Jordan Lewis Michelson is creating High-Quality American Literature
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Before you take out your credit card, punch some numbers into a prompt field, and transfer a portion of digital code from one place to another, you will have questions. Actually, just one question repeated: Why? At first it will just be "Why Jordan?" but then you may ask "Why Me?" and eventually, if you keep on asking questions, you will find yourself in a cold sweat shouting "Why Anything?" while contemplating the dark, vast, eternal galaxy of your soul.

Conveniently, you will find all the answers below:

1. Why Jordan?
Because I'm here. On Patreon. Telling you about a dream I've had for the better part of two decades. One where the words that ricochet around my head are given direction and purpose, allowed to form sharp sentences that progress into noble paragraphs, then witty chapters, and eventually into a bestselling trilogy and a movie starring Benedict Cumberbatch and Jennifer Lawrence, with Ice-T in there somewhere for good measure. Because what movie wouldn't be improved by an Ice-T cameo?

Of course, it doesn't really work like that. Having spent the better part of two years cranking out the better part of four unfinished novellas, I can assure you that it doesn't work anything like that. The way it works is this: you sit down in a chair at a desk (or a table), unhinge your mind the way a snake unhinges his jaw, and you let the dark, vast, eternal galaxy of your soul babble out of you until it fills a college-ruled yellow pad or three-ring binder. Then you cut out the gems of genius for later, type up the sparknotes version of what remains, and drink a lot of gin tonics.

Money will be spent on gin tonics. It will be spent on bad coffee. It will be spent on Tango Mango burritos and Sichuan dry-rub bowls and ingredients for cheese and tomato sandwiches. It will be spent on 1" binders and college-ruled paper and Pilot G-2 pens (.7 and 1.0 preferably). It will be spent on prescriptions and copays and physical therapy, mostly for my ACL-deficient knee, which don't worry is on track to a hundred percent recovery. By next September.

Mostly, the money will be spent on health insurance. That's why my first benchmark goal is $479 a month, which is what health insurance costs me. Crazy, right? As a reasonably healthy 26-year-old, albeit with the questionable knee and occasional cubital tunnel syndrome in my writing arm. Still... $479. Absurd but true.

Of course, anything preceded by a dollar sign is just a number. The real metric is how many people are aboard the ship. The real dream is engagement. A buzzword, sure - but like most buzzwords, it rests upon something real. Something human. We are building something human here; you and I, we and you. Something like a community, something like a study group, something like a team.

Because together we can build something. Create something. Something like a pantheon: a temple built upon the moral matrices of modern living. Yes: we are building here a pantheon. A pantheon to what, you ask? What deities or heroes, idols or philosophies, will inhabit the halls of our new world? But of course, there is only one way to know. We will build it first, then wait and see who shows.

2. Why You?
Because you can. You have the capacity. You have the spare dollar and the thirty spare seconds to punch numbers into a prompt field. You have the willpower to overcome that inertial sense of dread, the one that resists you the way a fidget spinner resists description, the wispy voice that insists upon a default option of "do nothing, it will all work out." You have the agency to act, to think, to do. You are able.

Because you believe. You believe that writing is art, and that art is beautiful, and that beauty is magic; that it can change the human condition. You believe literature is more than long clickbait and that libraries inoculate us against something unsavory; and that said inoculation is always ticking toward expiration. You believe, furthermore, that my writing has a spark of magic; or at least the potential for it. You believe in me. Thank you.

Because you want to. You want sneak peeks and previews. You want short stories and poems. You want to see the farcical The Ultimately Insignificant Adventures of Dorjan the Swordsman and Joe the Life Insurance Sales Rep come to fruition; or the slipstream Chasing Silver Butterflies about the only unhappy citizen in Paradise; or the Lennon-and-Lenin-inspired u/dystopia Nothing to Kill or Die For. You want to turn on HBO to see the latest happenings in the post-U.S. America of sci-fi fantasy epic The Shepherd and The Wolf. You want words. You want warm and deft and beautiful words.

Because it will make you happy. Only do this if it will make you happy. If you anticipate, after you finish filling out the entry fields, a little tingly feeling all up and down your spine - especially at the top of your neck, where all the important things connect. That tingly feeling, which is so often described as warm and fuzzy, but is really more of an electric thrill: the sensation of being effectual, of being a part of something, of playing the butterfly effect on the stage of human history. If it will make you happy, do it.

