In recent years the internet has sort of reintroduced the idea to us. Through crowd-funding, and other means of direct payment, those who enjoy the work of artists can give them a little (or even a lot) for their efforts. Personally, I have backed a couple of Kickstarters, and donated to a couple of pages. And today I’m here to talk about another such opportunity.
Those of you who have followed my blog for a long time may recall that I like to gush a bit about Scott Oden. He’s a personal friend and an inspiration. We share a common love of all things orcs and Robert E. Howard (to varying degrees, and we do have our good-natured disagreements even on those subjects). Scott is a very talented storyteller, and I was fortunate enough to be on the beta-reader list for his latest work. An historical fantasy entitled A Gathering of Ravens.
I will start by saying that it is an amazing story, well-written, filled with action, danger, intrigue, and some pretty thought-provoking ideas. I could go on and on, but I think I should let him talk about his book himself (once he settles on a blog for it, I will share that). Suffice it to say, I am as eager for you to read it as I am to read the final product.
Anyways, back to the whole Patron thing, Scott has opened a GoFundMe site, Keep the Words Flowing. Honestly, I think he should set his goal higher, but he’s pretty humble. So, I urge you, as would-be patrons of the arts, to visit his page, and donate what you can.