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"About as much fun as a bag of weasels"...when I first saw this Irish adage, it made me think of the life of a writer: sometimes perilous, sometimes painful, certainly interesting. My paper journal has always been called "The Bag of Weasels." This is the Bag of Weasels' online home.

Create for Life

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Last spring and summer, Roisin expressed a wish to involve fandom in a charity event to raise money for cancer research and increase awareness about the disease. She came up with the idea of Create for Life: an event a lot like Relay for Life but aimed at writers and artists. We were working on the idea over the summer when she started getting really sick, and we weren't able to continue. However, it was one of her wishes and one of my promises to her that I would help to make her event a reality, in case she didn't get to see it come to fruition herself. Sadly, she did not, but Eli and I have not given up on her dream.

Eli and I have been talking back and forth over the last month and working things out, and we've decided to hold Create for Life on the weekend of 12-14 November, when Roisin would have celebrated her 30th birthday. Now, you're probably wondering, what the heck does one do to participate in Create for Life? Well, it's quite open, actually. Like Relay for Life, you can solicit sponsors, who will make a donation to the American Cancer Society (or a similar charity) for progress or completion of a project of your choosing that weekend. You can also work on a creative project that weekend with the goal of spreading awareness about cancer and cancer prevention. You can also create something that you sell or auction with the proceeds going to a cancer-related charity. The choice is yours, and we've kept options open so that there are ways for anyone who wants to to become involved.

My project is going to be rather insane. I am going to write for 24 hours on a novella I have wanted to work on for some years now. I will be accepting pledges for every 1,000 words that I write. I will also be accepting cheerleaders bearing heavily caffeinated coffee! :) It's an original novella, so I will eventually have copies of it available with proceeds going to ACS in Roisin's name. My idea was inspired by the founder of Relay for Life, a physician who spent 24 hours running on a track to promote cancer awareness and raise money for research.

Obviously, most projects won't be that intense, and we don't expect them to be. Even if you have an hour to write a few drabbles and post them to your journal with a banner and link to a site about cancer prevention, every effort is welcome and appreciated. You do not need to finish your project that weekend, and in-progress projects are welcome as well. We also welcome NaNoWriMo writers who want to try to complete a certain amount of progress on their novels that weekend as part of Create for Life.

We have a community on LJ, Create for Life, which will act as a headquarters for announcements about the project, a place to ask questions, and a community for sharing ideas about your project and, after CfL weekend, for celebrating your progress. Please do join there if you're interested in the project.

I do have one favor to ask of Ye Olde Flist. Even if you're not able to participate this year, if you know of a person or group that might be interested, please please please help us out by passing the word along. Getting the project off of the ground has left us with precious little time for promotions, and word of mouth about the project really is one of the best contributions we could receive right now. I'll put an announcement below the cut that you can copy and paste if you want to share the project with other people or groups. If you comment here with a link to your journal with a CfL announcement there, I will write a story for you--Tolkien-based or original--next summer when I'm off from school. No, I am not above bribing. ;) Please also remember that artists, craftspeople, musicians, and all other creative sorts are welcome to participate as well, not just writers.

Thank you, and I hope to "see" some of you on the weekend of the 12th! :)




Create for Life is the idea and dream of Lady Roisin, a writer, artist, and costume designer who also happened to have cancer. Roisin wanted to provide a means for the creative community to promote cancer awareness and raise money for a cure. Although she didn't live to see her dream come fully to life, her husband Eli and her friend Dawn are going ahead with the event in her memory, in memory of all other loved ones lost to cancer, and in hope that we will one day see an end to the shadow this disease casts on our lives.

http://community.livejournal.com/create_for_life/profile

Create for Life is inspired by Relay for Life. During the weekend of November 12 through 14, participating artists, writers, musicians, and craftspeople will practice the crafts they love in support of a cancer awareness and research.

There are several ways to participate. Similar to how Relay for Life works, participants can seek sponsors for their projects, who agree to donate to the American Cancer Society or a similar charity for progress made on a CfL project. For example, an author might ask for a donation for every 1,000 words she writes over the weekend. A knitter might ask for a donation for every scarf she knits. Flat donations to ACS by sponsors are, of course, more than welcome as well. Artisans who sell their creations may wish to sell or auction work created that weekend with proceeds going to ACS, as another means to participate.

However, donations are not the only way to participate. Awareness is just as important, and CfL participants are encouraged to post about their projects on their blogs, Facebook, Twitter, and related sites to increase cancer awareness.

All types of artistic projects are welcome. You do not have to commit to any minimum time spent or donations made for the event. Simply set aside some time that weekend to spend doing what you love for a great cause!

