Patreon 2020: Myth, Magic, and Memory

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Over the years since my first book launched, Patreon has proven critical to my process as a writer, spurring me to hit a major milestone at the end of 2019: the first draft of my short story collection, Dream Studies.

This year, as I revise these stories, I’m cracking open the tales that inspired them and exploring some fascinating new forms for short speculative work. Whether or not you currently have a creative writing practice, I invite you to join me, not just by reading my creative work, but by creating some of your own. You can become a patron for as little as $3/month.

This year is for everyone who loves fairy tales, and everyone who’s fascinated by the creative process. It’s for everyone who wants to share in the journey as I explore the many strange (and often counterintuitive) layers beneath the stories so many of us loved as kids, and it’s for everyone who wants to get in there and do some exploring of their own.

Each month, I’ll be sharing a piece based on a fairy tale, written in one of three new forms I’ve developed: the Fibonacci Spiral, the Tessellation, and the Strange Loop. (You can read February’s story, based on the Russian fairy tale “Vasilisa the Beatiful,” here.) And each month, I’ll be sharing a creative writing prompt for anyone who wants to do the same.

At the $5 level, I’ll also be offering Recommended Reading for some of my all-time favorite short stories and novels incorporating myth and magic, and submissions resources for writers of short speculative fiction; at the $10 level, I’ll also be offering feedback on your creative work (and a chance to have that work featured on this blog).

But the main thing, to my mind, is this: I’m embarking on what promises to be a fascinating journey, into the heart of myth, magic, and memory, and I’d like to take as many of you as possible along with me.

You’ll find more about this year’s Patreon campaign on my homepage, along with the links to join me as a patron. (And if you have any questions, feel free to drop me a line in the comments!)

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