Sunday, February 21, 2010

Help Me Write a Story

A fellow I know mentioned on his blog a while ago that he'd like to try beginning a story on his blog and letting his "followers" each take a shot at writing a continuation of the story.  Since Bill Kirton hasn't followed up on that suggestion, I'm stealing his idea.

Here are the rules:
  • Each of us will take a turn writing a segment of the story
  • Since it's now my idea, I'm beginning
  • No more than two paragraphs per person, per shot
  • You can write an additional segment after at least two other people have written between your entries
Let's see where this takes us...

They look like a happy couple, a couple in love, as they smile at the other people on the bus.

In reality, the assassin is holding a gun at the blue-eyed man's back.  She slips her free hand into his jacket pocket and...

Thursday, February 11, 2010

SOAR: A Personal Message & Plea

In October 1999, my eighteen year-old daughter was the victim of a break-in and rape. The 4-hour ordeal changed her life.

On April 24th, ten and one-half years later - to the day - she will participate in Operation Freefall: the two-mile high stand against sexual assault. Thousands of people at skydive centers across the U.S. will be taking to the sky and jumping in the 10th Anniversary event. Laurie and her fellow jumpers are raising funds to help survivors through the healing process and to increase awareness about sexual violence.

Click here to learn more about SOAR® and Operation Freefall - and to read Laurie's personal message.

(Personal note:  Sexual assault is devastating.  The level of strength involved in surviving is immeasurable.  The courage it takes for a victim to publicly share his/her story - for the sole benefit of helping others in their recovery - is awesome.  Laurie, who is deathly afraid of heights, is far more courageous than anyone I have ever known - in so many ways.  Your donation - even if it's $5 - will help another brave, courageous individual reclaim his/her life.)

Monday, February 8, 2010

EPICon - March 2010

I'll be heading out to EPIC's conference early next month.  Who else is going?  What plans do you have in mind?  What workshops will you be attending?

Tell all!

(For those of you who aren't familiar with EPIC - Electronically Published Internet Connection - here's a link to their website, which tells all about the conference: