I read the new today, and everything they say just makes me want to stay inside and wait.

This week has been pretty overwhelming news wise. I feel so small only being able to sit in my home and simply watch the compounding tragedy in Japan. I can't even begin to fathom what those people are going through. I'm so thankful my family and friends are safe at this moment.

Instead of focusing on the bad, I thought I'd try to offer my small hand at some good, in way of help for those suffering.

Some authors are gathering together to help Japan. Here is a link to Rachel Harrie's new blog, Write Hope. I know I've seen others, if anyone out there has links, please add them in comments.

Incubus (the band quoted above, btw), has the incredible Make Yourself Foundation set up to help all sorts of great causes. It's no surprise that almost immediately, they updated their page to include donations to aid Japan.

I also thought I'd share some awesome author news that's been happening all around the blogosphere and beyond.

Carolina Valdez Miller and a Compuserve forumite, Beth, acquired agents. Yay! for them. It's so well-deserved!

Kristen and Linda G., both got book deals. Not only book deals. They both got two-book deals. Huge, massive, giant congrats to both.

Beyond the depression that has consumed me, I've had a busy/stressful time with a bunch of other things this week so I haven't been around to the blogs. I should be back on Monday. You've been warned ;-)

Please friends, share some more good news, or helpful links, in the comments. And have a super-terrific-safe-awesome weekend!


Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Did you hear about the Japanese college student in California? She couldn't reach her family who lived in one of the towns destroyed by the tsunami, and then she saw a video on YouTube of her mother holding a sign that said 'we are safe' and calling out to the news reporter to tell her daughter in America the family was safe? Thought that was an amazing story.

Old Kitty said...

I'm sorry you're feeling low. I hope the coming weekend will ease things a little. Do take care. Besides what happier news is there than the weekend is nearly upon us! :-)

Take care

Linda G. said...

Aww. *hugs* I know what you mean about feeling overwhelmed with the news from Japan. I too have a tendency to hole up and hide when the news in the world is to tough to handle. It sometimes takes me a while to process the bad stuff.

But thanks for the congrats & link to my blog. I'm still a bit overwhelmed by that news, too, though obviously in a much better way. :)

Take care.

Tara said...

I hadn't heard that, Alex. Thanks for sharing!

Kitty - Ah. The weekend. Even better, hubby is taking the kids to our cabin for the weekend, so it will all about writing [in peace] for me. Sweet!

Tara said...

You're welcome, Linda. I'm beyond excited for you :)

welcome to my world of poetry said...

I am sorry Kitty you're feeling down, sure it was a terrible disaster but they are still finding people alive, someone from Scotland was found yesterday.

We all must have hope, without hope what is left.


Anne N Kenny said...

I'm sorry you're down in the dumps. I know seeing all of the bad news is hard to take in. :( If it makes you feel any better, I LOVE Incubus. They were my favorite band in HS.

Zan Marie said...

Hang in there. One of my buddies and I have a code for helping each other cope with depression--read one note of the music at a time. You can't sing more than one, so let your mind concentrate on what's in front of you. The weekend is near. ; )

Angela Felsted said...

Thanks for the links to help with Japan. And I hope you can get out again soon.

Alleged Author said...

Awww...get better! Always hard to read bad news and let it overflow into your life. Maybe you should read some Shel Silverstein poems. :)

Angelina Rain said...

It really is a tragedy what happened. So many lives lost and many more destroyed. It’s heartbreaking to watch it on the news. I can’t imagine what it’s like for the Japanese people.

Lola Sharp said...

I know. I wept for an hour straight last night...husband was unable to console me. (brought on by CBS evening news...I was tearful watching it, but then they showed these two abandoned, injured dogs cuddling, and I lost my shit.)

I think the way to handle the sadness and grief over the devastation is to:

1) Give to the red cross and humane society, etc., earmarked for Japan. Even $5 can make a difference. (we've given a couple hundred so far, but I plan to also bid in the auction, etc. to help further)

2) Use this tragedy to gain fresh is short. Sometimes we don't know just HOW short. Thus, LIVE LIFE FULLY, enjoy the little things, let people you love KNOW how much you love them. Do the things you've been meaning to do...the more spectacular the better.

3) Send Japan lots of positive energy, thoughts and prayers.

Also...CONGRATS to Linda and Carol and all our friends with good news. :)

Know that I love you, my friend.

Carol Kilgore said...

Where to begin.

Here's a link to where authors can help:

Also suggest your giving be to large established groups who have the means to distribute aid. Or whose aid mission is PLAINLY stated. I've heard a lot of tales of scams this week. Don't be a victim.

Like many others, it's been difficult to focus this week, but at least I've been a bit distracted because it's Spring Break Week in Texas.

Congrats to those with new agents and book deals. Yay!!!

Erica Mitchell-Spickard said...

It is so tragic, and is effecting people in different ways. I'm sorry your feeling so down. I got this way A LOT and was very conflicted as my husband went to war three times. The amount of tragedy he saw that the news doesn't cover (thankfully) was so much to take on and I had such a bleeding heart. All we can do is help where we can and thank you for all the links. I hope you have a better and happy weekend!

Jemi Fraser said...

It's so sad - I immediately donated to the Red Cross because they always do such an amazing job in these kinds of horrific situations.

Alex's story gave me absolute chills!

LTM said...

((hugs)) to you, and hang in there! You have a wonderful weekend--maybe get outside? <3 xoxo

Faith said...

I'm with the other commenters... it's so easy to get caught by the tragedies in the world that we sink into the sadness and forget that there are still good things happening. I'm not saying ignore the bad things -- that would be worse, in some ways -- but remembering that there are people doing good in the midst of tragedy, and you can help, may ease some of the sadness.

Hope your weekend is lovely :)

Anonymous said...

Hope you're having a nice weekend. :)

Deniz Bevan said...

Hope you're having a better weekend, Tara!