Friday, and not a moment too soon. It's a little quiet here at Wonderland Central as A.F. is in the final stages of a revision that's requiring a lot more rewrites than expected, and I'm picking up speed right in the middle of a novel project, where the stakes are getting higher. We're throwing change at you from both pockets today, and then running back to hopefully get some work done.
And, how are YOU? I ask, because I care.
Dig down in your pockets! The Five & Dime Friday Quick Change Edition continues!
The monies haven't been counted yet, but the Octavia E. Butler/Carl Brandon Society fund matching fun has continued - There was a pledge matcher for the first five hundred after John Scalzi's original thousand dollars raised, and then Justine Larbalestier and Scott Westerfeld decided to match the next thousand dollars donated. If you thought you were too late to donate yesterday, even $5 today will go twice as far.
Oh, my goodness!!!!!!! The Ursula Vernon DIGGER OMNIBUS KICKSTARTER!!! DIGGER. This is going to happen. That is all.
Another squee: A Kate Beaton illustrated new YA novel. Oh, 2014, so much to anticipate!
It's just the week for raising money for SFF causes. at the mo, it's the Clarion Write-A-Thon we're talking about. It's just like a walk-a-thon, without the walking. From June 23 - August 3, Clarion writers will WRITE, and instead of making pledges per mile, they're making pledges per word, chapter, or story. Writers get support, encouragement and motivation, and the option of joining a team with a writing mentor! This is a fab gift for a writer you know - maybe make a donation in someone's name? All proceeds go toward the Clarion Science Fiction & Fantasy Writers' Workshop. Find out more.
From lit-bud Marjorie Ingall: "The Neighborhood School is a public school in New York which last year lost funding for its library. A fundraiser auction of children's book art (http://www.biddingforgood.com/saveourlibrary) is planned to raise part of the $40k to the underfunded, and over-stretched school. ...Research shows that having a school library and librarian is strongly correlated with student achievement, and the less wealthy the school, the stronger that correlation.
Some of the amazing artists who’ve donated original paintings, prints and/or autographed books include Maira Kalman, Sophie Blackall (of the Missed Connections blog and subway posters), Paul O. Zelinsky, Mo Willems, Calef Brown, Betsy Lewin, Jaime Zollars, Javaka Steptoe (whose psychedelic portrait of Jimi Hendrix from Jimi: Sounds Like a Rainbow will thrill music fans), Betsy Lewin, Beth Krommes, Emily Arnold McCully, David Milgrim, Raina Telgemeier (whose Smile is one of the most popular graphic novels in our library), Dave Roman and many more. We have Caldecott winners and emerging artists, all at great prices."
Via SF Signal: it's Overdone Tropes Week! Thank you, Jim C. Hines, for mentioning love triangles. Can we all be over love triangles??? PLEASE??? More fun authorial peeves there.
The niecelet is discovering "Game of Thrones" this weekend, and comes down every ten minutes to give me a plot update. For some reason, it sounds like a Skyrim game with more dialogue, or is that just me? It looks to be balmy and lovely in my neck of the woods - hope you find equal loveliness in yours. Bon Weekend, friends. ♥