Filamena is creating Serialized Fiction
11

patrons

$20
per Episodes of an ongoing story
Here’s what I’m going to do:

I’m writing a novel, serialized in chunks for your reading enjoyment. These chunks are going up on the internet for everyone to read and enjoy! (Creative Commons because yay fanfiction!) Check out the link, it's got a teaser up already!

Each episode I release will come with some hard questions to go along with the plot. Those questions will challenge me (and you, but more on that later) with determining what happens next. I’m normally a planner, this experiment will involve taking bigger, unscripted risks. I’m excited to see what happens. I have plans, a secret set of truths I’m holding onto, so seeing how I can answer those hard questions and keep those truths should be a blast. Especially since you won’t know those truths.

I anticipate an episode once a month. That’ll give me time to write, to get it once-overed by my in-house editor, and give you time to read, comment, and influence what comes next.

Here’s where you come in

I write for a living and I do okay at it. As a result, I keep pulling away from novel writing because that time at the keys always seems better spent on work-for-hire. Work-for-hire is great, but I have a love I’m neglecting. By being a contributor to my project here, you’re helping me justify the time I’m spending.

But that’s not all! You’re going to help me answer hard questions.

As a contributor, you’ll be part of a discussion to decide the fates of this world and its inhabitants. Do you hate Love Interest with the fires of a thousand suns? Well, get in and help me figure out how to kill her off creatively! Do know best how the Stonewall Family should fall? Tell me and we’ll see how it goes.  

As contributors you’ll also have access to any world-building materials as I put them together, and I’ll keep a writer’s diary to talk about the process and answer any specific ‘writing as a craft’ questions you might have.

Who the heck are you?

I hate this part.

I’m a professional writer and game designer. I make my living making roleplaying story games where people drop themselves into rich, beautiful settings, and lose themselves pretending to be someone else for a few hours every now and again.

I have pretty extensive credits in game writing and designing (seen here) and have my work in a few fiction anthologies here and there. This isn’t my first long project; I have three novels I haven’t shopped around yet gathering dust… I mean maturing… on my hard drive.

Where this goes

When the story is the right length and comes to a satisfying conclusion, I’m going to wrap the whole thing up and stick it in a novel. I’ll also add some side-scenes to help build the story while considering other characters’ points of view. I have an editor ‘in house’ who will be working with me as we go, but if the project goes very well, I may hire a third set of eyes to make sure everything reads beautifully in the completed novel. When it’s all wrapped up and done, you all get PDF and ebook copies of the novel, yay! If you prefer physical copies, I’ll get you a coupon to buy a physical book at the cost we’d pay.

After that, who knows? Another book in the series? A different book? A game book so you can roleplay in the setting?

But Patreon is scary and new and I don’t trust subscription models!

I know, right? This will be an experiment for both of us. Here’s the thing though: you have a lot of control here. For one, you don’t pay unless I’ve produced more episodes, so no “pay and wait” on this project.

Another way you have control is that you can limit how much you give a month, which I highly recommend. For example, if you want to give me a dollar per chuck of story, and I end up writing twenty chunks that month (not gonna happen) but you don’t want to go over budget, you can always let your monthly max to a dollar. You can cancel at any time. (More on all of this is in the Patreon FAQ, which you should read before you contribute.)

That’s a lot of money for an ebook

Yeah, I guess? If it takes me a year to finish it, that’s 12$ for a PDF of a free story you can read (most of) online already, right?

But this isn’t a preorder. This is you enabling an artist to create. This is the two of us working together to see how much ‘ideas’ are worth. This is an experiment.

Yeah, but what’s the story about?!

Good question! I have a teaser posted, naturally, so you can get an idea of what I’m doing, but like the start of any good story it doesn’t tell you everything right away.

Here’s what I know:

As far as anyone knows, the Families have always been at war. These feuding dynasties show no signs of slowing, and both small scuffles and minor military actions just… happen. Everyone belongs to a Family, depending on where you live or to whom you swear. Otherwise, you’re an Orphan, and that’s a rough way to go.

There are a few ‘Orders’ of Orphans who get by because they’ve pulled together or share a special task. For example, the Order of Nurses, are ‘out of bounds’ according to the Families so long as they follow a doctrine of neutrality.

Our main character, Water, is a Nurse. You can get more about her reading, but she’s a peaceful badass with gray ethics for a gray world and an endless sense that “it could be better than it is”.

