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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My Favorite Scares—For Magical Words

Halloween is my second-favorite holiday, right behind Christmas. Decorations, costumes, scary stuff, candy—hello! What’s not to love!

As bloody as my books sometimes become, I have to admit I’m not a fan of slasher flicks, but I do love a good scary movie. Maybe that’s why I’m not huge on ‘goreno’—because I’m not in it for the gross out, I’m in it for the edge-of-the-seat suspense.

So I love movies like The Woman in Black and most of Stephen King’s adaptations, and I cut my teeth on classics like Psycho and Rear Window by Alfred Hitchcock. Give me a good episode of Twilight Zone, Outer Limits or Night Gallery and I’m happy as a maggot in a bucket of entrails.

I’ve also really enjoyed Scare-o-winds, the Halloween-decorated and horror-themed version of our local big amusement park. When my girls were in their early teens, I had a blast taking […]

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67 Posts So Far! 100+ Sci-Fi/Fantasy Authors share personal stories about depression, PTSD for #HoldOnToTheLight

You know their books. Now discover their stories. Over 100 of your favorite science fiction, fantasy, horror, paranormal romance and YA authors are sharing their personal struggles with depression, anxiety, suicide, domestic violence, PTSD and other mental health issues for #HoldOnToTheLight.

You can find the links to the first 67 posts below (helpfully done up as cut-and-paste-ready tweets for you to share!)

#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.

The Posts Thus Far (new posts […]

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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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#HoldOnToTheLight—Sci-Fi and Fantasy Authors Blogging for Mental Wellness

What happens when more than 90 sci-fi and fantasy authors start a conversation about mental wellness, mental illness, depression, suicide prevention, domestic violence intervention, PTSD treatment and related issues?

We don’t know, but we’re going to find out.

#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.

Among the authors participating so far are: Robin Hobb, Jody Lynn Nye, Cat Rambo, Seanan McGuire, Laura Anne Gilman, Chuck Gannon, Kameron Hurley, Catherine Asaro, Gaie Siebold, Karen Miller, Rowena Cory […]

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