Rochita Loenen-Ruiz is a Filipina writer of fantasy and science fiction who lives in the Netherlands. Her stories have been published in Interzone, Clarkesworld, the Philippine Speculative Fiction series and other venues, and she writes a non-fiction column for Strange Horizons, among many, many other activities.
Her life is currently going through some upheavals, and she and her family could really use some help with their finances. ETA: since it's now public, we can say that she has just lost her husband and the father of her children.
Rochita has always been very generous with her time and always seeking to help and support the community in whatever way she could, and we would love for the community to help her now--in whatever way you can afford, we know it's not always easy!
Anything above the target goal will be used to help Rochita--the need is serious and we would really like to help her as much as possible.
As a thank-you for your help, we've put together some rewards for donors:
All donors will gain access to our downloadables microsite, which currently contains: a Xuya sampler ebook by Aliette de Bodard; poems by Rose Lemberg, Shveta Thakrar, Lev Mirov , and E.P. Beaumont ; stories by Ursula Vernon , JY Yang , Tricia Sullivan , Elizabeth Bear , and Stephanie Burgis ; a downloadable coloring book by Melanie Ujimori and Rhiannon Rasmussen-Silverstein ; and printable coloring sheets by Likhain. As the campaign proceeds we'll update this with more downloadables. Access to the microsite is sent to all donors via thank-you note. We've moved our contributor gifts list to the microsite, as well!
Update: We've hit our target -- thank you so much for your generosity, all! We know that Rochita could use every bit of help in this time of grief and upheaval, so we are keeping the campaign open for the next two weeks because we want to give her as much help as we possibly can. All of it is still so very very needed.
As a thank you to everyone for their support, and to help keep the momentum going and push forward to more help for Rochita, we've put together some stretch goals:
7,000€: The last three backers who push us over the 7,000 mark will each get a beautiful 8x10 photographic print by Paul Weimer. - REACHED!
7,500€: We'll upload a super cool dinosaur+robot coloring book downloadable, ONORAPTOR MAKES A FRIEND, by Melanie Ujimori and Rhiannon Rasmussen-Silverstein . (Donated by Rhiannon) - REACHED!
8,000€: We'll upload a delightful previously unpublished short story, BIRD BONES by Ursula Vernon, to the microsite. The story is chock full of awesomeness, including birds and math teachers. - REACHED!
8,500€: We'll upload a previously unpublished short story, WINTER IN THE MOUTH OF THE WOLF, by JY Yang . Featuring: wolves, snow, guns, exquisite detail. - REACHED!
9,000€: We'll upload two previously unpublished short stories by Tricia Sullivan . With meta-narrative, aliens and the unknowable. - REACHED!
9,500€: We'll upload a previously unpublished short story, TROLLSBANE by Elizabeth Bear, featuring troll-slaying, heroes, and over-inquisitive bards. - REACHED!
10,000€: The last backer to push us over 10,000 will get a really awesome handmade mermaid art doll courtesy of Nalo Hopkinson.
On the microsite, we'll upload an Aliette de Bodard story read by Em Newman, and a coloring sheet by Likhain. - REACHED!
10,500€: we will upload a rare short story by Stephanie Burgis , "By the Light of the Dark", a fairytale retelling of East of the Sun, West of the Moon. - REACHED!
11,000€: The last backer to push us over 11,000 will get a choice of either a special dinner party (menu and recipes) for a historical meal, or a two-hour-chat of historical consultation for a manuscript (donated by Gillian Polack ).
We will also make available to all backers ebooks of Steven Gould's JUMPER and REFLEX . - REACHED!
11,500€: the person who pushes us over 11,500€ will get a custom blend of tea offered by Desert Sage Natural.
We will also upload exclusive outtakes from Kari Sperrings THE GRASS KING'S CONCUBINE. - REACHED!
We'll keep updating this as the campaign proceeds so do check back for more.
Thank you so much for your support!