Fighting for Gwen – “A Passport for the Borderlands”


The next story in the Fighting for Gwen fundraising effort and subscriber incentive story series has been sent to donors! By donating to Gwen’s cause, you’re able to set up yourself as a subscriber to this series, featuring stories written by an impressive list of authors (oh, and me), who’ve contributed a story to this cause.  Response to this initiative has been excellent, but they can always use a bit more help.

The ninth story in the subscription is now available: “A Passport for the Borderlands” by writer Will Hindmarch.

Other stories will continue to follow at a rate of about one every other week or so, and there’ still time for you to be a part of something special, and even catch up on the stories you’ve missed! Read about Gwen’s story and how you can get involved: RyanMacklin.com: Fighting for Gwen.

Thanks!

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Fighting for Gwen – “When the Other Choo Drops”


The latest story in the Fighting for Gwen fundraising effort and subscriber incentive story series has been sent to donors! By donating to Gwen’s cause, you can set up yourself as a subscriber to this series, featuring stories written by an impressive list of authors (oh, and me), who’ve contributed a story to this cause.  By all reports, response so far to this initiative has been very positive, but they can always use a bit more help.

The eighth story in the subscription is now available: “When the Other Choo Drops” by writer Lillian Cohen-Moore.

Other stories will continue to follow at a rate of about one every other week or so, and there’ still time for you to be a part of something special, and even catch up on the stories you’ve missed! Read about Gwen’s story and how you can get involved: RyanMacklin.com: Fighting for Gwen.

Thanks!

Fighting for Gwen – “Death in A Lifetime”


The latest story in the Fighting for Gwen fundraising effort and subscriber incentive story series has been sent to donors! By donating to Gwen’s cause, you can set up yourself as a subscriber to this series, featuring stories written by an impressive list of authors (oh, and me), who’ve contributed a story to this cause.  By all reports, response so far to this initiative has been very positive, but they can always use a bit more help.

The seventh of the stories is now available: “Death in A Lifetime” by writer Minerva Zimmerman.

Other stories will continue to follow at a rate of about one every other week or so, and there’ still time for you to be a part of something special, and even catch up on the stories you’ve missed! Read about Gwen’s story and how you can get involved: RyanMacklin.com: Fighting for Gwen.

Thanks!

Fighting for Gwen: “The Prince’s Rule”


The latest story in the Fighting for Gwen fundraising effort and subscriber incentive story series has been revealed! By donating to Gwen’s cause, you can set up yourself as a subscriber to this series, featuring stories written by an impressive list of authors (oh, and me), who’ve donated a story to this cause. From what I’ve been told, response so far to this initiative has been very positive, but they can always use a bit more help.

The sixth of the stories is now available: “The Prince’s Rule” by writer Jenna Moran.

Other stories will continue to follow at a rate of about one every other week or so, and there’ still time for you to be a part of something special, and even catch up on the stories you’ve missed! Read about Gwen’s story and how you can get involved: RyanMacklin.com: Fighting for Gwen.

Thanks!

Fighting for Gwen: “The Auction”


The latest story in the Fighting for Gwen fundraising effort and subscriber incentive story series has been revealed! By donating to Gwen’s cause, you can set up yourself as a subscriber to this series, featuring stories written by an impressive list of authors (oh, and me), who’ve donated a story to this cause. From what I’ve been told, response so far to this initiative has been very positive, but they can always use a bit more help.

The fifth of the stories is now available: “The Auction” by writer Chuck Wendig. As the title suggests, the tale revolves around an auction, but it’s not just any auction. Oh, no…this is The Auction.

Other stories will continue to follow at a rate of about one every other week or so, and there’ still time for you to be a part of something special. Read about Gwen’s story and how you can get involved: RyanMacklin.com: Fighting for Gwen.

Thanks!

Fighting for Gwen: “Absent Friends”


Back at the first part of March, I informed readers about the fundraising effort Fighting for Gwen, and how you can be a part of the action. By donating to Gwen’s cause, you set yourself up as a subscriber to a series of stories written for distribution to the donors. From what I’ve been told, response so far to this initiative has been very positive, but they can always use a bit more help.

The fourth of the stories is now available, and guess what? It’s mine. That’s right, next up in the queue is my own “Absent Friends.” It’s not an epic tale but instead a quiet little story, featuring a 30-something man with a camera and his surprising encounter with a member of the Greatest Generation while the older man, a World War II veteran, is in the midst of carrying out a private tribute to fallen comrades. Originally written for a regional literary magazine back in 2004, I took some time over the last Christmas/New Year’s break to expand the story, adding almost double its previous 2,000+ or-so word count.

Other stories will continue to follow at a rate of about one every other week or so, and there’ still time for you to be a part of something special. Read about Gwen’s story and how you can get involved: RyanMacklin.com: Fighting for Gwen.

Thanks!

