Ashen Venema

is creating poems, stories, novels, photos & offers consultations on dreams

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patrons
In spring of 2017, gripped by a wild mood of 'now or never,' I self-published my first novel, 'Course of Mirrors' through Troubador publishing. Supported by the expertise of my editor friend, the novel had been go-and-ready since 2014. I was then strung along by a small and devoted publisher, until the operation admitted difficulties and I was released from my contract.

'Course of Mirrors'  is now a beautiful, page-turning odyssey afloat on public platforms in the UK and internationally ... if only I had the resources left for marketing the book to a wider readership, who appreciate myth and the imagination

Writing novels requires time and devotion. In my case this only became possible late in life. I won't give up. Financial appreciation for my writing on Patreon would enable me to market my first book, and make it possible to publish its sequel, Shapers, in which the major characters of Course of Mirrors are recurring in a futuristic setting. SF with a heart. The sequel is complete, but needs two more rounds of editing.

In addition, I would love to publish one or two chapbooks of poetry and a short story collection. 

What to offer here? Stories, yes, poems, yes, Haiku, yes, excerpts from my novels, yes, and ... because my work as a transpersonal psychotherapist for over 30 years gifted me with a cache of wisdom, I can offer dream consultancy for those of you who value their dreams. 

During my first career as photo journalist, I worked for galleries, theaters, artists, did assignments for the Goethe Institute, and still-photography for some well known film directors based in Munich. You could ask me questions about this time that would spark stories.

Nearly all images here, and those accompanying the quirky posts on my courseofmirrors wordpress site are my own - the archive goes back to 2011. If the direct link to my website does not work - http://courseofmirrors.wordpress.com/  - I'm trying to solve it.
Alternatively, if you type courseofmirrors into google my island will show up front.

I'll share contents here that will not rely on you becoming my Patreon, but for any extra rewards promised you'd need to become a Patreon to access 'Patreon only' posts.

I've included a 'Patreon only' post below to show how they will appear. To unlock the window for such posts you'd have to offer the smallest basic pledge.

I was fired on by the indomitable Amanda Palmer and her art of asking. That said, I’m an introvert and lack Amanda’s impressive spirit. https://www.patreon.com/amandapalmer

Come to think of it, there is much to share. I'll figure it out. Maybe you can nudge me with questions, either about my writing, or about my varied lives. During seven decades of living, I've experienced a colourful array of sub cultures.

In time, I may get my son to create an interesting video about me.
Tiers
More private stuff, masks off ...
$2 or more per month
For less than a cup of coffee, this gives you access beyond public posts, to 'Patreon Only' posts, where I share more private stuff, about my creative process, some of it absurd, masks off. Further, I'll include stories of photographic moments - with image of course. A lovely challenge for me.
Oracle
$5 or more per month
Same as above, and in addition you can ask me a question, to which I'll respond ...  either with a few lines, a quote, or a spontaneous Haiku.
dream consultancy
$50 or more per month
Same as all the above offers. Plus I'll immediately post a paperback of my novel, 'Course of Mirrors,' to you, signed and dedicated to you. And, if you wish, we could arrange for a monthly dream consultancy via e-mail.  
The unimaginable generosity ...
$100 or more per month
I dearly wish I had this much to spare for hundreds of creators I admire out there, many of whom are struggling with basic living costs. Who knows how these miracles work? 


Obviously - all the above offers apply. But my gratitude for this kind of support will require extra imagination.  

Goals
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First - to ease my present financial stress. There are few small but vital things that need fixing around my home.

I made some progress: big clearing in the garden, crumbling steps fixed, and the leaking old iron gutters on two sides of my house were replaced by a trustworthy and excellent builder. Big sigh of relief. Just before the rain.

Second - mail out copies of 'Course of Mirrors' to a list of magazine reviewers, and finance a general marketing campaign.
Third - get a Kirkus review to add to reviews 'Course of Mirrors' has gathered on amazon, which may help when entering competitions for self-published books. 
Fourth - To prepare the sequel, 'Shapers' for publication with Troubador, both as paperback and e--book.
And to prepare one or two poetry chapbooks, and possibly a short story collection.
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In spring of 2017, gripped by a wild mood of 'now or never,' I self-published my first novel, 'Course of Mirrors' through Troubador publishing. Supported by the expertise of my editor friend, the novel had been go-and-ready since 2014. I was then strung along by a small and devoted publisher, until the operation admitted difficulties and I was released from my contract.

'Course of Mirrors'  is now a beautiful, page-turning odyssey afloat on public platforms in the UK and internationally ... if only I had the resources left for marketing the book to a wider readership, who appreciate myth and the imagination

Writing novels requires time and devotion. In my case this only became possible late in life. I won't give up. Financial appreciation for my writing on Patreon would enable me to market my first book, and make it possible to publish its sequel, Shapers, in which the major characters of Course of Mirrors are recurring in a futuristic setting. SF with a heart. The sequel is complete, but needs two more rounds of editing.

In addition, I would love to publish one or two chapbooks of poetry and a short story collection. 

What to offer here? Stories, yes, poems, yes, Haiku, yes, excerpts from my novels, yes, and ... because my work as a transpersonal psychotherapist for over 30 years gifted me with a cache of wisdom, I can offer dream consultancy for those of you who value their dreams. 

During my first career as photo journalist, I worked for galleries, theaters, artists, did assignments for the Goethe Institute, and still-photography for some well known film directors based in Munich. You could ask me questions about this time that would spark stories.

Nearly all images here, and those accompanying the quirky posts on my courseofmirrors wordpress site are my own - the archive goes back to 2011. If the direct link to my website does not work - http://courseofmirrors.wordpress.com/  - I'm trying to solve it.
Alternatively, if you type courseofmirrors into google my island will show up front.

I'll share contents here that will not rely on you becoming my Patreon, but for any extra rewards promised you'd need to become a Patreon to access 'Patreon only' posts.

I've included a 'Patreon only' post below to show how they will appear. To unlock the window for such posts you'd have to offer the smallest basic pledge.

I was fired on by the indomitable Amanda Palmer and her art of asking. That said, I’m an introvert and lack Amanda’s impressive spirit. https://www.patreon.com/amandapalmer

Come to think of it, there is much to share. I'll figure it out. Maybe you can nudge me with questions, either about my writing, or about my varied lives. During seven decades of living, I've experienced a colourful array of sub cultures.

In time, I may get my son to create an interesting video about me.

Recent posts by Ashen Venema

Tiers
More private stuff, masks off ...
$2 or more per month
For less than a cup of coffee, this gives you access beyond public posts, to 'Patreon Only' posts, where I share more private stuff, about my creative process, some of it absurd, masks off. Further, I'll include stories of photographic moments - with image of course. A lovely challenge for me.
Oracle
$5 or more per month
Same as above, and in addition you can ask me a question, to which I'll respond ...  either with a few lines, a quote, or a spontaneous Haiku.
dream consultancy
$50 or more per month
Same as all the above offers. Plus I'll immediately post a paperback of my novel, 'Course of Mirrors,' to you, signed and dedicated to you. And, if you wish, we could arrange for a monthly dream consultancy via e-mail.  
The unimaginable generosity ...
$100 or more per month
I dearly wish I had this much to spare for hundreds of creators I admire out there, many of whom are struggling with basic living costs. Who knows how these miracles work? 


Obviously - all the above offers apply. But my gratitude for this kind of support will require extra imagination.