Boze Herrington (@sketchesbyboze) is creating books and essays on art, literature, faith, fantasy and beauty
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Whimsy. Literacy. Beauty.If you're a thinking person it can be hard not to despair over the state of the world we live in. The mid-century liberal consensus that art, and education, and civil rights are ideals to be cherished is fracturing. Authoritarians are coming to power who have a vested interest in keeping the masses ignorant and distracted. We're dangerously close to living out the vision presented in Ray Bradbury's novel Fahrenheit 451 of a nation where schools are under-funded, libraries are dismantled and kids grow up not knowing who Beethoven or the Brontes were, or why they should care.

Many are seeking a political solution to what is ultimately a spiritual crisis. We need a revival of the humanistic tradition, which maintains that literature and aesthetics are essential to human flourishing. We need to raise kids who grow up reading fantasy and myths and fairy-tales, who become adults who read Austen and Dickens and Dickinson and Tolkien and Tolstoy. As much as kids need food and shelter, they also need stories to teach them that there are monsters to fight, and good worth fighting for.

My vocation, my calling, is to awaken people's imaginations. In the past couple years I've ghostwritten at least ten novels and dozens of novellas and short stories in genres ranging from mystery to middle-grade fantasy to historical romance. But my punishing schedule hasn't left me much time for writing under my own name. I'm currently working on three books with the goal of being traditionally published, and have plans to write several others once those are finished.

This is where you can help me. I don't intend to quit ghostwriting - the experience it's given me in writing fiction has been invaluable - but I would like to devote more time to writing for myself (and, eventually, a larger audience). Even a small amount of support would allow me more free time to finish these books I've spent the last four years writing, and begin the process of querying.

In exchange I'll update this page weekly with new content - book and TV recommendations, joke-y essays, the sort of long, thoughtful pieces that used to go on my blog. Occasionally, if I'm feeling exceptionally brave, I may even post an excerpt from a book in progress. Soon I'll be launching a semi-regular half-hour film and culture podcast with one or two other people. Consider this page an oasis of calm when the madness of the larger internet becomes too much.

Tiers
tea and cakes
$5 or more per month
Life would be very dull without tea and cakes. With this tier you'll get to read essays where I reflect on the true, the beautiful and the good or snark on some literary topic. You'll have the chance to read excerpts from my fiction that I haven't posted anywhere else, and will also have access to my co-hosted conversational podcasts. 
Whimsy. Literacy. Beauty.If you're a thinking person it can be hard not to despair over the state of the world we live in. The mid-century liberal consensus that art, and education, and civil rights are ideals to be cherished is fracturing. Authoritarians are coming to power who have a vested interest in keeping the masses ignorant and distracted. We're dangerously close to living out the vision presented in Ray Bradbury's novel Fahrenheit 451 of a nation where schools are under-funded, libraries are dismantled and kids grow up not knowing who Beethoven or the Brontes were, or why they should care.

Many are seeking a political solution to what is ultimately a spiritual crisis. We need a revival of the humanistic tradition, which maintains that literature and aesthetics are essential to human flourishing. We need to raise kids who grow up reading fantasy and myths and fairy-tales, who become adults who read Austen and Dickens and Dickinson and Tolkien and Tolstoy. As much as kids need food and shelter, they also need stories to teach them that there are monsters to fight, and good worth fighting for.

My vocation, my calling, is to awaken people's imaginations. In the past couple years I've ghostwritten at least ten novels and dozens of novellas and short stories in genres ranging from mystery to middle-grade fantasy to historical romance. But my punishing schedule hasn't left me much time for writing under my own name. I'm currently working on three books with the goal of being traditionally published, and have plans to write several others once those are finished.

This is where you can help me. I don't intend to quit ghostwriting - the experience it's given me in writing fiction has been invaluable - but I would like to devote more time to writing for myself (and, eventually, a larger audience). Even a small amount of support would allow me more free time to finish these books I've spent the last four years writing, and begin the process of querying.

In exchange I'll update this page weekly with new content - book and TV recommendations, joke-y essays, the sort of long, thoughtful pieces that used to go on my blog. Occasionally, if I'm feeling exceptionally brave, I may even post an excerpt from a book in progress. Soon I'll be launching a semi-regular half-hour film and culture podcast with one or two other people. Consider this page an oasis of calm when the madness of the larger internet becomes too much.

Recent posts by Boze Herrington (@sketchesbyboze)

Tiers
tea and cakes
$5 or more per month
Life would be very dull without tea and cakes. With this tier you'll get to read essays where I reflect on the true, the beautiful and the good or snark on some literary topic. You'll have the chance to read excerpts from my fiction that I haven't posted anywhere else, and will also have access to my co-hosted conversational podcasts.