Fuck Your Fake Woke

This is essentially a prototype – originally posted on Patreon ages ago – of WFRLL: Woke Points For What. It’s definitely a bit… spicier than that article. I fixed some spelling errors and comma placement but for the most part, this is the article posted on Patreon… whenever I posted it on Patreon.


Right about now, in fandom spaces, “fake woke” has all but replaced the GamerGator popularized “virtue signaling” when people want to get mad about the fact that some of us care about the delicate challenge posed by trying to get positive representation for marginalized people in fandom and media. 

The second that I see someone call someone else “fake woke” or accuse them of being interested in talking about or unpacking social justice in order to get some sort of social credit – via “woke points” (courtesy of the Reylo fandom who keeps using that specific phrase to discredit anyone that’s even vaguely critical of their ship) or “virtue signaling” or even the good ole fashioned “ally cookie” – I know to be wary. 

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Stitch Does Stuff In August

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July was hecking busy and I didn’t get a ton of work done.

What sucks is that August is going to be intense and busy because I’m increasing the intensity of my job hunt and the moment I get hired, my writing output will shrink drastically. So, I’m going to try to make a manageable schedule with two main pieces for Patreon and two for my website that I will aim to get done and posted by the end of August with a couple smaller things for both platforms.

My goal from here on in is to make more of an active effort doing freelance and working on sending pitches to outlets that pay. I also have some fiction and non-fiction I’d like to work on and sell, but I’m pacing myself so that I can see if I can get some serious work done by the end of the year – work that folks would be interested in paying me directly for. (Which is another thing I need to figure out: how to use gumroad or some other storefront service to sell digital content directly to interested consumers!)

I’ll keep y’all posted on that front, but in the meanwhile, let’s look at what’s coming up in August:

 

Patreon

  • “Dear Comic Fans, It’s Been Four Years And Y’all Are Still So Darn Angry About Not Just Racebending But Brown Folks In Your Nerdy Media In General” – Snippets at the $1 Tier and the finished draft at the $3 and $5 tiers
  • “Urban Fantasy 101: Vampire Supremacy” – snippets at the $1 Tier and the finished draft at the $3 and 5 tiers.
  • A currently untitled piece on heroic deaths, characters of color, and who fandom never fights to bring back – definitely snippets at the $1 Tier, possibly the draft at the upper tiers if I don’t sell the article based on the pitch I’m planning to send
  • Slavefic Thoughts Revisited, a sort of coda to the “What Fandom Racism Looks Like” piece on slavefic that covers some things I think I needed to get into a bit more/that I glossed over – $5 Tier
  • “Talking Tropes – Episode 2: Secret Royalty – $5 Tier
  • Snippets for uh… basically everything – $1 Tier
  • Image posts + longform captions/mini-essays for a handful of previous posts – $1 Tier

 

Website

  • “Too White Bread for This Shit: Race and Racism in Laurell K Hamilton’s Urban Fantasy Series”
  • “Urban Fantasy 101: What I Read Last Summer”
  • “Who the heck is Ben Solo?”
  • “What Fandom Racism Looks Like: White Prioritization”
  • A currently untitled Urban Fantasy 101 Piece
  • Some short book reviews!

Thank you for supporting me for another month!

The Stitch is on Patreon: Take Two

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You’ve heard it here folks, I’m giving Patreon a second try!

This time, I have a schedule planned out for the next twelve months and a snazzy (if silly) video that talks about who I am and what I hope to get from Patreon.

If you like the content I’m creating and want to help make it possible for me to make more without worrying about how I’m going to eat or pay bills, please feel free to check out (and subscribe to) my Patreon and share with any interested friends or followers!

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Here’s what you can expect from me in August

Okay so I’m going back to school near the end of the month which means that my writing time will shrink down immensely. So I’m trying to figure out ways to provide y’all with good stuff and still do well with my classes and general mental health.

First,  for general blog consumption:

  • I’m still working on the queer (coded) Joker piece (and will probably incorporate some aspects of the Suicide Squad film’s portrayal of the character if I see it) so hopefully that will be done this month.
  • The reference list for my big Batman paper so that interested followers can do their own digging.
  • A post about Black pain in the MCU (and how canon and fandom suck at dealing with it)
  • Urban Fantasy 101: Allegory Overuse
  • Letter to the Author: Matt Wallace
  • Breaking and Entering (provided that the art I commissioned is done by the end of the month)
  • Lamplickers – a little horror story set in the Caribbean (formerly Patreon Exclusive)
  • Radioplay Day – “The Creeper”
  • A Batman vs Superman themed giveaway (because I have a digital code and an amazon gift card set aside)

For Patreon peeps (and seriously, you should consider subscribing)

First of all, I’m not sure when the lesbian sirens story will happen because it’s just getting super long. I’m replacing it with something shorter and fluffier, but it’s still on the table for upcoming months. Additionally, I’m going to put a hold on both Adventures in Accidental Demon Summoning and The Consort until I get more written because I’m catching up with my backlog and it’s stressful.

But there will still be good content!

For $1+ Patrons

  • Urban Fantasy 101: Werewolf White Supremacy
  • Radioplay Day – Blue Beetle episode 1
  • The Great Big Anita Blake ReRead – Guilty Pleasures
  • An advance look at my review for “The Dream Quest of Vellit-Boe” from Tor
  • The specific “Lord, Laurell K Hamilton is bad about race” post (maybe)

For $5+ Patrons:

  • To Stand and Fight – Comet City Stories
  • Outsider – a short story about a witch from the “wrong” side of San Sirena (from the same universe as The Insomniac)

For $10+ Patrons:

  • Y’all are getting “Four Flights” a short (ish) superhero story about growing into power and responsibility with a QWOC main character and lots of punching

Additionally, there’ll be at least one audio post about fandom and a video review of something (I’m thinking Tarzan because it’s so horrible and hilarious).


