A message from Shanna Germain:
What the Moon Saw: A NaNo Novel for a Cause
This year, as I was getting ready to begin writing my novel for National Novel Writing Month (an event in which you agree to pen 50,000 words in 30 days), I realized I was doing so with a heavy heart. Not because of the writing, but because of what was happening in the world around me in terms of something that is near and dear to both my heart and to my writing — so many young men and women who are dealing with abuse, bullying and suicidal thoughts due to their gender or sexual orientation. What, I thought, am I doing to create a better world for all of us, and how can I do it with my words?
My answer? A NaNo novel for a cause. Anyone who donates a minimum of $10 (or their time) to any organization that supports gender or LGBT rights will gain access to my novel-writing process and to the first draft of my novel as it is written and rewritten. It is a great way to stay inspired during NaNoWriMo, while getting to read an early novel being formed. So far, readers have raised more than $400 for organizations like Human Rights Campaign, FCKH8, Lambda Literary and Stonewall. If you’re interested, I hope you’ll get involved at http://whatthemoon.wordpress.com/ and help us create a happy ever after for all.