Brandon O'Brien is creating Serial Fiction
11

patrons

$100
per month

Okay, so what is this?

Hi. My name is Brandon O'Brien. I am a spoken word poet, writer, and writing facilitator from Trinidad and Tobago. I really love writing, and I've been wanting to share some of that work exclusively online in a serial format and hopefully give people stories which keep them engaged and entertained throughout their run. 

I've wanted to write a long serial story on my blog for quite some time, but eventually it becomes hard to keep it up while also not making a steady income. I would also want this project to be sustainable in its own and be able to pay for itself; when my other work allows me to eat a little while the other is not even being noticed, it gets hard to motivate yourself to continue. 

In the old days, poets and playwrights had wealthy benefactors who would finance their artistic work so they could say that they were the ones whose finances empowered the greats to make legendary work, some of which stands the test of time to this day. Nowadays, it's easier for the man on the street to make that same investment in artists they have faith in - to say that they support art that they think can change the world. 

I want to make the kind of work you can have such faith in.

Which is what I plan on doing, starting soon. (Other obligations, and difficulties setting up my Patreon which I still haven't fully solved, have made me push this back more times than I would like, but I don't plan on taking much longer than Q1 2017, at which point the entire content of at least two serials will already be complete.)

I want to make something that is not only good and keeps people's attention, or proves that serial short stories on the internet are things that people can enjoy, but tries really hard to put more diverse characters that readers can enjoy and be proud of online for people to find and share. I want to make characters that other people say are inspiring/cool/funny/badass and pass around to their friends as examples of diverse characters done right in stories. (I want to at least have a fan base that has no problem calling me out if I ever do that wrong.) I want to tell stories that are fun and engaging while also being critical, inspiring, and powerful. I want to make something meaningful and fun, and show that all that can happen with words in the digital space.

And that will be this. It's supposed to have a name, and when I figure it out, I'll tell you. I think I have one. I do have one.

It's The Panoptic Channel

If you want a sample of my first serial, The Swan and The Snake, you can read Season One's prologue and the first chapter here

If you want to support me in that attempt, please be willing to give a little to keep the project alive and even help it grow into something bigger as time goes by. But also be willing to share your attention most of all - what the project will want more than anything is for you all to read it, comment, like, and share, so more people can see what it's all about. 

The transmission will be open on this panoptic channel soon. I hope to see you all then. 

Alright... but what about you? Why give you my money?

My only answer is because this is what I do. 

I don't want to compel you with any sob story, although truth be told writing is what I am doing to sustain myself right now. Mostly because it is what I want to do with the rest of my life, and I want to be able to provide some of the myriad things I have in mind for people to see whenever they want. Plus, I want that to be the source of income that fuels me while also attempting to get a novel and a collection of poetry published through the usual mainstream channels; and if I'm being honest, I want to get out of a less-than-ideal living situation as well. 

But I want to do what I love as recompense. I want to give people something, and be busy doing so all the time. 

I imagine a few people may think that's not worth it. If they want free work, they could read fanfic (and you totally should). And if I wanted to eat and write at the same time, I should 'get a day job, hippie/millennial/whatever-other-euphemism-people-use-these-days!'. 

But when I first decided to try moving to Patreon, I just wanted to be empowered to give people some neat stories in a format I really enjoy. To work hard at building a series of worlds people would like coming back to. 

I don't want to make oodles of money - in fact, I'd also want some of this money to be used paying other creators on collaborative projects. Most of my money will probably be invested into trying to upgrade my living situation, and even then I'd want it to be reasonable and transparent, and I'd want to be sure about making that leap in the first place. 

I just want to give you guys the gift of these stories, and to be able to keep giving it as long as I can. 