Create for Life has a LiveJournal community with more information, a place to ask questions, and a forum for sharing your project ideas with fellow participants.

http://community.livejournal.com/create_for_life/profile

Whether you're able to participate this year or not, we greatly appreciate help passing the word about the event to other individuals and groups who may be interested in getting involved. We are just two people without any marketing specialists to help us get the word out! Please follow the rules on any groups you post to and remember that spam hurts--not helps--our cause.

If you are a member of LiveJournal, please do join the community and, if you are participating, come share your ideas with us!

Best regards,

Eli and Dawn



This post was originally posted on Dreamwidth and, using my Felagundish Elf magic, crossposted to LiveJournal. You can comment here or there!

http://dawn-felagund.dreamwidth.org/256855.html
  • I have passed it on. And I'll have to think about what kind of project I could donate to the event!
    • *cheers!* Thank you, Juno! *hugs*

      If you want a story, just let me know your request. ;)
      • I've been longing to get back into LotR fandom. Maybe that's the perfect opportunity.

        *ponders*
  • I'm wondering if I could make some jewellery for this and auction it, hmmm.

    One thing I was wondering though, I'm in the UK and my dad was cared for by Macmillan nurses here before he died and I support Cancer research UK and would like to support them through this. I know cancer research is shared globally but those two organisations are the one closest to me if that makes sense. I may participate in the even but auction something for those two organisations. If I do, could I still advertise this and explain what I'm doing under the Create For Life banner, so to speak? Sorry to be a pest, Dawn!
    • You are so not a pest! :) And the answer is, yes, absolutely. You can support whatever cancer-related charity you want for CfL. Roisin supported American Cancer Society so that's been kind of our default for people who don't have a favorite charity of their own. We'd be very proud to have you and your gorgeous work under our banner! :)
      • Oh I should read things properly, shouldn't I? *blush* Thank you for that and I'm most definitely in. I'll make a post tomorrow and start to publicise it and then on the weekend, I'll make a piece to auction.

        This is such a wonderful, inspiring idea, Dawn. I'm tearful actually here. I miss my dad with every breath I take and I know it is the same for everyone who has ever lost someone to this disease, so anything I can do to help in addition to participating, just let me know. I get pretty sick sometimes with the ME, but I'll absolutely do what I can if you need anything and thanks again for doing this, you give those of us with a hole left in our hearts by losing someone we loved something to fill it with.

        And I love that icon to bits!
        • Awww ... no worries! :) It is no bother at all to answer questions!

          I did not know that you'd lost your dad--I'm so sorry to hear that. *hugs* This event was Roisin's dream. It really is an honor to see it realized.

          Thanks so much for the offer of help! I'm hoping we'll need it because the event will expand beyond what two harried people can handle on their own! :D I will certainly let you know.

          And I love that icon to bits!

          Do take it, if you want to. :) The photography is my husband's, taken at Newgrange last year, and the Photoshop is mine, and we're more than happy to share. :)

          ETA! And please let me know too if you have a story request. :)

          Edited at 2010-10-20 01:34 am (UTC)
  • Dawn, I hope you will post this at the GFIC comm, and add it to the news on MPTT!

    (((hugs)))

    • I added it to the news last night and will post to the group after dinner! Thanks so much! :D *hugs*
  • Told my sister and college friends about it, and posted the annoucement on my region's Nano forum: http://www.nanowrimo.org/eng/node/3743043. (One of our former MLs has cancer.)

    I'll be participating with hours on my Nano project.
    • *hugs* Thank you, Indy.

      What year is this for you for NaNo? I know you've been participating for many years now! :)

      Also, if you have a request for a story, please let me know. ;)
      • *hugs back*

        It's my seventh! (I honestly do find that hard to believe.)

        A non-horror fantasy ofic, please.
        • Wow, that's incredible! Congrats! :) I hope to be able to participate again someday, when the chronic chaos in my life subsides. Meanwhile, I'm cheering on the sidelines for those of you who are. :)

          You know me too well in specifying "non-horror." ;) This gives me a good excuse to dream up an original fantasy, which I haven't done in too long.
          • Thank you! I hope you're able to do it again someday.

            :P I can read horror if I'm in a rare mood. Most of the time, I avoid it. Have fun dreaming it up!
  • This is a great idea and a lovely way to honour Roisin. :) Kirsty and I are ready to help in any way we can.

    BTW, Justgiving.com (UK) and FirstGiving.com (US) are great sites for collecting pledges that go directly to your named charity. And no, I did not get paid for that little marketing message. ;)
    • Thank you, Sharon. :) We may take you up on the offer of help--I'll let you know! Eli and I are both up to our ears in Life(tm) right now, so we may need all the help we can get. :)

      Thanks for the tip on the pledge-collecting sites too! I'll check into those.

      We're thinking of you guys. *hugs*
  • Probably everyone on my f-list who is likely to participate knows about this already, but just in case I put up a heads-up with Eli's and your letter on my LJ, and on deviantArt. Hope there'll be a lot of participation!
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