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Sunday, November 13, 2022

Join me...and Earnest, and Pickles and other dreamers and goofballs

I'm having fun building the Patreon site. It feels like I'm building something new and fresh. The blog will remain as an archive of the farm [posts going back to 2005] and I will keep the sidebar links up to date [which of course I doubt you can see on a phone].

I've left a few public posts up at Patreon, so you can get a brief glimpse of what supporters get on a weekly basis.

One of the ongoing stories over at Patreon that I'm excited about is "Bucket & Pig" which will mesh the animals into the history of our 1760 farm. I've just posted the intro and am working on the first story. Bucket is an old, leaky bucket, tossed into the burn heap back in the Civil war era. He survived by being buried deep and did not fade away from the elements. Imagine the things that Bucket knows.

I love my blog. I have been very loyal to it since 2005. If you follow along, you know I've gone back and forth on what to do with it as readership shifts to social media [at least for my followers]. To be honest, I feel...free. Even though I have very few followers on Patreon, as I just launched it, I don't care! I am having fun exploring new ways to share story-like audio. I am learning about recording and have big ideas about incorporating voice over actors, or creating my voice characters. I don't know if it will be a podcast at some point. For now I can post videos and audio along with written story entries. {By the way, today the podcast I did with The Maine Conversation is live, it was recorded as we sat amongst the animals}

So there you have it. I hope you'll consider subscribing to my Patreon. No matter what, I'll be writing and  story telling there and am putting my heart into it, just as I did here for what is almost twenty years of sharing story and so much more.


Wednesday, November 02, 2022

I hope you will join me on Patreon. Pickles [kind of] helped.


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I have launched a Patreon page.It will be the place I share new, creative projects- sharing short stories starring the barnyard, but also audio conversations with the animals. Videos too. {I will still be on IG and FB, but Patreon will be my place of creative focus. 

FYI-The blog will be a place for archived information of the last 18 years, and will post important news, such as deaths, new work...etc. But think of the blog as a central index to the last 18 years of me, and Apifera. Patreon will share my new creative story work.


In the good old days, before social media, I wrote stories on my blog. Readers and followers interacted in comments. It was really a community. While I have many loyal followers to my Instagram and Facebook, I like the fact that we can be more intimate on Patreon–I tell a story and maybe Pickles pops in to participate [that is a lot of ‘p’s}. You can close your eyes and listen to recordings of me and, maybe Harry the llama, having a conversation. Social media is chaotic, and while wonderful in many ways, I want the Patreon page to be MRS.DUNN TALKING DIRECTLY TO YOU THE READER.

So my intention is that this Patreon site will be my go-to-place to share new stories and audio/video content. I’ll still post photos and farm updates on IG and FB of course, but there we will be more intimate and unencumbered by ads, and algorithms.

All level of support gets the same content. And I've kept the bottom level at only $5/month. 

Pickles interrupted my initial greeting, but...of course she did!

And I’m going to have fun with this! So when I say you are getting monthly updates, it might be more. Never less, but often more. I like to share! Also, I’m new to this platform and am still learning the set up and there will be glitches, I’m sure, so be patient, and feel free to write me anytime with thoughts, ideas, trouble.

I’ve been sharing content-writing, photos, books, humor, poems, puppets and art-since I first started the old blog in 2005 back when Apifera was forming. And one thing I’ve been missing of late is...the feeling someone is really listening, or reading. Many of you have been with me for a long time, and I appreciate that. I am excited because I feel a sense of adventure with this, and I have not felt that for awhile, especially as readership to the blog lessened as social media took over. I want to do more podcast-radio-voice work with the animals, or share my written words through my audio recordings too. Pickles and Puddles want a radio show...I’m serious, I don’t make this stuff up.

Your subscriptions are meaningful not only for it’s-helpful-to-pay-the-bills-I’m-a-freelancer-aspect, but they also lift me up emotionally, I will admit that. I will always create, but support is meaningful to artists.We are a sensitive bunch.

Thank you. Mrs. Dunn