OH, THE THINGS YOU’LL SEE… WELL, READ… AND BE A PART OF… THE $1-A-MONTH EDITION.

With Ghost Tracks finished, I’m turning my attention towards 2 new projects: a short story and a novel for adults. And only my Patreon patrons will get a sneak preview of both works.

No pressure, but the May patron journal drops on the 1st, with exclusive extracts from both works. There’s still time to be one of the cool kids…

Check out my Patreon site here for all the cool goodies you can receive.

PATREONUS REMINDERUS

Here’s your monthly reminder that a large wadge of what you see on this blog– as well as progress on my upcoming works such as Ghost Tracks— is supported by the generous pledges of my Patreon patrons.

In April, patrons have received the following:

  • An exclusive short story, Creeping.
  • A 1000-word journal entry discussing the work-life balance of being an artist in a remote country town.
  • The right to vote on an upcoming 5 for Friday blog post.
  • An exclusive cartoon.
  • An excerpt from Ghost Tracks, my current work-in-progress.
  • An exclusive video blog in which I discuss patron questions and talk about the ways an author can overcome distractions and ensure s/he comes to the writing session ready to get words onto the paper immediately.
  • Last First Lines, an exclusive writing exercise.

Plus other patron-only treats and goodies which can only be accessed by pledging as little as $1 a month.

If you’re interested in receiving a range of fun, exclusive goodies in your inbox every month, and like me you can think of better things to do with a couple of bucks than spend it on some crushed twigs soaked in hot water, head on over to my Patreon page and check out the full list of rewards. We turn away no friendly overture.

 

5 FOR FRIDAY: XTC

Those of you who have been paying attention to my Patreon campaign will know that one of the rewards offered to patrons is the ability to determine which 5 for Friday posts will be among those I blog each month. Thanks to patron Colin Sharpe, this week I’ll be discussing five of my favourite songs by those master of British pop perfection, XTC.

Back in the 1980s, among the Chock Solid Block of Oz Cock Rock on which I was weaned, I uncovered a deep and lasting love for those British songwriters who defined the world in acid-etched clarity and humour: Ian Dury, Elvis Costello, The Clash, the Sex Pistols, Madness and the Specials all retain a special place in my heart. And alongside them, XTC, and three songs in particular that were FM radio staples– Senses Working Overtime; Making Plans for Nigel; and Generals and Majors are magnificent songs that remain close to my heart, and I could probably wax on about them until we’re both blue in the brain. (If you haven’t heard them before, follow the links now, then come back. We’ll wait, ready with a hearty I KNOW, RIGHT? at your return.)

I KNOW, RIGHT?

Now, in all honesty, we could begin and end right there, but those gateway drugs of songs were only the beginning of a life-long love. So here are five other songs that hit me right in the frontal cortex, and which I’ll be humming as they carry me to my grave.

Next week, thanks to patron Narrelle M Harris, I’ll be discussing five TV comedies that have influenced my approach to writing, performance, and public speaking. But for now, get out the headphones and sink into 15 minutes of musical bliss as Andy and Colin do what they do best: swan around being brilliant.

 

LIKE A 5 FOR FRIDAY IN A FURNISHED CAGE

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ALL THIS WEIGHT LOSS STUFF IS FASCINATING, BUT WHAT’S HAPPENING WITH THE WRITING, HUH? HUH?

Back from the air-conditioned comfort of the library, and it occurs to me that I’ve not actually mentioned how my new writing world is coming along: given that the majority of you know me as a writer and not some sort of work experience weight-loss guru for the aged and blimpically-inclined, maybe I should actually talk about the stuff that brings us all together for a moment…

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YOU SAY MATRON, I SAY PATRON, LET’S CALL THE WHOLE THING… SUPPORT ME!

Just your friendly, monthly, reminder that you can enjoy a huge swag of rewards every month by dropping the teensiest pledge of fine Australian dollars onto my bowed head over at my Patreon page.

