Round 5 TBR | Queer Lit Readathon

Kathy’s TBR: https://youtu.be/5WsfWl3lcys
Rebecca’s TBR: https://youtu.be/zFAs13Pm3eQ

Hello, I’m Rogan and welcome to my TBR, or to-be-read, for the Queer Lit Readathon happening from May 31st to June 6th! Kathy and I love making TBRs that can black out whatever bingo board we’ve created for the round. I think I’ve made a pretty good list that does that with just six books! *whisper* Yes. Okay, I will be telling you the book and what challenges it covers. I’ll be telling you what they’re about *after* the week is over, so subscribe to make sure you see that! *wink nudge finger guns* Of course, there is some overlap but I assure you, all sixteen challenges are covered.

Let’s start with the group read, This Is What It Feels Like by Rebecca Barrow. That’s the first challenge right there. It also fits summer vibes. I tried to do some investigation to figure this out without ruining the book too much, and it *might* fit the disabled main character as well. However, I’m not entirely too sure about this one, which is why the next book clearly covers this challenge.

That would be Cyborg Detective written by Jillian Weise, who is a disabled queer poet. It seems that this collection focuses more heavily on the disability aspect, but this still counts toward the poetry challenge. It also fits one of the ways you can interpret the rainbow cover challenge. We have it described as “mainly a color from the rainbow” which this fits. Buuuut the next book has a literal rainbow on the cover!

Winning Marriage by Marc Solomon. (The actual title is way too long so just look it up if you want to know it.) It has a beautiful pride flag along with some rainbow text, so it certainly fits the rainbow cover challenge! I also chose this for the nonfiction challenge, along with backlist and technically, a non-coming out story.

Next is the book that hits the most challenges at once, Running With Lions by Julian Winters. It has a bisexual main character, is set in the summer, and if you couldn’t tell from the cover, it’s sports-themed. It also has been recommended by a host, and a former co-host! I predict this will be a five-star read for me, considering how much Adriana likes this.

I also want to read Wicked As You Wish by Rin Chupeco, which I’m counting toward the queer friends category. I’m surprised at how few people have actually mentioned the queer rep in this, but it’s there on GoodReads. From what I can deduce, there are multiple queer characters, so I hope I turn out to be correct that this is a queer friends adventure. This also will cover the ??? – Choose your own category, and that category is a recent acquisition. I won a copy of this through a giveaway earlier this week! So it’s definitely a recent one.

Then the last, but not least, book that I aim to read during the week will be Bingo Love. This can also count for a backlist title, but I chose it mainly because it’s a graphic novel, and has two leads who are women over 40 at some point in the story.

That is the six books on my TBR for this round of Queer Lit Readathon! Will you be joining us, and if yes, what will you be reading?

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Queer Lit Recs 3 | BookTube

Hello, I’m Rogan and welcome! Today is the third video of recommending specifically queer lit. I will be just going through the titles and authors, adding brief information for some of them.

The Sidekick Squad series written by C.B. Lee is fantastic! Not Your Sidekick is from Jessica Tran’s perspective, a bisexual girl. Not Your Villain tells the story of Bells Broussard, who is a trans shapeshifter. Not Your Backup is through the eyes of Emma Robledo, and she’s on the ace/aro spectrum. They’re Chinese-Vietnamese, black, and Latinx, respectively. There are also multiple queer side characters. I haven’t read the third book, but I’ve heard fantastic things about it!

Red, White, & Royal Blue by Casey McQuiston, Dragon Pearl by Yoon Ha Lee, We Set the Dark on Fire by Tehlor Kay Mejia, The Fever King by Victoria Lee.

Boy Erased: A Memoir by Garrard Conley and I Wish You All the Best by Mason Deaver. I read these two back-to-back. While they are both absolutely fantastic, I do not recommend doing that! Boy Erased is a memoir of a gay man who went through conversion therapy when he was a teen. I Wish You All the Best is about a nonbinary teen that got kicked out of their home, and the process of picking up the pieces after.

