For anyone who follows me on twitter, you probably noticed my feed this weekend consisted of nothing but tweets about Zelda and a charity campaign, MoblinsForMatt. I don’t consider myself a true gamer and have never played any of the Zelda games on my own, but this campaign’s success had (and still has) great meaning to me.
MoblinsForMatt was created by Corey Austen, a gamer who lost his younger brother and fellow Zelda fan, Matt, to SUDEP (Sudden Unexpected Death in Epilepsy) in May. Matt was only 23, and his passing has hit everyone who knew him extremely hard, especially because none of them had heard about SUDEP until after his death.
Corey’s story has been shared far and wide across the internet, appearing on ZeldaInformer, Nintendo Life, and GameInformer among countless others. In an attempt to further awareness about SUDEP and raise funds for further research and outreach, Corey and a group of his friends set out on a Zelda marathon, playing some of Matt’s favorite games while asking viewers to donate to the Epilepsy Foundation.
I only knew Matt for a very short period of time. We met at a murder mystery party one of my best friends hosted last November. A number of us from the party ended up hanging out for a while the next morning, playing guitar hero. Matt was one of them. But I’ve heard so much about him from friends, and I’ve seen how lost those friends have been since May.
And so we spent the weekend camped out in my living room floor, cheering Corey and his crew on as they shot for fundraising goal after goal. We watched, stunned, as so many people came together to raise over $5,000 in Matt’s honor. And that is definitely something to tweet about.
Though I won’t be tweeting non-stop about MoblinsForMatt until another charity stream begins, expect frequent tweets about a giveaway my first novel, Whispers on the Wind, is a part of. Multiple indie fantasy authors have come together through Fantasy Emporium to offer a copy or two of their works.
I encourage you to check out the giveaway page by clicking on the banner below (or here, if you’d prefer to enter via facebook) and tell your friends. Entries will be accepted now through October 11th, at which point winners will be selected at random and notified, so it’s a great way to discover new authors you might never hear about otherwise.
Normal blog posts should return again soon, but will include the giveaway banner until the 11th. But as we head towards November, expect some more writing-related content to trickle in – NaNoWriMo draws near.
Editing book two and sending best wishes,