I’ve Got Your Fix!

 

 

What do you guys think of my new theme song? Kind of perfect, right? You can all thank Chris Lane for recording it. That song is absolutely addicting…

Okay, I’ve got a few things to say today. For all of my amazing True Blood fans, I know you’re jonesing for a TPMK fix, but I still haven’t been able to scrape together the funds to get my notebook looked at. I’m hoping to take care of that soon. Actually, that’s something I wanted to talk to you all about.

Chances are, if you guys read my A/Ns, then you already know I have a whole heap of medical problems. In fact, last time I updated To Protect My Kin, I just had a procedure done on one of my legs. I hate it when authors just disappear and leave their stories unfinished, so I feel incredibly guilty for going MIA on you all like I did, but 2016 was just not my year. I literally had a medical procedure every single month last year and I was just too damned tired to write. Now that I’m finally getting back into the swing of things, I would love nothing more than to finish my TB story. Unfortunately, the notebook I was writing it all on and have all of my ideas saved to is still broken and I don’t have the funds to fix it.

Since I’m in the process of trying to get disability, it doesn’t seem likely that I’ll be able to scrape those funds together anytime soon. At the beginning of every year, the costs of my medications go up and every dime I have has gone to medical expenses.

It’s insane, actually. It’s at times like these that I get so angry at pharmaceutical companies, who charge thousands of dollars for their products. After I hit the $3k mark on out-of-pocket expenses, things should be more manageable. But for now? I’m really struggling with everything financially. That’s hard for me to admit, but it’s also true. I don’t see that notebook getting fixed without a little help.

That said, I was actually talking to my mom (that sounds so weird, but she’s my bestie) the other day about whether or not I should set up a donation link. Later that same day, one of my readers over on FFn left a review telling me to go set up a Fundme page and she’d make a donation.

I’ve taken that odd coincidence as a sign.

I talked to KittyinAZ about her PayPal donation link and 4padfoot helped me set up one of my own. If you’re willing to donate, you can find it on the sidebar of my homepage. If you’re like me and read everything on your phone, scroll down past the comments section and you’ll find an area that says, “Donations Welcome.”

I love the fact that fanfiction is free, I truly do, and I’m not charging anyone for the opportunity to read one of my stories. Donating is completely voluntary and you will not offend me if you choose not to. It’s up to you. I would, however, be extremely grateful to any of you who are willing to donate.

As hilarious as it would be to picture me saying this while I evilly twirl a mustache, I’m not holding my future chapters ransom (lol, can you imagine that?), it’s just an unfortunate fact of life that I won’t be able to post more of TPMK until I can get my notebook fixed. It’s been so long since I’ve updated it that I can’t remember what all of my plans were for the plot. I need access to my notes in order to keep writing it.

Saving it all to the notebook and nothing else was definitely not my smartest move.

What can I say? Hindsight’s always 20/20.

Finally, now that that’s taken care of, “Chapter Nine: Guardian” of Stepping Out of the Shadows, my Twilight/Avengers crossover, has been uploaded to WordPress, thanks to 4padfoot. It’s also up on Fanfiction.net and Stars Library (TWCS). Click on the link below to be taken to the chapter.

https://tbvikingaddict.wordpress.com/stepping-out-of-the-shadows/chapter-9-guardian/

4padfoot has been hard at work this weekend, adding all the pretties, and the amazing KittyinAZ created a banner for it, so check it out when you get the chance.

There were a couple of glitches with the chapter links on the story page, so if any of you started reading SOotS from Chapter One, you might want to go back and check out the Prologue. The amazing 4padfoot has already fixed the links, so everything should be fine now. I would’ve fixed it myself, but then the links would probably end up taking you somewhere different altogether, like a random video about a cat facing off against an alligator over a pile of frozen chicken. I swear I’m not joking; my tech skills are really that awful. It’s a little frightening, actually.

In case you’re wondering… yes, that video does exist.

The cat won.

—TBVA

7 thoughts on “I’ve Got Your Fix!

  1. Is there any way you can retrieve your documents from the computer?
    I know it is sometimes possible, but I’m only slightly more techie inclined than you are.
    I have a Chromebook just sitting here, doing nothing but collecting dust. It’s a 15″ screen but it does get the job done.
    You won’t be able to play windows based games or use iTunes or anything on it since it’s an Android, but if you can get something in the Google Play Store, it should work on it. You would still be able to check email, facebook, etc. And yes, WordPress works on it, lol.
    I think there’s only something like 8 gigs of storage space (about half the average iPhone storage), but thumb drives/memory sticks solve that problem lickety split.
    I can send it on in a couple of weeks (when I get paid) if it would help.

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    • Actually, I tried that, lol. I think (think being the key word) the issue is something to do with the power source connection thingy. It keeps shutting off on me before I can even get it fully loaded. I’ve got a feeling I’m going to have to actually send it in to the manufacturer to get it repaired.

      It sucks and not in the fun way.

      Thank you so much for offering the chrome book, but I don’t need it. Actually, KittyinAZ beat you to it. Lol. She shipped me a chrome book she had laying around earlier this week. I’ve got the actual tech now, I just need to be able to actually access the notebook stuff.

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  2. Here’s something you may be able to do for your meds. I did this years ago while I was waiting for my disability decision…it took two years. Many drug companies have a contact number/web site for those who cannot afford their prescriptions, and based on your income, will work with you to get your meds to you. They are very willing to work with people to do this! Also, you can’t work full-time while awaiting disability, so your income drops & it puts you into certain levels where you’re able to get help through many different sources. Go to UnitedWay.org (for your area) and you’ll find numerous sources that you never knew of! Another thing, after finally getting disability awarded and Medicare started, I used Costco for my prescriptions. They have the lowest prices for generic drugs and you don’t have to have a membership to use their pharmacy. Some of the bigger grocery store chains are trying to lure customers with low cost generic drugs, too. If that’s what your insurance pays for (as most do), go for one of those! You’ll end up paying less than your copayment.

    If you would like, I’d be happy to take a look to at your notebook and see if my friend and I might be able to retrieve the data from it, although it sounds as if your motherboard is shot. We fix computers & laptops, retrieving info from hard drives, etc. I don’t know where you live, but if you want to message me and talk about it, I’m easy to find!

    So far, I’m having a 2017 much like your 2016…no medical procedures yet, but I spent most of January going to different doctors and now it’s time to set up the procedures! Damn it! It’s hell getting old… You go for a physical and leave the office with your head spinning!

    I wish a healthy and happy 2017! 🙂

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    • Yeah, I’ve already contacted the companies that make the meds and tried a few programs. Unfortunately, the meds I’m on are specialized, so two of them don’t actually have a generic form yet. I can’t afford them at all, so my doctor’s been screwing with my meds all week, trying to find substitutes. It’s not fun, that’s for sure. The new ones aren’t as effective and make me lethargic. I’m afraid I’ll be stuck on them until I hit that expense mark.

      Thank you for offering to take a look at my notebook, btw, but I’m okay. My dad has a friend that does what you do- he already tried to get the data from it and told my dad he couldn’t, for whatever reason. Lol, I have no idea what the actual reason was (totally lost in translation), but I’ve been told it needs repaired first. He did say that he thinks it’ll all still be there once it’s fixed, which is good. It’s just on hold until I find a way to pay for it. Thank you for offering, though.

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  3. So sorry to hear that life has been a struggle lately. Your tb story has brightened my days lately and I was happy to donate :). I hope things start to look up medically and life in general! Fingers crossed you are able to get into the folder so you can continue the story. I’ve seriosuly read just about everything out there in the uv and it’s one of the best! Sending positive vibes!

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