50 Better Ways to Spend $1 Billion Than Giving it to Kanye

Hard times have apparently fallen on multi-millionaire/rap-superstar/insufferable egomaniac Kanye West.  According to a ridiculous Twitter-rant that West posted earlier today, he is $53 million in debt and is asking for a donation of $1 billion from Facebook founder Mark Zuckerburg.  Now, I highly suspect that Mark Zuckerburg is too busy doting on his new baby daughter to really give a hoot and a half about Kanye, but the rest of the world is getting a real kick out of the fact that the famously self-absorbed rapper is asking for money.

West claims that while he is still personally rich (Whew! There’s a relief! I was almost concerned that Kim Kardashian was going to have to start living like the rest of us peasants!), he needs the $1 Billion to change the world, or make it a better place, because that what he’s meant to do or something.

Well, Kanye, sorry to burst that bubble that you apparently live in, but I can think of a few ways that that $1 billion can change the world without going through your slippery wallet.  50, in fact.


Education is a hot-button issue here in the USA. There are schools in certain parts of the country that are barely scraping by.  There are students who go to school and get their only meal of the day.  There are vital programs being cut to save a few pennies.

  1. Donate calculators, desks, and other supplies.
  2. Donate musical instruments and arts and crafts to the kids who want to study the arts.
  3. Build a new playground.
  4. Invest in teaching programs and speak out for better salaries for educators.
  5. Invest in new buildings for the kids who go to school in trailers.
  6. Donate for more dual-language programs and train all educators in the languages as well.
  7. Invest in special education programs and educators.
  8. Invest in after-school programs, especially for schools in underprivileged districts.
  9. Donate to scholarship funds for kids with disabilities, kids from low-income families, etc…
  10. Sponsor a child or a classroom.

Local Charities

We don’t have to look farther than beyond our own front porch to find people and animals in need of help. 

11. Donate to homeless shelters or organizations that provide meals for the homeless.

12. Sponsor a house for Habitat for Humanity.

13. Donate to drug and alcohol rehabilitation facilities.

14. Donate to churches and outreach programs.

15. Donate to women’s shelters and sponsor a woman who has been a victim of domestic abuse.

16.  Buy new food, blankets, and toys for a local animal shelter and speak out on behalf of those who can’t speak for themselves.

17.  Donate a new wing to a children’s hospital.

18.  Support programs that help homeless veterans.

19.  Help donate to the refugee crisis.  Provide meals and decent housing.

20.  Sponsor a senior citizen, or donate to nursing homes.  Provide blankets, shoes, clocks, books, wheelchairs, and help improve quality of life.

Nature and the Environment

We are slowly but surely destroying our greatest gift and resource: our home planet and all of its inhabitants.  $1 billion won’t solve all of our problems, but it could pave the way to a better world.

21.  Donate to protect and clean up the oceans.

22.  Donate to protect and replenish the rain forests.

23.  Protect the lions and rhinos and other endangered species that Kim Kardashian likes to wear draped around her shoulders. Adopt animals from the World Wildlife Fund.

24.  Invest in rescue and rehabilitation facilities.

25.  Invest in solar panels and donate to energy conservation and innovation.

26.  Donate to national parks and designated wildlife sanctuaries.  We have bobcats and coyotes sneaking into backyards and preying on domestic pets because their homes are being destroyed.

27.  Donate to arctic relief efforts and climate researchers to help protect the polar bears.  This is a personal one for me.  I really want my future children to grow up in a world with polar bears.

28.  Donate to parks and animals refuges that take in old, sick, or disabled animals.

29.  Invest in saving the bees and butterflies.  We need them!  Bees are vital!

30.  Finally, invest in farmers and livestock farms.  Invest in better living conditions for cows and pigs and chickens.  There is no need for those animals to live in such horrible places for their entire lives.

Medical Relief and Research

31. Donate to groups and laboratories that study cancer.

32. Donate to groups that are fighting to wipe out malaria and other parasitic diseases.

33.  Donate medical supplies to third world countries.

34.  Donate to Alzheimer’s research.

35.  Support better mental health centers, resources, and caretakers.  Mental health is a HUGE deal and there are very limited resources for those out there either living with mental illness or who love someone with mental illness.

