L.S.E. McIntosh

L.S.E. McIntosh

is creating Fiction, Non-Fiction and Poetry

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Hey, I'm Lewis.

I'm a Chef, a poet, and attempting-novelist from Winnipeg, MB whose currently living in Vancouver, BC. I've been working in kitchens for over half a decade, and as anyone who's ever worked in a kitchen will tell you, it's near impossible to budget mental energy for creative output after working a 14 hour day. So one day I decided enough was enough.

I've been working on a fantasy/adventure novel for nearly a decade. Over that time I've done the world-building, had conversations with the characters, crafted an in-depth outline, and written the first five chapters about 19 times. I was standing at work one day, prepping my way through fifteen kilograms of chicken and decided then and there that I needed to take this winter off to write the damn thing. So I went to Morocco to fully engulf myself in a culture not my own while attempting to fully engulf myself in a culture I created.

I spent two months living there and wrote over 60 000 words (about half of the rough copy for a fantasy novel), a bunch of poetry, and the beginnings of a series of creative non-fiction essays. In returning to Canada, I know that I will need to secure a source of income, but I'm hoping to not have to go back to 10+ hour days cooking. This is where you come in.

I don't expect to be able to fully support myself through my writing yet, but I'm hoping to stick to my current goals:

  • To have my draft manuscript completed by March 31th; I am going to New York City at the end of May and I hope to meet with Literary Agents while I'm there.
  • To release the first five chapters of my novel online, while continuing to release ongoing chapters to all $3+ patrons (read the first chapter here).
  • To complete a series of 4 Creative Non-Fiction Essays at approximately 2500 words each, detailing some of my experiences living in Morocco, to be paired with poetry resulting in an eventual chapbook on the matter
  • To write regular poetry and food posts on my website, sharing some of my knowledge and art with all of you fine folk!

For me, this is the hard part. In a lot of ways this is a totally selfish endeavour. Sometimes I just want the freedom to lock myself into a room and finish writing my novel; but that's not fair to either of us. We've come to a point where we all need to stop asking "What's in it for me?" and start asking "What's in it for us?"; Art is needed, and we all need to step up to bring more compassion into this world. So here I am, asking for help; attempting to build a community who I can support and who can in turn support me. And in return I'm pushing myself to do things I wouldn't necessarily do otherwise; I'm sharing my voice in ways I wouldn't and I'm making myself feel very uncomfortable - which is how I know I'm on the right track. 

The only thing we need is you. Get in on the journey for as little as $1 a month, and let's discover what we can do together!
Tiers
Aldin-Ordinary
$1 or more per month
This level grants you digital copies of all publicly posted poems, fiction and CNF; access to my Patron-Only Feed; and my endless gratitude! 

Primum Legere
$3 or more per month
In addition to all the previous rewards, I will be privately releasing a chapter of my still in-progress novel each month to this wonderous tier!
Let's Get Personal!
$10 or more per month
You're in. I mean, everything. You get all the previous stuff, your name will appear in the thank you section of the novel when published, and I'll be doing either (or both?) a monthly Google Hangout or podcast that will be only for this tier of Super-Patrons. 
Let's Get Physical!
$25 or more per month
At this tier you'll get all the fun stuff above, plus SWAG! Be it a type-writer typed poem, a special edition shirt, notebook pages, handwritten notes. This is where it gets fun!
V.I.P. Treatment
$100 or more per month
You're an official sponsor of my work, and you're making it possible for me to accomplish my goal. I will say thank you in whatever way possible: be it access to future events, personalized poems, I'll even name a character after you!
The Rabbit and The Raven
$150 or more per month
This special tier gets everything they could possibly want, plus I'll cook dinner for you while reading you poetry. Anywhere in the world, though it may take a while for me to get there! 
Goals
$0 of $100 per month
This is my first level goal, achieving this amount will help cover some mild expenses and replenish supplies.
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Hey, I'm Lewis.

I'm a Chef, a poet, and attempting-novelist from Winnipeg, MB whose currently living in Vancouver, BC. I've been working in kitchens for over half a decade, and as anyone who's ever worked in a kitchen will tell you, it's near impossible to budget mental energy for creative output after working a 14 hour day. So one day I decided enough was enough.

I've been working on a fantasy/adventure novel for nearly a decade. Over that time I've done the world-building, had conversations with the characters, crafted an in-depth outline, and written the first five chapters about 19 times. I was standing at work one day, prepping my way through fifteen kilograms of chicken and decided then and there that I needed to take this winter off to write the damn thing. So I went to Morocco to fully engulf myself in a culture not my own while attempting to fully engulf myself in a culture I created.

I spent two months living there and wrote over 60 000 words (about half of the rough copy for a fantasy novel), a bunch of poetry, and the beginnings of a series of creative non-fiction essays. In returning to Canada, I know that I will need to secure a source of income, but I'm hoping to not have to go back to 10+ hour days cooking. This is where you come in.

I don't expect to be able to fully support myself through my writing yet, but I'm hoping to stick to my current goals:

  • To have my draft manuscript completed by March 31th; I am going to New York City at the end of May and I hope to meet with Literary Agents while I'm there.
  • To release the first five chapters of my novel online, while continuing to release ongoing chapters to all $3+ patrons (read the first chapter here).
  • To complete a series of 4 Creative Non-Fiction Essays at approximately 2500 words each, detailing some of my experiences living in Morocco, to be paired with poetry resulting in an eventual chapbook on the matter
  • To write regular poetry and food posts on my website, sharing some of my knowledge and art with all of you fine folk!

For me, this is the hard part. In a lot of ways this is a totally selfish endeavour. Sometimes I just want the freedom to lock myself into a room and finish writing my novel; but that's not fair to either of us. We've come to a point where we all need to stop asking "What's in it for me?" and start asking "What's in it for us?"; Art is needed, and we all need to step up to bring more compassion into this world. So here I am, asking for help; attempting to build a community who I can support and who can in turn support me. And in return I'm pushing myself to do things I wouldn't necessarily do otherwise; I'm sharing my voice in ways I wouldn't and I'm making myself feel very uncomfortable - which is how I know I'm on the right track. 

The only thing we need is you. Get in on the journey for as little as $1 a month, and let's discover what we can do together!

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Tiers
Aldin-Ordinary
$1 or more per month
This level grants you digital copies of all publicly posted poems, fiction and CNF; access to my Patron-Only Feed; and my endless gratitude! 

Primum Legere
$3 or more per month
In addition to all the previous rewards, I will be privately releasing a chapter of my still in-progress novel each month to this wonderous tier!
Let's Get Personal!
$10 or more per month
You're in. I mean, everything. You get all the previous stuff, your name will appear in the thank you section of the novel when published, and I'll be doing either (or both?) a monthly Google Hangout or podcast that will be only for this tier of Super-Patrons. 
Let's Get Physical!
$25 or more per month
At this tier you'll get all the fun stuff above, plus SWAG! Be it a type-writer typed poem, a special edition shirt, notebook pages, handwritten notes. This is where it gets fun!
V.I.P. Treatment
$100 or more per month
You're an official sponsor of my work, and you're making it possible for me to accomplish my goal. I will say thank you in whatever way possible: be it access to future events, personalized poems, I'll even name a character after you!
The Rabbit and The Raven
$150 or more per month
This special tier gets everything they could possibly want, plus I'll cook dinner for you while reading you poetry. Anywhere in the world, though it may take a while for me to get there!