a_man_in_black is creating Stories
473

patrons

$1,336
per month
I am me. I'm a nobody, or at least that is what I always thought. In my late thirties now, and I have never really done anything all that special with my life at first glance. Graduated High School with grades barely above average. Dropped out of college just short of a degree. I used to try to say there were reasons, and there definitely were some family things going on, but the honest truth now that I'm older is that I dropped out. Used to like to say I intended to go back, but I did not enjoy it while I was there and don't think I would now, almost twenty years later.

So I drifted around for over a decade. I always worked well enough to survive. An experienced cook and sous chef can almost always find livable work. The pace and variety kept it interesting. I may have never actually done anything noteworthy with my life, but I got by, and along the way I met more and more people. Some really good people, some really bad ones, but most seem to be a mashup of both good and bad. Nobody is perfect, but as I grew older I finally realized...

Everybody has a Story. Stories we live, stories we witness, stories we recount to each other both boldly and publicly or in private whispers behind closed doors with friends. Stories we've been told and stories we make up to make ourselves feel better when there's just a bit too much shadow in our lives for us to bear. Humanity has been telling stories to itself since before we moved out of our sheltered caves and the warm safety of campfires, and we'll keep telling each other stories long after everyone alive today has passed on.

So if you'll pull up a chair, put your feet up and grab something warm (or cold if you prefer!) to drink, I would like to tell a few Stories.
Tiers
Scrubby Loofah
$2 or more per month

Newly spawned offspring of Lulu the Sentient Loofah. 


  • Early Access to content and at least 1 chapter ahead of the public story!


Patrons at this tier and above will receive access to 1 chapter ahead of the publicly available story dependent on how fast I can write them, and early access to side character chapters and interludes up to a week before they are posted elsewhere. The further I get ahead in the writing, the more may become available!


As i build up a buffer, more chapters will become available earlier.

Loofah Legionaire
$5 or more per month

Fully grown soldiers in the Loofah Legion.


  • Early Access to content and at least 1 chapter ahead of the public story! 
  • Name Mentioned in the Story!


Patrons at this tier will receive everything from the previous tier, but I will include their name(or a pseudonym) in a scene as a side character for one of the main characters to meet in passing. Multiple mentions are possible, even, if that character's story takes place around the same city or location in multiple chapters.

Loofah Centurion
$7 or more per month

More experienced scrubbies who command other Loofah in the Legion.


 

  • Early Access to content and at least 1 chapter ahead of the public story! 
  • Name Mentioned in the Story!
  • In-story moment of Epic Death or Heroic Swoop!


Centurions are no strangers to battle, and there will certainly be battles aplenty in the future of Skyclad. Patrons of this tier will receive all the content access that previous tiers get, but instead of a casual name drop, I offer to Centurions the choice between an Epic Death or a Heroic Swoop. 


I cannot predict exactly when the opportune moment may arrive as my outline and future chapter structure is more fluid than most, but your name will be remembered as someone who died in an epic manner, or swooped in to save a major character at a critical moment(for those who don't like the idea of appearing and dying off so directly).

Praetorian Scrubby
$10 or more per month

Elite officers of the Loofah Legion, commanding multiple Scrubby companies.


 

  • Early Access to content and at least 1 chapter ahead of the public story! 
  • Name Mentioned in the Story!
  • In-story moment of Epic Death or Heroic Swoop!
  • Custom [Class] or [Skill] design based on your input, showcased in the story!


Veterans of the Loofah Legion, Praetorians have risen to a level to inspire the legions, leading recruits to emulate them and seek to gain similar skills or classes in service to the Scrubby Empire.


Patrons of this tier will receive all the previous tier benefits, and I will expand the Name Mention to include showcasing a Class or Skillset of their character in the story, ranging from something as simple and intriguing as cooking skills or card tricks, up to unique and powerful battle skills. As long as it fits the general theme I have tried to show so far with classes and skills and is not vulgar or intentionally trolling, just about anything goes!

Loofah Prime
$20 or more per month

Generals and Matriarchs of the Scrubby Empire.


 

  • Early Access to content and at least 1 chapter ahead of the public story! 
  • Name Mentioned in the Story!
  • In-story moment of Epic Death or Heroic Swoop!
  • Custom [Class] or [Skill] design based on your input, showcased in the story!
  • Custom Character Legend added to the historical background lore of the story!


Powerful legends of the Loofah Legion. Tales told in hushed whispers, stories of both great heroism or villainous infamy, Primes are never forgotten.


Patrons of this tier receive all previous rewards, in addition I shall add their names to the Charactorium, an archive of Stories and Names that is tended by the [Oracle] in the world of Skyclad. Legends are remembered here, and the people living in the world will often reference great and well known heroes and villains of Skyclad's past like a prayer or a curse. How will YOUR story be remembered?

Worldwalker
$50 or more per month only 100 left

Worldwalkers. People who don't just level fast and gain power, but people who change the world simply by arriving in Anfealt. They not only have their own stories, they alter and enhance the stories of those around them and the other people they encounter in their travels. 

 

  • Early Access to content and at least 1 chapter ahead of the public story!
  • Name Mentioned in the Story!
  • In-story moment of Epic Death or Heroic Swoop!
  • Custom [Class] or [Skill] design based on your input, showcased in the story!
  • Custom Character Legend added to the historical background lore of the story!
  • Signed copy of Skyclad when published in print.


Skyclad will be published. Hopefully sometime this summer, depending on how long the actual publication process takes. Worldwalkers will receive a signed physical copy of the paperback(Possibly the hardcover, but that may not happen on the first book so i cannot promise it.)