The Disasters by M.K. England, The Song of Achilles by Madeline Miller, This Is How It Always Is by Laurie Frankel.

Darius the Great Is Not Okay by Adib Khorram. The sequel comes out later this year, Darius the Great Deserves Better, and I am excited to read it!

Cantoras by Carolina de Robertis, Full Disclosure by Camryn Garrett, Amateur: A True Story about What Makes a Manby Thomas Page McBee, Out of Salem by Hal Schrieve.

Sorted: Growing Up, Coming Out, and Finding My Place by Jackson Bird. He’s a trans YouTuber as well, and I always enjoy the content he puts out!

Real Queer America: LGBT Stories from Red States by Samantha Allen, The Rise of Kyoshi by F.C. Yee, An Exaltation of Larks by Suanne Laqueur, Space Between: Explorations of Love, Sex, and Fluidity by Nico Tortorella.

To finish this video, I’m recommending the amazing The Broken Earth trilogy written by N.K. Jemisin. The Fifth Season, The Obelisk Gate, and The Stone Sky. There are multiple queer characters throughout this whole series, and it’s very diverse as well. Honestly, anything by N.K. Jemisin is incredible.

That’s all of the recommendations I have for this video! The next recommendation video will be all queer graphic novels, which I will link when it’s out. Of course, I am always reading queer books so there will be more videos coming. I’m linking the playlist in the description below for more queer books. Leave any suggestions for queer books in the comments!

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Queer Lit Recs 2 | BookTube

Hello, I’m Rogan and welcome! Today I’ll be recommending some queer lit that I’ve enjoyed. The last time I made a video specifically recommending queer lit was… Two years ago from this video. Since then, I’ve read over 80 queer books, and many that I would recommend. So I’ll be breaking it into parts and spreading it out a little. I will be making one video of just graphic novels. I also will just be saying the titles and author, and occasional brief mention of something that I think is important to know.

The Shades of Magic trilogy by V.E. Schwab – A Darker Shade of Magic, A Gathering of Shadows, A Conjuring of Light. Several queer characters!

Blackfish City by Sam J. Miller.

Queens of Geek and The Brightsiders, you can’t go wrong with Jen Wilde.

An Absolutely Remarkable Thing by Hank Green.

Dreadnought, and by extension, Sovereign by April Daniels. The main character is a trans super.

Ship It by Britta Lundin.

Carmen Maria Machado’s writing is amazing in both Her Body and Other Parties and In the Dream House.

Little & Lion by Brandy Colbert.

Leah on the Offbeat, the follow up to Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda, both written by Becky Albertalli. Bisexual main character! By the way, there’s going to be a spin-off TV show called Love, Victor. Albertalli also co-wrote a book with Adam Silvera, What If It’s Us.

Adam Silvera will always make you cry, but I happily recommend his books: History is All You Left Me and They Both Die at the End. The latter is being adapted for a TV show.

Peter Darling by Austin Chant.

Wild Beauty by Anna-Marie McLemore. I’m surprised I haven’t gotten around to McLemore’s other books, considering how much I enjoyed this one.

Anger Is a Gift by Mark Oshiro.

The House of Impossible Beauties by Joseph Cassara is just heartbreaking and gorgeous, about drag queens in the 80’s.

Freshwater by Akwaeke Emezi.

The Backstagers and the Ghost Light and The Backstagers and the Theater of the Ancients by Andy Mientus, illustrated by Rian Sygh. These started as a graphic novel series, then became a middle grade novel series. By the way, there’s a deaf character that gets a bigger role in Theater of the Ancients. But definitely start with the graphic novels!

And that is all of the recommendations I have for you today. Keep an eye out for a couple more videos coming soon!

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April Books Wrap Up | BookTube

Hello, I’m Rogan and welcome to my wrap up for April books. This month, I read 13 books, but five were graphic novels. Let’s get right into it!

