August 2nd, 2010

Tiala - xana art


Hello to new readers freetobeme18 and shiyiya!

State of the 'Song
Physically, the ten hours of sleep did me good. I am emotionally exhausted for reasons that have not so much to do with Blogathon (that I didn't know about til after or I would not have done Blogathon), so that combined with the sleep-dep is making me a little lethargic on reaction time and a bit numb. Sleepwalkery.

The auction is not over. I have no idea why the bidding was closed a day early with no notice. I have an e-mail in. Since we're essentially losing almost a full day of bidding at this point, the auction will be extended to Tuesday August 3 at 5pm. Hopefully we can get the word out to people who were waiting til this morning, saw that the auction was closed, and shrugged and wandered off. I'll ask for your help spreading the word when the auction is re-opened.

$855 for BARCC so far, not counting auctions. You can still sponsor me.

As usual, I have no recollection of most of what I wrote.

No Link Soup
I was kinda busy and have not been keeping up on my internet-sifting.

Daily Science
New research points to a genetic route to understanding and treating epilepsy. Timothy Jegla, an assistant professor of biology at Penn State University, has identified an ancient gene family that plays a role in regulating the excitability of nerves within the brain.

I are clever - because of Blogathon and because I have the BARCC new-volunteer information and interview session 5-9pm, I switched my schedule from 9-1 to 1-5 today. That way I get an eight-hour day instead of a 12-hour day and a struggle to fill the four hours in the middle. So this morning will probably be curling up on the couch with Adam and resting.

After the session, if anyone's available to meet for a drink in the Harvard/Central Square area... I need to raise a glass and sing "The Parting Glass" again.
Writing - photo

Cicatrix Q&A Thread

Because I gave you an unusual amount of something you're unfamiliar with and I was sleep-depped when I did it, and because there have been some good questions already - ask me anything here.

(Also I need Cicatrix icons, clearly.)

Auctions are back!

See something you liked during Blogathon? Click here to bid on it!

Due to the unexpected downtime last night and this morning, the auction is extended through 5pm EST tomorrow, Tuesday, August 3. Please help spread the word. I know a lot of people wait til the last day, and the idea that people looked this morning, shrugged, and wandered off is frustrating.
One Person can Make a Difference


On Saturday, July 31, I am doing a Blogathon to raise money for the Boston Area Rape Crisis Center!

(I know. You're shocked that I never mentioned this before.)

I'll be posting short fiction and poetry, composed spontaneously, every half hour for 24 hours. That's 49 pieces of story, automatic for the people. I'm also running an auction of wonderful stuff donated by wonderful people; each post will have a link to an auction item, and the story therein will be inspired by said auction item. (Auction will run July 26-August 3.) Yeah. Other people just post "I am so tired" for hours. I do Blogathon backwards and in heels. Because it wasn't hard enough?

Once again, my chosen charity is BARCC. BARCC is the second oldest rape crisis center in the country, and one of the biggest, with a staff of 20 and a volunteer corps of 120+ who put in hours equivalent to 19 additional staff members. We have a 24-hour hotline and medical advocacy program (medical advocates go to the hospital with survivors for evidence collection), a community awareness/public education/outreach program (which is really unique and ever-expanding), legal advocacy, legislative advocacy (we helped change the law on restraining orders recently so you can get one if you're not in an intimate relationship with your stalker, go us!), case management, and counseling (up to twelve sessions).

BARCC provides all of this and more completely free of charge.

And we are able to do so partly because of you.

This will be my fourth year doing Blogathon for BARCC. Over the past three Blogathons, we raised over $11,000 for BARCC.

You have paid for 880 hotline calls, or 147 emergency room accompaniments, or 165 counseling sessions, or the complete training of 11 volunteers.

You did that.

Let's do it again.

My goal this year is $5,000. That's 400 hotline calls, 67 ER accompaniments, 75 counseling sessions. That's hundreds of people you can help.

Click here to sponsor me; e-mail me your receipt so I can keep a running total. Go bid on nifty stuff. And spread the word.

Current total: $855!

Alice: World of my own

(no subject)

Note to self: Awesome that you kept reminding yourself to breathe today. But. For the next time you're stressed to the point of needing to remind yourself to breathe, please also remind yourself to eat food and drink water.

suddenly dizzy 'song