Bard & Barbarian

Adventures Await. From time to time (at least once a month), I add a chapter to a serialized story over on my Patreon account. It’s a patron perk, and the storyline is coming along nicely. The main characters are two that I played in a DnD campaign, and Bard & Barbarian provides both backstory … and an ongoing adventure.

The latest chapter is live! It’s called “Runaway Heir.”

If you want to read along, this story is available to patrons at any tier. So as little as $1/month. Find out more about my tiers and their perks on this page >>

Quarterly Art Card

Patron Perks. From time to time, I mention my Patreon account here on the blog. This is a good time to consider joining since I’m gearing up for the next Quarterly Art Card, which I’ll send out in September to those who qualify. This time around, the featured illustration is called “The Dance,” and is inspired by Ricker & Fira in Followed by Thunder (Songs of the Amranthine, #2).

Patrons who pledge at least $4/month & are interested in receiving the art card have until the Autumnal Equinox to request one. (Those selecting higher tiers receive the art cards automatically, along with bi-monthly or monthly mailings.) All fun stuff, I assure you.

So much is happening on September 22!

More about my Patreon >>

“The Dance” | Lara Pickle

Art Card

September’s Mailing. It’s August 1, so I’m revealing the Quarterly Art Card, which is one of the main perks I offer to supporters on Patreon. “The Dance” features Ricker & Fira from Followed by Thunder (Songs of the Amaranthine, #2).

The Dance, art by Lara Pickle

“The Dance” | art by Lara Pickle

If you want to be included in this art card mailing, become a patron. You’ll get in on snapshots, story snippets, first looks, interesting mail, etc. Look over the tiers (just $1 for Glimmers, up to $44 for Reliquaries) and choose a comfy niche. Want to know more about becoming a patron before taking the plunge? I explain things more clearly under the tab I created for Patreon >>

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Community Goal – Progress!
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Once I reach 400 patrons, I’ll begin posting a subscription story (available to those pledging $4/month or more). Loosely based on the old Amaranthine tale, ‘The Wolf and the Moon Maiden,’ this serial will involve three sisters, twelve pledges, and the long-awaited stirring of a sleeping landmark. (Yes, I’m talking about the Miyabe sisters. Yes, you’ll get in on more of Kimiko’s courtship of Eloquence Starmark.)

Bard & Barbarian

New Installment. One of the perks my patrons receive is access to an original story about two characters I play(ed) in a longstanding weekly DnD campaign. Bard & Barbarian updates at least once a month, and for July, I scraped in at 10 minutes to midnight on July 31. (Deadlines are miraculous. They have a way of making things happen!)

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forthright on Patreon >>

In related news, our group is gearing up for a new campaign, and I’ll be first-timing as DM. Although it’s less of a dungeon & more of a steampunk airship. ::eyebrow waggle::

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New Chapter. I’ve updated Bard & Barbarian, my Patreon exclusive story that delves into the backstory of the two characters I play in weekly DnD campaigns. “Imber was only a boy when he first met the divine beast who would one day share his adventures.” The story is available to supporters at any level (Glimmer starts at $1/month), and it updates at least once a month. Today’s chapter is called “Good Customers.”

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forthright on Patreon >>

Quarterly Art Card

Final Reminder. I don’t like to pester, so this is your final reminder for this quarter. If  you want to get in on the June art card mailing, hustle over to Patreon. “The Den” is available to  those who pledge $4/month (an up). A closer crop of Lara’s art can be found on this post. These incentives are limited edition … like the labels on Junzi chocolates. The next art card is scheduled for September, since we’re going all Amaranthine on this. Solstices and equinoxes! ::twinkle::

Art Card, The Den

The Den | Lara Pickle
4″ x 8″ art card



ART: The Den

Quarterly Art Card. This is a friendly reminder about my Patreon account and its incentives. One perk of patronage is the quarterly art card. These are offered in limited quantities and for a limited time. To receive “The Den,” which you can get a peek at on this post, become a patron before the end of May (pledges are collected at the first of the month). For some tiers, art cards are automatically sent. At others, you must request them. Here’s a close crop of the art, which was created by Lara Pickle.

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The Den – close crop

The full piece is quite cinematic and looks lovely on a 4 x 8″ card, which will mail out during the first week of June.


Quarterly Art Card

Incentive #001. One of the incentives I’m offering patrons (starting at the Twinkle tier) is a quarterly art card. The first will mail out in June. It’s a lovely depiction of the Cooper family that I commissioned earlier this year. (Guess what? Lara is working on art for all four of the Songs of the Amaranthine stories.)

Art Card, The Den

The Den | art by Lara Pickle

forthright on Patreon >>

Tiering Up

Are you a Twinkle? Want a Beacon’s status? I’ve established tiers on Patreon, which makes it possible for supporters to know exactly what they’ll be getting in exchange for their monthly pledges. At the Glimmer level, everyone is still getting what they were always getting, so we’ll call those the basics. But my generous impulses are now more structured for those who want to do a bit more.

forthight on Patreon >>

Patreon Tiers


Patreon Update

Are you a Glimmer? I’m working on tiers for my Patreon account, and FoxOfTwilight has been helping. One of my favorite parts of this system is that you can NAME the tiers and even give them each a little artistic flourish. For example, those who join by supporting with $1 to $3 a month will join the GLIMMER tier.


No pressure. Just keeping you posted because these are adorable. ::twinkle::

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Bards Will Be Bards. A new chapter has been added to my Patreon-exclusive story, which I’ve promised to update at least once a month. (This is the third installment in April, so yay!) Bard & Barbarian on Patreon >>

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In related news. Up until now, I’ve been working on a give-what-you-can basis, but I have been plotting in grateful ways. It’s time to add tiers … so that you pick your incentives. We’re hammering out details behind the scenes. Tiers should kick in for June.

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Updated! There’s another update to Bard & Barbarian, which I post exclusively to Patreon as a way to thank my patrons. In Chapter 8: “Nameless,” Imber’s father and uncle test his bardic mettle.

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In related news, FoxOfTwilight is working on art for my boys. After some waffling (because little!Imber is a cute little button), we decided to make the bard an adult for this dual portrait. Because little boys will soon grow up to have adventures of their own. ::twinkle::

Imber crop

forthrightly on Patreon >>


Bard & Barbarian

Updated! Just a quick note that I managed to update Bard & Barbarian yesterday. This has been a good week for DnD at forthy’s house. Woke to a surprise game-brunch on Monday. Defending a treasure convoy goes rather well with fresh cinnamon rolls. And then yesterday’s usual campaign slot (which went extra long) brought sufficient success for Marc to unlock a unique feature on one of his swords. Poor boy. I’m not sure who’s more confused by the consequences: me, Imber, or Marc himself.

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Thank you to all who support my stories,
wherever they may be found. ::twinkle::