The first book I read this month was also the first of a new book club specifically for signers. If you’re interested, I’ll leave a link for their Instagram down below. The book we read was A Woman Is No Man. This mainly follows two different perspectives in two different times, Isra in 1990 and Deya in 2008. This is a story about Palestinian-American women who have experienced heavy oppression by their culture. Isra lived in Palestine until an arranged marriage had her moving to the US to live with the Ra’ad family. She saw this as an opportunity for a fresh start and freedom. Deya lives in her grandparents’ house in Brooklyn, dreaming of going to college. Her grandmother is insisting she get married first, and brings suitor after suitor, attempting to arrange a marriage. Isra struggles with the expectations placed on her to bear a child, especially a son. She has four daughters and no sons, so faces a lot of judgment from her community for “failing” her family. Deya struggles with the expectations that women are supposed to be good wives, keep house, bear children, and not be interested in things like college or working. As this goes on, we see how Isra and Deya are connected. We also get some of the grandmother’s perspective, which is also her struggling with her culture’s expectations for women. First, I’m obviously white, masculine-presenting, and US-born so I definitely do not share any of this experience. With that, I did enjoy this read. I’ve read several Muslim stories that have talked about the cultural views on women, some positive, some negative. This really went hard on it though, it didn’t hold back on “airing dirty laundry” and told it as it is for some people living with that experience. There is some abuse, and a brief scene of nonconsensual sex. Overall, this is good, but not easy to read. I want to quickly mention a quote I really liked from this. “She thinks about the stories stacked across the shelves, leaning against one another like burdened bodies, supporting the worlds within each other.” I thought that this was a beautiful way to describe a library and all of its books.

Next, I wanted something light and funny so I read something that I found on NetGalley, Ghosted in LA Vol 1. This book is out now! Daphne graduates high school and moves to L.A. for college, following her high school boyfriend. When she arrives, she finds a rude roommate and gets dumped by her sweetheart. Lost and alone, she’s wandering the streets sobbing her heart out when she runs into a light pole and notices a big old mansion, Rycroft Manor. Out of curiosity, she goes in and encounters ghosts! After the initial panic, she negotiates with them, and gets her own room in the mansion. Supernatural hijinks ensue! I enormously enjoyed this supernatural romp in Los Angeles! I loved the illustrations in this, the art is just gorgeous. The representation in this is great too with a bi/pan Jewish main character and several side characters that are queer. I’m definitely looking forward to the upcoming volumes, because in this, the focus was on introducing the characters, the backstories of each ghost, so the worldbuilding suffered a little for that. I can’t wait to learn more about how they came to be at Rycroft, a bit more about how the supernatural works, and their adventures together.

I was still in the mood for light reads so I went for a re-read of Bloom. This is an adorable story of two boys who meet because of a bakery. Ari’s family owns the bakery which is in a little coastal town, and he’s been working there his whole life. He wants to get out of town though, to the big city with his band. Ari’s trying to find a replacement, and one day Hector walks into the bakery and changes his life. I just love this cute queer story, and definitely would recommend it. The whole thing is in a gorgeous blue monochrome like the cover, and the illustrations of the food is amazing. I want this bakery to be a real place!

After a couple of light reads, I went on a N.K. Jemisin binge. I started this binge with How Long ’til Black Future Month? which is a collection of short stories Jemisin’s written over the years. A few of them went on to become full-length stories that are currently out. I love being able to see that part of someone’s process, what started as something little, a small idea that grew into something much bigger. For example, Stone Hunger is what eventually became The Fifth Season. There were some fundamental basics that were changed for the full-length novel, which I think were appropriate! But I liked seeing what Jemisin started with. Another one is The City Born Great, which became her most recent release, The City We Became. I haven’t read the full-length book yet, I have it on hold at my library. But! What I read in the short story made me even more excited to read the book. I know I haven’t really described any of the stories, but it’s so hard when they’re short stories and there’s so many of them. Instead, I’ll list a few of the ones that really stuck out to me. L’Alchimista, The Effluent Engine, Cloud Dragon Skies, The Trojan Girl, On the Banks of the River Lex, and Non-Zero Probabilities. Many of these are available online to read as stand-alones. I’d definitely recommend reading this collection!

