Save Robert B. Marks' family from libel

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Raised by 2 people in 8 months
That cover photo is me in the hospital holding my baby girl, Isabel, on the first day of her life. It was taken on August 11th of this year, and it was the best day of my life thus far. She's an amazing, happy baby girl who was already able to raise her head on day one. I want to provide the best future I can for her...but right now, my ability to do that is in jeopardy.

Just days before her birth, I was libeled in a potentially life-destroying way by the company that bought The Escapist, a publication I wrote a column for between 2015-2017. Because of this, and the refusal of the new owners to publish a retraction or come to the table in good faith, I have had to bring this into a court of law.

Because I don't have a lot of money, I am representing myself. I'm holding my own for the moment (among other things, I spent much of the last year doing research and document preparation for a law firm), but the expenses are mounting - I've already paid over $1,000 out of pocket. And, it gets worse - Enthusiast Gaming not only appears to be attempting to drag this out, but they have committed perjury, changed their story multiple times before the court, and are refusing to disclose the documents they are required to by law.

I have a condition named Crohn's Disease, which flared around the time this started, and was diagnosed in the middle of October. The treatment for this, Prednisone, was highly debilitating, and I had to drop almost all of my professional commitments. I come off the drug on Friday, December 21st, only to be struck by bronchitis and pneumonia, which wiped me out until the end of May.  My professional writing practice is in a shambles and needs to be rebuilt. And, with the defamation still unretracted, I am so limited in where I can work and for whom that we may not be able to meet our expenses this month or the next.

For the sake of my little baby girl, I need to ask for help to help keep a roof over my family's head.

Everything I do in this is for my little girl. Anybody who helps me will have my unending gratitude.

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Good news at last - after a year of litigation, Enthusiast Gaming settled at Friday's pre-trial conference. As such, no further donations are needed.

A joint public statement will be issued soon.
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So, it seems that our car is leaking brake fluid through one of the calipers, and this will cost us around $365 before tax when it is all said and done. It's the worst possible timing, and yet another thing that it looks like we will need help with.

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So, why am I resurrecting this now? Put simply, the Pre-Trial Conference is scheduled for the beginning of August, but it does not look like this will be ending before then. The good news is that I have a reasonable expectation of teaching my course at Queen's again in September, and it looks like there is some contract editing work I will be able to pick up sometime in the next few weeks, and my business has a couple of sales that will go through around August/September. The very bad news is that I have no work until then - and with the libel still in place, I can't look for any. So, what we need, ultimately, is enough for us to survive to the beginning of September.
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For those who are wondering, here is what the legal costs have been thus far (not counting paper and printer toner):

Filing application (the original form of these proceedings) to court: $220.00
Swearing of affidavit of service: $20.00
Costs awarded when application was converted to action in a contested motion: $500.00
Consultation with Cunningham, Swan, Carty, Little & Bonham LLP: $650.00 (- approx. $300.00 contributed by other affected parties)
Filing of Statement of Claim: $220.00
Filing of motion response: $160.00

Total: $1,470.00
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