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:
- Send it by email to ourmaninabiko @ gmail.com
- Put a link to it in the comments field beneath this post
- 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!