Monica Herald is creating community & writing & liminal spaces
23

patrons

$88
per month

Stone Soup Stories:
Making Love Present in the World


Welcome! My name is Monica and I believe in the power of stories to transform hearts and minds. 

For years, the story of Stone Soup has intrigued me; it tells about a community that is fed & nourished by one person's story-- a story which leads to the people in the community contributing the small bits of food that they have and in the end, a soup is made that all can (and do) eat. 

The community in the story is a community after tragedy during a time of scarce resources. 

I believe that today we are much like that community in the story: we've hidden our onions, our potatoes, our carrots, so that we have food for our families. We've kept close our gifts, our skills, our talents. And few of us are listening to the other people around us. 

I want to create more fiction, more essays, more poems, that add to the conversations.

I want to dream, together, about what we are envisioning for the future, rather than just tearing down the past or eviscerating the things that have come before.

I believe we need bridges, thresholds, and more in-between spaces where we can meet those unlike us. Liminal spaces where we can engage and listen and learn and act. 

Patreon is one container, one in-between space where those conversations can happen. 

And really, I want to use Patreon as a less busy space to create community and conversation-- a community that is absent trolls and built on mutual respect & mutual willingness to see.

I love how Patreon removes the publisher from the equation, as far as connecting readers and authors; my plan for the future would be to both traditionally publish & to continue to self publish.  


If you've gotten this far, thank you from the depths of my heart, for checking out my page, my work, my vision. I'd love to have you on board, if it speaks to you. And if it does not, that is all right, as well. 

To join the community and get access to all I write, select "Become a Patron" 

**Some admin bits: if you don't love any of the reward levels, or they don't match your budget needs, feel free to get creative and make up your own! (You can do this when you are signing up and I'll still include the rewards for the nearest level).
Tiers
Shot of Espresso
$2 or more per month
You all are the bones & foundation of this container and I am grateful for your contribution. The more people who are pledged at the $2 level, the deeper & stronger the foundation of this project. Thank you. At this level, you'll get access to all patreon-exclusive content, including but not limited to stories, essays, poems, photographs.  
Espresso for two
$4.75 or more per month
Espresso becomes less about the senses and more about the encounter when there's enough for two. Drip by drip, community builds and relationships grow roots. Careers and movements are also built one drip at a time. Thank you for helping build relationships and for valuing encounters. At this level, you'll get the rewards above, and a weekly reflection/journaling/creating prompt. 
Bowl of Soup & Loaf of Bread
$10 or more per month
I find that there is little that comforts quite like a hot bowl of soup and a chunk of homemade bread. And as much as I love soups with many ingredients, there's a simplicity and deliciousness to be found in soups with just a few: carrot & ginger, for example, topped with roasted pumpkin seeds.  Pair it with a dish whose color contrasts the soup and you have beauty in a bowl. Thank you for helping add simplicity & beauty into the world. At this reward level, you'll receive all the earlier rewards, plus I'll host a quarterly (maybe more often) video chat for you all.  The days & times will vary so as to allow for participation from folks around the world. 
Pot of Soup for the Family
$23 or more per month
My favorite thing about making soup is that often it is leftover parts (bits of veggies, chicken bones and so on) that form the foundation. And then, with a few key ingredients, and some flour, water, yeast, a meal is prepared and many can be fed. Thank you for helping nourish a (growing) community. At this level, your rewards will include all previous rewards, plus a handwritten letter (in the mail!) every once in a while. The letter will be unique to you and not duplicated anywhere.

A Piece (peace) of my World
$36 or more per month only 25 left
This photo was taken on one of my walks in the woods. I go there often to sort things out; every place I've lived, I manage to suss out the spots where there are trees, even in the cities. While I walk I often find little treasures that I collect. Sometimes I leave the treasures as gifts for others along the path. Sometimes I bring the treasures home. Thank you for helping me create new worlds and carry parts of this world into the worlds we're imagining. This reward level includes all of the previous rewards, plus an occasional mailing of a treasure that I've found. It might be a treasure from nature, or it might be a treasure from a shop or an encounter with an artisan. Whatever it is, it will be specially selected with you in mind. 
Nothing beats an Old-fashioned Care Package
$50 or more per month only 15 left
One of my greatest sources of joy is sending snail mail packages to people. It's a special super power of mine, really. From the stamps to the designs on the package to the contents inside... all of it brings me joy and delight to think about. There's something magical about opening a package filled with treasures. We can all use a little more joy and wonder, right? Thank you for helping bring a little more joy and wonder into the world. At this reward level, I'd like to mail you a care package once in a while (plus all the other levels). I can't tell you now what will be in it, but I can guarantee you it will be filled with delight.

Together We Get Free
$75 or more per month only 25 left
Transformation only happens in community. And I believe that when it happens solo, it's still tied intricately to those around us. Thank you for helping create a place for community and freedom. In the coming year I'll be teaching a few courses online. They will be short (4-6 weeks) and foundational. At this reward level, you get all of the previous rewards and one spot in one of my online classes yearly + then a scholarship for someone else to join in, plus listing in the acknowledgments in my novels when they are published.
Saving Grace
$150 or more per month only 10 left
Each of these cards is handmade by a creator. Sending mail and such to folks via Patreon allows me to support local (and not so local but still known personally or professionally) artists and makers. I believe we must do this for each other. On a local AND a global level. At this level of support, you are a saving grace, both in my life, and in the lives of those I can support, thanks to things like Patreon. Thank you for that. As a reward, you'll get something that I make by hand yearly (we can discuss this)  and a recipe every once in a while from my kitchen, plus all previous rewards. 




