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Scheherazade in Blue Jeans
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Sunday morning miscellany 
21st-Jun-2009 09:00 am
* Happy Father's Day to all the dads out there, and most especially to my beloved Adam!

* Finished the first draft of the Telenias/Katrina story, "My Empire for Ashes"! 14,700 words, and I expect it to grow to ~20K upon editing. Yes, most people edit stuff out; I edit stuff in - things I rushed through, or things to clarify. I feel increasingly like this is a novel. It outgrew its original short story, became a novelette, and will lively be a novella before the week is through. Which is pretty much an unpublishable length. But I never expected to publish this... anyway, I think that in order to fully explore what happened between Alexander and Katrina, and do justice to the process of becoming the Telenias, it would need to be a novel. Especially if it's to serve as an introduction to Shayara, for the uninitiated. But I think I can have something fairly complete at novella length.

* As my booth-bunny swag for helping kythryne at the Concord Arts Market yesterday, I got a Places You Haunt pendant. Something to wear as I write it. I pondered my usual lavish "OH HAI I AM SHINY" preferred style, but I was increasingly drawn to the idea of making something that Doodle would wear. And once my brain latched onto that, that was it. So now I have a quartz point simply cage-wrapped in copper wire, on a handspun silk cord. It looks like something he could've gotten from a street vendor on Fremont. (A really, really good street vendor.) I remember walking past the guys with their quartz points and wire all spread out on a blanket, bantering on my way to Glitter Gulch. I'm pretty sure I had a few pieces from there.

* So yes, I'm writing Places You Haunt; Doodle's been coming up more and more as I clear my brainspace of Alexander.

* Yes, I write guys a lot.

* Am pondering hosting a biweekly salon at my place - for writers, knitters, spinners, and people who just want to hang out with other nifty people. I'd do weekly, but it would drive poor Adam spare.

* I knitted a headband out of recycled sari silk from mendoza, and am working on this in Crystal Palace Iceland and this in red/orange/bronze sock yarn from Phoe. If you give me yarn I will make stuff. I will do knitting to it.

* Blogathon! Kyth gave me a "Valentines" piece and an ocean jasper sphere for the dead of Haven, and she helped me make earrings for "Twelve" (a glass leaf from each tree, and a single drop of blood red Swarovski crystal) and a woven port-cover pendant for "Apostate" (miscellaneous shiny things strung on thin gold wire around a thick copper spiral).

* Dudes, your Blogathon ideas are awesome; keep 'em coming. Also. Since I'm not writing things based on your items this year, I don't need them in my hands - so it seems easier for you to just mail them to the winners, and just send me pics for the auctions. When you do, please to send detailed descriptions & measurements. Thank you! You all rock!

* Blogathon is July 25. I like to get auctions up the Monday before. So that's the deadline.

* I am trying to think of non-eBay ways to run auctions. eBay takes a cut, you see. So does PayPal. I'd be happiest with auction winners going directly to BARCC's page and donating, then sending me their e-mail receipts; that gets the most money to BARCC. Anyone know of/have experience with alternative auction sites?

* That is all for now.

EDIT: Okay, join blogforbarcc!
21st-Jun-2009 01:28 pm (UTC)
It doesn't carry binding agreements like eBay or other auction sites, but what about doing it in LJ comments like the charity auctions that have become somewhat commonplace of late?
21st-Jun-2009 01:31 pm (UTC)
Have pondered. Thing is that means a deluge of posts the Monday before Blogathon, and then also a deluge of posts during Blogathon itself.

Hm. Unless I do *one* post and put the auctions in the comments?

Edited at 2009-06-21 01:32 pm (UTC)
21st-Jun-2009 01:34 pm (UTC)
Or make a community!
21st-Jun-2009 01:35 pm (UTC)
...could do.

What ought I to name it?
21st-Jun-2009 01:49 pm (UTC)
21st-Jun-2009 01:50 pm (UTC)
Was thinking that. Okay, will reserve the name just in case!
21st-Jun-2009 02:10 pm (UTC)
I think this is a superb idea, and was going to suggest it myself. :)

And don't you have roadies for Blogathon this year? They could run it.
21st-Jun-2009 02:25 pm (UTC)
21st-Jun-2009 01:47 pm (UTC) - Salon
The salon idea sounds really neat. Y'know providing the not driving spare bit. Keeping in mind the way your Blogathon house gatherings have run, I'd hope you also find ways to keep from driving you nuts too. ;)

P.S.: WTD book arrived just before I left for Fourth Street (so pleased to get to hang out with catvalente). I think that it turned out really nicely.

Edited at 2009-06-21 01:47 pm (UTC)
21st-Jun-2009 01:51 pm (UTC) - Re: Salon
Thank you! :)

And when I'm hosting the salons, I'd be doing something less demanding than writing; I can knit and talk at the same time. :)
21st-Jun-2009 10:22 pm (UTC)
I am still in plotting mode, but I will have "something'..:>
21st-Jun-2009 11:56 pm (UTC)
Yay! What sorts of things do you do?
22nd-Jun-2009 12:26 am (UTC)
Alot of crafty stuff.. sew, knit, jewelery, kinda stuff. I am a costume designer by trade and currently sew, knit and create in 1/3 scale for dolls.
2nd-Jul-2009 09:11 am (UTC)
Any idea what? *hopeful look*
21st-Jun-2009 11:23 pm (UTC)
This is totally unrelated to anything here but I figure you would be the person to ask. What do you use for on-line payments? Why did you choose it? Does it have easily customizable options, i.e. it can accept a value, process the user's payment and then redirect the user to a page you specify with the value? I know PayPal is the default, but I'm wondering if there is something better, or more flexible.

I'm getting to the point where I need to take care of this and I'm not sure what direction to go.
21st-Jun-2009 11:54 pm (UTC)
I use Paypal... and I have no idea if it has those capabilities. What d'you need it for?
22nd-Jun-2009 02:50 am (UTC)
The salons sound like a wonderful idea! Are you thinking week nights or weekends?
22nd-Jun-2009 04:57 pm (UTC)
A belated comment to say that I love this salon idea, and would totally attend.
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