Tristan Durst is creating reading/writing/resisting
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patrons

$71
per month
First of all, thanks for stopping by! Even if this isn't your cup of tea, I appreciate the eyeballs. 

In January of 2017, as I was meant to be finishing up my coursework for MFA in creative writing, turning in papers and polishing the novel I intended to be my thesis, I found myself pulled in another direction. I still love writing, telling stories and making people laugh, and I still very much want to do that. 

But right now, I feel like my calling is America. My job is America. Our country is imperfect, but it ain't going down on my watch.

MOM AND DAD - DO NOT WORRY. I FINISHED MY DEGREE. I SWEAR. 

Striking a balance between the time I spend writing my essays and re-writing my novel, the time I spend writing my representatives, and the time I spend writing cover letters for a "real job" is hard. I want to do all of those things, with a little less worry about paying for postcards and postage and a pumpkin spice latte every now and then when the world is too frelled to deal with.


What do you get out of this? Letters - letters to congress, letters to the editor, a letter to your mom if you want - about the issues we all care about. The killed darlings of my works in progress - the bits of writing I love that just don't belong in any of my current pieces. First access to my funny anecdotes (example: Tristan Vs The Jesus Fish) and serious thoughts (example: Taylor Swift is Bad For America) before I post them anywhere else. And perhaps some laughably bad videos of my sick dance moves and freestyle odes to shredded cheese (like carrots, only better). 

I can't promise you I'm gonna overthrow the government. I can't promise I'm going to write the great American novel and win a Pulitzer. But I also promise I'm not going to misspend your contributions on a Hulu subscription.
Tiers
Thunder Cougar Falcon Bird
$1 or more per month 0 patrons
  • Access to patron-only content
  • Sneak peek photos of upcoming releases
  • Patron-only polls
Write your way out
$3 or more per month 1 patron
  • Covers postcard and postage to an elected official of your choosing. Can include a Bible verse or other quote to make your elected official feel ashamed of his/her life choices
  • OR Do you need help writing a letter to the editor? In the words of a friend, I am "not so bad at writing." 
  • Plus all previous rewards
Send in the Clowns
$4 or more per month 5 patrons
  • It's okay to want to escape from the horrors of encroaching HandmaidsTaleDom. Luckily for you, I've got dozens of hilarious stories, many true, that I can share. 
  • OR I will give you my well-reasoned, but likely still kinda useless, advice about the crises in your life. If you don't mind, we could even turn it into a blog post. Like, "Dear Tristan," only it won't be followed by a restraining order. 
  • JUST LET ME LOVE YOU, KEANU
  • Plus all previous rewards
Mr Smith Goes to Washington
$8 or more per month 2 patrons
  • $8 gets me a MARC ticket to DC. Think of all the trouble I can get into in our nation's capital. 
  • BONUS: So! Many! Postcards! 
  • Plus all previous rewards
I Swear I'm Not Selling Plasma
$10 or more per month 4 patrons
  • I don't actually expect any of you to do this
  • This is just a joke between my father and I where I promise I'm not resorting to medical testing to pay my bills. 
  • Actually, my dad is probably good for $10 a month
Goals
$71 of $100 per month
Holy crap, I don't even know y'all. This is a day I can turn down nanny work to focus more on trying to save this country. Or a day I can turn down nannying, because trying to get Roger Wicker's office to value you as a human person is emotionally draining, and I'd just like to spend the next day in bed watching Nadia win the Great British Bake Off six times in a row. 
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First of all, thanks for stopping by! Even if this isn't your cup of tea, I appreciate the eyeballs. 

In January of 2017, as I was meant to be finishing up my coursework for MFA in creative writing, turning in papers and polishing the novel I intended to be my thesis, I found myself pulled in another direction. I still love writing, telling stories and making people laugh, and I still very much want to do that. 

But right now, I feel like my calling is America. My job is America. Our country is imperfect, but it ain't going down on my watch.

MOM AND DAD - DO NOT WORRY. I FINISHED MY DEGREE. I SWEAR. 

Striking a balance between the time I spend writing my essays and re-writing my novel, the time I spend writing my representatives, and the time I spend writing cover letters for a "real job" is hard. I want to do all of those things, with a little less worry about paying for postcards and postage and a pumpkin spice latte every now and then when the world is too frelled to deal with.


What do you get out of this? Letters - letters to congress, letters to the editor, a letter to your mom if you want - about the issues we all care about. The killed darlings of my works in progress - the bits of writing I love that just don't belong in any of my current pieces. First access to my funny anecdotes (example: Tristan Vs The Jesus Fish) and serious thoughts (example: Taylor Swift is Bad For America) before I post them anywhere else. And perhaps some laughably bad videos of my sick dance moves and freestyle odes to shredded cheese (like carrots, only better). 

I can't promise you I'm gonna overthrow the government. I can't promise I'm going to write the great American novel and win a Pulitzer. But I also promise I'm not going to misspend your contributions on a Hulu subscription.

Recent posts by Tristan Durst

Tiers
Thunder Cougar Falcon Bird
$1 or more per month 0 patrons
  • Access to patron-only content
  • Sneak peek photos of upcoming releases
  • Patron-only polls
Write your way out
$3 or more per month 1 patron
  • Covers postcard and postage to an elected official of your choosing. Can include a Bible verse or other quote to make your elected official feel ashamed of his/her life choices
  • OR Do you need help writing a letter to the editor? In the words of a friend, I am "not so bad at writing." 
  • Plus all previous rewards
Send in the Clowns
$4 or more per month 5 patrons
  • It's okay to want to escape from the horrors of encroaching HandmaidsTaleDom. Luckily for you, I've got dozens of hilarious stories, many true, that I can share. 
  • OR I will give you my well-reasoned, but likely still kinda useless, advice about the crises in your life. If you don't mind, we could even turn it into a blog post. Like, "Dear Tristan," only it won't be followed by a restraining order. 
  • JUST LET ME LOVE YOU, KEANU
  • Plus all previous rewards
Mr Smith Goes to Washington
$8 or more per month 2 patrons
  • $8 gets me a MARC ticket to DC. Think of all the trouble I can get into in our nation's capital. 
  • BONUS: So! Many! Postcards! 
  • Plus all previous rewards
I Swear I'm Not Selling Plasma
$10 or more per month 4 patrons
  • I don't actually expect any of you to do this
  • This is just a joke between my father and I where I promise I'm not resorting to medical testing to pay my bills. 
  • Actually, my dad is probably good for $10 a month