You may remember the fan-fucking-tastic work the Fandom Gives Back organization did for Alex's Lemonade. They raised over $200,000 dollars for childhood cancer research during the New Moon and Eclipse movie releases. Twitards alone donated over $3,000. Take a moment to appreciate that. I think my neighborhood Target has donated around $80,000 to charity over the past 5 years. Next time someone belittles your Twilight fascination, punch them in the face and ask them if their friends have ever raised over $200K for charity over the course of a couple weeks. You are awesome and you are a force to be reckoned with.
Autism Speaks. This is a charity very near and dear to my heart. One of my godsons is autistic. (I can hear all of you guffawing that someone entrusted me with their child's spiritual upbringing. LMT.) I've read every new case study and every bit of research I can get my hands on. I think I can quote statistics in my sleep. Autism Speaks does a fabulous job of raising money and awareness for this disorder.
What can you do? If you're an author (or aspiring author), you can donate a story. All the stories will be compiled and delivered to anyone who donates as little as $5 to Autism Speaks. That's it. Just show a $5 receipt for anytime during the month of April (don't donate until April for this specific cause) and you get all the stories.
I've signed up to donate a story. What I didn't realize until tonight is, my donation is due on the last day of SXSW. Could I be more of a moron? Doubtful. If you're not familiar with SXSW, it's pretty much a week long binge drinking festival. I think some bands play too. It's hard to remember. If you think I should just write the story ahead of time and submit it before 11:59:59 PM on March 20th, you don't know me well at all. I apologize in advance if my entry looks like this:
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I have a few ideas on what I can write, but [says like Edward] I'd like to hear your theories. YES, I will update Going Down? before then. Don't start with me. Leave your thoughts and ideas in the comments. More importantly, please spread the word and donate in April. Write yourself a note so you don't forget. Then make me a note so I don't forget to write.