So back in 2000 my world was so different than it is today. I was finishing up my Master’s Degree in Reading from SUNY at Albany. I was a teacher working with young children who have now grown into adults. I had no children of my own and a wealth of leisure time.
Sometime in that year, I went to see the movie Pay it Forward which featured Kevin Spacey as a teacher and Haley Joel Osment as his student. The premise of the movie I am sure you are all familiar with but just in case you aren’t I will give you a brief summary. Basically, Spacey gives Osment an assignment to do something that would change the world. So Osment decides for every good deed that is done on his behalf he will pay that forward and do three good deeds for others. The hope is that those three people will go on to do three good deeds for others and so on. It is an amazing and hopeful concept. It is also one I embraced whole heartedly.
I believe as writers within the blogging, twitter and facebook community we need to stick together and be supportive of each other. We should celebrate and publicise each others achievements. After all who better to understand how hard it is to reach huge word count goals in one sitting, finally finish a manuscript, successfully query and get an agent or finally get published than those of us who have been in similar positions or aspire to. So when I got an email off of a writer friend this morning, the concept of pay it forward came to mind. Not because I am looking for someone to do something nice for me or because I expect them to but because I also believe in the notion that what goes around comes around, Karma in a sense. My life has certainly shown me that this is true anyway.
So what was in the email?
James Rollins author of the Sigma Force series has a new book called The Devil Colony and it is making its debut on the 21st of June. In honour of this occasion there is going to be a 24 hour launch party taking place on Twitter and Facebook. My friend was asked if she would get the word out and then she in turn asked me to help as well. I know some people will be thinking why does someone as established in the writing world as James Rollins need any help with launching his new book. The answer is he probably doesn’t but since it has been asked, I will oblige. Maybe someday I too will be in his shoes and will have my own worldwide launch party. I would hope someone would want to be there to celebrate with me.
So here is the event:
On the 21st of June sign onto Twitter and use the #DevilColony hash tag to participate. The theme is anything devilish. You can just pop in for a visit and a chat or get creative and blog, write or take photos of yourself devilishly partying for the event and then post links so others can see how you are celebrating the launch. Rumour has it there will be random prizes awarded as well. This event is also going on over at James’ Facebook page too.
I think perhaps I will be doing a flash piece and posting it on my blog that day sticking to the devil theme of course.