Monthly Archives: January 2010

Going on the Account: A Hearty Huzzah!

Got a nice note from Lora Innes about the end tally that Comic Creator’s Alliance had at the close of the campaign.  Ten thousand dollars was raised during the two weeks of the event, which is especially amazing considering the need for relief in Haiti and the general economic conditions still not being ideal.

On behalf of everyone, myself, the other contributors to the campaign, the organizations benefitting from the drive, and the people being helped, a hearty thank you.  That so many helped to fight human trafficking under such conditions is heartening, and says much good about as people.  Thank you.

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Going on the Account: Part the Two Hundred Tenth

Part the Two Hundred Tenth is now up, and may be read here.

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Going on the Account: Plotting a New Course

For anyone looking for some good advice on how to work on more than one story at a time, Charlie Jane Anders at io9.com has some great advice.

Granted, it’s geared more for short story writers working in the SF market, but the advice can be scaled to any work setting.  And getting advice about SF works is rather timely, as I’m looking at some future work in that area, involving-

Ah, but let’s not get ahead of ourselves yet…

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Going on the Account: Part the Two Hundred Ninth

Part the Two Hundred Ninth is now up, and may be read here.

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Going on the Account: The Treasure Fleet

This Sunday there was a NY TIMES MAGAZINE profile of James Patterson.

Love him or hate him (regardless of why you do or don’t), the article gives a comprehensive look at someone who writes with a plan that works.  Agree with it or not, there’s some strong how-to advice here that can’t be ignored…

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Going on the Account: A Last Appeal for a Choice of Heading

   

There is still time to make a contribution to the campaign by the Comic Creator’s Alliance to end human trafficking.  

You may ask, “Of all the times to hit me up for a contribution, why now?”  Yes, the recent disaster in Haiti has probably taken most of your attention as far as trouble spots to get involved with.  (If you ask this question because of your own personal crisis, then my best thoughts go out to you, and my sympathy as to your situation.)  And that’s a valid point, asking for your help in dealing with a long-term problem when there’s an immediate crisis at hand.

To which the answer, barring any personal factors unbeknownst, may well be that a contribution to one will help the other.

Consider if you will what puts another human being in danger of being a victim of trafficking, usually the young and more often than not female.  Often such victims are vulnerable to being exploited because there is little to protect that person where they live.  For some, it’s the lack of emotional stability, while others it’s economic hardship.  And in a few cases, what makes these people potential victims is general chaos.

All three conditions are a good description of the state of hundreds of thousands of Haitians right now, possible victims of human trafficking thanks to the after effects of the devastating earthquake.

As the two issues are so entwined, the question becomes one of where you feel the most good can be done by your efforts.  If you believe that taking action on the root cause of this misery is the best way to go, then there are plenty of organizations who could use your help.  If you’d rather deal with the specific issue, which will save not just Haitians but people from the world over, then contributing to this cause is how to proceed.

Whatever your choice, please do some good.  Your contributions to both Love 146 and Gracehaven will help alleviate suffering and address wrongs in the world that need your attention.  So too would a contribution to Haitian relief.  As you consider how to go, keep in mind the words of Maimonides:

The risk of a wrong decision is preferable to the terror of indecision. 

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Going on the Account: Losing Your Head Over This…

Got word this evening from Ye Pirate Blog about the theft of Klaus Störtebeker’s skull from the Museum of Hamburg History.

You remember Klaus, right?  Germany’s answer to Robin Hood via Captain Blood?  Unfortunately, there’s not as much written about him as there is about pirates that came later in sunnier climes; something about the difficulty with embracing high seas adventures set in the Baltic by people preferring warmer climes, maybe?  Heck, I can get more info about Trio than Störtebeker, and they had a much shorter, less colorful career than he had…

My question is, why this crime now?  Considering his lionization by the East Germans, and his relative obscurity amongst non-Deutchlanders, what’s left for motive other than pranking?  And if that’s the case and the skull is later recovered, is it going to be on continuous rotation like Munch’s “The Scream”?

If this is what the future holds for his remains, given a choice, would Störtebeker have prefered the gibbet…?

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