Joining Patreon and an Odyssey

O
ver the coming weeks, you'll get to suffer through my next project, lovingly titled Morosoph's Odyssey. Remember "Intronaut Live, One"? How about that colossal failure that was "Intronaut Live, Two"? I'm fairly certain you missed "Intronaut Live, Three" because it was never posted. Yeah, I'm a terrible human being because I never finished writing it. No, really. I am. Because I believe you have to finish something you start. And it was the brilliant producer, Max Bialystock, after all, who once said, "That's it, baby, when you you've got it, flaunt it! Flaunt it!"

So, you'll get "Three" one day, along with all the other misshapen, incomplete creations, just because they have to come out eventually. Eventually doesn't mean today, however. Instead you'll be getting "Intronaut Live, Four" in all but name. Why the name-change? Simply, writing about my fourth journey to watch Intronaut perform live took on a life of its own - to the point that the final result is longer than all previous "reviews" combined (including the unpublished "Three"). In fact, I'll be breaking it up into four parts, it's that long. And why is it so long, when previous "reviews" only cracked a thousand words? Well, you'll have to wait for that answer, but you can be assured that discovering it will require more patience than you've ever had reading my tales.

Are you ready for that?

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A second (and slightly more important) thing I want to discuss is my Patreon page. Up until now I've had a donation button hidden in the About page, because I don't want to be one of those people who use guilt or appeal to emotion to fund a creative addiction, but still appreciate anyone who wants to contribute more albums or films. Predictably, I had exactly zero donations. That donation button is gone, now, and I'm trying Patreon's model.

What Patreon does is give creative people a platform to be funded directly by the public, on a monthly or per-work basis. I don't want to sound like I'm trying to sell a product here, but that is awesome. It's something I've thought about for years, allowing artists to work for the people who enjoy their work instead of a gatekeeper who controls what is or isn't seen, but never thought could be successful on a wide scale. (I'm glad they're proving me wrong!) That's what art is about.

Now, more sombrely, despite the successes artists have had with Patreon, I don't realistically expect to be one of them. Morosoph's Odyssey will still be as impenetrable as the extravagant title suggests, and who really wants to read 5000 words about what it's like to ride trains for two days? We'll see if you do.

Nevertheless, there's no harm in seeing where that road takes me. Again, you can check out the Patreon page here, and become a patron if you'd like. I'm also still working out the kinks and figuring it out, so if you want to comment or send me a message about what can be improved (particularly about that brutal, woeful description of myself), please do.

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A final note: I don't say it enough, but thank you to everyone who reads these articles or listens to/watches my work. Evidently, most new visitors come for the tutorials, which is excellent but not unexpected, although blunders aside, I'm humbled that something like the Firefox/Aurora tutorial can be read by thousands of people. Tutorials have more practical value than me writing about my deviances. That said, old readers are probably disappointed at the severe lack of ranting since November of last year. Hopefully, Morosoph's Odyssey is rich enough in narcissism to keep you for a while, and will help explain my reasons for being so quiet of late.

Overall, No. 0 has remained an eclectic site and, as always, failed to find a niche other than why the hell not. Cheers.

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