2/18/2004

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Dear Tracy,

Thank you for your email. Yes, of course you may borrow the first part of my advance.

I have to say that I would never have had the opportunity to write this book if it had not been for you. Neither would the book turned out so well, had it not been for your valued contribution.

I hope that your problems resolve themselves, and am sorry that things seem to have come to a head all at once for you. Problems have a habit of coming along all at the same time. Let’s hope they disappear at the same rate.

Warmly,
Martin

************************************************************ wrote on 2/19/04 7:05:40 AM ************************************************************

Dear Martin,

I hope some of the pressure is beginning to subside. You’ve done a marvelous job on this book, much better than I would have done. I will get those pictures that Richard needs sent off tomorrow.

I am writing to let you know that, unfortunately, for whatever reason, the advance check Brian sent you several weeks ago did get returned in the mail. I don’t know exactly what’s going on, but as I believe he told you, a magazine we sent to the same address months ago just got returned to us as well. It may or may not be related that a package Nick sent me five weeks ago just now arrived, beaten up, with green tape around it stating that it had been opened and inspected by customs. Perhaps Big Brother is spying on the Dragon Court.

I am also writing to make a personal request, which you may feel free to accept or turn down as you see fit. The return of your check in the mail comes at a time when we are about to have our electricity, phone, and internet all shut off, because we have not been able to pay for them for the last few months.

The delay in the publication of The Dragon Legacy, the financial damage caused me by my former partner, Boyd Rice, and the fact that Dagobert’s Revenge’s biggest distributor, Desert Moon, will not pay the thousands of dollars they owe us -all of these factors have caused us to be in this slump.

My request is that you allow us to borrow the amount of the first half of your advance, to be payed back ASAP,with my 10% of DVC Decoded, and my 25% of The Dragon Legacy, put up as collateral. I believe that you will be getting the second half of your advance soon, and of course I will pass that along as soon as I get it. I should be able to pay back any remaining debt within the next two months.

If this is not agreeable to you, do not feel bad at all. I wholly understand, and will forward the advance to you immediately. But if you can do this for us, it would save us from certain destruction, and allow us to live and work another day, so that we may return the favor mutlifold in the future.

Kind Regards,
Tracy

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