On My Feet

$26,216 of $25,000 goal

Raised by 568 people in 26 months
Hi. I'm Charlie Martin.

Here's another description update. And I have to tell you, I'm already having a major attack of Sally Fields ("You like me! You really like me!").  This has gone from "OMG I'm going to have to sponge off my siblings to pay the rent!" to "OMG, I can fix my old car!"

Even at this level, I'm going to pay some forward to friends I know are in trouble.

But -- what I really love is writing and teaching, and writing computer programs.  With $25k, I'd have slack to really make a go of this, and enough slack that I could take consulting jobs but leave time free to do the writing and teaching.

So, even though I can't quite believe it now, I've raised the goal again.

And believe me, I am so grateful already for everything. 

Okay, I can't EVEN believe this. I'll be writing a long update today, but the short version is "thank you all so much." This has been a very hard day for cynical misanthropy.

To my utter astonishment, commenters yesterday were saying I'd asked for too little. So I changed the goal this morning.

Now, I'm way over my original goal, and I literally can't tell you how grateful I am. But every bit more is that much more padding as I get my life working again.

Thank you all again. This saved my life.


Some of my friends know that this has been a bad year for me, starting with some time on disability, and followed with a year of irregular employment, ending with me finally being laid off from RefactorU on the Friday before Thanksgiving.

The truth is, right now I'm flat broke, and even my unemployment insurance is hung up in bureaucracy.

After this last year, I want to go a little bit different direction; I want to get enough of my own things going that I'll never find myself in this position again. And frankly, I need some cash to make sure my health insurance and rent get paid. So I'm hoping that people who have enjoyed my writing at PJM and who have followed my ... eclectic content on Facebook might be kind enough to throw in a few dollars to help.
It will make a big difference in terms of being able to sleep at night while I look for more work, and while I'm working on that I'll also be writing, and pursuing a couple of web projects.  And once I get past this, I'll be "paying it forward" whenever I can for other people in this position.
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So, now I'm thinking: would you-all be interested in a Patreon? My thoughts are writing separate content for it, weekly or so.

Let me know your thoughts.

(PS, thanks to everyone who has contributed recently!)
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Okay, I really hate doing this, but paying for Kaleo's vet cleaned me out and I'm getting paid slowly by some of my markets.

You all have already been wonderful to me, and I'm not going to set a new goal or anything, but golly if you had some spare change I know of a good place to put it.
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Well, I haven't updated in a long time. I just had to put my cat Kaleo down, I'm so tired. The writing thing is mostly okay.

I don't know, it seemed I should mention it to you all. I got back through the messages you all left me when I'm feeling like a failure and a loser.
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A long time since I've updated. This continues to make just an amazing difference.

This time, I'd like to point out a piece I wrote this week about depression.

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$26,216 of $25,000 goal

Raised by 568 people in 26 months
Created December 27, 2016
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Gavin Sethi
14 months ago

Friend of Charles Williams..is a friend of mine :)

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Martin Weiss
19 months ago

fight on!

Henry Schaffer
19 months ago

Keep on!

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