Coming up on the 1st of March, patrons will receive:

  • Secrets and Masters: a new, exclusive story that proves the old trope that just because you’re paranoid, doesn’t mean they aren’t out to get you,
  • A writing exercise designed to take you inside unfamiliar buildings, and turn them inside out,
  • A new Vlog post in which I answer questions posed by patrons, and discuss the methods behind giving unique voices to characters,
  • An exclusive cartoon about being careful what you wish for, especially in lose-lose situations,
  • An 1000-word peek into the unfolding story of Ghost Tracks, my current work in progress,
  • An exclusive journal, in which I talk about working in isolation, the unique environment of the Northern Sunlands, and recommend a couple of top-notch literary biographies,
  • An opportunity to vote on upcoming 5 for Friday posts, and set the direction of the very blog you are now reading, and
  • a whole cornucopia of froody, funky, Patron-only goodies.

To get your hands on this swag, and interact directly with me in a way we don’t normally get to do, head on over to my Patreon page and check out the list of rewards.

Come on in, the blood’s lovely and warm!

 

 

 

 

PATREON: THE FINAL COUNTDOWN (Doodle-oo-doo, doodle-oo-de-doooo…)

‘Twas the night before the 1st of February (It was the 31st of January)

And all through the house (I’m currently sitting in Perth airport)

Not a creature was stirring (It’s as busy as all buggery)

Not even a… (All right, this really isn’t working, is it?)

 

It’s the 31st of January. That means there’s just over 12 hours left until the first batch of Patreon rewards drops into the inboxes of those fabulous people who have become my patrons.

What will they receive? Here’s a taste.
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PATREON IS LAUNCHED: THE ROCK AND ROLL TYRANNOSAURUS SEX GOD VIP ROOM

The Space King Super Love Monkey of all Patreon launches has reached its climax, and how better to take us over the top than to take a glimpse at the King of the Terror Lizards, Peter Dutton, in the mighty Rock and Roll Tyrannosaurus Sex God VIP Room?

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This is the biggie, folks. This is for everything: for $50 a month, you can be one of only 12 patrons to receive every reward bestowed upon all other levels. That’s everything we’ve spent the last two weeks revealing– the exclusive novel; the personalised cartoons; the work in progress reveals; the writing exercises; the personalised 5 for Friday posts; the exclusive, personalised story; the Vlog posts; the journal entries; the patron-only stories, cartoons and voting stock– everything. And it will all start to tumble into your possession from 1 February 2018.

Plus, once a year, I will read your novel manuscript, and provide a free manuscript assessment. Go on, take a moment to check out how much you’ll pay an editing company. Yeah, that much. For free. So you’ll get that– which would normally cost you more than your annual patronage commitment by itself— on top of all the other booty. I’ll read your manuscript, and provide you with a 2000-word minimum report distilling my 17 years’ experience into an analysis of  the narrative flow, positives, aspects for further work, and potential next steps. I’ll talk about the overall structure, content and style, plot, character, point-of-view, pace, writing style, narrative, dialogue, presentation, length, verisimilitude, potential readership, and publishing possibilities.

Go back and check out all the other fantastic rewards you’ll receive for your patronage,

  • The Velociraptors of Love
  • Is Troodon, Is Good
  • Today is a Good Day to Deinonychus
  • Air-cooled, totally worked V8 Australovenator, maaaate.
  • It Takes a Lotosaurus to be a Dilophosaurus
  • The Be Allosaurus to End Allosaurus

Add them all up, top it off with the manuscript assessment and the knowledge that you’ll be one of en exclusive dozen-only patrons at this level, and $50 doesn’t seem as much as it did when we got here, no? Why, I bet you spend more than that on medieval sword canes and Lithuanian brandy……

So, there it is. 7 levels of support to help me create writing, art and cartoons over the next 2 years. And in return, to provide you with some exclusive content that will warm your heart and moisten your glands. The first batch of rewards drop on 1 February, so you’ve got a week to get in, make your choice of pledge, and experience the glow of satisfaction that come from being a patron of the arts. Like the De Medici, or Charles Saatchi, or… this isn’t going well, is it? Anyway, to become a patron and receive all this (if I do say so myself) awesome stuff, head on over to my Patreon site and sign up for your preferred reward. And while you’re there, download the free story you get just for saying hello.

Become a Patron!