April 6th, 2009



Happy birthday to gingerdoss!

Hello to new readers rymfireebooks, stardragonca, and usullusa!

...ow. No, serious ow.

The walk was more arduous than I'd thought it would be. Emily thinks the suicide prevention walk was 3K, not 5K. That would explain why this was twice as hard on my body.

So yeah. I started to have difficulty about halfway through, and was seriously dragging by about 2/3 through. Still, I pushed through and I got it done, and went to bed early to get the first good night's sleep I'd had in three days.

If you sponsored me, make sure I have your e-mail address to I can get you the Wind Tunnel Dreams ebook and get your info to popelizbet for the mix CD!

Random number generator says the winner of the $25 custom work gift certificate from Wyrding Studios is... alexandraerin!

Money Panic
I'm having that thing where I'm juggling multiple variables and my brain is freezing up. Ack.

I have not heard back from Explo yet regarding financial aid. They're making their decisions this week. Explo costs, in total, ~$5,000. I can get $1,000 from my parents, and I can probably get some money from Adam's mom and my birthmom, but everyone's reluctant (understandably) to send until they know how much we need. Financial aid could cover both sessions, one session only, or just $500. Or nothing, but we don't think it'll be nothing.

All money needs to be in by May 1.

So yeah. Panic.

Getting the invoice from the printer may assauge the panic a bit; I'm pretty sure I have a few hundred in PayPal for Explo, but I can't know for certain until I get a final invoice. Have sent a touching-base e-mail there.

For the Record
Concerts I want to go to, should anyone want to take me:
May 19: Carbon Leaf, Paradise Rock Club
June 10: Jenny Lewis, House of Blues
July 11: Ani DiFranco, Lowell Summer Music Series
August 7: Dar Williams, Lowell Summer Music Series

Link Soup
* Dear unemployed friends: Starting tomorrow (though in truth it has already started), the largest hiring initiative in the history of the IRS will start.
* Fun with linguistics!
* Master list of free online language lessons.
* Talk to strangers!

Daily Science
Mass extinctions occur repeatedly, though irregularly, throughout Earth’s history, and occasionally these extinctions have been devastating to life on our planet - or have they? Extinction events have sometimes accelerated the evolution of life on earth by eliminating old dominating species and making room for new ones. A new study takes this idea a step further, showing that life may have never achieved the complexity necessary for the development of advanced multi-cellular organisms without recurring extinction events.

WTD, walk, violin practice, more writing.

Ravens in the Library

People are starting to get their copies, and I am biting my fingernails waiting to see if my story works for people!

The two reviews I've seen so far have made me squee, though.

k_crow says: "Inanna's descent, a fortune told in cards, and the true experience of one soul in Vegas. I found myself in tears over and over again while reading this story. It goes into very dark places, and comes out the other side in hope. I know I'll be re-reading this story, whenever I need to be reminded that my life is what I choose to keep with me, and who I decide that I intend to be. It's a gift, paid for in blood, and written in the same."

thewronghands says: "But the really outstanding story of the collection, for me, was Shira Lipkin's "Fortune". From the mythic roots in the descent of Inanna to the modern wry word-twisting (I loved "Lie back and think of Vegas" as an encapsulation of half the things that are wrong with that city), she lays down a hard and shining path before you and compels you to walk it. I was caught on every word and drawn in to the character's journey. Really brilliantly well done; brava."

*quiet bounce and squee*

This story was written specially for this collection. You want to read it, right? And you want to help defray s00j's medical expenses, right? It's not sold out - yet. You should buy it.
Wind Tunnel Dreams

Wind Tunnel Dreams: Month of Myth

Her sisters flitted around her like butterflies, radiant in bright silks, trailing ribbons and laughter. Her father stood next to the groom, all puffed up in pride.

And the groom…

Her prince. Golden and noble, no trace of the Beast he’d been. Handsome. Courtly. And she the envy of her sisters, of everyone; she, who transformed him with a kiss.

Her, with the bravery to kiss the Beast.

They assume she knew. They imagine late nights in the library, researching his curse. They imagine her crying “Eureka!” and “Aha!” and running off to meet with him, perform the distasteful act…

She stood before the priest, numb; her prince’s joy infected the gathered crowd, and no one noticed that the bride was silent.

He is perfect, after all.

She lies beside him in bed later, watches him sleep. The moonlight illuminates those cheekbones, that mouth, that chest, that so-smooth skin. He was gentle and courtly even in this; she had felt little pain.

She cries as quietly as she can.

It was not the prince she wanted, after all; not a prince that she fell in love with, not a prince that she desired. It was the Beast.

My brain is full of financial jugglings today - not much in the writing zone. So this is from the sponsor-extras section of the Gojirawitz Girls Challenge.

Like the Gojirawitz Girls Challenge, all proceeds go to sending Miss Kid to Explo!
Katchoo - Terry Moore


So my cheap little bright green eBay violin needs new strings, and one of the fine-tuners fixed, and something done to its bridge. And I need a shoulder rest and a tuner and stuff.

And there's the ongoing question of Explo money, and I need to buy plane tickets to go to WisCon. And I need $90125 (it went up with zero notice, crap!) for my driver's license (can you believe that? In Georgia it was $8!)

And and and. Credit cards are maxed out. Yay.

And I just don't have the money to fix up that violin. Because the kid comes first, and the family as a whole. And then career stuff (and make no mistake, WisCon is valuable career stuff). And then playing around.


I've e-mailed to see if the class fee's partially refundable. And I have to withdraw for now.

When I have a little money, I'll get the violin fixed up. And then when I have a little more, I'll enroll again.


It is a grey sad day, and I hate giving up things that make me happy, and I need a hug. Is no one here to hug me. So I will curl up on the couch with my heated blankie and read, perchance to nap.

EDIT: No, this is not an asking-for-money post; any money I get goes straight to Explo. Violin lessons = not salvagable at this time. I just with Explo would let us know if we got financial aid and, if so, how much; I have too many balls in the air over this.