Goals
$1,336 of $1,500 per month
At fifteen hundred a month I could support myself with writing and not have to take on a part time job to pay the bills. That may seem low to some parts of the US where living expenses are high, but I'm in a fairly rural area with small towns and not many jobs around. I wouldn't be livin "high on the hog" but I could get by, focusing solely on improving my writing skills. 
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I am me. I'm a nobody, or at least that is what I always thought. In my late thirties now, and I have never really done anything all that special with my life at first glance. Graduated High School with grades barely above average. Dropped out of college just short of a degree. I used to try to say there were reasons, and there definitely were some family things going on, but the honest truth now that I'm older is that I dropped out. Used to like to say I intended to go back, but I did not enjoy it while I was there and don't think I would now, almost twenty years later.

So I drifted around for over a decade. I always worked well enough to survive. An experienced cook and sous chef can almost always find livable work. The pace and variety kept it interesting. I may have never actually done anything noteworthy with my life, but I got by, and along the way I met more and more people. Some really good people, some really bad ones, but most seem to be a mashup of both good and bad. Nobody is perfect, but as I grew older I finally realized...

Everybody has a Story. Stories we live, stories we witness, stories we recount to each other both boldly and publicly or in private whispers behind closed doors with friends. Stories we've been told and stories we make up to make ourselves feel better when there's just a bit too much shadow in our lives for us to bear. Humanity has been telling stories to itself since before we moved out of our sheltered caves and the warm safety of campfires, and we'll keep telling each other stories long after everyone alive today has passed on.

So if you'll pull up a chair, put your feet up and grab something warm (or cold if you prefer!) to drink, I would like to tell a few Stories.

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Tiers
Scrubby Loofah
$2 or more per month

Newly spawned offspring of Lulu the Sentient Loofah. 


  • Early Access to content and at least 1 chapter ahead of the public story!


Patrons at this tier and above will receive access to 1 chapter ahead of the publicly available story dependent on how fast I can write them, and early access to side character chapters and interludes up to a week before they are posted elsewhere. The further I get ahead in the writing, the more may become available!


As i build up a buffer, more chapters will become available earlier.

Loofah Legionaire
$5 or more per month

Fully grown soldiers in the Loofah Legion.


  • Early Access to content and at least 1 chapter ahead of the public story! 
  • Name Mentioned in the Story!


Patrons at this tier will receive everything from the previous tier, but I will include their name(or a pseudonym) in a scene as a side character for one of the main characters to meet in passing. Multiple mentions are possible, even, if that character's story takes place around the same city or location in multiple chapters.

Loofah Centurion
$7 or more per month

More experienced scrubbies who command other Loofah in the Legion.


 

  • Early Access to content and at least 1 chapter ahead of the public story! 
  • Name Mentioned in the Story!
  • In-story moment of Epic Death or Heroic Swoop!


Centurions are no strangers to battle, and there will certainly be battles aplenty in the future of Skyclad. Patrons of this tier will receive all the content access that previous tiers get, but instead of a casual name drop, I offer to Centurions the choice between an Epic Death or a Heroic Swoop. 


I cannot predict exactly when the opportune moment may arrive as my outline and future chapter structure is more fluid than most, but your name will be remembered as someone who died in an epic manner, or swooped in to save a major character at a critical moment(for those who don't like the idea of appearing and dying off so directly).

Praetorian Scrubby
$10 or more per month

Elite officers of the Loofah Legion, commanding multiple Scrubby companies.


 

  • Early Access to content and at least 1 chapter ahead of the public story! 
  • Name Mentioned in the Story!
  • In-story moment of Epic Death or Heroic Swoop!
  • Custom [Class] or [Skill] design based on your input, showcased in the story!


Veterans of the Loofah Legion, Praetorians have risen to a level to inspire the legions, leading recruits to emulate them and seek to gain similar skills or classes in service to the Scrubby Empire.


Patrons of this tier will receive all the previous tier benefits, and I will expand the Name Mention to include showcasing a Class or Skillset of their character in the story, ranging from something as simple and intriguing as cooking skills or card tricks, up to unique and powerful battle skills. As long as it fits the general theme I have tried to show so far with classes and skills and is not vulgar or intentionally trolling, just about anything goes!

Loofah Prime
$20 or more per month

Generals and Matriarchs of the Scrubby Empire.


 

  • Early Access to content and at least 1 chapter ahead of the public story! 
  • Name Mentioned in the Story!
  • In-story moment of Epic Death or Heroic Swoop!
  • Custom [Class] or [Skill] design based on your input, showcased in the story!
  • Custom Character Legend added to the historical background lore of the story!


Powerful legends of the Loofah Legion. Tales told in hushed whispers, stories of both great heroism or villainous infamy, Primes are never forgotten.


Patrons of this tier receive all previous rewards, in addition I shall add their names to the Charactorium, an archive of Stories and Names that is tended by the [Oracle] in the world of Skyclad. Legends are remembered here, and the people living in the world will often reference great and well known heroes and villains of Skyclad's past like a prayer or a curse. How will YOUR story be remembered?

Worldwalker
$50 or more per month only 100 left

Worldwalkers. People who don't just level fast and gain power, but people who change the world simply by arriving in Anfealt. They not only have their own stories, they alter and enhance the stories of those around them and the other people they encounter in their travels. 

 

  • Early Access to content and at least 1 chapter ahead of the public story!
  • Name Mentioned in the Story!
  • In-story moment of Epic Death or Heroic Swoop!
  • Custom [Class] or [Skill] design based on your input, showcased in the story!
  • Custom Character Legend added to the historical background lore of the story!
  • Signed copy of Skyclad when published in print.


Skyclad will be published. Hopefully sometime this summer, depending on how long the actual publication process takes. Worldwalkers will receive a signed physical copy of the paperback(Possibly the hardcover, but that may not happen on the first book so i cannot promise it.)