A little experiment: Sharing the love at Patreon

So, here’s an interesting thing – I have a favour to ask. Would you be willing to be part of an experiment with me?

Back in September, I shared how I was moving most, if not all, my spontaneous creative work to Patreon. It’s why I’ve been so quiet here since.

A small number of people followed me over there, and I’ve been posting fairly regularly – new songs, impromptu jams, an unfinished novel, prompted poetry – you know, that sort of thing…

I’d like to get more people there but I came across something really, really ANNOYING about Patreon’s functionality.

Put simply, it’s REALLY difficult to find artists on Patreon, unless they’re already successful.

The flip-side of this is that it’s nearly impossible for an artist to find patrons on Patreon! Basically, you have to build audience elsewhere, and get them to Patreon to pay you.

[Patreon then reaps the reward of your hard work through their fee]

Sigh… Such is the way of things in the arts on the internet.

Still, it got me thinking – and the idea for my little experiment began to form.

Here it is in a nutshell:

For every 5 patrons I have at Patreon, I will ask the community to tell me 3 undiscovered artists who I can, in turn, sponsor on Patreon.

Basically, each one of my patrons will actually be sponsoring 1.6 artists just by sponsoring me at Patreon

[8 artists sponsored by 5 Patrons]

Though, of course, in reality it’s me sponsoring the extra 3.

[and yes, passing on 60% of my sponsorship]

My self-interest is simply to be able to afford to keep making music, writing books, and offering them to the world – but to be able to do that while also helping others do the same is just amazing.

So, here’s my question: Are you willing to be part of my experiment?

If so, all you need to do is sponsor me at Patreon – here are the per-month levels:

  • $1 – No reward – just for those who want to help me do what I do
  • $1 – Music Fan – you receive a physical and digital copy of any new CD I release
  • $2 – Avid Reader – you will receive a hard- or e-copy of any new novel I release
  • $10 – SUPERFAN! – you will receive physical and digital copies of any new CD or Novel I release, and private invitation to special events online and face-to-face

And, of course, you can choose to pay more than those subscription levels, but the amounts above are the minimum to get going.

So what say you? Are you willing to help me help you help my sisters and brothers in art?

Sponsor me at Patreon

Moving to Patreon

First off, I’d like to say a huge thank you to everyone who has read me here over the past seven years – you have my love – but it is with a pragmatist’s mind that I’ve decided to move all my spontaneous creative work to Patreon.

There are two main reasons for this:

  1. The reality of needing to put food on the table, so there MUST be some return on investment for the time I spend creating
  2. My growing annoyance with the “let the public have everything” nature of art on the internet – I would rather create for a small, select group who actually care to join me than for a wide public who pass by every now and then

I’ve learned much about myself and presenting myself to the world over the past seven years – and my major learning is that this experiment doesn’t work for me.

So it’s time to try a different track.

If you like what you’ve read here, please come along and support me at Patreon – just a dollar a month gets you through the door.

And if you don’t care to join me, thanks for being here anyway. If not me, please consider supporting an artist today.

Love-peace-trust

Vince Sig 131x89

Some things for you to ignore

Because right now, in all honesty, I’m tired of self-promotion and trying to persuade you to read/listen/enjoy anything I’ve put into the world.

So go ahead, please ignore…

Novels
Records
Poetry
Live Music
iOS Apps

Is there anybody out there?

The reality for most independent musicians is that each record is a commercial still-birth by any reasonable measure; people just don’t prioritize the purchase of music

[I don’t know that they ever did at the local level]

and perversely that seems even more the case with people we love and who love us – while I often give people free copies of stuff, very few of the people I know have ever purchased one of my books or records

[those that have are a blessing for sure – and have my love]

I gave away any and all expectations as to commercial success when I released Grope, and have maintained that stance with Writer’s Flow and Turquoise Cyan Sapphire. I feel better for having done so, and find I’m better able to enjoy the music I’ve released without the internal dialogue of commercial judgement.

Does that mean I’m immune to self-doubt? No way. The sense that

no-one’s listening

is ever-present, as it has been since I first started telling stories. And that voice can be very, VERY loud sometimes.

Right now though, I’m in a good space – lots of projects on the move – more beginning to emerge from the deep well of my subconscious. And I am lucky to have a day job that keeps food on the table.

I am a commitment to produce and promote great music.

Yet I have friends who are putting their heart and soul into producing GREAT music

[and, yes, #IBuyMusic]

who are suffering greatly from the manifest apathy of their audience, both known and unknown. I wish there were some way for me to change this, but aside from sharing their music and urging others’ to buy, I don’t know what else I can do to move the reality we all face.

I’m not someone who does well with intractable problems – and I wrestle with this one every day – any and all ideas welcome 🙂

Love-peace-trust

Vince Sig 131x89

 

Back to RUFUS

Today, for the first time in almost a year, I added new words to RUFUS, one of my novels-in-progress.

I’m going to let that sink in for a moment

[for myself, more than for you, sorry]

The longest I shelved a novel – or at least one that got finished – was the 5 years when Do Sparrows Eat Butterflies? sat at 60 pages. I’ve written about the whys and wherefores of that block several times before, so I won’t cover the ground again. Besides, it’s hardly been an idle time since I last wrote, though the pendulum has swung far towards my musical self, with the release of Grope, Writer’s Flow and Turquoise Cyan Sapphire.

