I am an independent soul. The beaten tracks of publishing do not fit me. I publish all my books myself and have done so for years. This provides me with a very meagre slice of bread once in a while but rewards me with the huge satisfaction of uncompromising creative freedom.
Recently I relaunched my site at noisepollution.nl and my fingers are once more restless to start typing out the stories that are crowding my brain. As bards, poets and court jesters – my spiritual forebears – turned to the rich aristocracy for support, I turn to Patreon.com to help me in my quest to tell stories a plenty.
Patreon.com is a site where anyone can pledge an amount of money to a creative person. Be it a writer, filmmaker, photographer, you name it. In return you often receive a reward. A token of appreciation from a grateful, often poor artistic soul. As subsidies and grants for the arts are dwindling everywhere, this kind of support is invaluable to keep the arts alive.
“Why do we need arts?” you ask. Well, imagine a world without arts. Imagine turning on the radio and hearing nothing but static. Imagine turning on your television or computer and being greeted by a blank screen or stark black on white text only. Yes, even the commercial twaddle that often graces our ears or eyes has its roots in the arts. Imagine a city without architecture. A far away country that is not described by someone. A world that’s stark and bare. It doesn’t bear thinking about.
Creative people are the life blood of our world. They observe, critique and question. But they also make visible that what wasn’t visible before. They give lustre to that which was dull. They report on that which is far away. Without them the world as we know it would be very different indeed.
That’s why supporting creative people is so very important. If you don’t think me worthy of your contribution, please visit Patreon.com and browse other artist’s portfolio’s. Close your eyes and imagine your world without us. With that image in mind, I’m sure you can find someone who you want to support!