Personal

Patreon Updates

Hey there lovelies!

I’ve been working super hard to revamp my Patreon goals and rewards pages so now when you check out my Patreon everything is up to date! If you don’t already know, Patreon is a wonderful website dedicated to creators! Here, you can pledge your support (and gain my undying love and gratitude) to my art and creative passions!

Patreon has helped me to live off of my art since working a full-time job while going to school is a bit unrealistic for my mental health. As some of you may know, I do suffer from PTSD and bipolar disorder. This makes it rather difficult to work in a typical work-place environment (although I am putting in multiple applications a day; I’m just not receiving any calls back yet). But Patreon has helped me in so many ways; not only financially. It’s helped me to realize that there are lovely people out there (yes I’m talking directly to YOU) who care about my creative passions and are willing to support them! That alone is such a gift.

So, without further ado, let me tell you what becoming a patron means for you!

$1 per month: A personalized shout-out on my blog and my twitter feed, access to all of my other social media accounts, and access to the patron-only feed where I run polls and post other goodies for you lovelies. And, of course, my undying love and gratitude.

$2 per month: Previous tier access and my love and gratitude multiplied by two (that’s a whole lotta love) (kudos if you got my Led Zeppelin reference becasue I think I’m funny).

$5 per month: Previous tier access, discounts on my editing services and on my Etsy shop, and access to my personal vault where I have never before seen writings and half thoughts.

$10 per month: Previous tier access and a unique commission! This means you’ll get a unique story, poem, or fan fiction written just for you. This can be any sort of subject matter or have your own original characters! the sky’s the limit!

$15 per month: Previous tier access and a unique, wood-burned crystal box with crystals picked intuitively just for you!

$20 per month: Previous tier access, access to the first drafts of my letter for my book, and a custom order off my Etsy shop!

$50 per month: Previous tier access and a copy of the first published edition of my novel!!!

All reward tiers gain access to the previous tier meaning if you pledge $20 per month you receive a personalized shout out, access to my writing vault, discounts on my editing services and my Etsy shop, a unique commissioned story, a wood-burned crystal box, AND a custom order from my Etsy shop! That’s a whole lot of goodies and, of course, as always, my undying love and gratitude!

So, if you’d like, you can check out my Patreon page and start receiving all these goodies today!

Love and light,
m.m.t.

Personal, Uncategorized

May 2017 Goals

April was a whirlwind.

I am beyond ready to get back up and make May the start of something wonderful.
It’s also my birth month so it’s an exciting time to grow and make plans for my next trip around the sun.

I’ve decided to make myself a list of (reasonable) goals for the moth of may and share them here to keep myself motivated!

May Goals:

  1. Start each more with yoga and hooping for about an hour
  2. Have 25 active listing on CosmicWitchery
  3. Read and review two books
  4. Post regularly here and maintain a schedule
  5. Practice a new craft

I’m really excited for this month, I feel a lot of positive energy headed in my direction.

Some other updates:

  • I’m still working on my novel Crooked Letter to rooked Lovers and you read about that and support it on my Patreon!
  • I’m having a birthday sale on CosmicWitchery – use coupon code “BirthYAY” to take 15% off your orders!!
  • I know finals are upon a lot of you right now – and best of luck to you all – I offer editing services for the everyday writer built to fit the college student budget!

What about you? What are you plans for May? Do you have any recommendations for books i should read and review? Let me know in the comments or at piles.papers@gmail.com!

m.m.t.

Letters, Personal

Crooked Letters Updates – Patreon Support

My debut novel Crooked Letters to Crooked Lovers is in the works!
And now, you can help me bring it to life and get some exclusive content by becoming a patron on Patreon!

What becoming a patron means for you!

  • Access to my other writing social media accounts where I share snippets of my works in progress, half thoughts, and abstract lines of unfinished poetry.
  • Access to my vault! This is my personal file of of my old drafts, poems, and short stories. This means access to never before seen writing by me!
  • Access to unpublished first drafts of the letters! Be the first (and sometimes only) people to see the original drafts and poems that later become the letters in the novel.
  • Discounts on my freelance editing services! Copy editing and content editing for essays, short stories, blog posts, and so much more.
  • Early access to the first official copy of Crooked Letters to Crooked Lovers!
  • My undying and eternal love and appreciation! From the bottom of my heart, I truly do appreciate everyone who decides to become a patron or shares my story. You all me the world to me. Thank you all.

Love and light,

m.m.t.

Crafting, Productivity Challenge

Decompressing and Creating – Day 3

(3/100) I lost track of the time as last week came to an end.

The first week of the semester is always pretty hectic for me. I work to get all of my binders organized, my syllabi highlighted, and lecture one understood. This semester I had a new stressor to confront: an on campus course.

