Hello and happy March! This is the end of the second month since I first started a Patreon account for this blog and I am happy to report it is continuing to go swimmingly. (If you don’t know what on earth I’m talking about with this Patreon thing, have a look at the recap from the first month where I explain what it is and what the rewards are for signing up to support me doing this blog. Or, you can go directly to my Patreon page to see what it’s all about).
Most exciting is the fact that I’ve met my sustainability goal of $50 a month!! I’d had that as my ultimate aim since I figured to make the extra work of Patreon worth my time I’d need minimum that much. Well I’ve made it so that means this whole Patreon thing is here to stay, which even if you’re not a patron getting extra rewards is great news since that mean I’ll be keeping up the increased number of posts. Right now I’m at $58 a month, and have set a new goal of $75. If (when??) I get there, I’m going to do a big clean-up of my page called Queer Can Lit Links, which is in dire need of updating so that it can be the truly awesome Canadian and/or Indigenous LGBTQ2IA+ resource that it should be. I’m also planning to get my own domain name at the $75 level. Let’s see if I can make it!
I just did the draw for the second month’s winner of a free queer book and it’s a Vancouver person, which is exciting in that a) I get to hand deliver the book to them, and b) I don’t have to pay to mail it. Here are the book choices this month, so you can think about which one you would pick. Next month it could be you!
I hope you all have been enjoying the extra content in February! Many, many people have read and shared Four Queer Black Canadian Women Writers You Should Be Reading for Black History Month, which to date has been viewed 2293 times! I am delighted that all of those rad authors are getting some more deserved spotlight. Also make sure you check out the first installment in my new monthly Interview with a Queer Reader series and my review of jia qing wilson-yang’s fucking beautiful debut novel.
And last but certainly not least, I want to individually thank all of the people who’ve signed up so far to be patrons. You lovely humans are: Danika, Leigh, Anna Marie, Kim, Jane, Jakelene, Emmet, Madeline, Heather, Rhiannon, Carla, Naz, Laurita, Kirsten, Ashleah, Jason, Jillian, Anton, Shelagh, Priscila, and Allison! I’ve heard from some of you already about this, but if any of you new (or old) folks are interested in being a part of the Interview with a Queer Reader series, send me an email at stepaniukcasey [at] gmail.com.