Monday, November 5, 2012

Hurricane Relief, Writing Updates, Mood Music

Hey guys,

What a weird week it's been. There's been good news (congrats to Laura Diamond on her release!) and horrible news (I hate you Sandy, you made me cry) and somehow, my writing has trudged onward.

So a few things.

First, if you are looking for ways to help with the disaster relief for Sandy victims, here are some places you can donate.

Red Cross

Mayor's Fund to Advance NYC (Hurricane Relief)

Hurricane Sandy New Jersey Relief Fund

Salvation Army Disaster Relief

Second, thank you all for your support on getting me through the end of the first draft of my WIP. I have finally finished it, and now in the pulling-teeth stages of my first revision. 

Third, good luck to all my friends who are writing a new NaNoWriMo novel. The idea of all these people collectively creating worlds makes me very happy. Go Nanoers! As usual, my NaNo timing is totally of and I'm doing NaNoRevMo instead.

Finally, a little music. I'm sure you've all heard this because it's on the Hunger Games soundtrack, but right now there seems to be too many similarities between a dystopian war and Sandy, so here you go.

Safe and Sound by Taylor Swift and the Civil Wars

If you know of other ways to help with the relief effort, please say so in the comments. And if you're doing NaNoRevMo like me, then thank you for the company!


Shelly said...

Thanks for those links, Lydia. Sadly, some of those people are going to be recovering from this for a long time. They need all the help we can give.

Anonymous said...

A lot of people are going to feel the effects of Sandy for a long time. My heart and prayers go out to them.

Natalie Aguirre said...

Thanks for the links Lydia. I hate Sandy too.

And awesome that your first draft is done. I need to gete back to mine.

Karen Lange said...

Best wishes on the revisions. Cheering you on! :)

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

We gave money to the Red Cross this weekend.
Keep up the revisions!

Linda Gray said...

What a week is right! Sandy and its effects are just overwhelming--thanks for the relief links! I'm SO glad the government is doing its best this time, but we all need to help, too. AND keep our own lights shining. Congrats on getting to the revision stage on your WIP.:)
I'm sending an entry into a contest this week to keep myself excited and focused on my writing.

LTM said...

oh! ((hugs)) to you, sweet friend. Sandy was just horrifying. Major Katrina flashbacks here. Yes, donating; but even more KNOW they'll come back. They'll make it through this. And use the Gulf Coast for inspiration. It'll be stronger for it~ <3

Meredith said...

Sandy news definitely made me cry. Such horrible stories coming out of that. But, on a lighter note, yay for you finishing your first draft! Good luck with revisions!

Sarah said...

I donated to the Ali Forney Center, a homeless shelter for LGBT youth that was pretty much destroyed by Sandy.

Congrats again on finishing that draft, Lydia! *clicks refresh* *stares at inbox* *waits*

Giora said...

Best wishes with the revision of your current complete WIP.

Connie Keller said...

Good luck on your revision!

There's another relief fund set up by the governor of NJ.

Anonymous said...

Thanks for the links. Such devastation!

Congrats on finishing your draft!

Again, thanks for the shout out. :)

Elizabeth Seckman said...

The only good that has come from Sandy is that it reminds us all what a real problem looks like!

Thanks for the links. I need to donate!

Barbara Watson said...

Best to you as you revise!

Thanks for the links.

Krispy said...

Hope you're feeling better! Thanks for the links, and good luck with your revisions!

Old Kitty said...

Thoughts and prayers to all those affected by Sandy! What a terrifying storm! :-(

Take care

Carrie Butler said...

Congratulations on finishing your draft, Lydia! :)

I donated to the Red Cross last week, but I know World Vision is hard at work, too!

A Lady's Life said...

I also have family hit out there in New York
I hope they are doing well.
This was truly a scary storm.

Angela Brown said...

I'm glad you're able to push through even though Sandy made you cry. Okay, I would reach out and tackle Sandy if she hadn't disappeared and weren't such a strong gusty gal that she would have blown me from Texas to Oregon. But I'm sorry she made you cry. :-(

Laura Pauling said...

It's definitely been a time of good and bad news. I love Taylor Swift. GReat video.

E.D. said...

Best wishes as you revise!

For those of you who live in the NYC area, Room to Grow ( is also a good organization to donate to - they focus on kids and moms.

Rachna Chhabria said...

Good luck on finishing the first draft, Lydia.

Romance Book Haven said...

Thanks for those links, Lydia. Sandy caused much devastation.

Awesome that you finished your first draft!

All the best!


Caryn Caldwell said...

Good luck with NaNoRevMo! I'm at the same stage you are - working on my first round of revisions - so no drafting for me this month, either. Even though I'd love to join the fun of NaNoWriMo, it's still fun to soak up the spirit and live vicariously through all those mad first-drafters -- without having to write 1,667 words a day. It's a win-win. :-)

alexia said...

Good luck with edits! I am editing as well, though not officially with Nano.

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