Lots of people have blogged/tweeted about this so apologies if you’ve already seen it but I promised to mention it on the blog and it may be that you’re one of the few people who doesn’t yet know about ‘Authors For The Philippines’.
It’s a way of raising funds to help the aid work in The Philippines following the devastation caused by Typhoon Haiyan.
Click here for an index of over 470 items that are being offered by writers, agents, publishers and editors and which you can bid for (for yourself or as a Christmas present, perhaps?!) Lunch with a literary agent! An author visit! An on-line writing course or manuscript critique ..and much, much more!. Scroll down to see the page change. and hurry, because the bidding’s only open until this Wednesday 20th November.
And finally, I’ve been meaning to post this for ages and now seems like as good a time as any:
Wise Words from Author Maeve Binchy
As you probably know, the lovely and talented Irish writer, Maeve Binchy, (a natural storyteller if ever there was one), died last year. As well as her sixteen novels (more than 40 million books sold worldwide) and dozens of short stories, Maeve left behind some advice, which she gave to her niece, Sarah but I think it’s worth sharing:
“Learn to type. Learn to drive. Have fun. Write postcards. (Letters take too long and you won’t do it, a postcard takes two minutes.) Be punctual. Don’t worry about what other people are thinking. They are not thinking about you…Get up early. See the world. Call everybody by their first name, from doctors to presidents. Have parties. Don’t agonise. Don’t regret. Don’t fuss. Never brood. Move on. Don’t wait for permission to be happy. Don’t wait for permission to do anything. Make your own life.”
I’m not very good at sending postcards, having parties, getting up early or being punctual but I’m working on them..! How about you?