One of our own has suffered a lot in a year when there’s been a rather inordinate amount of suffering and loss in our community. Jack Norris is a respected and accomplished writer and RPG creator, and he’s been through it and back. Family losses, loss of a dear friend, medical travails, and deep financial holes appearing all around as he tries to help his family in crisis. He’s in need of whatever aid this community can give him. Thank you from me on his behalf.
To read the story of what he’s suffered and how he got to this place, hit the link. I am just sharing one of the last pieces from the page here.
How Donating Helps
So how does asking for money help? Wouldn’t it be better to just help me figure out which of my ancestors offended the village sorcerer centuries ago so we can lift the curse of 2016? Well…
Let’s be frank. Money helps. It can’t buy happiness, but it can buy medications, insurance, transportation, shelter, and a whole mess of other things. And at this point? Barring selling my modest assortment of personal possessions for pennies on the dollar—I really don’t have much of real value to generate the additional funds to really improve our situation.
I had those things. I worked hard for them. But they’re gone now. Furthermore, I’ve basically exhausted my considerable past ability to basically magic up more resources, financial and otherwise, through taking on additional work and putting in extra hours.
My various projects, of which there are several, can’t handle additions. My finances, which were once ample to the challenges ahead, have been eroded by crisis after crisis. My health and stress levels, though it pains me to admit it, prevents pushing too far into the all-nighters and rush jobs of past years.
Add to this needing to travel more frequently and arrange my schedule to allow for handling of family affairs mixed with juggling past expenses from problems that have already erupted and its becoming a dire situation financially. I’ve already lost at least a full month of work to helping family, traveling, etc… and that’s not the end of it. Add to this the aforementioned expenses and the mix of lost revenue and increased expenses is a devastating one-two punch.
There’s also the raw self-assessment that with the death of dear friend, the death of a beloved pet, various catastrophes and calamities, my father’s condition and the work that’s already piled up while helping my family? I need to seek some form of help for depression, stress, etc… That’s just a thing that needs to happen. But, of course, this sort of thing costs money as well.
So financial assistance buys me and my family time, resources, and relief. That’s why I’m asking. I don’t like doing it (too much middle-American middle/lower class generational pride, I guess), but I’m almost out of options and some good friends have convinced me this campaign could help.