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Need Immediate Help Here with Relocation

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Folks, one of the reasons I’ve been cagey for months here at my blog is because I’ve been enduring hardship. I can’t go into that many details as most of them are not mine to tell; all I can tell you is that in seven days, I am going to lose my home. And I need immediate help to relocate, get set back up on my feet, and to continue to create — because my goodness, CHANGING FACES is due shortly.

All of this upheaval is not conducive to creativity, to put it mildly. But I need somehow to get it done anyway.

Of course, I don’t know how I get all this done. Right now, I feel overwhelmed, overmatched, and extremely frustrated. I have tried very hard in my current situation to make everything right, and yet I could not do it.

I’m hamstrung in many ways trying to explain what’s going on right now. It’s a crisis situation. In seven days, the place I’m living will be sold…and I can do nothing whatsoever about it.

That much, I think I can say.

As anyone who regularly reads my blog knows, my health isn’t tiptop. I manage a number of health conditions, including carpal tunnel syndrome, asthma, allergies, and at least six others. I also must bring along with me my thirteen-year-old dog Trouble, as he’s my true friend and I refuse to leave him behind…he’s not always the best-behaved dog (thus his name), but I love him, and he loves me.

Anyway, I’ve set up a Patreon page. I’m asking for $4400 for help in relocating; this is a three-month projection of what I will need. Over time, I figure I’ll need about $1200 a month to live as my needs are small…an internet connection, a safe space to work, write, and edit, a good place for Trouble to take a walk perhaps…some serenity, because I surely don’t have any right now.

At Patreon, people offer things in exchange for support called “rewards” — I assume so we artists, writers, and creators don’t have to feel bad about asking for help. I’ve offered four things: “Trouble with Elfs” for anyone who helps me; if you pledge $5 per month, the reward is Michael’s original versions of “Columba and the Committee;” if you pledge $10 per month, the rewards is Michael’s original version of “Columba and the Crossing;” if you pledge $25 per month, I’ll send you the original version of Michael’s novel MAVERICK, LIEUTENANT…I don’t think he’d mind.

I intend to keep on writing, keep on creating, keep on doing the best I possibly can. But what I’m faced with right now is a disaster…I need to keep mind, body and soul together while I figure out what my next move is.

I implore you, please help me to do just that. Go to my Patreon page. Anything will help.

I’d also appreciate your prayers, good thoughts, warm wishes, and any job leads you think may be beneficial. I am an excellent editor with references; I am a solid writer who tells entertaining stories; I know how to research, to do administrative work, understand most computers to a certain extent…I’m hard-working, dedicated, resourceful, and persistent.

Thank you for reading, and I wish I hadn’t had to write this whatsoever.


Edited to add: I’ll keep you updated on what’s going on as best I can…and I still intend to write about baseball in a few days. (Why not? I need a diversion, too. And I still love baseball.)

Written by Barb Caffrey

April 19, 2016 at 1:52 pm

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  1. Reblogged this on POTL: All Things Books, Reading and Publishing and commented:
    If you’re able, please help support a fellow author. She’s about to be homeless and in need of assistance. Whatever you can do to help (donate, reblog, share on social media, etc.) will be most appreciated.

    We’re doing what we can.

    With utmost gratitude,

    Mr. N and Mrs. N

    MRS N, the Author

    April 19, 2016 at 2:05 pm

    • Thanks and blessings to you two, and much love.

      The news tonight is slightly better. One of my relatives has stepped forward and said I can stay there temporarily. I did not expect that, so that’s a blessing right there.

      Thanks for all you two do, and again, blessings. (And *hugs*!)

      Barb Caffrey

      April 19, 2016 at 6:14 pm

  2. Reblogged this on Legends of Windemere.

    Charles Yallowitz

    April 19, 2016 at 2:31 pm

    • Bless you, Charles. I appreciate your support.

      How’s your writing going? (I hope well?)

      The news tonight is slightly better, BTW. One of my relatives has stepped forward and said that I can stay there temporarily. At least I won’t be on the street in seven days, so I’m glad of that. (Now to take some deep breaths, and try to relax a little. If I can.)

      Barb Caffrey

      April 19, 2016 at 6:11 pm

      • You’re welcome. Writing is going slowly. Been a chaotic month with birthdays, school breaks, and getting sick. Just outlining until May when I get a longer stretch of writing time. Good to hear that you have a place to go. Still really sorry you’re being put through this.

        Charles Yallowitz

        April 19, 2016 at 6:12 pm

      • Thanks, Charles. Yeah. It’s not easy.

        Outlining is good. I try to look at outlining, thinking and planning, and even writing short sentences (like brief synopses) as work — no, it’s not all that you want to do, as a writer, but it beats nothing by a mile, too.

        Barb Caffrey

        April 19, 2016 at 6:15 pm

  3. Reblogged this on Chris The Story Reading Ape's Blog and commented:
    An Author needs help to relocate to a new home within seven days from now…

    The Story Reading Ape

    April 19, 2016 at 2:43 pm

    • Bless you, Chris. I appreciate your help very much.

      The word tonight is slightly better, in that one of my relatives has stepped forward and said I can stay there for a bit. It’s still not great, and I’m still terrified by all this…but at least I know in seven days I won’t be homeless. And that’s a huge relief.

      Barb Caffrey

      April 19, 2016 at 6:09 pm

  4. Reblogged this on deanieblog.

    Deanie Humphrys-Dunne

    April 19, 2016 at 3:54 pm

  5. Reblogged this on Smorgasbord – Variety is the spice of life and commented:
    Can you lend a hand or at the least support for Barb Caffrey.. sometimes circumstances appear to be working in reverse… they need a push to move them forward again..

    • Thank you, Sally. I appreciate your help very much in spreading the word.

      I have a little bit better news than before, BTW, but not much. I will be able to temporarily go stay with a relative, which will buy me some time. As for the rest…only time will tell.

      Bless you for caring, and for sharing. *Hugs*

      Barb Caffrey

      April 19, 2016 at 6:08 pm

  6. Reblogged this on Kate McClelland.

    Kate McClelland

    April 20, 2016 at 2:18 am

  7. Reblogged this on Nutsrok and commented:
    Reblog, our friend needs help


    April 21, 2016 at 8:18 am

  8. Reposted on my page, Barbara. Have faith.

    Lisabet Sarai

    April 21, 2016 at 8:34 am

  9. I hope you are getting help!


    April 21, 2016 at 10:51 pm

    • I am getting some. It’s a slow process, I think…but I’m glad to get any. My family is very upset that I’ve asked for help, but I didn’t see any alternative.

      Thank you for caring, and for asking. (And for helping!)

      Barb Caffrey

      April 22, 2016 at 12:17 pm

      • It’s a sticky thing, but sometimes we all need help. I think it’s better to ask for help than ask for a loan. A gift freely given is not a burden to the giver. Loans create hard feelings.


        April 22, 2016 at 12:44 pm

      • Agreed. 🙂 Thank you for putting it that way. It made me smile. 😀 Have a great rest of your Friday.

        Barb Caffrey

        April 22, 2016 at 1:41 pm

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