There’s no words, really, to cover what’s happened in Japan. I could try — words like horrific, heart-rending, and tragic come to mind — but they’re just words, black dots on a computer screen, typed from the comfort of a warm, safe office. I look at the pictures in the news and then at those words and they are too clean and sterile to even think about using. I can’t imagine what’s like to see those scenes close up, or worse yet, to have been a child and lived them.
Over at Write Hope, a group of kidlit authors have banded together to try to change those words into something more promising. They are running an auction with wonderful prizes — books, manuscript critiques, consults with agents — and all proceeds will be donated to Save the Children/Japan. I’m donating a Book Club in a Bag — up to 10 copies of Evenfall, cookies, a reusable cloth bag, and the chance to Skype with me. (If you are within an hour of where I live, I’ll come to your book club in person.) Items are up for only 72 hours, so keep checking back. (Edited: My donation is number eight today.) Please help me spread the news — and help change those words into a more positive future for the tens of thousands of children who were affected.