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A Story For Japan – Update and News March 22, 2011

Posted by techtigger in A Story For Japan.
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A Story For Japan BannerUpdate and News!

A Story for Japan is rolling into Day 4 of 7, and as of noon we have hit $152 USD towards the Red Cross relief fund for Japan! You people are incredible, and I can’t thank you enough for pitching in!  I am always amazed by the generosity of strangers in the face of disaster.  Humanity, on the whole, has a very big heart. I want to honor that – and I want to do more. So I’ve decided to up the ante.

When the story wraps up this Friday, I will match every dollar that’s been donated, up to $250.

I will also take the story, wherever it ends up on Friday, and write it out to its logical conclusion.  Then I’ll edit it, put it in an e-book and donate all the proceeds from the sale of the e-book as well.

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I know this has all been rather off-the-cuff, although  it does seem to be working so far 🙂 But I figured it couldn’t hurt to explain a bit of the method behind my madness, for the folks that don’t know me. (and for those that do know me, quit laughing! There’s a method, I swear! *lol*)

What set the ball rolling?

It was a thirty second news blip. Don’t ask me why this one bit hit me so hard, amidst all the heart breaking images and events I’ve all watched unfold since the initial quake.  I simply can’t get this story out of my head. A couple who owned a little shop were being interviewed a few days after the tsunami. Cars were piled up three deep around them, the front of their building was torn off and everything was buried in mud.  They had nothing but 2 shovels and their bare hands to clean up with, and when asked if they thought they could do it, they said yes.  No hand-wringing, no complaining.  Just a quiet determination and a simple grace, in the face of the overwhelming, to do whatever they could, with whatever little they had to hand. 

I can’t fix a nuclear reactor, or fly over there to help with the cleanup.  But dangit, I have two hands and I can write.  I know a dollar a line doesn’t seem like much, but trust me, it adds up.  

Why Nox and Grimm?

For anyone not familiar with the series, you’re probably wondering what the heck a fantasy story has to do with Japan.  You see, I’m a huge anime fan, and the web series that this story is based on has been heavily influenced by that.  I know I’ve always imagined the characters drawn in that style.

I’ve had the bare bones of this particular story in my archives for a couple years now. I wrote the beginning of an outline, and a few snippets, but wasn’t sure what to do with it. I loved the idea, but it didn’t really fit the current story arc, and tended more towards urban fantasy than pure fantasy.  I’m glad now that I saved it, and that it can be put to such good use. 

Still want to donate?

It’s easy, just click on the button below. 

Every dollar donated adds a sentence to the story, and 100% of your donations will go to the Red Cross.  And again, thanks to everyone who has donated and spread the word!

-Angie Capozello
@techtigger

To read Day 1 –  click here

To read Day 2 – click here

To read Day 3 – click here

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