Victor Arteaga

is creating Short Fiction

5

patrons
My Story

Writing has been a dream since I read The Golden Compass when I was around thirteen. Though my parents were unrelentingly supportive of all my creative endeavors, being the son of immigrants meant they had big academic expectations and as such, I never seriously considered the arts as a career (okay there was the brief period I tried to be a rock star but we don’t talk about that). Unlucky for them that I grew to resent most of my scholastic experience. By the time I (barely) graduated high school, I saw the public education system as a farcical machine that churned students through a gauntlet of busy work and information regurgitation for the sake of molding cogs for a capitalistic wheel. To an extent, I still feel this way but my experience with my children has been a different situation and schools are running away from this model in my area, but I digress.

As expected, I never completed more than a year of college at any level. Instead, I launched myself into the workforce as a host at Red Robin and there began my meteoric descent into alcoholic self-destruction. That cascade of failures and self-sabotage would lead me down a path that led to a tumultuous relationship to the woman who would later become my wife and give birth to my son. The typical turn to this story would be that I got myself together and became a better person in order to be a better father. While that’s mostly true, it would take another two years, multiple rock bottoms, trips to jail, and a second DUI before finally admitting to myself I had a problem that needed fixing. A year after I quit drinking, I went to rehab and that is where my writing journey really started.

Just as alcoholism is a crippling exercise in self-flagellation, so too is recovery. In a way. The most brutal part of rehab was when I had to write my life story from birth to current while describing my relationship with alcohol throughout. As it turns out, coming to grips with how alcohol affected my life, my friendships, and the damage I actively participated in, after I had successfully ignored it for the better part of a decade, is a crushing experience. But it didn’t stop there. Not only did we have to write it out, we had to read it to the group, and that, Dear Reader, was the spark that led to a later catalyst. After a tearful reception to my saga (not a gloat, we all cried for everyone’s story) I was also treated to a chorus of encouragement to be a writer. At the time I took the response with a large grain of salt as I assumed it was just the atmosphere of support. Nevertheless, I started writing a little bit more. Nothing major, just the occasional gratitude journal entry or thought until a friend asked me, “What would happen if you put a werewolf on the moon?” Though that was meant to be a fun, nonsense conversation about the special relationship between the moon and werewolves, it snowballed into five short stories (available here and on Amazon), an upcoming Patreon-exclusive series of short fiction and a novel that is awaiting a book deal.

Which ultimately brings us to this Patreon. Originally intended as a platform for the Blood Moon Saga short stories, as my writing has expanded so too must this page. My goal is to be able to support my family with my writing and be able to lift up other artists. After thirty-four years, I never thought I could achieve a career with my creativity, and ever since I caught the bug for writing four years ago, my heart aches at the thought of doing anything else. I stay awake at night thinking about the characters, plots, themes, and magic that I am creating. If you’ve read this far, I hope you consider subscribing to my Patreon. I am committed to providing consistent, quality genre fiction and with your support, I can live my dream, give my children a better future, and continue my creative Odyssey.



Tiers
I Like You
$2 or more per month

Access to Blood Moon Sage short stories, including a new, Patreon exclusive series!

OG Patron
$5 or more per month

Access to all short fiction, including all those from the previous tier. 

High Roller Patron
$10 or more per month

All previous rewards, and includes access to exclusive artwork.

Back-Stage Pass
$15 or more per month

- All Previous rewards

- Audiobook recordings of all short fiction! 

- Behind The Scenes: I'll do short live editing videos, concept art, and my patented rambling through problem solving.

- Discord server access once I reach that goal

Goals
5 of 20 patrons
Baby steps! Let's get some momentum building. I'll post a special shoutout video for you guys when I hit this goal!
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My Story

Writing has been a dream since I read The Golden Compass when I was around thirteen. Though my parents were unrelentingly supportive of all my creative endeavors, being the son of immigrants meant they had big academic expectations and as such, I never seriously considered the arts as a career (okay there was the brief period I tried to be a rock star but we don’t talk about that). Unlucky for them that I grew to resent most of my scholastic experience. By the time I (barely) graduated high school, I saw the public education system as a farcical machine that churned students through a gauntlet of busy work and information regurgitation for the sake of molding cogs for a capitalistic wheel. To an extent, I still feel this way but my experience with my children has been a different situation and schools are running away from this model in my area, but I digress.

As expected, I never completed more than a year of college at any level. Instead, I launched myself into the workforce as a host at Red Robin and there began my meteoric descent into alcoholic self-destruction. That cascade of failures and self-sabotage would lead me down a path that led to a tumultuous relationship to the woman who would later become my wife and give birth to my son. The typical turn to this story would be that I got myself together and became a better person in order to be a better father. While that’s mostly true, it would take another two years, multiple rock bottoms, trips to jail, and a second DUI before finally admitting to myself I had a problem that needed fixing. A year after I quit drinking, I went to rehab and that is where my writing journey really started.

Just as alcoholism is a crippling exercise in self-flagellation, so too is recovery. In a way. The most brutal part of rehab was when I had to write my life story from birth to current while describing my relationship with alcohol throughout. As it turns out, coming to grips with how alcohol affected my life, my friendships, and the damage I actively participated in, after I had successfully ignored it for the better part of a decade, is a crushing experience. But it didn’t stop there. Not only did we have to write it out, we had to read it to the group, and that, Dear Reader, was the spark that led to a later catalyst. After a tearful reception to my saga (not a gloat, we all cried for everyone’s story) I was also treated to a chorus of encouragement to be a writer. At the time I took the response with a large grain of salt as I assumed it was just the atmosphere of support. Nevertheless, I started writing a little bit more. Nothing major, just the occasional gratitude journal entry or thought until a friend asked me, “What would happen if you put a werewolf on the moon?” Though that was meant to be a fun, nonsense conversation about the special relationship between the moon and werewolves, it snowballed into five short stories (available here and on Amazon), an upcoming Patreon-exclusive series of short fiction and a novel that is awaiting a book deal.

Which ultimately brings us to this Patreon. Originally intended as a platform for the Blood Moon Saga short stories, as my writing has expanded so too must this page. My goal is to be able to support my family with my writing and be able to lift up other artists. After thirty-four years, I never thought I could achieve a career with my creativity, and ever since I caught the bug for writing four years ago, my heart aches at the thought of doing anything else. I stay awake at night thinking about the characters, plots, themes, and magic that I am creating. If you’ve read this far, I hope you consider subscribing to my Patreon. I am committed to providing consistent, quality genre fiction and with your support, I can live my dream, give my children a better future, and continue my creative Odyssey.



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Tiers
I Like You
$2 or more per month

Access to Blood Moon Sage short stories, including a new, Patreon exclusive series!

OG Patron
$5 or more per month

Access to all short fiction, including all those from the previous tier. 

High Roller Patron
$10 or more per month

All previous rewards, and includes access to exclusive artwork.

Back-Stage Pass
$15 or more per month

- All Previous rewards

- Audiobook recordings of all short fiction! 

- Behind The Scenes: I'll do short live editing videos, concept art, and my patented rambling through problem solving.

- Discord server access once I reach that goal