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FINAL UPDATE: 6/8
There’s still time to contribute! If you haven’t done so, please consider it. Thank you.
Somehow, I missed my friend Bob Sikes over at the sports/politics/culture blog Getting Paid to Watch, who generously linked to this piece. Sorry ‘bout that Bob. Barry Bonds made me do it.
This is the third June in a row that I have forthrightly and without any qualms asked the readers of Right Wing Nuthouse to donate funds to this site. And it is the last time I will make such a request.
This is because by next June, I either won’t need the money or will have given up trying to write for a living.
Of course, you are not exactly donating to “this site.” You would be giving money to me, Rick Moran – someone who no doubt has made you laugh, angered you, made you think, or perhaps moved you with his writing. I make no pretense to having a corner on truth, being a superior writer, or even having any special insight. The one quality that I hope you agree I have is honesty. So here it is.
When Sue and I sat down in September of 2004 to decide whether or not I would try to make a living as a writer, we agreed that if I wasn’t contributing substantially to the household income by the end of 2007, I would give up the dream and return to the world of regular paychecks, health insurance, paid vacations, and in my case, 60 hour workweeks. To accomplish this, we recognized that we would have to live a spartan lifestyle, economize considerably, sacrifice many of the little pleasures in life we had come to take for granted, and pray that we both remained relatively healthy.
This we have done. I have made no attempt to exaggerate our financial situation in the past to elicit sympathy nor will I do so now. The money you, my gentle readers, have given us has helped enormously. It has kept our heads above water which, if nothing else, has allowed us to live with a certain peace of mind. There are many of you I’m sure who know what I’m talking about. Living paycheck to paycheck can take a toll on one’s well being as you are constantly worrying about what might happen.
The problem at this point is simple; events and circumstances have occurred over the last few months that have made it imperative that this particular request for donations succeed well beyond what we have been fortunate enough to receive in the past. Several unforeseen and unwelcome expenses have cropped up over the last few months that has us drowning in red ink.
Now we are in no danger of being evicted or filing for bankruptcy. Nor is the repo guy going to show up anytime soon. Creditors are always willing to work with you if you talk with them and let them know that you fully intend to pay what you owe. But the fact is, I made another promise to my Zsu Zsu when she so selflessly agreed to be the primary breadwinner in the house; that if we ever started to live the way we are living now, I would give it up and go back to what I had been doing previously.
So that’s where we are at the moment – totally and completely dependent on you, my friends, enemies, readers, lurkers, fellow bloggers and all the rest to help keep my hopes alive. I do love writing so. And I would hate to give it up without being able to tell myself I did everything I could – including asking for donations from strangers – to keep doing what I have discovered to be a boundless passion so late in life. Especially since in the last month, I have finally begun to sell some of my writing. It’s not much yet. But the promise of more is there.
If you have donated in the past, please consider doing so again.
If you haven’t, please give serious consideration to donating this time.
If you are a blogger, please consider linking to this post and sending some of your readers this way. I’ll be glad to give you a hat tip in an update with a link back.
For your convenience, I have included both an Amazon donation button and a Paypal button below.
No matter how this turns out, I want to thank you for your emails and comments. They have sometimes stopped and made me think. And for that, I am grateful.
Sunday’s take exceeded my most optimistic expectations. We’ll see what happens today.
WELCOME INSTAPUNDIT READERS! Many thanks, Glenn.
AHOY CAPTAINS QUARTERS READERS! Thanks for the kind words, Ed.
HELLO TO ALL MY GOOD FRIENDS AT AMERICAN THINKER! Tom Lifson’s support is, as always, most appreciated.
GREETINGS WIZBANG READERS! I’m a huge fan of Kim Priestap’s writing over there. You should be too. Thanks, Kim.
Some of my Blog Talk Radio buds link here from American Pundit. Thanks guys!
The whimsically named blog This Ain’t Hell But You Can See It From Here links here. Didn’t know I was a blog faddah. Thanks a million, John.
Mike at Lamplighter throws us a link. He says he has a “little blog.” I can guarantee you Mike, with stories like this - about a scam affecting the wives of our soldiers overseas – you won’t remain little for long.
Gentle Anchoress links to this post. She’s the only one on the internet whose site I comb my hair and button my shirt before visiting.
The Oxford Medievalist – who goes by the nom de blog Angevin – seems like the perfect blogger; “Conservative American Anglophile medieval historian and intelligence scholar.” Thanks for the link, your highness.
New to me blog J’s Cafe Nette does me the honor of linking here.
Yesterday’s response was simply overwhelming. On behalf of my live-in lover (not, as some of you think, my wife) Zsu Zsu, we thank you from the bottom of our hearts. So many thoughtful people with nice things to say about me. And then there are the few…
Mr. Nosepicker is just jealous, of course. Friendless people usually are.
Meanwhile, today is another day and I hope to match the 48 donations from yesterday if not exceed it! And here are some bloggers who are going to help me do it:
Frequent linker Doug Ross – always with the first link of the day to this site – includes me in his Google Street Views.
Coffee Spy attributes superhero qualities to this site. This post is what blogging is all about. Many thanks…and I’ll take mine strong and black, please.
Another good friend Karen of Pondering Penguin gives us a shout out.
Donations fell off yesterday – but that was to be expected. Nevertheless, we are closing in on my goal. (Perhaps if I reach it, I will tell you what that goal is.) A good day today and we might be able to put the tin cup away early. So if you’ve thought about giving but haven’t, I would very much be in your debt if you could see your way clear to donating today.
Meanwhile, another new to me blogger has joined the Hallelujah Chorus. Skal of Skalduggery waxes poetic about truth. I’m honored, sir.
Just two days to go and we’re closing in on our goal. One big push today will put me over the top. Please consider donating today.
Meanwhile, Slublog thinks he’s late to the party. Yes, but fashionably late. And you look mahvalus!
Physics Geek almost went unnoticed as a linker here until I checked my Technorati links. Many thanks sir.
What’s this? Is the Commissar going soft? What, no withering blast at my purely capitalist method of raising money? No threats to be sent to the Lubyanka for trying to poison the minds of the proletariat? Ah well, I guess that proves that even Commies have a heart. Many thanks, my friend.