Hey, everyone! I'm participating in this auction which begins on Monday. You can check out the site here. The links for the items up for bid aren't finished yet, so don't panic if you can't see what's there. Just keep checking back to see what will be sold.

I'm offering a critique of a first chapter and synopsis (synopsis no longer than 5 pages), so if you'd like me to have a look at your work and give you suggestions, go bid for me. The proceeds go to help a homeless girl and her mother. Here's the quick story:

Katy is a sixteen year old avid reader and aspiring author and illustrator who has won local awards for her artwork. Just before Christmas, Katy and her mother became homeless. They were evicted from their apartment and have been living in hotel rooms (when they've been lucky) or their car (when they've not been so lucky) since then. Katy has been blogging about life on the streets, and you can read all about how this incredibly sweet mother and daughter ended up in this situation here: http://destinationanywherebuthere.blogspot.com/ As Katy states on her blog, “Homelessness has many faces. And sometimes it happens to have a computer.” Both Katy and her mother seem to have very positive outlooks, but it's clear they're in some real trouble.

That's where this auction comes in. All proceeds will go toward helping Katy and her mother get back on their feet. This is a pair that are actively looking for ways to improve their situation, and just need a little push to help them get there. So, please bid generously and know that you're doing a wonderful thing to help two wonderful people.