I’ve said these words a lot in my writing life—“So many writers, so little time.” There’s a bunch of us out there and it’s not possible to be aware of everybody who writes, but now I know about Rodger Jacobs.
He’s a freelance writer and I’m learning a damn fine one. A friend on Facebook told me about Jacobs a few days ago and sent me a YouTube clip that the Las Vegas Sun did with him and his girlfriend back in 2010. It’s called “The New Homeless,” and I’m sharing part one with you right now.
There are three more parts to this series, or so YouTube is telling me, but good luck in finding part four. Getting into the story, I looked for it for 20 minutes. After that, I gave up.
I’ve learned that Jacobs and his girlfriend found permanent shelter in L.A. about 14 months ago. Jacobs has a rare, irreversible form of arthritis in his hands, feet and legs and a lot of his money is eaten up by paying medical bills. His girlfriend is trying to raise money to help pay these bills as it’s difficult for them to make ends meet.
Jacobs also has an interesting blog where he sometimes talks about his illness, Walton’s Mountain in Echo Park. I contacted him there, but he’s telling me he’s soon going to be shutting it down and will start a new one.
So what’s the point of this post? Maybe its to say bad things happen to good people or simply that shit happens. It doesn’t sound like things have gotten any better for Jacobs since those YouTube clips were made in 2010. The guy really just wants to write and shit in his life is making it pretty damn hard to do that.
If I ever do get a little bit ahead—you see, I’m a freelance writer too—I’ll send some bucks his way. I’m thinking you might want to do the same thing. I mean, It never hurts to ask. You can get to his PayPal account by going to firstname.lastname@example.org.
I’ll be back here on Thursday.
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