Monday, 15 September 2014

#100happydays, Mended by Love, & Authors United Against Plagiarism

Ninety-eight days ago, I started #100happydays. If you've not heard about it before, you can learn more here.

In brief, the object of the challenge is to be happy for 100 days in a row. To make the time to be happy or to find happiness in your every day life.

To take part, you post a picture per day of what made you happy via a form of social media (I chose Facebook). I didn't always post a picture - sometimes I just used words to convey my happiness - and there were a handful of days I struggled, but it certainly made me appreciate the every day occurrences in my life in a far greater way. I learned to see the happiness in the world that surrounds me now, something our busy lives too often prevent.

Here's a few of my happiness pictures.

 Have you or are you doing the #100happydays challenge?

Mended by Love

I backed my first Kickstarter project last week - Mended by Love: A Mother's Memoir of Love and Forgiveness. The Kickstarter project has been started by author PK Hrezo, who will be writing the memoir for the mother of a courageous young woman named Queena. Queena's life was tragically changed beyond recognition just days after her eighteenth birthday and before a promising scholarship to the University of Florida could begin. Read the full story and how PK became involved here.

Like all Kickstarter projects, it will only receive funding if the target goal is reached. If you can help, no matter how small the donation, please do. If you cannot make a financial contribution, please help to spread the news of this project via as many social media outlets as possible.

Authors United Against Plagiarism

I'm sure by now you've all heard about Sam Taylor Mullens, the woman who has allegedly plagiarized author Rachel Ann Nunes. If you haven't, or want to know more, you can read Rachel Nunes first post here and then her posts that follow. You can also find regular updates on how this case is proceeding via Donna K. Weaver. Her September 8th update is truly shocking.

Sam Taylor Mullens has now been served with a summons to appear in federal court to answer plagiarism and other charges. However, bringing Sam Taylor Mullens to court will cost money. So, Rachel Ann Nunes has started a gofundme fundraiser to help with the legal costs. You can find the Standing Against Plagiarism fundraiser here.

In addition to this fundraiser, several authors have banded together and released a fundraiser boxet called Unseen.

Unseen is now available on Kindle, Nook, and Kobo.

Again, if you're unable to make a contribution to the gofundme campaign or buy the book, please help to spread the word.

That's it for this week. I'll be back next Monday, when I'll be taking part in Alex J. Cavanaugh's Underrated Treasures Blogfest. Until then, happy reading and writing.