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I Don’t Think My Patreon Was Working

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A few weeks ago I mentioned that I was trying to utilize Patreon by showing early drafts and stuff. Well, it wasn’t really working the best and it was also making it super hard for me to keep enough stuff for myself to work on. For those reasons, I’ve basically axed the idea. I think Patreon would be better used with other things, maybe my podcast one day or when I have more books available, or novels, or whatever.

Welcome to the creative process! That’s how these things go I suppose. Nothing wrong with trying new things every now and then, right? It’s becoming more and more important for me to write a lot though. I’ve done pretty good I think! I’m actually kind of proud myself so far. But, having the pressure of one very short story to post on my blog on Fridays is enough I think. Now I can take my time on my longer work and not have to worry about just posting something to beat a strange weekly self-imposed deadline. Not sure why I thought that would be a good idea.

It shouldn’t be a problem with the very short stories that I post on Fridays, because I tend to hoard those. That IS a good idea because it helps me play with character and stuff, and they don’t take forever. It’s also good practice for me to just let some stories go when they’re “good enough”. These Friday short stories have been great for that.

Anyways, it’s Monday so gotta get back to the office. It snowed last Friday and there’s still snow on the ground.




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Bluegrass Writers Studio MFA Summer Residency, 2022. Photo by Ben Keeling.

I’m Eric Shay Howard and I’m a bad blogger. I’m also an author. I live in Louisville, Kentucky and work at a law firm.

I’m currently a graduate student in a Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing program. Lately, I’ve been blogging about that. I also have a Master of Business Administration and have completed a few certificate programs in Human Resource related studies. Occasionally I blog about business and other MBA-related things. Blogging about my day, bad dates, or package delivery issues are also not out of the question.

I wrote a fiction collection called Crushes and self-published it because sometimes I just like to push buttons and see what happens. I think this book is pretty alright, I suppose. Buying a copy helps me out. Feel free to leave a review on Amazon as well.

crushes by eric shay howard fiction collection book cover

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Eric’s bookshelf: currently-reading

The Silkworm
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Words of Radiance
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The Cloven Viscount
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Dark Rise
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The Gunslinger
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Mistborn: The Final Empire
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Blogs and People I Like

Here are some other blogs and people that I like to read or keep up with. The order is arbitrary because I started out going for alphabetical order but then got busy with classes or something so now sometimes I just rearrange them for no reason.

Equipment Test! Podcast Artwork

I made a really bad podcast over the summer called Equipment Test! because I bought a microphone. But if you like really bad podcasts, you can listen to it here, or find it on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, and other places.

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