A Writer’s Journey
Yesterday while reading the Daily Skimm, I learned about the famine victims in Yemen, Somalia, and Nigeria. There are always famine victims somewhere in the world, but this particular one affected me deeply.
While doing research for my novel, Voodoo Queen, I read about a Haitian woman who would give her children salt water before bed so their hunger pains wouldn't keep them awake at night. That just hit me in the gut. I have two toddlers, and it physically hurts when their needs aren't being met. What it would be like to hear them crying for food and to have nothing to give them?
So as I read about millions of people dying of hunger in other countries, I imagined that all over again. That hurt to think about, but one line at the end of the article changed me:
“Some communities have lost all their toddlers.”
I thought of my girls and started crying…not the good kind of crying where you let out your emotions and feel better afterwards. The kind of crying that aches so much, you just want to forget about it.
I wanted to help. Doesn't everyone? Usually I would have just donated money and let that be it, but the thing is, I had already planned a fundraiser to raise money for grad school. This left me with a choice; I could either go forward with my plans to do an online auction for my eduaction, or I could use the same amount of planning and energy for famine victims.
I really want that money for grad school. But I also couldn't live with myself if I had a chance to raise money for dying toddlers and I chose not to.
How You Can Help
When the auction closes, I will message you with the address to send the item to and money to ship it.
Some of the items I already have for the auction are:
I can't do this on my own, so thank you for your help!
On A Writers Journey, aspiring novelist Teralyn Rose Pilgrim talks about the excitements and disappointments that go along with her budding career. Currently agents are looking at her historical fiction about Rome’s Vestal Virgins.