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When the student is ready the teacher will appear…

So I spent the last few days listening to the audiobook-version of Amanda Palmer’s “The Art of Asking”, trying to get some advice on how best to go about this whole Patreon thing. Artistically we’re very different, I’m a writer, she’s a musician but at the end of the day we both want to do the same thing – make art and use it to connect with people. Insofar her memoir has taught me a lot about being fearless, asking for help and accepting that the answer might be no. All of this seems daunting to me, putting myself out there for the trolls to devour in the hope of reaching through to a handful of people who get me and my work. What gave me a little confidence boost, however, is that even the “Queen of Crowd-sourcing” Amanda Palmer admits that she was not born this way that she’s just reached the other side of a years-long process, where finally being vulnerable and trusting others not to take advantage of that has become natural, for the most part.

I’m not gregarious, my personal history has taught me that generally people are shit and it seems close to impossible to rewrite this conditioning. But I will try nonetheless because I’ve also learned that the “people are shit” attitude may protect me from those this sentence actually describes but it also makes me miss the ones who get what I do and that’s a damn shame. Most people are generally alright I guess, it’s just that most of the time we’re not thinking, too preoccupied with our own shit to empathize – I’m like that too sometimes but I still get upset when it happens to me. I’ll never get naked in front of a crowd so they can draw on me that seems like an odd idea to have, let alone go through with but it works for Amanda Palmer – so live and let live. Still when it comes to her Patreon, her social media presence and general attitude towards the people who fund her art I could do worse than put into action the advice she’s given me in “The Art of Asking”. Because like I said in the end we both want the same thing – to make art and make a connection.

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Caith Esra Ulvar is now on Patreon!

This post is jumping the gun a bit. In fact I’m well on my way to build my patreon page but it’s not quite launched yet. I’m estimating that it’ll take me at least another month to polish my fiction enough, so that I can publish some quality content right out of the gate. So bear with me for now… I’ll update this post as my launch date approaches. 

Update:

And then I didn’t. Yet somehow the big day is here and I’m a little overwhelmed to be honest. There’s so many things I need to do to get my page up and running. I want to publish my first story and the associated rewards today – so please bear with me as I hyperventilate…

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Okay, I’m good. Sort of.

Now that my patreon page is finally online I find myself in a weird place in which I am both afraid everything will change and that nothing does. Things have to change, though. I’ve spent too long working for the junk drawer. I’m sure Kafka was a top bloke but he is not a role model. The other side must be better. So I took the plunge. I’ll establish a new routine – give it a week and my adrenaline level will be back to normal and this whole patreon business will feel like same old, same old. Am I making sense here?

On the flipside I have told myself again and again to give it three years. Show up. Be consistent. Even if no one is watching. I have resolved to give it three years and possibly a lifetime. Or until the inevitable collapse of society and the internet. But then I’ll just tell my stories around a camp fire after an exciting day of hunting and gathering, possibly zombie dodging or whatever. I’m a good writer. I am passionate about my stories. And I am confident that they will find an audience. Eventually.

And here comes the inevitable sales pitch: Want to know if that’s you? You can head on over to my patreon page. It’s live now – did I mention that? There’s me, welcoming you with my whole heart, and stories and soon also a novel (March 05, everybody) and lots of perks for signing up and supporting me. Before you hop on over to patreon, don’t forget to share this with your people. Life is too short to hide what you’re passionate about. I have stopped hiding. It is scary. But I’m sure it’ll be worth it.

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By the way, is this button too big…?!