can increase your patronage in an accumulative tier-based system to receive ~exclusive~ bonus content! Due to the limited amount of time I currently have to devote to the project, the current rewards on offer include travel logs, audio-copies of each month's story, additional illustrative support, bi-annual chapbook releases, and monthly live chat sessions; but make no mistake, there's a whole array of exciting new content in store as the project moves forward! Access to Q&As, high-speed recordings of start-finish development, narrated page-by-page breakdowns of the creative process and critique with special guests, additional illustrations, audio-drama productions, and even more to be unveiled as we move forward together on this grand odyssey!

"That sounds great and all, but... 

Why is writing so important for you?"


     Over years of fiction writing, I've come to find a great deal of satisfaction in crafting fantastic worlds inside my head. From the sculpting of vast mountain ranges, to penning the clashes of history that help shape the foundations of a culture, nothing warms my heart more than exploring the many facets of human endeavor and mapping out lands upon which none have yet tread. But beyond accepting the role of record keeper for my overactive imagination, it's always been my goal to share these worlds with others. Even before taking on the task of penning the quirks and missteps of a wide slew of characters, I've always been one to daydream, and it's my firm belief that a bit of fantasy should be flowing through everyone's lives. A well told story can take us to brilliant new places and help to make the ordinary extraordinary, even after the last page has been turned.     

"We all have hobbies, 

can't you just write for fun?"


     Writing hasn't been a hobby for me in a long time. If I could ever call it one, it would only be due to the lack of time I've had to spend with it here and there (especially over the past several months) due to economic constraints. I once spent 30+ hours a week crafting the world of Tal'Thalon and penning its many tales. I've watched friends start and finish school, I've passed up full-time career opportunities with higher wages, and along the way, sacrificed well over a thousand hours that could've been spent making decent income on a punch clock. Writing is at the core of my being. I don't wait for inspiration, and I don't only write when I'm in the mood. I spend a lot of time brainstorming, a lot of time being frustrated with trying to make story arcs flow well and end in a satisfying way, and a lot of time balancing world-building and character development.

     Is it still fun? More often than not, yes! But the only reason I finish anything in a timely manner is because I treat it like a job. No job is going to be fun all the time. The best you can hope for is that at the end of the day, it's satisfying in the short term and fulfilling in the long term. And believe me -- beyond the frustration of making all of these pieces fit properly, beyond tunneling through writing blocks, beyond the rewriting of entire drafts -- this is more satisfying for me, and has proven to be more fulfilling, than anything else I've ever done. When everything in the world feels bleak and weary, there's always a story to be told. Heart-strings to be plucked. Laughs to be shared. Unfortunately, even that rug is now being pulled out from under my feet.

"What are your larger goals? 

Surely, Patreon can't be your end-game."


     For the last four years, I've been working on my first full-length series revolving around a young woman named Senora, a merchant's daughter in the city of Eirdun. Bereft of her father, Arthfael, who's forced to flee the city after being wrongfully accused of murder, Senora is driven into Eirdun's darkest corners to catch the true culprit and bring her father home. Garnering the least likely of allies, cutting deals with street gangs, digging deep into the economic corruption at the heart of the city, and uncovering shadowed plots that stretch far beyond the reaches of the Middle Kingdoms, Senora will stop at nothing to be reunited with her father; but will Arthfael lose the daughter he knew in the process?

     I have confident hopes of seeing such novel-length work traditionally published in the coming years, but if I don't begin self-publishing more easily accessible fragments of this world and garnering some degree of financial support, the time I have to spend at my writing desk shall very soon be whittled down to almost nothing. Patreon gives artists like me an opportunity to offer an exchange of artistic creation for real, financial support that can help give us the time to continue producing (and for our communities to keep receiving!) the media we all wish to see more of. This is an opportunity for both of us! By joining our crew on this epic voyage of fantasy and wonderment, you're ensuring that the legacy of our vessel carries on further than I alone could have ever hoped to captain it.

I'm excited to begin this journey with you all!
Remember: I may be the one stringing the words together,
but you're the ones who can keep the sentences flowing.





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Tiers
Patron of Tal'Thalon
$1 or more per month 1 patron
Receive a digital download of each month's short story or novella chapter! Every piece of published content will typically hover around ten-thousand words. Downloads will be available in PDF, MOBI, and EPUB formats.
The Traveled
$2 or more per month 3 patrons
After years of planning, I'm finally making a trip to Japan this fall! Chip in a dollar more from now through September, and in addition to the monthly story feed, you'll also receive a travel-blog style article for each of the three weeks I was gone, complete with photos, stories, and other commentary!
The Listener
$3 or more per month 0 patrons
 Contribute $3 a month, and in addition to all previous rewards, you'll also receive an audio-copy of each month's published content, narrated by yours truly! 
The Curator
$6 or more per month 2 patrons
Wondering where those gorgeous illustrations keep coming from? Currently studying as an illustrative artist at MCAD here in the Twin Cities, Hannah Jerrie is the creative mind and talent behind every composition, bringing light and life to all of these works! Contribute $6 a month, and in addition to receiving all previous rewards, one dollar from every payment at this tier or higher will go straight to Hannah! 
The Collector
$25 or more per month 1 of 75 patrons
Contribute $25 a month, and in addition to receiving all previous rewards, I will send you a chapbook that's hand-signed by me with the fountain-pen featured in the Patreon trailer twice every year! Each chosen story from the previous six-month period will be voted for by you and your fellow collectors.
The Master
$50 or more per month 0 of 5 patrons
Contribute $50 a month, and in addition to receiving all previous rewards, you and I can have a 30-minute (audio-only) skype call about whatever you want after each month's story releases! Questions about the new story? Creative processes? My history with writing? Goals for future work? Personal interests? The death of fatalism in an existentialist era? Anything's on the table! 
The Archivist
$75 or more per month 0 of 10 patrons
Contribute $75 a month, and in addition to receiving all previous rewards -- including the bi-annual 10k chapbooks -- once every year at either of the two printing periods of your choosing, I will create a chapbook for you of any full work in the Patreon's history! That means all the chapters of any novella, or even a copy of that short story from a year ago that you might've missed or that didn't quite make the cut for the collector tier. This will also be hand-signed by me with the fountain-pen featured in the Patreon trailer!