Nearing the Target -- One Last Call for Donations

Hi Everyone,

Just wanted to post to say that ksumnersmith and I are are currently 82% of the way to our City Chase goal -- to raise $2,500 for charity  Right to Play .

All we need to do is raise $500 more (although more than that would be awesome!) to reach our goal. So, here's my plea: Consider making a donation to Right to Play.

As a writer, I want every child to have the opportunity to live their dreams. Here's a charity out there doing just that. Sure, people need food, water, shelter...but what is life without the chance to play? To create? To realize an endless world of possibilities?

Even $10 will go one-fifth of the way toward giving a child in the developing world a chance to take part in a sport and/or play program for an entire year.

To donate -- go to the our team page, "Writers with Day Jobs"

A week ago, Karina and I didn't think we had a hope in heck of meeting our goal. Now, we are almost there.

If we make our goal, we'll post pictures...we'll even write up a story of our rappel down Toronto's City Hall. I am sure it will be a story of facing fears, the power of teamwork, and the exhilaration of knowing we can do anything.

We can do this. Together.


Chance to Rappel Down Toronto's City Hall - But there's a catch‏

Hi Everyone,

Some of you likely know that I participated in City Chase last year with my friend ksumnersmith . Well, this year -- we are doing it again. But this City Chase is going to be like no other. Because this year, teams are getting a chance to make a 28-storey rappel off Toronto City Hall (talk about the chance of a lifetime)...except there's a catch.

To do the rappel, we have to raise $2,500 for charity organization Right to Play -- before Tuesday, June 15th at 12 PM.  Impossible?  Yes, maybe (probably) -- but that's not going to stop us from trying!!

I hope you'll consider taking a look at my profile page or our team page (Writers With Day Jobs), and making a donation.

Team Fundraising Page

My Fundraising Page

Every little bit helps. Currently, we are 17% of the way to our goal (not bad for one day of fundraising).  If you can't contribute yourself, I hope you'll consider mentioning this to anyone you think might be interested.

If you have questions, please don't hesitate to let me know!

Thank you.



A Real Blog

Most people know I don't really keep a blog here - I just use it to post to other people's blogs.

But - seeing as I have three months off to write, I decided that I should also use this time as an opportunity to do other things. To try other things...including setting up a real blog.

Mostly, I've avoided it because I didn't believe I had enough interesting things to write about. I've also avoided it because I didn't want it to get outdated.

But now I have a nice defined period: Three Months.

I also have something interesting to write about: the journey of finishing and editing Summer of Flight (and the agent-finding process that will no doubt follow), in addition to all the other work that I plan to do at the same time. Because I can't just do one thing.

If, at the end of three months, I want to end it - I can. On the other hand, if I am finding it fun and interesting, and I have enough to keep going, I can do that to.

So - if you are interested  in following the three month journey - feel free to check out where I will be posting it:


Support our CityChase Team

This Saturday, Karina Sumner-Smith and I will be competing in the Mitsubishi CityChase - what this means is that we will be racing around Toronto trying to gather "chase points" mostly by doing odd stunts and challenges.
As part of the first chase point, we have been asked to fundraise a minimum of $50 for Right to Play before end of day tomorrow   10 PM FRIDAY, August 14, 2009 (Yikes - more urgent than I thought!). Right to Play ( supports programs in Africa, Asia, the Middle East and South America.

We all know that dreaming of a better world - whether through sports, writing, art, or any other form of creativity - can in fact result in a better world.
If you would like to support our team - and this great endeavour - please donate. Even $5 can go a long way.

You can donate by making a secure online donation. All you need to do is click on the link below (or paste it into your web browser):

Please use this link to ensure your donation is credited to my team.
Thank you so much for even considering supporting our efforts. At a minimum, I will post pictures on Facebook - since I have yet to figure out how to post them here!


Congratulations to Paul Crilley!

Paul just posted this elsewhere, and I had to spread the word:

Paul Crilley's THE INVISIBLE ORDER and THE FIRE KING, the first books  in a fantasy series about a 12-year-old girl living in Victorian  London who gets caught up in a centuries long secret war being fought  between the various factions of Faerie and mankind, to Regina Griffin at Egmont, in a good deal, at auction, by Ginger Clark at Curtis Brown (NA).

Julie Czerneda and I bought Paul's short story, "The Invisible Order" for UNDER COVER OF DARKNESS  - and these books are an expansion of that tale and world. Nice to know I have good taste! ::innocent grin::

Congratulations Paul - I can't wait to read the books!



A Toast to the New Year

First was Change.

Next came Opportunity.

Then most recently - Transformation.

Now, the world is wide open - anything can happen. So many balls are in play - that who knows which ones will drop and which will grow roots and become trees. So much potential. So much ... Possibility.

So, here is me raising a glass to a year that will be unique to everyone - where potential should be taken advantage of, and even small things can matter and have an impact. Here is to dreams being achieved, to new adventures and new goals - to stories, to travels, and to the chance to see good friends.

To the Year of Possibility.

(And to those who have dubbed it the Year of Fulfillment and the Year of Courage - here's to you too!)


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