Goals
$88 of $100 per month
Hitting this goal would allow me to devote 3 hours per month to writing: what that looks like practically speaking is monthly, at least one essay or story excerpt.
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Stone Soup Stories:
Making Love Present in the World


Welcome! My name is Monica and I believe in the power of stories to transform hearts and minds. 

For years, the story of Stone Soup has intrigued me; it tells about a community that is fed & nourished by one person's story-- a story which leads to the people in the community contributing the small bits of food that they have and in the end, a soup is made that all can (and do) eat. 

The community in the story is a community after tragedy during a time of scarce resources. 

I believe that today we are much like that community in the story: we've hidden our onions, our potatoes, our carrots, so that we have food for our families. We've kept close our gifts, our skills, our talents. And few of us are listening to the other people around us. 

I want to create more fiction, more essays, more poems, that add to the conversations.

I want to dream, together, about what we are envisioning for the future, rather than just tearing down the past or eviscerating the things that have come before.

I believe we need bridges, thresholds, and more in-between spaces where we can meet those unlike us. Liminal spaces where we can engage and listen and learn and act. 

Patreon is one container, one in-between space where those conversations can happen. 

And really, I want to use Patreon as a less busy space to create community and conversation-- a community that is absent trolls and built on mutual respect & mutual willingness to see.

I love how Patreon removes the publisher from the equation, as far as connecting readers and authors; my plan for the future would be to both traditionally publish & to continue to self publish.  


If you've gotten this far, thank you from the depths of my heart, for checking out my page, my work, my vision. I'd love to have you on board, if it speaks to you. And if it does not, that is all right, as well. 

To join the community and get access to all I write, select "Become a Patron" 

**Some admin bits: if you don't love any of the reward levels, or they don't match your budget needs, feel free to get creative and make up your own! (You can do this when you are signing up and I'll still include the rewards for the nearest level).

Recent posts by Monica Herald

Tiers
Shot of Espresso
$2 or more per month
You all are the bones & foundation of this container and I am grateful for your contribution. The more people who are pledged at the $2 level, the deeper & stronger the foundation of this project. Thank you. At this level, you'll get access to all patreon-exclusive content, including but not limited to stories, essays, poems, photographs.  
Espresso for two
$4.75 or more per month
Espresso becomes less about the senses and more about the encounter when there's enough for two. Drip by drip, community builds and relationships grow roots. Careers and movements are also built one drip at a time. Thank you for helping build relationships and for valuing encounters. At this level, you'll get the rewards above, and a weekly reflection/journaling/creating prompt. 
Bowl of Soup & Loaf of Bread
$10 or more per month
I find that there is little that comforts quite like a hot bowl of soup and a chunk of homemade bread. And as much as I love soups with many ingredients, there's a simplicity and deliciousness to be found in soups with just a few: carrot & ginger, for example, topped with roasted pumpkin seeds.  Pair it with a dish whose color contrasts the soup and you have beauty in a bowl. Thank you for helping add simplicity & beauty into the world. At this reward level, you'll receive all the earlier rewards, plus I'll host a quarterly (maybe more often) video chat for you all.  The days & times will vary so as to allow for participation from folks around the world. 
Pot of Soup for the Family
$23 or more per month
My favorite thing about making soup is that often it is leftover parts (bits of veggies, chicken bones and so on) that form the foundation. And then, with a few key ingredients, and some flour, water, yeast, a meal is prepared and many can be fed. Thank you for helping nourish a (growing) community. At this level, your rewards will include all previous rewards, plus a handwritten letter (in the mail!) every once in a while. The letter will be unique to you and not duplicated anywhere.

A Piece (peace) of my World
$36 or more per month only 25 left
This photo was taken on one of my walks in the woods. I go there often to sort things out; every place I've lived, I manage to suss out the spots where there are trees, even in the cities. While I walk I often find little treasures that I collect. Sometimes I leave the treasures as gifts for others along the path. Sometimes I bring the treasures home. Thank you for helping me create new worlds and carry parts of this world into the worlds we're imagining. This reward level includes all of the previous rewards, plus an occasional mailing of a treasure that I've found. It might be a treasure from nature, or it might be a treasure from a shop or an encounter with an artisan. Whatever it is, it will be specially selected with you in mind. 
Nothing beats an Old-fashioned Care Package
$50 or more per month only 15 left
One of my greatest sources of joy is sending snail mail packages to people. It's a special super power of mine, really. From the stamps to the designs on the package to the contents inside... all of it brings me joy and delight to think about. There's something magical about opening a package filled with treasures. We can all use a little more joy and wonder, right? Thank you for helping bring a little more joy and wonder into the world. At this reward level, I'd like to mail you a care package once in a while (plus all the other levels). I can't tell you now what will be in it, but I can guarantee you it will be filled with delight.

Together We Get Free
$75 or more per month only 25 left
Transformation only happens in community. And I believe that when it happens solo, it's still tied intricately to those around us. Thank you for helping create a place for community and freedom. In the coming year I'll be teaching a few courses online. They will be short (4-6 weeks) and foundational. At this reward level, you get all of the previous rewards and one spot in one of my online classes yearly + then a scholarship for someone else to join in, plus listing in the acknowledgments in my novels when they are published.
Saving Grace
$150 or more per month only 10 left
Each of these cards is handmade by a creator. Sending mail and such to folks via Patreon allows me to support local (and not so local but still known personally or professionally) artists and makers. I believe we must do this for each other. On a local AND a global level. At this level of support, you are a saving grace, both in my life, and in the lives of those I can support, thanks to things like Patreon. Thank you for that. As a reward, you'll get something that I make by hand yearly (we can discuss this)  and a recipe every once in a while from my kitchen, plus all previous rewards.