36.  Donate new equipment to hospitals.

37.  Donate to help hospitals that provide services such as spinal implant surgery, cleft palate repair, etc…

38.  Donate to surgery centers, transplant specialists, and those paving the way toward artificial organs and specialty surgery.

39.  Donate to teams studying rare birth defects and premature births.

40. Donate to worldwide AIDs relief funds.

Global Efforts

41.  Send clean water and other resources to countries that are lacking.

42.  Donate to world literacy funds.

43.  Invest in and speak out for education for women in countries where they are treated as second-class citizens.

44.  Invest in start-up businesses, in independently owned businesses, in local mom-and-pop shops that have been around forever, in non-profit organizations.

45.  Donate to natural disaster relief.

45.  Donate to NASA and other programs that seek to explore and test our limits.

47. Donate to human rights and civil activist groups who seek to make the world a better place.

48.  Donate to preserve, protect, and restore historical monuments, buildings, works of art and literature, etc…

49.  Donate to help put an end to human trafficking, prostitution, and crimes against children.

50.  Donate to local communities, to revitalize their livelihoods, to protect their way of life.

The world can be a better place, even without Mark Zuckerburg’s $1 billion.  We don’t need money or celebrities or social media to make it happen.  The opportunities are right there in front of us.



The Revision Cycle

I think I’ve mentioned before that before any of my books go to my editors, they first go chapter by chapter to my sister.  Every writer needs someone whom they trust to be completely honest, especially when it comes to what needs to be revised.  For me, that’s my sister.  For one thing, she doesn’t have to worry about telling me the truth or hurting my feelings because I have to love her no matter what.  For another thing, she reads more than anyone I know.  She reads more than I do.  And I read a lot.  But the thing about KJ is that she knows a good book when she reads one.  She knows what it takes, what works and what doesn’t.  I also know she’d never let me publish anything she thought was lousy, not for my benefit, but because she doesn’t want people reading it and thinking, “Wow, KJ’s sister sucks.”

Today, I received not only my newest manuscript (and let me tell you, she poured her heart and soul into it.  She did a great job with the Cemetery Tours books, but I think she’s REALLY excited about this new one) but a box full of Valentines presents – nail polish, earrings, a mix CD, a key chain, lip balm, markers, and a copy of a magazine full of One Direction pictures.  All the makings for a perfect girls night.  I just wish she was here to share it with me.


Now that the manuscript is back in my hands, however, the real work is about to begin.  I love every part of the writing and publishing process, but revisions can be grueling.  I try to stay as organized as possible when I go through and make changes, but it can get confusing.  I can’t take too long with revisions, however, because I need to get this manuscript to my editors, especially since the book is due for release April 21!  I’ve told y’all before, but I am really excited about this book.  It’s so different from Cemetery Tours, but it’s so fun.

Of course, I’m still writing Cemetery Tours 3.  I started chapter 17 last night, and it’s taking some new and interesting turns that I didn’t expect.  I hope readers like it as much as the first two.  That’s something I worry about, you know?  That it won’t live up to the others.  That the first two were awesome but the third one is crap.  I know writers are supposed to exude confidence and self-assurance, but I think the truth is we all worry about how our work will be received.  We all want our book to be someone’s favorite book.  One of my dreams is to have someone write fanfiction about my characters one day!  When that day comes, I’ll know I’ve made it.

Have an awesome day, all!  I won’t be posting tomorrow because I have my very first JURY DUTY.  If you want to follow me on Twitter, however, I’ll try to do some live-tweeting.  Not about the case or anything confidential, of course,  but about how bored I am and maybe a picture of my shoes.

Twitter: JackieSmith114

Peace out.

Beach Week!

Dear friends and fellow bloggers,

I just wanted to stop by and let you know that I will be absent for the next week, as my sister and I are traveling to the BEACH.

Yes, I am bragging. But I also like to keep updated with you all as much as I can, and a week is a long time to go without posting. So there you go. Bragging is justified.

After I get back from the beach, I will have a day to relax and recharge before I head off to Oklahoma for a paranormal convention. Busy, busy, but lots of fun, and hopefully I will sell a few books and make a few new connections!

However, I will be keeping up with my Twitter and Instagram. If you have either, please follow me and I will happily follow you back!

Twitter: https://twitter.com/JackieSmith114
Instagram: http://instagram.com/jacquelineesmith

I hope you all have a wonderful week!