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Mannequins in the hallway, waiting to be put away.

Production Still from The Wardrobe. Photo by Mari Provencher.

Dear Readers,

It’s the time of the year where I ask folks who want to support the site to throw a few $ in the tip jar if you can.

Here’s a link to contribute using PayPal. If something funky happens with the link (and something funky may well happen), my PayPal account is the same as the email address for the site: welcometoawkwardtown@gmail.com.

Here’s a link to contribute using Dwolla (free to anyone in the USA with a bank account).

Contributions are not tax-deductible. To be blunt, every contribution means less freelance work I have to hustle for in the next few months which means I can continue blogging, continue eating, and do some actual screenwriting(!) for a change.

This year, I will offer a download of my short film, The Wardrobe as a thank you for donations of any amount. What happens when your wealthy lover tries to remake you into who he thinks you should be? Disturbing things, that’s what. Based on a short story by Australian author Danielle Wood, the movie is an homage to Vertigo, The Twilight Zone, and every makeover montage in every movie ever where you liked the “before” version better.

Anyone who donates will get an email (within 24 hours-ish) with a download link and the password to watch the Vimeo version so you can watch the film however is convenient for you.

In the past the thank you reward for donating was an awkward short story I wrote called The Best Dog In The World, about when you know you have to break up but you’re not quite ready yet. If you missed out then, here you go.

Thank you in advance for your generosity, and thank you always for your loyal readership, constructive and insightful comments, and always-interesting letters.
You can support the site at any time, of course, but you’ll see a reminder and a link to this post somewhere in every question/answer for the next week.
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Dear Kind and Attractive Readers:

Times have been lean around the Casa De Awkward, with some unexpected expenses around breaking up, moving out, and having to replace my broken computer on very short notice.  I’m hustling and freelancing as fast as I can, but in the meantime, I’m going to take a page from Shakesville’s book and ask you guys directly:

IF you enjoy yourself here, and IF you can spare it, could you kick in $5-$10 (or whatever amount you are comfortable with) for the writer?

Clicking on this photo of ramen will take you to a PayPal link where you can donate. All supporters will get a .pdf copy of my short story “The Best Dog In The World” by way of thanks.

Click on the ramen for a Paypal Link!

Clicking the ramen means I might not have to eat the ramen. The ramen and I thank you.

I love writing this blog, and I’m very grateful to the letter writers who trust us with their stories and to the best group of readers and commenters on the Internet. Thank you all for your kindness in reading, linking, and Tweeting! I hope this won’t make it weird between us.

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