Indy Indieis creating Fantasy, Sci-fi, Speculative and literary Fiction.
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Your pledge at this level would stabilize my basic income through a widely distributed pledge floor allowing me to spend more time writing and less time working.
You will have access to my micro fiction and writing exercises published monthly.
Your $2 patronage would provide an even greater boost to my income.
You get all the stuff from above plus access to my plot work for my new novels - I will post at least once per month
You will get all the above rewards plus you will get to read my draft chapters as I finish them.
You will be listed on my acknowledgement page of the new novels I write.
Let me tell you a bit about myself.
I am a nurse who works part time in an operating theatre. My knees are really bad and I am patiently waiting for replacements. I don't know how much longer I will be able to do my job.
Fortunately I am passionate about writing. Some readers consider my writing to be quite good. But I want to improve so I am taking some courses written by Holly Lisle. I find her inspirational and have a feeling she will be able to bring out the author in me.
I am also passionate about basic income. I support basic income activists and do what I can to bring information to the wider audience. By doing this I hope to stimulate debate and informed affirmative action around the topic.
So why have I opened up a page on Patreon?
I want to show that a basic income can free ordinary people up to be creative. Writing is my creativity so that is the medium I will be using to allow that to happen. I plan to let my patrons look over my shoulder as I learn the process of writing from Holly. They will get to watch as I plan and write a novel. Who knows after that - a trilogy maybe?
What will this project mean to me?
It will help to fund my learning and my first book. Some will cover the costs of writing classes, the rest will help me to turn down extra shifts at the hospital in favor of writing, allowing me to write my book without worrying about how to pay the next bill.
I have calculated that I would need $1300 USD a month for an effective basic income. The poverty line in Australia is $1800 AUD a month which works out to just over $1300 USD at current exchange rates. I am campaigning for a basic income rate of $1800 a month in Australia at the moment. So to make things realistic I have chosen $1300 a month USD.
To borrow from Scott Santens who said it far more eloquently than I could have:
So what is this book I am writing?
Simply - I don't know yet! I know that sounds crazy but I do know that the book lies deep within my heart and will be written regardless of any support I get. Your support will make it much easier for me and bring it to publication much faster. Your support will also spur me on to find my inner muse and get on with writing instead of procrastinating. Supporters will get to read over my shoulder as I plan and write this book. Just in case you are worried that I am deluded, I have written a literary novella as well as a fantasy novel in the past. I am still struggling through endless rewrites of the fantasy novel since I decided to turn it into a trilogy.
If you would like to see a sample of my writing you can always look at my fictionalised semi autobiography Requiem's echo. https://www.amazon.com/dp/B017UN07FW if you support me for $10 or more I will send you a signed, print copy of the book free.
Then there are a couple of articles about basic income on Medium. https://medium.com/@fifinix59
What will you get out of supporting me?
Well outside of the philanthropic satisfaction attached to your generosity, all those who support me for $1 or more will get access to my regular writing exercises from the Holly Lisle courses. Those who support at higher levels will watch my novel unfold before their eyes, and those who offer $10 a month will receive a signed print copy of the finished novel.
Everything that goes around, comes around. So who am I supporting?
* Scott Santens because he does so much for basic income
Holly Lisle because her writing and classes inspire me