Then I read the next two books in The Broken Earth trilogy, The Obelisk Gate and The Stone Sky. Since they’re the second and third in this series, I obviously can’t say too much without accidentally spoiling the first book. But I will say that the stakes get even higher, and it’s *so* worth the hype! If you like apocalyptic worlds with a touch of fantasy and science fiction, this is definitely a read to check out.

I decided I wanted to do a re-read of Red, White, & Royal Blue,in part because of where our world is today. This is like an alternate reality that I wish existed. In this universe, a white woman won the 2016 election for president. Her children are mixed race, and her son, Alex Claremont-Diaz, is bisexual. Of course, he doesn’t know this until later on. Alex is at the wedding of British royalty and causes an international incident with Prince Henry of Wales, his long-time rival. They’re forced to pretend they’re best friends and it was just a big misunderstanding. They eventually realize they actually have quite a lot in common, quickly falling into a romance that they struggle to keep hidden. This is just a wonderful hate-to-love story, and I *need* more people to read this! These two disaster boys are so adorable, and I live for their relationship.

Next was my book club’s second book, Maybe You Should Talk to Someone: A Therapist, Her Therapist, and Our Lives Revealed. This is a memoir of a therapist, which is kind of obvious from the title. One day, Lori Gottlieb’s working with her patients as usual. The next, her life turns upside down and Lori realizes she needs a therapist for herself, and finds one in Wendell, a quirky and experienced therapist. While she learns the innermost parts of her patients—who include a self-centered Hollywood producer, a newlywed with a terminal illness, a senior who decided she’s going to end her life if things don’t get better by her birthday, and a twenty-something woman who keeps hooking up with the wrong guys—they make her wrestle with some of the same questions for herself in her own therapy. Lori doesn’t just talk about her patients, but also talks about her own life and how she arrived to therapy much later in her life. This was after being a TV writer on ER, deciding to pursue a medical career, while writing at the same time, until an advisor suggested she do psychotherapy. Lori was much more interested in the “helping people” part of the medical field anyway, so this is how she finally became a therapist. I enjoyed seeing inside a therapist’s head while she sat with her patients and worked with them on their problems. I thought this was an interesting read. Not blow-away-amazing, but interesting for sure.

I was browsing Hoopla to find something easy and quick to use up my remaining borrows for the month, and I spotted this book, I Will Judge You by Your Bookshelf. Of course, I had to read it! This is simply a love letter to bookworms, people who love books in all forms. It’s full of one or two page comics that explore bookishness in various forms. There are comics about reading spots, treatment of books, progression of reading habits, and so many more. It did get a little repetitive at times, and some were pretty stereotypical, but again this is short comic form so it’s hard to cram a lot into a small space. If you love books in any way, you’ll probably enjoy this quick read.

Still on Hoopla, I was looking for graphic novels to read, and I found Legend of Korra: Turf Wars. I read all three parts so I’ll sum them up together. This is set immediately after the TV series ends, where Korra and Asami are on a short vacation in the Spirit World. When they come back, they find Republic City in chaos with political scheming going on and human/spirit conflict. A snooty developer wants to turn the new spirit portal into an amusement park, angering the spirits. The triads are shifting and fighting over territory, while evacuees are clamoring for homes. There’s a new bid for the presidency, a kidnapping and sojourn into the Spirit Wilds, and of course, bending fights. I will always relish a chance to get back into this world and learn more about it. The illustrations are amazing, and the story arcs are engaging. One thing that did disappoint me was that these were SO short, or felt like it. I kept feeling like I wanted more story, more depth. I did enjoy this though! I also read the next trilogy of Korra graphic novels, but I read them in May so *clicks* you gotta wait. One more thing I want to add. Korra and Asami are for sure in a relationship. They’re a queer couple. I’m thrilled about that. They actually have more characters that are shown as queer. They couldn’t do it for the TV show, because… You know. Networks don’t like letting queer people be visible. Anyway.

