April 11th, 2011

Hearth

Monday

Administration
Happy birthday to cissa and yakavenger!

State of the 'Song
Exhausted and sore and mildly spacey.

Walk for Change!
Went great! <3 Team Venture was me, yendi, feste_sylvain, miss_lisa_ma, kythryne and Amy, fiddle_dragon, archangelwells and M., and not-walking-on-doctor's-orders-but-there-to-support-us jennifer and D.! We raised $2,574.21, and you can still sponsor us!

It's impossible to overestimate how connected I feel to everyone at the Walk, more so with every year... because every year I train more volunteers, so every year I know at least 50 more people. *laugh* And that's not counting staff, and people from NOMAS Boston and New Wave: Young Boston Feminists and Socializing for Justice and all of the other community organizations. The Walk is now perhaps equal to Arisia in terms of me knowing everyone. archangelwells commented that she wasn't surprised that everyone knew me - what surprised her was that I knew everybody right back!

My answer to that is usually flip; my husband is faceblind and feste_sylvain has trouble connecting faces to names, so It's my job to keep track of everyone and present them with "You know X; you've met him at events A, B, and C, and he gave that speech on D." But in reality, it's more than that. As much as crowds can make me twitchy, and certain types of people *koffTeaPartykoff* make me twitchy, I like people and appreciate people. People are made of stories - and in this aspect of my life in particular, people share deeply important parts of their stories with me.

How could I not remember? That just strikes me as a terrible dishonor to do them.

In the case of the volunteers I've had a hand in training, I'm their first point of contact at BARCC. I go over their applications meticulously. I run their information/interview session, and I'm one of two people who makes the final call on accepting them. I'm there every morning of their training. I give them their graduation certificates. I am so proud of them, and I remember every one.

This does make it hard to make it through a crowd. :)

Link Soup
* When you hear that I have died, think of this.
* The Periodic Table of Storytelling.
* The march toward gender-specific clothes was neither linear nor rapid. Pink and blue arrived, along with other pastels, as colors for babies in the mid-19th century, yet the two colors were not promoted as gender signifiers until just before World War I...
* Hardcore history.
* Yes I said yes I will yes.

Daily Science
* Astronomers may have witnessed a star torn apart by a black hole.

Plans
Writing, work from 1-5, then Peer Supe. If I am not too worn out, which I may well be.
Hearth

Blogathon!

Because I've been asked numerous times lately, and I have recently come to a decision:

Yes, I am doing Blogathon this year!

(Gods help us all.)

What and when: Blogathon is 9am July 30 through 9am July 31, no sleep til Brooklyn. 48 posts in 24 hours, to raise money for charity.

Auction: Enough people have asked what/when/how they can donate stuff that yes, the auction is happening again! fiddle_dragon is going to see about making a functional auction program so we don't have a repeat of last year's clusterfuckery. If it is not done to our satisfaction a month before the auction (hey, we're both busy), I will run the auction on blogforbarcc again. If I end up doing that, I'll be begging for a Lovely Assistant to help keep the bidding straightened out. The auction will, as always, run from the Monday before the 'thon to the Monday after.

Theme: Since I'll have finished My Empire for Ashes and be hip-deep in writing Book One of Shayara at that point, the theme of my fiction posts and auction items will be Shayara. Hopefully sometime this week, I'll post a list of jumping-off points for those unfamiliar with Shayara; if nothing else, every House has a color, so if you make a random green scarf I can tie it in to a House Tamra ficlet! But there's a lot more to draw on, and I shall give it to you. If you can't think of any way to tie what you want to make into Shayara, that's okay, I will Find a Way. It's more important to me that I raise a pile of money for BARCC than that you give me an exact replica of the torc Isobel wore in the 1300s, I promise.

Co-Bloggers: Who's with me? Go Team Venture!

Pit Crew: Adam will take 9am-5pm, sindrian will take 5pm-1am, and I'm assuming feste_sylvain will take his traditional 1am-9am, but I'll check. You can be pit crew too, but you have to check in with me and not just show up, because if five of you decide to come over around dinnertime, that's too much of a crowd! Gotta space you out! Responsibilities of pit crew include making sure the bloggers are fed, watered, and moving around enough. People managing food will have access to a spreadsheet with data on allergies, sensitivities, and preferences. I do not expect everyone to remember everything!

Any questions?
Hearth

Advance request

Oi, Wiscon peeps! Specifically, those of you who will have cars!

I'll be arriving on Thursday, and I would love to have fresh bread products for the whole trip and not wait til the farmers' market on Saturday. :) The GF bakery is about 20 minutes from the hotel by car. Anyone interested in giving me a ride out there Thursday late afternoon or Friday morning? I'll treat you to dinner for your pains!

And if I do get a ride, and you are a GF person attending WisCon, I'm willing to pick stuff up for you. This bakery is awesome.
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