Helping a Friend

 All of the proceeds for my January sales of SYN:FIN will be used to offset medical bills for a good friend.  Here are the details…

In the mid-nineties I took a C++ programming course.  The instructor worked for a manufacturer of airbags. He told us that he spent a lot of time trying to figure out how to disconnect the airbag in his car without much success.  Not because he was some malcontent, but because the data showed, in his opinion, that there was more danger from an airbag deployment than from most accidents.

Fast forward to about a month ago.  A good “virtual” friend of mine was the victim of a hit and run near a college campus.  Her airbag deployed.  She is petite in stature and she has been wrestling with burns on her wrists and head trauma ever since.  All from the airbag.

You may know of my friend.  I mentioned her in my first blog as an author.  Fuzz Box Girl (FBG) is her web name and she operates in anonymity as part of the brand she is creating.  That perceptive and creative approach was one of the reasons I mentioned her, along with Kim Komando, in my blog. Where Kim had developed and built a strong brand based on her love and passion for technology and teaching, FBG was just starting down that path in her own area of passion – guitars, guitar effects and music.  She understood her clientel and laced her technical displays with portraits that rest well with her predominantly young, male audience.

Since I wrote that blog in September she has created her own webspace and in a matter of weeks went from a few hundred to nearly 5000 fans.

She designed the site in about two days.  From a standard WordPress template.  We all know what that takes.  Just look at the content she manufactured in just a few short months along with the design insights to display that content in such a rich manner.  I was impressed.  Here’s the link in case you missed it before  Fuzz Box Girl.  You’ll know you are there when you see this:

Most of you reading this blog are fellow authors or writers working at publishing.  We all know just how freaking hard it is to build your personal brand and get heard as a unique voice above the din of all the other authors.  It takes time and patience and support from friends and family.  Most of us who are starting down this path have our day jobs and feed our writing passion in the off hours and weekends.

Now think of what it is like when you are one of the few female voices in an industry full of testosterone enriched men who are trying to make loud noise and show off their technical playing skills.  FBG is making her voice heard by keying on the demonstrations of equipment, not her technical chops (of which she has a load).

Unfortunately, FBG lost her job in the summer and does not have health care insurance.  She has been focusing on her brand and the momentum was going strong until this accident.  With burns on her wrists she can’t play the guitar, which means she can’t demo the effects that have given her her audience.  The head trauma has also impacted her speech for now (we hope it is temporary) and that keeps her from doing the voice overs and making her funny introductions to the demos.

We all miss her and want to help.  The easiest way for me to help is to take the royalties I get for SYN:FIN and let her use them to offset the medical costs.  The book is a techno-thriller that has gotten very good reviews.  You get a good read and I get to help a friend.  That makes my day.

But…If you don’t want to read or if you want the book and still want to do more, then visit the Fuzz Box Girl website.  If you like music at all, you’ll find something interesting to listen to and read.  More important, she has a Closet & Cupboard section where you can buy some FBG designed gear.  She gets some revenue from these sales.

So, I have a lot of women writers who follow me on twitter and I challenge them to  buy an FBG side-boobie T-shirt.  My male cohorts will enjoy the calendar.  Nothing x-rated, but definitely good viewing.

Whether you take the step or not, thanks for reading and letting me make my case.  I do know the people I’ve met in Twitterverse are courageous and big hearted and care for each other.  Feel free to reach out to FBG and/or follow her at @fuzzboxgirl.

Thanks!

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