J.C. thanks for being here. Talk on, my friend.
I’m really grateful for Robyn for allowing me to hijack her blog for the tour! Today’s post is about my inspiration for the anthology.
The last natural disaster that really struck close to home for me was the Boxing Day tsunami in 2004, when an earthquake in the Indian Ocean spawned a massive tsunami that devastated the coasts of pretty much every country in southeast Asia. Having spent the first eighteen years of my life in Malaysia, and with family and friends still living there, the tsunami affected me on a deep, personal level. Although everyone I knew were fortunately spared, there were beaches I frequented as a child that were hit by the tidal waves, and I was overwhelmed by extent and reach of the tsunami, which affected places as far away as Maldives, Seychelles and Tanzania off the African coast!
When the Boxing Day earthquake and tsunami struck, I was still a cash-strapped student living thousands of miles away in London. I felt powerless to help. Although I gave what I could for charity, I felt my efforts were as insignificant as a drop in the ocean.
When the magnitude 9.1 earthquake hit off the coasts of Japan on March 11th, spawning a massive tsunami that swamped the Japanese coastline, the swathe of devastation was a haunting re-creation of the disaster in southeast Asia seven years ago.
Sure, this event didn’t hit as close to home as the last one, but it was close enough: shockwaves from Japan reached the eastern shores of Malaysia. This time though, I felt in a better position to help: I’ve just begun to pursue my writing career seriously, and I’m in the midst of building a modest online platform. So instead of trying to act as an individual, why not try and rally aid from my fellow bloggers worldwide?
With that in mind, and following in the wake of charity anthologies like Tales for Canterbury and 100 Stories for Queensland, Stories for Sendai was born. And with your help, we could really try and make a difference! By buying a copy of Stories for Sendai, you’ll not only be donating to a worthwhile cause (all proceeds from the anthology will be donated to Global Giving, a project which disburses funds to aid and rescue efforts on the ground that needs it most), you’ll also be getting a wonderfully designed book with 20 uplifting and inspirational stories about the strength of the human spirit!
Thanks J.C. hugs and more hugs for making a difference. My copy arrives on Thursday. I can't wait to sit down a spell and immerse myself in these uplifting stories.
Please join me in supporting this worthwhile cause. Linkage for buying your copy/copies follows. Thank you all for helping out. YEAH! :-)