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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Special Guest: Jody Lynn Nye!

This weekend, we welcome a very special guest…Jody Lynn Nye! Jody is the author of An Unexpected Apprentice, and the Myth Adventures series with Robert Asprin (most recently Myth-Fortunes). Her latest book, A Forthcoming Wizard hit store shelves this spring. Jody became an officially published author when in the 1980s the magazine “Video Action” accepted several technical articles on broadcasting. Her first fiction piece was for Mayfair Games’s Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine game and their Role-Aids game supplement line. She currently lives with her husband and two cats rescued from animal shelters. On her personal home page she lists her email address and asks that people (presumably fans of her work) write her. Please bid Jody a warm welcome!

Seeing the Funny Side

Most of my work has a humorous bent. I enjoy it. I love watching the expressions on readers’ faces when they get to a comedy payoff in […]

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