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Where’s Wendig? April Edition!

DID YOU KNOW, ahem ahem, cough cough, that next week is the release of YOU CAN DO ANYTHING, MAGIC SKELETON, a very silly book of monstrous motivations by me and artist Natalie Metzger? Well, it’s true. It comes out next Tuesday, and as a result, I’m gonna be bopping around this ol’ Internet, polluting your brainwaves with whatever hot shit wants to come out of my fool’s mouth.

Let’s go through it, shall we?

Already Up:

Gabriela Pereira is one of my most favorite people, and I am never not happy to be on her podcast — the conversation always feels informal and fun and it’s one of those where I’m never looking at my watch except at the end, when I am forced to believe that our time is already up. In this one, we get into Magic Skeleton but a whole buncha other stuff too, should you care go give it a listen — Episode 352 of DIYMFA.

April 13th:

Quarantine Book Club, with Natalie Metzger, hosted by Mike Monteiro. I’ve been on QBC before, and it’s a blast — so this time being joined by Natalie Metzger is gonna be an absolute delight. Grab a ticket now.

April 16th:

Lehigh Valley Book Fest, in an event called — *checks notes* “Wendig After Dark.” It sounds sexier than intended, but I do not plan to be doing this conversation in a sultry, seductive voice. Unless you want that, but it costs extra. Anyway! I’ll be in conversation with Rob Dougherty. It’s run by Let’s Play Books, and you can order Magic Skeleton directly from them! They will ship.

April 24th:

Jeff Vandermeer, in conversation with, well, me. He’s got a book out, Hummingbird Salamander, which I found really brilliant — sharp, serious, David Fincherian stuff. A mystery, a puzzle, a warning. It’s really something else and it reads like a descent, like you’re falling into it. Anyway! Join us at the virtual Elliott Bay Book Company, won’t you?

Do I have any other news?

Maybe? Probably? I’ll be back Tuesday to remind you about Magic Skeleton.

Wanderers is out in France, and is… maybe doing well?

More as I know it!

POOF.

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Shakespeare—for All Time

By Maeve Maddox

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According to T. S. Eliot, April was :the cruellest month.”

For me, April is Shakespeare’s month, a time to reread some of the plays and perhaps watch some of the film versions.

Like his character Cassius in Julius Caesar, Shakespeare died on his birthday:

William Shakespeare
23 April 1564—23 April 1616.

His contemporary and fellow dramatist, Ben Jonson (1572-1637), declared in his eulogy that Shakespeare “was not of an age but for all time!”

So it has proved.

Although he wrote in English, Shakespeare lives on in world culture. His works have been translated into more than a hundred languages. Non-English speakers quote him in their own languages:

French: “Être ou ne pas etre, cela est la question”.
Italian: “Essere o non essere, questo è il problema”.
Spanish: “Ser o no ser, ésa es la cuestión”.
Portuguese: “Ser ou não ser, essa é a questão”.
German: “Sein oder nicht sein, das ist hier die Frage”.
Polish: „Być albo nie być, oto jest pytanie”.

English-speakers who have never read one of his plays, nevertheless quote his words and turns of phrase in their daily speech:

It’s Greek to me!
Something’s rotten in the state of Denmark.
hoist on his own petard
I have not slept one wink.
too much of a good thing.
neither rhyme nor reason
foregone conclusion
wild-goose chase
break the ice
hoodwink

The sciences draw vocabulary from Shakespeare’s characters.

The planet Uranus has twenty-seven moons.Twenty-four of them are named for characters from A Midsummer Night’s Dream, The Tempest, King Lear, Hamlet, The Taming of the Shrew, Troilus and Cressida, Othello, Romeo and Juliet, The Merchant of Venice, As You Like It, Much Ado About Nothing, The Winter’s Tale, and Timon of Athens.

At least two medical conditions are named for Shakespearean characters:

Othello Syndrome: The delusion of infidelity of a spouse or partner. It affects males more often than females and is characterized by recurrent accusations of infidelity, searches for evidence, repeated interrogation of the partner, tests of their partner’s fidelity, and sometimes stalking. True to the plot of Othello, the syndrome can be highly dangerous and result in disruption of a marriage, homicide, or suicide.

