There’s not much we can do as individuals, aside from sending monetary aid, for the people of Japan in this time of crisis. But we can express how much we care together at one of these vigils on March 28.
Join a Vigil for Japan on March 28
American Girl Talk
American Girls’ Website Makes It Easy to Find the Perfect Gift
Script Frenzy is Only Days Away
Not too long ago, one of my heroes, Zoe Weil, posted about how she experienced an overload of hate mail when her blog was linked to from a popular publication. Ms. Weil, I am appalled by what people said to you, after all you’ve done. I’d also like to say that I can empathize. In 2009, I experienced an Internet “stalker,” an anonymous person who did nothing but post vile things on everything I wrote. Thankfully he or she disappeared, though I don’t know why; however, this past week has been tough once again when, just because I wrote a single blog post, I’ve been getting hateful messages daily.
For a sensitive person like me, this can be extremely hard to deal with–and I hate that the most, that it really affects me at all, since I don’t even know these people (or person; after all, they’re all anonymous) and I should have thicker skin than this. My plan is to simply ignore further posts; I’m simply trying to make a living doing what I love, and I shouldn’t allow others to ruin that for me. The truth is, I am hurt.
And here I promised myself I’d go to bed at a reasonable hour tonight. Damn, I should have saved Glee for until after I checked my hate mail!
But you know what? People love my fiction. I get thousands of hits each month and positive reviews on stories that I wrote five years ago that I don’t even promote; they are pretty much buried in a sea of fanfiction. I’m just wondering if this is yet another sign pushing me into that direction once again. The question, of course, is will I follow it this time? All I know is that while my husband is laid off I’m supporting this family, and I don’t have the time to invest in the projects I was doing before. I have to suck it up, hold back my feelings, and move on. But I could really kick myself for not jumping on those opportunities when I had the chance.
The Joy of Anonymous Comments
The Hungry Blogger
Hooray for Chopped All Stars!
Animal Book Club
Farm Animals By Katie Daynes
Craft Book Club
Look at What You Can Make with Boxes
Children’s Book Club
Titanicat by Marty Crisp
Now you’re pushing it! If you’re not seeing your friends and family until after Christmas, you might be able to get by with these last-minute gift ideas.
Extreme Last Minute Gift Ideas
Morning Pages for Techies
Skip the Perfume This Christmas
Green Voters League
Coral Reefs to Be Gone Before Our Grandkids Can See Them
Toxic Waste Cloud
Don’t Zombie-fy My Kid
Here’s a very easy yet effective campaign to help show your support for elephants suffering in the circus industry.
Show Support for Circus Elephants
Take the 100 Words Challenge
Toxic Waste Cloud
Read a Book, THEN Open Your Mouth
Cook Book Club
Green Eggs and Ham Cookbook
Apply for the Plastics are Forever International Youth Summit