Daily Archives: January 12, 2011

How can writers help flood victims?

As the flooding in Queensland gets more and more horrific, I am wishing for the first time that I WAS actually “The Next JK Rowling” (I couldn’t, actually, think of anything worse. I’m a writer because I’m a shy hermit, not because I want to be a celebrity). If I WAS “The Next JK Rowling”, though, I’d have piles of money to donate to flood relief. Sadly, since HB and I have quite a big mortgage, one income and a hungry Mephy to feed, I can only donate so much. But something I do have more of these days, since becoming a FTW (Full Time Writer), is time.

So, what I want to know is, “How can a girl who’s poor and pretty much terrible at anything except writing” (see list of failures, including: “can’t cook, ride a bike, click my fingers, whistle, timer record stuff, remember to buy toothpaste, fix vaccuum cleaners, etc. etc. etc.”) help? Is there any way we writers can somehow band together to contribue something? The glorious Miss Emily Gale suggested donating signed copies of our books, or MS assessments, to an online auction. What do people think about this? Would anyone else be interested?

If anybody else has any ideas, or has seen something already happening (maybe with one of the author societies???), please let me know. I am desperate to help. In the meantime, as soon as HB comes home with the credit card, I will be donating here. I am absolutely heartbroken at the thought of what impact this crisis is having on the wildlife of Queensland. The people need help and support and money and so do the animals.

Please let me know of any thoughts you have.

Love, Kate

UPDATE: The wonderful Katrina Germein, Fleur McDonald and Emily Gale have taken this ball and run with it, big time. We now have a Facebook page, where you can let us know what you would like to donate to our auction. Please have a look and let us know if you think you are able to help. If you are not able to donate anything, maybe you can help us to promote it through your blogs, Facebook pages or Twitter. Thank you to everyone who has already been so supportive of this.