Introducing: My Patreon Page

I know what you’re thinking. But Rain, you didn’t even start your YouTube channel in March like you promised. I know! Trust me, I know. Well, I’m doing this anyway. I still desperately want to start a YouTube channel, but you know what? My mental health is a mess, and my finances are a joke, so I’m going to do this in a weird way where I start my Patreon page first, and start making videos later.

What is Patreon? Patreon is a platform that allows people to support artists of all kinds, because every little bit helps and it can be hard for artists to financially benefit from their work. Potential patrons choose how much they want to donate each month, in exchange for certain rewards as a show of gratitude from the artist.

Right now, my page only has a couple of tiers, and none of them are for very high amounts, because I know I don’t have enough content to offer for anything more. For now, these are the tiers I’ve got, and I know I can’t offer much in return, but if you’ll read through the various rewards below and maybe give this post a share, I would really appreciate it. Every little dollar would really go a long way towards helping me create more content that I can be proud of.

Because my finances are so unstable, it means my mental health is unstable, and because I need a full salary, I can’t afford to take the time I need to look after my mental health. This gets me into a vicious circle where I need to take care of my mental health but can’t afford do, so I keep working myself too hard and pressuring myself, which makes everything even worse. If I could find ways to become a little more stable in my finances, maybe I can help myself become a bit more stable mentally.

I know that was all a bit confusing. Hopefully the tiers listed below won’t be! They are all named/based on by world and stories.

$ 1 per month – Human

Very few humans are lucky enough to know about the existence of the hidden world of Hurst, where all magical creatures and people live. But those in the know, those who have travelled there and sampled the delights and adventures of Hurst, are never quite the same again.

Reward:        

  • Monthly Collection of Flash Fiction, stories previously posted on my blog, plus some exclusive content.
  • Invitation to provide me with any image to inspire a Flash Fiction story for my blog.
  • Monthly Behind-the-Scenes writing video about my progress and my process.

$4 per month – Magical

Magical is the collective term for all people and creatures that live in the fantasy world of Hurst. This little world lays hidden within ours, a sanctuary for Magicals to call their home, away from the troubles and horrors of the human world. Of course, Magicals have plenty of horrors of their own, but they also lead adventurous lives. Everything you have heard of in fairy tales and myths can be found in Hurst.

Reward:        

  • All lower-tiered rewards.
  • Access to unpublished work.
  • Digital Copy of future completed novels.

$ 7 per month – Sentry

While only a few regular people know about the existence of Hurst, there is one group of special humans who keep it safe. The Meridian Sentries guard the Boundary between our world and that of Hurst. These humans have their own magic that maintains the Boundary. To be born a Sentry is a great honour and privilege.

Reward:        

  • All lower-tiered rewards.
  • New/edited episode monthly of my online fantasy noir series. “Valentine & Maxwell”.

$ 12 per month – Aegis

Once every few generations, when Hurst or the Meridians are exposed to a particularly great threat, a Sentry with powers that far exceed that of other Sentries is born. The Aegis is the last hope, the most powerful protector of Hurst and the Boundary. Nothing will stand in the way of the Aegis and their mission. Not for long, anyway.

Reward:        

  • All lower-tiered rewards.
  • A short story dedicated to you on my blog, based on any topic/idea of your choosing.
  • Signed paperback of future completed novels. 
  • Digital ARCs of future novels.

$ 50 per month – The Great Witch

The Great Witch was the most powerful witch who ever lived. She is the one who created the world of Hurst. Humans were evolving, becoming paranoid towards magic, wishing to destroy anyone or anything that wasn’t what they deemed normal. So Haldil, the Great Witch, created Hurst as a hidden garden that eventually grew into a world where Magicals still live together in peace.

Reward:        

  • All lower-tiered rewards.
  • I will incorporate any brilliant ideas you have into one of my novels (see your idea on the page without doing the work! Full credit to you, of course).
  • My services as sensitivity reader for your writing (queer/lesbian/ace/mental health/depression/anxiety/self-harm)

If you like what I do, both my posts and my fiction, it would mean the absolute world to me if you were able to support me even just a little. I know there is so much more I can do. I have some great work to offer. I just need a little help to be able to do it.

Even if you can’t afford to offer any support (trust me, I’m right there with you), if you could share this post, I would appreciate it a lot. I value and treasure every single one of you who take time to read my blog. It means the world to me to know that someone sees my work and even appreciates it. So regardless of whether or not you even open my Patreon page, I just want you to know that I’m grateful, and you are valued.

https://www.patreon.com/RainSivertsen

Now if you’ll excuse me, I have a novel to write.


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