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The entries have been posted for Challenge #12 of the Last Author Standing writing contest I'm in. Both stories and voting post can be found here. We're down to six writers now, out of an original total of 50-something.

So, go read, go vote!

Usual notes apply: yes, one of them is mine; no, I can't tell you which (and wouldn't if I could). You need to choose one story as best and one as worst, though since at this stage everyone left in the contest is a good writer pretty much by definition, it's more like "least awesome" rather than "worst". (Though I suppose as one of the six remaining contestants I could be a little bit biased on that...) And you need to give some kind of brief reason for each choice.

The prompt this time was "Deception".
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Challenge #10 in the Last Author Standing contest I'm in is now open for voting. Stories (there are six) and voting post can be found here.

The prompt this time was the word "alpha", and people took it in a number of interesting directions...

. . .

In other news: I am incredibly tired, and even though I am not yet quite finished sorting out all the assorted varieties of fail that resulted from upgrading a fairly large and complex client site from Drupal 5 to 6, I think I am going to have to go to bed early. Today's plans originally included editing work at my dad's place, laundry, and going to the Freaky Fountain launch party, but absolutely none of that actually happened. The laundry, at least, will happen tomorrow, I suppose. Right now I don't think I'm up for much more than walking Kiska, some rooibos tea, and bed.
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It's that time, folks - four weeks since the last one, rather than two, this time.

The entries for the latest challenge in the Last Author Standing contest, Original Fiction version ([livejournal.com profile] originalfic_las) can be found here, along with the voting post (I have belatedly realized that linking to the day in the community's archives gives you handy access to both posts in one place).

We are down to only six(!) entries now, which means, if I understand it all correctly, that after this one we will be in the final stretch where no one is allowed to use "skips" any more (basically, free passes that you get for various reasons that allow you to skip a challenge without being disqualified). I'm kind of pleased to have made it this far, considering that we started out with 52 entries in the first challenge. Though of course I am hoping to make it yet further... I guess we'll see.

Anyway: as before, voting is open to anyone with an LJ account, and no, I can't tell you which is mine (and would have preferred not to even if it was allowed, as I'd rather know that if I get votes, it's because people genuinely liked what I wrote, and not just out of loyalty). So: go read, go vote!

. . .

In other news, I have been in a huge work crunch for the past week or so, getting very little sleep - I am actually going to be going to bed shortly after posting this, and that will be the earliest night I've had in probably 9 or 10 days. And yes, it's 3:15 am. These days, getting to bed before the sun comes up feels like luxury.

Also, I would really appreciate it if my DSL connection would stop flaking out on me. All day today, it's been up and down like a yo-yo. Very annoying. Right at the moment it is down, but if you see this post timestamped tonight, you'll know it came up before I went to bed. If tomorrow, then apparently it didn't.

. . .

Also, random question: would anyone happen to know of any children's books with steampunk elements to them? By "children's" I don't mean "young adult" books written for teenagers, but books aimed at kids whose ages are still a single digit, and not necessarily a high one. The Lynxcub picked up a library book I had out recently which while geared toward adults, had a few illustrations sprinkled through it, and started asking me lots of questions about the pictures - in particular, about airships.

I did try just googling "steampunk children's books", but most of what I found was YA or at least geared toward considerably older kids than him. That said, he does sometimes like hearing stories that are meant for at least a somewhat older age range - I was able to read Alice in Wonderland to him - but there are limits. Among them, he still requires there to be interesting pictures in order for a book to hold his attention (preferably, at least one per double-page spread, otherwise he may get antsy and start trying to turn the page while I'm still reading).

So... any steampunk-ish books out there for younger kids?
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OMG OMG OMG OMG OMG - it finally happened!

Behold the results of the last round.

Eight votes. Eight votes. I'm not sure anyone's yet gotten eight votes. It might have taken me seven challenges to finally win one, but... holy fuck. I think I'm in shock.

For anyone who wants to read the story in question, it was "Away".

And I really, really hope that this isn't another spreadsheet error.
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Voting's open for the latest round of Last Author Standing:

The challenge this time: "If this was my last day on earth..."

