Good news/bad news: 2 root canals next week (& 4 ways you can help)

A couple of years ago, I found out I needed a root canal. My insurance didn’t cover it, and the charge out of pocket was over $1600, so I didn’t get a root canal. The tooth hurt, and I had to avoid eating or drinking certain things on that side of my face, but there was no way for me to get it fixed. So, to me, that meant no point in complaining about it. Just deal with it and move on.

Ow.

Last year, a second tooth started to go bad, on the other side of my jaw. Still, my insurance denied coverage, and still, I couldn’t afford it on my own, so… I didn’t get two root canals. I told myself to deal with it, and move on.

Ow. Ow. (Sigh.)

Suddenly, this month, my insurance company changed their minds. I was approved! I’m getting both root canals done next week, on different days, plus crowns. Healthy teeth ahead, yay!

I can’t wait to wake up every morning without a headache, or to eat hot soup. Drink coffee without waiting 20 or 30 minutes for it to cool down enough for my poor teeth to handle. I’m thrilled.

The only problem is that my (paid) freelance work has been slow lately. I was already behind on my bills this month, and taking several days off to recover from dental surgery on both sides of my face will mean several days more of not working. I need to get caught up about $150 worth of bills before the end of the month, and of course, rent will be due on the 1st. If you can help with any of that, at all, I’d be grateful.

There’s four ways you can support me:

  1. You can send a one-time donation via PayPal. I’ll get the funds immediately, can use the money to pay bills online, and you don’t need a PayPal account to use that link. Any amount is helpful, so please don’t worry that you can’t send “enough”. It all adds up. Plus, if you contribute this way, I’ll write a flash fiction story from your prompts!
  2. Subscribe to my Patreon. Your pledge will only be billed once a month, on the 1st, which helps me to take care of things like rent and food. In exchange, you’ll get private access to excerpts from my fiction, notes on writing process, and other writing-related goodies you can’t find anywhere else.
  3. You can also contact me if you want to hire me to write for your paying gig, or visit my freelance editing site if you need any level of editing, content creation, or publishing support services. I am always looking for new opportunities, and I’m happy to provide you with quote and samples of my work.
  4. Tell your friends. Share my writing. (Share this post.) Help me get new Twitter followers, or post reviews of my work to Goodreads, or like my Facebook page. Recommend me as an editor. Follow the Twitter feed I have just for editing advice and news. Spread the word. The more people who know about my work, the more likely I am to get clients and sales.

And then I can rest easy, let my jaw heal up, and get back to work.

Thank you.