Hello to new readers whataboutjen, every_witch_way,and kenscholes!
Bit of ouch corresponding to the higher levels of activity this week. I'mnot as fatigued,though - yay!
Wind Tunnel Dreams
We're at $248 raised! When we hit $400, I'll have the deposit. *crosses fingers*
And, since there's apparently demand for it: Everyone who sponsors and wants it gets the NC-17 version of the Rapunzel story. So do not let that stop you from voting for Elayna! You can has Bondage Rapunzel. (Yes, seriously, multiple people have asked about this.)
And an additional incentive: We will print up a chapbook of the Gojirawitz Girls fairy tales for the highest sponsorship! (I know a lot of you can only afford the $5 donations, and I thank you for them, and they add up - but I gotta raise a thousand dollars here, so I also have to encourage the bigger donations.) If multiple people donate the same highest amount,they will each get a copy. Highest stands now at $50.
Today's will be late, as Elayna didn't get a chance to write hers last night. Steadfast Tin Soldier. Keep an eye out after 3.
And please pimp this to your readers! Send a kid to camp and, in the process, encourage her as a writer!
I can has! (Yes, I speak lolcat in person.) I will be on retreat April 7-11. In sunny Florida. With felisdemens and whoever she ropes into cooking for us. Primary focus: Places You Haunt, Seizure Lass, and either The Things We Value or Haven. It's like when I pack books for a trip: "Hm, SF, fantasy, nonfiction, because I don't know what I'll be in the mood for on the plane." So. F, nonfic, YA.
(Side note: the Kindle will make travel so much easier. No,it's not here yet; I reallyhope it gets here before the Florida trip!)
'k. So far this year, I had three cons in a row, three weekends of birthday party, the worse fibro flare of my life, a nasty chest cold, et cetera, so - I have been in total social retreat mode when I haven't been Doing My Job (cons, kid stuff).
Apparently more than one person thought I was in retreat from them specifically, rather than the world at large. Especially since I have done scattered things with scattered people.
So. Let me state right here: It's not you.It's me. Seriously. If I'm doing anything with anyone,it's because they grabbed me and made plans. I've not been initiating plans. My birthday burned me out hardcore.
I'll be out of state April 4-12. After that,my schedule lightens up - and I suspect that I'll feel more balanced coming out of that writing retreat. So. We'll talk then.
At least she's the star.
I have realized that my daughter is leading a sitcom kid life. All of her angst is sitcom-kid angst. "ZOMG, talent show auditions!" "Oh noes,I've been invited to two bat mitzvahs and can only go to one!" I'm watching this in a sort of headshakey amazed way. My adolescence was traumatic in ways you don't get outside of Lifetime movies and after-school specials. Hers could be on Nickelodeon.
And she's definitely the star. How do I know? She's the one with the stable and supportive home life; her "costars" are the ones with serious woes.
Elayna's #1 angst, overheard in the car: "I have the perfect family. Everything in my life is great. So how can I help my friends who are going through terrible things when I don't know what that feels like?"
So yeah. I'm going to try to find her a peer counseling program.
* Paper Enigma machine!
* Star Wars galaxy map!
* Um. The new My Little Ponies. The bastard children of the original MLPs and Bratz dolls, looks like.
* Splendid China!
First bees, now bats. In what is one of the worst calamities to hit bat populations in the United States, on average 90 percent of the hibernating bats in four caves and mines in New York have died since last winter.</i>
* Need to list stuff-for-sale here (to go on eBay in a few days if no one wants it).
* Need to write tomorrow's Shayara, which definitely starts with Alanna sprawled all languid-like in bed...
(psst: you should be giving me Shayara feedback. :P)