I’d really appreciate any support y’all can give me because I’m working really hard and super stressed out by a lack of response. If you all can share my writing and support me when you can, that’d be awesome.

Supervillains (Not-So) Anonymous – Patreon Reward

For my darling Patrons ($5 and up) , this first short story for the month is about a (sort of) reformed supervillain who attends her first Supervillains Anonymous meeting and winds up getting in between a heavy hitter and a newbie who can’t help running off at the mouth.

Contains: mildly violent imagery, a non-binary secondary character

It’s in EPUB, MOBI, and PDF formats!

Hope y’all enjoy reading!

LINK TO PATREON REWARD POST

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News for Patrons!

I keep forgetting to update patrons (and people who might want to become patrons) about what’s going on on the my Patreon page. So here’s what’s gone on recently and what you can expect in the future!

Currently:

If you’re a patron, you have early access to a giveaway I’m hosting so you can get your entries in before the giveaway officially opens tomorrow. Note that episode two of Nerdery Squared has a code for you to input that’ll give you extra entries as a bonus for being my patrons!

Next, Episode one of my podcasty thing Nerdery Squared has been opened to the general public. Episode two, mentioned above, has a lot of yelling about fandom & shipping, how DC’s Trinity are being portrayed, and my dissatsfaction with representation in the book world.

March’s Urban Fantasy 101 post: WERELIONS AND TIGERS AND BEARS! OH MY! is up for readers in PDF form!

What’s also up is the reward for $10+ Patrons: the prologue for The Consort an M/M/M romantic fantasy that revolves around the unwanted incubus Iirin and his arranged bonding to two of the Tals (earth/nature divinities) in his home country’s God Quarter.Read More »

Patreon – Past, Present, and Future

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Hello folks!

It’s January 1st and 2016 is stretching in front of us, full of possibilities and endless hope. I know that I’m excited to see what the year brings me. Right now, I’m rethinking what I put out for Patreon subscribers and how I’ll be managing my time and content output especially with graduate school starting in less than two weeks.Read More »

December’s Patreon Plans Are Up!

If you’re supporting me on Patreon (at any level) and want to keep up with what I have planned for December, I have the list up for what’s heading your way along with some news on my upcoming SECRET project.

December is going to be a pretty busy month in terms of writing and hopefully, it’ll be a pretty rewarding one for my followers.

Patrons, you can check the  list out HERE ON PATREON! (Everyone else? You’ll just have to be pleasantly surprised when content rolls out here!)

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You can now support Stitch’s Media Mix on Patreon!

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If you’ve ever wanted to support me as a writer but wasn’t sure where to begin, look no further than at my newly created Patreon page.  For those of you who aren’t familiar with Patreon, it kind of serves as a way to “tip” creators that you like and kind of support them as they work on creating the content that you love to read.

Prior to writing for my blog Stitch’s Media Mix and Word of the Nerd, I wrote for The Mary Sue.

I had a weekly column on James Bond and a lot of super cool people really enjoyed my comments on representation in the film franchise’s long history. (Seriously, I was getting comments from really amazing authors and other cool people from different industries who all really liked what I brought to the table in terms of pop culture analysis.) I’m also technically a published author with a flash fiction piece in Fireside Fiction’s August 3rd issue.

So, why should you support me on Patreon?

Because you like what I’m writing and you want more. Because you see potential in me as a writer. Because my snarky looks at fandom and media interest you or crack you up. Because you want early access to stories and articles that I write and the chance to give feedback before anyone else does.

If you’re supporting me on Patreon, it’s because you want to see more of me.

Either you’ve been following me on various social media and/or writing sites for a while or you’re new to my blog but like what you’ve seen so far. Either way, it’d mean a lot to me.

Right now, much of what I write is done for free. I do it because I love it, but many of the places that I post my work aren’t exactly paying venues /opportunities just yet.  Which is… not the best for my bank account, you understand.

Supporting me on Patreon supports new content from me on my main blog.  Right now, I’m working on several  projects that require a ton of research materials and time. First, is my main project that looks at fandom and race and the community’s failings in that regard as well as the ways that we can do better and do more. I’m also working on a similar project titled Urban Fantasy 101 that focuses on issues within the genre and offers tips to fix them, conversations on turning tropes on their heads, and recs to good books that go against the genre’s conventions.

I’m also planning on writing about superheroes. I mean, I’m always writing about superheroes, but I want to look at heroes and villains and how they’re perceived and how they influence us. I have a few essays in progress on comic book history that are on hold for a special (and SECRET) project and some introspective pieces on hard topics like mental illness and trauma in comics that I’m working on as well.

I’m also writing short stories. My goal is to get enough fantasy stories written and collected to self-publish a collection of them on Amazon. I have several written already and have a list of stories that I’m tackling every chance that I get. (You can read examples of my work here!)

If you support me on Patreon, I’ll give early access to stories and articles (there are tiers for that). At the highest level you’ll also get the opportunity to suggest topics for voting and there will be other perks and rewards as time goes on. There’s a lot that’s planned and having a bit of a cushion so that I can explore these avenues would be lovely.

Thank you so much for reading this and please, if you can’t spare any financial support, sharing is definitely caring!