Weston Ochse

Weston Ochse

is creating Stories and Poetry and Living Dangerously

17

patrons

$130

per month
Hi! I'm Weston Ochse (pronounced oaks). Welcome to my Patreon page.

But wait, Who is this Weston Ochse?

Good question.

As of this writing, I’ve had 30 professionally published books. My work has appeared in DC and IDW comics. I’ve had nonfiction in Soldier of Fortune magazine. My work has received movie interest, once from Wesley Snipes, and currently from Dwayne Johnson. With over 120 professionally published works of short fiction, I’ve written my own original works, as well as worked in the universes of Predator, Hellboy, X-Files, Aliens, and Clive Barker’s Midian. I was one of the original writers of V-Wars which inspired the TV show soon to come from Netflix. I also write poetry and have been published in both peered and non-peered literary journals.

I'm also a tastemaker. I turn you onto things you never knew you wanted turned on to. I find things that are new and cool and unusual and share them because they are cool.

Finally, I'm a born story teller. My ancestors traveled the now British Isles, telling stories, singing songs, delivering poetry, and performing for those who would provide patronage. Fast forward to the 21<sup>st</sup> Century. We still have bards, but the venue has completely changed. No longer are we performing in dusty castles with questionable food and wine. We perform at small venues or from the comfort of our own homes. I am a modern bard (you don’t want me to sing) and have been patronless for too long. I seek patrons to inspire me, to make me want to work for them, to be a part of my creative process. I’m seeking you.

Why call this Living Dangerously? Many of you know I have a military background, including two recent tours to Afghanistan. I’ve been to 57 countries so far, travel extensively for my writing, and often find myself in unusual places. When I’m not writing, I like hiking, fly fishing, cooking, and reading. I prefer single malt Speyside Scotch whiskeys, California Chardonnay, and seafood. I used to be good at martial arts before I got old, I’m the first one to run into any fight to protect my people, and I live the life of a Chaotic Good Paladin. It’s just who I am. I’d rather live dangerously than live safely-boringly. Wouldn’t you? Do you want to live dangerously with me?

But enough about me. Let’s talk about you. I want you to be my patron. I want to write and perform for you. Here are some of the things I will be working on, and according to which Tier you choose, you will have exclusive access to these things:

  • Short Stories I want to write for you. Each month, I will give you some topics and take your input and write a short story based on what you’ve asked for. I mean, who does that?
  • I will also write the occasional exclusive essay and post pictures of what I am doing from day-to-day. You can share as well. In fact, we will live dangerously together.
  • A book of poetry about my time in Afghanistan. I thought that I might want to write a story or an essay, but neither of those would capture the essence of what I want to relate. I think only through the lens of poetry can I best explain to people how it feels to be in such a place. This will be exclusive to you until it’s formally published.
  • Novellas about the continuing adventures of Special Unit 77. They’ve already had two adventures, and I will provide those to you immediately. That’s 40,000 words of fiction. Then I will begin working on the next one, then the next, then the next. Fans of SEAL Team 666 will love Special Unit 77. Set in late 1960s San Francisco, Special Unit 77 protects the West Coast of America from supernatural attack by foreign powers. This will be exclusive to you until it’s formally published.
  • A serialized novel called The Lost City of Hateful Things. I started it and set it aside, but I want to finish it. Only by having patrons can this happen. This will make you a true patron because I will be finishing it for you. What’s it about? A group of five injured soldiers in the Walter Reed Army Hospital Wounded Warrior Clinic are bored out of their minds. At the urging of one of their group, they decide to take a busman’s holiday to find the lost city of Uqbar, mentioned in fiction and non-fiction for hundreds of years. The city is also the centerpiece of Argentinian author Jorge Louis Borges’ short story Tlön, Uqbar, Orbis Tertius.They will find the city and it will be terrible, because they will discover why it is also known as the City of Hateful Things. This will be exclusive to you until it’s formally published.
  • And more. I will frequently give you surprises. Random acts of creativity for your patronage.

What is exclusivity? It’s just as it sounds. I write these for you. Some of these will be published once everything is finished. For the poetry, novel and the novella, I will make some poems and the first few chapters of each available to the general public only so they know what they are missing. But for the rest of it, it’s all exclusive. This is what you are paying for and this is what you get.

I’ll also get personal and you can get personal back. I’ve been a patron of Fucking Amanda Palmer for a while and she gets personal. Will I get that personal? Will I show you my tits? I could but it would be disappointing. So I might not get as personal as she does, but I will spill my guts on occasion and ask your for advice.

Here’s something I read recently from someone wondering about how we think about our patrons and it stuck with me.