Fighting for Gwen: “One Giant Leap for Panda-kind”


Back at the first part of the month, I posted about the fundraising effort Fighting for Gwen, and how you can be a part of the action. By donating to Gwen’s cause, you set yourself up as a subscriber to a series of stories written for distribution to the donors. From what I’ve been told, response so far to this initiative has been very positive, but they can always use a bit more help.

The third of the stories is now available! Next in the queue: “One Giant Leap for Panda-kind” by Jeremy Zimmerman, a whimsical tale that should bring a smile to your face. See what you’re missing? Eh?

Other stories will continue to follow at a rate of about one every other week or so, and there’ still time for you to be a part of something special. Read about Gwen’s story and how you can get involved: RyanMacklin.com: Fighting for Gwen.

Thanks!

Fighting for Gwen: “A Tall Tree Overlooking the Joliba”


Earlier this month, I posted about the fundraising effort Fighting for Gwen, and how you can be a part of the action. By donating to Gwen’s cause, you set yourself up as a subscriber to a series of stories written for distribution to the donors. From what I’ve been told, response so far to this initiative has been very positive, but they can always use a bit more help.

The second of the stories was released today! Next up: “A Tall Tree Overlooking the Joliba” by Josh Roby, a quick-moving tale with some pulp adventure flavor. See the kind of stuff you’re missing? Eh?

Other stories will continue to follow at a rate of about one every other week or so, and there’ still time for you to be a part of something special. Read about Gwen’s story and how you can get involved: RyanMacklin.com: Fighting for Gwen.

Thanks!

Fighting for Gwen: “Robin & the Stars”


Over the weekend, I posted about a fundraising effort, Fighting for Gwen, and how you can get in on the action. By donating to Gwen’s cause, you set yourself up as a subscriber to a series of stories written for distribution to the donors. From what I’ve been told, response so far to this initiative has been very positive, but they can always use a bit more help.

The first of the stories is being released today! First up: “Robin & the Stars” by C.E. Murphy, and is set in a universe of her own creation and aimed at younger readers, Tales from Gryphon Beach.

Other stories will be following at a rate of about one every other week or so, and there’ still time for you to be a part of something special. Read about Gwen’s story and how you can get involved: RyanMacklin.com: Fighting for Gwen.

Thanks!

Do something nice, and get stuff to read while you’re at it!

A month or so ago, I was contacted by friend and fellow word slinger Aaron Rosenberg about a very special project. Two friends of his, Ryan Macklin and Jessica Banks, are in the process of spearheading a fundraising effort on behalf of another friend’s daughter.

Eight-year old Gwen is a high-functioning autistic. Because of this, she requires special needs at her school…needs which for one reason or another were not being met, necessitating drastic action on the part of Gwen’s parents. In addition to seeing to Gwen’s educational and other needs, they’re also challenging their school district for their actions (or lack of same) with respect to their role in the whole affair. To be honest, I’m not able to relay this story the way it needs to be told, so I’m just going to shut up for a minute and let Ryan tell it to you:

RyanMacklin.com – Fighting for Gwen

As for the fundraising portion of this effort, this is where I and some other folks come in. As Ryan and Jess say:

“We feel strongly about not just asking for handouts. If you recall the efforts that Elizabeth & Ryan have done in the past, we’re about giving something when we’re ask. For Fighting For Gwen, we’re working with a number of authors to deliver to you stories in your inbox every other week (with some bonus weeks), including Matt Forbeck, Will Hindmarch, Kenneth Hite, Cam Banks, Josh Roby, and a few surprises. These stories will start coming to donors in March.”

Aaron asked if I was willing to join a growing number of writers who were donating stories for this effort. As it happened, I was in the process of completing a reworking of an older story of mine that I realized was appropriate in tone and topic for this. It’s a story which was published several years ago in a local small-press magazine, and after revising it and doubling its original length, I’d originally planned to submit it to a few markets and see if I could entice an editor with it. After Aaron contacted me, I instead decided that I would donate it to this cause.

As with fundraisers managed through platforms like Kickstarter, this one also offers a series of tiers and incentives:

  • For ten dollars, our Comma tier, you’ll get one month of stories in your email.
  • For thirty dollars (Period), you’ll get three months of stories.
  • For fifty dollars (Semi-colon), you’ll get all six months of stories.
  • For seventy-five dollars (Colon), you’ll get all six months of stories, and at the end you’ll get them in a nicely laid-out PDF.
  • For one hundred dollars (Exclamation Point!), you’ll get all the above and a special, custom story & illustration from Gwen or Connor (Jess’s Asperger son).

Please visit Ryan’s “Fighting for Gwen” page for complete details on the effort. As of this writing, Ryan and Jess have managed to raise just over half of their goal amount of $10,000. With the first of the stories set to start being distributed next week, they’re doing their best to get the word out.

Hence my gentle plea to you kind folks who take time from your day to visit my little blog: Please read Gwen’s story, and if you’re able, make a donation. Feel free to spread this link to your friends, as well. I’ll do my best to provide updates on the effort as things move forward.

On behalf of Gwen and her parents, Ryan and Jess, the other authors and everyone else involved in this effort, thanks for reading. 🙂