In high school, I dealt with illnesses that prevented me from going to school regularly. I spent a lot of time working on independent studies and online courses and had little social interaction (greatly due to my severe anxiety). After my graduation, I took some time off school to focus on my health. Spring of 2015 was when I decided to take my first semester of college courses – a huge step for me in my mental health journey. I decided that online courses were the best route for me; they allowed me to work relatively at my own pace and on my own schedule. This also allowed me to continue my education, something incredibly important to me, without going in to a busy, and incredibly overwhelming, campus setting. However, as I’ve mentioned here before, this is my last semester of GE courses and one of them (Public Speaking) is, for obvious reasons, not offered in an online format.

So yesterday, I faced going back into a classroom for the first time in over three years.

My anxiety had been through the roof all week and I could feel myself becoming panicky as I drove myself across town to the campus. However, something happened that I hadn’t expected. After I had been seated in the room for roughly 15 minutes I no longer felt frightened but rather I felt empowered.

Don’t get me wrong, it took all of my energy and willpower to walk through the door and stay seated for the entirety of the first day, I was anxious as hell. But the longer I sat there the more I realized that this was another win for me. I had conquered another fear and I was one step closer to where I hope to be in the coming year.

The high anxiety of yesterday left me pretty exhausted and worn out so today’s productivity is a bit different than usual. I’m spending my day crafting and lounging and creating some neat new pieces. Today’s productivity includes working on the things I love and being proud of myself and my small victories.

And for a small, yet shameless, self promotion all of the goodies I’m working on today will be listed in my shop by the end of this week. There’s already a bunch of neat stuff listed so feel to check it out and message me with any questions or special requests! Some of my personal favorites include: a lovely pink dream catcher adorned with turquoise elephant beads, some simple charm choker, a dreamy yin-yang painting, and the intricate triple layered dream catcher. All original, handmade pieces and all found on my etsy shop.

I hope everyone has a chance to relax this weekend and enjoy some well-deserved “me time”

And never forget to celebrate your personal victories, no matter how small.

m.m.t.

Productivity Challenge, Studying

100 Days of Productivity – Day 2

(2/100) Again, I know this post was supposed to happen yesterday, but today and tomorrow are my catch-up days so I’m doing my best here. Tuesday’s agenda included:

  • Work from 9am-1pm
  • Finish studying chapter one of elementary statistics
  • Begin chapter thirteen of history of Western Art
  • Adjust my budget and finance plan
  • Try not to cry as a I adjust my budget and finance plan

This week has been off to a pretty good start. I’m still really working to get myself completely organized so that’s always hectic. But I’d count day 2 as a success.

Studying

The Year Ahead

Never before have I been this anxious about starting a new semester.

Every time a new semester rolls around I frantically try to get my shit together from the chaos that was the previous finals week. This term, I’m not only stressed from trying to reorganize my life (yet again) but I’m actually really nervous for what this next semester will bring.

This is my last semester finishing up all of transfer requirements. I have FOUR courses left and then I have completed all of my CSU transfer and general education requirements. I am FOUR courses away from being able to transfer to my dream school.

And I am so extremely anxious about all of it.

I’m really excited to hit the ground running next week. I’m looking to finish out a really strong note.

And I’m actually submitting my Spring 2017 application as I type this. My plan is finish up this semester and then attend the CSU in my home town for the Spring 2017. After this, I’m hoping to move out to my dream school and pursue my masters degree beginning in the Fall of 2017.

This next year should be an interesting, and quite busy, one. Starting next Monday (my first official day of the semester) I will be attempting a 100 Days of Productivity Challenge!

Here’s to a great new school year.

m.m.t.

Personal, Studying

Dealing with Downtime

Well finals week hit, and it hit hard.

Staying awake writing essays until 4 am every morning nearly killed. Mostly figuratively. But also maybe literally.

After finals ended I decided to sleep for about 2 weeks straight so I apologize for the slight hiatus from this blog.

Summer is now upon us and now I’m sitting at my desk everyday trying to figure out what in the world to do with my last couple weeks of break before my summer course begins. I don’t handle breaks well, I never have. I feel directionless and I’m never quite sure what to do with all my neurotic energy. I have so many half-completed projects that are taking up space in my room and in my head. I have this tendency of trying to take on everything all at once only to get so overloaded that I drop everything altogether. I’m also terrible at trying to micromanage my time. So when I’m on a break from school and no longer facing deadlines, I tend to try to micromanage my free time instead of just enjoying my projects.

I’m working on it, I swear.

For now I’ll work on my personal projects and dedicating more time to myself. I’ll work to post here more consistently and writing more for myself. I also have some big ideas in the works right now but I probably won’t be posting about it here until I’ve worked out a game plan for it. So for now: to be continued.

If any of you have ideas for some fun and/or productive summer projects feel free to drop some suggestions in the comments! Also, I hope everyone who faced exams or finals recently did well and is now looking forward to enjoying your break!

Happy summer everyone.

m.m.t.