The Patreon Community

With just a little more than a month away from my fourth book release, the giddiness just thinking about it escalates ever so slightly as each day crawls closer. 

This book, however, is a bigger milestone for me than simply being another publication in the notch of my literary belt. It represents, among a handful of other things, my reemergence from a five year writing hiatus. My last book was released back in 2012 and, knowing my writing will see the light of day again (not counting social media posts), is a pretty significant step.

Breathe” also signifies my step toward intentionally embracing my poetic gift and making strides to take my poetry and spoken word to a more full time effort. 

I’ve been writing more. I’ve been reciting more. I’ve been engaged in my art with more intentionality.

Having said that, in the spirit of taking my art more seriously, I’ve also taken the dive and have decided to join a greater cohort of creatives through an online crowd funding community called Patreon. In short, Patreon provides a platform for creatives, like myself, to let their fans subscribe and fund their ongoing work. 

My desire is to publish more books on a more consistent basis (hopefully every six months), while curating poetry events for you to attend that’ll feature, not only me, but some of the great poets and spoken word artists of our day. I also intend to produce audio versions of my work for all of your listen pleasures.

These goals, of course, require funds.

This is where you come in!!!

I’ve set up different monthly subscription tiers on my Patreon Page that’ll get you various rewards in return. From gaining access to exclusive (for your eyes only) weekly poems to discounts on future books, each tier comes with some amazing perks. And, from $1 a month to $3 a month and from $5 a month to $10 a month, there’s a monthly financial level for every budget.

At the end of the day, it’s about creating a community around my art and poetry. It’s about you actually having a hand on helping me make this dream a reality. It’s about us working together in love.

So, thanks ahead of time!

I’m looking forward to serving you, while engaging on a poetic journey that’s going to prove to be fantastic.

For more information, please click HERE to see how you can begin the journey with me.

Morning Pages

I first started writing poetry back in 1994.

It was exciting. It was fresh. It was challenging.

But, like most things in life for me, the challenges actually provided fodder for growth, rather than a repellent keeping me from pursuing my new found passion. The drive that I had kept me going. And everytime I hit a wall, I’d usually find a way to climb over it. In those rare extreme moments, I’d even find a way to burrow through the inevitable writer’s wall.

One tool that helped me get over the hump of literary amnesia was an activity called Morning Pages. Julia Cameron, in her book “The Artist’s Way”, describes a streams of consciousness type of activity where you mine through your brain and extract treasures that are dormant waiting to be found.

The process is simple, yet arduous.

Every morning, before you start your day, you write for 30 minutes. You don’t worry about possible spelling mistakes or grammatical errors. You simply write the first things that come to mind. And you keep on going. You keep on writing, even if your hand cramps up. And, once the 30 minutes are up, you simply put your journal away, not reading what just spilled out onto the pages.

You do this for 30 days.

The beautiful part to this activity is coming to the end of the month and discovering the wonderful nuggets of ideas, poems, creative pieces and general wonderings. These monthly activities opened doors to many Spoken Word pieces, poem ideas and mental exercises that strengthen my creative muscles.

My writer’s blocks, since doing Morning Pages, are now far and few between.

Need help catalyzing your ideas out of your head? Give Morning Pages a try and let me know what you discover.