Everyone ended the year 2015 looking forward to 2016.
Those who seemed to crawl and stumble their way through 2015 looked forward to a new year of hope and better times. Those who shone in 2015 looked forward to soaring to even greater heights. Either way, the available muses seemed endless.
Ideas, creativity, and innovation abound. Especially across the writing world. More authors than ever before were published and sharing in each other's success. More stories shared than ever before.
Then 2016 came in. And came in with a bang.
Ten days into the new year, and we found out just how much of a bang.
First, David Bowie died. At 69 years old, cancer robbed this icon of so much more life.
Four short days later, he was joined by Alan Rickman. Also 69 years old. And also after battling cancer.
In fact, in just 35 days, 2016 has seen the deaths of several celebrities. But for the writing community, Alan Rickman and David Bowie hit the hardest. Perhaps because they were first. Perhaps because of the similarities in circumstances. But most definitely because of the impact each of these remarkable men had on the world of writing.
Both David Bowie and Alan Rickman contributed to the literary world. Both were known to be avid readers in addition to their talents on screen and stage. They gave life to every script they read. And, indeed, many characters have been created thanks to the inspiration drawn from these two men.
With this in mind, we decided to use our collective inspiration and do something as a tribute to these two men. Something inspirational. Something of which both David Bowie and Alan Rickman would be proud. Something that would enhance the legacy these men left behind. Thus, this anthology Stardust, Always was born.
Over eighty writers, authors, and editors came together with one mission: to put together this anthology and use the proceeds to help fund cancer research. The planning stages, work distribution, and much of the logistics have been worked out. And now we would like to invite you to follow along for the final legs of this journey.
Our hashtag #StardustAlways will help you keep up with our plans, release, sales, and milestones. Don't forget to subscribe to this blog for more news and information as we release it.