Hi! I’m Tsh Oxenreider. I write books and other sundry, as well as podcast, lead trips, and (soon) coach. I’m also a nomadic homebody besotted with wanderlust and a 4w5 INTJ Hufflepuff Anglican with more questions than answers, and if any of those things mean anything to you, you’re my people.

Part intrepid pilgrim and scrutinizer of cultural oddities, part whimsical homebody and charming troglodyte, my name really and truly is spelled correctly. You pronounce it as though there’s an i, like Tish, unless you’re a Starbucks barista, in which you pronounce it Lucy because you give them a fake name to avoid the hassle.

What’s Books & Crannies?

This is the space where I share with you thoughts I don’t share elsewhere, mostly about what we can learn from the delightful intersection of stories and travel. I love exploring the world, but like you, I don’t get to as often as I’d like. While my backpack waits in the closet until our next adventure, stories keep me occupied — books, movies, essays, TV series, podcasts, and beyond. They’re the next best accessible thing for learning more about the world, and I love uncovering what’s good and sharing it with you.

I also love to write, and a decade-plus since my first book was published, I still can’t believe I get to do this for a living. I’ve got one more non-fiction book coming out fall 2020 (and maybe one more after that), and then I hope to step wildly into the wonderful world of fiction. I’m currently working on my first novel, and I like sharing that process with you.

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I’d love you to consider taking it a step further and become a paying supporter.

If you enjoy any of the things I create — countless podcast episodes, blog posts, books, and beyond — your support goes a long way in saying thank you and in keeping the digital lights on. It’s only $7 per month (or less than that annually).

Why? Well, mostly because it’s lovely to pay writers and artists for their work. As a society, we are so used to finding most anything we want on the internet for free, we forget that it’s real human beings who work hard to create the stuff we love. It’s good to pay for the good stuff out there, because it helps to continue that good stuff.

We pay for magazine subscriptions, streaming subscriptions, movie tickets, meals at restaurants, and more — why wouldn’t we pay for the things we enjoy over the internet as well? They’re not free to make, and doing so would only cost us pennies per day. It’s a tangible way we can vote with our dollars for more goodness on the internet. Let’s counteract the dumpster fire yelling with good stuff.

But… ads. Yes, there’s advertising, and right now, ad and sponsor placements do help support some of my work. But to be honest, it’s not as much money as you might think it is, and my goal is to move away from advertising entirely. This is the dream, friends... I’d love the stuff I create to be 100% supported by the people who appreciate it. There’s many reasons this sort of structure aligns with my ethos, values, and type of work I want to do.

So, subscribe to Books & Crannies for $7 monthly (or $60 annually), and you’ll also get:

  • Longer-form essays about work, writing, vocation, faith, and other things on my mind — thoughts I won’t share anywhere else.

  • Monthly “What I Read” updates, starting in January 2020 (these currently live on AoS, but won’t after this year).

  • My monthly audio series called The WRLD at Home, where I share one simple way you can learn more about the great big world through something you can Watch, Read, Listen to, or Do. If you enjoyed my latest book, At Home in the World, this is how you can bring your found inspiration into your own home.

  • Access to regular community chats, where we can talk with each other, right here. Ever wanted to ask me something about travel, writing, reading, faith, pixie cuts, or what I ate last night? Here’s where you can AMA.

  • Regular curated Spotify playlists, one of my favorite gifts to create for people.

  • Bonus video/audio chats with friends about topics you’re interested in.

  • Extra goodness: first in line for weekend gatherings, discount codes, and more.

    Plus — and I think this is the best feature of all — you’ll have the satisfaction of supporting someone whose work you enjoy mostly for free. It’s a small but significant way you can be part of keeping goodness on the internet. Truly.

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For quick weekly updates on anything I create or love, you’ve got my free email called 5 Quick Things. You can continue to enjoy my free work at The Art of Simple, and find me occasionally hanging out on Twitter and Instagram. This new-to-me space on Substack officially replaces my space on Patreon, so if you’re one of my patrons there, go ahead and make the switch over here (it’s a one-time thing, promise, and thank you in advance for your continued support).

Regardless whether you stick to just Books & Crannies for free or choose to become a paid subscriber… thank you. It’s an honor to do the work I do, and it wouldn’t happen without readers! I’m so very grateful for you.

xo, Tsh