book club

WHERE SHE WENT (to japan)

first, there was THIS. and i was blown away.

next, THIS was written. and i couldn’t wait.

then the earthquake and tsunami happened and we all joined together for japan. including this contest by @gayleforman:

RT @gayleforman 10 signed #WhereSheWent. I give $1 to Japan Red Cross for every tweet. You tell me what selflessness is.

for those who don’t speak twitter-ese, let me decode for you. there are two parts. (1) gayle had 10 signed copies of the sequel WHERE SHE WENT and she was going to give them away to those who told her what selflessness was. (2) for every tweet TO her and ABOUT the contest, she would donate $1 to the red cross to help the japanese relief efforts.

the tweets were flying! it was quite cool to read all the other entries. some were serious. some were funny. ALL were helping the red cross. i did my part to spread the word about the contest and then i entered. twice. because selflessness is such a big word, it needed two entries. here were my entries:

@gayleforman selflessness is you donating to the red cross just because we pushed a RT button. #whereshewent

@gayleforman selflessness is my mom. any mom. all moms. well, most moms. #whereshewent

then, i went back to work because well, that’s what i do. plus, they say the good stuff happens when  you least expect it/you aren’t looking. i  checked back into twitter around 5 and found out this:

RT@gayleforman: @abbymumford You get one. For general awesomeness. And specific. [and then she put in some technical information.]

did one of my favorite authors really just pick me? AND call me generally and specifically awesome? heck yeah she did. my winning streak sure is thriving! and NOW, i’m forwarding on the good will and good cheer in two different ways.

(1) gayle has inspired me not only to be a better writer, but to be better, in general, in life, so i’ve donated to shelterbox, the harvard square bake sale, and to the american red cross to benefit japan. it wasn’t much, but i’m happy to add what little i can.

(2) by staging my own contest. that’s right. i’m giving away a brand new (not signed, sorry) copy of WHERE SHE WENT. all YOU have to do, dear readers, is comment below and tell me WHERE SHE WENT.

(you can answer any way BUT seriously because i do not approve of spoilers. the book was just released today, so if you have finished it already, power to you!)

and, GO.

oh wait, i should mention you have until THURSDAY APRIL 7 at 5pm EST to enter. the winner will be announced during my next post on FRIDAY APRIL 8.

now, GO.