I've seen people expressing:
- how their great trip to go cherry-blossom viewing is now ruined, what an inconvenience;
- how Katrina was way worse because of all those Americans who died
- (and Katrina was trending on Twitter, to boot);
- how it's Japan's fault that their morning exercise routine on the shores of San Francisco was disrupted;
- how Japan deserved this for the war crimes it denies having committed;
- how it's really sad about Japan and all, but hopefully this won't disrupt the weekend anime schedule;
- sincerely vile sentiments like "see, now this is a real disaster, a good hardworking country being hit with an earthquake -- unlike Haiti, which wasn't civilised to begin with";
- how fascinating it is to watch the global markets respond to this crisis; it's just always so interesting and rewarding to study the effects of a natural disaster on the global economy;
- how if we think the devastation is bad in Japan and want to feel better about it, we should Google "Pearl Harbor death toll"...
You guys know I am prone to making up hypothetical remarks for the added hyperbole (because I find hyperbole makes it much easier to make a point clearly), but I am sad to say none of these are hypothetical or exaggerated; I wish they were. But I've seen and heard them, and not all of them came from right-wing fundamentalist creepers -- I'm not linking only because the last thing any of these people need is more attention.
As a result of these observations, I have come to the conclusion that humanity's rear end has a much worse acne problem than I had suspected.
But no matter! Because fortunately, for every truly awful thing said, there are dozens of messages of support, condolence, prayer, offers of help, words of praise and encouragement for the people trapped or stranded in the areas of Japan affected by the disaster.
A fandom auction hit the ground running hours after the news -- help_japan.
I will offer my awful stick figure crack art and original fic and beta services and meta and whatever else I can think of in the meantime between now and when auctions open. I've spoken at some length in the past about how writing fan fiction for "money" (even though the writer doesn't pocket the money) makes me feel incredibly uncomfortable, still does, always will, so I am still not offering fic.
However, I will write one word of fic for every dollar raised by help_japan collectively. Everyone who bids at help_japan (on anything, for any amount, whether your bid wins or not) and is for some reason interested in me writing fic for them will be able to submit a prompt of their choosing (along with a link to their bid) once bidding is over on March 26th (I will at that time put up a call for prompts with a list of fandoms I'm willing to write).
I do not expect an overwhelming number of prompts, but I don't want to end up in a situation where I'm making people wait forever for what they were promised, so I'll put the prompts in a poll for each fandom so everyone can pick which one prompt gets written for that fandom (fic length = total help_japan donations divided by the number of fandoms prompts are submitted for).
Additionally, if a particular prompt grabs me right away, I will write drabbles/ficlets on the spot, but I make no promises there. I decided earlier today that I'm going to skip all the cosplay events I had been planning to attend this year to make time for this.
Also, because stories about auction defaulters make me really sad, if by the end of this calendar year I fail to deliver on any of the fic prompts that I commit to (I will post a list), I will donate the amount of the prompter's original bid to the relief organisation of their choice. Same goes for defaulting on non-fic; if I don't deliver by the deadline we agree on, I will match your donation.