“It was frightening to be so personal with strangers, and others warned me against it. But these were the people who had urged us to be entirely true to ourselves. And I think perhaps some part of me wanted to test the limits of this newfound support for authenticity. Was it limited to the book project? Or did it extend to us as individuals? Each time I’d write something intimate, I’d cringe as I hit the “post update” button. Each time I’d expect someone to accuse me of “oversharing” or being “unprofessional.” But the result of my openness was not the rejection or criticism, I expected. The result was kindness, warmth, trust, and empathy. And something beautiful was happening for backers who chose emotional investment. They, like me, began to sense connection and meaning that transcended the book. Long before we delivered anything, several backers who had supported hundreds of campaigns said that ours was their favorite. -Wendy Ice, Courtesy of Amanda Palmer

This is what I am looking for.

I want a connection.

I want to connect with you.

So, thank you for being my patron.

I’m excited to create with you.

I’m excited to create for you.
Tiers
Bard Tier
$1 or more per month

You are my Patron and I thank you. Like Bards of old, I travel this planet delivering stories, entertaining, teaching, and now, thanks to your patronage, can include you in my adventures. Patrons at this level receive access to Patron-Only posts (and occasional videos) on a variety of topics including what I'm working on, what I'm reading, and the assorted craziness that is a writer's life. Patrons at this level also get early access to posts that will eventually go public. At least once a month, patrons at this level will receive a short story for their reading pleasure. Most often this will be original, never-before-seen material and other times it will be previously published works that deserve a wide audience. I will also be working on a book of poetry about my experiences in Afghanistan, so you will receive poems as well.

Special Unit 77 Tier
$3 or more per month

Here you will get access to all things Special Unit 77, from previously published 77 works, to new fiction. At least twice a month, I will post serialized fiction and continue posting until the work is complete. These will be 20,000 word novella-length works, and you'll be seeing them before they are released to the general public (formal publication after they are finished which might be years). Patrons will also receive an electronic copy of the work when it goes up for sale once the exclusive period is up. 


Fans of SEAL Team 666 will love Special Unit 77. Set in late 1960s San Francisco, Special Unit 77 protects the West Coast of America from supernatural attack by foreign powers. You’ll get all this plus all previous rewards! 

Novel Tier
$5 or more per month

 Here you will get access to all things novel. The first novel I will be serializing is called The Lost City of Hateful Things. I started it and set it aside, but I want to finish it. This will make you a true patron because I will be finishing it for you. 


What’s it about? A group of five injured soldiers in the Walter Reed Army Hospital Wounded Warrior Clinic are bored out of their minds. At the urging of one of their group, they decide to take a busman’s holiday to find the lost city of Uqbar, mentioned in fiction and non-fiction for hundreds of years. The city is also the centerpiece of Argentinian author Jorge Louis Borges’ short story Tlön, Uqbar, Orbis Tertius. They will find the city and it will be terrible, because they will discover why it is also known as the City of Hateful Things. At least twice a month I'll post a portion of this novel and continue posting until the work is complete. You'll be seeing them before they are released to the general public. Patrons will also receive an electronic copy of the work when it goes up for sale once the exclusive period is up. Plus all previous rewards! 

Coaching Tier
$10 or more per month

If you are looking for some writing advice, then this reward tier is for you! Patrons at this level will get access to me, an award-winning author who has also been a college professor and holds a Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing degree. 


You can ask me specific questions relating to your work in progress or how to find an agent or publisher.  I’ll also be providing in-depth essays, offering step-by-step advice for writers - how to find an agent, outline, pitch, stay focused, create a literary estate, etc. I won't do edits, but I will be there for you to answer questions. I wished I had someone to help me do this. I had to do it all on my own.


From time to time I'll also post actual queries and proposals to traditional publishers to show you what works and what doesn't, along with page critiques from my work and the works of others. Plus all previous rewards!

Masters Tier
$14 or more per month

Patrons at this level receive a print edition of every work I publish while they are a subscriber. This includes traditionally published titles, independently published titles, reissues and reprints - it doesn't matter. You get it all, signed and personalized, and mailed to your door. Based on my publication history that’s at least two books a year, not including the print versions of the Special Unit 77 Tier and the Novel Tier. Not only do you get to see absolutely everything I am doing, but you get product as well. Plus all previous rewards!

Chaotic Good Paladin Tier
$100 or more per month only 12 left

Did I tell you how awesome you are yet? It’s true. You ARE awesome and amazing and an incredible patron. You will receive everything previous to this tier of course. You will also receive personalized mail from me whenever I go to a weird or strange place, which is at least once a month. Included will be an original piece of flash fiction or a poem written only to you. 

You Are Fucking Fabulous Tier
$666 or more per month only 1 left

You Cray Cray! But I love you for being that way. Here’s the deal, I will come visit you if you live in the continental United States. You can buy me dinner. Saltines or steak. Whatever. We can chat. We can make up stories about other people. We can laugh. We can cry.  We can take and post selfies. Think of it. Alone time with my crazy self. Plus all previous rewards!