All previous info & disclaimers apply - yes, one's mine; no, can't tell you which; etc. Voting deadline: Sunday, 5pm.
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Well, apparently I didn't actually get three negative votes after all! The moderator just let me know that it was a spreadsheet error - the negative votes for a different story showed up in my row instead. So I actually got two positives and no negatives, putting me in second place for the round rather than second-last place.

What a massive relief - I'd been wracking my brain trying to figure out where I went wrong!
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Wow... My entry for the current Last Author Standing challenge got two "best" votes, like the previous one - but also three "worst" votes, which I really did not see coming. Well, at least it got noticed... But I missed getting voted out of this round by the skin of my teeth.

I'll be looking forward to getting the vote feedback and seeing the reasons for the negative votes. If the reason people disliked it was because it made them uncomfortable, as one person has suggested, I'll actually take that as a win (though I suppose if I want to stay in the contest, I should stay away from such triggery subject matter in the future - from the perspective of getting voted out, a negative vote is a negative vote, regardless of the reason), but if it's actually because they thought it was horribly written, I'll be disappointed. Still, all criticism is useful in helping one write better, so even if it does turn out people thought it was badly written, hopefully I'll be able to learn from that.

If anyone wants to read it, my story was The Monster at the End of This Book. Please note that it deals with child abuse, and is thus, as mentioned above, unlikely to be a comfortable read for anyone, and quite possibly very triggering for some.

BTW, the prompt we were given was: "He who fights with monsters might take care lest he thereby become a monster." — Friedrich Nietzsche

. . .

In other news: still sick, though not as much so. Most of the cold symptoms are gone now, but for some reason every bloody time I get a cold, it settles into my lungs and leaves me coughing and hacking for days or weeks after the rest of it is over. Sometimes to the point where I can't sleep at night, though last night was not as bad as the several nights before it. Hopefully this means maybe the cough is finally on the way out... Hopefully. Because I am so very, very tired of coughing.
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The stories for Challenge #6 of the Last Author Standing contest I'm in have been posted, and voting is open. As usual: yes, one is mine. No, I'm not telling you which. Anyone with an LJ account is welcome to read them and vote.

Stories are here.
Voting & rules are here.

I should mention that the stories this time around are mostly a bit darker than in previous rounds, due to the specific prompt given this time: Nietzsche's quote that "He who fights with monsters might take care lest he thereby become a monster." That doesn't exactly lead to stories that are all sunshine and roses...

I exist!

Dec. 20th, 2010 02:43 am
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I finally, finally got some votes in [livejournal.com profile] originalfic_las! Two people voted my story best, which was not enough to win, but it was tied for second. Up until now, none of my stories have gotten any votes at all, so now I feel kind of like Yay! I exist!

If anyone would like to read my story, now that the voting's done and it's OK to say who wrote what, it was Disablót. I think [livejournal.com profile] foxesdaughter particularly ought to read it, but of course anyone else is welcome to as well (and to give me feedback on it if you want). The prompt, BTW, was to write a story based at least somewhat on Dickens's "A Christmas Carol", though obviously mine is based a little more loosely on it than most.

I sadly didn't manage to vote in this one - I'd decided early on which one I wanted to vote for as best (Lost in Translation, which made me practically laugh until I cried), but found it much harder to pick one for worst, since at this point most of the bad writers have already been eliminated and it's down to picking the least good instead, which is harder. And somehow while I was deliberating, life got in the way and suddenly it was Sunday night already. But thankfully, "Lost in Translation" won anyway, and if you haven't read it, you really should.
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Well, I skipped the last two challenges in the Last Author Standing contest (you have a certain number of free "skips" where you can pass on a particular challenge without being disqualified), but I have a story in the current one:

Entries #1
Entries #2
Voting Post

As before, anyone can vote as long as they have an LJ account; you don't have to be a member of the community or involved with the contest in any way. You read all the stories (there are fewer in each challenge; it's down to 17 this time), and cast your vote for the one you think is best and the one you think is worst, and the lowest-ranking authors get eliminated each time. I have thus far gotten no votes for either of the stories I submitted, either as best or worst, but I suppose as the number of entries gets smaller, that will have to change eventually...

