I grew up just outside of New York City. I was a Yankees fan, a Knicks fan, a Rangers fan, a Giants fan. And, as a loyal New Yorker, I have spent much of my life rooting against teams from Boston — the Red Sox, the Celtics, the Bruins (the Patriots too, but they haven’t really been the Boston Patriots since I was a little kid).
On the other hand, I lived for several years in Providence and all of my siblings lived for at least some time in the Boston area. So, while I grew up hating Boston’s teams, I have always loved the city of Boston. When it came time to set my Thieftaker books in a Colonial era city, Boston seemed the logical choice.
The terrorist attack on the Boston Marathon venue left me stunned and grieving, not only for the victims most affected by the bombings, but for the entire city. I still recall my sense of outrage, of violation when my beloved New York was attacked in 2001. I know what the people of Boston are feeling.
And so, it is with deepest sympathy and love and solidarity that transcends lifelong sporting rivalries that I embark on a fundraiser and giveaway to do my small part in helping Boston get back on its feet. Through a website called First Giving, I am hosting a fundraising event the goal of which is to raise $5,000.00 by July 2 (the release date for THIEVES’ QUARRY, and for the paperback reprint of THIEFTAKER) for the Boston Foundation and the One Fund of Boston. If you will help me raise the funds, I’ll make it interesting for you. Here’s how it works:
For each fundraising milestone we reach, I will be giving away prizes to lucky donors.
— When we reach $1000 raised, I will give away one signed uncorrected manuscript of THIEFTAKER. This is a collector’s item — a copy of the manuscript that was sent out to other authors who were asked to blurb the book before its release in 2012.
— When we reach $2000, I will give away one Boston Thieftaker’s Guild t-shirt in whatever size the winner wants. The t-shirt can be signed if the winner would like it to be.
— When we reach $3000, I will give away one signed paperback edition of THIEFTAKER. (This book comes out on July 2, so the giveaway will happen then.)
— When we reach $4000, I will give away one signed hardcover edition of THIEVES’ QUARRY. (This book will also be available on July 2 and will be given away then.)
— When we reach $5000, I will give away a second signed paperback of THIEFTAKER and a second signed hardcover of THIEVES’ QUARRY to one lucky donor. (Also to be given away on July 2.)
The donation site can be found here: http://www.firstgiving.com/fundraiser/DBJacksonThieftaker/thieftakergiveaway
I hope you will join me in reaching out to the people of Boston, and doing our part to speed the healing process. And I hope that you’re one of the luck winners.
January 22, 2012
In overtime. In a game they really had no business winning. Wow. Just wow.
January 8, 2012
Turns out the entire team showed up. Nice game, guys.
January 8, 2012
So the Giants are playing the Falcons for the right to play Green Bay at Lambeau Field. In January. And this is supposed to motivate them? The defense looks good so far; the offense is showing few signs of waking up. More later.
January 2, 2011
So one goal I had for this year was to blog on a daily basis. Took me all of 24 hours to blow that one. But I really do intend to post more often this year — as close to daily as I can manage. There. I’ve said it. Now to do it.
My thought for the day is fairly mundane, I have to admit. I’m thinking about my effing Giants and what a bunch of losers they are. My dream is for the ownership to fire Tom Coughlin and hire either Jeff Fisher or Brian Billick. But yeah, it’s just a dream….
September 23, 2009
Today’s post can be found at http://www.sfnovelists.com, the group blog on speculative fiction that I maintain along with a group of over one hundred published authors of fantasy and science fiction. The post is called “What sports Can Tell Us About Writing, and What they Can’t.” I hope you enjoy it.
November 11, 2008
None of you who know me would ever, EVER confuse me with a football player, right? I mean there’s just no chance of that happening. Same with Nancy.
You ever heard of “Punt, Pass, and Kick”? It’s a program sponsored by the National Football League. They go into schools and have kids compete by punting, throwing, and kicking a football. The object is to get the greatest distance and accuracy in each event. It’s a national competition and at the end of the football season the winners in the various age and gender groups are honored at the Super Bowl.
Well, my youngest daughter, who to my knowledge had never thrown or kicked a football in her entire life, won her age group competition at her school. This was last month, and this past Saturday Nancy and I drove her down to Chattanooga for the regional competition. We thought it was pretty cool that she had done so well at her school, and we figured it would be a good experience for her. We also figured that at the regional level she’d be overmatched by bigger, stronger kids whose parents had actually been working with them on these skills for the past several years. (I should note here that my daughter and I did spend this last month occasionally throwing and kicking a football around. It was mostly for fun, but she did her best to improve her skills, and I helped where I could.)
Long and short: She did better than we thought she would in Chattanooga. She did really well actually. She came in second, and brought home a big honkin’ trophy and a medal. We couldn’t believe it.
I have two girls, and I never played football at any level except in my yard with friends when I was a kid. My daughters are swimmers and soccer players and we have plenty of medals and trophies. But I never thought in a million years that we’d have a football trophy in our house. Life is full of surprises….
February 12, 2008
Pitchers and catchers report tomorrow, which, for those of you unfamiliar with baseball terminology, means that spring training is about to begin. This is usually a time of rejoicing for me; an end to a long, lonely winter of sports about which I don’t really care. Football, basketball, hockey — usually they’re just games to read about when there are no boxscores, a way of marking time until baseball awakes from its winter hibernation.
This year was a bit different, in part because of the Giants’ unexpected success (I’m still in shock) and in part because it was such an ugly offseason for baseball. All steroids all the time. I feel like I’m holding my breath, waiting to see how the sport will disgrace itself next, wondering how much more of this I can take.
But spring training is a time of possibility. The trades have been made, the ink is dry on newly signed contracts, rookies are gearing up for the exhibition season, hoping to make that magical leap from unknown to phenom. The Mets managed to sign the best pitcher in baseball, Johan Santana. The Yankees managed to re-sign the best everyday player in the game, A-Rod. And the Red Sox, for the second time in the last four years, begin the season as defending world champions. Wouldn’t it be great if the baseball world found a way to get their collective s#%t together and put together a great season? A few pennant races in the variouis divisions, close competitions for individual honors, maybe a no-hitter or two. It wouldn’t take much. Those of us who love the game are looking for reasons to care about it again.
A new season. Hope springs eternal.