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Scheherazade in Blue Jeans
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Wind Tunnel Dreams! 
4th-Sep-2009 09:32 am
Hearth
So! Big announcement!

Next week begins a very special round of Wind Tunnel Dreams. Flash fiction, poetry, and short stories drawn from fairy tales, folktales, and mythology...

by me and the amazing gwynraven.

I'd said I didn't intend to do more WTD. What changed my mind? The economy has bitchslapped Gwyn, who I regard as my beloved sister, in a most unacceptable way. Her university requires her to attend both ALA conferences, but will only pay for one, leaving her to fund the other - at ~$600 - out of her own pocket. Which she can barely manage.

And she can't manage that *and* a $300 plane ticket to Boston for Thanksgiving. (She's knocked out of cheap-ticket range by her teaching schedule.)

So she was looking at not being able to come here for Thanksgiving for the first time in eight years. Which devastated all of us - her and me, Adam and Elayna. It is not Thanksgiving without our Gwyn, not really.

So once I got over the shock, I said "Okay, if we can somehow raise the money, can you get here?" Answer was yes.

We are raising the money. Because for us, Thanksgiving is all about our chosen family. And Gwyn is a huge part of that. This needs to happen.

Gwyn and I are both major fairytale/folklore geeks, so the theme was easy to choose! So here's the plan:

* Starting Monday, we will post fiction and poetry drawn from fairy tales/folklore/mythology every day.
* We'll alternate LJs - you get stuff from me one day, Gwyn the next. We figure this will cut down on burnout.
* Our goal is $300. Any money raised beyond that will go towards the food for said Thanksgiving dinner.
* Yes, we will be taking prompts. Please leave them in comments! Obscure stuff welcome!
* As with the original WTD, if you sponsor us, we have to use your prompt.

There you have it. Starting Monday, with your help, we are bringing Gwyn home for the holidays.
Comments 
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4th-Sep-2009 02:23 pm (UTC)
Once again I offer as a prompt: wishing-well intelligence. Toss a penny in and it gives you what you really need. :)
4th-Sep-2009 02:38 pm (UTC)
Please promote this in told_tales! It's a big fairy tale community (I think the biggest one on livejournal) and I know all the members would want to hear about this!
4th-Sep-2009 03:13 pm (UTC)
Too bad I'm also broke and have expensive stuff coming up through at least December, or else I could contribute. Poop.
4th-Sep-2009 03:15 pm (UTC)
You can help spread the word next week!
4th-Sep-2009 04:12 pm (UTC)
Please do something with the Juniper Tree. It's so...dark and revenge-y. I love it.

(Seriously, it gives drinking a G&T and extra little something.)
4th-Sep-2009 07:05 pm (UTC)
Anonymous
Whoa! What university would make someone attend any ALA conference, let alone both of them? They're largely a waste--mostly a vendor circus.
4th-Sep-2009 07:06 pm (UTC)
Sorry that was me--forgot to log in.
6th-Sep-2009 06:50 pm (UTC)
I have to be on committees to qualify for tenure. I have to go to ALA to attend committee meetings. Thus they don't *explicitly* require me to attend the conferences, but I can't really do one without the other.
6th-Sep-2009 10:38 pm (UTC)
That really sucks. And is borderline illegal- sadly, the "borderline" means they can probably get away with it.

*hugs*
4th-Sep-2009 08:01 pm (UTC)
Alas! Alack! It's mostly money I lack...

How ever, if I might make a suggestion or two: We hear so often about the heroes & heroines in the stories...but what about the other side of the coin? What's the villains story?

Why are there never any evil hench-woman?

What are the Gods of Myth doing now they're retired? Is Zeus the CEO of a fortune 500 company, did Thor join a Norwegian speed-metal band, does Venus have a 'ranch' just outside of Vegas? [Did Hunter S Thompson know something we don't?]
4th-Sep-2009 09:18 pm (UTC)
Out of curiosity, did you ever read a comic called Athena by Dean Hsieh? :) It's pretty much... well, the Greek gods only, but almost exactly like that...
7th-Sep-2009 12:02 am (UTC)
I loved that comic!
4th-Sep-2009 09:20 pm (UTC)
Bring on Monday!
(Glad for the heads up, I'll be more careful with my spending this weekend.)
5th-Sep-2009 08:51 am (UTC)
I've always loved The Twelve Dancing Princesses and wondered who, the dancing Princes were and why were they in an underground world?
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