This Isn’t About Me

Roary With Dreams Underfoot

Just over a week ago, a friend of mine hit the sort of anniversary that no one should face: one year in the hospital, most of that time in ICU.  That friend is MaryAnn Harris.  You may know her as MaryAnn, the wife of author Charles de Lint.

MaryAnn was hit by a rare tickborne virus called Powassan.  It’s so rare, there are no treatment protocols.  In MaryAnn’s case, it’s meant spending months in what was probably a coma.  It’s meant being so physically incapacitated that her being able to move a toe is a major triumph.  She’s awake now, can talk a bit, still can’t really move or eat on her own or…

I’m going to stop detailing here, because MaryAnn is a woman who, for all her vibrant personality and occasional silliness, is also a woman of quiet dignity and intense strength.

So, why am I brining this up?  Two reasons.  First, there’s a certain amount of misinformation circulating and I’m one of those people who want the facts to be straight.

Second, a whole year is a long time, and there’s a lot more time to come before MaryAnn can be considered “well.”  She and Charles need help.  Wait!  Sure, financial is welcome, but there are other ways you can help.

Charles has long been the main wage earner in their household.  For the last year, he’s been spending as much time as he can with MaryAnn.  The rest of the time, he’s handling all the things MaryAnn did for them, because she was the one who made it possible for Charles to focus on writing.

And, as I writer, I can tell you…  If you’re lucky, writing can be an escape.  However, having a writer’s brain means that it’s harder to escape worrying.  The same mechanism that turns “What If” into wonderful stories, also stirs up “What if she…”  Fill in the blank.

So, Charles hasn’t had a new book out since MaryAnn became sick.  Any writer can tell you what this does to the income stream.  Since MaryAnn was his first reader, but also (for his indie pub works) did a lot of the proofing, formatting, and cover design, he’s also not likely to have another book out soon.

And that’s a pity, because Juniper Wiles and the Ghost Girls, the sequel to April 2021’s Juniper Wiles is terrific. I’ve read it, and I can assure you this is so.

So, when we say “help” here, we’re not saying, “need help to live an artist life,” we mean, to keep on going, so hopefully there will someday be a couple living together again, making stories and music, and all those great things.

Anyhow, there is now a gofundme.  If the link doesn’t work, look for Harris-deLint Recovery Fund.  Charles now has a Patreon as well.  (I’m going to keep links to a minimum, because some social media sites don’t like them.)

Can’t manage either of these?  Charles and MaryAnn would be the first to understand.  If you can handle postage, you can send a card to MaryAnn at MaryAnn Harris c/o Charles de Lint PO Box 9480 Station T Ottawa, ON, Canada K1G 3V2.

Can’t manage any of these?  Do you need to buy a gift for a friend or family member?  Consider buying one of Charles’s books or downloading some of his music.  Can’t manage that?  Can you leave a review of one of his many books?

You can get more details about MaryAnn’s illness from the gofundme page, so at the very least, I’ve pointed you to the facts.  I’ll stop here, and thank you so much for listening.

6 Responses to “This Isn’t About Me”

  1. Tanish Shrivastava Says:

    As a blind person, ending up like this is my personal nightmare. Unable to move, unable to see, trapped in my own body.

  2. @JayDzed Says:

    Ahh, #*$@!

    How heartbreaking to hear about their horrible misfortune, I still have very fond memories of meeting them both way back in 2005 when they were wonderful, entertaining, approachable and lovely.

    They were some of the best guests we’ve had, though I confess I am rather biased, as I’ve been a huge fan of Charles’ writing since back in the days it was helping to define the urban fantasy genre in the Borderlands collections.

  3. dbarandlou Says:

    thank you for the Charles delint update. I like his books almost as much as I like yours.

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