The Five Wits is creating worlds, stories, tea, and treasure
8

patrons

$47
per month
WHO WE ARE:

We at the Five Wits Press are a found family of collaborative storytellers and artists. The family you’re born with can be great, but it’s the travelers you meet, get stuck with, fall in love with, and adventure with who make the best unexpected communities.

Together we create worlds and share them in multiple mediums, including novels, webcomics, art, and even tea blends. As we create worlds and pass them back and forth, both we and our worlds grow. Seeing what you love all over again through new eyes is startling but important— seeing why others love what they do, and appreciating it all more. 

A story shared is a story grown. We believe that opening up our constellate family of disparate strangers to the wider world will encourage greater collaboration, and the kind of shared inspiration that makes creative communities bloom. Time after time, it’s people like you who make our lives and stories possible, whether you’ve put a dollar toward a Kickstarter, bought a box or a bottle from our small business, or encouraged us with your passion for stories or artwork.

We want to share so much more. We want you to be part of what we’re creating, to let you in on the behind-the-scenes worldbuilding and planning, as well as our day to day adventures. Drink our tea and listen to our stories. Let’s adventure together.

ABOUT EACH OF US:


Ruth Lampi is a writer and an artist in multiple mediums. Besides illustrating her own and other’s stories, she also creates sculptures, pottery, linoleum block prints, and little mixed-media fairy creatures. She’s recently started mixing nerdy tea blends! Ruth always has a new project in mind, and can be counted on to popcorn out endless ideas in brainstorming sessions. Her current major project is writing and illustrating the middle grade fantasy adventure series The Blackfeather Chronicles, of which the first three books are currently available, both as ebooks (Book 1, Book 2, and Book 3) and as paperbacks.

A few of Ruth’s past credits include:


Jessica Van Oort is a writer and editor, and the social media coordinator for the Press. Besides writing SF and producing work for the gaming industry, she also has academic writing and editing credentials. Jessica has a lot of experience as a DM/GM for tabletop roleplaying, and she loves the interactive storytelling involved in running games. She's the one who keeps the other members of the press on target and on deadline. She also does the taxes. Her current major project is writing the Orphaned Gods epic fantasy series, of which the first book, Beasts and Hunters, is in the beta reader stage.

A few of Jessica’s past credits include:


S.A. Hannon, or Birdy, is an artist who cares a lot about telling stories, building worlds, designing creatures, creating mythologies, and making OCs kiss. Birdy’s hobbies are crying about stories, crying about birds, and interneting. Forever. She is the one who always has her sketchbook out to jot down ideas and make drawings of interesting things she sees, both in the real world and her many created ones. Birdy’s handwriting, and her initial thumbnail sketches, are incredibly tiny. You wouldn’t believe how tiny. Birdy’s current major project is the high fantasy webcomic The Genesis Sword, which is currently updating on Thursdays.

ALSO!

We all live together in a house with three cats named Harana (after an OC), Wheatley, and Midna.

There are lots of ways to keep up with what we're doing. You can follow us on Instagram, Twitter, or Facebook, visit our website, or sign up for our newsletter. Or, of course, become a patron right here!


Tiers
Sneak Peek
$1 or more per month 2 patrons
You get access to the patron-only feed—keep up with our projects and get special previews! You also get first dibs on certain handmade products Ruth creates. All higher patron levels also include the rewards from this tier. 
Such Whimsy
$5 or more per month 2 patrons
Access to Sneak Peek, and:

Ruth compulsively collects and curates odd and whimsical objects. You might have seen little bottles, stones, porcupine quills, fish scales, and other oddments for sale at our booth. Now you can get a tiny mailing of these treasures once a month--a little touch of inspiration! (Or if you send us the address of a friend, you can gift them with whimsy.)

The Blackfeather Chronicles
$5 or more per month 2 patrons
Access to Sneak Peek, and: 

Get a pdf each month of one of the completed books in The Blackfeather Chronicles series. Three books are currently available: The Alarna Affair, The Germhacht Episode, and The Tembelaka Voyage. You will also get a pdf of each new Five Wits Press book as it comes out. 

Test Kitchen Teas
$10 or more per month 0 patrons
Access to Sneak Peek, and: 

Each month you'll be sent one ounce of a tea blend. Ruth will pick one for you--it could be a blend that already exists or a new mystery one she's testing. 

Fantastical Creature
$10 or more per month 1 patron
Access to Sneak Peek, and: 

Birdy is constantly creating amazing creatures, monsters, and cryptids. At this level, you'll be visited by a new one each month, in the form of a digital copy of a color illustration.

Commission a Tea Blend
$20 or more per month 1 of 6 patrons
Access to Sneak Peek, Fantastical Creature, and:  

Help create a unique loose-leaf tea blend! You can request a tea for a particular character or fandom, specify herbal or caffeinated, etc. You get two ounces of your special tea each month, and you can always choose to either get more of the same blend or commission a new one.

Sequential Story Treasure Boxes
$40 or more per month 0 patrons
Choose one of five characters who live in the world of Madrahar in the year 986 Post Downfall. You will receive one treasure box each month, for four months total, containing clues, writings, and artifacts about this person's life and adventures. The boxes increase in size. After four months you'll have a whole short story, told in words and objects. We'll need your shipping address, or that of the person you're gifting the story boxes to. Price includes US shipping.
Manuscript Critique
$50 or more per month 0 of 5 patrons
Access to Sneak Peek, Fantastical Creature, and:  

Jessica will read and give a detailed critique of up to 10,000 words for you each month. This will include both content critique and grammar/style advice, as well as editing. 

