Michelle M

Michelle M

is creating Writing, Painting, Photography, Archaeology

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patrons
(Note: The profile photo is an old self-portrait I did years ago. The cover photo is an image I found on a wallpaper site, of all things--I didn't create it, but I felt it seemed....appropriate.)

My main goals are to finish a book of autobiographical fiction I started ages ago (and write a second one), to work on some archaeological writing, and to start painting again, something that I largely pushed aside in favour of academia when I returned to university to study archaeology some years ago. I am now disabled and dealing with numerous health issues including chronic, persistent pain due to injuries incurred in the past few years, so field archaeology of any sort is not something I can currently engage in the way I planned. I need the money and time to be able to work on the things that enrich me, and to put my voice out there as a writer of both fiction and theoretical pieces about cultural anthropology and archaeology. I'd like to go back to painting and feel like I can put serious time into painting without that constant nagging, demoralising sense that I am wasting time that I "should" be spending trying to pay my bills and student loans with the rather distressingly small amount of money that I can make at this time, in this condition. 

I feel nervous that nobody will sign up as a patron, that nobody will want to read my writing or see my paintings, that this will end up being some kind of exercise in cynicism and disappointment. Pardon me for feeling those things, but it goes with the current territory! I don't know how many of you want to sponsor me, or want to read my blog, or get a portrait from me, or any of that other stuff. I hope it's a lot--enough that I can actually start spending my time again doing something productive other than scurrying to make money. Money isn't everything, and yet somehow in our society, it kind of is, in the sense that it represents freedom to do and be what you want, to pour your energy into something that really means something to you. It's not fair, obviously--impoverished people should have just as much freedom as anyone else, just as much time and energy left over each day to be creative, to write, to contribute to the discourse. But they almost never do. So, here I am. I hope that this will turn into something good. love, m.
Tiers
Uno
$1 or more per month
Thank you, it all adds up! Access to patron only blog and posts. 
Cinco
$5 or more per month
Thank you so much! Access to patron only blog and posts. Access to audio recording feed. Will receive a handmade postcard from me. Will include name in thank you list of book project supported by your donation. 
Diez
$10 or more per month

You are amazing! Access to patron only blog and posts. Access to audio recording feed. Will receive a handmade postcard from me. Will include name in thank you list of book project supported by your donation. Will send you a random drawing or collage done by me. 

Veinte
$20 or more per month

Wow! Your generosity is going to a good cause, noble patron! Access to patron only blog and posts. Access to audio recording feed. Will receive a handmade postcard from me. Will include name in thank you list of book project supported by your donation. Will send you a drawing of YOU or someone else that you really want a drawing of--you must provide photographs of the subject, clear, easy to see and from various angles, for this. This can take 4-8 weeks so have patience and it will be rewarded! 

Cincuenta
$50 or more per month
(The sound of a heavenly choir rises from the background)--I am overwhelmed by how much you care! Your generosity is going to a good cause, noble patron! Access to patron only blog and posts. Access to audio recording feed. Will receive a handmade postcard from me. Will include name in thank you list of book project supported by your donation. I will create and send you an acrylic or watercolour painting, just for you, at least 8" x 10" in size. (This can take 4-8 weeks so patience is a virtue.) I will personally dedicate one of my audio feeds to you and other patrons at this level. 
Ciento
$100 or more per month
Holy cow, Batman; I am without speech. Your generosity is going to a good cause, noble patron! Access to patron only blog and posts. Access to audio recording feed. Will receive a handmade postcard from me. Will include name in thank you list of book project supported by your donation. I will create and send you an acrylic painting of a person of your choosing (you or someone else) at least 8" x 10" in size. (You will need to provide various clear photos of the subject, from various angles, for this, or one photo if you want a particular photograph painted. This can take 4-8 weeks so patience is a virtue.)  I will personally dedicate one of my audio feeds to you and other patrons at this level. You will receive a digital copy of any and all books supported by your patronage. If I publish a print run of any of these books, you will also receive a signed hard copy. 
(Note: The profile photo is an old self-portrait I did years ago. The cover photo is an image I found on a wallpaper site, of all things--I didn't create it, but I felt it seemed....appropriate.)