Ophelia Syndrome: the association of Hodgkin’s Lymphoma and memory loss. In Hamlet, Ophelia is described as “divided from herself and her fair judgement” and “incapable of her own distress.” Features of Ophelia Syndrome include irritability, cognitive dysfunction, frank psychosis, generalized or complex partial seizures, and memory loss.

Film versions of Shakespeare’s plays and reworked versions of his plays abound, not just for grown-ups and not just in English.

Japanese film-maker Akira Kurosawa produced two well received Shakespearean adaptations: Throne of Blood (1957), a retelling of Macbeth, and Ran (1985), the story of King Lear.

Other foreign-language film versions of the plays have included a Maori Merchant of Venice (1945), a German Merry Wives of Windsor (Die lustigen Weiber von Windsor 1950), and a French A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Le Songe d’une nuit d’été 1969).

In the US, perennially favorite adaptations include Forbidden Planet (1956), West Side Story (1961), The Lion King (1994), and 10 Things I Hate About You (1999). [Respectively, The Tempest, Romeo and Juliet, Hamlet, and The Taming of the Shrew.]

There’s even a classic western starring Gregory Peck, Anne Baxter and Richard Widmark that is based on The Tempest: Yellow Sky (1948).

Four hundred years and counting. Shakespeare continues to influence our thinking and help us interpret the human condition.

Not only did Cassius seem to foretell his creator’s death date, he seems to have foreshadowed the Bard’s influence through the ages. Cassius was talking about the killing of Julius Caesar when he said these words, but they resonate in a way that Shakespeare couldn’t have foreseen—for all his scenes in all his plays:

How many ages hence
Shall this our lofty scene be acted over
In states unborn and accents yet unknown!

HAPPY BIRTHDAY, WILL!

Some more Shakespearean idioms

Some more movies based on Shakespeare’s plays

Some book titles lifted from Shakespeare’s lines

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Tips For Writers About Permissions, Fair Use, And Copyright | Writer’s Relief

Tips For Writers About Permissions, Fair Use, And Copyright | Writer’s Relief

No matter what genre you write in, at some point you may find yourself wanting to quote someone else’s work. Unless the quote is in the public domain, using a direct quote from another book, poem, song, movie, blog, or other source requires formal permission from the original author or rightsholder. But how do you know when you need permission, and what’s the best way to make the request? Writer’s Relief has some tips that can help writers with questions about permissions, fair use, and copyright.

Caveat: We are not lawyers and do not give advice about legal questions; this article about permissions, fair use, and copyright is for information only. Speak with an attorney about all legal issues.

When You Do—And Don’t—Need To Request Formal Permission

There are some uses that fall under “fair use,” which permits limited quoting of source material without having to seek permission from the copyright holder. Here are some general guidelines:

Short quotes. Generally, you don’t need permission for short quotes. However, there’s no hard-and-fast rule for what constitutes “short.” If you’re using a line or less from the original work, you probably don’t need to seek permission. But if the piece you’re quoting from is especially short (like a song or poem), ask yourself whether the quote is more than 10% of the total work. If the answer is yes, it might be best to get formal permission.

Songs, poems, shows, or movies. Mentioning certain songs or movies can be crucial to grounding your work. You can include the title of a song, movie, poem, etc., fairly and freely—but if you want to quote material from that work, it’s more likely you’ll need permission. Again, if it’s a very short song or poem, you might need to get permission even if you’re only using a single line or phrase.

Paraphrased material. Though another person’s own words may be copyrighted, the general idea or sentiment expressed in those words is not. So if you’re able to paraphrase the line (or few lines) you want to quote, you may be able to avoid seeking permission—so long as your phrasing is meaningfully different from the source material. Changing a couple of articles or pronouns won’t make enough of a difference.

Commercial vs. nonprofit or educational use. A lot of creators tend to look more sympathetically on people using their work for an educational or not-for-profit reason—and less favorably on someone taking their intellectual property and profiting from it. Basically, if you’re making money from someone else’s work, they should be paid too.

