New adventures in Druidry

I’ve got a new project on the move that I thought may be of interest to blog followers…

I’ve just started a new Patreon level at $5 a month specifically for Druid content. I’m going to be working on a book, and in the short term what this level gives you is access to the work in progress and the scope to make suggestions about where I go, should you feel so moved! Like most authors, I find my hourly rate (once books start selling) isn’t ever going to pay me enough to justify the time spent.

For those of you new to this, the average book sells 3000 copies, the typical author gets less than £1 per copy, you can be quite successful in terms of number of books sold and still make a pittance in relation to the work put in.

I started doing Patreon a couple of years ago because I was struggling so much with creative work. Having that space, and the confidence that there are at least a few people who like what I do has kept me creating. I was close to giving up.

At time of writing, this blog has some 4,600 subscribers. Now, I know many of you are strapped for cash, or already supporting other things. However, allow me imagine a moment that everyone who followed this blog thought that $1 a month was fair and feasible thing to give in response to daily content from me. What would happen?

I could give up the paid work that takes up so much time and energy. I would be able to go much deeper and further with the Druidry. I could take whole days for deep reflection and engagement and the quest for inspiration and I could bring you back the fruits of that. I’d have a lot more time and energy to create.

I could also afford better living and working arrangements. I’m in a small flat, without the space to do any physically large project. My computer is on the dining table, in the one room of living space we have. It’s not ideal. There’s no garden here. I can’t really afford time off. I can’t dig in economically and also be a volunteer, and spend hours of my week giving my work away – it’s not possible. I’ve chosen a path that makes it difficult to be anything other than poor. It’s tricky, because I’m aware of the good I could do if I was better off – who else I could take care of, scope to lower my carbon footprint further, room to take better care of my health.

My poor mental health makes conventional employment difficult and I can’t work all the hours and do all the creative and Druid things on top of it. It’s been a difficult juggling act for years. I can’t really afford the time off I need to improve my mental health. Like many other people, I’m stuck in cycles of things that it is difficult to break out of, making the best choices I can based on the options I have.

My situation is totally normal for a part time creative person. Most full time creative and professionally Pagan people have some other way of paying the bills. If you are able to support anyone, then please be aware that it makes a massive difference, and just a few dollars a month can swing it from defeated, to able to keep going. I know of creators who can keep going because Patreon support pays a few key bills each month or allows them to buy art supplies. This is an industry in which success still means poverty, so when people who work creatively talk about not having any money, it doesn’t mean they aren’t good at what they do. There is no money worth mentioning in being a full time professional Pagan, either.

I’ll keep giving my work away for free. But, if you are able to put something in the hat in return, it would be greatly appreciated and it will help me keep going.

https://www.patreon.com/NimueB

About Nimue Brown

Druid, author, dreamer, folk enthusiast, parent, wife to the most amazing artist -Tom Brown. Drinker of coffee, maker of puddings. Exploring life as a Pagan, seeking good and meaningful ways to be, struggling with mental health issues and worried about many things. View all posts by Nimue Brown

8 responses to “New adventures in Druidry

  • lornasmithers

    I signed up for $1 as your blog is one of the few I read every week and I appreciate your work and believe writers should be paid for their time and effort. As a fellow skint writer having to work a day job to make ends meet I can only afford $1 but every penny counts!

  • emberbear

    Do you know about the Royal Literary Fund for published writers? Website: http://www.rlf.org.uk.

    I know what it’s like to live on the bread line. Exhausting. Wonderful as walking and libraries are, there is a definite limit to how much fun you can have for free!

    I am happy to be one of your Patreon subscribers and I love your blog. You always have something interesting to say and you are a brilliant writer.

    • Nimue Brown

      thank you for the thought and for the support. it’s a funny one – I am low income and there’s a lot I can’t do because of that, but at the same time, I have a roof over my head and more security than a lot of people…

  • emberbear

    I respect your choice and admire you for it. However, when I looked at their page, I noticed that you can also apply for a fellowship to help students in universities with their creative writing. Two days a week, 36 weeks a year. A good salary. Lots of autonomy. The University of Gloucester is not so far away. Maybe?? Just a thought. I would!

    • Nimue Brown

      I’m pretty much at capacity with work at the moment – if I go much over 40 hours a week for any distance, it seriously undermines my mental health. I am doing a handful of paying gigs, and I’ve got some things coming up that I really want to dig in with… one of the questions with the paying work is how much it occupies my brain when I’m not doing it – because that really gets in the way of the creative and druidic stuff. I think supporting students in creative writing would be a high risk for not being able to properly step away outside working hours.

  • emberbear

    Oh, I totally get it. When I worked in HE, the issue you have named of not being able to disengage when at home became a major issue. As I took on more and more responsibility, especially for postgraduates, the stress levels became intolerable. I ended up working 12 hour days and at the weekends I was studying for yet another postgraduate degree myself. Not healthy. Not worth it. However, the one aspect of my job I did enjoy until the great crack up was supporting undergraduates and postgraduates with academic writing one afternoon a week. It was so interesting. I would see work on a diverse range of subjects: water irrigation in arid countries, the difference between magic and sorcery, ontology ,medieval French and everything in between. It was the memory of these afternoons that prompted me to suggest this. Anyway, it sounds like you have a huge amount going on and all really interesting stuff. BTW, I have bought all three of your Hopeless Maine graphic novels for my daughter for Christmas. As soon as she is done, I am going to ask her if I can borrow them. I am looking forward to reading them very much.

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