Light Before my Eyes (from my Patreon page)

Evening folks, I am in an odd mood this evening, restless yet contemplative.  I need to create but am not ready to work on any particular project so I decide to revisit the poem I was working on about the vastness of space and the beauty therein.  However, I did not really feel like wrestling with rhyme and verse, structure and tempo so I decided to just write it out.  I give you:

 

Photonic Dreams

by

Robert Garbin

 

A photon of light has entered my eye.  An ancient photon has touched the receptors at the back of my eye and caused a series of electrical impulses that send information to my brain billions of years after the photon was first emitted.  Billions of years spent crossing the vast gulfs of space, being bent around stars emitting their own photons of light, a path full of gravitational twists that cause the distant from one shore to another to be measured in years of light travel.

In my mind I churn through these facts, wondering at the sites this photon of light has seen on its long journey.  Out there the star that gave birth to my photon has long since ceased to exist, nothing more than a nebulous cloud of expanding gases millions of miles across and yet too small for me to see without a telescope.  What societies did my photon uncaringly bypass on its way to me?  What alien mind might have pondered the same things I am?

The photon no longer exists outside of me just as someday the last reflected photon from me will cease to exist.  Will I be lucky enough to reflect a photon back into the vastness of space so that some small part of me can see the wonders of our universe up close rather than as a voyeur?   What a journey that would be.

Reduced Reward Structure

I just wanted to let you know that I have changed the reward tiers on my Patreon page.  The $1 per month tier is staying the same with PDF and Rich Text copies of my short stories every month but the next tier is now $3 per month instead of $5 per month to get the stories plus jpeg copies of my artwork and progression files of my digital images.  As I said before, I also intend to add other content to the $3 per month tier as I learn how and the tier gets supported.  So please consider becoming a patron and help me achieve my goal of becoming a working artist and writer.

The Heat is On (from my Patreon page)

Well, North America has made the move into summer and it is already hitting the high humidity that is a trademark of Pennsylvania (between 60 and 90 %).  But it also means we are nearing the beginning of another month and time to tease the next story.  July’s store appropriately takes place in a blasted, blistering landscape where a lone person strives to continue moving on a journey he no longer remembers.  Worse, the devastated lands he crosses blame him for their plight.  How do you rest when the pain of a stone can break your heart?  What do you do to shut out the voices of regret and responsibility that never cease?  Find out in next month’s short story “Stubborn”.

Call Me the Director (from my Patreon page)

As part of improving the look of my Patreon page, I am going to try to make a better video featuring my artwork instead of me.  I am not all that photogenic or expressive.  My passions tend to run deeper than I generally let show on the surface.  My writing is a much better indication of my loves and emotions (yeah, I intend to change the written intro, too.

I have an editing program on my old computer that came from a long gone digital camera.  I once made a video of a day at the drag strip for my friend, complete with fades, titles, and music.  I tend to have a lot of fun doing stuff like that.  So I hope to string together a lot of the images I have shared so far with so information about what I write and paint along with why.  I will post a copy here when I get it done.

Put Your Word Where Your Mouth is!

Here is a little over six month review of the changes made to this blog since I began reflecting content from my Patreon page here:

Blog Followers are up from 114 to 166, a 31% increase

Blog Views are up from 344 to 527, a 34.7% increase

Blog Visitors are up from 260 to 346, a 24.8% increase

Blog Likes are up from 149 to 277, a 46.2% increase

The take away is that the seven month numbers are substantially up against the entire year of 2016, which happened to be the best year ever for this blog.

Why do I bring this up?  Well, because I have to ask you a favor.  When I started changing this blog it was in support of the launch of my Patreon page that I hoped would become a vehicle for achieving a measure of artistic success and hopefully supplement the income from my day job.  As part of this attempt to have an artistic life, I gave myself a year from the beginning of 2017 to make it an  ongoing venture.  Over six months have gone by and while the blog is enjoying success, my Patreon site is not.  There are going to be some things I will look at shortly to make the page more attractive, maybe even switch to a per project model.  Your feedback would be most helpful; however, your support would be better.  If not financially, then by word of mouth, because the more people who visit this blog, the more chances I have of gaining patrons.

Please, if you like what I am doing, tell your friends who like science fiction/fantasy art and writing to visit this blog.  Send them a link.  I come from a long history of retail work and one thing I know is that out of the people who shop, only a small percentage actually buy, so the more you get to shop the better your chance of a sale.  With enough shoppers you can make a living.  I need to make a living.  Please help me get more shoppers.  Promote my site on your blog, tell your friends, become a patron,or even give me advice.

If the situation does not improve, I will have to switch gears and look for a second job to get my financial situation under control.  I will probably find little time to work on projects or post to the blog, which is something I enjoy.  So send me your starving science fiction fans.

 

I will leave you with a content breakdown so far from my Patreon page Robert Garbin’s Patreon page:

7 Short Stories

18 image files

Painting Projects Completed 2 with one nearing completion and another far along

Two Art Projects in Preparation

Poem in the works

Horror Story started

 

Comic Book and Fantasy Sketch Page $5 Reward (from my Patreon page)

Here is what I wrote for the new $5 reward from Robert Garbin’s Patreon page.

“Hey all, this week’s $5 reward is a page of sketches inspired by the artwork of  the comic book series “Tales of the Jedi”, which was a series I was reading at the time.  Some of them had very good artwork.  I am a stickler when it comes to comics though.  If they don’t have gorgeous artwork or aren’t at least laid out well, I am not interested.  Art style is a large part of what comics have to offer and is the point of the medium.  Enjoy my attempts to do what better comic artists do on a regular basis.”

P.S. For everyone, don’t forget to pick up your free copy of “The Fall of Blessing and Prosperity”.  This is a good chance to get a taste of my writing style and substance.  I also forgot to mention that this story was inspired by the short story Tad Williams had on his website as an introduction to his Shadowmarch series.  I loved the loss of innocence in the story, a quality you will find deeply ingrained in my story.

History in the Making (from my Patreon page)

As promised, here is the surprise.  If you go to Robert Garbin’s Patreon page , you can download for free either a PDF or Rich Text copy of my short story “The Fall of Blessing and Prosperity”.  Below is the write-up I did for my Patreon page:

 

“As I said yesterday, I had a surprise in the works for those who have been following my blog.  Here it is.  I present to you “The Fall of Blessing and Prosperity” free to download.  

This is a story that is a key historical event informing the story line of the full length novel I have bouncing around my noggin.  It is a 6,500 word short story that details a pivotal event in the history of the novel “Sorrow and Remembrance” and will actually be incorporated into the story.  I have been working on this tragic story for some years continually adding to and refining it.

“The Fall of Blessing and Prosperity” is a tragic tale of human stubbornness and prejudice, ending in horrific loss of life, affecting people well beyond the arena of the warring cities.  This story, as well as the larger arc, has a lot to say about the effects of war on all those people who share the world with warring people.  You do not have to participate in a war to be gravely harmed by it.

Although I have been working on this story for years, it is still a work in progress with lots of room for expansion.  Any feedback you give will help me to improve what will be the backbone of a larger story.  I hope you enjoy this offering”