Two blog posts in one week?! Apparently I have a lot to say right now. Either that or I’m procrastinating in order to avoid writing a tricksy scene in my WIP…hmm. Could be that too.
I DO have something to say though, and that is this:
The idea of setting up a Patreon page has been something I’ve mused over for a while now, and in great depth (as my poor partner will attest to). I’ve read success stories, not-so-success stories, how-to articles. I’ve mulled over what it means to be a ‘creator’ and the pros and cons of asking people to fund your creativity (which is essentially what Patreon does). I’ve spent literal hours debating all of this and more, and then finally, on his way out of the house this evening (no doubt happy to be escaping yet more hmming and ahhing on my part) my boyfriend said “just do it!” And so…I did?! Apparently Nike really were onto something with that, huh?
In an ideal world (Ha! Hahahahahahaha) I wouldn’t need to ask for financial support to write, but clearly this is not that world. I am not a starving writer (yet) but the reality is that without some form of patronage or a lottery win (and I don’t gamble, so that seems…unlikely), I will probably need to start looking for a second job on top of my library post soon. Two part-time jobs, two small children, a chronic health condition and spiraling anxiety doesn’t seem like a recipe for success though, and certainly not a scenario in which I imagine my creativity will flourish. Hence, I have finally bit the bullet and set up a Patreon.
To be honest, given my online following (all ten of you reading this) I doubt I’ll be the next Amanda Palmer style success story, but nonetheless I have set a goal of $500 (annoyingly, Patreon only works in dollars, for those of you who can’t convert in your head- like me, that’s about £400) because if I were to get enough patrons to reach that amount, it would mean that I could forgo the ‘second job’ idea and just concentrate on being- well, me. I.e. raising my boys, being the best goddam Saturday girl the library ever had, continuing to be a CIDP warrior, and- of course- writing. Whether that’s blog posts, novels or short stories- just getting my words out there.
So, there you have it. If you’ve got $1 to spare (that’s 80p to us UK folk) you can become my patron. And if you haven’t, it’s all good- I’ll still be here, wittering away when the mood strikes me.