The Story Behind the Stories

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This blog originally began as a promise I made to myself to finally get serious about my writing.  Pen to paper for 500 words — every day.  At the time, I wasn’t sure exactly where it would lead but it was the first official step I took toward finding my voice as a writer and learning to make it work even on days when inspiration and motivation were not easily found.

I’ve learned a lot since then…about writing, about myself, about what I want…

I’ve been a writer at heart since the first time I held a pen.  The flow of beautifully crafted language, the joy of finding exactly the right word… these things excite my senses and smooth the wrinkles in my soul.  (Ever listen to Tim Minchen or read Neil Gaiman?  Then you know exactly what I mean.)  And for me, the only thing more satisfying than experiencing the work of artists like that is the process of making the words dance myself.  And so, I write.

But writing into the void, waiting months or years to get my finished pieces into publication, is not what I want.  Sure, it’s nice to see your name in print now and then but I am hooked on the immediacy and the intimacy of the internet.   I can put the finishing touches on a piece in the morning, post it by noon and it will be read half way around the world by the time I go to bed.  I love that.  With my words I can reach out and touch you, move you, upset you, comfort you…connect with you. Your feedback completes the circle, builds the relationship…makes it worth all the hard work.

But…ah yes…there’s always a “but”…

Like all of you, I have bills to pay.  So what’s a girl to do?  Suck it up and keep my writing private, submitting it for publication and hoping it gets picked up? Write what sells the fastest instead of tackling topics that interest me?  Wait months or years before anyone ever gets to read what I wrote…and even longer to find out how it resonates?  Until recently, this has been the dilemma.  And then I learned about Patreon.

Patreon is, I believe, how creative work will evolve in the future.  It’s an offshoot of the original crowd funding model…providing a means for creators to connect directly with their audience, eliminating the middle man thereby removing many of the delays and artistic compromises inherent in the traditional commercial process.  But instead of funding one project, Patrons support creators’ ongoing efforts, contributing as little as $1 per month.  When combined with the consistent support of other Patrons, creators are able fund their work and earn a living wage.  Through avenues such as Patreon, mainstream as well niche art has an equal chance to reach its intended audience.  These are exciting times as models such as this evolve the artscape.

A lot of time and effort and passion goes into my writing.  I want very much to keep doing what I’m doing…putting it out there for everyone…sharing it widely and freely and immediately.  Thanks to my Patrons, I am able to do just that.

Please consider joining us.  We’d love to have you as part of our Patreon family.  You can click here to learn all about it…how it works, the perks that Patrons get…there’s even a video of yours truly.  And if you’ve ever wished there were audio versions of my stories…Patreon is the place you need to be!

If support is not within your current budget, please feel free to enjoy the stories here none-the-less.  If a particular piece should happen to touch you, move you, or connect with you in some way please leave me a comment.  After all, that is my end goal…putting words together in a way that resonates with others.  You have my most sincere thanks for your interest in what I love to do!

A quick note about navigating this siteYou’ll notice a menu icon (3 small stacked lines) near the top, right corner of your screen.  Yeah, that’s it there to the right of “500 Words and Counting”.  If you’re reading this on a mobile device, you might need to scroll to the top of the page to see it.  That menu icon appears at the top of every page of this blog.  Click on it to explore the various story collections, to follow me, to send me a private message…you get the idea…it’s your key to moving around here.  Or, if you prefer, click the link below to access the master page which contains all the stories in one place. And if you want access to audio versions and behind-the-scenes updates…consider joining me at Patreon.  Thanks for stopping by; I hope you enjoy what you read…

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