Is it tacky to ask for donations three posts in? Really? Well shit, then I’m the queen of the trailer park.
In an effort to really kick my writing ability into overdrive, I signed up for this year’s NaNoWriMo. If you’re new to this whole internet thing or have just been focusing all of your attentions on steamy Harry Potter fanfiction, NaNoWriMo stands for National Novel-Writing Month. From November 1st through the 30th, the insane(ly talented) people who sign up for this will be cranking out what should amount to a 50,000-word novel. That works out to a target of about 1,667 words per day to finish on time.
The really cool thing about NaNoWriMo is that it’s run by this not-for-profit organization called The Office of Letters and Light. OLL’s goal is to bring free writing workshops to children and adults all across the world to, as they put it, engage in “ambitious acts of the imagination.” They even offer free teaching materials to educators to promote creativity in the classroom.
Some of you may be saying now “but they’re not feeding the hungry or saving puppies, why should I give them my precious monies?” Several reasons, actually:
- Jersey Shore
- Here Comes Honey Boo-Boo
- American Idol
- Keeping Up With the Kardashians
Jerry SpringerOkay, you know what, to be fair, coming up with that shit DOES take a fair amount of imagination.
The point remains that kids nowadays have been woefully robbed of anything requiring them to use their tiny little candy-eating brains (in that they themselves eat candy, not that their brains do because that would just be weird). They’ve grown up with Facebook and Twitter and awful reality TV shows that have not only destroyed their attention spans, but killed their ability to imagine and create. I heard a six-year-old complaining once that she was “too old” to play dress-up and I think a part of my soul died a little bit, mostly because from time to time I still put on a tiara and pretend to be a Pretty, Pretty Princess and I do not regret admitting that to the entire internet and possible future employers even the slightest bit.
This is why if you look at my NaNoWriMo profile you’ll see that I’ve got a sponsorship link listed. NaNoWriMo has teamed up with the fundraising website StayClassy to try and gather up some benjamins (I promise to never use that term again) to keep bringing these free writing workshops to people on a global scale. Apparently these things cost money, and since they aren’t greedy jerks who pocket it themselves, they need your help to make sure that atrocities like 19 Kids and Counting never happen again. If we don’t step in and teach this current generation that they need to actually, you know, use their imaginations, our future will be a very bleak and insipid one, indeed. You can donate any amount, even just $1, and it will bring me closer to my rather reasonable goal of $250.
As a special bonus, when I do get my novel, Observe, published, if you donate any amount, I will include your name on the Acknowledgements page so that everyone can see what a badass you are, assuming your name isn’t Dick Penis McVaginerson or something, in which case you’ve got to donate at least $50. You will also have the undying love of a short, angry Jew, and you never know when that might come in handy, like when zombie Jesus returns and somebody needs to put his ass down again.
To help out, just clickie here for my fundraising page. Let friends and family know, share this post, retweet it, link it on the Book of Faces, or otherwise help spread the word. If you don’t choose to donate through my page, there are lots of other people doing the same thing, too. The money all goes to the same awesome cause, and none of us are getting a cut of the proceeds, so in case you hate my face or something you can still redeem yourself!
And of course… thank you!