Finally, the last book I read this month was Little Secrets which was a free copy I received from Minotaur Books for a review. This is a mystery thriller about Marin Machado who has the perfect life—married to her college sweetheart who has his own company, and she owns a chain of fancy hair salons. Then it’s turned upside down when their young son, Sebastian, is taken from her. There’s a huge hunt for him, but the trail goes cold and we meet Marin again a year later, where she’s a shadow of her former self. She clings to hope that Sebastian can be found, and she’s hired her own private investigator to keep up the search. The PI happens to discover that Derek’s having an affair on her with a young artist and grad student, McKenzie Li. Kenzie is deep in debt, but she’s also a professional girlfriend. She knows Derek is rich, and uses the perks that comes with dating him. He’s not the first, but she’s falling for him and that was never the plan. When Marin finds out about the affair, rage gets her going again. This is a problem she can *fix* and sets a plan in motion. The blurb gives away a thing that we don’t really learn until muuuuch later in the story, so I would suggest you avoid reading it if you want to keep the suspense. I think that might have ruined the tension for me a bit, though I kind of enjoyed this? I gave it a three out of five stars, not because it’s bad or good, but because I had mixed feelings about it. This was more focused on Marin and Kenzie, the whole affair, rather than the mother and her missing son. Sure, it’s a part of the story and the grief plays a big part in Marin and Derek’s behavior—even though I never liked Derek, and would have left him a long time ago. But this was definitely more about the affair and Marin’s actions to end it to preserve her perfect rich white lady life. Honestly, I don’t really care for stories like that. I felt more for Kenzie, who was struggling with being able to afford school while paying for care of her sick mother. Yeah, being a professional girlfriend and taking advantage of married rich men is gross, but she’s doing it to survive. #millennialproblems. Just so you know, there are zero “good” characters in this book. Some are still likable, but none of them are great or perfect. I saw several of the twists coming from miles off, one of them because it was given away in the blurb. So yeah, I clearly have very mixed feelings about this.

All in all, a pretty good month of reading! There were some fantastic books that I’d happily re-read. Have you read any of these? Leave it in the comments, or books that you would recommend.

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English Idioms in ASL

Note: I’m talking about ASL signs using English words to explain. In this post, I’m expanding on what I say in the video because you don’t have the same visuals. I do my best to make it clear how things are signed, but it’s not perfect.

Hello and welcome! As you know from the title, we’ll be discussing idioms today. As a deaf interpreter—and this applies to hearing interpreters as well— this is one of those things you have to understand well to be able to accurately interpret into ASL. I want to emphasize here that I’m talking about English idioms being interpreted into ASL. I’ll go through a few examples, but what I personally would do is generally sign what the idiom means and not the words. You’ll see as we go through them. Deaf people are often more direct and say what they mean. They don’t use too many metaphors or idioms. Most of the ones I’m talking about today are suggestions I got from my Instagram. There were a few in there that aren’t originally English, or ones more like slang not idioms. I have a list of more, so I might do more than one video, let me know if that’s something you’re interested in! I’ll stop talking and get to it.

Cat got your tongue? Obviously, this doesn’t really work for people like me. Something biting your tongue, I don’t use my tongue for talking. I interpret this simply as, Basically saying what’s wrong? But more concise. (This particular sign doesn’t necessarily mean “what’s wrong,” it can also be used to ask someone what’s up with them.)

Adding insult to injury. That was really English in how I just signed. I will be doing that for a lot of these idioms, so you know what I’m talking about. But really, even if I signed that phrase, how I sign it in ASL would be [finish injured, on top insult]. An example of how it tends to show up in ASL: My boss asked me to work longer hours. Even worse, they won’t pay me more money.

Heard through the grapevine. This really depends on if you’re talking about more of a sharing of information or rumors. If it’s just information, it tends to be signed a little more literal. [heard multiple times and moving around] Or if it’s about rumors, it’ll be [rumor repeated while moving in a large circle].