My main goals are to finish a book of autobiographical fiction I started ages ago (and write a second one), to work on some archaeological writing, and to start painting again, something that I largely pushed aside in favour of academia when I returned to university to study archaeology some years ago. I am now disabled and dealing with numerous health issues including chronic, persistent pain due to injuries incurred in the past few years, so field archaeology of any sort is not something I can currently engage in the way I planned. I need the money and time to be able to work on the things that enrich me, and to put my voice out there as a writer of both fiction and theoretical pieces about cultural anthropology and archaeology. I'd like to go back to painting and feel like I can put serious time into painting without that constant nagging, demoralising sense that I am wasting time that I "should" be spending trying to pay my bills and student loans with the rather distressingly small amount of money that I can make at this time, in this condition. 

I feel nervous that nobody will sign up as a patron, that nobody will want to read my writing or see my paintings, that this will end up being some kind of exercise in cynicism and disappointment. Pardon me for feeling those things, but it goes with the current territory! I don't know how many of you want to sponsor me, or want to read my blog, or get a portrait from me, or any of that other stuff. I hope it's a lot--enough that I can actually start spending my time again doing something productive other than scurrying to make money. Money isn't everything, and yet somehow in our society, it kind of is, in the sense that it represents freedom to do and be what you want, to pour your energy into something that really means something to you. It's not fair, obviously--impoverished people should have just as much freedom as anyone else, just as much time and energy left over each day to be creative, to write, to contribute to the discourse. But they almost never do. So, here I am. I hope that this will turn into something good. love, m.

Recent posts by Michelle M

Tiers
Uno
$1 or more per month
Thank you, it all adds up! Access to patron only blog and posts. 
Cinco
$5 or more per month
Thank you so much! Access to patron only blog and posts. Access to audio recording feed. Will receive a handmade postcard from me. Will include name in thank you list of book project supported by your donation. 
Diez
$10 or more per month

You are amazing! Access to patron only blog and posts. Access to audio recording feed. Will receive a handmade postcard from me. Will include name in thank you list of book project supported by your donation. Will send you a random drawing or collage done by me. 

Veinte
$20 or more per month

Wow! Your generosity is going to a good cause, noble patron! Access to patron only blog and posts. Access to audio recording feed. Will receive a handmade postcard from me. Will include name in thank you list of book project supported by your donation. Will send you a drawing of YOU or someone else that you really want a drawing of--you must provide photographs of the subject, clear, easy to see and from various angles, for this. This can take 4-8 weeks so have patience and it will be rewarded! 

Cincuenta
$50 or more per month
(The sound of a heavenly choir rises from the background)--I am overwhelmed by how much you care! Your generosity is going to a good cause, noble patron! Access to patron only blog and posts. Access to audio recording feed. Will receive a handmade postcard from me. Will include name in thank you list of book project supported by your donation. I will create and send you an acrylic or watercolour painting, just for you, at least 8" x 10" in size. (This can take 4-8 weeks so patience is a virtue.) I will personally dedicate one of my audio feeds to you and other patrons at this level. 
Ciento
$100 or more per month
Holy cow, Batman; I am without speech. Your generosity is going to a good cause, noble patron! Access to patron only blog and posts. Access to audio recording feed. Will receive a handmade postcard from me. Will include name in thank you list of book project supported by your donation. I will create and send you an acrylic painting of a person of your choosing (you or someone else) at least 8" x 10" in size. (You will need to provide various clear photos of the subject, from various angles, for this, or one photo if you want a particular photograph painted. This can take 4-8 weeks so patience is a virtue.)  I will personally dedicate one of my audio feeds to you and other patrons at this level. You will receive a digital copy of any and all books supported by your patronage. If I publish a print run of any of these books, you will also receive a signed hard copy.