Sadly, my December Drive didn’t go as well as I’d hoped. Only 15 people bought copies of Linger: a short story and The Melanie Chronicles. I don’t know who all of the buyers were since not everyone sent messages after they’d completed their purchases, but I thank all of you who tried to help. I will still make a donation to Stockholms Stadsmission at the end of this month. So thank you to the 15 of you who helped. 🙂
But for the 15 people who helped: if you’re reading this message and you weren’t one of the 3 people who emailed me after you purchased, please do mail me . Your names will appear on the acknowledgements page of my next ebook/POD version and you will receive a copy of that book as a gift from me. I haven’t decided yet which book comes out next but it will be a full-length novel. It could be A Little Night Music, The Time Is Now or Snowbound. Maybe Baby is still too rough for publication. I need to revise, revise, revise.
And now…I’m off to write.
Nearly everyday when I am on my way to work, I end up chatting with a homeless man named Rune. Rune is an older man who has been homeless for a while. He’s also one of the sweetest people I’ve ever met. During the winter, when he’s standing outside Åhléns City selling Situation Stockholm, I make sure he has hot chocolate. If we have extra pairs of gloves at home, I give them to him but he says they keep being stolen by others who are worse of than him. Sometimes he’s not there and then I ask the ladies at Kahl’s Kaffe if they’ve seen him. They also look out for Rune, whose arthritis sometimes prevents him from going out in the elements and selling Situation Stockholm to pay for a shelter.
Meeting Rune everyday also gave me the idea for my December drive. I try to help him as much as I can. I also want to be able to help others. One of the best ways to do this is to support a local organization that helps the homeless and others who are at risk.
So what is my December Drive? All of the profits from December sales of Linger: a short story (a Kindle-only short story) and The Melanie Chronicles (ebook and print version) will be donated to Stockholms Stadsmission at the end of the month. I hope to raise at least 1000 Swedish kronor. To do that, I will need your help.
So please help me reach my goal by purchasing a copy of Linger and The Melanie Chronicles. Clicking on the cover images in my sidebar will take you to where you purchase them. Once you’ve purchased either book, please send me an email. Everyone who helps will be thanked in a special post in January and will receive a free copy of my next publication.
Thanks for your help and thanks so much for reading my blog. 🙂
I already told you about my mission for the month of December–to donate all the profits from December sales of Linger: a short story and The Melanie Chronicles to Stockholms Stadsmission. Now I’ve found out that those of us in the Stockholm area can buy Christmas trees in Kungsträdgården and help support the mission at the same time. I think this is a great way to support Stockholms Stadsmisison‘s endeavors in helping the homeless, substance abusers, and at-risk women and children.
If you purchase a “typical” Swedish tree, 135 kronor will be donated to Stockholms Stadsmission. If you splurge and get the King Spruce, 185 kronor will go to the mission. Stockholmers can even order their tree online from hemgran.se and have the tree delivered to their door. But then the amount that goes to the mission is 50 or 95 kronor, depending on which type of tree you order.
For more information, click here. Note: this information is in Swedish only but you can use the translate plug-in on the website to see the info in English.
For those of you who don’t live in Sweden, I hope you’ll do something to support your local charities this holiday season. Donate old clothing that’s still in good condition to the Salvation Army or a homeless shelter. Help out at a soup kitchen or food bank. Volunteer at a senior citizen center. Volunteer at your local library and start a story hour for kids or offer to be a homework helper.
Remember the message of this season: It’s better to give than to receive. And giving doesn’t have to cost a dime.
By the way: I’m near done reading Cinder by Marissa Meyer, so later I’ll be posting a review of it and Santa Maybe by Scarlett Bailey, whom I interviewed for the blog last Christmas.
Might be time to check in with Scarlett again and see what she’s got planned for Christmas.
Happy First Advent!