Howdy! Or as they say in Japan, konnichiwa!

Guess what? I’m writing this on a dark train. The power is out and we’re stuck somewhere between New York and Boston. I feel I may never get to where I’m going. But hey, nothing will stop creativity!

While I’m twiddling my thumbs, I want to say thanks for visiting the page! You’re helping make the project awesome. I mean, if I write in the middle of a dark train and no one reads it, am I really writing? If you’ve already voted or shared, woo! If you haven’t, perfect, because we need 17 more votes before I can write and release chapter two. Guys, guys! It’s in my head! Help me put it on digital paper. Argh! *the suspense*!

Also, and this is possibly the most important thing to do—please share! So far two Stevens and one Lauren have voted (you are rock stars—“Lauren and the Stevens” band!). How about let’s find a Sarah? Or a Mark? Or your brother who watches too much anime? Or your dad. He needs to read more, right? The point is—share, share share!

Oh, wow, they just started to tow our train—this is surreal! We’re being brought by a diesel train to where there is power on the tracks.

Ahem, anyway, if you want to know more about the project, I’ve pasted the info from the FAQs page below. Feel free to reach out to me any time with questions or comments (or jokes!) at Happy reading! (Or don’t be happy about it, that’s fine. I feel ya. Honor your emotions.)

And the power is back on! Phew, it seems like we’re back on track.



How does the “You Decide” Project work?

It’s simple. I write a story, you vote on a choice with a donation, and once we get enough votes I release the next chapter.

How do I participate?

Sign up for the mailing list (form is at the bottom of this page) and vote! That’s it. You’ll see the choices start to matter as the story goes on.

Where do I vote and donate:

Just head right over to my crowdrise page! There will be a link at the end of every chapter.

Shoot, I missed a vote! What do I do?

Muahaha, you are at the mercy of other people’s votes. J That’s ok, keep reading and vote next time! Maybe splurge on an extra vote!

Do you know what’s going to happen in the story?

I’ve created major characters, setting, and thought through possible events, but I won’t know how things will turn out until you vote. That’s part of the fun!

How many chapters will it be?

Six chapters, so five votes total.

Why are we raising money for migraine research?

Since being active in the migraine community for about five years, I have seen the impact that migraine has on countless individuals. I believe we are dealing with an invisible health crisis. Migraine is the 3rd most prevalent illness in the world.* Yet, in spite of its prevalence and its serious effect on individuals, families and the economy, research is severely underfunded.*

One-hundred percent of the profit of this campaign will go to the Migraine Research Foundation (MRF). The MRF raises money to fund migraine research into the causes, better treatments, and a cure for migraine. 100% of every donation goes directly to fund research.   *Migraine facts provided by the Migraine Research Foundation.

-Lisa Robin Benson, Author and MRF Fundraising Ambassador


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