How To Formally Request Permission

Identify the rightsholder. Though the rightsholder may be the author or creator of the original work, that person may also be represented by an agent, publisher, university, etc.—or, if they’re dead, a beneficiary or estate representative—who handles copyrights and permissions on their behalf. This is especially true for published works. An Internet search will usually point you in the right direction.

Present specific information in your request. Beyond just the author, title, and ISBN or copyright of the original piece, you’ll need to provide details on your plans for the material you’re asking permission to use: In what work will you be using this quote? Will you be publishing any copies of your work, or performing it? Are any other authors contributing quotes to your work? Will you be selling it, and if so, for how much? Check out this sample permissions letter from publishing expert Jane Friedman.

Allow adequate time for processing. If the work you’re asking to use is older, it’s likely that an agent or other representative will need to do substantial research, not to mention check the constraints of other contracts they have for that work. A permissions request can take several months to process, and they can’t always be expedited. Ask for permissions as far in advance as possible so that you can still meet your deadlines.

Be prepared to pay. Though some permissions are granted for free, you should be prepared to pay to use even a very short piece of a published work. What you’ll be charged for permissions can range from a hundred dollars to several thousand dollars. The cost will depend on various factors, including the relative prestige of the work you’re quoting and the scope of your own use (if you’re planning on a large print run of your book featuring this quote, for example).

When In Doubt, Always Ask For Permission

Copyright laws are murky and complex—even lawyers don’t always have all the answers. If you have even a shadow of a doubt about using someone’s work without permission, remember that it’s always better to ask. Being sued over copyright is not a risk you want to take.

We hope this brief introduction to the ins and outs of permissions, fair use, and copyrights has been helpful! For further information, always consult an attorney who specializes in copyright law.

 

Question: Have you ever requested formal permission? Share your experience in the comments!

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Featured Client: Ellis Elliott | Writer’s Relief

Click on the video above to hear about Ellis’s experience with Writer’s Relief!

With thirty-five years of experience as a dance teacher, Ellis Elliott knows a lot about how to be poetry in motion. And her written poetry has had a full dance card as well: Ellis has been published a staggering eighteen times over the course of one year! Her poetry has been published or is forthcoming in Literary Mama, Evening Street Review, and Belle Ombre—just to name a few.

Read on and watch the video to hear how Writer’s Relief helped Ellis achieve such a strong breakout year in the publishing world.

In Ellis’s Own Words

I was a dance teacher for thirty-five years, with a brief stint as a high school English teacher, when I decided to seriously pursue the craft of poetry. I began with lots of classes, both online and in-person, then ended up in graduate school, which I finish in May. Along the way, I realized that if I was going to truly sharpen my writing chops, I needed to gather the courage to put myself out there. This is difficult enough for many of us, but on top of that, I realized how complicated the submission process was. It felt like a giant, tangled ball of yarn; choosing from hundreds of journals, each with a different slant, specific rules, and a myriad of deadlines. This was particularly overwhelming given that I was working, in school, and going back and forth to care for my elderly mom.

This is when Writer’s Relief came galloping in. At first, I was skeptical and thought it sounded too good to be true. But after reviewing the website, and websites about the website, I decided to jump in. I have never regretted it.

It feels like I have a team of personal assistants guiding me through each step of the process. From choosing the appropriate places to submit, to helping with my initial cover letter, to gently prodding me to meet deadlines, I have always felt supported. The folks at Writer’s Relief are easy to talk to, always willing to answer questions, and understand the ins and outs of the writing world. Since I began with Writer’s Relief just over a year ago, I have had eighteen acceptances. I’ve gained a lot of confidence, started my own writing groups based on freewriting (bewildernesswriting.com), and have learned so much along the way. I’m really glad I overcame my initial skepticism, and I continue to reap the benefits of that decision.

More About Ellis

Ellis Elliott is a contributing writer for the Southern Review of Books, and her poetry has been published or is forthcoming in Perceptions Magazine, Signal Mountain Review, and elsewhere.

She likes to split her time as much as possible between her home in Juno Beach, Florida, and the Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia. Ellis and her husband have a blended family of six adult sons. Ellis will graduate in May 2021 with an MFA in Creative Writing from Queens University.

