Gabrielle's Life and Writings

Gabrielle Lawson, writer of Fanfiction. I will use this space to keep a journal about my writing, the progress I'm making, stories I'm working on, writer's blocks I'm having, our adoption process and progress and just life in general.

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Location: Missouri, United States

I'm multifaceted and highly educated. I have a BA in History and an MA in Museum Studies. But I couldn't make a living in a museum, so my hobby--computers--became my living. I'm now a charter member Microsoft Certified Desktop Support Technician. I aspire to be a professional writer and/or poet. I am a Christian and have been living by His grace for the last four years or so, despite the MegaStress and now the GigaStress. He keeps me going, and displays His glory still, in my life.

Friday, September 24, 2004

6-week-old Kittens and am I still in it?

The marathon training, I mean. I don't know. I'm getting discouraged, truth be told. I've got just over $600 in donations. Part of this is my fault. I haven't been dilligent enough about sending out letters and follow-ups. I also haven't had enough money in my budget to do that. I have, on the other hand, sent out 271 e-mails and almost as many follow-up e-mails. Also 100 letters. I've contacted 2 businesses and one of them has turned me down. I have less than 2 dozen donors.

The problem is that, if I want to recommit next month and say "Yes, no matter what, I'm going to walk in that marathon!", I have to have at least $4100 in donations. If I don't, and I still recommit, the remainder will go on my credit card. Yes, I can still keep fundraising up until 30 days after the race in order to be reimbursed, but can I really afford to risk that? Would you?

If I can't raise even $1000, why would I possibly think I could raise $3500 to reimburse back to my credit card.

The thing is I just can't seem to get people to donate. Maybe all my friends and contacts are in the same financial crunch that I am. I am going to try some more businesses and some famous people (Star Trek actors, hockey players). Maybe I'll get lucky.

I'm basically going on faith on this now. I have already bought another 100 stamps. I can't afford to buy any more. I will use the resources available to me now, without buying any more supplies. If God wants me to participate in the marathon, He will provide the other $3500 by recommitment. If He doesn't, I'll regretfully have to say "No, I can't walk though I'd love to. I can't afford to put this on my credit card."

On the physical front, I've not walked as often but I'm still walking just as fast. I did 8 miles two weeks ago in less than 2 hours. I did 5 miles on Saturday in less than 1:15. I'll try to walk tonight and group training will be on Saturday...if I wake up on time.

And on a much lighter note, the kittens are now 6 weeks old! I've had a request to get pics of them up on this blog. I'll have to look into that. I'm not sure how at the moment but I'll see if I can find out.


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