Wednesday, April 22, 2009

Happy Earth Day and Wednesday Winky Links

Happy Wednesday! I have a few links to share with you all today.

First of all, I'm wishing everyone a Happy Earth Day!

Today is a great day for us to take some time to reflect on what we can do to help save this precious earth from further and further destruction. I care deeply about this issue, but it's hard for me to know what to do. Here at home, we use the compact flourescent lights, recycle as much as we can, etc. But I wanted to do more. So last year I joined the World Wildlife Fund. For a very reasonable amount each month, I'm helping them to not only work to protect imperiled species like the sea turtle, tiger, elephant, rhinos, great apes, and more, but also helping them to initiate projects that remind the world of the important issue at hand. You may or may not not realize that WWF is the organization who initiated the Lights Out Earth Hour many of us participated in last month. The web site says this:

"WWF is working to build support for an international agreement that will sharply reduce greenhouse emissions and prepare the world for the disruptive consequences of climate change. We also are engaged in efforts to ensure that U.S. Government policies and initiatives are consistent with those international objectives."

At this point in time, I can't think of a better investment. If I don't invest in earth's future, my grandchildren or even my children may not have a comfortable, beautiful place to live! If you are looking for a way to help save our beautiful Mother Earth, perhaps you'll consider giving to World Wildlife Fund. You could probably even do a one-time payment today, as a way to do something to honor Earth Day.

Second link - yesterday, agent Nathan Bransford talked about book concepts and how originality is somewhat overrated. I thought it was an interesting post, and I shared with him another one that tries to define high concept by agent Holly Root, which I also think is worth reading.

Third link - I loved Mary Beth Kelsey's first MG novel, TRACKING DADDY DOWN, and now her second one is just about out, and she's having a contest to give one away! The book is titled A RECIPE 4 ROBBERY and you can see the cover and enter the contest HERE.

Finally, I love this post Liz Gallagher did at the Toll Booth in response to a question I asked her about writing details and description. It's worth a click and a read, I promise!

Have a great day!