Came to a realization as I was re-writing the current draft of Shift Tense; I needed to do something. You see, two catalysts for the story were Peter Singer’s Children at War and Ishmael Beah’s A Long Way Gone. They rank up there as the saddest books I’ve ever read.
I just finished a particularly difficult chapter and decided not only would the book be dedicated to the thousands of children whose youth has been stolen by war, but I would donate a portion of the novel’s proceeds to WarChild.US. Put my money where my mouth – or pen – is. It won’t be a lot, but it will be something. Doing nothing isn’t an option.
Have a Happy Thanksgiving, everyone. My grandchildren are on their way over and I’m suddenly a little bit more grateful.
For more info on Child Soldiers, look HERE