Dirck de Lint

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Dirck de Lint-- EXPLAIN YOURSELF!  TELL US WHAT YOU DO!  What to I do...?  I suppose "hide in my basement and make low straining noises" isn't what this profile is looking for, although that does describe a certain amount of the creative process as I understand it.  What I do, or at least the element of what I do that brings me here, is writing.  I've been writing for my own satisfaction for a long time, and like a lot of writers have been very embarrassed by this habit and hidden it away from polite society. However, I have recently reviewed this approach to writing and realized that it lacks a central element of the writing process.

Readers.

Writing, like quantum particles and slime-dripping closet monsters, can hardly be said to exist without some external observer.  I have decided that it's time for my writing to exist.  For a couple of years now, I've been working not just at writing, but at writing that is presentable.  Beta-readers to whom I am not related have given me encouragement, so I've set up a place where the output of my effort can at last come under public scrutiny.

Now... the reason I'm here on Patreon is that I do something else that about 75% of North America's population pursues.  I struggle.  I'm the sole pay-cheque generator in the family, and while in 1975 the set-up of my household would work wonderfully, it's problematic in this new millennium.  As my wife is too asthmatic and my son too young to put them down a mine and help out (and the cats simply refuse to as much as get a paper route, the free-loaders), it would be delightful to see the art I'd like to make my full-time job bring a little extra money into our house along with the joy if brings to me and, hopefully, the unsettling shivers it brings to others.

UPDATE:  I've re-assessed my approach to the attempt to squeeze money out of writing (regarding which I go into more depth elsewhere), and what has developed is a stronger devotion to more traditional approaches.  I have thus pulled in my horns here; fewer promises of reward for patrons.  I'm still writing, I'm still apt to gush at any small expressions of support, but since one of the big perks I was offering was early access to new material and I'm now saving the first publication rights on most of that stuff, it seems unwise to shout about such things.  But I will still gush.  I guarantee that.
Tiers
Vital Spark
$1 or more per month
  • An ephemeral but nonetheless sincere e-mail of thanks.
Revelatory Flicker
$2 or more per month
  • An equally ephemeral email of thanks...
  • ...but in the form of a hand-written note scanned and attached.
Beckoning Glow
$5 or more per month
  • The transitory email of thanks...
  • ...which will likewise include a scanned hand-written note.
  • That note will, a short time later, appear in your actual mail.  Not only a quaint throwback to bygone days of non-electronic communication, but very nearly a hand-shake (or a hug, whichever you please); consider that the paper I write on is an artifact we will both have had our hands on!
Steady Beam
$10 or more per month
  • All of the wonderful nonsense the $5 level offers, plus the right to suggest (once, upon becoming a patron) a theme a flash story of about 1000 words.  That story will be previewed to patrons only for a full month ahead of public availability.
Golden Radiance
$25 or more per month
  • All the $5 level benefits, plus the right to suggest (once, upon becoming a patron) an theme for a short story of about 3000 words.
  • A preview of that story, even before the other patrons have a look.
Unearthly Effulgence
$50 or more per month
  • All that the $25 level would bring, plus...
  • Double the size of story.  More or less.  It's not a precisely measured stock to cut a chunk from, after all; around 6000 words.
  • Consultation on the second draft-- you get to be the first beta-reader.
Muse of Fire
$100 or more per month
  • All that the $50 level brings, plus...
  • The fountain pen with which the first draft was written, tuned and tamed by me-- because when I'm not writing or trapped at The Regular Job, I repair fountain pens and urge other people to try them (honest!  Try googling my name, and see if fountain pens aren't entangled in the results).
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With a regular income from the the place I'm presenting my writing, I can remove the small but vexing ads that are the default state of WordPress.
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Dirck de Lint-- EXPLAIN YOURSELF!  TELL US WHAT YOU DO!  What to I do...?  I suppose "hide in my basement and make low straining noises" isn't what this profile is looking for, although that does describe a certain amount of the creative process as I understand it.  What I do, or at least the element of what I do that brings me here, is writing.  I've been writing for my own satisfaction for a long time, and like a lot of writers have been very embarrassed by this habit and hidden it away from polite society. However, I have recently reviewed this approach to writing and realized that it lacks a central element of the writing process.

Readers.

Writing, like quantum particles and slime-dripping closet monsters, can hardly be said to exist without some external observer.  I have decided that it's time for my writing to exist.  For a couple of years now, I've been working not just at writing, but at writing that is presentable.  Beta-readers to whom I am not related have given me encouragement, so I've set up a place where the output of my effort can at last come under public scrutiny.

Now... the reason I'm here on Patreon is that I do something else that about 75% of North America's population pursues.  I struggle.  I'm the sole pay-cheque generator in the family, and while in 1975 the set-up of my household would work wonderfully, it's problematic in this new millennium.  As my wife is too asthmatic and my son too young to put them down a mine and help out (and the cats simply refuse to as much as get a paper route, the free-loaders), it would be delightful to see the art I'd like to make my full-time job bring a little extra money into our house along with the joy if brings to me and, hopefully, the unsettling shivers it brings to others.

UPDATE:  I've re-assessed my approach to the attempt to squeeze money out of writing (regarding which I go into more depth elsewhere), and what has developed is a stronger devotion to more traditional approaches.  I have thus pulled in my horns here; fewer promises of reward for patrons.  I'm still writing, I'm still apt to gush at any small expressions of support, but since one of the big perks I was offering was early access to new material and I'm now saving the first publication rights on most of that stuff, it seems unwise to shout about such things.  But I will still gush.  I guarantee that.

Recent posts by Dirck de Lint

Tiers
Vital Spark
$1 or more per month
  • An ephemeral but nonetheless sincere e-mail of thanks.
Revelatory Flicker
$2 or more per month
  • An equally ephemeral email of thanks...
  • ...but in the form of a hand-written note scanned and attached.
Beckoning Glow
$5 or more per month
  • The transitory email of thanks...
  • ...which will likewise include a scanned hand-written note.
  • That note will, a short time later, appear in your actual mail.  Not only a quaint throwback to bygone days of non-electronic communication, but very nearly a hand-shake (or a hug, whichever you please); consider that the paper I write on is an artifact we will both have had our hands on!
Steady Beam
$10 or more per month
  • All of the wonderful nonsense the $5 level offers, plus the right to suggest (once, upon becoming a patron) a theme a flash story of about 1000 words.  That story will be previewed to patrons only for a full month ahead of public availability.
Golden Radiance
$25 or more per month
  • All the $5 level benefits, plus the right to suggest (once, upon becoming a patron) an theme for a short story of about 3000 words.
  • A preview of that story, even before the other patrons have a look.
Unearthly Effulgence
$50 or more per month
  • All that the $25 level would bring, plus...
  • Double the size of story.  More or less.  It's not a precisely measured stock to cut a chunk from, after all; around 6000 words.
  • Consultation on the second draft-- you get to be the first beta-reader.
Muse of Fire
$100 or more per month
  • All that the $50 level brings, plus...
  • The fountain pen with which the first draft was written, tuned and tamed by me-- because when I'm not writing or trapped at The Regular Job, I repair fountain pens and urge other people to try them (honest!  Try googling my name, and see if fountain pens aren't entangled in the results).