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Update (and a deadline) for the GoFundMe project to save my house

Filed under Works in Progress

In a time when I can expect any news I get to be bad news, the GoFundMe project to save my house has a little bit of the good kind. As I write this, donations stand at just over $2600; in the meantime I’ve finally received a check I was waiting for, and after paying my property taxes I figure I’ll be able to kick in $1000 more.

Taken together, that puts me at about 1/3 of the way to replacing the house and porch roofs, which will please my insurer and keep me in my house. Good news!

But the clock is ticking. If I’m not able to call the roofers around the first of March then I’ll be right back where I was.

What does this mean?

I’m glad I asked. This means that there are just a few more weeks left to come up with the other 2/3 of the cost. That’s about $8200.

So, yeah. That’s the bad news.

Although I hate to stand here on the corner with my cap in my hand, I’m still asking anyone who can to consider dropping something into the project.

Lots of little bits can go a long way: though I’ve had three donations of $500, the rest has come in smaller amounts. So anything is welcome.

And thanks!

Please consider helping me to continue my creative work and deal with the financial aftermath of cancer
 
 
Here’s what’s coming to Patreon in February

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Patreon Line-up for February

Here we are in February. Have a good one!

If you’re not sure why Patreon has become so important to me, you can read all about that here.

Yeah. That was depressing, wasn’t it? So let me try to cheer you up with the rewards my Patrons will receive this month.

February 6 (for Patrons at $5 and above)

W. B. Yeats’ poem The Hosting of the Sidhe with my 1982 illustration for it, from Runestaff #5.

February 13 (for Patrons at $15 and above)

Two print-resolution Celtic knotwork borders at greeting card size, with transparent areas inside the borders. If you have image editing software you can place your own picture or message inside the border.

(These are for personal use only.)

February 20 (for Patrons at $10 and above)

The Chapter 5 first draft from my unfinished sequel to Slaves of the Switchboard of Doom. It’s probably my favorite of the six chapters I wrote.

Don’t tell the other chapters I said so.

February 27 (for Patrons at $1 and above)

The Big Mad Science in Slaves of the Switchboard of Doom examines the way Retropolis has dealt with its abundance of Mad Science. Is there a method behind the madness? Read and decide.


So, as always, $15 patrons will see something every week while the rest will see one, two, or three updates. I hope you enjoy them!

 
 
The latest from my financial apocalypse: help me save my house at GoFundMe

Filed under Thrilling Tales of the Downright Unusual, Works in Progress

Help me save my Secret Laboratory

If you’ve been following along, you know that for the past ten years I’ve been trying to deal with the medical bills from my uninsured cancer treatments. Last year I finally crashed, though (so far) I have not burned.

So far.

When I wrote the post about my troubles I was waiting for some more bad news: my homeowners insurance company wanted to have a look at my house to decide whether they’d require me to make some repairs before they renewed my policy.

When that shoe finally dropped, it fell from a pretty great height. They won’t renew my policy unless I replace the house and porch roofs before my renewal date in mid-April.

That turns out to be an expensive operation – in the neighborhood of $11,300. The 100-year-old slate roof has to be removed. The porch roof, which is in very poor condition, needs to be stripped, with its framing repaired, before it’s roofed over.

If I lose the house insurance I’ll be in violation of my mortgage agreement. As soon as that happens, my mortgage lender will foreclose.

My Patreon supporters have helped me reach the point where I’m not facing doom every month. But that’s no help when it comes to an emergency on this scale.

So in a desperate act of desperate desperation I’ve started a project at GoFundMe. Unlike my Kickstarter and Patreon projects, I’m not proposing a deal here: I’m straight out asking for money to deal with something I can’t deal with on my own. I don’t like doing that. It’s just that at this point I have no choice. This is the new me, the panhandler.

The clock is ticking. If I can get past this major hurdle I’m hopeful that my low mortgage payment will continue to keep me going until March of 2020, when I’ll be able to draw on Social Security. But at the moment that month seems very far away.

So that’s my thing. If you’re inclined, and able, to help, I would sure appreciate it. I know it’s a big chunk of money (believe me, I know) but it’s just possible that when a lot of people each chip in a little money, those little bits can add up to a lot.

 
 
Here’s what’s coming to Patreon in January

Filed under Works in Progress

My Patreon Schedule for January

Happy New Year!

If you’re not sure why Patreon has become so important to me, you can read all about that here.

Yeah. That was depressing, wasn’t it? So let me try to cheer you up with the rewards my Patrons will receive this month.

January 6 (for Patrons at $5 and above)

Chapter 4 of the first draft for a sequel to Slaves of the Switchboard of Doom. Friends, co-workers, and neighbors; also the second thing that broke the book.

January 13th (for Patrons at $15 and above)

Two print-resolution Celtic knotwork borders at greeting card size, with transparent areas inside the borders. If you have image editing software you can place your own picture or message inside the border.

(These are for personal use only.)

January 20th (for Patrons at $10 and above)

In the House of the Cosmic Frog is an illustrated poem from my summer of 1976. It’s difficult to describe. Another “Morno” piece.

Apart from my own distribution of copies it was published the next year in Greg Stafford’s Wyrd #7, published by (or at) Chaosium.

January 27th (for Patrons at $1 and above)

The Western Institute of Muchness is my memory of a strange thing I found while I was walking down the street in 1974 or so. I’ve never forgotten it. I’m so glad it existed.

Let me tell you what it was.


So, as always, $15 patrons will see something every week while the rest will see one, two, or three updates. I hope you enjoy them!

 
 
Here’s what’s coming to Patreon in December

Filed under Works in Progress

December line-up at Patreon

Happy December!

If you’re not sure why Patreon has become so important to me, you can read all about that here.

Yeah. That was depressing, wasn’t it? So let me try to cheer you up with the rewards my Patrons will receive this month.

December 6 (for Patrons at $5 and above)

Englyn is an illustrated poem from Runestaff #28, in 1984. The title’s unimaginative: this is a poem in the ancient Welsh verse form called “englyn”.

But it always knows who it is.

December 13th (for Patrons at $15 and above)

Two print-resolution Celtic knotwork borders at greeting card size, with transparent areas inside the borders. If you have image editing software you can place your own picture or message inside the border.

(These are for personal use only.)

December 20th (for Patrons at $10 and above)

The first draft for Chapter 3 of a sequel to Slaves of the Switchboard of Doom. First drafts are things of horror. Let me share my horror with you.

December 27th (for Patrons at $1 and above)

Adventures in Corporate Logic: Electronic Arts, ca. 1991 recalls some of the challenges I faced with a friend of mine while we dealt with a major corporation. We did okay, considering.


So, as always, $15 patrons will see something every week while the rest will see one, two, or three updates. I hope you enjoy them!

 
 
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