Calling All Writers

JesseJamesAvatar-1Tim Pratt has helped me greatly the past couple of years.  His advice, guidance, and encouragement have assisted me more than a simple thank you could repay.  The author of the Marla Mason series, Tim has captured a devout audience.  He mailed me an autographed copy of the novel Blood Engines, which to this day I have read countless times.  The generosity to his fans depicts the kindness of the man, who is married with a baby.

Unbearable circumstances have befallen Tim Pratt.  His son suffers from congenital glaucoma, and his wife was recently laid off at her job.  Now, his family is relying on his wonderful story telling capabilities to keep a roof over their head, and to keep up with their son’s medical needs.

What can you do?  There is a free novel from T.A. Pratt available online that follows Marla Mason’s early adventures.  The site also contains an option for donations to Tim Pratt’s cause.  My heart goes out to this man and his family, and with the support of fellow writers, I hope that we can help him in this time of need.

Please visit http://tapratt.livejournal.com/ OR     http://www.marlamason.net/boneshop/ for more details.

I’m a writer, and if there’s one thing I have in ample quantity, it’s stories to tell.

– T.A. Pratt

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9 thoughts on “Calling All Writers

  1. Oh wow… Poor guy. 😦 I can’t begin to imagine… in already hard times the lay offs are enough stress and the last thing a person needs is to have to cope with that on top of a child’s illness. Thanks for the link I’ll go check it out and hopefully be of some help! My heart just aches for them. I’ll definitely be keeping them in my thoughts.

  2. I’ll check ojut that link too. I can only imagine how hard that must be…

    BTW, Thanks for commenting on my post.

    Also, that comment that you seemed to be hurt by was from my sister and she was commenting on my post in general about focusing, not to your comment specifically. So I wouldn’t take it too seriously. Just wanted to let you know! 🙂

    1. Hello Dara,

      Yeah, Tim Pratt is a good guy and nobody deserves to be in this type of situation.

      As for the post, it appears to have been a misunderstanding. That sort of thing happens to people quite often, I assume. I like to think of WordPress as a haven for writers, and positive feedback is imperative. I enjoy your posts. No harm done.

  3. It seems to be a trend from pubbed writers looking for a little extra cash, and I think it’s a great idea. I read another one by Sarah Rees Brennan, and it was great. If I wasn’t on a budget, I would have rushed out and bought her books.

    So not only will this give Tim a bit of extra money, there’s a good chance it will help his sales overall.

  4. Ah, Merrilee, I assumed too much when I thought that you have been upset with me of late. Thank you for the spark of hope concerning Tim Pratt, and I hope that this endeavor will be a light for him in these dark and troubling times.

    He has helped me greatly with the many frustrations that faced me in the creation of my new novel… and he assists me still when I would otherwise be beating my face against a wall. I hope that at least in some small way, this post will help him.

  5. It’s okay. I suppose one of the reasons that I like you is because of your unrelenting bluntness. However, I must admit that I believe that places like wordpress are great tools for positive influences and instruction concerning the works of writers. Some people may get discouraged, you know?

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