At the suggestion of some friends, I have created a Patreon account! Patreon is essentially like Kickstarter in that it is crowdfunding, but in this case it also hearkens back to the old patronage system. I’m asking my supporters for a monthly contribution to help me create my creative works, in return for perks and bonuses.
Of particular interest to Toy Soldier Saga fans:
- Even a $1 pledge gives you exclusive access to my Patron feed. You get first notice for everything I produce: writing, music, YouTube videos, columns, books; you name it. You also get exclusive behind-the-scenes information and patron-only video content.
- $5 gives you one of two options: a) In addition to exclusive access to my Patron feed, I will send you a free song of your choice. I will need to know how to contact you. b) In addition to exclusive access to my Patron feed, I will send you a free e-copy of my fan-fiction book “A Few Good Elves.” You will also be eligible to receive my print fan-fiction books when that milestone is reached. I will need to know how to contact you.
- At $25: In addition to exclusive access to my Patron feed, and eligibility to receive my print fan-fiction books when that milestone is reached, I will send you mp3s of all of my current Pagan or filk music (please specify). I will need to know how to contact you. Anyone who pledges at this level for at least three months will also receive mp3s of either the Gallows Hill goth rock EP (for the “Pagans”) or the Avalon Burning gothic metal EP (for the “filkers”).
Yes, this is my way of getting those print books out to you without challenging Wizards’ copyright. Technically the borrowing of fan material like this is still not allowed, but note I’m not making any money on the books, nor do I intend to: this will be my way of personally thanking my Patrons, and they are gifts or milestone goals for Patrons only. I was inspired to this idea by the plethora of amazing, professionally-produced Star Trek movies available through Kickstarter programs. They are all not-for-profit endeavours, supported by fans and even the original Star Trek actors. I figured this wasn’t any different!
In other updates, “A Few Good Elves” is currently undergoing a professional edit, and will be made available in chapters on FanFiction.net, where many other fanfic writers have tracked the interest of the professionals. If I do, and if Wizards does decide they want to publish the Toy Soldier Saga, I will take it down everywhere it has appeared, so this may be your only opportunity to pick up the original. Note that because of FanFiction.net’s policies, my infamous Chapter 15 will *not* be available on that site, and there may be other “edited for content” cuts. I will let you know as soon as it’s posted!
In further updates, I have indeed decided to go ahead with Book Five, “The Mandate of Arvandor,” and am actively working on a promo Machinima video for it (which also helps me to clarify my thoughts and visualizations.)
Now, how’s the writing going? Slow. Slow because I find myself faced with the David Weber dilemma. I am in position where it’s important to explain the nuts and bolts of the goings on of the War, but I want to avoid the tedious infodumps that Weber is infamous for. Finding that balance is delicate, but I am plugging away at it.
That’s all the news that’s news for now. 🙂