Anathema is completely free. It’s something I write out of passion, the realization of a lifelong dream, and I don’t want to outline any donation goals before I even know how popular the story is going to be. If there is considerable interest in my work at some point, I’ll update this page.
Personally, I believe in donating for what I really enjoy. The cliché of the poor artist living in an one-room apartment isn’t entirely wrong – there are countless skilled artists out there who choose to pursue their passion rather than a different kind of career. Theatre actors, musicians, painters, dancers and writers generally can’t expect to be able to live off their craft, except for a lucky few. Big kudos to those who still buy theatre tickets despite the flood of free online entertainment!
I’m not going to have any illusions that I’ll ever be one of those lucky few. Especially not as someone who only just started publishing online. But if you believe that my writing is of a quality you really enjoy, I’d very much appreciate any kind of support. I have a bachelor degree in something I chose because it interested me rather than something that was guaranteed to make me money, and haven’t been able to get a job in that field since I graduated – there’s 3 different educations for librarians in my country, a very limited number of job openings, and my work experience as a librarian is limited. I’m one of those people with an one room apartment who live off odd jobs.
It’s not up to me to decide if my writing is enjoyable enough to deserve support, or if I can rightfully label myself an artist. That’s entirely your call.
However, I have some ideas in case it turns out Anathema is well received.
For one, I’d like to commission more story artwork from Railgunner in the future – she has done an absolutely wonderful job with the banner, and I’d hug her if I could! On that note, if you’d like to support my favourite digital artist, you can place an order with her on Artcorgi. I’ll place the link to it in my sidebar.
I’ve also been inspired by all kinds of music while planning this story and writing the first sample chapters. Music and lyrics play a bit of a role for the story, as well. There’s a few musicians and groups out there who really manage to capture and express the kind of atmosphere I’m going for, and if the option exists in the future, I’d like to collaborate with one of them (possibly Assemblage 23) for a story-inspired music track. Maybe even with character voice samples, if that’s possible. I could imagine Radiant initiating a music track with one of his speeches, Russian accent and all – kind of like the very beginning of “Genesis” by VNV Nation.
And if it ever turns out that the story is popular, I’d like to offer bonus chapters. If that becomes a reality, I’ll ask Wildbow for permission to ‘steal’ his Worm donation scheme with interludes dedicated to side characters. There will be a lot of those!
And if the support exceeds all expectations, I might even be able to dedicate an extra half day or day a week to writing instead of the current odd part time job.
Comments will also be welcome, I value moral support. 🙂