3. Why Anything?
Because. Now sign up, already.
Tiers
Well-wisher
$1 or more per month
Thank you for your well-wishes, well-wisher! You will be a welcome witness to my attempts at wit and wile. Words will be written, and we will whistle while we... something something whatever. Warm regards, you're wonderful!


Includes

  • Monthly Update Letter 
  • Book Release Party Invitation
Buddy
$4 or more per month
You are a true buddy. A real pal. A helluva chum. You'd be a mate in Australia, a comrade in the USSR, a homie on American television. Whatever your title, the effect is the same: you have my back, and my thanks. Thanks, yo! 


Includes

  • Monthly Update Letter
  • Book Release Party Invite
  • Being My Bud (moral victory)
Patron
$8 or more per month
Patron (n.) - a benefactor, an advocate, or the frequenter of an establishment. You get to be all three, because you will gain access to monthly content and sneak previews of my current project. You get to support the content, consume the content, and spread the word so that all your friends know what we're doing here on this particular Patreon. A tip of the hat to you, patron. Hope you enjoy.


Includes

  • Monthly Update Letter
  • Book Release Party Invite
  • Monthly Original Content (after 25 followers)
Champion
$16 or more per month
You are a champion. A bona fide white knight. Slaying dragons and aiding damsels in distress (is that me?) and eating big meaty drumsticks around a cackling fire. Above and beyond, that's your mantra. You're taking this on your shoulders and carrying it into the sunset. As a real hero or heroine, you will receive monthly gratitudes. Starting with this: Thank you.


Includes


  • Monthly Update Letter
  • Book Release Party Invite
  • Monthly Original Content (after 25 followers)
  • Your Name in the Thank-You Section of Upcoming Publication
Just Showing Off
$32 or more per month
If you choose this path, you have accumulated a degree of success in one arena or another; the kind that comes with enough financial recompense to throw a few Hamiltons my way. You require nothing additional for your generosity, because this is a victory lap, a statement of triumph. You're just showing off at this point. Touche.


Includes

  • Monthly Update Letter
  • Book Release Party Invite
  • Monthly Original Content (after 25 followers)
  • Your Name in the Thank-You Section of Upcoming Publication
Goals
2 of 10 patrons
Short-term goal. Let's get some people on this and I'll start sending out monthly updates on what I'm up to. Provide your email for said updates.
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Before you take out your credit card, punch some numbers into a prompt field, and transfer a portion of digital code from one place to another, you will have questions. Actually, just one question repeated: Why? At first it will just be "Why Jordan?" but then you may ask "Why Me?" and eventually, if you keep on asking questions, you will find yourself in a cold sweat shouting "Why Anything?" while contemplating the dark, vast, eternal galaxy of your soul.

Conveniently, you will find all the answers below:

1. Why Jordan?
Because I'm here. On Patreon. Telling you about a dream I've had for the better part of two decades. One where the words that ricochet around my head are given direction and purpose, allowed to form sharp sentences that progress into noble paragraphs, then witty chapters, and eventually into a bestselling trilogy and a movie starring Benedict Cumberbatch and Jennifer Lawrence, with Ice-T in there somewhere for good measure. Because what movie wouldn't be improved by an Ice-T cameo?

Of course, it doesn't really work like that. Having spent the better part of two years cranking out the better part of four unfinished novellas, I can assure you that it doesn't work anything like that. The way it works is this: you sit down in a chair at a desk (or a table), unhinge your mind the way a snake unhinges his jaw, and you let the dark, vast, eternal galaxy of your soul babble out of you until it fills a college-ruled yellow pad or three-ring binder. Then you cut out the gems of genius for later, type up the sparknotes version of what remains, and drink a lot of gin tonics.

Money will be spent on gin tonics. It will be spent on bad coffee. It will be spent on Tango Mango burritos and Sichuan dry-rub bowls and ingredients for cheese and tomato sandwiches. It will be spent on 1" binders and college-ruled paper and Pilot G-2 pens (.7 and 1.0 preferably). It will be spent on prescriptions and copays and physical therapy, mostly for my ACL-deficient knee, which don't worry is on track to a hundred percent recovery. By next September.

Mostly, the money will be spent on health insurance. That's why my first benchmark goal is $479 a month, which is what health insurance costs me. Crazy, right? As a reasonably healthy 26-year-old, albeit with the questionable knee and occasional cubital tunnel syndrome in my writing arm. Still... $479. Absurd but true.