Information
Rumor

I want to add a few other similar phrases. Spread like wildfire. In ASL, you would sign it like [spread but moving extremely fast and one rapid motion with a sudden stop at the end].

Another one that’s used specifically in ASL only, I’m not sure how to interpret to English. I’ve seen people use this, [rumor handshapes, non-dominant hand staying in place, dominant hand moving in a quick circle, opening up as it moves away from the ND hand and closing as it touches the ND hand]. It’s like rumors, but moving very quickly in a circle.

Raining cats and dogs. That’s a really awkward phrase to sign, and I don’t sign it myself so I’m tripping up on signing that. Really, in ASL, we just show how serious the rain is. Regular rain is well, signed normally. Light rain is signed with shorter and quicker downward motions. Mist (or drizzle) is signed with all of the fingers wiggling in short downward motions along with a mouth morpheme to emphasize the smallness of it. For this phrase: [raining hard, pouring, hard rain]. It’s that simple.

A perfect segue into the next one, piece of cake. This just means something reallyyyy easy. In ASL, I would sign this, [nothing]. It can mean “that’s easy” or it can mean “oh, that’s nothing!” Really nothing. We have several meanings for that sign [nothing].

When pigs fly. This really means sure, that thing will not happen. It’ll never happen. Usually, deaf people’s response to that kind of statement would be: suuuuuuure. Or sure, sure, sure, sure. It tends to be more about the facial expressions than the words themselves.

Out of the blue. It means something unexpected. I would sign this a little bit different, it might depend on context, but I can’t think of examples of why I would sign one way over the other. There’s two ways I sign this. [punch] or [random]. I think [punch] would be more of a thing that happens to me and [random] might be something weird happening there. More of an outside thing, happening to someone else, or happening to a group of us.

Think outside of the box. Meaning think creatively, think differently. How to interpret to ASL… You could still use the box example, like: [staying the box, jump out, think different]. Or I would do: [think same-same, stop, go random].

Up in the air. It means waiting for something, don’t know, etc. ASL can sum this up into one simple sign: [????] That’s many questions marks. You make the shape of a question mark with your index finger for a normal question, but with this you make the question mark with all of your fingers.

Mountain out of a molehill. This is making a big deal out of a really small problem. ASL signs: [increasing chaos, really it’s little]. “Chaos” is not the best word to explain that sign. People will sometimes use the claw handshapes next to each other, rotating in small circles, to represent tension between two entities. Rotating it and moving it away from the non-dominant hand changes it into essentially, tension or something that started small that gets bigger and bigger.

That’s all for today! Let me know of more idioms you’d like to see, or what your favorite idiom is.

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Round 5 Announcement | Queer Lit Readathon

Hello, I’m Rogan and welcome! Today, we’re announcing round FIVE of the Queer Lit Readathon. It feels strange to be saying that, but it’s great! As always, Kathy and I are co-hosting this and as always, we have a guest co-host. But this time around, it’s two! Rebecca and Sarah from the Tea Hags will be joining us for this round, so give them a warm welcome.

Tangent – if you are interested in being a co-host for this, our criteria are that you yourself are queer and you caption your videos, because accessibility is important. Let’s get back to the announcement!

This will be happening May 31 through June 6, Sunday to Saturday. You can do this in the timezone of your choosing. As we do every round, we have sixteen challenges for you to choose from. We have a beautiful bingo board of all the challenges. You do not have to do them all or even make a bingo! You can read as little or as much as you want. You are allowed to use one book for multiple challenges. Kathy and I both like to aim for a blackout of the board, but that’s just us book nerds. Okay, let’s go through the challenges shall we? Of course, all of these must have a queer main character or revolve around queer topics.

