I thought I would take a break from NaNoWriMo and Larry to tell you about my quest to get to Eroticon 2014 in Bristol, UK, and to ask for your help to get me there. I’ve posted my link on Twitter and Facebook, but I haven’t taken the time I should have to post it here. Since blogging and writing is the reason for me wanting to go I really should have started here. My apologies. (I’m Canadian, so get used to apologies. :))
The reason for my delay is simple. I hate asking for help. I write all kinds of personal things here, post intimate pictures and experiences, but I do it to share, to educate if I can, to entertain in some way, to make you question like I make myself question at times. I ask for your thoughts on what I post and ask for your ideas on how to improve or other things I can write about. I don’t tell you the personal every day life stuff and I don’t ask for money. Until now.
Long story short, I can’t afford to go without your help. I am a single parent with no support, of any kind, from my son’s father. He turned three and a half years old yesterday and his father has only seen him three times, but not since he was five months old. I struggle to make sure he doesn’t. He comes first. He has to. That doesn’t leave much for anything else, and I don’t usually want for much else that money can buy, but I really want to get to Eroticon next year. Will you help me? Pretty, pretty please?
There are several reasons for me wanting to go, not the least of which is to take in all the information and wisdom the Eroticon presenters have to offer. I want to make my writing better. I want to learn about publishing and promoting myself, my writing and my blog. I want to meet in person all the wonderful people I’ve come to know and call my friends since joining this sexy community. That community we build each time we write and post and blog and tweet, every time we start communicating with someone outside of those things and on a more personal level, that’s what I am looking forward to. My last trip to the UK brought me back on September 11, 2001. I want to replace that memory with new, better memories.
What will your donations go towards? Basically it’s getting me to Bristol for Eroticon 2014 and ensuring I have a roof over my head and a warm bed to sleep in each night. Funds raised will go towards the flight from Toronto to London or Bristol and any ground transportation that may be required. It will go towards accommodations and meals while there, as well as a week’s sitting service for my son. It goes towards the best darn birthday present ever! Celebrating my birthday by taking a grand adventure across the pond to Eroticon would just be fricken fantastic!
$3,000 is my goal. It won’t cover every single thing, but it will cover enough for me to be able to go without worrying every second about how I am going to pay it off. If you help me I get to pay it off with words, with time spent writing and creating while my son sleeps rather than with a 1000% interest loan or a second job that will eat away at me and take more precious time away from my son.
I know I am asking for a lot but if I don’t ask for it I will never even have a chance at getting it. You don’t have to give a big amount, every cent helps and anything you can offer is greatly appreciated. Thank you for reading. Thank you for supporting me and my efforts at stringing words together.
UPDATE 12/4/13: I can also accept email money transfers to firstname.lastname@example.org. Any funds donated through this medium will be noted on my GoFundMe page and go towards my ultimate goal.