July 28th, 2008

Blogathon 2008

Survey of Sol 3: Dawn

(My plan was to operate mostly by instinct, picking whatever artifact I touched or felt like writing about. I was going to save stuff like the Oracle and the box of secrets for late-night, because I wanted to start toying with Kess's self-assurance and sense of objectivity.

I was, however, always going to do this one last. Grabbing it out of order now, because this will be the first auction to end, in two hours.)



The last artifact is warm in my hands - two ropes of shimmering stones twisting together, with one larger stone in the center. I cup the stone in one hand and press the fingers of the other against it. The heat suffuses my hands, moves up my arms, and I try to pull away, but cannot. The artifact gives me nothing of itself, just reflections in its sparkly depths, reflections of the readings I've already done. The Oracle. The dancer in the desert. Time after time tonight I've had bleedthrough, had my readings cut short or been pulled in.

The heat flashes through me, through my whole body. I can't drop the artifact; can't move.

Behind me, the sun is rising. Its rays catch the artifact, and the artifact seems to blaze; the heat quickens in me, and I cry out. I cannot move. I cannot set it down.

But I can see everything.

The whole history of this planet, and all of its people. I see the moments that made history, and the moments that were quiet and full of easy grace. I see cruelty. I see wonder. I see love. I see everything, and I see it all at once -

Oh, these wonderful, terrible, beautiful humans! These poor creatures, and their poor planet! And the end - not a nuclear strike, not at all, not at the last - oh, my -

Record ends here. Survey team found no trace of Surveyor Kessanda Tarqillan, but since her link was wired to her brain and has gone offline, and that the artifact described was found in a pile of dust or sand of unknown origin, we must presume the worst. Sol 3 has been quarantined pending investigation.

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"Firebird's Child" necklace by azhure, of Sorscha Azhure - two twining strands of sunstone chips with a central large sunstone pendant set in a swirl of silver, sixteen inches long.

This was the second artifact received (the first was upstart_crow's memory-cube necklace, handed to me with a smile at WisCon.), and it set the anticipated end of Kess's record - and possible end of Kess - up immediately.

I wish I hadn't set her up to be psychometric, as that led to more mundane stuff than bizarre stuff; I was originally planning for more misinterpretations along the lines of the Venutian dominatrix and the Elder Gods on the baseball diamond. But my brain set itself up with "she sees what really happened", and since it was pretty much automatic, autopilot writing, the stuff that came out was more along the lines of knitting baby booties than it was the deathgirls, the witch trapping a heart, et cetera.

I am dissecting what I did wrong/where I failed, to do better next time.

Anyway. Auctions start ending in two hours! I am sad that certain items are out of my financial reach; this would make me very happy, but fortunately for BARCC, it's selling out of my range (though still less expensive that it would be in sihaya09's store, so if you like her work, go check that out). One of the frustrating things about this is that I have all of these beautiful things, necklaces and paintings and little boxes, and I have to let them all go!

Reminder: Every penny goes to the Boston Area Rape Crisis Center!

As for handling the rest of the writing, I don't know - suggestions? I want to post pics so you can see the shinies, but not to flood your friendspage. Will be writing all day, so whether or not stories get posted, the winner of each artifact still gets a story card in their package, which will be mailed Wednesday.

Must post this so I can walk Miss Kid to the bus stop. But go, please check out the auctions. Ending soon and not written about: Roma necklace by parrish_relics, Labradorite neclace by sihaya09, flower and butterfly necklaces by thisdaydreamer, "Sparkle and Shine" necklace by never1eighty, and Chimera Fancies pendant donated by phenom_woman. Go! Do your $WINTERHOLIDAY shopping!
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Direct sponsorships

$1,201 at this point, thanks to the following sponsors:

lynxreign, australian_joe, skyra, Amal, wordswoman, bluerosesgirl, lordlnyc, dulcinbradbury, taura_g, thesilentpoet, fiddle_dragon, sylverice2, wakingdreaming, freyapax, eilonwy, 1phish2phish, delerone, bikergeek, ysabel, mizarchivist, feste_sylvain, firebirdgrrl, fmi_agent, stealthcello, whitecrow0, frogger_the_mad, phenom_woman, eustaciavye, wired_lizard, marmota, aurora_lamour, nevacaruso, antastra, ckd, setfiretolife, drwex, keren_s, sweetevangeline!

Thanks, guys!