Ellis leads online writing groups based on freewriting at bewildernesswriting.com.

 

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The 7 Stages Of Writing Every Author Experiences ∣ Writer’s Relief

The 7 Stages Of Writing Every Author Experiences ∣ Writer’s Relief

It’s every writer’s dream: A great idea for a short story, poem, or novel pops into your head fully formed, and all you have to do is let it flow from your fingertips into the keyboard. Voila! The perfect manuscript is ready for submission! Alas, we must wake up and smell the Wite-Out™  …that’s not how good writing happens. At Writer’s Relief, we know that writers go through several stages when creating a piece. Here’s a slightly tongue-in-cheek version of the 7 stages of writing every author experiences.

The 7 Stages Of Writing A Good Poem, Short Story, Or Novel

Stage 1: Thinking Up The Incredible Idea!

You’re sound asleep, or in the shower, or buying groceries, when suddenly the muse strikes and you have an idea so original, so clever, so funny, or so moving—it’s perfect! You dash a few quick lines in the notebook by your bed, scratch out some sentences on the back of your shopping receipt, or scribble a few words into the steam on your bathroom mirror. This is pure genius and you must not let it slip away!

Stage 2: Diving Headfirst Into The Incredible Idea!

Now that you’re sitting down at the keyboard or have your pen and paper ready, it’s time to dive in! But now you may be wondering…how deep is the water? Is this idea actually quite shallow? Is it way too deep? Wade in for a bit and see if you get swept up on a wave of inspiration, or if you find yourself high and dry with nothing but a few sentences.

Stage 3: Writing The Incredible First Draft!

Yay! Your idea shows promise and is quickly becoming the amazing first draft of your work. As the words flow, you start to imagine how editors will fight over who gets to publish your work. Will you be able to remain humble as the accolades and awards pile up? Nobel Prize, here we come! You finish the piece and then read over your work. Which brings you to…

Stage 4: Asking Yourself—What Was I Thinking???

Now that the first blush of excitement has worn off, doubt begins to creep in. Is this really clever, or is it simply cliché? Is this poem moving, or overly maudlin? Why is your protagonist wearing a purple wig? Do you really need that many penguins? You can’t believe you wrote this! But before you toss those pages into the fireplace, take a deep breath. Put it aside for a day, a week, or even a month. Then come back to your work with fresh eyes for the next stage.

Stage 5: Rewriting The Draft!

The revision stage is when you cut out the superfluous fluff and tighten your story or poem. Remember in stories it’s important to show, not tell. You may realize another character is needed, or maybe there are too many. Or a new twist or turn of phrase might make your poem resonate with your reader. Perhaps now there are fewer penguins, but they recognize the spy in the wig! Or not. There may be several rounds of editing and revisions before your manuscript is in the very best shape.

Stage 6: Finishing The Honest-To-Goodness Incredible Final Draft!

You’ve done it! You’ve proofread, edited, proofread again, and revised your work—and it’s finished. Your writing group colleagues think it’s well done, and you’re pretty pleased as well. The next thing to do: Stop making changes. Just as it’s important to know that you need to edit, it’s also vital to recognize when you should stop revising and declare your work ready for the world.

Stage 7: Submitting Your Incredible Work To Editors And Agents!

This stage might also be call the “ugh, now I have to spend hours researching where I should send my work for publication” stage. And researching to determine where to send your work—plus eliminating the places you shouldn’t—can be time-consuming and boring when you’d rather be working on your next great idea.

Fortunately, the research wonks at Writer’s Relief absolutely love combing through submission guidelines, reading dates, genres, and more! We’ll target the best markets and boost your odds of getting an acceptance. Which leads us to part two of Stage 7: The happy dance!

 

Question: Which writing stage is the hardest for you?

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FREE Online Summit for Writers! (Scene Structure, Genre Fiction, Short Stories and More…)

Are you having trouble starting (or finishing) your book?

Maybe you’re unsure whether or not your idea is good enough? Or maybe you feel overwhelmed with organizing it all, or keeping your characters, plotlines and settings clear in your head?

