Most of you who follow my blog, know that I generally stick to history and personal memories of the Palm Beach County and Florida area. Those of you who know me well, know that I strongly believe in helping out where possible. Thanks to my participation in Rachael Harrie's Campaign Challenges, I've had a opportunity to both plopped in my lap.
My flash fiction piece on The Chillingworth Murders, called "Birth of an Imago," placed ninth out of almost 200 stories in the Second Campaigner Challenge. While I greatly enjoyed placing in the top ten and received some wonderful prices, I also got the chance to contribute to an incredibly worthwhile charity.
I “stumbled over” an eleven year old boy who taught me how much can be achieved by doing small steps every day persistently. His name was Harry Moseley, and he passed away peacefully in his mother’s arms on Saturday 8 October 2011 at 11.10 pm. The most amazing thing about Harry (in case you haven’t heard yet) is that he single handedly raised over £85,000 (that’s roughly 137,000 USD) for brain cancer research by fund-raising and selling hand-made bracelets. Awed by this boy who looked death in the eye but who was determined to enjoy every day, I decided to raise funds for people in need too.
During Rachael Harrie’s Campaign, I had read many really great flash fiction stories, so I came up with the idea to collect them into an anthology. Rachael and I issued the call, and lo and behold, many participants answered. It was a lot of work to sort the stories, streamline the layout, insert the links to the author’s blogs, and create as well as publish the eBook, but I finished today. We can now proudly present to you “Campaigner Challenges 2011″.
I have three stories published in this e-book and am very happy that something I did just for fun and experience is going to be put to use for a greater good. It is truly amazing to see how totally differently all those writers treated the same prompts.
You can purchase the e-book either on Smashwords or Amazon.com. If you would like some interesting reading while donating to a great cause, click over and order a copy. All proceeds go to "Help Harry Help Others" to continue to fund research on brain cancer.