And no, I won't give you any hint as to which one's mine - (a), it's not allowed, and (b) I don't want anyone to vote for my story out of loyalty anyway. If I get any "best" votes, I'd like it to be because people actually think my story's the best, not just because they like me.

Anyway, check them out and enjoy. At this point, most of the people who really couldn't write well at all have been eliminated, and the remaining stories range from not-bad to varying degrees of creepy, moving and/or laugh-out-loud funny.

Oh, and the challenge this time? To write an original story based on Dickens' "A Christmas Carol". People took that in quite a variety of unique directions...
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The entries for the second Last Author Standing challenge have been posted, and voting is open. Those who found trying to read through 52 entries last time daunting will be pleased to see that, in addition to the two who were voted out*, a number of people have either skipped or defaulted, so there are only 35 this time. As before, they're between 100 and 1000 words in length, so it doesn't actually take all that long to read through them. Anyone with an LJ account can vote, whether you're a member of that community or not.

The entries:
Post #1
Post #2
Post #3
Post #4

The voting post - vote by replying to the "ORIGINAL VOTING" comment.

A few other notes:
  • This is the original fiction version of LAS. There are also various fan fiction versions if you're interested in that - links in the sidebar of any of the community pages. Personally, I am not for the most part a fan of fan fiction, but each to their own.

  • Yes, one of the stories is mine. No, I will not tell you which one. All I will say is that I'm happier with the one I wrote for this challenge than the previous one.

  • The prompt this time was: "If you are going through hell, keep going." - Winston Churchill.

  • Deadline for voting: Sunday, Nov 7, 5pm EST

* The idea of LAS, for those who don't know, is that the stories are voted on (anonymously), and for each challenge, the author of the lowest-ranking story or stories (depending on how many entries there are) is out of the running, and it keeps going until only one author is left.
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  1. So, I voted, despite not really liking any of the candidates all that much. But sometimes the chance to vote against somebody outstandingly awful can be as strong a motivator and the chance to vote for someone you actually like. I suppose I should count myself lucky that at least my ward has a city councillor that I actually do like.

    25 minutes until the polls close and they start counting the votes. I am very apprehensive about this, and would prefer to get whatever news there may be in the company of friends so that we can either celebrate or console ourselves, whichever the case may be, with alcohol. There were rumours of some form of gathering growing out of the Cookies For Voting group on Facebook, but nothing seems to have materialized. Oh well.

  2. Got a dress for my Halloween costume (thanks to [livejournal.com profile] 50_ft_queenie for accompanying me on the search). May I say, 40s dresses are feats of engineering, and seem to be designed to work well for my particular sort of body, but I would really like to find some control top seamed stockings. Do such things actually exist?

  3. Still need to find or make some kind of hat/hair ornament thing. The guy in the store where I found the dress recommended some little hair-comb type thing with black feathers on it and maybe a little veil. I think I could probably manage that with some fabric scraps and what not, and a glue gun. But I need to find a comb base and some feathers. I tried a few beading stores, since they often have stuff like that, but the ones I checked didn't. Arton I think does, but they were just closing when I got there. :-(

    I may try and prepare myself tomorrow to go to the one bead store in my area. It requires advance preparation because the owner is allergic to everything, so you are not allowed in if you have used pretty much any sort of personal-care product any time in recent memory. So in order to go there, I will have to forgo not only BPAL, but hair conditioner and gel, hand cream, etc. and hope that my unscented deodorant doesn't set off any alarms (because there are some sacrifices I'm just not prepared to make).

  4. Saw an absolute adorable kids' tiger costume that looked like it might fit the Lynxcub, but when last I saw him, he was very adamant that he didn't want to dress up as anything for Halloween, so I didn't know if I should risk buying it if he might not want to actually wear it. Also, not 100% sure it would have fit. Maybe I'll ask him again about the costume thing when I see him tomorrow, and if he does seem to be in favour of it now, we could always go down to Kensington and see if it's still there.

  5. "Spare Change", my story for the first challenge of the LAS competition did not get any votes - not for best, not for worst. Will have to try and do better this time.

    There were a few really good ones in this round - notably Ophidia, which got my vote for best, and Diminuendo, which would have if that hadn't. If you didn't read any of the others, I recommend at least checking out those two stories.

