October 3rd, 2008



I have a few friends who are going through monumentally horrible things this week. I haven't spoken about them because it hasn't been my place. But there's finally an area in one of them where I can help, and that's by reaching out to you.

I'll let emilytheslayer take it from here; all italicized text is hers.

As most of you know, a good friend of mine and a member of my Boston group of friends killed himself last Sunday night. This has been incredibly hard to deal with, but I'm starting to get to an ok place. I really want to thank everyone for their kind words and thoughts, it's really meant a lot.

Now, all of you who've been asking if there's any way to help? There totally is. A group of us will be participating in the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention's Out of the Darkness Walk on October 11 at Artesani Park in Brighton as Team [name TBA]. If you can't donate, I totally understand and am certainly not going to hold it against anyone. If you want to donate and can, that would be amazing and fantastic and great.

So if you want to donate, please go to my donation page, or to the team's page to make a general donation. We're not competing with each other, so either is fine. If there's an interest, maybe I can work out something where I'll knit something for the highest donation, or do a drawing or something, I'll have to think about that.

Don't feel bad if you can't give a lot! I have 154 people who supposedly read this journal (a few less than that for the spam journals and people's alternate journals, so let's call it 150) if you want to just give me a dollar? Awesome. Whatever you feel comfortable with is still going to help, and will mean so much to me.

Please feel free to repost this and spread it to your friends.

I hugely admire the way they've taken this tragedy and are pushing through it by helping others. I've donated. And any of you who donate will get the bonus WTD story, the Large Fandom Collider; just send me your receipts. Please donate, even if you have no interest in WTD! I have over a thousand people reading me. If all of you gave a dollar...

To Emily & co: holding you guys in my thoughts, and lighting a candle.
Cobblestone street


Happy birthday to farwing and ketzl!

Happy birthday to eilonwy, who advances a year over the weekend!

Hello to new reader kaitouace2750 and oldewolfe!

I had a sore throat through most of my trip; in the absence of other symptoms, I thought maybe my new inhaler was irritating the back of my throat. Now I have a slight fever and a feverish lassitude, the kind that makes your eyes feel glassy. And post-nasal drip, which I haaate. So.Not very sick, but sick enough to take note of; will need to take rest breaks. Painwise, I'm okay. 'Bout a 3.

Wind Tunnel Dreams
The Large Fandom Collider pendant goes to s00j! s00jlove, please to send me a mailing address.

I know what I like writing, but since I'm writing for your coffee money, it behooves me to know what you like reading. So! Yesterday's poll. Tied for first place: Crackling ice and The Ushabti's Day Off. A close second: When her eyes open, the desert turned into glass (which was my favorite).

Bottom three were Candle, mirror, string; Bleached time; While your lips are still red.

My favorites-to-write: Desert turned to glass, Portal to Heaven, Ushabti, and Ordinary Magic. (I am the writer and so I get to pick more than three. :P) Personally, I wasn't that into the ice one - it surprises me to see so many people into it.

Ones that will be gathered up into their own novels eventually (after Places You Haunt and Shayara!): Thank you for erasing my memories (with Apostate and the Steadfast Tin Soldier), The Sphinx and Ananke (with Maggie's story, which requires a title). Pattern of light through leaves could be expanded to a short story or novella - I'd want to do Ani's story. If Swanleigh-Fulcrum's Guide keeps popping up,its advice may eventually be collected, but I don't currently have plans for that.

Shayara by Subscription
Okay, so this is how it would work:
1. I write Act One and send it out for art.
2. While it is getting arted, I send it (text-only, with sneak peeks at art as it comes in) to subscribers, a chapter a week.
3. Subscriber money helps pay artists.
4. When art is complete, I start posting it on Shayara.com.
5. While all of this is going on, I'm writing Act Two; lather, rinse, repeat. Then lather, rinse, repeat with Act Three. If this works, I can get subscribers a constant stream of story in advance of the general public, and I'll have enough delay built into the system that a fibro flare won't screw everything up, which is what happened earlier this year. Subscriptions... doe $10/month sound good?

How does that sound? Any advice? Any questions? Any requests?

It'll be a while before I have anything for you. I just want to get the idea out there.

Link Soup
* Jeweler/crafter friends! Be in BUST's Product Showcase!
* Fascinating album idea. harkalark, you want to read that.
* Getting inspiration from the Ghost Bikes around town, a 26-year-old female artist has hung a handmade sign on the corner of Meserole and Humboldt in Brooklyn. This is her first piece of street art, and it reads: "A woman was raped by a stranger on this block. Please protect your friends, lover, sister, daughter, mother, grandmother, niece, cousin, neighbor, the woman you hear call for help late one night. 1 in 6 women in this country have been victims of rape or attempted rape. This needs to stop happening." The message is burned into a piece of wood, and surrounded by flowers made from cans.

Daily Science
More Star Births Than Astronomers Have Calculated

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Friday Memage!
Wearing: Long white nightie.
Reading: Surprised by God, by Danya Ruttenberg. And the pile of magazines that came while I was in Louisiana.
Writing: The Telenias's story, and dammit I have got to do the "Ondine" thing, hopefully today.
Planning: Hanging out with my comic dealer this afternoon (comic delivery + making sure the comics track at Arisia has everything it needs). Other than that, I actually have no weekend plans for once. All the better to rest up - next week's schedule is grueling.

Boondock/can't believe

Oh! One last WTD note!

This week's shinies go on sale tonight. "OH JOHN RINGO NO", that crystal heart, Ordinary Magic, and the piece I made. So you should go shopping. I'm pretty sure all sponsors have the coupon code for the free earrings; if you haven't received it, check your PayPal e-mail. If it's not there, ping me for it.

Gwyn and I maintain that my ability to write "OH JOHN RINGO NO" and the crackling-ice piece within hours of each other = a superpower.

Will shut up now. And get dressed, and do household stuff til I fall over. But. Thanks for support and comments/feedback. It's been a good month. And watch Wyrding Studios at 8 PM EST for that update!