Altered Perceptions

February 4th, 2015 | Posted by Karen in Campaigns - (Comments Off)

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Ever wonder “what would have happened if…?”  This is the book for you.  Altered Perceptions is a collection of writings offering up an altered version of published stories.

Thirty-one different authors (including Brandon Sanderson, Dan Wells, Mary Robinette Kowal, Howard Tayler, Shannon Hale, Larry Correia, Brandon Mull, and Seanan McGuire among many others) came together to make this anthology happen. It contains original stories, deleted scenes, and essays from the contributors about how mental illness has affected their lives and the lives of their loved ones.

This anthology was written as part of an IndieGoGo campaign to raise money for Robison Wells, an author who has suffered from mental illness and been crippled by debt.

Now that it’s published, you can continue contributing to combat mental illness!

All proceeds from the ebook sales go to charity, with 90% being donated to Bring Change 2 Mind, the charity selected by Robison Wells.  Bring Change 2 Mind seeks to end the stigma and discrimination surrounding mental illness.

I have thoroughly enjoyed the short stories, the deleted scenes the alternate chapters but I think what makes this book a 5 star book are the essays the authors have written about their own mental illnesses or the mental illnesses of those dear to them. There is something so raw and compelling about these essays, they draw me in and help me understand that in a world where normal is undefined, it’s okay to need help.

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Arm yourself for a cause!

August 15th, 2014 | Posted by Karen in Campaigns - (Comments Off)

Looking for something unique? Bid now on a one-of-a-kind set of medieval gauntlets, signed by 28 science fiction and fantasy authors, artists, and editors. Waygate Foundation is auctioning off this impressive armor guaranteed to knock you off your feet. Proceeds will go to Room to Read, a charity aimed at changing the world through promoting children’s literacy and gender equality in education. Help spread literacy while getting the coolest of conversation starters? Now that’s a one-two punch.

See the auction here.

Gauntlets out of your reach? Don’t fret! You don’t need a set of armor to make a difference – you can still help to bring literacy to the more than 773 million people worldwide who cannot read or write. All donations made to Waygate through the end of August will go towards our campaign, with 80% of proceeds being donated to Room to Read.

Room to Read envisions “a world in which all children can pursue a quality education, reach their full potential and contribute to their community and the world.” They work to achieve this vision by partnering with communities and local governments in third-world countries to promote literacy in children and support gender equality in education.

Did you know?

  • Over 773 million people worldwide cannot read or write
  • Literacy is one of the main contributors to poverty worldwide
  • A child is twice as likely to reach its 6th birthday if born to a literate woman
  • Educated women are more likely to raise educated children

In its mission to end illiteracy and promote gender equality in education, Room to Read has established over 16,000 libraries and constructed over 1,800 schools in third-world countries. They have reached an estimated 8.8 million children and are on track to reach 10 million children by 2015!

Author/Illustrator Howard Tayler ready to knock out illiteracy.

Author/Illustrator Howard Tayler ready to knock out illiteracy.

Waygate Director Ben Gundersen ready for action.

Waygate Director Ben Gundersen is ready for action!

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Write-a-thon with Brandon Sanderson Pt 2

March 13th, 2014 | Posted by Karen in Campaigns - (Comments Off)

A recording of the Sanderson Write-a-thon Part 2 is now available on YouTube!  We raised over $1,200 during the live event benefiting Worldbuilders.

During Part 2 of the Sanderson Write-a-thon which aired April 11, Brandon focused on outlining and revising the story we began in January.  The event was hosted at JordanCon in Roswell, Georgia, and features visits by Stormlight artists Isaac Stewart and Ben McSweeney, and award-winning author Patrick Rothfuss.

During Part 1 of the Sanderson Write-a-thon which aired January 17, Brandon explained his writing process to viewers as he developed characters and began writing a new short story.  Viewers got a chance to see Brandon do his magic while participating in the process and helping to shape the story.  We raised $1,390 during the event, with proceeds going to Worldbuilders.

Missed the broadcasts?  Check out a recording on YouTube, and see below to read the story.