The setting is fantastic sci-fi in a world that runs on the ‘significantly advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic’ philosophy. There will be queer characters. White is not the default. I won’t be doing real world cultural analogs. This novel will be intersectional or else it will be bullshit. The setting is dark, the stories may be sad, but I have no particular interest in reading (or writing) “grimdark” or gritty. That’s not my sand box.

But things could go wrong!

That’s totally true! I could get in a car crash and lose both hands and have to type with a pencil in my mouth. In which case, well, I guess the experiment will be shot, or it’ll slowdown in production.

Other things that could go wrong:

Someone could novel-jack the story by being a patron and making all kinds of crazy demands! Well. Not really? I’m a flexible, creative writer used to making unreasonable demands reasonable in my professional writing (I’m a freelancer).  This won’t be structured as an “open ended makin’ crazy demands” kind of thing. I have secret truths about the story, those won’t be broken, and they’ll hopefully keep the story from cracking too deep.

My writing could suck and everyone could hate it! Yes. That’s true. But it’s cool, because you’ve already seen the teaser for the novel, you have a taste, and no one is forcing you to patronize me. (That’s a joke.)

The novel won’t get finished! I may leave you hanging. That would be rotten, wouldn’t it? That said… Hey, creative commons. Right? Right.

Have more questions? Get in on the conversation! Ask and or become a contributor today! 

Tiers
Pledge $1 or more per Episodes of an ongoing story
9 patrons
Hey, welcome to the experiment! You'll get backstage passes to see what's going on behind the scenes with patron-only updates as well as notes when I blog about writing or do a writer's Hangout on Google Plus. Plus, you're in the pool to help us decide what happens next! Answer tough questions as presented at the end of an episode, and I'll pick from the best. Expect story 'beats' to come up about once a month.
Pledge $5 or more per Episodes of an ongoing story
2 patrons
You're in deep now. You get in on the part of the conversation where we answer tough questions about 'what happens next' in the story like all other patrons, but with an added twist. You get to level a direct challenge to me! Make it tricky! Want me to include an intimate kiss next episode? Do you feel like Hawk needs to get a clue about his destiny? Do you want me to theme the next episode Yellow, this is the level for you. I likely can't do every challenge levied, so I'll weigh all your ideas and what you suggest will help sculpt the story. I'll pick the best two or three for incorporation. It should be awesome. I hope to pleasantly surprise you with what I do with your ideas and how I blend them with my own.
Pledge $15 or more per Episodes of an ongoing story
0 patrons
Writer's Special: Get in on a special Hangout where I help talk you through questions or thoughts you have on writing. You get in on the 5$ level as well. Do it for a month if you've got something specific to work through, then drop it down to something else. Or keep it up and be part of a monthly writer's group! 
Pledge $25 or more per Episodes of an ongoing story
0 patrons
Character Immunity. This is a weird one, ready? Let's feel this out. 

You drop 25$ on an episode of this serialized story. I get excited and run around my house screaming. THEN you claim a character. You tell me over the next episode what's up with that character. You can: 

*Demand they make an appearance or are conspicuously missing. (Oh good plot goodness when someone who should be just isn't it, right?

*Demand they do not die. (Good for supporting cast, for main cast characters this just means I'mma have to bring them pretty dang close to death, right?

*Make a call on their behalf. As soon as you've claimed a character, I'll send you a question or choice they have to answer to, you answer it, I go with it.

Naturally, no more than one patron can claim a character per expected episode. That'd be rough. 

Do this once when a character you love looks in dire straights. Do it once when you want to PUT a character in dire straights. Then drop your pledge level if you want. (Or keep it going at this rare and I'll make sure my kids know you by first name and have a big 'thank you' for you!)

Pledge $60 or more per Episodes of an ongoing story
0 patrons
Fan Fiction for You! That's write, I'll write fan fiction for my own work based on your ideas! You give me the scene that you wished happened, pose a what if, or mention another character from outside my universe, and I'll write a 2,000 ish crack scene exploring your suggestion. I'll post it on the side in an 'alternate universe' catagory and we'll all have a good laugh. (I withhold the right to veto any particularly gross topics, but that's stuff I wouldn't write anyway and you wouldn't ask for, so I'm not even worried about it.)
Goals
$20 of $100 per Episodes of an ongoing story
When this comes in, I'll pay an artist for a sketch with each episode. This may be a character sketch, or outline of a scene, or maybe an important relic. Maybe a map! I'll see how that goes, and of course, take patron's opinions into account.
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Here’s what I’m going to do:

I’m writing a novel, serialized in chunks for your reading enjoyment. These chunks are going up on the internet for everyone to read and enjoy! (Creative Commons because yay fanfiction!) Check out the link, it's got a teaser up already!