Goals
$47 of $50 per month
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WHO WE ARE:

We at the Five Wits Press are a found family of collaborative storytellers and artists. The family you’re born with can be great, but it’s the travelers you meet, get stuck with, fall in love with, and adventure with who make the best unexpected communities.

Together we create worlds and share them in multiple mediums, including novels, webcomics, art, and even tea blends. As we create worlds and pass them back and forth, both we and our worlds grow. Seeing what you love all over again through new eyes is startling but important— seeing why others love what they do, and appreciating it all more. 

A story shared is a story grown. We believe that opening up our constellate family of disparate strangers to the wider world will encourage greater collaboration, and the kind of shared inspiration that makes creative communities bloom. Time after time, it’s people like you who make our lives and stories possible, whether you’ve put a dollar toward a Kickstarter, bought a box or a bottle from our small business, or encouraged us with your passion for stories or artwork.

We want to share so much more. We want you to be part of what we’re creating, to let you in on the behind-the-scenes worldbuilding and planning, as well as our day to day adventures. Drink our tea and listen to our stories. Let’s adventure together.

ABOUT EACH OF US:


Ruth Lampi is a writer and an artist in multiple mediums. Besides illustrating her own and other’s stories, she also creates sculptures, pottery, linoleum block prints, and little mixed-media fairy creatures. She’s recently started mixing nerdy tea blends! Ruth always has a new project in mind, and can be counted on to popcorn out endless ideas in brainstorming sessions. Her current major project is writing and illustrating the middle grade fantasy adventure series The Blackfeather Chronicles, of which the first three books are currently available, both as ebooks (Book 1, Book 2, and Book 3) and as paperbacks.

A few of Ruth’s past credits include:


Jessica Van Oort is a writer and editor, and the social media coordinator for the Press. Besides writing SF and producing work for the gaming industry, she also has academic writing and editing credentials. Jessica has a lot of experience as a DM/GM for tabletop roleplaying, and she loves the interactive storytelling involved in running games. She's the one who keeps the other members of the press on target and on deadline. She also does the taxes. Her current major project is writing the Orphaned Gods epic fantasy series, of which the first book, Beasts and Hunters, is in the beta reader stage.

A few of Jessica’s past credits include:


S.A. Hannon, or Birdy, is an artist who cares a lot about telling stories, building worlds, designing creatures, creating mythologies, and making OCs kiss. Birdy’s hobbies are crying about stories, crying about birds, and interneting. Forever. She is the one who always has her sketchbook out to jot down ideas and make drawings of interesting things she sees, both in the real world and her many created ones. Birdy’s handwriting, and her initial thumbnail sketches, are incredibly tiny. You wouldn’t believe how tiny. Birdy’s current major project is the high fantasy webcomic The Genesis Sword, which is currently updating on Thursdays.

ALSO!

We all live together in a house with three cats named Harana (after an OC), Wheatley, and Midna.

There are lots of ways to keep up with what we're doing. You can follow us on Instagram, Twitter, or Facebook, visit our website, or sign up for our newsletter. Or, of course, become a patron right here!


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Tiers
Sneak Peek
$1 or more per month 2 patrons
You get access to the patron-only feed—keep up with our projects and get special previews! You also get first dibs on certain handmade products Ruth creates. All higher patron levels also include the rewards from this tier. 
Such Whimsy
$5 or more per month 2 patrons
Access to Sneak Peek, and:

Ruth compulsively collects and curates odd and whimsical objects. You might have seen little bottles, stones, porcupine quills, fish scales, and other oddments for sale at our booth. Now you can get a tiny mailing of these treasures once a month--a little touch of inspiration! (Or if you send us the address of a friend, you can gift them with whimsy.)

The Blackfeather Chronicles
$5 or more per month 2 patrons
Access to Sneak Peek, and: 

Get a pdf each month of one of the completed books in The Blackfeather Chronicles series. Three books are currently available: The Alarna Affair, The Germhacht Episode, and The Tembelaka Voyage. You will also get a pdf of each new Five Wits Press book as it comes out. 

Test Kitchen Teas
$10 or more per month 0 patrons
Access to Sneak Peek, and: 

Each month you'll be sent one ounce of a tea blend. Ruth will pick one for you--it could be a blend that already exists or a new mystery one she's testing. 

Fantastical Creature
$10 or more per month 1 patron
Access to Sneak Peek, and: 

Birdy is constantly creating amazing creatures, monsters, and cryptids. At this level, you'll be visited by a new one each month, in the form of a digital copy of a color illustration.

Commission a Tea Blend
$20 or more per month 1 of 6 patrons
Access to Sneak Peek, Fantastical Creature, and:  

Help create a unique loose-leaf tea blend! You can request a tea for a particular character or fandom, specify herbal or caffeinated, etc. You get two ounces of your special tea each month, and you can always choose to either get more of the same blend or commission a new one.

Sequential Story Treasure Boxes
$40 or more per month 0 patrons
Choose one of five characters who live in the world of Madrahar in the year 986 Post Downfall. You will receive one treasure box each month, for four months total, containing clues, writings, and artifacts about this person's life and adventures. The boxes increase in size. After four months you'll have a whole short story, told in words and objects. We'll need your shipping address, or that of the person you're gifting the story boxes to. Price includes US shipping.
Manuscript Critique
$50 or more per month 0 of 5 patrons
Access to Sneak Peek, Fantastical Creature, and:  

Jessica will read and give a detailed critique of up to 10,000 words for you each month. This will include both content critique and grammar/style advice, as well as editing.