If this sounds like you, then you need to check out the Be a Bestseller – Structure Your Story for Success masterclass series.

My friend, Emma Dhesi, has brought together 20+ writers, creatives, and influencers for this complimentary training series on ways to structure your stories, develop plot twists AND manage all your projects.

It’s totally free, but you have to sign up to get access.

You can claim your spot here:

CLICK HERE TO REGISTER FOR THE BE A BESTSELLER MASTERCLASS SERIES

This two-week summit lets you in on professional author strategies and tips, as well as insights you won’t find anywhere else on how to revise, world build and put together a query letter that rocks.

I’ll be teaching on Intuitive Writing and how you can use it to decrease your stress around writing, while reconnecting with your inner creative spark to produce better writing overall.

It all starts on April 12, so be sure to register now to get free access to everything.

Hope to see you there!

Lauren Sapala is the author of  The INFJ Writer, The INFJ Revolution, and the creator of Intuitive Writing, a six-step online video course for INFJ and INFP writers who struggle with writing. She is also currently offering a free copy of her book on creative marketing for INFJ and INFP writers to anyone who signs up for her newsletter. SIGN UP HERE to get your free copy of  Firefly Magic: Heart Powered Marketing for Highly Sensitive Writers.

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If An Agent Or Editor Wants Changes: Here’s What To Do | Writer’s Relief

If An Agent Or Editor Wants Changes: Here’s What To Do | Writer’s Relief

It’s what every writer hopes for: A literary agent has offered representation for your book, or an editor has accepted your short story or poetry for publication. Start the happy dancing! But wait—what if the agent or editor wants changes to your work? At Writer’s Relief, we know a good editor or literary agent will approach your work with sensitivity and care, and the suggested edits would only make your work better. However, what if the changes are more extensive: You’re asked to delete entire passages, to change POVs, or to rewrite your ending? Here’s what to do if an agent or editor wants changes to your writing.

What to Do When an Agent or Editor Requests Changes to Your Writing

Have a conversation. You may automatically want to defend your work and your choices. But before you do, have a conversation with the agent or editor to clarify why the revision is being requested. Keeping an open mind and talking about alternative ideas might lead you to agree on a revision you’re both happy with.

Be open-minded. Instead of being at odds with your agent or editor when it comes to revisions, swap thoughts and ideas about the proposed edits. Even if you disagree with the requested revisions, give the suggestions a try. Until you roll up your sleeves and get your fingers on the keyboard, your reaction is probably going to be driven by your emotions—not your logical, thinking, writerly brain. The worst thing that will happen? You’ll revert back to your original draft.

And the best thing that could happen? Exploring the unwelcome edit might lead you to an agreement or compromise with the agent or editor.

Remember, you are all working toward the same goal: getting your writing published! Whether it’s a novel, short prose, or a poem, you and your editor want the writing to be the best it can possibly be. Approach any discussions (or even negotiations) with this fact in mind. A revision doesn’t mean your writing is bad; it means that the agent or editor understands what readers are looking for and is trying to help you reach your audience.

Agree to disagree. If you’ve given the suggestions a genuine try and still don’t agree with the edits, you should do what feels right and say “no thank you.” Your literary agent or editor will appreciate that you took the suggestions seriously and attempted to incorporate them into your writing, even if you ultimately rejected the change. Your open-mindedness to the revisions and genuine attempt to incorporate them into your writing will speak volumes about your confidence and professionalism as a writer.

Sometimes a few small edits don’t make a major change to the overall story, poem, or book, and you can gladly agree to the revisions. And even larger edits may be acceptable once you understand the thinking behind the change and how it benefits your manuscript. But if, after making an honest attempt, you aren’t comfortable with the suggested edits, it’s important to be true to yourself and your writing.

 

Question: Have you ever been asked to revise your work? What did you do?

