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Worldbuilders Charity 2017

A few years ago, I reached out to a charity called Worldbuilders and asked them if I could make Agent Darcy & Ninja Steve a part of what they do. They said, "Yes!"

You may be asking yourself: what is Worldbuilders? How did you find them?

Here's the quick rundown:

Patrick Rothfuss is my favorite fantasy writer. His book, The Name of the Wind, will make you fall in love with fantasy literature. Since 2008, he has been running a holiday season charity called Worldbuilders, which donates its profits to Heifer International.

What makes Heifer International amazing is that it provides livestock, clean water, and trees to people in the world who need it the most. For instance, if you donate $20 to Heifer, that is enough to provide someone with a flock of chicks.

But here's the thing: Heifer also sends people over to teach the recipients how to take care of those chicks, how chickens aerate soil when they walk around and increase crop yield, how chicken manure can be used to fertilize the land.

Suddenly, a family has eggs to eat. And eggs that become more chickens. And eventually those eggs can be sold, or the chickens can be sold. Suddenly, a family can pay for their children to go to school. They can give chickens to their neighbors and teach them how to raise them.

As Pat said on a recent podcast, Heifer International sends an avalanche of good into the future.

Worldbuilders kicks all of their money from this fundraiser over to Heifer International. They offer their donors a chance to win awesome prizes, too.

It's called "the lottery."

For every $10 you donate, you get entered one time into the lottery.

What can you win?

Autographed books by TONS of authors (Neil Gaiman, Brandon Sanderson, John Scalzi, some guy named Grant Goodman). Board games and dice games. Art. Jewelry. SO MUCH COOL STUFF. Seriously, there are close to 6,000 items in the lottery right now.

So I'm encouraging you to do something awesome this year. I'd like you to join me and be part of an avalanche of good, rolling into the future.

As an added bonus, if they can hit $715,000 an anonymous donor will kick in $285,000 and bring their total up to a million! It's getting close!

Here's that donation link again.

Worldbuilders Charity 2017

I've mentioned before that Patrick Rothfuss is one of my all-time favorite writers. His debut novel, The Name of the Wind, left me absolutely wonderstruck.

Several years back, he started up a charity effort called Worldbuilders, a reference to creating a setting for a novel, but also a reference to Heifer International, an organization that provides in-need villages with livestock, fruit trees, clean water, bio-fuel stoves, and--best of all--education on how to make use of these things. (You can read about it here.)

Worldbuilders is my favorite charity and if you're looking for a worthy cause to support this holiday season, it gets a 5-star recommendation from me.

In fact, I love Worldbuilders so much that this year I have contributed autographed copies of Tiger Trouble to their INCREDIBLE vault of lottery prizes. Here's the blog post they did for it.

Worldbuilders has a lottery system: for every $10 that you donate, your name gets entered into the prize lottery. Right now, the prize lottery has close to 4,000 different items, with more being added every few days. It's full of autographed books, games, fantasy and sci-fi inspired jewelry, and more.

As the next few weeks unfold, I hope that you'll consider sending a donation their way.

#SundayFunday: Post-Thanksgiving Update

WRITING NEWS:

Just like last year, I've gone ahead and made Agent Darcy and Ninja Steve a part of the Worldbuilders charity, run by Patrick Rothfuss and his team of do-gooders.

The short of it: Worldbuilders is a charity that partners with Heifer International in order to provide livestock, clean water, and courses on raising livestock for villages across the world that need extra help. They don't just drop off a goat at someone's house and walk away: they teach the families how to care for the animals and how to use them to help make their lives better.

From now until December 7th, all of the profits from the sales of Agent Darcy and Ninja Steve novels will be donated to Worldbuilders. Plus, I've sent 10 bundles of books to be a part of the Worldbuilders lottery. Every $10 gives you a chance to win books, board games, geek apparel, jewelry and all kinds of amazing donations. (The Lottery page is far from complete. They're adding new items nearly every day.)

Also: Mecha-Mole Mayhem's first draft is progressing. Slowly, yes, but still progressing.


READING NEWS:

After hearing an absolutely astounding interview with Darren Shan, I followed his recommendation and ordered a copy of his novel, The Thin Executioner. It'll be arriving in a few days and I can't wait to read it. Just so you know: Darren Shan writes teen fiction that goes into very dark territory, so it's not something that I could recommend to readers of all ages.

Darren Shan penned the Cirque du Freak series, which gets my vote as one of the greatest YA series of all time. It is a 12-novel tale of a boy named Darren whose life is thrown into a downward spiral after crossing paths with a vampire and a venomous spider. There's nothing else like them and I make it a point to read his work out loud to my students every school year.

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FOOTNOTES:

-Book 2: Agent Darcy and Ninja Steve in…Robot Rumble is available in a deluxe hardcover edition, exclusively available through this website!

-Book 2: Agent Darcy and Ninja Steve in…Robot Rumble! is now out in paperback and Kindle versions!!!

-Book 1: Agent Darcy and Ninja Steve in...Tiger Trouble! is available on:  Amazon  |  B&N 

-If you enjoyed reading Tiger Trouble!, I’d love it if you could post a quick review on Amazon,Goodreads, or Barnes & Noble

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WorldBuilders Update!

Hey readers!

Some of you know that Patrick Rothfuss is one of my literary heroes. Some of you know that I wanted to support his amazing charity, WorldBuilders, by donating my profits from TIGER TROUBLE sales until December 14th, when WorldBuilders closes up its funding period.

What I didn't say was that I also sent along 20 autographed copies of TIGER TROUBLE to be added to the WorldBuilders lottery. It works like this: if you choose to donate and enter the lottery, every $10 gets you one entry. Up in the mix are super rare books and signed copies from superstar authors. There's one in particular signed by R.A. Salvatore, Terry Brooks, Brandon Sanderson, Lev Grossman, Rothfuss himself, and about 15 others.

In other words, the lottery is FILLED with books from absolute titans of sci-fi and fantasy. So when I donated those copies of TIGER TROUBLE, I had no idea that one of the blog entries would contain THIS:

!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

One of my favorite writers on the planet said that something I've done makes me way cooler than Batman.

I just...um...wow. I'm still slightly in shock.

Life is amazing.

-Grant