Help me with college & get fiction!

$900 of $1,500 goal

Raised by 25 people in 11 months
Carrie Cuinn  ITHACA, NY
Some of you know that the last few years, life has been extra difficult. I've had a bad landlord, a car crash, medical problems, lost my day job... with each new issue, I've struggled to keep my bills paid and care for my son, who has a severe speech disorder and special needs.

The overarching theme lately has been money: I don't have enough of it. We're officially living in poverty, my son and I, so when something happens, we can't pay to fix it. I need a bigger income; I need to be more employable. Rather than continuing to need help over and over again, I went back to college in hope of finally getting my BA, and finding solid work.

Right now, I'm paying for it myself. I currently owe for one of my Spring classes (I paid for the rest) and one class this Summer. Together, that's almost $1300. I've set this fundraiser for $1500 to cover the fees GoFundMe will charge, and to pay for one textbook this summer.

Paying for school is something I have to do on top of rent and food and basic utilities. It's a cost above what I have to pay for my medical expenses. With thyroid surgery in two weeks, I don't see any way to do it all. Plus, if I can't pay for my classes by May 31, I won't be able to register for Fall in time to get into classes only availble one time a year. My goal is to graduate with my AA in May 2017, before transferring for my BA, so this should be my one chance at Fall-only classes. I need to get into them.

As a reward, when I've met my goal, I'll release an ebook of five Mythos fiction short stories to all of my backers, no matter how much you contribute. This will include two pieces previously published by Chaosium, that aren't available anywhere else, and three new stories no one has laid eyes (or tentacles) on. I'm creating original interior art for the project, and the ebook package will include .epub, .mobi (for Kindle), and .PDF. There's even reward levels if you want to get extra stuff back.
 
You can contribute because I'm a good person going through a hard time. You can contribute because you like my writing and want to see more of it. You can contribute because you haven't had to roll a SAN check recently. No matter why you lend a hand, I appreciate you.

Thank you.

Carrie Cuinn

PS. If you'd rather contribute by PayPal, which doesn't charge as much as GoFundMe, you can send money using this link . If you do, I'll add it manually here, so the total amount needed goes down.
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Update 3
Posted by Carrie Cuinn
10 months ago
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As proof I'm really using this fundraiser for college, here's a screenshot of my current balance. Today, I took the $600 available to me (the total balance minus the PayPal and GFM fees) and paid the school. I'm almost halfway there!
June 6: Paid $600 of class fees.
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Update 2
Posted by Carrie Cuinn
10 months ago
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I added a new reward level - a podcast of me reading at least one of these stories - which will go to everyone who's contributed at least $5, even if you're also getting another reward.

I blogged more about it here: https://carriecuinn.com/2016/06/01/mythos-collection-fundraiser-update-podcasts/
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Update 1
Posted by Carrie Cuinn
11 months ago
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(Originally posted at https://carriecuinn.com/2016/05/23/reviews-of-my-mythos-fiction-get-more-in-my-new-collection/)

If you haven’t read my work before, I’ve collected some reviews of the two previously-printed stories that will appear in the collection…

Reviews of “No Hand to Turn the Key”, in Chaosium’s STEAMPUNK CTHULHU

No Hand to Turn the Key by Carrie Cuinn tells the tale of an alternate future where humanity has been wiped out by Mythos horrors leaving only automatons behind to defend what remains of Earth’s human legacy. The result is a touching tale of sacrifice and hope in the face of overwhelming odds. – Alan Loewen

Imagine if just the clockwork servitors of our own creation was all that was left. Humanity is gone and only they are there to try and preserve the knowledge that might save themselves, and might have damned humanity. [This story is] absolutely fantastic. – Amazon

Among the standout stories for me was Carrie Cuinn’s “No Hand To Turn the Key”. – David, Goodreads

Reviews of “CL3ANS3”, in Chaosium’s ELDRITCH CHROME

“CL3ANS3” is a beautiful story from Carrie Cuinn. Ms. Cuinn’s voice and the picture she was able to weave inside my mind was absolutely amazing, her prose was top-notch. – Brian Murphy (MU Podcast)

“CL3ANS3” by Carrie Cuinn: This story has a really cool concept about a future where all data has to be organized and that organization is done through a kind of virtual reality (it is cyberpunk after all). Carrie Cuinn does a great job of building a great world of CHARACTERS here, like Orson Scott Card did in Ender’s Game (yeah, the guy’s politics suck but he can write some amazing characters). I bring up ‘Ender’ because there are scenes in the story where the protagonist sits down and interacts with other ‘sorters’ in a kind of cafeteria and it just has this realistic feeling to it. The writing is very solid and when the virtual world starts to become tainted by Eldritch happenings the story delivers. – D. Anderson

The anthology had been described to me as ‘Cyberpunk Cthulhu’, which threw me off originally, until I sneaked a peek at Carrie Cuinn’s CL3ANS3, which is, in my opinion, the pivotal point in this anthology and its biggest sell. – Konstantine Paradias

Paradias wrote a full review elsewhere online, which says in part:

CL3ANS3 took me by surprise. Primarily, because this is one of those stories that make excellent material for experimental animation short films that have this rarely-seen alienating feeling to them. The world outlined by Carrie Cuinn in this short story is clinical, sterilized and strange beyond belief. Its main character might be an antisocial, objective narrator but the rest of the people occupying the setting aren’t all that better off.

This story forced me to do a double-take to pinpoint exactly what bothered me about it so much and guess what: it’s not the Lovecraftian Horrors, not in and of themselves. I think that this was perhaps the point that Cuinn was trying to make: the scary, strange future that waits just around the corner, its people distant and antisocial, scared more of each other than the things lurking just beyond the world.
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Created May 19, 2016
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