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From 1997, on Ftrain, its predecessors, and other sites, I've given away over 1000 separate pieces of text: over 600,000 words, over 400 images, a few audio files, and some site-building code. Thousands of people have spent thousands of hours reading Ftrain, and I've never asked for anything in return - honestly, I've always considered it a privilege to have a loyal, supportive audience, and putting a price tag on that bothered me.

But now I'm convinced that, if I had more time for the site, I could give more away. That's where you can help. By giving me money, you give me time - time to work on Ftrain for a few hours every day, time to post something new every weekday, time to edit more effectively, time to make the Ftrain site-building code publicly available.

How to donate. Give as much as you think this site is worth. You will be thanked at the end of the specific Ftrain piece you helped to fund. If you would like to remain anonymous, or want a link by your name, let me know.

To donate, choose one of these:

Donate via Paypal.com

Donate via Amazon.com

If you pay via Amazon and want a link or to be noted, send me an email - I don't know who gives me what, via Amazon.

Donate via Amazon.com

If you pay via Amazon and want a link or to be noted, send me an email - I don't know who gives me what, via Amazon.

Or send a check to:

Paul Ford
188 W 9 St #5
Brooklyn, NY 11231-3954




Ftrain.com is the website of Paul Ford and his pseudonyms. It is showing its age. I'm rewriting the code but it's taking some time.


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About the author: I've been running this website from 1997. For a living I write stories and essays, program computers, edit things, and help people launch online publications. (LinkedIn). I wrote a novel. I was an editor at Harper's Magazine for five years; then I was a Contributing Editor; now I am a free agent. I was also on NPR's All Things Considered for a while. I still write for The Morning News, and some other places.

If you have any questions for me, I am very accessible by email. You can email me at ford@ftrain.com and ask me things and I will try to answer. Especially if you want to clarify something or write something critical. I am glad to clarify things so that you can disagree more effectively.


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