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Hi all, I'm Steve Spalding and I'm a writer of fiction. That fiction takes many forms, mostly short stories and podcasts, but I've also been known to turn out the occasional comic page, and once upon a time, I even wrote a game.

Back in 2016, I gave myself the goal of putting together one short piece of fiction, every weekday, for an entire year. On December 31st, to my surprise, I finished --  260 short stories and poems in all, and some of them were even good.

In addition, I produced the first twenty-five episodes of my  folk lore podcast, the first two episodes of a serialized fiction podcast about magic and hotel management, and continued work on the comic that I will one day finish.

All in all, I consider the year a success.

What I discovered, however, is that 3-4 hours a night of writing, when coupled with trying to run a business to pay the bills, is a less than ideal way to retain ones sanity.

Still, for 2017 and beyond, I want to write more, a lot more, but to help justify those sleepless nights, I could really use your support.

Before we get to that, let me tell you what I'll give in return:


More Stories


2016 was the year of short fiction, 2017 is to be the era of the novelette. I want to take some of the worlds and characters I touched upon in short form, and put a little more meat on their bones.

I plan to do between 10 and 15 of these, which in my estimation will require that I write 3-4 days a week until New Year.

As an example of what I'll be putting together, take a look at this story set in the  MONA Universe that I wrote a while back. Most of them will look like this, if not somewhat longer.


More Podcasts


I will also be producing the next season of Steve Reads Stories (25 episodes), and the first season of At the Midnight (10 episodes). In addition, I will be writing season two of At the Midnight, and plan to produce at least one more ten episode mini-series.

On top of that, I'll continue to release selected short stories as a part of  Inside Fictions.


More Stuff


For the last year, I've been working on a comic based in the same Universe as At the Midnight, and I plan to start showing it off as this annum rolls on.

I'm also working on a video game set in The Gods Isle, which I'm really excited about, so excited that I know better than to say anything else until it's further along.

With that out of the way, here is what I'm asking for:


The Big Ask


As you might have been able to suss out, writing is a full time job for me...another one, one that is mostly done in the wee dark hours when saner minds would be sleeping.

As it stands, all of those hours have been freely given, both because I love the work, and because I want the largest number of people to have access to it.

With that said, this kind of output is exhausting and likely unsustainable, and in order to keep producing at the rate I have, I need to take hours from parts of my day that would otherwise be devoted to pay work.

I've already started this process, and it's terrifying.


How This Will Help


Any support you give would be used to offset those lost hours, and provide me with the flexibility and freedom to make more art. Writing is hard in the best of cases, and when you're tired, stressed out, and trying to juggle twelve things without letting one of them fall and crush your life into a fine paste, it's only harder.

I want to give you more podcasts, I want to build more games, I want to write books and do weirder and finer work beside.

Which leads to the big "want," I want a budget, a budget so that I can pay artists, sound people, and other creative folks to help fill in the blanks of my worlds where mere words won't do.

Right now anytime I need art or music of webhosting, it comes out of my pocket, and it would be lovely if this could change.


Final Thoughts


1. No matter what happens here I'm going to keep writing, and I'm going to keep releasing a lot of that writing for free. That won't change.

2. If this campaign is successful, it means that I can go above and beyond what I already plan to do. The work will be better, stronger, properly edited, and other deeply positive things.
 
3. Any amount helps, if for no other reason than it shows you care, and when you're writing at 4AM, knowing someone cares is important.

4. It will be super, swell neato to have a place to show off all of the obsessive worldbuilding notes I've made. If you need another reason to give, you can add, "exploring my latent insanity," to the list.

