Original Story Contribution For Fundraiser: Support TWLOHA

Amanda Todd’s tragic suicide couldn’t have come at an eerier time.  In continued evidence that fandoms are filled with caring hearts, one of the latest fundraisers is Fandom For Suicide Awareness.

For a minimum donation of $5 to To Write Love On Her Arms, a wonderful organization I support, you will receive an extensive compilation of short stories and fanfiction from a group of talented writers.  I myself have contributed a dark mystery short story to the compilation, “The Cruellest Month”.  This story will not be available anywhere else to read for a good deal of time, and is inspired in part by the Neil Gaiman short story “October In The Chair”.  As an assignment for my students I tutored, I encouraged them to choose a month and tell a fitting story.  I chose April.

As someone who survived a suicide attempt and struggled with trauma, this is a cause that is truly important to me.  Even if you’re not interested in the entire compilation, $5 is the cost of a Starbucks latte.  If you can give more, I encourage you to do so.

To learn more about To Write Love On Her Arms, click here for their site.

To donate for the fundraiser, click here and then forward your emailed receipt to fandom4suicideawareness@gmail.com.  The deadline for donations is November 1st, 2012.

More on Collide and the Change Of Season book tour will be forthcoming as well.

A Little Inspiration

Taking a break from the more mechanical aspects of writing, I’d like to share with you a gem of a quote that I’m trying very hard to keep firmly in my mind at all times.  It comes to us via Shirley Manson, a musical Goddess whom I had the pleasure of seeing perform recently after 14 years of waiting (I missed a few tours.  Sad face.)

“You know, it doesn’t matter how beautiful you are, if you don’t have anything interesting to say, then you’re still boring.”

Love it.  Love all of her thoughts, really.  For more soundbites, click here.  If you haven’t already checked out the latest Garbage album, read this review then seek it out.

 

A Fitting Tribute To Adam Yauch/MCA of The Beastie Boys

What sad news today to hear of the passing of a musical pioneer and legend at such a young age.  The Beastie Boys have always held a special place in my music-loving heart for remaining true to their fun-loving spirits instead of sliding into darker lyrical territory.  Cancer is heartbreaking and evil, and my thoughts go out to his loved ones.

The Washington Post published a truly fitting tribute to MCA today, the sort of creative and poetic gem that any author can appreciate.  Click here to read their piece comprised entirely of Beastie lyrics, crafted with the touch of a genuine fan.