Why #HoldOnToTheLight Matters


You’ve heard the story about the boy throwing starfish back into the ocean at low tide. A man chides him that the boy can’t save them all, and what difference does such a futile gesture make? “It makes a difference to this one,” the boy replies, tossing another starfish into the sea.

Light one candle. Scare away the dark. Use your voice every time they try to shut your mouth.

The power of one. Refusing to go gently into the dark night.

Defiance is one of the human race’s better attributes.

#HoldOnToTheLight is about throwing starfish and lighting candles. And giving a one-finger salute to the darkness.

As my friend John Hartness likes to say, there is ‘famous’ and then there’s ‘writer famous’. ‘Writer famous’ is when you walk into a con and people recognize you. ‘Famous’ is when you walk into a Starbucks anywhere in the world […]

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100+ Sci-Fi & Fantasy Authors Blog About Suicide, Depression, PTSD—a #HoldOnToTheLight Update by Gail Z. Martin

More than 100 authors are now part of the #HoldOnToTheLight conversation! Our authors span the globe, from the US to the UK to Canada, Australia and New Zealand. Even more exciting is that as the campaign picks up traction and visibility, more authors want to join, meaning a growing, vibrant dialog about mental wellness and coping with mental illness.

#HoldOnToTheLight is a blog campaign encompassing blog posts by fantasy and science fiction authors around the world in an effort to raise awareness around treatment for depression, suicide prevention, domestic violence intervention, PTSD initiatives, bullying prevention and other mental health-related issues. We believe fandom should be supportive, welcoming and inclusive, in the long tradition of fandom taking care of its own. We encourage readers and fans to seek the help they or their loved ones need without shame or embarrassment.

We’ve also been talking with conventions to encourage them to […]

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Keeping the Fun in Fandom

If fandom is one big geek tribe, then like any extended family, it’s inevitable that sometimes, people disagree. Trekkies vs. Trekkers. Star Trek vs. Star Wars. Iron Man vs. Captain America. Old Skool Vamps vs. Twihards.

When it’s all in fun, a light-hearted debate over whether Batman could kick Superman’s ass (he totally could–I’m sure of it) is entertaining. It’s part of what we sign up for when we buy our con ticket–to be able to get as nerdy as we want to be with other people who have seen all the episodes, read all the books, watched the movies and can finish our geeky quotes.

But can we please remember that while the characters we’re debating are fictional, the people in the audience with us are real? And real people shouldn’t have to put up with invective about why something they love, something that speaks to them, is ‘dumb’ […]

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Con Season tips, tricks and “OHMAGERD! DON’T!”s

So I’ll try not to live up to the number of caps in the title, because it’s early, I’m not quite caffeinated yet, and I’m sitting at my desk at the new day job writing this post.

Yep, I set an awesome example for my employees. 🙂

As Con Season is kicking into high gear, and said season seems, like NASCAR, last longer and longer each year, I wanted to take a moment to both offer up a few shameless plugs and talk about a few con issues that have become pretty prevalent over the last year, although I’m sure they’ve been issues for much longer.

First, the plugs – Misty, Stuart Jaffe and I will all be at MystiCon this weekend. If you’re anywhere near Roanoke, Virginia, come by and say hello! Especially at 11AM on Saturday morning, when Misty and I are sharing a reading time […]

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Shameless self-promotion & fandom

My post is late today because I just spent a fruitless hour doing one of those fun flow charts to direct you to my work, considering that my publisher Flux currently has the first in my Vamped series, called (quite creatively, I thought) VAMPED, available for FREE on Kindle and Nook. I want to shout it from the rooftop, but I hear that’s not a very effective form of marketing and that my neighbors have requested that I stop. Unfortunately, while the chart shows up all nice and pretty on my computer here at home, I can’t seem to get the picture to load. So, here I am with a shameless self-promotion post without even bringing the clever pic to entertain you while I call out like a carnival shill, “Buy my books!” (Oh please!)

Pretty flow chart aside, I do want to talk about a little something for everyone. […]

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