5. You are AWESOME, and I am so grateful for your support. With your help, there is no telling what we can do.
Tiers
Eternal Gratitude
$1 or more per month
You will be immortalized in my heart as one of my favorite people. You will also have access to members only posts here on Patreon.
Unseen Drafts
$5 or more per month
Read my secret notes. I write a lot of things that never, ever see the light of day. Some of these things are delightful, most of them are embarrassing. If you ever wanted to pick through a writer's graveyard, this is your chance.
Short Story Collections (.MOBI/PDF)
$10 or more per month
Read my books for free. You'll get access to all my self-published short story collections in .MOBI and PDF form. This also includes Novelettes and longer works you'd otherwise have to buy on Amazon.
"Personalized" Mix Tape of Stories
$25 or more per month
Hear me ramble. Twice a year or so I'll send you a mixtape (MP3) of some of my favorite pieces of short fiction. Warning: by "personalized" I mean that it will contain my personality, which will almost certainly include barely coherent rambling about whatever it is I'm thinking at the time of recording.
Write and Record a Personalized Story
$50 or more per month only 20 left
At this level, things will be personalized in a more traditional sense. You and I will chat (via email) about stuff you dig, and then I'll write and record a story about that stuff. You can choose to have me post it or keep it secret.

Lots of caveats here, but the big ones are that the story needs to be original (no copyright violations), and should be PG-13 at worst. That being said, the story can take place in any one of my established worlds, and if I like it, I might even make it canon.
Become a Character
$100 or more per month only 10 left
Partial Immortality. I will make you or whatever persona we can wring out of you into a permanent character in one of my established worlds. While I can't promise how often I will use them (or how long they will live), the more interesting the character, the more likely they are to take center stage.
Story Time with Steve
$1,000 or more per month only 3 left
For people with gold toilets.  I'll call you on your phone device and start telling you stories. These stories will include old favorites, as well as original pieces that will be locked away in a vault never to be heard again after they grace your ears.

You can also ask me questions about writing and life and canon and pretty much whatever, and I'll do my best to answer them.

Basically, we'll hang out and laugh about stuff and tell each other secrets. It will be fun, but totally not worth it.
Goals
$0 of $2,500 per month
At this level I can devote a permanent block of time to writing, which means more stuff will get made a whole lot faster.
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Hi all, I'm Steve Spalding and I'm a writer of fiction. That fiction takes many forms, mostly short stories and podcasts, but I've also been known to turn out the occasional comic page, and once upon a time, I even wrote a game.

Back in 2016, I gave myself the goal of putting together one short piece of fiction, every weekday, for an entire year. On December 31st, to my surprise, I finished --  260 short stories and poems in all, and some of them were even good.

In addition, I produced the first twenty-five episodes of my  folk lore podcast, the first two episodes of a serialized fiction podcast about magic and hotel management, and continued work on the comic that I will one day finish.

All in all, I consider the year a success.

What I discovered, however, is that 3-4 hours a night of writing, when coupled with trying to run a business to pay the bills, is a less than ideal way to retain ones sanity.

Still, for 2017 and beyond, I want to write more, a lot more, but to help justify those sleepless nights, I could really use your support.

Before we get to that, let me tell you what I'll give in return:


More Stories


2016 was the year of short fiction, 2017 is to be the era of the novelette. I want to take some of the worlds and characters I touched upon in short form, and put a little more meat on their bones.

I plan to do between 10 and 15 of these, which in my estimation will require that I write 3-4 days a week until New Year.

As an example of what I'll be putting together, take a look at this story set in the  MONA Universe that I wrote a while back. Most of them will look like this, if not somewhat longer.


More Podcasts


I will also be producing the next season of Steve Reads Stories (25 episodes), and the first season of At the Midnight (10 episodes). In addition, I will be writing season two of At the Midnight, and plan to produce at least one more ten episode mini-series.

On top of that, I'll continue to release selected short stories as a part of  Inside Fictions.


More Stuff


For the last year, I've been working on a comic based in the same Universe as At the Midnight, and I plan to start showing it off as this annum rolls on.

I'm also working on a video game set in The Gods Isle, which I'm really excited about, so excited that I know better than to say anything else until it's further along.

