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20th-Apr-2009 04:06 pm
Hello to new readers comingin2day and kenyonsf!

Unhappy body weekend. Stresed my system on Saturday, which ended up being a pretty painful afternoon/evening. I felt okay to go back to Skillshare on Sunday, but I was so bone-deep exhausted that I had to leave around 3... and when I got home, I napped til 9. Got a decent night's sleep, but I'm having a hard time kicking brain and body into gear today. Slow motion. Molasses.

Sending Elayna to Explo
Saturday's post explains more of why Explo is so important to her.

What we need: Okay, here's the breakdown. The total to get her there, transported, with her miscellaneous account full and her trip to NYC/Yale, is $4,310.00 (we've already put down a $600 deposit).

What we have: $1.5K from my parents, $1K from Adam's mom, $400 from Amazon Breakthrough Novel reviewing.

So what we need to raise: $1,410.00.

That's... totally doable.

The Second Annual Gojirawitz Girls Challenge starts today (with Robin Hood - Elayna's choice). Every dollar you put in that tip jar gets you a raffle ticket. The raffle will go up on Wednesday - give me time to add in everyone's contributions and get my spreadsheet set up! If you sponsor today or tomorrow, you can tell me what you want your tickets to go towards later. If we end up raising more than she needs, that money will go into her savings account for next year - next year she'll be going to Explo's senior program at Yale, and residential costs twice as much, so we need to start saving for that as soon as we pay for this!

I'm breathing. This can happen.

EDIT: If you're doing something non-custom for the raffle, getting me a photo of the something by Wednesday would be ideal. Thank you!

Link Soup
* "Margaret Wertheim leads a project to re-create the creatures of the coral reefs using a crochet technique invented by a mathematician -- celebrating the amazements of the reef, and deep-diving into the hyperbolic geometry underlying coral creation."
* Lois McMaster Bujold talks about writing the Vorkosigan saga.
* John Klima of Electric Velocipede needs your help! And that help can come in the form of shopping. You want my first published work, right? That's "Wool and Silk and Wood", in issue #15/16. Buy other stuff, too. *nod* Lots of stuff.

Daily Science
Ants colonize. Fish shoal. Flamingos flock and caribou herd. Earth is populated by inherently social beings. Even lowly worms seek out the benefits of companionship. New research at The Rockefeller University has dissected the social proclivities of a model worm, identifying a single type of neuron — RMG — that “decides” whether these worms will mingle with their fellows or keep to themselves.

Um. Have mostly spent today catching up on internetty stuff, with a side order of cleaning and filing when I can shake off the torpor... my story files are shaping up nicely. Everything that's sold now has its own little folder. And on an electronic organization note, I found the terabyte drive we'd bought months ago, buried in my office - now we can get started transferring everything from my old desktop over there and clearing up some much-needed space on my desk. And also on my laptops, which are both completely full.

Need to add stuff to the raffle and get started on that spreadsheet.

Elayna's working on her "Robin Hood" story now. The stories should be up within the next hour.
20th-Apr-2009 08:08 pm (UTC)
Where was the raffle buying link again?
20th-Apr-2009 08:10 pm (UTC)
Isn't one yet.... will be on Wednesday. *nod* We pretty much just announced this over the weekend - I want to give the people who only read on weekdays time to get caught up!
20th-Apr-2009 10:13 pm (UTC)
Ah, good. Thought I'd somehow skimmed past it...
20th-Apr-2009 08:21 pm (UTC)
Whats the dealine for getting our raffle offer to you? I started something over the weekend, but not sure how quickly it'll be finished.
20th-Apr-2009 08:24 pm (UTC)
You could just post pictures and send it directly to the winner, if that works better...
20th-Apr-2009 08:29 pm (UTC)
I can totally do that. I can snap some "in progress" pics today or tomorrow. When do prizes get awarded?
20th-Apr-2009 08:34 pm (UTC)
Two weeks from Wednesday. :)
20th-Apr-2009 08:35 pm (UTC)
Piece o'cake!

I think ....
20th-Apr-2009 08:33 pm (UTC)
Are you still taking donation items for the raffle? I'd be happy to donate an autographed copy of my Harry Potter trivia book (The Book of Harry Potter Trifles, Trivias and Particularities).
20th-Apr-2009 08:34 pm (UTC)
Absolutely! Thank you!
20th-Apr-2009 08:38 pm (UTC)
what's the NYC/Yale trip? Something Alyssa would like?
20th-Apr-2009 08:47 pm (UTC)
Sure! It's a weekend-long thing, going to a Broadway play (Elayna chose Wicked) and checking out Explo's senior program at Yale.
20th-Apr-2009 08:44 pm (UTC)
Oh yay, I was doing the math the other day and estimating slightly higher than that, but yes, this is TOTALLY doable. We'll make this happen, oh yes *rubs hands gleefully*.
20th-Apr-2009 08:49 pm (UTC)
Seriously. Mom said "Fifteen" and I think I stopped breathing for a second. That makes it so much easier. And we're getting more from Adam's mom than we'd thought we would, too. This is doable.
20th-Apr-2009 09:20 pm (UTC)
You can just use a JPEG of one of the Farscape comics covers for my raffle entry. I particularly recommend either this one or this one.

Edited at 2009-04-20 09:30 pm (UTC)
20th-Apr-2009 10:51 pm (UTC)
If Elayna would like to earn a little cash the traditional way, we could use a babysitter the weekend after next? badlittlemonkey and I could use a date!!
20th-Apr-2009 11:20 pm (UTC)
Sure! What day?
21st-Apr-2009 02:20 am (UTC)
Saturday, May 2, if she's available? Say 6pm? Transportation one way, if that works for you guys. If you drop off, we'll bring her home? :)
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21st-Apr-2009 12:55 am (UTC)
No, that's fine! :)
22nd-Apr-2009 07:53 am (UTC)
my contribution:

The Magravandias Trilogy by Storm Constantine:

http://search.barnesandnoble.com/Sea-Dragon-Heir/Storm-Constantine/e/9780312873066/?itm=44 (hardback w/ dust jacket, lightly used)
http://search.barnesandnoble.com/The-Way-of-Light/Storm-Constantine/e/9780312873677/?itm=52 (hardback w/ dust jacket, lightly used)
http://search.barnesandnoble.com/Crown-of-Silence/Storm-Constantine/e/9780312873653/?itm=6 (paperback, gently used)

Red King Black Rook, signed Limited Edition #72 of 75 (with CD)

let me know where to send them to? thanks and good luck!!
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