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Friday, May 14, 2010
Writers Improving The World
Everywhere I go on the web lately I see outstanding writers, authors, and book lovers doing things to improve the world around them. It has really made me stop and think about what we as writers do, what we stand for, and what we can do. We create worlds in which things are different, better, more interesting, or magical. But what do we stand for in this world and what are we willing to do?
You don't have to stand for something as a writer and you don't have to do anything more than create worlds with your writing because that in itself makes a difference. But there are those that go that extra step, beyond the computer screen and the page, to reach out into the existing world. Today's post is all about honoring them. Please click on the underlined words for the links.
Soon to be debuting young adult author Myra McEntire was directly affected by the flooding in Tennessee since she calls the state home. Rather than stand aside and watch, she jumped into action and helped organize the amazing auction Do The Write Thing For Nashville. Authors, agents, editors, and other fantastic people are coming together to raise money for the flood victims in Nashville Tennessee.
The Mundie Moms have a wonderful book blog and are huge supporters of debut authors, but they are so much more than that. The Mundie Moms support Do The Write Thing For Nashville. They also support the ASPCA, the Chile Relief Fund, and supported the Autism Awareness Challenge in April. These gals are so much more than just moms who enjoy a great book.
Young adult author Riley Carney is only seventeen and already she is reaching out and changing the world with much more than just her books. Riley has started an organization called Breaking The Chain, to help break the chain of illiteracy and poverty through education for children. You can help by clicking here and voting for a grant for her organization daily: Link By Link. It takes only a few moments of your day to help.
A pair of my favorite young adult authors, Judith Graves (Under My Skin) and Kitty Keswick (Freaksville) did an excellent post on their blog supporting Wolf Sanctuaries and awareness. Since they both write about the paranormal (werewolves included) I found this very fitting and almost poetic in a way. They're both great ladies who also go above and beyond for their fans.
Another great author I met on Twitter dedicates a lot of her time and money to saving horses from slaughter. Her name is Emily Murdoch, or @LeftyWritey as you Twitter folks might know her. Being a horse lover myself, her cause is very near and dear to my heart. As you might imagine, she is one of the sweetest people you could hope to know.
As for me, I want to make the world a better place for the next generation. Don't worry I'm not the type to chain myself to a tree but I do believe in living responsibly and giving back to the earth whenever I can. Let's face it, without her we'd be living on a space station somewhere. My favorite organizations are the World Wildlife Fund and National Wildlife Federation. You can now find a link to the World Wildlife Fund at the bottom of my page and one for the National Wildlife Federation on the right side of my page. I give to them both whenever I can. Every dollar makes a difference, and it's tax deductible! I also support the ASPCA, the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, and my local Humane Society.
Stop by and thank these wonderful people for going above and beyond by not only writing and reading about better worlds, but by making a better world.