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Overlord Bunny’s Extra Life Charity Stream! Won’t Somebody Think Of The Children?!

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Despite being quite neatly crushed under a mountain of work, exhaustion, and wedding stuff, I always had grand plans to sit down and write a blog post about my upcoming 25-hour charity stream for Extra Life, a foundation directly benefiting Children’s Miracle Network hospitals across the US.  Originally, I was afraid that I’d be writing it with nothing towards my $200 goal.

Well, I have good news — thanks to the kindness of some amazing people on Twitter, it’s not even the day of the stream and I’ve already surpassed that goal.

So yes, I am here with my donation meter raised nicely to the tippy-top, but I’m not stopping there.  I’m still accepting donations on my Extra Life fundraising page, and will be through my charity stream starting at 8 a.m. PST on November 2nd.  100% of the money donated goes straight to All Children’s Hospital in St. Petersburg, FL, which is the hospital that saved my life as an infant and has gone on to save many more children in their time of need.  Through top-of-the-line medical services and a hefty dose of love and care, All Children’s has done so much for this world that no gushing recommendation or praise can do them justice.  I’m eternally grateful to them, since without their expertise I would not be here right now.  That’s why even though I’ve moved to California, I’m still playing for my hometown hospital — though I wish I could play for every single one of them, because all of the Children’s Miracle Network hospitals deserve our support.

The charity stream itself will be broadcast on my Twitch channel.  I don’t have a concrete list of games I’ll be playing, but there’s bound to be some World of Warcraft, maybe a bit of Hearthstone as long as everyone promises not to make fun of my skill deficiency, and the potential for some FFXIV: A Realm Reborn.  Beyond that, my Steam library is pretty terrifying in its meatiness, so there’s no telling what I’ll choose as the night wears on.  I may also switch over to the XBox for some Batman goodness.  Since I won’t be able to stream from the console (at least, not that I know of), I’ll be giving out my gamertag if and when that happens so that people can verify that I’m still going strong!  I’m also hoping to be able to snag some dear friends to hang out with me on voice-chat during my PC gaming escapades, and once sleep deprivation hits me full force, I’ll probably end up also broadcasting some demented Overlord Bunny Puppet Show or interpretive dance number or something.

(As a fair warning, though, later in the night I will likely need to maintain radio silence while I game, since my computer is in the bedroom and The Fiance will be sleeping.)

I hope to see you on the 2nd!

 

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And Now For Something Completely Different (That Will Only Cost You Like $1)

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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 Springer Okay, 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!