I’m sure that wherever you are in the world you’ve heard about the shocking run of extreme weather Australia has been enduring lately. Foremost among that devastation are the floods and cyclone that have thrashed Queensland over the last few weeks. The damage and loss of life and property are heartbreaking. But true to the much lauded Aussie spirit, people across this country (and overseas) are stepping up and helping out, either with donations to the various rebuilding funds or with actual hands on, shoulder to the wheel clean up work. It’s amazing to see on the news pictures of notices on telephone poles in flood ravaged suburbs offering free board to people that have lost their homes and people turning up, unbidden, from all over the place and saying, “Right, what can I do?” It’s enough to make a cynical bastard like me think that maybe there is hope for the human race after all.
I’ve tried to do my bit where I can. I’m a long way from Queensland, but I’ve donated in a few places where I was able and then I saw the call out by the 100 Stories For Queensland team. Well, that’s something right up my alley. 100 Stories for Queensland is a charity anthology of short stories following in the footsteps of 100 Stories for Haiti and 50 Stories for Pakistan. 100% of sales profits go to The Queensland Premier’s Flood Appeal.
I immediately wanted to be part of this project so I wrote a story specifically for the anthology and sent it off. I was pleased to see that I made the long list last week and now I’ve just learned that my story has been accepted as one of the 100 that will make up the book. I’m really proud to have been selected for this and would like to think that my story and the 99 others will go some way to helping repair the damage in Queensland. Writers from around the world have donated stories – you can see the full list here.
The anthology will be available in digital and print form as well as an audio book, and is due for release on Tuesday, 8th March, 2011. I’ll drop a reminder here when it does come out. Please think about buying a copy to help out a bit with people that really need a hand right now.