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Jun 11

A little help for a friend?

Category: Life,Opinions

There are a few writers I really admire, they’ve made me better through their craft. They’ve not only helped make me the writer I am today, but they’ve helped me feel better about life during some times when bleeding out seemed like a really good idea. So, if any of these people need anything, ever, I’m always down to help.

Catherynne M. Valente is one of these people. She’s written some of the most hauntingly gorgeous things I’ve ever read, The Labyrinth, Apocrypha, Palimpsest, all brilliant. Unfortunately, this economy absolutely fucking sucks, and getting published doesn’t necessarily make a writer rich. Bills start piling up, cash doesn’t come in like we planned, and really bad things start happening. It’s obviously not just a writer problem, it could happen to anyone. It’s happened to me. When life sucks, I think it’s important that we help each other out. The person you look out for today could be the person who looks out for you tomorrow.

Right now, Cat Valente is having a really rough go of things, and she could really use a hand. She needs help to stay afloat in the middle of a flood, and she has a fantastic idea for doing so. Let’s not let Cat drown, she’s too awesome. If you’ve never read her, definitely pick up a few of her books. Like I said, they’re brilliant.


2 Comments so far

  1. Will June 12th, 2009 6:01 pm

    For those that don’t bother to go to the link, here you go, the nuts & bolts of Why, if you Can, you should Help Out. People need it.

    So we sat down last night and did numbers. And the raw fact is, we don’t have enough for rent next month, we are behind on all our bills, and in a couple of days, we won’t have any money for food.

    As bad as things have been at times, in my adult life, I’ve never been in this situation. I don’t know what to do that I haven’t done, I’ve been working constantly trying to make enough money to survive. The depression level in this house of late has been truly epic.

    And I thought I had problems.
    Be Cool, do it, Mike says wonderous words, I can attest to same, so, check her work out, get something to read this summer. Do it.

  2. Ormolu June 14th, 2009 6:15 pm

    I haven’t historically purchased much online myself, but this is a cause I am getting behind. I adore “Palimpsest” and thank you for recommending it, Mike.

    Unfortunately, it’s so difficult for the creatives in our society to share their gifts while making a living. Truly, we are all enriched for the visions they share. This solution for Cat Valente is a remarkable way to help another while receiving a treasure for yourself.

    Much love to you, Mike.

    Oh, and Will – it’s good to see you around again!