Goals
17 of 100 patrons
When I get to 100, I will personally acknowledge all of you in my next novel.
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Hi! I'm Weston Ochse (pronounced oaks). Welcome to my Patreon page.

But wait, Who is this Weston Ochse?

Good question.

As of this writing, I’ve had 30 professionally published books. My work has appeared in DC and IDW comics. I’ve had nonfiction in Soldier of Fortune magazine. My work has received movie interest, once from Wesley Snipes, and currently from Dwayne Johnson. With over 120 professionally published works of short fiction, I’ve written my own original works, as well as worked in the universes of Predator, Hellboy, X-Files, Aliens, and Clive Barker’s Midian. I was one of the original writers of V-Wars which inspired the TV show soon to come from Netflix. I also write poetry and have been published in both peered and non-peered literary journals.

I'm also a tastemaker. I turn you onto things you never knew you wanted turned on to. I find things that are new and cool and unusual and share them because they are cool.

Finally, I'm a born story teller. My ancestors traveled the now British Isles, telling stories, singing songs, delivering poetry, and performing for those who would provide patronage. Fast forward to the 21<sup>st</sup> Century. We still have bards, but the venue has completely changed. No longer are we performing in dusty castles with questionable food and wine. We perform at small venues or from the comfort of our own homes. I am a modern bard (you don’t want me to sing) and have been patronless for too long. I seek patrons to inspire me, to make me want to work for them, to be a part of my creative process. I’m seeking you.

Why call this Living Dangerously? Many of you know I have a military background, including two recent tours to Afghanistan. I’ve been to 57 countries so far, travel extensively for my writing, and often find myself in unusual places. When I’m not writing, I like hiking, fly fishing, cooking, and reading. I prefer single malt Speyside Scotch whiskeys, California Chardonnay, and seafood. I used to be good at martial arts before I got old, I’m the first one to run into any fight to protect my people, and I live the life of a Chaotic Good Paladin. It’s just who I am. I’d rather live dangerously than live safely-boringly. Wouldn’t you? Do you want to live dangerously with me?

But enough about me. Let’s talk about you. I want you to be my patron. I want to write and perform for you. Here are some of the things I will be working on, and according to which Tier you choose, you will have exclusive access to these things:

  • Short Stories I want to write for you. Each month, I will give you some topics and take your input and write a short story based on what you’ve asked for. I mean, who does that?
  • I will also write the occasional exclusive essay and post pictures of what I am doing from day-to-day. You can share as well. In fact, we will live dangerously together.
  • A book of poetry about my time in Afghanistan. I thought that I might want to write a story or an essay, but neither of those would capture the essence of what I want to relate. I think only through the lens of poetry can I best explain to people how it feels to be in such a place. This will be exclusive to you until it’s formally published.
  • Novellas about the continuing adventures of Special Unit 77. They’ve already had two adventures, and I will provide those to you immediately. That’s 40,000 words of fiction. Then I will begin working on the next one, then the next, then the next. Fans of SEAL Team 666 will love Special Unit 77. Set in late 1960s San Francisco, Special Unit 77 protects the West Coast of America from supernatural attack by foreign powers. This will be exclusive to you until it’s formally published.
  • A serialized novel called The Lost City of Hateful Things. I started it and set it aside, but I want to finish it. Only by having patrons can this happen. This will make you a true patron because I will be finishing it for you. What’s it about? A group of five injured soldiers in the Walter Reed Army Hospital Wounded Warrior Clinic are bored out of their minds. At the urging of one of their group, they decide to take a busman’s holiday to find the lost city of Uqbar, mentioned in fiction and non-fiction for hundreds of years. The city is also the centerpiece of Argentinian author Jorge Louis Borges’ short story Tlön, Uqbar, Orbis Tertius.They will find the city and it will be terrible, because they will discover why it is also known as the City of Hateful Things. This will be exclusive to you until it’s formally published.
  • And more. I will frequently give you surprises. Random acts of creativity for your patronage.

What is exclusivity? It’s just as it sounds. I write these for you. Some of these will be published once everything is finished. For the poetry, novel and the novella, I will make some poems and the first few chapters of each available to the general public only so they know what they are missing. But for the rest of it, it’s all exclusive. This is what you are paying for and this is what you get.

I’ll also get personal and you can get personal back. I’ve been a patron of Fucking Amanda Palmer for a while and she gets personal. Will I get that personal? Will I show you my tits? I could but it would be disappointing. So I might not get as personal as she does, but I will spill my guts on occasion and ask your for advice.

Here’s something I read recently from someone wondering about how we think about our patrons and it stuck with me.

