Friday, 18 March 2011

JAPAN EARTHQUAKE: GET WRITING NOW!

Our Man had a eureka moment. What can he do to help the relief effort other than give updates on the status of the 7-11 Bordeaux stocks? Well, he likes writing and used to be a pretty good sub-editor (well, he got paid for it at least) and he's at a loose end... so it's time to edit a book and donate all proceeds to charity, the Japan Red Cross.

Here's the deal:
  • I'm looking for contributions from anyone who has something to say about the earthquake. (eg where were you when it happened, what did you feel? How have you helped? Did it change anything in the way you live your life? Are you coping with grief? Or just bewildered behind a barrage of media images?)
  • I'm not looking for windy poetic stuff, just honest stuff.
  • Aim to write 250-300 words or so - equivalent to a short blog post (or one page of a book)
  • If you can contribute original (ie you have the copyright) artwork, a sketch drawing or cartoon that would be awesome too)
  • If you have any great tweets to submit - that would be great too.
  • Photos (that you took) would be really awesome.
Here's the thing. We are nearing a week since the disaster, I want to get this book published ASAP so submit your work ASAP. I can start laying it out and editing it as soon as I receive submissions. As soon as I have enough, I will self-publish it, I'm hoping by Sunday night.

The aim is to have something publishable in 48 hours.

Since thinking of the idea at about 9am (it's now 10.40am) I have had one submission already, a promise of one more and the talented artist and ubertweeter Mari Kurisato has volunteered to do some artwork, I'm hoping she will do the cover...

How to contribute. Either:
  1. Send it by email to ourmaninabiko @ gmail.com
  2. Put a link to it in the comments field beneath this post
  3. Give me a link on twitter @ourmaninabiko
Our Man reserves the right to reject unsuitable stuff and edit what is sent. Nobody will get paid, including our Man, but everyone contributing will get recognition. Then I'll get the book published and for sale within a week.

All proceeds will go to the Japan Red Cross.

Time is of the essence, so get writing/drawing/snapping/linking.

Abiko salutes you!

43 comments:

BiggerInJapan said...

great idea!

Ourmani Nabiko said...

Can Abiko rely on a contribution from Mr B?

wrightak said...

Don't know if my most recent blog post is what you're after, but you're welcome to use it if you want.

James said...

Likewise - I'm thinking about editing down my accounts thus far.

Michael said...

I think this is a fantastic idea! I'd love to contribute, but so much of my stuff is based on what I've researched, especially the graphics. Copyright issues perhaps? But If it's of help I'd like to offer it :).

Adam Windsor said...

Great idea. I'll put something together tonight.

10mh.net said...

Not sure if they are what you are looking for, but if you would like to use two recent posts on my blog, ten minutes hate: http://10mh.net/2011/03/12/tokyo_11_march_2011/ and http://10mh.net/2011/03/16/after_the_weekend/ please feel free!

- Julia Smith

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Daniel Robson said...

Very nice - count me in. I'll also be contributing to the ebook Write For Tohoku, by the way, if people wanna do that too.

Question: If someone wants to draw/paint something, what are the likely page dimensions? B&W? I assume you're talking about a physical book, yes?

Mr. S. said...

Take anything you want from my blog if it's for the good, just let me know by commenting there. I've been posting and linking with compulsion. If it's useful to you, we can meet up: same Joban line as Abiko, here in Kameari.
hanlonsrzr.blogspot.com

jljzen said...

Submission and photos sent.

franchiseplaya said...

I am planning to do the rest of the week as well in a several part series as told from my somewhat inconsequential perspective. I will see what else I can do before your 48 hr. deadline.

yoroshiko

http://tokyoanaba.blogspot.com/2011/03/living-in-twilight-zone-pti.html

@shilkytouch

クリス said...

This is an excellent idea!! I am so thankful that my family members who live in Sendai and Fukushima Prefecture survived this horrible tragedy and now I'm focused on finding ways that I can help the relief effort. It's not much, but I have a couple of blog posts you're welcome to use (link below). I am trying to convince my mangaka wife to contribute some artwork as well.

どうもありがとうございます。よろしくお願いいたします。

http://brotherwormgear.blogspot.com/search/label/earthquake

Florian / AbandonedKansai said...

Great idea! I was in Osaka when the earthquake happened, so I'm not sure if what I have to say is really interesting to you, but I put together a couple of lines anyways and just sent them to you.

Mr. Salaryman said...

Same here MMiA, don't really have time to write a focused special essay, but you are welcome to take a look on my earthquake related posts and edit down or use (just want to check the edited version). Might be able to get an illustrator friend do some illustration to it as well, but that depends on the topic and contentc. Good initiative!

Arun Vemuri said...

Excellent idea. Here is something I wrote and published on my blog the day after. I was in Yebisu garden place tower in the 30th floor at the time when this life altering tragedy struck.

http://ivak99.wordpress.com/2011/03/12/richter-by-8-9-and-still-counting-the-blessings/

tapster said...

Nice idea. here's something I posted to Facebook earlier in the week to try and make friends and family in the UK and US a feel less panicky. http://tokyomiles.tumblr.com/post/3891234040/current-situation-in-japan

BiggerInJapan said...

part I here:
http://bigger-in-japan.blogspot.com/2011/03/shaken-not-stirred-earthquake-part-i.html

pls feel free to lift the pictures from the link in the post too.

I will try to get out part II and III too asap.

Poe said...

hope this is ok...

http://pointofexit.com/2011/03/13/earthquake-diary-march-13/

@tokyofilter (twitter ID)

dotdash said...

