Sunday, January 24, 2010

Two highly worthwhile writing-related endeavours - deadline 25th Jan!

I am in awe of people who don't just talk but DO. Greg McQueen and Frank Hinton are two of these people. Greg McQueen is rousing writers to help the people of Haiti through "100 Stories for Haiti":
... a collection of short stories sold to raise money for relief efforts in disaster-striken Haiti. All proceeds go to the Red Cross.
The deadline for submitting your short story is tomorrow, Jan 25th. What Greg wants:
  • Do not exceed 1,000 words.
  • No stories containing graphic violence, death or destruction.
  • We want stories with a lot of HEART, a dash of COMPASSION, and unmeasurable amounts of HOPE. Stories that anyone can read. Stories that leave you feeling warm and fuzzy. Stories that make you smile at strangers. Stories that … Okay, you get the idea.
 Read the full guidelines and send something to this fantastic project. 
Frank, editor of the excellent Metazen, gathered pieces of writing for his Metazen Charity Christmas Book and asked for donations which went to the Sun­rise Children’s Vil­lage Orphan­age in Siam Reap, Cam­bo­dia. As he said:
Authors can be so selfish. We sit and we write, pour things onto paper hop­ing to evoke, mull around in our minds and manip­u­late the lives of non-existent people. I would like to manip­u­late the life of a real per­son, in a pos­i­tive way.
And this he most certainly did. You can still donate - and read the Charity Christmas Book, which contains my story, Come Back Tomorrow, here.

Thank goodness for people like Frank and Greg. Thank you, Frank and Greg, for giving us the opportunity to do something.

1 comment:

Andrew Blackman said...

Great initiatives! Ugh, I just looked through my short stories and realised none of them fit the bill - they are all too dark and depressing.

New Year's resolution: write something more hopeful.

Like you, I am inspired by people who take action and create good things in the world. Thanks for drawing attention to them.