For now, all that’s important is that I added words to RUFUS today – and intend to add more tomorrow

[and yes, I was writing to Writer’s Flow – Music For Writing – you should really try it yourself]

All that’s important is that I recognize the act in its moment: I am a writer; I am writing.

In Swan Song, Robert R McCammon has a recurring line for one of his lead characters, Sister Creep:

One step and then the next, gets you where you’re going.

[incidentally, I’m using that as a pace chant when out running – it works really well!]

Over the years, I’ve gained many insights about writing and writers block. They all help me know. And the simplest is:

One word and then the next, gets the book written.

I am a writer; I am writing.

Love-peace-trust

Vince Sig 131x89

Yes, but you have to have a pigeon-hole…

I’ve been called many things

[some of them nice, some not so much]

but the term I keep hearing is renaissance man which, according to dictionary.com means:

noun
1. a cultured man of the Renaissance who was knowledgeable, educated, or proficient in a wide range of fields.

2. (sometimes lowercase) a present-day man who has acquired profound knowledge or proficiency in more than one field.

Seeing as how I can’t claim Leonardo Da Vinci or Michelangelo among my contemporaries, I guess I must be number 2

[hehehehe… he said number 2…]

I don’t know that my knowledge or proficiency in any field is profound

[that’d be up to others to judge]

I generally think of myself as still being like I was when I was young: just plain  interested in everything that catches my interest. Which is generally good enough for me, and gets me to this body of artistic and professional work that I love so much.

Then I hear something like I heard last night.

Apparently, I was almost passed over for a solo show because

I need someone acoustic, he just does electric

Wait… What?!!

Did this not happen?

Or this?

It bugged me. It really did. Then I realized, I have the exact same reaction when people say they’re looking for a band but didn’t consider me. Even though this happens:

And this:

I can’t blame people – it can be tough for me to keep track of all the things I get up to.

And, of course, we live in a passive ‘push’ world, where everyone who wants to share anything has to compete against information overload. In this push world, I can build my audience here, and over at Facebook and only reach less than 10% of that audience per post.

And, unlike the world the internet talking heads rhapsodize, very few people share things onward

[those that do are a rare, and generous, gift]

So I have to repeat myself.

Again.

And again.

And again.

As someone who gets really twitchy about too much self-promotion, it’s exhausting to keep folk aware of what’s going on; constantly running the self-perceived risk of boring people with repetition.

I’ve been going through that this week with the release of Writers Flow – Music For Writing. The umpteenth post in the umpteenth direction and I feel like someone’s out there just grinding their teeth

Sheesh! Can’t Tuckwood just give it a rest with all his self-promotion?!!

But the truth is, I can’t, because I haven’t even mentioned:

  • Escalation
  • Family Rules
  • Karaoke Criminals
  • Do Sparrows Eat Butterflies?
  • Garbled Glittering Glamours
  • Grope
  • Writers Unblocked
  • We Are Story
  • mySetlist
  • myOrgDev
  • View Beyond LLC

and a shit-load of other stuff. If I don’t mention them, no-one else will. If I’m not in your face, telling you about my stuff NO ONE ELSE IS.

Exhausting.

Sometimes I wonder what it must be like to do one thing, to sit in one pigeon-hole – wouldn’t it be easier to just have to sell yourself as

the best [fill in the blank] in the world

then I really think about what that would feel like, the constraints, the constriction. I’ll take my exhaustion over that sensation any day.

Though, this morning, I wish there was some easy way to point out all the pigeon-holes I sit in at once.

I wish there was a Zagat’s guide for Vince.

I really do.

Love-peace-trust

Vince Sig 131x89

Writer’s Flow – Music For Writing: released today!

You know that moment: you’re getting ready to write, drifting into your flow, when a song comes up on shuffle and completely distracts you? I hate that. I wanted longer pieces that didn’t demand I listen, and yet moved me further and deeper into my creative self.

The result is Writer’s Flow – Music For Writing; 3 extended pieces specifically designed to enhance creative flow and mood.

… listening to it while working on reports and cut my report timing by 25% (usually one hour, took me only 45 minutes and I was clearer on my presentation!)” ~M Vera

Samples of each piece are available to stream and full tracks for purchase at Bandcamp; listen here and, when you’re ready to take your writing to the next level, just hit the ‘buy’ link.

Full information on the project is available at Writers-Flow.com; for now,  here are some basics:

Each piece is around 25 minutes long

[which supports the Pomodoro technique – I don’t personally chunk my writing, but you may, so I stuck with it in Writers Flow]

The tempo here is restful, but not soporific – neither musak nor meditation – and the loops and themes are designed to hook without distracting.

That’s right! This music doesn’t want you to pay attention; it’s a backdrop for your writing, so put it on in the background and fall into the page. In fact, you may find yourself distracted by the lack of distraction when first trying it! If so, keep going, you’ll soon find yourself easing into the flow.

I can’t promise that Writers Flow will make your story work, your blog have impact, or your dialogue snap. But I can tell you that Writer’s Flow – Music For Writing is designed to get you to the place where you can do exactly that.

So, set the volume to a comfortable background level, press play, and GET WRITING!

Love-peace-trust,

Vince Sig 131x89