November 17th, 2008



Happy birthday to jasmine_koran!

Hello to new reader jennaria!

I have stiffness because of OMG cold, but I've got the fire going, so that should improve. No other pain. And it looks like the snot goblins are almost done migrating.

I wish I could stay longer. I love it here. Alas, real life calls, and I must leave writing-and-art-camp. But I love being here. Is why I was so giggly on last night's impromptu videocam session. I also want to try to knock out Large Fandom Collider and New Gods (far-future version) today, after Shayara WTD. Because I'm crazy, and because I got so much done yesterday, and because it'll be less on my plate. Those are the last small things on my to-do list - the rest is all short stories (starting with "Bound", the Katrina/Telenias story) and novels (starting with Places You Haunt).

Please help our friend.
In the words of eustaciavye, A lot of you know my dear friend dalious. Today I am asking for help on behalf of his mother. She has been unable to work for several years because of medical issues. The details are spelled out in dalious's LJ here.

After working and paying into the system for her entire adult life, my friends mom is being denied mass health, social security, basically any kind of help. That leaves her with no money for bills, food, a place to live... she is staying with family but needs a lot of help.

If you go to the link above you'll see a donation link at the bottom of the page. I'm kicking in what I can, which isn't much, but maybe some of you can help out? Maybe you know of some resource that might help my friend and his mom? He's doing the best he can to help her out but what he can do is not going to be enough.

Oooh - shop ViolentBelle!
ojouchan says "ruggerdavey aka Rachel is a friend of mine from Williams. To this day she is one of the kindest sweetest people I have had the pleasure to know. Rachel teaches in Kentucky, and every year she organizes a Christmas shopping spree for her neediest children. These are often children who are not adequately clothed for the winter weather and who lack even the basic things every child should have to ensure health and happiness. Please if you can spare anything this season please consider giving to someone who is in line to directly give. Here's her post with all the info.

I hereby pledge that 25% of all my sales from today until December 13th will go to Rachel and her wonderful students. There was a time when as a child I went without. I was always taught to share my fortune, and now I shall. So if you can please do."

I was already going to shop there for Elayna. Even more reason!

Link Soup
* Blogs as wunderkammern.
* Star Trek plate covers!
* Um. I has a fanpage. (Thank you, Adam, for being my biggest fan!)

Link Soup: Daily Science Edition
* Materials under development at MIT could lead to coatings that repel both water and oil. A group of MIT researchers have created an improved set of design rules for making any surface impervious to any liquid, be it water or gasoline. Such materials could eventually have promise as fingerprint-repelling coatings, fuel filters, self-washing car paints, and stain-resistant clothing.
* [Researchers at MIT and Harvard] They've found a way to hook synthetic patches to the surface of B and T cells — and to control the movements of those cells with magnetic fields. Armed with these so-called "backpacks," lymphocytes can now identify growing tumors and infections, as well as personally (or cellularly?) deliver treatments to ailing cells. This could be the first crest of a wave of revolutionary new school supplies in the world of tissue engineering.

Writing, working out our December and monthly-through-2009 collaborations (oh, man, do we have a lot to announce), and catching the 3:00 bus back to Boston.
Pimpin' - yuki_onna

Mall of Shadesong: Art

Wonderful things for your walls!

* anotherjen: "I make collages from pictures I cut out of magazines. Almost all my materials are recycled: even the frames usually come from thrift stores or the curb. (Why recycled materials? Click here!)"

* bitsyboo: "I do pet portraiture! $65 for a black and white on paper (example); $85 for a black and white on scratchboard (example); $85 for a color portrait on paper (example); $100 for color paint on canvas (example). These would all be sized up to 18" x 18". Any size desired larger than that would START at $100 (oversize commissions to be priced on a case by case basis) I work from photographs and will draw any animal!"

* dakabn: "Graphic Designer. Professional site/Personal/Collaborative Writing Site. I have most recently worked with layout for posters and newsletters, but I have done logos, powerpoint presentations, templates, backgrounds, promotional items, etc.I want to list ever possible thing, but I would love to be contacted to work on anything from a logo, poster, web banner, etc. Depending on who you are and what you'll be using it for, I may do it for free. :D (I'm a supporter of small business.) As for needing things for the holidays: I could do greeting cards (print or to email someone), posters, etc. If you want a photo manipulated, that's fun too! You'll have to be responsible for any manual preparation (printing, framing, etc).Contact me with your idea and we'll discuss details."

* ellenmillion: "I'd like to pimp my artists, nearly 200 of them now, and their fantasy and sci fi artwork on a wide range of merchandise, including coloring books (for grownups, too!), prints, mousepads, stickers, calendars, wallets, t-shirts and more! Additionally, if you're looking for character portraits for a truly one-of-a-kind gift for that had-to-shop-for RPG player or writer, consider drafting one of the many talented artists at Portrait Adoption."

* haikujaguar: Buy beauty here.

* ioianthe: "The Uncommon Facade: masks and other custom leather works.
Think masquerade. Think theater. Think SCA. Think blindfold. Think not just masks... there's so much that can be done is sculpted leather. Much of the work that I do is custom or customizable, and I'm happy to work within your budget... Artists? I also consider partial or full trade, especially for items that would make good holiday gifts. :)"

* jadecat9: "I'll pimp my photography. There's my website. I also have some other photos that I don't have on the website yet (because I've been busy) here. These include some wildlife photos etc. If they are on LJ, they can check out some of the photos on my LJ scrapbook (like this one)."

* jnanacandra: "Fire Sea Studios. While I'm not making new art right now due to a back injury, I have lots of prints in stock left over from the summer festival season! My art is centered on fantasy and occult themes, invoking intangible concepts with vivid colors and movement around the human form."

* novelfriend: "Mane Impressions Digital Photography: Let me pimp my good friend Renee Goodwin, who has $Winterholiday cards available, many through equine rescues - so the money goes to help horses in need. She also has some wonderful artsy photos, matted and framed. Many are equine themed, others are not: flowers, landscapes, lighthouses."

* vanuslux: " a photographer. Here is his portfolio. If you live in the Atlanta area, he would love take your portrait. His e-mail is Also, check out his Cafepress store."