My drug of choice is writing––writing, art, reading, inspiration, books, creativity, process, craft, blogging, grammar, linguistics, and did I mention writing?

Saturday, August 11, 2018

The Patron Muses

The Patron Muses

Though Cathamel retains the Primary Muse status, and is the fiercest ass kicker muse there has ever been, there are a few staunch supporters of Writing About Writing who act as patron/muses.

I can try to sing their praises, but it will never quite be enough. Their name is not hyperbole for they really do inspire me sometimes from the dredges of apathy and the very edge of giving up on this whole "blog thing." When I drag my ass out of bed and want to do anything but writing, it is their unswerving support that gets me going. When I want a six week hiatus during summer school instead of a hybrid of writing as much as I can, it is honoring their contributions that I think of.

And while every single Patreon of even $1, one time Paypal contributor, or individual who dropped a line to tell me they appreciated my work is incredibly important to my continued success surviving capitalism and a lot of bullshit, a few people have gone above and beyond in their support, and deserve a shout out.

Whether they show up to social events with their entire family dressed in Writing About Writing t-shirts (which....don't actually exist, so these were HAND MADE), donate a non-trivial amount to my Patreon month after month, drop a donation on me that is so huge my mouth literally goes dry, assist me in post after post by helping to clean up my copy, or simply aid my social media proliferation by liking and sharing just about every damn thing I post (though this is a harder "in" these days since my social media is too big to keep up with the notifications anymore), and sometimes just being a great healer when I've Social Justice Barded too hard, and I'm out of hit points.  They are who I think of when the writing gets hard and who, when it gets really tough, I realize I wouldn't want to let down.

Right now there are fourteen patron muses (but always room for one more). Julia, Alex, Margaret, Heather, John
, Pol
, Ginger, Kelly
, Alex (another one), Alisha, Hélène, TM Caldwell and two Anonymouses.  I salute you.

I'd also like to give a special extra grateful hat tip to TM Caldwell who has, for years, been a significant fraction of the reason I have been able to phase out day jobs and dedicate more time and energy to writing.

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