Yancy Lael is creating fairy tales, fiction, and art
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My name is Yancy Lael. I'm a writer, artist, photographer, and educator. I started writing at 10 years old, though throughout my life, I largely kept my creative projects to myself. It wasn't until I was in my late thirties that I finally gave myself permission to start putting my work into the world. And now that I'm in my 40's, I'm taking an even greater leap and asking the universe to support my work.

My work

I started my writing career with my very first novel, The Poison Box (though it started out with a different title and concept). However, it took me over 15 years to build up the courage to share The Poison Box with the world. It is my beloved "firstborn," a project that makes me feel proud. This book taught me how to be a writer.


I am also the creator of Briarlore, a series of illustrated fairy tales for adults. The Briarlore tales always take place in or near the woods (my most favorite place to be) and are laced with themes and imagery from folk and fairy tales. Each one includes an illustrated story, an essay, and a recipe. I wanted to share my love of nature and fairy tales with the world through these books, and also remind people of the magic and beauty of nature.


You might also know me from my projects with great horned owls, like  The Owler's Notebook, and my children's book, The Reluctant Owlet. I'm passionate about the outdoors and I love to share that passion with others - especially children, who, in this day and age, so often suffer from "nature deficit disorder."

You might even know my work from my days in the natural skincare industry, when I owned a bath and body shop called Five Seed. During my time there, so many customers asked me to share my big skincare secrets, and I ended up writing a whole book about it -  Soulful Skincare, which proudly made a stir in the natural beauty world. 

Why I'm on Patreon

I have been devoted to my craft since I was 10 years old, faithfully writing out my stories longhand in the days before I had a laptop, and later spending time every week on my manuscripts. For most of my life, I lived with the belief that my creative work was just a fun distraction from real life.

Since I've entered my 40's, I've challenged myself to believe otherwise. Middle age is a wakeup call. There isn't time, anymore, to put my work aside. Now is the time to dive in, as deeply as I can.

My basic goal: My first challenge has been that I make so little off my work that it doesn't even pay for itself. I have always paid for my website, post office box, and other modest business costs out of my own pocket. I would like to see that change and be able to consistently pay all my business costs from the profits of my work. In other words, I'd like to start with just breaking even!

My midlevel goal: My second challenge is my equipment. I'm working with pretty old technology which makes for slow-going projects. I would like to find a way to upgrade my technology in order to help me create better and faster.

My strrrrrrretch goal: Lastly, and most importantly, I want to be audacious enough to ask the universe to compensate me for my work. I'm constantly creating, constantly putting out content, but it's very slow going, because I've had to pursue other work in the past in order to pay the bills. I realize what a challenge this is for all artists, and I want to be on the forefront of the movement to reclaim our worth in society. I also want to see more intimacy between artists and their supporters. So often, we are only faces on a website or the back of a book. Wouldn't it be wonderful to know and love our readers and supporters?

What I'm working on now

I always have at least half a dozen projects in the "queue." But here's what's on the immediate horizon.

1. The next book in the Briarlore series. I'm not ready to share much yet, but this book is almost done and will be released in autumn 2019.

2. The third book in the Briarlore series. In order to keep on a consistent schedule, I need to finish the next story in the series by the end of the summer, and complete illustrations by the end of autumn. As I write this, I'm about 1/3 of the way through the rough draft.

3. The sequel of The Poison Box. This book came to me fast and hard. The first draft is almost complete but it'll take about a year of hardcore editing to make it ready for publication.

4. A new children's book. I'm only toying with this idea, currently, which means it'll either simmer for a few more months, or I'll have one completed in a few months. (That's just the way my creative process goes - lightning quick or achingly slow!)

5. Online classes. I have a couple ideas for some online classes I'd like to launch, but I haven't had much time to spend on development.

The Y behind it all

As I've gotten older, I've come to believe that it's essential to be able to answer the question: Why do you do what you do? (Or in my case, "Y.")

  • I want to make beautiful things that bring people joy, pleasure, and comfort.
  • I want to participate in the creation and distribution of magic.
  • I want to help people remember their connection to nature and how much nature needs our love, care, and protection.
  • I want to honor the fact that every living being in this world has a story, and that that story is an essential piece of the tapestry of creation.
  • I want to love and be loved through the practice of creativity.
  • I want to spark the creativity spirit in everyone who comes in contact with my work.

