Sheep Might Fly: Unmagical Boy Story Part 10

Flying Sheep Show NotesNew episode is up!

Part 10 – 4AM, Second Wind
The flatmates rally around to deal with Holly’s latest evil ex, Chauvelin has his long-awaited crisis, and Viola embraces her inner gorgon.

Catch up on previous episodes here!

Part 1 – 7PM, Little Black Dress Alert

Part 2 – 8PM, Friday Night Cover Charge: Two Drinks

Part 3 – 9PM I Hate That Song So Much Right Now

Part 4 – 10PM The Band Takes a Break

Part 5 – 11PM Second Set Contains New Material (Don’t Feed the Trolls)

Part 6 – 12 Midnight – After Party

Part 7 – 1AM: Regrettable Things You Shouldn’t Have Said

Part 8 – 2AM – Ill-advised Hook Up

Part 9 – 3AM – Clearing the Air

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Master list of Sheep Might Fly serials.

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Patreon Party Day 1: Milestones and Rewards!

patreon-day-1Last year, I changed up my Patreon. This was a weird/confronting exercise, as the campaign and my onling writing life had revolved so much around the serialised writing of Musketeer Space and its associated bloggery – would anyone still want to support me now that project was complete?

As it turned out, many of them did – a lot of my supporters fell away once the book was finished, and fair enough too. But what came next? I was too exhausted to think about a new Big Thing straight away, so I settled for a more low-key reboot, for my online writing/blogging in general, promoting new blog series like the SF Women of the 21st Century profiles. The rewards became more about general Tansyness, rather than Musketeers.

The New Big Thing finally found its way into my Patreon campaign & writer brain early this year — Sheep Might Fly allowed me to combine the things I loved (serialised fiction and podcasting), and to offer a regular, sustainable piece of something to my Patreon supporters. The main benefit for me was being paid to write short stories at the length I loved (8-20,000 words), as well as writing sequels and ongoing series made up of those stories. Alternating originals with reprints gives me a bit of breathing space, and also allows me to find a new audience for stories I am especially fond of. Sheep Might Fly has hit a real creative sweet spot for me, and I’m very happy with where it’s been going.

So what’s different with this week’s reboot?

The focus of the campaign is now almost entirely on the serialised fiction of the Sheep Might Fly podcast, and the ebooks of the original stories written for the podcast. I’m expecting to put out around 3 novelettes or novellas a year, producing the ebook after the story has been broadcast, and releasing them to my Patreon supporters FIRST, before they go up for general sale. The first of these was Glass Slipper Scandal.

All supporters of my Patreon campaign, even those at the $1, receive the ebooks of the stories in advance of them going up for sale. And of course, anyone can listen to the podcast for free.

Then there are extras, based on which level you choose!

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Patreon Party Day 1: What is Patreon?

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Welcome to the Patreon Party!

My Patreon account is one of my most regular sources of income as a writer, and after two and a half years of running it, I’m really pleased with its system of rewards, milestones and ongoing feedback. I also really like the sense of accountability — the last couple of years have been some of the most productive of my life, at least partly because I know someone (a whole group of someones!) are already invested in the words I am about to write.

Promoting a Patreon (as opposed to other crowd-funding projects) can be a bit of a grind — you don’t want to do it every day or all the time, because everyone (mostly me) will get exhausted by it. So I decided to hold a blog party this week, to celebrate my now-annual tradition of Changing Up The Campaign with new blog content, giveaways, sneak peeks and prizes.

Coming up this week: free books! A peek at my next original story for the Sheep Might Fly Podcast! Art! Postcards! A bonus short story exclusive to my Patreon supporters! Valkyries! Justice League! All this, and more. Drop back to the blog every day to find out what’s happening.

If you have any questions about Patreon, how/why I use it, or anything about my current work, this is the best place to do it! I will update the post with any extra questions that come my way.

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WHAT IS PATREON?

Patreon is a crowdfunding site that allows you to support your favourite creators by committing to a regular pledge, either Per Thing, or Per Month. (I use Per Month) You can pick whatever level works for you, starting from $1, and your credit card will be charged at the end of the month.

Most of what I produce for my Patreon supporters is available to anyone – the weekly Sheep Might Fly podcast, for instance, and anything I write on my blog. Other rewards like the ebooks, are made available for non-supporters to purchase (though Patreon supporters always get them first!!) My rewards and milestones also include exclusive and personalised content, depending on which reward level you pick.

