This is Bridget. Three things happened to Bridget in February:
1. She got an agent for her young adult novel.
2. She got married.
3. She found out she has Stage Four colon cancer.
I met Bridget nearly two years ago at an Oregon SWCBI event. She had just moved to Portland from Wisconsin, where she was a teen librarian. She is a beautiful person, inside and out. When she found out she had an agent, she was just glowing. A few days later she went to a naturopath for headaches and vision problems. She ended up in the ER – and learned very quickly that she had cancer. Big, bad cancer. The kind of cancer that is not supposed to go after 31 year old slender vegans. The kind of cancer that costs a lot to treat. Bridget's "healthy young person between jobs" health insurance does not cover many of her expenses. Some painkillers and anti-nausea meds cost hundreds of dollars for a single dose. Read Bridget's blog at http://www.bridgetzinn.com/blog for more information.
To help defray some of the costs, authors and artists all over the US have banded together to offer goods and services in an online auction. Browse, bid, and win for a good cause at this online auction. Many authors – Bridget’s friends and acquaintances – have donated signed copies of their books; there are also a number of manuscript critiques and proofreading services for authors. But that’s not all – there’s something for everyone! They also have works of art, food and drink, baby gifts, jewelry, and more. Many of the items would make lovely gifts, just in time for your holiday shopping. Take a look – you may find just the thing you’re looking for! [Full disclosure: including a 5,000 word manuscript evaluation from the lovely moi!]
Auction items can be viewed at http://www.32auctions.com/view_auction?id=bridget&pwd=rules - or just go to www.32auctions.com and use the Auction ID: bridget and Password: rules (as in: Bridget rules!!) to view the auction. You will need to create an account on the site in order to bid on auction items. (Creating an account simply requires your name, email address, and a password, and it is required so that you can be contacted if you win an item.)
Bidding will begin on Nov. 27 and continue through 9 p.m. Central time on Dec. 11.