Each episode I release will come with some hard questions to go along with the plot. Those questions will challenge me (and you, but more on that later) with determining what happens next. I’m normally a planner, this experiment will involve taking bigger, unscripted risks. I’m excited to see what happens. I have plans, a secret set of truths I’m holding onto, so seeing how I can answer those hard questions and keep those truths should be a blast. Especially since you won’t know those truths.

I anticipate an episode once a month. That’ll give me time to write, to get it once-overed by my in-house editor, and give you time to read, comment, and influence what comes next.

Here’s where you come in

I write for a living and I do okay at it. As a result, I keep pulling away from novel writing because that time at the keys always seems better spent on work-for-hire. Work-for-hire is great, but I have a love I’m neglecting. By being a contributor to my project here, you’re helping me justify the time I’m spending.

But that’s not all! You’re going to help me answer hard questions.

As a contributor, you’ll be part of a discussion to decide the fates of this world and its inhabitants. Do you hate Love Interest with the fires of a thousand suns? Well, get in and help me figure out how to kill her off creatively! Do know best how the Stonewall Family should fall? Tell me and we’ll see how it goes.  

As contributors you’ll also have access to any world-building materials as I put them together, and I’ll keep a writer’s diary to talk about the process and answer any specific ‘writing as a craft’ questions you might have.

Who the heck are you?

I hate this part.

I’m a professional writer and game designer. I make my living making roleplaying story games where people drop themselves into rich, beautiful settings, and lose themselves pretending to be someone else for a few hours every now and again.

I have pretty extensive credits in game writing and designing (seen here) and have my work in a few fiction anthologies here and there. This isn’t my first long project; I have three novels I haven’t shopped around yet gathering dust… I mean maturing… on my hard drive.

Where this goes

When the story is the right length and comes to a satisfying conclusion, I’m going to wrap the whole thing up and stick it in a novel. I’ll also add some side-scenes to help build the story while considering other characters’ points of view. I have an editor ‘in house’ who will be working with me as we go, but if the project goes very well, I may hire a third set of eyes to make sure everything reads beautifully in the completed novel. When it’s all wrapped up and done, you all get PDF and ebook copies of the novel, yay! If you prefer physical copies, I’ll get you a coupon to buy a physical book at the cost we’d pay.

After that, who knows? Another book in the series? A different book? A game book so you can roleplay in the setting?

But Patreon is scary and new and I don’t trust subscription models!

I know, right? This will be an experiment for both of us. Here’s the thing though: you have a lot of control here. For one, you don’t pay unless I’ve produced more episodes, so no “pay and wait” on this project.

Another way you have control is that you can limit how much you give a month, which I highly recommend. For example, if you want to give me a dollar per chuck of story, and I end up writing twenty chunks that month (not gonna happen) but you don’t want to go over budget, you can always let your monthly max to a dollar. You can cancel at any time. (More on all of this is in the Patreon FAQ, which you should read before you contribute.)

That’s a lot of money for an ebook

Yeah, I guess? If it takes me a year to finish it, that’s 12$ for a PDF of a free story you can read (most of) online already, right?

But this isn’t a preorder. This is you enabling an artist to create. This is the two of us working together to see how much ‘ideas’ are worth. This is an experiment.

Yeah, but what’s the story about?!

Good question! I have a teaser posted, naturally, so you can get an idea of what I’m doing, but like the start of any good story it doesn’t tell you everything right away.

Here’s what I know:

As far as anyone knows, the Families have always been at war. These feuding dynasties show no signs of slowing, and both small scuffles and minor military actions just… happen. Everyone belongs to a Family, depending on where you live or to whom you swear. Otherwise, you’re an Orphan, and that’s a rough way to go.

There are a few ‘Orders’ of Orphans who get by because they’ve pulled together or share a special task. For example, the Order of Nurses, are ‘out of bounds’ according to the Families so long as they follow a doctrine of neutrality.

