Hey everyone. I’ve been nervous about launching a Patreon for a long time. There are some deeply-held prejudices against asking for help in America. So this is a place for me to work on believing in myself and my work for those interested in doing so to support it.
2017 has been a hugely exciting year for me. I finished my MFA in May and got married in June. More recently I have:
Learned that my wife and I are expecting our first child together in April of next year.
Started a new job with Site Strategics. I’m their Content Marketing Strategist, meaning I get to develop content for both our clients’ marketing needs and our own internal marketing developments. It’s a great agency filled with talented and friendly people that make work fun.
Accepted a job teaching an adjunct class at my undergrad alma mater. I’ll be teaching Intro to Creative Writing at the School of Adult Learning in February and March.
Pushing more of my freelance writing and editing side hustle.
Trying to treat my own creative writing as a professional endeavor.
That last bullet-point is a continual struggle for me. I’ve started to send some stories out for publication, and the rejections have been encouraging. I am working on a rewrite and developmental edit of the novel that comprised much of my thesis. Even though I am doing all this work, I still have a healthy bit of imposter syndrome that I struggle against constantly. I’m hoping that committing to myself through this Patreon will help me build habits that counteract some of those negative tendencies.
I am also exploring a bit of an experiment I’d like to do. I’ll tell you more about this later, but it involves a pen name, self publishing, and Amazon’s pilot season strategy.
Thank you for joining me here. I’m excited to share more of my journey as a writer, marketing professional, and father.