Bail Out the Sinking Ship

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Raised by 186 people in 3 months

The short and not-so-sweet summary: Since about 2013 my effective income has been sliding and more expenses, some medical, some house-related, some car-related, and more, have eaten away all my reserves. We're in trouble, put bluntly.  

Truthfully, this campaign could be in all three categories of medical, emergency, and family. 

More detailed: around 2010-2012 I was probably averaging close to $20k from my writing. This made the difference between slowly losing ground and having to choose the cheapest way to deal with each immediate problem and being able to save a bit, deal with emergencies in the proper way,  and even have some reasonable luxuries. This is no longer the case. The income dropped over the last 6 years precipitously and in that interim:

*My wife Kathy went through multiple surgeries for gallbladder and then bladder and other repairs needed, bleeding problems that nearly killed her at one point, and other issues ranging from a MRSA infection to developing what appears to be Miniere's disease
*My older son Chris has entered college; he's taking only a few courses at a time but even a community college costs a thousand dollars PER CLASS.
*My other son Gabe has had severe behavioral disorder problems which are terribly expensive in terms of time, effort, and emotional energy
*My daughter Vicky has significant anxiety and ADHD issues
*My youngest, Domenica, has apraxia and other issues
*Both my cars died this year, and given where we are and the various family issues, we need two cars
*I had several illness bouts, including severe asthma, one bout of pneumonia, an infection on my toe that combined with gout, and others
*Our house has several issues that have become increasingly important to address but I have not been able to afford it. 

The combination of all of these not only drains money, but drains everyone's mental and physical resources that might otherwise be focused on finding ways out of the situation. Depression and anxiety and other negative emotions are constant threats no matter how we try to fight them off. 

I am of course trying to continue my writing career -- it's really the only thing I can do other than my current job that has ANY reasonable hope of producing income -- but that's a long-term thing that, in the SHORT run, requires its own money to get going. I have a modest Patreon income, which is entirely devoted to that, but it's limited in that area. 

I never expected to EVER have to ask other people for money, especially people who never knew me other than, perhaps, a name on a book cover, but I find I have no choice. 

I've set the goal to a point where it would at least kill off some of the worst debt and give me some breathing room, but given the way things have gone this year and the prior years, I'm afraid that's on the low end of where I am now.

Thank you all for anything you choose to give.
Ryk E. Spoor

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As always, thank all of you for your help.

We've made it almost three months without needing more help. But I'm going to be posting this up again. The short summary is wind damage to the house, that revealed other problems with it inside that can't be ignored for very long. Plus some other medical issues that I don't want to detail.

I'm not asking those of you who already gave to give more, but if you would be so kind, spread the word where you think it might do good. The current link is:
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We made the basic 10k goal! So many thanks to everyone who contributed! It really did make a difference, and still does!

I've bumped the overall goal to 20k, but I'm not going to be pushing it. It will just stay open for anyone who wants to contribute. As I said in the campaign writeup, 10k was the most I could bring myself to ask for, but anyone who did good guesstimates of costs on the things listed (which were not ALL the things that happened to us) could probably tell that 10k was not going to cover nearly all of it.

For those who'd like to just support me and my writing a little bit in an ongoing way, my Patreon is the best choice:

Thank you all again for your help. It is appreciated more than I can easily write, and I'm supposed to be kinda good at that stuff.
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Thank you so much, everyone, for your support. (I'll be going through the latest set of you to send your individual thanks shortly). Some of the money has already arrived and I've started paying some of the bills that needed to be dealt with fast.

With your help, we have passed the halfway point to the basic goal, in only a couple of days. That's very gratifying and gives me some hope we can reach or surpass it (understanding, as I mentioned in the original post, that the 10k goal was the largest number I could bring myself to post, though it's well below what we really need to undo the damage of the last few years).

Thank you all again for your help. It will be appreciated and remembered.

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