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!
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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.