Last night, I slept outside. It was one of the coldest nights of the winter so far here in Edinburgh, and all I had to protect myself from the cold was a sleeping bag, lots of layers and a very orange survival bag.
Still, that was a lot more than a lot of Edinburgh's homeless have. Which is why I never thought that this was going to be anything like the real 'experience' of sleeping on the streets. We had free hot drinks, a concert, safe spaces to sleep and even a bedtime story.
But it brought it all home. The cold, the darkness, the anonymity of sleeping among people you don't know.
I'm currently fundraising for Sleep in the Park, a charity fighting homelessness, and will be sleeping rough for a night on the 9th Dec to raise money.
While writing my contemporary reverse harem Streets of Winter (in the Snow and Seduction anthology) I researched a lot about homelessness and was quite shocked about how many people are living on the streets, especially now in winter. I'm already donating half of my royalties of that anthology to the charity but n...ow I would like to get you, my amazing readers, involved as well.
To say thank you, I'm going to add everybody who donates (no matter how much) to my new VIP Facebook Group, where I will be posting the next chapters of Streets of Winter (I'm turning it into a full length novel) while I write them. You'd be able to get up close with the writing process, ask questions, get to name characters and maybe even influence the plot.
You can donate here: https://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/skyemackinnon
Then comment below or send me an email and I'll add you to the group.
Thank you so much for your support in advance, together we'll be able to make a real difference!
Scottish storyteller. Tea drinker. Cat tamer. Highland walker. Believes in unicorns and happily ever afters.