Clinton, South Carolina, Saturday, December 9, 2017, 5:25 p.m.
This is a result of a sleepless night. Sleepless nights have often formed the basis of works of fiction. A sleepless night led directly to the two novels I have published this year, both about stock car racing: Lightning in a Bottle and Life Gets Complicated. Cowboys Came Home materialized on a drive to Texas in 2016.
Last night the subject of my unrest was my financial troubles.
I have reluctantly decided to attach a Patreon program to my website, montedutton.com. This isn’t my first effort to derive some funds from my site. Ads always have strings attached, and those of you reading this know I value my independence. The idea is that people who enjoy my writing will invest in it. They already like my point of view, whether on NASCAR or other sports. The blog will not be restricted to investors. Rewards will be attached for patrons, based on the level of giving. I’ve spent the day putting this together, helped in no small part by an FCS playoff football game in which North Dakota State drilled Wofford and an Army-Navy game right out of the George Clooney movie Leatherheads.
If this works – and most of my money-related plans do not – I will reinvest some of the proceeds in expanding my coverage beyond the bounds of my living room and DirecTV. It may send me to race tracks and ballfields of regional renown. My best stories always are crafted onsite. Usually the sites are places like Clinton and Laurens high schools, Presbyterian College and Furman University.
I need to get out.
This year Jeff Gluck, through his reader-supported jeffgluck.com, sent me to the races at Charlotte Motor Speedway. His success leads me to this, but I’m not trying to rival his site and couldn’t if I wanted to. It would be absurd for anyone to take money they’re earmarking for Jeff’s site and redirect it to mine.
For all the details, please go to this link and see how it works, how much it costs, and what it means for you as well as me.
If I earn enough money, I’d like to return to Darlington, Bristol, Atlanta, Martinsville, and maybe even Talladega and Daytona. I make a little tour of short tracks, or minor-league ballparks, or other events that are in range.
I’m not doing this just to pay for travel. I’m doing this to make money, and to make money, one has to spend money, whether in rewards to benefactors or travel expenses.
But … I need the bucks.
I am not unmindful of the imperfect timing. I’ve been grousing for two weeks over how people ask me for only at the time of year when I’m least likely to have any. At the moment, my cash flow is backwards.
If you’ve got a little you can spare – and you like my writing enough to invest a little in it – consider becoming a patron of it. You will gain greater access and provide insight into what I should do. I will do what I can to reward you, and I appreciate your friendship and support already.
I think, if you read me, you value my independence, and I will maintain it.
Most of my books — non-fiction on NASCAR and music, collections that include my contributions, seven novels, and one short-story collection — are available here.
Three novels — Cowboys Come Home Home, Lightning in a Bottle and Life Gets Complicated — can be purchased in uptown Clinton at L&L Office Supply and Emma Jane’s.