Black and White: Orange Karen Anthology Countdown – Day 7

As we make our way to the Orange Karen Anthology submission deadline (December 15th!) we hear from yet another person who was touched by our Orange Warrior, Karen DeLabar. R.B. and Karen met online and their friendship bloomed from that point on. R.B. does such a great job sharing his story that I’ll let him take it from here.

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Black and White

R.B. Wood

There are few decisions in life that are black and white.

Recently, I’ve been privileged to be a part of three fundraisers for people in need.  The first was a ‘Podcast for Japan’ that I hosted as a part of my Word Count show. It included marvelous authors around the world contributing original works to raise money for the victims of the terrible earthquake and tsunami in Japan.  The second was a fundraiser for author Max Cynn, whose son was diagnosed with an aggressive form of Leukemia.

The third is for friend Karen DeLabar.

Although we “met” online,  Karen and I finally met in person at ReaderCON with quite a few other “online friends” and writers.  Via the Internet, Karen comes off vibrant, funny, and full of life.

In person, she’s ten times more.  I don’t remember ever laughing so hard in my life—and many of those “happy tears” were Karen’s fault.  She defines the word “personality.”


ReaderCON 22 – Karen is on the left. Yes, that’s all booze at the table.  With K. Victoria Smith and Steve Umstead

That was back in 2011.  Fast forward to 2012.

Karen contracted Toxic Shock and very nearly died this year.  Due to strength of body, mind and spirit—and that aforementioned “personality”– she survived and is still undergoing treatments, therapy and surgeries to this day.

A young mother of two, this redheaded warrior is fighting—and winning the battle to regain her health.  But that battle has a cost.

We are in the final few days for accepting submissions for an anthology.   I know many of the contributing authors and have read a few of the accepted stories already.

But we could always use a few more.

The theme is simple: “Orange.”  As redheaded Karen’s nickname has always been Orange Karen, certainly since I’ve known her.

The proceeds of this collection—called “Orange Karen: Tribute to a Warrior”–go toward a brave mother’s medical bills.  There will be no advances or royalty checks. This is purely to help someone with a heart of gold and the soul of a lion.

Like I said.  Black and white.

R.B. Wood is a technology consultant and a writer of Urban Fantasy, Science Fiction and quite frankly anything else that strikes his fancy.  His first novel, The Prodigal’s Foole, was released to critical acclaim in 2012.  Mr. Wood is currently working on the second book of his Arcana Chronicles series called The Young Practitioner, multiple short stories, a graphic novel and a science fiction trilogy that he dusts off every few years.  Along with his writing passion, R. B.  is host of The Word Count Podcast – a show that features talent from all around the globe reading original flash-fiction stories.
R. B. currently lives in Boston with his partner, Tina, his dog Jack, three cats and various other critters that visit from time to time.
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