  1. Read a backlist title. This would be a book two years or older.
  2. Group Read – This is What it Feels Like by Rebecca Barrow
  3. Read a book about queer friends
  4. Choose Your Own Category – tell us what it is in your TBR
  5. Read a book with a female protagonist over 40
  6. Read a book that gives you summer vibes
  7. Read a book with a sports theme
  8. Read a book of poetry by a queer author
  9. Read a non-coming out story
  10. Read a graphic novel
  11. Read a book that has a cover that is mainly a color from the rainbow
  12. Read a book recommended by a host
  13. Read a book with a bisexual/pansexual MC
  14. Read a book with a disabled MC
  15. Read a nonfiction book
  16. Read a 5 Star Prediction

There are sure to be a few challenges you’ll love! If you have trouble finding books that fit any of these challenges, both Kathy and I have recommendation videos which I’ll link below. Also, as this round approaches, we will be posting recommendations from each host on our Instagram, @queer_lit, for each challenge. So you will easily be able to meet the challenge of a book recommended by a host. We will all be posting our personal TBR videos a week before the readathon begins, on May 22nd. So if you’re curious what we all will be reading, keep watching for those!

If you decide to make your own TBR video, a reading vlog, or a wrap up afterwards, it would be much appreciated if you captioned those. I would love to be able to watch all the amazing queer books y’all read! When you post anything related to this readathon, you can tag us on Instagram and Twitter using @queer_lit and use the hashtag #queerlitread.

I know this is a lot of information in one video, which is why you can find all of this information PLUS a FAQ here on my website, roganshannon.com/queer-lit-read/ which will be linked down below of course. Be sure to go check out Kathy and the Tea Hags for their videos! That’s all I have for this announcement, and I hope to see you joining us this week!

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My recommendations video: https://youtu.be/upp-ucTLmdU

Kathy’s recommendations playlist: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLc67yFXHFDCbcpRyx60HhS0xjx3ogb-eF

Patreon Revamp!

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Hello, and welcome! I’m excited to be announcing my revamped Patreon today. I’m going to keep this post simple: What is Patreon? What tiers do I have? What are other ways you can support me?

What is Patreon? At its core, it’s crowdfunding for creators of all kinds. I’m able to get paid monthly for creating things I’m already creating, these videos! This is a way for you to join my community and support me in making the stuff you enjoy.

I have tiers starting at as little as $1, going up to $10. Each of these tiers has a fun name. You choose how much you want to pay, and the more you pay, the more perks you get!

Starting with the cheapest tier, $1 – Buzz & Hype. You get access to all written posts on Patreon. I will sometimes give a quick update that way, and Patrons get to know that before anyone else. You also get your name at the end of my videos.

The next tier is $3 – Previews. You get all of the benefits from the previous tier, plus access a day early! You also might get the occasional sneak peek of current projects. *wink* When I do a poll, you’ll also get to vote on which video I do next.

For only two more dollars at $5 – Clapboard, you get all of the previous, and you get to see behind the scenes! I’ll show how I set up my videos, and the process of some more involved videos.

Then the next tier up, $8 – Unscripted, again you will get all of the previously mentioned benefits. At this tier, you will get access to a weekly unscripted vlog. I have absolutely no idea what this will look like, and we’ll find out together!

Lastly, if you want to get ~fancy~ and be the ultimate patron of the arts, you can sign up for the $10 – Concept Art tier, where you’ll get all of the benefits AND a custom piece drawn by me! You’ll be able to receive this after your first month has been paid for.

That’s all of the five tiers I have on my Patreon. If any of these strike your fancy, there’s a link below where you can sign up to become a Patron of Rogan Shannon. Your cards get charged on the first of every month, just a FYI. If you don’t feel like you can commit to paying monthly, there are other ways to support me.

Financially, you can do a one-time payment through Ko-fi. That’s the equivalent of buying me a fairly cheap coffee. By the way, if you can, let the ads on YouTube play. Letting them play all the way through means we can get paid, so it does help. Though I will completely understand if you aren’t feeling it or if the ad is ridiculously long. If you still want to support me but can’t do so with money, share this and my content with people who might enjoy it! Subscribe to my channel, and hit that bell so you don’t miss a video. 