With that out of the way, here is what I'm asking for:


The Big Ask


As you might have been able to suss out, writing is a full time job for me...another one, one that is mostly done in the wee dark hours when saner minds would be sleeping.

As it stands, all of those hours have been freely given, both because I love the work, and because I want the largest number of people to have access to it.

With that said, this kind of output is exhausting and likely unsustainable, and in order to keep producing at the rate I have, I need to take hours from parts of my day that would otherwise be devoted to pay work.

I've already started this process, and it's terrifying.


How This Will Help


Any support you give would be used to offset those lost hours, and provide me with the flexibility and freedom to make more art. Writing is hard in the best of cases, and when you're tired, stressed out, and trying to juggle twelve things without letting one of them fall and crush your life into a fine paste, it's only harder.

I want to give you more podcasts, I want to build more games, I want to write books and do weirder and finer work beside.

Which leads to the big "want," I want a budget, a budget so that I can pay artists, sound people, and other creative folks to help fill in the blanks of my worlds where mere words won't do.

Right now anytime I need art or music of webhosting, it comes out of my pocket, and it would be lovely if this could change.


Final Thoughts


1. No matter what happens here I'm going to keep writing, and I'm going to keep releasing a lot of that writing for free. That won't change.

2. If this campaign is successful, it means that I can go above and beyond what I already plan to do. The work will be better, stronger, properly edited, and other deeply positive things.
 
3. Any amount helps, if for no other reason than it shows you care, and when you're writing at 4AM, knowing someone cares is important.

4. It will be super, swell neato to have a place to show off all of the obsessive worldbuilding notes I've made. If you need another reason to give, you can add, "exploring my latent insanity," to the list.

5. You are AWESOME, and I am so grateful for your support. With your help, there is no telling what we can do.

Recent posts by Steve Spalding

Tiers
Eternal Gratitude
$1 or more per month
You will be immortalized in my heart as one of my favorite people. You will also have access to members only posts here on Patreon.
Unseen Drafts
$5 or more per month
Read my secret notes. I write a lot of things that never, ever see the light of day. Some of these things are delightful, most of them are embarrassing. If you ever wanted to pick through a writer's graveyard, this is your chance.
Short Story Collections (.MOBI/PDF)
$10 or more per month
Read my books for free. You'll get access to all my self-published short story collections in .MOBI and PDF form. This also includes Novelettes and longer works you'd otherwise have to buy on Amazon.
"Personalized" Mix Tape of Stories
$25 or more per month
Hear me ramble. Twice a year or so I'll send you a mixtape (MP3) of some of my favorite pieces of short fiction. Warning: by "personalized" I mean that it will contain my personality, which will almost certainly include barely coherent rambling about whatever it is I'm thinking at the time of recording.
Write and Record a Personalized Story
$50 or more per month only 20 left
At this level, things will be personalized in a more traditional sense. You and I will chat (via email) about stuff you dig, and then I'll write and record a story about that stuff. You can choose to have me post it or keep it secret.

Lots of caveats here, but the big ones are that the story needs to be original (no copyright violations), and should be PG-13 at worst. That being said, the story can take place in any one of my established worlds, and if I like it, I might even make it canon.
Become a Character
$100 or more per month only 10 left
Partial Immortality. I will make you or whatever persona we can wring out of you into a permanent character in one of my established worlds. While I can't promise how often I will use them (or how long they will live), the more interesting the character, the more likely they are to take center stage.
Story Time with Steve
$1,000 or more per month only 3 left
For people with gold toilets.  I'll call you on your phone device and start telling you stories. These stories will include old favorites, as well as original pieces that will be locked away in a vault never to be heard again after they grace your ears.

You can also ask me questions about writing and life and canon and pretty much whatever, and I'll do my best to answer them.

Basically, we'll hang out and laugh about stuff and tell each other secrets. It will be fun, but totally not worth it.