WHAT ARE REWARDS AND MILESTONES?

The amount you pledge monthly defines your reward level – and what extra goodies you are entitled to. Rewards are all about YOU.

Milestones are even more exciting – they are based on the total amount that the campaign brings in, and when unlocked, they mean extra goodies for EVERYONE. If you wish you could pledge at a higher amount but can’t afford it, or if you wish you could pledge AT ALL but can’t afford it, the best thing you can do to support me and the campaign is to help signal-boost the Patreon, so we hit those milestones and unlock the extra content.

Make more work for me, please!

WHAT ARE YOUR REWARDS AND MILESTONES?

You can read the updated rewards and milestones on my Patreon page right now – I just changed them this morning! But I’ll be posting later in the day, going into them in more depth.

PARTY GIVEAWAY!

Comment on this post to go into the running for an ARC of my new short story collection, Bounty, from Fablecroft (in pre-order on Amazon this week).

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NEXT UP ON DAY 1: Rewards and Milestones

Galactic Suburbia Episode 151

New episode available here!

In which we consume culture and take names!

WHAT’S NEW ON THE INTERNET?

Tansy’s novel Musketeer Space is half price this week on Kindle (and in other ebook stores)! Price goes back to normal on Wednesday.

CULTURE CONSUMED

Alisa: Vaginal Fantasy; Crosstalk, Connie Willis

Alex: Revenger, Alastair Reynolds; Crossroads of Canopy, Thoraiya Dyer; Stealing Snow, Danielle Paige – abandoned!; The Silk Roads, a New History of the World, Peter Frankopan

Tansy: Superior, Jessica Lack; Fangirl Happy Hour on Ghostbusters: Eps 49, 50 & 52

Please send feedback to us at galacticsuburbia@gmail.com, follow us on Twitter at @galacticsuburbs, check out Galactic Suburbia Podcast on Facebook, support us at Patreon and don’t forget to leave a review on iTunes if you love us!

Sheep Might Fly – Unmagical Boy Story Part 9

Flying Sheep Show NotesNew episode update!

“Unmagical Boy Story” is a 13-part sequel to “Fake Geek Girl,” and is original to this podcast.

One magical university, divided between the Colleges of the Real and Unreal. One pub. One indie band. A lot of drunk witches on a Friday night. One shattered friendship, due to be repaired. One Practical Mythology paper which really has to be finished by Monday… Oh, and trolls. Let’s see who survives Friday night drinks!

Part 9 – 3AM – Clearing the Air

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Catch up on previous episodes here!

Part 1 – 7PM, Little Black Dress Alert

Part 2 – 8PM, Friday Night Cover Charge: Two Drinks

Part 3 – 9PM I Hate That Song So Much Right Now

Part 4 – 10PM The Band Takes a Break

Part 5 – 11PM Second Set Contains New Material (Don’t Feed the Trolls)

Part 6 – 12 Midnight – After Party

Part 7 – 1AM: Regrettable Things You Shouldn’t Have Said

Part 8 – 2AM – Ill-advised Hook Up

Sheep Might Fly has its own Twitter account: @sheepmightfly
and its own Tumblr account: Sheep Might Fly
Follow along for updates, previews and other Sheep Might Fly specific chatter!

Master list of Sheep Might Fly serials.

Support Tansy & Sheep Might Fly at Patreon.

Sheep Might Fly: Unmagical Boy Story Part 8

Flying Sheep Show NotesNew episode update!

“Unmagical Boy Story” is a 13-part sequel to “Fake Geek Girl,” and is original to this podcast.

One magical university, divided between the Colleges of the Real and Unreal. One pub. One indie band. A lot of drunk witches on a Friday night. One shattered friendship, due to be repaired. One Practical Mythology paper which really has to be finished by Monday… Oh, and trolls. Let’s see who survives Friday night drinks!

Part 8 – 2AM – Ill-Advised Hook Up

Catch up on previous episodes here!

Part 1 – 7PM, Little Black Dress Alert

Part 2 – 8PM, Friday Night Cover Charge: Two Drinks

Part 3 – 9PM I Hate That Song So Much Right Now

Part 4 – 10PM The Band Takes a Break

Part 5 – 11PM Second Set Contains New Material (Don’t Feed the Trolls)

Part 6 – 12 Midnight – After Party

Part 7 – 1AM: Regrettable Things You Shouldn’t Have Said

Sheep Might Fly has its own Twitter account: @sheepmightfly
and its own Tumblr account: Sheep Might Fly
Follow along for updates, previews and other Sheep Might Fly specific chatter!

