I originally had a rant posted for today, but there's something more important that needs to be talked about right now.
I'm not sure how many of you know author Lilith Saintcrow, much less follow her on social media. Whether you know her or not, the news of what happened this weekend is staggering. Her son's school burned to the ground over the weekend. The place a bunch of children saw as a second home was there on Friday, and now there is nothing left.
Here are some details in Lilith's own words.
As a mother, it's heart-breaking. As a former teacher, I can't fathom the loss. As a child, it would be devastating.
I belong to a group blog known as the Evil League of Evil Writers. Lilith Saintcrow is Bad Horse to that group of mad authors, and we're trying to help out as best we can.
To that end, we're organizing a fundraising auction to help Crestline Elementary. We're looking for donations of time (in the form of critiques, mentorships, and phone calls) as well as items (signed books, swag baskets, knitted goods, jewelry...whatever skill you have that you're willing to ship) to auction off.
A lot of times, auctions are used to get your name out and spread your brand. This isn't about that. This is about giving hope back to a bunch of kids, parents, and teachers who are probably feeling a little hopeless right now. It's not about you or us... it's about them.
In the spirit of that, if you have something to donate for the auction, please contact the wonderful ladies who lead our group on a daily basis:
Skyla Dawn Cameron at firstname.lastname@example.org
Dina James at email@example.com
If you don't have something to donate, please come back and bid or help spread the word. If you want to donate to the school immediately there were details about that in Lilith's post.
Next week is the Cupid's Conquest author blog hop, but I'm pretty sure this week's post is more about spreading love and joy.