“It was frightening to be so personal with strangers, and others warned me against it. But these were the people who had urged us to be entirely true to ourselves. And I think perhaps some part of me wanted to test the limits of this newfound support for authenticity. Was it limited to the book project? Or did it extend to us as individuals? Each time I’d write something intimate, I’d cringe as I hit the “post update” button. Each time I’d expect someone to accuse me of “oversharing” or being “unprofessional.” But the result of my openness was not the rejection or criticism, I expected. The result was kindness, warmth, trust, and empathy. And something beautiful was happening for backers who chose emotional investment. They, like me, began to sense connection and meaning that transcended the book. Long before we delivered anything, several backers who had supported hundreds of campaigns said that ours was their favorite. -Wendy Ice, Courtesy of Amanda Palmer

This is what I am looking for.

I want a connection.

I want to connect with you.

So, thank you for being my patron.

I’m excited to create with you.

I’m excited to create for you.

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Tiers
Bard Tier
$1 or more per month

You are my Patron and I thank you. Like Bards of old, I travel this planet delivering stories, entertaining, teaching, and now, thanks to your patronage, can include you in my adventures. Patrons at this level receive access to Patron-Only posts (and occasional videos) on a variety of topics including what I'm working on, what I'm reading, and the assorted craziness that is a writer's life. Patrons at this level also get early access to posts that will eventually go public. At least once a month, patrons at this level will receive a short story for their reading pleasure. Most often this will be original, never-before-seen material and other times it will be previously published works that deserve a wide audience. I will also be working on a book of poetry about my experiences in Afghanistan, so you will receive poems as well.

Special Unit 77 Tier
$3 or more per month

Here you will get access to all things Special Unit 77, from previously published 77 works, to new fiction. At least twice a month, I will post serialized fiction and continue posting until the work is complete. These will be 20,000 word novella-length works, and you'll be seeing them before they are released to the general public (formal publication after they are finished which might be years). Patrons will also receive an electronic copy of the work when it goes up for sale once the exclusive period is up. 


Fans of SEAL Team 666 will love Special Unit 77. Set in late 1960s San Francisco, Special Unit 77 protects the West Coast of America from supernatural attack by foreign powers. You’ll get all this plus all previous rewards! 

Novel Tier
$5 or more per month

 Here you will get access to all things novel. The first novel I will be serializing is called The Lost City of Hateful Things. I started it and set it aside, but I want to finish it. This will make you a true patron because I will be finishing it for you. 


What’s it about? A group of five injured soldiers in the Walter Reed Army Hospital Wounded Warrior Clinic are bored out of their minds. At the urging of one of their group, they decide to take a busman’s holiday to find the lost city of Uqbar, mentioned in fiction and non-fiction for hundreds of years. The city is also the centerpiece of Argentinian author Jorge Louis Borges’ short story Tlön, Uqbar, Orbis Tertius. They will find the city and it will be terrible, because they will discover why it is also known as the City of Hateful Things. At least twice a month I'll post a portion of this novel and continue posting until the work is complete. You'll be seeing them before they are released to the general public. Patrons will also receive an electronic copy of the work when it goes up for sale once the exclusive period is up. Plus all previous rewards! 

Coaching Tier
$10 or more per month

If you are looking for some writing advice, then this reward tier is for you! Patrons at this level will get access to me, an award-winning author who has also been a college professor and holds a Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing degree. 


You can ask me specific questions relating to your work in progress or how to find an agent or publisher.  I’ll also be providing in-depth essays, offering step-by-step advice for writers - how to find an agent, outline, pitch, stay focused, create a literary estate, etc. I won't do edits, but I will be there for you to answer questions. I wished I had someone to help me do this. I had to do it all on my own.


From time to time I'll also post actual queries and proposals to traditional publishers to show you what works and what doesn't, along with page critiques from my work and the works of others. Plus all previous rewards!

Masters Tier
$14 or more per month

Patrons at this level receive a print edition of every work I publish while they are a subscriber. This includes traditionally published titles, independently published titles, reissues and reprints - it doesn't matter. You get it all, signed and personalized, and mailed to your door. Based on my publication history that’s at least two books a year, not including the print versions of the Special Unit 77 Tier and the Novel Tier. Not only do you get to see absolutely everything I am doing, but you get product as well. Plus all previous rewards!

Chaotic Good Paladin Tier
$100 or more per month only 12 left

Did I tell you how awesome you are yet? It’s true. You ARE awesome and amazing and an incredible patron. You will receive everything previous to this tier of course. You will also receive personalized mail from me whenever I go to a weird or strange place, which is at least once a month. Included will be an original piece of flash fiction or a poem written only to you. 

You Are Fucking Fabulous Tier
$666 or more per month only 1 left

You Cray Cray! But I love you for being that way. Here’s the deal, I will come visit you if you live in the continental United States. You can buy me dinner. Saltines or steak. Whatever. We can chat. We can make up stories about other people. We can laugh. We can cry.  We can take and post selfies. Think of it. Alone time with my crazy self. Plus all previous rewards!