Just sent you a document with a small thing I just wrote. Also viewable here:

http://car-records.blogspot.com/2011/03/radio-activity.html

Brian said...

Here is a post I wrote the day after the quake on my website. It is a bit longer than the 250-300 words though. Feel free to use it all or parts.

http://urbangestalt.com/?page_id=38

Brian Wood-Koiwa

Chris said...

This is a worthy cause that isn't always considered in all the confusion.

http://badboyinjapan.blogspot.com/2011/03/201i-sendai-earthquake-save.html

Jinja said...

Great idea. Will email a link for higher resolution comic files.

"Flip Side" http://www.quickdraw.me/895

(Newly Unfamiliar) Maps
http://www.quickdraw.me/882

Shaun said...

I wrote this, I hope it is the kind of thing you are after.

http://www.nipponthebus.com/?p=2424

Frank Curkovic said...

Hiya,
My blog post re: earthquake dated March 16
http://frankcurkovic.edublogs.org/2011/03/16/japan-quake-aftermath/

some art:
http://ilovefranksdrawings.posterous.com/quake-2
http://ilovefranksdrawings.posterous.com/patterns

Daniel said...

Here's my contribution (with a couple images): http://howtojaponese.com/2011/03/19/nola-japan-quake-fund/

I sent a slightly shorter version via email.

Ganbare!

Mark Warschauer said...

I've got some blog postings. see:
http://papyrusnews.com/2011/03/18/life-on-the-ground/

http://papyrusnews.com/2011/03/15/japans-challenge/

http://papyrusnews.com/2011/03/11/report-from-tokyo/

James said...

Here's my post and pictures~

feel free~

http://www.iwasntbornchinese.com/photo-blog/tkemhikeo

franchiseplaya said...

Part II to my personal account:

http://tokyoanaba.blogspot.com/2011/03/living-in-twilight-zone-ptii-horror-of.html

All the pictures are mine except the one from Tohoku which I cited.

Peace and elbow grease from East Tokyo.

@shilkytouch

hesomagazine said...

Howdy: Here's something you may want to read which is to be published in Tuesday's Japan Times Community Section:

http://hesomagazine.com/featured/cool-heads-must-prevail-to-help-cool-the-rods-updated-response-to-this-is-not-chernobyl/

amanda wraight said...

http://www.facebook.com/#!/note.php?note_id=10150126693083874
this is a note writen by my ex student in japan. she is around 20 now. hope you can use it. please let me know if you do so i can let her know. thanks

Tokyo said...

Here is a tweet that I put up yesterday that was retweeted by about 20 people. http://www.twitlonger.com/show/9c98sl Perhaps it is good material for your book.

Dave said...

Hey I'm finishing a picture, I'm not sure if I'm too late or not but if you're still accepting admissions then I should have something tonight or tomorrow (Japan time).

Dave

Michael said...

Here's my submission:

http://gakuranman.com/ruminations-on-citizen-journalism-and-media-bias/

I'm looking forward to seeing the book!

Frankie said...

Blogging about you now. I'll point our non-fiction submissions at you if you want.

Arun Vemuri said...

I Want to post this letter from my landlord Mr Akaishi-san; in response to a well wisher asking him to come to France for a brief period till the scare is over.

"Dear ....

Thank you very much your kind suggestion to evacuate our selves to Fance .
But thanks to your praying Gods and Kamisama to protect us,we are so far well protected from so called Radiation fears caused by the Nuclaer plants in Northern part of Japan.
So far there is no Victim nor sufferer from Radiation is reported
At present japanese emergency workers are trying to cool overheating reactors in many ways and also many people are trying hard to supply food ,water ,electric power ,clothes and daily items to those sufferer as much as possible.

U.S.Goverment recomend that U.S. citizens within 80 kilometer of the plant leave the area to a safer place or heaven in Asia.

We are staying in Tokyo,which locates about 250 kilometer south from Fukishima Nuclear plant. So we are enough away from Nuclear plants at this moment.
and also our Himonnya area is given special favour to be out of Electric power rotation area.
We ,Naoko and I are thinking that we must behave ourselves just like a captain of Titanic Ship which sunk to the depths of sea near the South pole many years ago.
Because we are in a same position to leave our ship last like a captain of Titanic Ship in case of danger. Until we are sure to believe that all of our children , residents of Excelsior garden and local people are all safe,we cannnot leave Tokyo.
We wish we can keep our patience and order in good condition.
We hope every thing will be settled soon in good order.

Thanking your kind and warm attention and offer to us,
Naoko & Shin-ichi akaishi Tokyo"

Pl. do publish it in it's complete form. Let the world know what dignified, determined and disciplined people Japanese are in the face of such dire crisis.

Ron Martinez said...

Please let me know if we can help with getting the eBook together. Advice, or hands on, whatever, happy to help out.

online Diploma said...

Great idea to deal and discuss this situation together.

john.r said...

Didnt get a chance to write something since i only found this posting today 28MAR2011, i was 450 miles away from the Earth Quake zone, it wasnt the after shocks of the termors that made me sentimental, instead its the images and the messages and calls i received that gives me an avid sense of worry.
i can say more but would like to leave it to a specific blog or place to say (write) it. Peace

SofJ said...

I had posted this earlier, but here it is again. My experience during the quake. You may use it:

http://thesoulofjapan.blogspot.com/2011/03/earthquake-in-japan.html

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Ella McCoughlin said...

Indeed, it was a sorrowful day for Japan. In our journalism class, we have discussed it and I actually am interested to document it through writing. I tried finding an angle that would expose the disaster recovery aspect of the situation so as to set the essay in a positive tone.