If you would like to receive that gift, I'd appreciate it.
Rewards
Message
$4 or more per month 3 patrons
I will share any statement you want me to, within reason, on my Twitter account, and give you a shoutout for supporting my project. If you want me to share your favourite charity, tell a boy that you like him, or even yell at a politician - if I think it's not going too far, I will tweet it.
Charm Person
$6 or more per month 0 patrons
Every $6 pledge I receive will net you a one-time poem about any topic (within reason). Send me a message (somehow?) about what you want it to be about, and we'll talk about it more until you have a poem in your email inbox!
Enthrall
$10 or more per month 3 patrons
For as little as $10, you can even get a chance to peek behind the curtain of this project. That means patrons at this tier will get to see 'episodes' of the series before everyone else, as well as exclusive video content about these stories. I'm incredibly eager about this part - a chance to actually let you all into the stories as they're being created. 
Illusory Script
$15 or more per month 0 of 50 patrons
I'll write a poem to you!
I will hand-write a one-time poem just for you, if you support this project with fifteen dollars. Any poem on any topic (within reason), on a page in blue gel ink, in an envelope, in your mailbox. Hopefully you won't be repulsed by my handwriting! This tier also gets access to my behind-the-scenes stuff, so don't fret.
Seeming
$30 or more per month 1 of 18 patrons
At this tier, you will get a short piece of fiction, around 1000-1200 words, that will place you or one of your original characters in the setting of one of my own works. It may be from my serials, or my other work; and you can tell me what you want that character to do or what you want the story to fulfill, and I'll take your recommendation within reason to make a story I think you'll enjoy, sharing it as an extension of that universe. Plus behind-the-scenes stuff is still yours!
False Vision
$200 or more per month 0 patrons
For just $200, you get an opportunity to chill out with me in a Google Hangout! Ask me anything about my work here, my process, guidance with your own work, or just play some video games or something! 
Hero's Feast
$600 or more per month 0 of 1 patrons
If you really want something special, at this pledge I will send you a physical copy of one season of that month's serial in the mail at the end of the season. Printed, bound, signed, and even containing notes, first-drafts, and other meta. There will only be one, and only you will have it. Plus, you get everything at the Enthrall tier and above - only your hand-written poem and your personal story will be bound with the rest of the collection. All of that, just for you.
Goals
$100 of $650 per month
I have a lot of series I want to work on here, and my initial plan was to give them in arcs - like television seasons - cutting off at the height of one to introduce you to a new world with new characters, conflicts, and stakes. That way, I get a chance to develop multiple projects while keeping their processes fresh enough to do newer, cooler stuff, and you get something new and cool to read to cleanse your palate before coming back to the other stories you love. 

How I imagined this working was that you'd get one series at a time. Close one season of one show, open with another season of something new. But I would love to give you as much as possible as often as possible, if you're up for it. 

When we meet this goal, I'll fire up a second serial as soon as possible for your consumption. That means two 'episodes' a fortnight, one of each (or adversely, one episode a week of alternating serials). That means that when their seasons close, they will get replaced with two new stories. That means increasing the amount of work I can get to you.
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Okay, so what is this?

Hi. My name is Brandon O'Brien. I am a spoken word poet, writer, and writing facilitator from Trinidad and Tobago. I really love writing, and I've been wanting to share some of that work exclusively online in a serial format and hopefully give people stories which keep them engaged and entertained throughout their run. 

I've wanted to write a long serial story on my blog for quite some time, but eventually it becomes hard to keep it up while also not making a steady income. I would also want this project to be sustainable in its own and be able to pay for itself; when my other work allows me to eat a little while the other is not even being noticed, it gets hard to motivate yourself to continue. 

In the old days, poets and playwrights had wealthy benefactors who would finance their artistic work so they could say that they were the ones whose finances empowered the greats to make legendary work, some of which stands the test of time to this day. Nowadays, it's easier for the man on the street to make that same investment in artists they have faith in - to say that they support art that they think can change the world. 

I want to make the kind of work you can have such faith in.

Which is what I plan on doing, starting soon. (Other obligations, and difficulties setting up my Patreon which I still haven't fully solved, have made me push this back more times than I would like, but I don't plan on taking much longer than Q1 2017, at which point the entire content of at least two serials will already be complete.)

I want to make something that is not only good and keeps people's attention, or proves that serial short stories on the internet are things that people can enjoy, but tries really hard to put more diverse characters that readers can enjoy and be proud of online for people to find and share. I want to make characters that other people say are inspiring/cool/funny/badass and pass around to their friends as examples of diverse characters done right in stories. (I want to at least have a fan base that has no problem calling me out if I ever do that wrong.) I want to tell stories that are fun and engaging while also being critical, inspiring, and powerful. I want to make something meaningful and fun, and show that all that can happen with words in the digital space.

