While I was on hiatus, one of the things I was doing was learning about Patreon. I’ve been thinking about starting a Patreon community for quite some time because I’d love to have more in depth discussions about stories and how my subscribers are affected by them.
The more I chat with people on Story-Power about their creative processes and their lives, I just want to hear more. I think it would be fun to have special sessions with them and my community because I want to promote deeper understanding among people.
These last six years have been really hard on me. The political climate, the increased violence, the attack on the rights of so many groups that I don’t need to list them here. Then the pandemic, and now Putin’s war against Ukraine. It’s almost too much. I’m not a person who has ever suffered from clinical depression, but I’ve had to acknowledge that on some level I’m depressed about everything that’s been going on in the world. And yet …
On the other hand, I feel in my bones that we are in the midst of great changes. It’s almost like an epic battle between good and evil, except I don’t believe in Cosmic evil. What we’re living through is a battle between the crumbling of the old paradigms and the emergence of the new. Almost all of the old “common wisdom” is being turned topsy turvy as are institutions and belief systems, and even the way we interact with each other. I want to know how it’s affecting everyone I talk to. How are they/you affected by all the changes? Are they/you trying to help the changes along or are they/you hanging on by their/your fingernails.
Some days I feel like I’m hanging on by my fingernails and other days, when I pray, send Reiki, meditate, or just chat with people, I feel like everything that’s happening is necessary and even good. I’m determined to seek out the good things that are happening and feel like it’s part of a bigger plan.
I’m not a therapist, but I think conversations about our deepest hopes and fears is really healthy. That’s what I want to promote with my Patreon community, trust and deep conversations. I have four authors who have agreed to do live chats about their books, writing lives, and hopefully more. They are A.D. Trosper, Stacy Bennett, Moshe Mikanovsky, and Teri Brown. I’ve read their books and highly recommend them.
Audra and Stacy have written multiple fantasy books and they are writing partners, Moshe’s book, The Resurrector, is about grief in a Jewish family, and Teri’s book, Sunflowers Beneath the Snow, is about the end of the Soviet Union and how that affected Ukraine. I’m nearly finished with that one, but it’s a fascinating look at life under the USSR, and the difficulties of starting anew through the eyes of one family. Even if you don’t join my community, I highly recommend these authors and their work.
I’ll let you know when I get my Patreon page set up, because I know that many of you have websites and have lots of things to share with others. I’m interested to hear what you have to say.
Have a wonderful weekend.
Lucinda Sage-Midgorden © 2022
Lucinda is the author of The Space Between Time, an award finalist in the “Fiction: Fantasy” category of the 2017 Best Book Awards.
Have you ever experienced life shattering events? Yeah, most of us have. In The Space Between Time, Jenna Holden gets slammed by her fiancé walking out, her mother’s untimely death, and losing her job all in one week. But she receives unexpected help when she finds her three-times great-grandmother’s journals and begins the adventure of a lifetime.
The Space Between Time is available in all ebook formats at Smashwords and for Kindle at Amazon, or you can find the ebook at iBooks or Barnes and Noble. If you prefer a physical copy, you can find a print-on-demand version at Amazon. Stay tuned for news when the audiobook version is published.
Lucinda is also the host of Story-Power a podcast where she and her guests discuss their creative endeavors, and/or the stories that have changed their lives. It’s available here on Sage Woman Chronicles and on Apple, Google, and Spotify podcast apps. Please rate and leave a review. It helps people find me.
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