Polished Heads Mean Cleaner Writing

Colleen Wainwright

C. Wainwright, Sans Locks but w/Lots of Love

Quick updates: I’d posted here earlier about Colleen Wainwright’s leadership in trying to raise 50K for WriteGirl, the L.A. program that instructs high school girls in the love and practice of good writing. Colleen set out from nuttin’ to raise the dough, and promised that she would shave her industrious head if her project made her milestone. Yes, with 10K to spare. Thus you see her beaming, polished pate in the photo above.

Check out Colleen’s video on all things head-shaving here, and about the post-fundraising sort-outs. Huge round of applause and appreciation for Colleen demonstrating that a single person (with the help of many) can drive an idea home against strong odds. She believed in her project, and shared its strengths in a way that others could connect with. Well done!

Literary Agents Liberated—We Have a Winner
In another fascinating recap (hey, slow news week), the stirring contest to see who would come away with the free copy of the 2012 Guide to Literary Agents is over, and Laura Stanfill came away with the prize. Laura is a writer, of all the damnable things, and is giving away books on her blog as well, so check it out. (I am going to start giving away talking eggplants—this book giveaway stuff is too conventional.)

In the Bread and Circuses Vein
I can’t provide any writing advice in this episode other than letting you know that writing badly over and over again is painful, but less so than childbirth or living near a Brussel sprouts farm. But writing badly on a regular basis can lead to writing better. Now that we’re finished with those sententious pronouncements, here’s an opinion poll: which means of having your cocktail mixed would produce the most palatable beverage:

Support for WriteGirl – A Good Thang

I got a lot of writing encouragement when I was young. Being given a lovely little cloisonné pin that said “Best Writer” in my Catholic grammar school at age 12 might have been my writing Olympus. [Note: never let nuns pin anything on you.] Without encouragement, a writing seed might never sprout, and perhaps an Alice Munro would have become an accountant instead.

So, with trumpeting fanfare (turn up your speakers), I encourage you to contribute to the 50-for-50 program! Here’s what it’s about: WriteGirl is an organization “for high school girls centered on the craft of creative writing and empowerment through self-expression. Through one-on-one mentoring and monthly workshops, girls are given techniques, insights and hot tips for great writing in all genres from professional women writers.”

That’s a very good thing. Even better is that Colleen Wainwright, who is spearheading (ouch) the 50-for-50 fundraising, has promised to shave her happy head should the fundraising reach its $50,000 goal, which will happen on her 50th birthday. Go to the 50-for-50 site to see her hilarious video on the subject.

If you contribute, you can receive lovely gifts too—I got a download of TextExpander, which is a nifty piece of Mac software. So lay out a little dough for a great cause, and push Colleen a little closer to air-conditioning her head. There is less than two weeks left!