And that will be this. It's supposed to have a name, and when I figure it out, I'll tell you. I think I have one. I do have one.

It's The Panoptic Channel

If you want a sample of my first serial, The Swan and The Snake, you can read Season One's prologue and the first chapter here

If you want to support me in that attempt, please be willing to give a little to keep the project alive and even help it grow into something bigger as time goes by. But also be willing to share your attention most of all - what the project will want more than anything is for you all to read it, comment, like, and share, so more people can see what it's all about. 

The transmission will be open on this panoptic channel soon. I hope to see you all then. 

Alright... but what about you? Why give you my money?

My only answer is because this is what I do. 

I don't want to compel you with any sob story, although truth be told writing is what I am doing to sustain myself right now. Mostly because it is what I want to do with the rest of my life, and I want to be able to provide some of the myriad things I have in mind for people to see whenever they want. Plus, I want that to be the source of income that fuels me while also attempting to get a novel and a collection of poetry published through the usual mainstream channels; and if I'm being honest, I want to get out of a less-than-ideal living situation as well. 

But I want to do what I love as recompense. I want to give people something, and be busy doing so all the time. 

I imagine a few people may think that's not worth it. If they want free work, they could read fanfic (and you totally should). And if I wanted to eat and write at the same time, I should 'get a day job, hippie/millennial/whatever-other-euphemism-people-use-these-days!'. 

But when I first decided to try moving to Patreon, I just wanted to be empowered to give people some neat stories in a format I really enjoy. To work hard at building a series of worlds people would like coming back to. 

I don't want to make oodles of money - in fact, I'd also want some of this money to be used paying other creators on collaborative projects. Most of my money will probably be invested into trying to upgrade my living situation, and even then I'd want it to be reasonable and transparent, and I'd want to be sure about making that leap in the first place. 

I just want to give you guys the gift of these stories, and to be able to keep giving it as long as I can. 

If you would like to receive that gift, I'd appreciate it.

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Rewards
Message
$4 or more per month 3 patrons
I will share any statement you want me to, within reason, on my Twitter account, and give you a shoutout for supporting my project. If you want me to share your favourite charity, tell a boy that you like him, or even yell at a politician - if I think it's not going too far, I will tweet it.
Charm Person
$6 or more per month 0 patrons
Every $6 pledge I receive will net you a one-time poem about any topic (within reason). Send me a message (somehow?) about what you want it to be about, and we'll talk about it more until you have a poem in your email inbox!
Enthrall
$10 or more per month 3 patrons
For as little as $10, you can even get a chance to peek behind the curtain of this project. That means patrons at this tier will get to see 'episodes' of the series before everyone else, as well as exclusive video content about these stories. I'm incredibly eager about this part - a chance to actually let you all into the stories as they're being created. 
Illusory Script
$15 or more per month 0 of 50 patrons
I'll write a poem to you!
I will hand-write a one-time poem just for you, if you support this project with fifteen dollars. Any poem on any topic (within reason), on a page in blue gel ink, in an envelope, in your mailbox. Hopefully you won't be repulsed by my handwriting! This tier also gets access to my behind-the-scenes stuff, so don't fret.
Seeming
$30 or more per month 1 of 18 patrons
At this tier, you will get a short piece of fiction, around 1000-1200 words, that will place you or one of your original characters in the setting of one of my own works. It may be from my serials, or my other work; and you can tell me what you want that character to do or what you want the story to fulfill, and I'll take your recommendation within reason to make a story I think you'll enjoy, sharing it as an extension of that universe. Plus behind-the-scenes stuff is still yours!
False Vision
$200 or more per month 0 patrons
For just $200, you get an opportunity to chill out with me in a Google Hangout! Ask me anything about my work here, my process, guidance with your own work, or just play some video games or something! 
Hero's Feast
$600 or more per month 0 of 1 patrons
If you really want something special, at this pledge I will send you a physical copy of one season of that month's serial in the mail at the end of the season. Printed, bound, signed, and even containing notes, first-drafts, and other meta. There will only be one, and only you will have it. Plus, you get everything at the Enthrall tier and above - only your hand-written poem and your personal story will be bound with the rest of the collection. All of that, just for you.