When I was 10, he helped me dig my hole to China in the gravel, pushing me for every little detail and anecdote about my whirlwind trip.
When I was 16 and debating college, he rolled his eyes at every idea I offered up, looked at the pile of Harry Potter and Libba Bray books on my desk, and said “write”.
When I was 21, he lost his fight against ALS.
ALS, or Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis, (aka Lou Gehrig’s Disease), is a motor neuron disease, first described in 1869 by the noted French neurologist Jean-Martin Charcot. Although the cause of ALS is not completely understood, the last decade has brought a wealth of new scientific understanding about the disease that provides hope for the future. There is no cure.
For years, I’ve been participating in the ALS Association’s annual Walk to D’Feet ALS, but I have more to give than 1/2 hour every summer and I want to do more.
And that is why I’m putting out the call for donations. What do you have in your arsenal that your could offer up for the auction? A query critique? A one-on-one guaranteed pitch session? 20 minutes of hashing out a plot on Skype? A signed ARC?
I’ll be offering up a query letter and 1st 5 pages critique as well as a full manuscript critique.
The St. Louis ALS walk will be on June 28, 2014. I’m hoping to have the auction up and running on June 14, so bidders have enough to (1) discover us and (2) bid.
I’m not above begging, so if you have the time, please please please sign up to help out.
If you’re interested, leave a comment or message me on Twitter at @whitleyabell.
Spread the word, spread the message, spread the hope that there is life beyond ALS.