Please help with Queensland emergency

I have taken to going ” off line” on Friday night, only returning to the Web on Monday –
perhaps a reflection of my January mood. During last weekend off, I was wondering what to post today – scratching my head for inspiration.
Ten minutes ago I opened my  “Writing from the Twelfth House” email:, and found the post: an urgent appeal for help for the Queensland flood disaster, from my Australian writer friend and colleague, Annie Evett.
Annie writes:
……Blessed with our modern technology, no doubt you will have heard via facebook, twitter, live feed news coverage or seen incredible scenes on youtube outlining the disaster befalling Queensland in Australia.

Well over 75% of the State of Queensland has now been declared a Disaster Area. To put this in perspective – for those who haven’t grasped the enormity of it or are unfamiliar with this part of the world; Queensland is Australia’s second largest state measuring more than 1.72 million square kilometers; 25% of Australia’s land mass; it is four times the size of Japan, nearly six times the size of the UK and more than twice the size of Texas in the US. This is not a small flood or localised event and is affecting thousands of people right now.

The people of Queensland need help. They are looking at a post war reconstruction effort in all areas from infrastructure through to rebuilding family homes in the near future.

When faced by situations such as these, often people don’t know how they can help..

You as a writer, or as a reader, or as someone who knows someone who reads, can help today by being involved with 100 Stories for Queensland.

From the editorial team who founded 100 Stories for Haiti and 50 Stories for Pakistan, this new Anthology is being formed with sales directly assisting those in need within Queensland.

WritersWe are asking writers to assist in one thing they love to do. To write. 

As with any competition or submission process for a publication, writers will need to submit a piece of work for consideration. It will go through a professional process of judging.

Something between 500-1000 words, something upbeat, even light-hearted, any theme, any genre.

We need it by Friday January 28th.

The submission guidelines are short and sweet and are found on the submission page at:

More info can be found either on the Facebook Page (  or the Website.(

It doesn’t stop there though.

Please get onto facebook and ‘like’ the page 100 Stories for Queensland
Suggest it to other people.. you know – the ones who write, or read.. or know people who read.
When it gets published, buy a box full of them.
Get everyone you know to buy them as well.

Just in case you can’t imagine the extent of the damage. Check out the  Incredible Flood Photos aerial shots Brisbane floods: before and after of before and after of the capital city…….

Annie Evett
Annie Evett

Annie  Evett
Writer and Thaumaturg
0414 771 367
If you do not design the future, someone or something else will design it for you.


All friends following or finding “Writing from the Twelfth House”, please respond to this appeal by helping any way you can – passing the message along your networks would be a great start. Thank you. Anne W


550 words copyright Annie Evett/Anne Whitaker 2011
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