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The Best Classics To Read…Classic April Fool’s Day Pranks, That Is! | Writer’s Relief

The Best Classics To Read…Classic April Fool’s Day Pranks, That Is! | Writer’s Relief

As bona fide bookworms, we’re all about classic literature here at Writer’s Relief. But on this April Fool’s Day, we’re turning our attention to classic April Fool’s jokes! While there are many novels and stories that focus on lighthearted deceptions, we also enjoy reading about  these real life examples that fooled countless people! At  CNN.com, we found a list of stranger than fiction pranks that captivated audiences, including the infamous Taco Liberty Bell!

See the entire list of classic April Fool’s Day pranks here.

 

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Five Reasons to Donate to the Read For Pixels Campaign to Stop Violence Against Women

*Taps the mic* Hello, everybody! Can y’all hear me? Yes? Okay — *deep breaths* — here we go:

The Pixel Project, a 501(c)3 anti-violence against women nonprofit, has been running our Read For Pixels program since September 2014 when Chuck himself, Joe Hill, Sarah J. Maas, and nine other award-winning bestselling SFF and YA authors answered our call-to-action to help us reach out to their fandoms about violence against women (VAW) and raise funds to keep our anti-VAW work alive.

That inaugural Read For Pixels livestream author interview series (where Chuck, Joe, Sarah and co took to their webcams to speak out against sexism, misogyny, and VAW) and fundraiser was a smashing success and the rest, as the cliché goes, is history.

Over 160 authors, 14 campaigns, and almost eight years later, we have a steadily growing resource of recorded livestream interviews and panels with authors. These are easily accessible on our YouTube channel to parents, teachers, kids, readers, writers, and fandoms worldwide who can either watch the videos to learn more about VAW while fanning over their favorite authors or use the videos to start conversations about VAW in their communities. Authors and publishers have also helped us raise approximately $10,000 per year by providing exclusive goodies as ‘thank you’ treats for readers, fans, and book collectors who donate to support our work.

You’re probably thinking: “Cool! I’ll go check it out. So why the guest post on Chuck’s blog?”

The answer: the [insert your cuss word of choice here] COVID-19 pandemic.

Like many small nonprofits, The Pixel Project has experienced a drop in donations due to the pandemic. This is a double whammy for women’s organizations like us as this is happening on top of decades of scarce funding for the overall women’s rights movement. So, with our current Read For Pixels fundraiser moving at the pace of a hobbit wading through the malodorous mud pits of Mordor (it’s been a month and we’re stuck at $3,220, which is only 67% of the way to our modest $5,000 goal), you can imagine our growing alarm. While we are 100% volunteer-staffed, we need to ensure that we can keep our campaigns, programs, and services running, especially now, when rates of VAW have been spiking so badly the UN calls it “the shadow pandemic”.

Chuck noticed our predicament and, being the mensch that he is, pinged us to offer to boost the signal for our fundraiser.

So here I am, on the first day of Sexual Assault Awareness Month and our seven-day flash donation drive, presenting five reasons why you should consider donating to our fundraiser to help get us to our $5,000 finish line by the April 15th 2021 deadline:

Reason to Donate #1: Treat yourself while doing good!

From signed books to goodie bundles to flash fiction/poetry written especially for the donor, we have something for every donation level.

And while you’re enjoying your goodies, also enjoy the fact that your donation will be going towards keeping programs like our daily helpline retweet session on Twitter which tweets out domestic violence and rape/sexual assault helplines for women in over 30 countries worldwide from 8.00PM to midnight Eastern Time, 24/7, 365 days a year.

Reason to Donate #2: Get expert eyes on your writing while doing good!

We have a stellar line-up of acclaimed authors who have donated critique bundles for WIPs (works-in-progress), including Adriana Herrera (Romance), Alaya Dawn Johnson (Fantasy), Anna Stephens (Grimdark Fantasy), Bec McMaster (Paranormal Romance), Brigid Kemmerer (YA Fantasy), Jeannie Lin (Historical Fantasy), and Toni L.P. Kelner aka Leigh Perry (Mystery/Crime).  Some have a post-critique video chat workshop bundled in; others allow for three to five questions from the donor about the critique; still others offer to look at a query letter draft in addition to your WIP.

