Creative writing by ailing 9-year-old and even more creative selling of it

Here’s a way to inspire children to write: Let them sell their stories on eBay for a good cause.

Undergoing surgery today, Malkolm Poyer is selling a short story on ebay to defray the costs to his parents and siblings to stay in Atlanta.

Undergoing surgery today, Malkolm Poyer is selling a short story on eBay to defray the costs to his parents and two younger siblings to stay in Atlanta.

According to the AJC, Malkolm Poyer is selling an original story on eBay for $10 per autographed copy to defray his family’s expenses in Atlanta related to his open heart surgery this week at Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta at Egleston to insert a defibrillator.

I just checked eBay, and the 9-year-old author has sold 326 copies of “Luna.”  That sum should  make a decent dent in the family’s hotel and meal bills.

The AJC story says Malkolm was born with a condition that forced his heart to work much harder than normal to pump blood, thus limiting his physical exertion. So, he’s become an avid reader and writer.

Check out Malkolm’s eBay ad.

While his story is good, I give Malkolm even higher marks for his creativity in selling it on eBay. (I might suggest his idea to several unemployed writers I know.)

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March 24th, 2010
5:26 pm

Smart thinking and a truly ingenious idea. Best wishes to the young man on his recovery. I hope that the publicity results in a spike in sales.

trying hard to be patient

March 24th, 2010
5:37 pm

God bless Malkolm and his family and doctors as they go through this ordeal. The family needs to check out The Ronald McDonald House. They may be able to stay there for a reasonable fee.

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March 24th, 2010
8:00 pm

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Free Market Educator

March 24th, 2010
10:15 pm

This young man will make a great future free market educator. He is willing to work to help with the bills. Very admirable. Someone mentioned Ronal McDonald House. We have friends who were greatly helped by this charity. There is a house in that area. The family should definitely check it out. I wish Malkolm the best.

V for Vendetta

March 24th, 2010
10:44 pm

What an inspirational boy. I hope he has a speedy recovery and many, many sales. It sounds as if he has good values and a great work ethic. We need more kids like Malkolm.

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Kira Willis

March 25th, 2010
2:07 pm

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Kindergarten Teacher

March 25th, 2010
3:59 pm

If you have a child born with a health condition why would you have two more children when you can’t financially support the first child? It is parent’s responsibility to care for and support financially, not the state nor other individuals.


March 26th, 2010
9:33 am

@Kindergarten Teacher:
Up until now he’s only been easily winded and unable to play sports, with just medication. It might not have cost much more than normal, especially if he had even mediocre insurance. Sometimes it’s hard to be sure what these conditions will cost. Apparently his father has the same condition and has been fine without any treatment. My brother has had a heart condition since birth and 20 years later still hasn’t quite needed that surgery that they’ve expected. It’s better to plan for the high end, but people do not always do that.


March 26th, 2010
12:50 pm

I have know this family for a long time, they are both amazing individuals who come from large loving families. In my lifetime, I have only met a few couples who are truly made for each other… They are it! The love they have is humbling and inspiring. To know that they are teaching their children the way to love, take care of family and to enjoy each moment is something we can all learn from… even you Kindergarten Teacher.


March 27th, 2010
6:58 pm

Ignore Kindergarten Teacher. She is just another pro-abortion “kill all children and reduce the population” Nazi. Or she is a Tea Party “conservative.” Amazing how the hateful extremists on both sides wind up with many of the same conclusions. Kindergarten Teacher probably blames “the Zionists” for 9/11 just like both the Jeremiah Wright far leftists and the David Duke conservatives do.


April 13th, 2010
12:13 pm

God bless your son and the entire family. Praise the Lord, he is working in your sons life and he will be truely blessed. May he run, skip, jump and play as a 9 year old child should. He will win his race. Keep your hands in Gods hands.

Middle School Teacher

April 13th, 2010
2:34 pm

Wow!!! Kindergarten teacher get over yourself…you’re mean! You could probalbly learn a lot from your students!

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April 17th, 2010
4:36 pm

@Kindergarten Teacher: I am truly sorry that you were not blessed enough to have received the kind of love to shape you into a decent human being. Do you feel the same way about a family who’s primary breadwinner loses a job and can no longer make ends meet for the time being? Should the state whisk in and take their children away? This family was faced with challenge, and through Malkolm’s ingenuity and caring spirit found a way to overcome it. You should take a few lessons from him and use that HEALTHY heart of yours for things other that judgement and disdain.