Check below for links to all of the things I mentioned. That’s all for this post! All of those names listed below are my current Patrons, thank you so much for your support!

  • Anna G.
  • Autumn B.
  • Brian S.
  • Charis M.
  • Christy F.
  • Erin M.
  • George L.
  • Jordan B.
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  • Stephanie
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If you want to support my content financially, I would really appreciate it if you joined my Patreon or made a one-time donation to my Ko-fi tip jar. Subscribe to my channel. Follow me on my socials – FacebookTwitterInstagram. Thanks for reading, see you next time.

Life Update | Pandemic Edition

Hello and welcome. Today I just wanted to let you know what’s up with me, during this whole pandemic situation.

My living situation – I am very lucky that I live with my parents. I’m really– Some of you might already know, I was thinking about to Seattle soon, hoping to. Because I could finally afford to live in Seattle, but then this whole thing hit. So… I’m really glad that I hadn’t moved, because… That leads into my work situation.

All of my usual jobs have pretty much gone up in air, nothing. What I do is deaf interpreting, as my main income, that’s deaf interpreting. And most… I plan to make a video for those of you who don’t really know what deaf interpreters do. I plan to explain the whole spectrum of work that we do, but my work is mostly with DeafBlind clients. Obviously, because DeafBlind interpreting work requires a lot of touch, a lot of closeness, that doesn’t really work with social distancing and all of that. So my work in that field is gone. And generally, deaf interpreting often requires in-person work. Or it’s more effective if it’s in person. So that means jobs for deaf interpreters are very limited now. Most deaf interpreting jobs are in person, and I’m willing to work those jobs. But even if I had jobs that I could accept, I wouldn’t. Because I live with my parents, and they’re both immunocompromised. That puts them at risk, so I can’t do that. I can only do remote work right now, which is tough.

So, because I can pretty much do only remote work right now, I’ve been trying to make more YouTube videos, get a little bit of revenue from that. I’ve also worked on improving and changing the look of my website, making it a little bit–making it so I’m happy with the layout. I’ve also worked on revamping my Patreon tiers.

I mention it at the end of every video, but a quick explanation of what Patreon is. It’s basically crowdfunding for creators of any kind. Artists, writers, musicians, YouTubers, and so on. Any kind of creator can use Patreon for supporting their work. I’ve had this for a while, but right now, I’m working on improving it – more tiers, more options, more benefits. That’s one way people can support me. But if you’re thinking yeah, you want to do that, hold on! Don’t do that yet, because I will soon release the new tiers. I will release a video explaining each tier, so when you see that video, you can go ahead and support me. My Patreon is set to pay me once a month. So it doesn’t matter how many or how few videos I make that month, it will pay me once. I hope to get all of the new tiers set up before May 1st. Maybe by the end of this week. I will put out a video explaining everything, so look for that if you want to support me that way.

I have another option for supporting me financially, and that would be Ko-fi (sounds like coffee). This is different from Patreon. Patreon is like a monthly subscription, while Ko-fi is once. You pay, and that’s it. Unless you decide later on you want to do it again, you can. It’s the equivalent to buying me a coffee. Of course, I will leave the link for that here. Really, any financial support from you all in these weird times is much appreciated.

Another thing that I was thinking about, maybe, is creating an online art store where I can sell prints of my work. I don’t know if it’s worth doing the work for that. I’m still thinking about it. So if I do that, I will leave a link below, or I’ll just post it all over my social medias.

If you know of any work I can do remotely, or ideas on how I can earn money while I can’t interpret, let me know in the comments. Any ideas are much appreciated.

Yeah, I think that’s it for this video. I know that these are really weird times for everyone, so… In the comments, leave one thing that has made you happy during this whole stay-at-home thing.

If you want to support my content financially, I would really appreciate it if you joined my Patreon (but hold until the new tiers are up) or made a one-time donation to my Ko-fi tip jar. Subscribe to my channel. Follow me on my socials – FacebookTwitterInstagram. Thanks for reading, see you next time.