One of my favorite authors is Caitlin R. Kiernan (who inhabits LJ World as greygirlbeast). She's gone public with a major health issue: she has PNES, or psychogenic non-epileptic seizures. This makes it hard for her to work. She is a freelance novelist with no health insurance (as is true for most freelance novelists). She needs medical attention to get better, and again, no insurance, so: Money. Will. Help. You can:
* Donate to her PayPal tip jar.
* Participate in her eBay auctions.
* Subscribe to her monthly short-erotica mailing, Sirenia Digest.
* Buy her books: new editions of Silk (1998), Threshold (2001, and who none other than Guillermo Del Toro considered making into a film), Low Red Moon (2003, and one of my personal favorites of hers), and Daughter of Hounds (2007). Or pre-order (as I have) her ultimate, finally-exactly-the-way-she-wants-it edition of her short story collection Tales of Pain and Wonder.
* Buy dolls and such from Kathryn "Spooky" Pollnac, her partner (humglum on LJ), via Spooky's Etsy page. She's a piece of work and a worthy person in her own right. (Ooh, here's an example of her doll work; that one's been sold.)
* Buy a T-shirt for a band that doesn't exist! For Silk Caitlin invented the band Stiff Kitten, and one result was that smile-causing shirt. The distributor, especially for this situation, has upped the commission Caitlin gets for each shirt sold.
Caitlin is vouched for by people like Neil Gaiman, Harlan Ellison, Poppy Z. Brite, and Christa Faust; talented people who appreciate her and her talent. I've given Caitlin's work to people as gifts (like this time). Her writing is a gift. So's she.
When I get home tonight, I'll donate (I only make financial transactions from one computer, and my work computer's not it). I hope you can do something as well, even if it's simply passing along this message.