Supporting me and want to support my friends? Not supporting me but looking for other people who'd be worthy of your money? Here's three Patreons I support not just because they're my friends, but because they're out here doing amazing work and are WAY more prolific than I am so you'll really get your money's worth. This list is alphabetical, not ranked.
Billy Martin. Billy used to write fiction under the name Poppy Z Brite but now he's currently working on a non-fiction study of religion and spirituality in the works of Stephen King. Deep stuff.
Kill by Kill just started their Patreon and it's worth subscribing to it and to their podcast. The podcast is pretty specific -- discussing the characters and deaths of every Friday the 13th movie (with some bonus episodes for things like Student Bodies and Commando) and doing so with great one-liners and some really questionable phrases. Hashtag - getbunked
Lorena Haldeman is writing science fiction/space opera stuff as only the daughter/niece of science fiction writers can. That is to say, with excellence. There's also posts about her cats and her OTHER work -- knitting and ceramics. She makes me feel like a total slacker.
Please check them out. I think you'll like them.
There’s a post over on my Patreon that’s available to everyone, patron or not. It’s a short story I wrote back in 2009 or so. It’s one of my mom’s favorites. Check it out! Become a patron if you like, because I’ll be posting fiction there.
You can also just bookmark it to read it because I’ll be updating that more often than this poor, neglected blog.
If anyone knows how I can import my Patreon feed into a Squarespace website, let me know. I’d love to keep everything in one place.
This year started strong. I did a pretty good job of staying close to my daily wordcount and I had a good run of days in a row where I wrote. I finished the first chapter. I liked what was going on. I wasn't sure where it was going to continue to go, but it was going at least.
And then the internet went out in the house for a week. That was irritating.
And the election happened. That was heartbreaking and scary.
And then work got unexpectedly busy. That was kind of okay but tiring.
And then my significant other got incredibly sick.
We spent the night before Thanksgiving in the ER. He was admitted. Until today he was in the ICU. He's getting better now but I've been stressed and worried and trying to take care of the stuff that he usually does, the stuff I usually do, and trying not to fall apart completely because we are talking scary, incredibly sick. The good news is he's moving to a regular room today and hopefully he'll be home by Monday.
So as far as NaNoWriMo goes, what I'll probably do is edit what I've written, call it a short story, and release it on Patreon. If you're not already a patron, now would be a good time. You're guaranteed a short story of about 3000 words that no one else will have read or will ever read.
I'm really hoping that starting in December I can get back on track. Maybe it's time to try something new with the writing - put the Pardoner stories back in the trunk for a while.
Over on my Patreon page I'm doing a series of posts for patrons-only. For as little as a dollar a month you can get 30 short stories or scenes. It was supposed to be one a day for 30 days, but this week the non-writing life got a little stressful and while sitting down to write would have been a great stress reliever, sleep was also a pretty tempting stress-reliever. Also on Wednesdays the channel ION has a Law & Order (mothership) Marathon. I'm still going to do the 30-topic challenge, but it's obvious that it's not going to be a daily thing.
I do a lot of writing longhand when I have some downtime at work: waiting for SQL queries to execute, while processes are running, and during lunch. So when work is busy I don't always get those chances. When it's busy at work I don't really have the attention span or the energy to spend more time at a computer typing things.
This means I'm also way behind on my Cannonball Read reviews. I'm only seven books behind in my reviews because I'm not reading a lot either. So I'm actually fourteen books behind, because I have seven to review and I have seven to read to catch up with where I should be in order to read 52 books this year.
The year is just about half over. Time to finally start all those New Year's resolutions and keep moving forward.
Don't forget. I have a Patreon page. Right now the Spouse is off work recovering from surgery to repair a broken collarbone. If he doesn't work, he doesn't get paid (he's part-time). So throwing a little extra income in this direction will really help. Even just a dollar or two a month!
I'm working on figuring out what to do for rewards for patrons. Normally, if you pledge $10 I'll write you a short story about almost anything you ask. They'll be made available to all the patrons. Right now, in an effort to get some more support going, if you pledge $3.00 or more I'll make you the same offer -- make the pledge and then tell me what you want me to write. It'll then be made available to all patrons.
My Patreon Page is here: https://www.patreon.com/MorganFerdinand
I'm on Patreon now.
I'm really hoping that knowing that people out there are interested in seeing what happens with Nick and Alex will get me back into the writing groove. I fell out of it last year and it got much worse through the last quarter of 2015 when the spouse fell ill. Focusing on work and worrying about him left me little time to think about writing.
He's improving now and I have a little more time for myself and the urge to write is coming back.
And let's not mince words -- money is a strong motivator. People can talk about writing for the sake of art or writing because their soul demands it, but being able to pay for meds and cat food, or being able to replace the broken coffee maker is also a great incentive.
There are rewards for different donation levels, but every donation gets something. You can donate a dollar a month and still get the short stories, character sketches, and other weird little things.
If you can donate, thanks! If you can't, I totally get it. I can't afford to back all the creators I want to, either. But no matter what, please share this if you can.