Fund A Writer's Debut

$2,125 of $10,000 goal

Raised by 28 people in 59 months

I have spent my life being a Jill of all trades. I have written grants and been the manager of a retail store. I've worked as an administrative assistant and I've sold newspaper subscriptions over the phone while my toddler crawled around my legs. I worked a single four-hour shift at an upscale Japanese restaurant where I was trained by a person speaking Japanese (I don't speak Japanese).

I've been on countless interviews, the best being with a board of directors where I proposed the creation of a children's librarian position for their small library and then later went on to fill and fund the spot. And the worst being an interview where a bed-ridden gentleman was looking for an "assistant" and requested that I change his catheter during the interview.

Throughout my adult life, during times of deprivation, I have found myself scanning classifieds with little discrimination, being confident that I could somehow do whatever became available. Night housekeeper at the local hotel? Of course! Forklift operator at the cereal plant? No problem! Radiologist? As long as I had access to a search engine, I'm sure I'd be fine! I would fake it until I made it.

Throughout these years of insane thinking the constancy has been writing, but somehow that never felt like enough. It never felt valid. It felt like something I did in between or on top of everything else. I couldn't be a real Writer because I wasn't brooding enough or hadn't done heroin or hadn't traveled to South America. I could never call myself a Writer because somehow that felt...fraudulent.

But of course the interesting thing is that all along the front I kept up - the one of manager or administrative assistant or grant-writer "“ that front - was the fraud. Somehow I had managed to trick myself into thinking I was presenting myself as legitimate and valid when I was ignoring my Actual Self.

I always had a secret sense that my perspective could provide wisdom and insight for others. And so this is my Debut. I have a story to tell and it is a story for others as well as myself. My end goal is to seek publishing, but this fundraising effort is about the time that comes before that. I write, but I need to continue and I need financial support to do that. I have three young children, I work freelance and I'm back in school. My time and my money is sparing. Simply put, this is me asking for financial support in order to do the job I've been interviewing for my entire life. But even more than that, this is about giving those who support me an opportunity to show their support. This is about you having my back and demonstrating my work's value for you.

My intent is to raise enough money to be able to spend at least an hour a day writing. I will do this for a year. Some of this writing will be on my personal blog which I invite you to visit, and some will be done separately. When the year is over, I plan to work on securing a publisher. Money donated will be providing me with a stipend for my time.

You can find samples of my writing at http://wheresarawrites.com/

I truly appreciate all donations. They will all be acknowledged in the dedication page of my book.


Sara




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Hello Friends,

Yes, I've been a bit absent and I'd like to say that it's because I've been writing up a storm but unfortunately, Stuff has gotten in the way. I've realized though, that as all of the Stuff has happened, I've felt my body constrict, my jaw clench and my gut roll... It is only as I've come back to what is in my soul; to what is my Real Life's Work - that my body has relaxed, my jaw loosened and my gut strengthened.

So I am committing again to the writing. I am recognizing it as my breath, my place of renewal, the key to my FULL life.

I am asking again for your support. Please read, comment and donate financially if you are able.

Again, thanks.

Sara/Frances
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I started this fundraising effort two months ago today with the lofty final goal of $10,000. Before setting my goal, I spent a great deal of time thinking about what that goal amount should be. Would people be paying me for my time? For my childcare? For the hope of a first look at the finished product? I wasn't quite sure what I was looking for other than financial support, but I knew that I could spend another year thinking about that instead of actually starting the campaign. These sorts of procrastinations have crept up on me before and I firmly believe now is the time. So I set a budget for my time and decided to "go big or stay home."

These last two months have blown me away. I have such gratitude for the support I've received and I am on schedule to reach that final goal by the end of the year. I do continue to ask for your support along the way. If you've thought about contributing but haven't yet, I hope you are able to read some of my work and make the choice to donate. Or if you're not in a position to do so, please just keep reading. The rest will follow.

http://wheresarawrites.com/
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But of course, what is so important about the top? What are the imaginary accolades bestowed on us for getting there when the hike itself is the actual trip? And what message was I giving my daughter about life and work and beauty and joy? It’s fine to observe momentarily from afar, but then get back on that horse and find Point B?

http://wheresarawrites.com/2014/03/19/nose-to-the-grindstone/
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Raised by 28 people in 59 months
Created January 20, 2014
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$25
Anonymous
24 months ago
MF
$75
Mom Fromm
52 months ago

Miss your writing....give up sleep and write, write, write!

RO
$20
Rita Otis
54 months ago

unclench that jaw!!!!

MF
$100
mom fromm
54 months ago

love your writing - keep at it....even small steps bring oxygen to the Soul....

TK
$35
Tony Kapinos
55 months ago

For my friend.

$100
Anonymous
56 months ago
$50
Anonymous
57 months ago
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Mom Fromm
57 months ago

Carry on bravely.

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