If you sponsored me and your name is not listed, I do not know about it. I will dig through the hundreds of comments on the fifty entries eventually, maybe, but if you commented there to tell me that you kicked in a few bucks, please assume that I did not get the message.

Please forward the e-mail receipt from Network for Good to shadesong AT gmail.com!

'songbrain requires centralization of information. Am making the needs here as clear as possible.

Auctions are ending left and right, and I'm verra busy sending invoices...

Also, can some dear BPALerina please post something like this in sinandsalvation?

EDIT: And please forgive any oddity in communication with me today. I am seriously out of my head with exhaustion, disorientation, et cetera. Brain feels mired in quicksand.
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Let me tell you a story

Few scattered notes

Auctions are ending every few minutes for the next five hours! Exciting! Go shop!

If you pay by Wednesday morning, your artifact will be mailed on Wednesday. If by Friday morning, Friday. No one should have to pay any later than that, but if you are later, you may have to wait a week; I'll be in Vegas all next week.

I will, of course, combine shipping if you win more than one artifact.

Locals - you can pick up, or I can find a way to deliver to you. No shipping & handling! So go bid! Especially on large things like this awesome framed poster by ultra_lilac! Yes. Locals, buy art so I don't have to ship it!

You can still get great prices on lots of art, knitted stuff, music, musical instruments, that great candleholder, tin purses, et cetera.

I'm perking up a bit. Coredump on Gchat with feste_sylvain helped. Still processing a lot. Progress is made slowly sometimes. And will be aided today by tea and a bath. Hm. BPAL bath oil or Lush bath bomb?

EDIT: Auctions will be ~$2,000 if no one else bids, on top of my almost $700 in direct sponsorship. I'd love to pass last year's high of $3500 raised, so go forth and bid - and if you don't win your item, please consider donating the amount you were willing to spend directly to BARCC!
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Schedule

I feel like all I've been doing today is invoicing auction winners... *flops over on couch* I think staying in tonight is best. Rest. Yes.

Tomorrow: Writing stories for the pieces I never got around to... I think I'll post them on Never Silent and point you guys over there when they're up, to avoid friendslist flooding yet still have the stories available. Must then print out stories and set aside the artifacts that need to be mailed. Thankfully, the big framed poster is going locally! :) Must also send the artists who still have their artifacts the addresses of the winners. *nod*

Wednesday: Field trip! Packing and mailing with Emily and Kyth!

Thursday: Something that is in no way related to Blogathon. I don't know what yet. But I get a day off!

Friday: Drawing for Fabulous Prizes. Sending out said Fabulous Prizes.

At some point this weekend, we're going to Shakespeare in the Square! Not choosing a day until I hear from Elayna, find out what her Explo trip plans are.

And... packing for a week in Vegas. Dude. Vegas. Monday. *falls over*

Final half hour of the auctions, kids. Last chance to get in on this. Bid! Bid like the wind! (Let's assume the wind is an eBay addict, okay? Thanks.)
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Auctions are over.

Total raised via auctions: $1,900.10.
Direct donations: $706.00.

Total right now: $2,606.

Can we top last year's $3,500? Don't know. That's up to you.

Sponsors get an exclusive short story and an entry into the drawing for Fabulous Prizes. If you can think of additional incentives, let me know!

Also, if you sponsored, make sure I've thanked you here. If I haven't, I don't know that you've sponsored me!

After all of this is done, I'm taking a nice long break from fundraising. (WTD isn't a fundraiser, it's my Day Job. Even so, might continue my break from it through August because I'll be in Vegas for half of WTD week.) So if you were saving your pennies for the next 'song fundraiser, go ahead and spend 'em right here and now!

Please sponsor me. Donate to the Boston Area Rape Crisis Center now.


EDIT: Update before bed: $2,767. Now I sleep.
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Everyone here is a crazy person.

We are amused.

Today, between invoicing eBay winners, I read some of the stuff my fellow blogathonners were writing the other day. wired_lizard's big project was Stars, an alternate-universe Avengers fanfic where all genders are flipped (Captain America is Stella Rogers, et cetera.)

So one of the things she wrote was a musing on who she imagined everyone looking like.

Regarding Donna Blake: "Actually, when I first conceived of her, before I decided she'd be a little older and more classically motherly, I kind of imagined her as shadesong."

*cracks up*


<----her Thor icon, btw.
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