Thieves Got In Clarence Young's Temple

For: Clarence Young
Detroit, MI
Organizer: Clarence Young
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The Story

I’m a writer. Sometimes I’m Clarence Young; sometimes I’m Zig Zag Claybourne. I try never to write anything that doesn’t point a way no matter how bleak the path. 2015 and 16 were hard years for me personally and financially. 2017, so far, wants to be the bigger, badder sequel. A job opportunity I was counting on collapsed; I’m looking at the short end of essentially being homeless; on top of that, the house I’m in was thoroughly robbed... on Friday the bedamned thirteenth of 2017. I’m still reeling from it. But the violation also galvanized me to realize that I’m at a point of no return unless I reach out for help. I’ve always provided help, be it financially to family and friends, be it through my writing, mentoring, or trying my best to keep imaginations excited so everyone feels they belong to the tapestry of creation. Asking for help isn’t my go-to.

But I need you. Expenses to replace some of the stolen items, expenses to get into a new place, basic living expenses: I’ll be tapped out very, very soon. I’m not a frivolous person, and I’m generally frugal, but right now I can’t do this alone. I know everybody has their own loads. Any help would be deeply appreciated. Friends, both online and in-person, have been nothing short of heaven-sent during this latest setback. I hope they know how much I cherish them.  No matter what, please know that I will never stop helping, never stop writing, and never stop trying to find ways out of dark places for all of us.

I will always do what I can do for you.

Peace and be well,               

Clarence Young

Fundraiser Updates

Posted on March 3, 2017

Posted on March 3, 2017

So many people have reached out with encouragement and compassion, friends and strangers alike. It's become easy to forget that such goodness thrives in this world, but it does. I wrote a small inspirational gift book not too long ago. I want to figure out a way to send a copy to any of you guys who want it, because you seriously lifted me from a low place. Still not done climbing but we're out of the shadows and into the sun.

Thanks again,
Clarence 

Posted on February 7, 2017

Posted on February 7, 2017

At over 200 shares and a little over 2 weeks we're over a quarter of the way toward goal. I'm amazed at the momentum, and hope it can continue a little while longer. So many communities have stepped in: readers and authors in the sci fi community; musicians and actors; media and concerned folks. The glue behind it all: people doing good. A few years ago I blogged about the good in the world (linked hereif you're curious). Good is quiet, it keeps us going, it gets things done. With your help I've been able to carve out enough mental space to write letters to senators in hopes of stabilizing this Bizarro political climate change my tiny bit, to start a wobbly novella-in-the-making about humans using dragons for fuel. I've held off the bill collectors another month, got the house mostly boxed up, and I can actually afford a tiny storage unit for a little while if need be. I also stocked the house with vegetables and healthy food. Two weeks of emotional eating from cheap, brightly-colored boxes is brutal, not only on the body but the psyche as well. I'd started feeling trapped by circumstance, and I know that isn't true. I know it isn't because I collected the notes of encouragement from you and printed them out. Those were maps of renewal and possibility. Life's not about bringing out the best in people; that's always and already there. I see it more as using our lights to make ways for each other. Off-ramps and trails to unexpected destinations. I'm glad my Federation tee shirt didn't make its way out the door with the other stuff. There's a reason Star Trek occupies a high place in my life. Boils down to 3 words: To boldly go. No matter what happens in life, be it irritating or devastating, we don't stop. We boldly go. See you on the other side.

Yours,
Clarence


Posted on January 30, 2017

Posted on January 30, 2017

Where I am after the burglary: The pieces have been picked up, as the cliche goes, and the days rotate out. I'm nowhere near as angry. That's huge for me. I try not to get angry because anger's a drug easy to fiend on. I'd rather focus my energies elsewhere. The fundraiser has quieted but no complaints here. Reading the encouragements on the site from strangers and friends made me forget what this country put in the White House. Money can't buy that. I'm nowhere near as anxious either. I prefer to get attached to people, never things. People are wonderful. Most of 'em. That's where I am. I hope to stay there. People are wonderful.

Best,
Clarence

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