Our main character, Water, is a Nurse. You can get more about her reading, but she’s a peaceful badass with gray ethics for a gray world and an endless sense that “it could be better than it is”.

The setting is fantastic sci-fi in a world that runs on the ‘significantly advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic’ philosophy. There will be queer characters. White is not the default. I won’t be doing real world cultural analogs. This novel will be intersectional or else it will be bullshit. The setting is dark, the stories may be sad, but I have no particular interest in reading (or writing) “grimdark” or gritty. That’s not my sand box.

But things could go wrong!

That’s totally true! I could get in a car crash and lose both hands and have to type with a pencil in my mouth. In which case, well, I guess the experiment will be shot, or it’ll slowdown in production.

Other things that could go wrong:

Someone could novel-jack the story by being a patron and making all kinds of crazy demands! Well. Not really? I’m a flexible, creative writer used to making unreasonable demands reasonable in my professional writing (I’m a freelancer).  This won’t be structured as an “open ended makin’ crazy demands” kind of thing. I have secret truths about the story, those won’t be broken, and they’ll hopefully keep the story from cracking too deep.

My writing could suck and everyone could hate it! Yes. That’s true. But it’s cool, because you’ve already seen the teaser for the novel, you have a taste, and no one is forcing you to patronize me. (That’s a joke.)

The novel won’t get finished! I may leave you hanging. That would be rotten, wouldn’t it? That said… Hey, creative commons. Right? Right.

Have more questions? Get in on the conversation! Ask and or become a contributor today! 

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Tiers
Pledge $1 or more per Episodes of an ongoing story
9 patrons
Hey, welcome to the experiment! You'll get backstage passes to see what's going on behind the scenes with patron-only updates as well as notes when I blog about writing or do a writer's Hangout on Google Plus. Plus, you're in the pool to help us decide what happens next! Answer tough questions as presented at the end of an episode, and I'll pick from the best. Expect story 'beats' to come up about once a month.
Pledge $5 or more per Episodes of an ongoing story
2 patrons
You're in deep now. You get in on the part of the conversation where we answer tough questions about 'what happens next' in the story like all other patrons, but with an added twist. You get to level a direct challenge to me! Make it tricky! Want me to include an intimate kiss next episode? Do you feel like Hawk needs to get a clue about his destiny? Do you want me to theme the next episode Yellow, this is the level for you. I likely can't do every challenge levied, so I'll weigh all your ideas and what you suggest will help sculpt the story. I'll pick the best two or three for incorporation. It should be awesome. I hope to pleasantly surprise you with what I do with your ideas and how I blend them with my own.
Pledge $15 or more per Episodes of an ongoing story
0 patrons
Writer's Special: Get in on a special Hangout where I help talk you through questions or thoughts you have on writing. You get in on the 5$ level as well. Do it for a month if you've got something specific to work through, then drop it down to something else. Or keep it up and be part of a monthly writer's group! 
Pledge $25 or more per Episodes of an ongoing story
0 patrons
Character Immunity. This is a weird one, ready? Let's feel this out. 

You drop 25$ on an episode of this serialized story. I get excited and run around my house screaming. THEN you claim a character. You tell me over the next episode what's up with that character. You can: 

*Demand they make an appearance or are conspicuously missing. (Oh good plot goodness when someone who should be just isn't it, right?

*Demand they do not die. (Good for supporting cast, for main cast characters this just means I'mma have to bring them pretty dang close to death, right?

*Make a call on their behalf. As soon as you've claimed a character, I'll send you a question or choice they have to answer to, you answer it, I go with it.

Naturally, no more than one patron can claim a character per expected episode. That'd be rough. 

Do this once when a character you love looks in dire straights. Do it once when you want to PUT a character in dire straights. Then drop your pledge level if you want. (Or keep it going at this rare and I'll make sure my kids know you by first name and have a big 'thank you' for you!)

Pledge $60 or more per Episodes of an ongoing story
0 patrons
Fan Fiction for You! That's write, I'll write fan fiction for my own work based on your ideas! You give me the scene that you wished happened, pose a what if, or mention another character from outside my universe, and I'll write a 2,000 ish crack scene exploring your suggestion. I'll post it on the side in an 'alternate universe' catagory and we'll all have a good laugh. (I withhold the right to veto any particularly gross topics, but that's stuff I wouldn't write anyway and you wouldn't ask for, so I'm not even worried about it.)