Thank you

Your support means more to me than I can say. Even as a writer, I'm at a loss for words. I hope that you see my appreciation and love for you in everything that I create. And I'm honored for this chance to connect with you on a deeper level. Blessings. <3
                
Tiers
The Glowing Ember
$1 or more per month

Vasalisa faces the terrifying Baba Yaga in order to get an ember with which to light and sustain her hearthfire. Even the smallest contributions can make a huge difference. 


At this level, you will be listed as a patron on my website and in the acknowledgment section of any books I publish during your patronage.

The Spinning Wheel
$5 or more per month

Pricked by the spindle of the spinning wheel, Briar Rose falls into the depths of the creative unconscious, dreaming and discovering.


At this level, you will receive a poem each month as a PDF download, in addition to the previous level's perk.

The Seal Skin
$9 or more per month

A beautiful woman arises from the cold waters of the Atlantic, leaving her sleek sealskin on the sands of the Shetland coast. Just for moment, she thinks to herself. Just for a glimpse of this human world.


At this level, you'll receive a group tarot reading each month via video that delves into fairy and folk tale symbolism and messages about creativity, in addition to previous level rewards.

The Pear Tree
$13 or more per month

A generous pear tree in a magical orchard bends its boughs to the Handless Maiden, feeding her in her time of need.


This level is the "all access pass." You'll get sneak peeks at my projects, early access to new releases, and regular updates on what I'm working on. You'll also get all previous level rewards.

The Red Cloak
$18 or more per month

Beneath this hooded cloak, she navigates the dark of the woods, exploring its mysteries, facing its dangers, collecting its treasures.


At this level, you will receive one audiobook from my collection at the close of each year of patronage. You'll also get all previous level rewards.

The Crimson Thread
$24 or more per month

In the depths of the labyrinth, Theseus faces certain death at the hands of the Minotaur if he loses his way. Thankfully, he has Ariadne's red thread to guide him.

 

In addition to the previous levels' rewards, you'll also receive one digital download, in PDF format, of one of my Briarlore tales at the close of each year of your patronage.

The Poison Apple
$50 or more per month

You can't resist the temptation to take a bite out of this luscious, gleaming, plump red apple...


In addition to the previous levels' rewards, you'll also receive one of my signed Briarlore books at the close of each year of your patronage. 

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When I reach $50 a month, my work will start paying for itself! In celebration, I'll host a giveaway!
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My name is Yancy Lael. I'm a writer, artist, photographer, and educator. I started writing at 10 years old, though throughout my life, I largely kept my creative projects to myself. It wasn't until I was in my late thirties that I finally gave myself permission to start putting my work into the world. And now that I'm in my 40's, I'm taking an even greater leap and asking the universe to support my work.

My work

I started my writing career with my very first novel, The Poison Box (though it started out with a different title and concept). However, it took me over 15 years to build up the courage to share The Poison Box with the world. It is my beloved "firstborn," a project that makes me feel proud. This book taught me how to be a writer.


I am also the creator of Briarlore, a series of illustrated fairy tales for adults. The Briarlore tales always take place in or near the woods (my most favorite place to be) and are laced with themes and imagery from folk and fairy tales. Each one includes an illustrated story, an essay, and a recipe. I wanted to share my love of nature and fairy tales with the world through these books, and also remind people of the magic and beauty of nature.


You might also know me from my projects with great horned owls, like  The Owler's Notebook, and my children's book, The Reluctant Owlet. I'm passionate about the outdoors and I love to share that passion with others - especially children, who, in this day and age, so often suffer from "nature deficit disorder."

You might even know my work from my days in the natural skincare industry, when I owned a bath and body shop called Five Seed. During my time there, so many customers asked me to share my big skincare secrets, and I ended up writing a whole book about it -  Soulful Skincare, which proudly made a stir in the natural beauty world. 

Why I'm on Patreon

I have been devoted to my craft since I was 10 years old, faithfully writing out my stories longhand in the days before I had a laptop, and later spending time every week on my manuscripts. For most of my life, I lived with the belief that my creative work was just a fun distraction from real life.

Since I've entered my 40's, I've challenged myself to believe otherwise. Middle age is a wakeup call. There isn't time, anymore, to put my work aside. Now is the time to dive in, as deeply as I can.

My basic goal: My first challenge has been that I make so little off my work that it doesn't even pay for itself. I have always paid for my website, post office box, and other modest business costs out of my own pocket. I would like to see that change and be able to consistently pay all my business costs from the profits of my work. In other words, I'd like to start with just breaking even!

