Saturday, April 9, 2011

Tsunami survival cycle

Philanthropy’s Response

Options for donors in the United States:

Network for Good's response to the tsunami. They have confirmed that the following organizations are mobilized to provide relief services:
AMERICAN RED CROSS (EIN: 53-0196605); Emergency Operation Centers are opened in the affected areas and staffed by the chapters.

SAVE THE CHILDREN (EIN 06-0726487); Mobilizing to provide immediate humanitarian relief in the shape of emergency health care and provision of non-food items and shelter.

GLOBALGIVING (EIN 30-0108263); Established a fund to disburse donations to organizations providing relief and emergency services to victims of the earthquake and tsunami.

OXFAM USA (EIN 23-7069110); Oxfam is poised to respond if disaster strikes vulnerable countries in its path. has set up a Japan earthquake and tsunami relief fund.
Text “RedCross” to 90999 to make a $10 donation. Contributions may also be sent to your local American Red Cross chapter or to the American Red Cross, 24480 Network Place, Chicago, IL 60673-1244.
The Chronicle of Philanthropy is also tracking efforts from charities.
Give2Asia launches Fund for Japan Tsunami & Earthquake.

InterAction has a list of organizations accepting donations for disaster relief.

Kids in Distressed Situations (K.I.D.S.) brings hope to over 4.5 million children in need every year by giving them new clothes, shoes, books, toys , furnishings and baby gear. This is made possible by manufacturers, retailers and licensors who donate NEW product, as well as individuals and foundations who provide financial support.. The agency utilizes a global distribution network of more than 1,000 local nonprofits. You can make a donation to the K.I.D.S. Japan Earthquake Tsunami Children's Fund by texting the word ALLKIDS to 85944 to make a $5 donatoin to KIDS on your mobile phone bill. Because K.I.D.S. has a 10 to 1 system of matching $10 worth of product for every $1 donated, your $5 will provide $50 worth of brand new merchandise to victims in need.

In the course of twelve days, we've gone from introducing two sets of ideas and attempting to select story subjects, to however much is complete today. Over on, we've been piecing together a seven-part process, leading us to what we have now for Sheer-Zan: One. I've reached a point where all the major plot items are together. I spent some time working on guitar, so Sheer-Zan's put away until the moment strikes me with inspiration.

Over here, on, another process that seems to bear seven steps of output has given us drafts of our Tsunami series. This morning, gigantic waves continued to lap the ruined shores of Fukushima. It is a relentlessly difficult situation, to be sure, yet hope and motivation must continue, for the safety of everyone. Meanwhile, the northern part of the country undergoes an grueling endurance test, with limited basic supplies and sky-high gas prices.

So, to understand, and maybe to encourage a donation or two, we'll continue working on these stories inspired by the tsunami.

We're going to attempt the first draft as a dual effort: myself and the Marc Kane. The post will be up shortly. Looks like we're going to tell the story of the two dogs first. I don't know how many we'll complete before we stop a while.

One other element coming into my time, of necessity, is drawing (and practicing inking), beginning with new pages for DNA #2.

Beyond this lies my goal to take the story "Phenomenal Experience" to the table again, as well as the notion of writing material that will suffice as early chapters of TRANZ, begun (and erased from here) on 4-4-09 after a lengthy absence of new output on the story.

At this point, my goal is to have even one of the tales completed, with some work attempted on each one, so as not to approach a blank canvas later. I want to post another one completely every four days. I will try to complete these, but perhaps not in time to share them at Los Angeles Comic Book & Science Fiction Convention, where I may be able to spread the word and raise some donations for Japan (in addition to your response here, as well) via Red Cross and AmazonKindle. I will try to have one finished, but the cycle is something I need to take with more space and reverence.

I see now, I need to take about another 13 days with this myself. I have not been able to think of anything much outside of music and preparing for next week's show in Los Angeles, and truthfully, to describe the hope I must also circumscribe it with horror beyond description.

So, let's see if I can get to it if I don't rush. Do other things I had planned. Think about this a while longer.

Okay. Check back for this one on April 22nd, and I'll give you an Earth Day Update.

Be Chill, Cease ill

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