All these authors are willing to take time out of their packed schedules to help you when you help keep programs such as our annual 16 For 16 campaign alive. Through 16 For 16, we have built an ever-growing archive of almost 180 resource articles to date about everything from how to stop street harassment to lists of organizations tackling everything from child marriage to MMIW (Missing and murdered Indigenous women).

It’s totally win-win!

Reason to Donate #3: Chat with your favorite author while, did I mention, doing good!

It’s good to talk… and even better to talk with your favorite author in the name of supporting a good cause. For this fundraiser, Alyssa Sheinmel (Contemporary YA), Jodi Meadows (YA Fantasy), Julie E. Czerneda (Science Fiction and Fantasy), Kiran Millwood Hargrave (Fantasy and Poetry), Meg Gardiner (Crime/Thriller) and Tasha Suri (Fantasy) are all happy to spend some quality 1-to-1 time on a video chat with donors to natter about everything from books and writing, to gardening, stubborn rabbits, and geeky hobbies.

While you’re chatting, we’ll be working on our Fathers For Pixels program which provides dads worldwide with a variety of platforms (blog interviews, panel sessions etc) for sharing their ideas with other dads about raising kids and engaging with their peers and communities about sexism, misogyny, and VAW.

Reason to Donate #4: Treat someone else while… wait for it… doing good!

Do you have a friend or family member who has a birthday coming up? Do you see a Read For Pixels goodie offered by their favorite author available on our fundraising page? Donate to snag that unique treat and delight them.

Bonus: You’ll have an interesting story to tell them about where the gift came from. It might even be a great springboard for chatting with them about VAW.

Meanwhile, your donation will support our Inspirational Interviews series which has been running for a decade and counting. This blog series shines a spotlight on anti-VAW advocates, activists, and organizations worldwide with a focus on how they are changing the world for women and girls as well as their ideas about what people can do to help stop VAW in their communities and countries.

Reason to #5: Just do good.

Donate to our fundraiser because you believe in supporting efforts to prevent, stop, and end VAW. Whether you can give us $5 or $500 to help us reach our $5,000 goal, every cent counts.

(And when you donate to us, please also consider donating either cash or supplies to your local women’s shelter or rape crisis center. Like us, they need all the help they can get.)

It’s time to stop violence against women. Together.

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Interested in checking out The Pixel Project’s anti-violence against women work? Visit us at http://www.thepixelprojectnet.

Interested in checking out our Read For Pixels fundraiser and making a donation to help keep our work alive? Go here.

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Regina Yau is the founder and president of The Pixel Project, a virtual volunteer-led global 501(c)3 nonprofit organization on a mission to raise awareness, funds and volunteer power for the cause to end violence against women at the intersection of social media, new technologies, and popular culture/the Arts. A Rhodes Scholar with a double Masters in Women’s Studies and Chinese Studies, she has a lifelong commitment to fighting for women’s rights. In addition to running The Pixel Project, Regina also teaches English to middle-schoolers and high-schoolers, writes stories about cheeky little fox spirits and terrorist chickens, and bakes far too many carb-and-sugar-loaded goodies.

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Cover Reveal: Dust & Grim!

WELL, HEY THERE. What’s this? Why, it’s just the cover to my new book, Dust & Grim, out October 5th. In it, a girl inherits a funeral home for monsters from her parents, but must share that inheritance with a brother she’s never met. There are: mysterious doors! Talking wolves! A rogue devourer! Something in the wallpaper! A secret cemetery! And also, a Florg. (You’ll see.) The cover and interior art is by the inimitable Jensine Eckwall.

The biggest excitement for me is to have a book coming out that my own kiddo can read. He’s already seen the arcs and is, for the first time, actually excited that I’m a writer? Amazing! Anyway, hope you’ll check it out. If you need some pre-order links, the publisher has ’em lined up right here.

For those not yet caught up, that means I’ve got three (!) books out this year, which means the number of books I had out last year, which was, uhhh, zero.

Release dates:

April 6th: YOU CAN DO ANYTHING, MAGIC SKELETON

July 20th: THE BOOK OF ACCIDENTS

October 5th: DUST & GRIM

Each book, I think, is a book of monsters.

Some wonderful. Some not so much.

Okay, bye!

*disappears in a cloud of moths*