I know most of you are already aware of this completely Awesome contest. I also know not all of my readers follow the twitters or Wil Wheaton (@wilw) and John Scalzi (@scalzi). So if you are one of those who missed the news yesterday and/or did not read my personal blog on this subject, here is the fantabulous news. To use my handy dandy ctrl+c+v:
Short Form: For the benefit of the Lupus Alliance of America, John Scalzi, Wil Wheaton and Subterranean Press are running a fan fiction contest, in which contestants write a 400 to 2,000 word story describing the picture above. Any form of fan fiction is acceptable except slash. The winner of the contest will be paid for their story (10 cents a word), win a prize pack of books from Subterranean Press, and will have their story published in a special electronic chapbook featuring stories about the painting, written by Scalzi, Wheaton, Catherynne Valente and Patrick Rothfuss, to be published later this year, with profits to benefit the Lupus Foundation of America. E-mail the stories with the text in the e-mail to email@example.com by 11:59pm Eastern, June 30, 2010. One entry per person.
To read the long version and to see the image in question that defies words and logic, follow this link. This really means more than I could ever say as I am one of the 5 million people who will benefit from this. I really couldn’t ask for two better people to stand behind this cause for which I have been doing what I can to raise funds and awareness for, for quite some time.
If you are not the fan fiction writer-type, there are other ways that you can help. You can purchase the above mentioned book when it comes out later this year. Projects that I have going are my merch and my book (proceeds of which go to the BC Lupus Society), and the World Lupus Day Virtual Art Gallery. Or you could always donate directly to any number of Lupus foundations around the world. You can find links to those places in the World Lupus Day Virtual Art Gallery.