My midlevel goal: My second challenge is my equipment. I'm working with pretty old technology which makes for slow-going projects. I would like to find a way to upgrade my technology in order to help me create better and faster.

My strrrrrrretch goal: Lastly, and most importantly, I want to be audacious enough to ask the universe to compensate me for my work. I'm constantly creating, constantly putting out content, but it's very slow going, because I've had to pursue other work in the past in order to pay the bills. I realize what a challenge this is for all artists, and I want to be on the forefront of the movement to reclaim our worth in society. I also want to see more intimacy between artists and their supporters. So often, we are only faces on a website or the back of a book. Wouldn't it be wonderful to know and love our readers and supporters?

What I'm working on now

I always have at least half a dozen projects in the "queue." But here's what's on the immediate horizon.

1. The next book in the Briarlore series. I'm not ready to share much yet, but this book is almost done and will be released in autumn 2019.

2. The third book in the Briarlore series. In order to keep on a consistent schedule, I need to finish the next story in the series by the end of the summer, and complete illustrations by the end of autumn. As I write this, I'm about 1/3 of the way through the rough draft.

3. The sequel of The Poison Box. This book came to me fast and hard. The first draft is almost complete but it'll take about a year of hardcore editing to make it ready for publication.

4. A new children's book. I'm only toying with this idea, currently, which means it'll either simmer for a few more months, or I'll have one completed in a few months. (That's just the way my creative process goes - lightning quick or achingly slow!)

5. Online classes. I have a couple ideas for some online classes I'd like to launch, but I haven't had much time to spend on development.

The Y behind it all

As I've gotten older, I've come to believe that it's essential to be able to answer the question: Why do you do what you do? (Or in my case, "Y.")

  • I want to make beautiful things that bring people joy, pleasure, and comfort.
  • I want to participate in the creation and distribution of magic.
  • I want to help people remember their connection to nature and how much nature needs our love, care, and protection.
  • I want to honor the fact that every living being in this world has a story, and that that story is an essential piece of the tapestry of creation.
  • I want to love and be loved through the practice of creativity.
  • I want to spark the creativity spirit in everyone who comes in contact with my work.

Thank you

Your support means more to me than I can say. Even as a writer, I'm at a loss for words. I hope that you see my appreciation and love for you in everything that I create. And I'm honored for this chance to connect with you on a deeper level. Blessings. <3
                

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Tiers
The Glowing Ember
$1 or more per month

Vasalisa faces the terrifying Baba Yaga in order to get an ember with which to light and sustain her hearthfire. Even the smallest contributions can make a huge difference. 


At this level, you will be listed as a patron on my website and in the acknowledgment section of any books I publish during your patronage.

The Spinning Wheel
$5 or more per month

Pricked by the spindle of the spinning wheel, Briar Rose falls into the depths of the creative unconscious, dreaming and discovering.


At this level, you will receive a poem each month as a PDF download, in addition to the previous level's perk.

The Seal Skin
$9 or more per month

A beautiful woman arises from the cold waters of the Atlantic, leaving her sleek sealskin on the sands of the Shetland coast. Just for moment, she thinks to herself. Just for a glimpse of this human world.


At this level, you'll receive a group tarot reading each month via video that delves into fairy and folk tale symbolism and messages about creativity, in addition to previous level rewards.

The Pear Tree
$13 or more per month

A generous pear tree in a magical orchard bends its boughs to the Handless Maiden, feeding her in her time of need.


This level is the "all access pass." You'll get sneak peeks at my projects, early access to new releases, and regular updates on what I'm working on. You'll also get all previous level rewards.

The Red Cloak
$18 or more per month

Beneath this hooded cloak, she navigates the dark of the woods, exploring its mysteries, facing its dangers, collecting its treasures.


At this level, you will receive one audiobook from my collection at the close of each year of patronage. You'll also get all previous level rewards.

The Crimson Thread
$24 or more per month

In the depths of the labyrinth, Theseus faces certain death at the hands of the Minotaur if he loses his way. Thankfully, he has Ariadne's red thread to guide him.

 

In addition to the previous levels' rewards, you'll also receive one digital download, in PDF format, of one of my Briarlore tales at the close of each year of your patronage.

The Poison Apple
$50 or more per month

You can't resist the temptation to take a bite out of this luscious, gleaming, plump red apple...


In addition to the previous levels' rewards, you'll also receive one of my signed Briarlore books at the close of each year of your patronage.