Selectively Silent Child BOOK!

A lot of you have been asking us for a Selectively Silent Child book, and the time has come to start working on it! As a non-profit group, The Selectively Silent Child doesn’t have funding for this project, BUT if you want to help us make it possible, read on.

The book will be packed with:

Authentic personal accounts from people who have battled Selective Mutism and won, with
Words and pictures by Selectively Silent Children
PLUS resource lists for parents, teachers & friends

Lovingly put together by journalist Rebecca Esther (who moonlights as The Selectively Silent Child’s media coordinator) and Lin Gorenkoff, founder of The Selectively Silent Child.

“I know what it’s like to be so anxious you can’t speak,” says Rebecca, once a Selectively Silent Child. “I want to help people who have been (or are) affected by SM. By publishing their stories, I want to give them a voice, thereby helping other anxious children around the globe.

Read on for the proposal, PLUS a list of the gifts you’ll receive as a thank you for your generous donation.

The proposal, in Rebecca’s words:

I want to travel across Canada and the United States, collecting the stories of people personally impacted by Selective Mutism, then publish them, along with artwork by anxious children and resources for their loved ones in ebook and book form. No one has ever done that before, especially on such a large scale.

Lin Says:

Instead of a manual in “doctor-speak”, we want to write a book by and for “regular people” who know what it’s like to be affected by anxiety. This book will offer support and encouragement for those closest to the SM child and insight that shows they are not alone.

Gifts to thank you for your generosity:

1 For a donation of $2 or more, your name will be included in a “thank you” blog post at The Selectively Silent Child’s website.

2 For a donation of $15 or more, you’ll receive a copy of the ebook the day it is released, and your name will be included in a “thank you” blog post at The Selectively Silent Child’s website.

3 For a donation of $35 or more, you’ll receive a copy of the book the day it is released, and your name will be included in a “thank you” blog post at The Selectively Silent Child’s website. [Shipping included if you are in North America. Otherwise, add $5].

4 For a donation of $45 or more, you’ll receive a copy of the book and the ebook the day they are released, and your name will be included in a “thank you” blog post at The Selectively Silent Child’s website. [Shipping included if you are in North America. Otherwise, add $5].

5 For a donation of $75 or more, you’ll receive 3 copies of the book (1 for you and 2 to share!) and 1 copy of the ebook the day they are released, and your name will be included in a “thank you” blog post at The Selectively Silent Child’s website. [Shipping included if you are in North America. Otherwise, add $5].

6 For a donation of $150 dollars or more, you’ll receive a special surprise, plus 3 copies of the book (1 for you and 2 to share!) and 1 copy of the ebook the day they are released, and your name will be included in a “thank you” blog post at The Selectively Silent Child’s website. [Shipping included if you are in North America. Otherwise, add $5].

7 For a donation over $250, we’ll work out a special reward just for you.

Here’s how to donate:

Visit The Selectively Silent Child at ChipIn.
On the right-hand side of the page, click the orange button that says “ChipIn!”
You’ll be directed to a PayPal page. Log in and enter the amount you want to donate.
That’s it! Be proud you supported the Selectively Silent Child and get excited about the book!

Thank you for your support.

Donate to The Selectively Silent Child’s ChipIn Page now!

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Happy New Year! I hope 2012 brings you happiness, love & an incredible reading list. I hope that reading list includes my new blog, hosted at RebeccaEsther.com ;)

I adore you!!

xo Becca

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Pucker up! [WIN a free lip gloss!]

Lip Gloss Image Source

Hey gorgeous! Would you like to win a Hard Candy ‘Mouthing Off” lip gloss? It’s sparkly, stunning + will add the perfect glittering touch to your day-to-day look or holiday glam.

Here’s how to enter:
Each entry is worth 1 point. You can submit 1 of each entry.
Tweet about this contest, then post a link to your tweet in a comment on this blog.
– Follow Etched In Tin on Twitter + post a link to your twitter in a comment on this blog.
– Like Etched In Tin on Facebook + post your facebook name and email address in a comment on this blog.
– Check out the other posts on Etched In Tin and tell me which one(s) is/are your favourite.

All comments are screened, so you + I are the only ones who will see your contact info.

Contest ends at midnight est on 23 November. I’ll choose 2 winners at random + I’ll announce the winners + contact them via email by 25 November.

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Observing Remembrance Day


Today let’s honor the brave Canadians who have defended, protected and loved our beautiful country.


Both images via this source.

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Starve yourself, then you’ll be pretty (?!)

Victoria’s Secret “Angel” Adriana Lima is all over the news this week, in celebration of malnutrition and conforming to society’s absurd body ideals.

The model is preparing for the Victoria’s Secret fashion show with an insane regimen: she “drinks a gallon of water a day. For nine days before the show, she will drink only protein shakes – “no solids”. The concoctions include powdered egg. Two days before the show, she will abstain from the daily gallon of water, and “just drink normally”. Then, 12 hours before the show, she will stop drinking entirely” (source).

The worst part of the extensive media coverage surrounding her is the exultation of starving oneself to achieve a ‘perfect’ body, one worth showing off in expensive lingerie. A woman who isn’t dehydrated and malnourished is not worthy of praise and admiration?!

Victoria’s Secret already has had their say in what body sizes are acceptable– the ones their stores cater to, from extra small to large (or, on occasion, (a very small) extra large). The diet Angels are forced to adhere to just drives the point home, ten-fold. Not only are very thin women the only beautiful women, but they must be constantly starving, parched + exercising.

I used to excitedly watch the fashion show every year, drooling over the dainty lingerie and angel wings, but the glitz isn’t enough for me this year. I’m boycotting Victoria’s Secret until they wise up and feature models of all sizes (or, at the very least, naturally slender women who don’t have to stave themselves to be considered pretty). Please join me.

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advice for young girls

advice for young girls by anonymous (via galadarling.com)

I really like numbers 2 + 5! How about you? What would you add to this list?

xx Stay gorgeous!

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“Blurgh!” [Halloween 2011]

I’m totally not spending Halloween like this… Really! Um…

I didn’t expect to spend Halloween like this… doing homework, wearing pjs, watching 30 Rock reruns with no one but my boyfriend’s cat to keep me company.

I was contemplating staying in bed, wallowing in my loneliness, but I’m trying to make the best of being home alone in the middle of nowhere.

So here’s to drinking ice water + pretending it’s wine, finding solace in favourite TV shows + buying Halloween candy ’cause you’re too old to go trick-or-treating.

Happy Halloween!

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