Master list of Sheep Might Fly serials.

Support Tansy & Sheep Might Fly at Patreon.

Musketeer Space: officially a real book!

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Okay, it was always a real book, but now you can buy it!

I have a huge favour to ask those who have already read the book – especially those who have reviewed it on GoodReads like the stars you are (some of you reviewed it before the serial was even finished!) If you have the time to cut and paste your review to one of the ebook stores – Amazon, iBooks, Kobo etc, whichever one you usually use, that would be a huge help to me. I read through my GoodReads reviews for this book again recently, and they just made me want to hug ALL OF YOU Musketeer Space early adopters.

As of right this second the book is only on Kindle but it should be rolled out across the other ebook sites over the next 24 hours or so. I could have waited to tell everyone about it, but WHO CAN WAIT?

UPDATE: Now on Kobo!

(Oh and those of you who are still supporting my monthly Patreon, the new version of the book has been uploaded for you to access – you guys don’t have to buy it! Because you already rock)

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Sheep Might Fly: Unmagical Boy Story Part 7

Flying Sheep Show NotesNew episode update!

“Unmagical Boy Story” is a 13-part sequel to “Fake Geek Girl,” and is original to this podcast.

One magical university, divided between the Colleges of the Real and Unreal. One pub. One indie band. A lot of drunk witches on a Friday night. One shattered friendship, due to be repaired. One Practical Mythology paper which really has to be finished by Monday… Oh, and trolls. Let’s see who survives Friday night drinks!

Part 7 – 1AM, Regrettable Things You Shouldn’t Have Said
In Sage’s bedroom, Viola’s research collides with her personal life, and everything gets messy.

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Catch up on previous episodes here!

Part 1 – 7PM, Little Black Dress Alert

Part 2 – 8PM, Friday Night Cover Charge: Two Drinks

Part 3 – 9PM I Hate That Song So Much Right Now

Part 4 – 10PM The Band Takes a Break

Part 5 – 11PM Second Set Contains New Material (Don’t Feed the Trolls)

Part 6 – 12 Midnight – After Party

Sheep Might Fly has its own Twitter account: @sheepmightfly
and its own Tumblr account: Sheep Might Fly
Follow along for updates, previews and other Sheep Might Fly specific chatter!

Master list of Sheep Might Fly serials.

Support Tansy & Sheep Might Fly at Patreon.

Sheep Might Fly: Unmagical Boy Story Part 6

Flying Sheep Show NotesNew episode update!

“Unmagical Boy Story” is a 13-part sequel to “Fake Geek Girl,” and is original to this podcast.

One magical university, divided between the Colleges of the Real and Unreal. One pub. One indie band. A lot of drunk witches on a Friday night. One shattered friendship, due to be repaired. One Practical Mythology paper which really has to be finished by Monday… Oh, and trolls. Let’s see who survives Friday night drinks!

Part 6 – 12 Midnight – After Party
Viola sets foot in enemy territory, comes face to face with a gorgon, and finds the book of her dreams.

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Galactic Suburbia 149 Show Notes

cakeIn which we compete for gold, silver and bronze medals in chatting.

DOWNLOAD OR STREAM NEW EPISODE HERE.
WHAT’S NEW ON THE INTERNET?

WSFA Small Press Award shortlist released.

Aussie SF Snapshot 2016 – 150+ short interviews with active members of our community. What’s everyone up to? Find out in a snap!

CULTURE CONSUMED

Alisa: Star Trek Beyond, Olympics

Alex: Deadpool and Batman v Superman; Dusk or Dark or Dawn or Day, Seanan McGuire (out next January from Tor.com; Strange Matings, ed Rebecca J Holden and Nisi Shawl; The Godless, Ben Peek

Tansy: Shadowhunters (Netflix), Masks & Shadows by Stephanie Burgis; Damaged Goods by Russell T Davies adapted by Big Finish Audio

Independent Olympians at the Olympics

Please send feedback to us at galacticsuburbia@gmail.com, follow us on Twitter at @galacticsuburbs, check out Galactic Suburbia Podcast on Facebook, support us at Patreon and don’t forget to leave a review on iTunes if you love us!