Of course, anything preceded by a dollar sign is just a number. The real metric is how many people are aboard the ship. The real dream is engagement. A buzzword, sure - but like most buzzwords, it rests upon something real. Something human. We are building something human here; you and I, we and you. Something like a community, something like a study group, something like a team.

Because together we can build something. Create something. Something like a pantheon: a temple built upon the moral matrices of modern living. Yes: we are building here a pantheon. A pantheon to what, you ask? What deities or heroes, idols or philosophies, will inhabit the halls of our new world? But of course, there is only one way to know. We will build it first, then wait and see who shows.

2. Why You?
Because you can. You have the capacity. You have the spare dollar and the thirty spare seconds to punch numbers into a prompt field. You have the willpower to overcome that inertial sense of dread, the one that resists you the way a fidget spinner resists description, the wispy voice that insists upon a default option of "do nothing, it will all work out." You have the agency to act, to think, to do. You are able.

Because you believe. You believe that writing is art, and that art is beautiful, and that beauty is magic; that it can change the human condition. You believe literature is more than long clickbait and that libraries inoculate us against something unsavory; and that said inoculation is always ticking toward expiration. You believe, furthermore, that my writing has a spark of magic; or at least the potential for it. You believe in me. Thank you.

Because you want to. You want sneak peeks and previews. You want short stories and poems. You want to see the farcical The Ultimately Insignificant Adventures of Dorjan the Swordsman and Joe the Life Insurance Sales Rep come to fruition; or the slipstream Chasing Silver Butterflies about the only unhappy citizen in Paradise; or the Lennon-and-Lenin-inspired u/dystopia Nothing to Kill or Die For. You want to turn on HBO to see the latest happenings in the post-U.S. America of sci-fi fantasy epic The Shepherd and The Wolf. You want words. You want warm and deft and beautiful words.

Because it will make you happy. Only do this if it will make you happy. If you anticipate, after you finish filling out the entry fields, a little tingly feeling all up and down your spine - especially at the top of your neck, where all the important things connect. That tingly feeling, which is so often described as warm and fuzzy, but is really more of an electric thrill: the sensation of being effectual, of being a part of something, of playing the butterfly effect on the stage of human history. If it will make you happy, do it.

3. Why Anything?
Because. Now sign up, already.

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Tiers
Well-wisher
$1 or more per month
Thank you for your well-wishes, well-wisher! You will be a welcome witness to my attempts at wit and wile. Words will be written, and we will whistle while we... something something whatever. Warm regards, you're wonderful!


Includes

  • Monthly Update Letter 
  • Book Release Party Invitation
Buddy
$4 or more per month
You are a true buddy. A real pal. A helluva chum. You'd be a mate in Australia, a comrade in the USSR, a homie on American television. Whatever your title, the effect is the same: you have my back, and my thanks. Thanks, yo! 


Includes

  • Monthly Update Letter
  • Book Release Party Invite
  • Being My Bud (moral victory)
Patron
$8 or more per month
Patron (n.) - a benefactor, an advocate, or the frequenter of an establishment. You get to be all three, because you will gain access to monthly content and sneak previews of my current project. You get to support the content, consume the content, and spread the word so that all your friends know what we're doing here on this particular Patreon. A tip of the hat to you, patron. Hope you enjoy.


Includes

  • Monthly Update Letter
  • Book Release Party Invite
  • Monthly Original Content (after 25 followers)
Champion
$16 or more per month
You are a champion. A bona fide white knight. Slaying dragons and aiding damsels in distress (is that me?) and eating big meaty drumsticks around a cackling fire. Above and beyond, that's your mantra. You're taking this on your shoulders and carrying it into the sunset. As a real hero or heroine, you will receive monthly gratitudes. Starting with this: Thank you.


Includes


  • Monthly Update Letter
  • Book Release Party Invite
  • Monthly Original Content (after 25 followers)
  • Your Name in the Thank-You Section of Upcoming Publication
Just Showing Off
$32 or more per month
If you choose this path, you have accumulated a degree of success in one arena or another; the kind that comes with enough financial recompense to throw a few Hamiltons my way. You require nothing additional for your generosity, because this is a victory lap, a statement of triumph. You're just showing off at this point. Touche.


Includes

  • Monthly Update Letter
  • Book Release Party Invite
  • Monthly Original Content (after 25 followers)
  • Your Name in the Thank-You Section of Upcoming Publication