All of us at LTWF are deeply saddened over the loss of lives and homes in Japan after the earthquake and tsunami. Our thoughts & prayers are with everyone affected.
If anyone is interested in helping out, there are many different relief funds. Here are just a few ways you can help out:
- Shelterbox in Japan – Author Maureen Johnson is trying to raise money for Shelterbox in Japan, and is even offering prizes as a means of encouraging people to donate. Anyone from anywhere in the world can donate to Shelterbox.
- GlobalLiving Japan Earthquake and Tsunami Relief Fund – We found out about this through literary agent Sarah LaPolla on Twitter. The goal is to raise $150,000.
- Red Cross – Canada – The Canadian Red Cross has a Japan Earthquake/Asia-Pacific Tsunami Relief Fund.
- Red Cross – U.S. – The American Red Cross also has a relief fund for Japan. You can donate through the website, or (if you’re in the US) you can text REDCROSS to 90999 to make a $10 donation to help those affected by the earthquake in Japan and tsunami throughout the Pacific.
Here are some great links on writing, the industry, and all things book related. Some are serious, and some are just downright hilarious. We highly recommend you read them!
- The Lucky Last One
– Author Jaclyn Dolamore opens up to talk about what it felt like to be the last one in her group of writer friends to get an agent and sell a book. A very honest post – one you should definitely read.
- The Cat’s Out: Meet Lola and Cricket!
- Sex in YA: One Naive Mom’s Opinion
– You might remember that we had a little book called ANNA AND THE FRENCH KISS as our Book of the Month for January. Well, we all thought the cover of the up-coming companion novel, LOLA AND THE BOY NEXT DOOR, has an adorable cover. So go check it out!
– A really, really interesting article about a mom’s reaction to sex in YA.
“When you write your first novel you don’t really know what you’re doing. There may be writers out there who are brilliant, incisive and in control from their first ‘Once upon a time’. I’m not one of them. Every once upon a time for me is another experience of white-water rafting in a leaky inner tube. And I have this theory that while the Story Council has its faults, it does have some idea that if books are going to get written, authors have to be able to write them.”
— Robin McKinley
“My books happen. They tend to blast in from nowhere, seize me by the throat, and howl ‘Write me! Write me now!’ But they rarely stand still long enough for me to see what and who they are, before they hurtle away again. And so I spend a lot of time running after them, like a thrown rider after an escaped horse, saying ‘Wait for me! Wait for me!’ and waving my notebook in the air.”
— Robin McKinley
Share any thoughts or cool links in the comments!