It’s a day of, “Finally!” mixed with a bunch of “Already?” and an expected amount of “Gulp.”
Patreon is a new and exciting platform for me. It’s a bit like Kickstarter for on-going creative work, and gives me a chance to make the creative process into a community endeavor that invites readers to step into experience.
The individual rewards for my patrons range from first-eyes access to all self-defense articles to receiving my feedback on your own fight scenes and becoming a character in an upcoming novel. The community milestones range from creating print editions of the novels to my commitment to offer self-defense and/or fight-writing seminars at different conventions.
So if that alone is enough to convince you to investigate, go forth and check out the rest! Maybe if we hit a certain goal by a certain time, we’ll have a whiskey-fueled Twitter party.
If you’d like to know more (about the Patreon, not the whiskey) before committing to that click, read on:
At a recent convention in Colorado, I sat on three panels: how to write great villains, exploring violence in fantasy literature, and writing engaging fight scenes.
Do we detect a theme here, my darlings?
I’m Blair MacGregor. The fiction and non-fiction I write goes a long way toward explaining my participation in those panels. Reviewers describe my fantasy novels as brutal, gritty, character-driven, and realistic military fantasy. Even my most well-intentioned characters must choose between what is good and what is necessary… then live with the consequences of their choices. You can find more information about the novels here.
The non-fiction my readers love most explores self-defense and martial arts—sometimes with applications to storytelling, and sometimes with applications to real life. To give you the most dynamic information possible, I draw on over fourteen years of martial arts and self-defense training, twelve years of teaching, and more than a little bit of life experience. The articles challenge perspectives, debunk myths, call out dangerous claims, and provide factual information. Here’s an example of the articles I write. Here’s an example of why I write them.
By becoming a patron, you’re supporting the fiction and the non-fiction. The characters who must decide if their cause is worth the consequences. The real-life people who deserve to know how best to protect themselves from the bad guys. The storytelling that benefits from understanding when, why, and how violence is effective, and when, why, and how fighters make their decisions.
So I’ve put together appreciation levels for individual patrons and milestones for the collective community. Individual appreciations range from “first-eyes” access to all self-defense articles to being “cast” in one of my stories to direct personal feedback on your fight scenes. Community milestones include fight scene analysis, interviews, and more. (Someone mentioned videos, so maybe… )
These will evolve and expand and diversify as we get to know each other better, so feel free to make your suggestions! Above all, my darlings, thank you so much for your interest and investment. Your feedback is always welcome.
Read more details here! Thank you to everyone in advance for the support and encouragement.
And just a little reminder that I’ve an infrequent newsletter as well.