Have a Good Read and Help Alzheimer’s Research in the Process!
Do you want a good read? Of course you do!
LYNNWOOD, Washington September
“An estimated 5.4 million Americans of all ages have Alzheimer’s disease in 2016. Of the 5.4 million Americans with Alzheimer’s, an estimated 5.2 million people are age 65 and older, and approximately 200,000 individuals are under age 65 (younger-onset Alzheimer’s).”
First of all, on March 12th, 2015, the writing world lost one of its greatest contemporary heroes – Sir Terrence “Terry” Pratchett. Then, to honor his life, a group of writers published an anthology of stories. These stories showcased his influence on their writing. And they also helped bring awareness of the disease that contributed to his end, Alzheimer’s Disease. That anthology was The Longest Night Watch, volume 1.
The Longest Night Watch
Since it was a success, the group–now known as “The Longest Night Watch” Volume 1–went on to enter a writing competition. And they came in second by fractions of a point. The submissions from that writing competition are in this volume, along with original short stories and poems from many of the contributors to the first volume, and a slew of new authors.
Contributors to this volume are: Amanda Parker Adams, Andrew Barber, AR Harlow, Becca Bachlott, and Brittany Tucker. So we also included Carol Gyzander, Cayleigh Stickler, D.R. Perry, Debbie Manber Kupfer, Fiona Teh, and Georgette Frey. And they also include Janet Gershen-Siegel, Jennifer Stibbards, Joshua L. Cejka, Kate Post, Katelyn Scarlett, and L. Anne Wooley. Furthermore, they include Michael J. Medeiros, Michael Walton, R.R. Virdi, Ryn Richmond, Skye Hegyes, Thomas E. Harper, Trine Jensegg, and Virginia Carraway Stark. Further, they include the team of The Longest Night Watch.
But the statistics are frightening. Because 5.4 million Americans have Alzheimers. And worldwide, nearly 44 million people have Alzheimer’s or a related dementia. ( Alzheimer’s Disease International) While only 1-in-4 people with Alzheimer’s disease have been diagnosed.
Furthermore, chances are pretty much everyone knows of someone, perhaps a relative, who has it or has died from it. Finally, the stories in this anthology range from humorous Terry Pratchett-eqsue tales, to intimate looks into the lives of Alzheimer’s patients and their families.
Announcing Volume 2 of The Longest Night Watch. 50% more aliens, 700% more heart!
And if that isn’t reason enough to support this project, Janet and Mike each have a story in this Anthology. Pre-order The Longest Night Watch, Volume 2 from Amazon.
Alzheimers Association’s Fact Page – www.alz.org/facts/
The Longest Night Watch, Volume 1 – http://amzn.to/2cV7YuN
The Longest Night Watch, Volume 2 – http://amzn.to/2drWXzS
But, wait. There’s more.
He is the co-owner of Busy Little Beaver Productions and is the producer and co-host for G & T Show and Gates of Sto’vo’kor. He’s directed voice actors, and produced and edited audio podcasts and dramas because he doesn’t have the face for video. He plays well with others and is always on the look out for the next project, the next thing, the next next. If he wasn’t working on something with a half dozen other projects waiting in the wings, somebody please check to make sure he’s still breathing.
During the day, he’s a mild-mannered computer repair man who dabbles in web design in his small, rural, Central California community. He lives with his lovingly dysfunctional family and loyal canine companion and spends most of his time in the closet concocting some hair-brained scheme or another. He’s got an unhealthy obsession with Lego video games, Klingons, and Star Trek Online that borders on the neurotic.
Despite all this, he still finds the time to write the words. Find out what he's doing here.