February 2nd, 2008 09:42 EST
It is a tragedy when talented artists don`t receive the attention and appreciation their skill warrants.
Even more tragic when a fantastically amazing artist is, for whatever reason, unable to create more art-- as was the case when Heath Ledger died.
I don`t do this often. I don`t do this for just anyone. Because I have to be well and truly impressed to do a free, unsolicited plug for your art, like this. And I`m not easily impressed. The writing of Jefferey Harrell at http://theshapeofdays.com impresses me greatly.
Until now, he has been blogging and posting his incredible short stories online for free, for years.
Now, Jeff is having, shall we say, financial difficulties.
Seems he can`t pay the rent.
And so he`s reluctantly asking his readers for donations.
Nevermind the circumstances.
Nevermind the fact that you don`t know this guy.
Nevermind that you`ve never heard of him.
What matters is that his exceptional writing deserves to be encouraged and supported.
You are now presented with a special opportunity give the gift of giving, of helping someone in need " contributing to bringing excellent art into the world. You have the power to do this.
As well as showing your gratitude for Jeffery sharing his non-trivial talent-- his awesome stories.
Think of this as a charity, a gift, or a trade, as you prefer.
Think of this as helping the art to help the artist.
Think of it as helping the artist to help the art.
Think of it as helping yourself by supporting stories you enjoy, if that approach is more persuasive to you than doing a good deed for a stranger.
Enter intriguing and beautifully crafted alternate realities that often delve into the romantically science fictional, where the ordinary becomes extra-ordinary. See for yourself: http://fiction.theshapeofdays.com
Experience the marvelous imagination of Jeffery Harrell.
Read only a few of his short stories, and if you like his writing, please be so good as to send a few coin to his tip jar. Maybe even buy his book, The Glacier With Her Name Carved In It (also the name of one of his best stories).