    The second challenge comes with a really interesting prompt: "If you are going through hell, keep going." - Winston Churchill. I can think of a lot of interesting directions to take that one in, though one is currently standing out more strongly in my mind than others. No hints, as if I do end up writing that one, I'm not allowed to give any indication which story is mine, so as not to bias the voting. But it will be interesting to see what all the various writers do with this one...
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Just a reminder that, for anyone interested in reading the entries for the current challenge in the original fiction version of Last Author Standing ([livejournal.com profile] originalfic_las) and (hopefully) voting, the voting closes tomorrow at 5pm, so you'll need to do it soon.

My post with further details, and links to the entries and voting post, is here.

I've read them all, and just submitted my votes for best and worst. It was a actually a hard decision, because there were several really excellent stories that I wished I could have voted for, but I could only pick one. Likewise, there was more than one appallingly bad one vying for the worst spot. There some where I actually wondered if the author was trying to be the first eliminated...

Anyway, if you like the idea of reading lots of short-short stories and discovering some hidden gems, go check it out.
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So, on some insane whim I joined a writing contest called "Last Author Standing", in which you have to submit short stories (100-1000 words) in response to a given prompt, and in each round, people vote on the stories (without knowing who wrote what) and the lowest-ranking ones are eliminated, so that eventually, after enough rounds, someone ends up being, well, the last author standing.

I'd first heard about this via [livejournal.com profile] the_moogie, and was initially excited until I realized that it was (at that point) a fan fiction thing, since I don't do fan fiction. But then they started an original fiction version, and I couldn't resist that. It's not like I really need another time sink in my life when things are already freakishly busy for me this fall, but I've been really wanting to push myself into doing more writing, so...

Anyway, all of this is by way of saying that voting has just opened for round 1. The prompt was "change", so all the stories are supposed to relate to that in some way. The idea is that you are supposed to read all the stories (be warned, there around 50 of them, though as noted, they're all pretty short), and then submit your votes for best and worst story as a (screened) comment on the voting post (reply to the comment that says "ORIGINAL VOTING", not to the main body of the post).

You also have to give some sort of reason for each choice (the best and worst), and there are some specific guidelines as to how to make your choices (note: the guidelines seem to have been copied over directly from the fan fiction version of the contest, so there are a couple of points that don't really apply to this one).

Anyone with an LJ account can vote - you don't have to be a member of the community, or involved in the competition in any way. And no, I am not telling you which story is mine - not only is that against the rules, but I wouldn't even if it wasn't, because if someone is going to vote for my story, I'd rather it be because they actually liked it than just because it was mine.

So, for those who want to read and vote, the entries for round 1 are here (split across four posts):

Once you've made your choices, you can vote here - remember, reply to the comment that says "ORIGINAL VOTING", not to the main body of the post.
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T. Thorn Coyle wrote an interesting blog post a couple of days ago about that fundamentalist minister in the US who was threatening to hold a mass Qur'an burning on September 11 (which has since apparently been called off, or so the latest stories say, but I suppose we'll see tomorrow):
This Saturday, a certain Terry Jones plans to burn copies of the Qur’an outside his Gainesville, FL church. People have been mailing books to him, to help with this cause. Meanwhile, the children in this photo, along with 20 million others in Pakistan, are displaced, hungry, and struggling. Which do I care about more? Terry Jones is seeking publicity – which I am giving him right now – so I’m going to use this publicity mongering to bring us back to sharp attention that we all have a chance to do some good to counteract hatred and ignorance. We can help some people who are in dire need.

This Saturday, to honor the memory of those who died in the toppling of the World Trade Centers in NYC, and further, to honor the memory of those who died on September 11, 1944 when Darmstadt, Germany was destroyed in preparation for the more famous Dresden bombing, I say let us organize to send whatever we can afford – be it prayers, energy, or money – to Pakistan. Let us feed the three to six million who have not yet received food or medical care. Let us not let the likes of Terry Jones win this day. In the name of all who are Compassionate and Merciful, let us not give up on humanity.

The site she links to with the photo of the children is a very hard-hitting personal statement on how bad the situation is there and why it's important to help - definitely recommended reading (though unfortunately it also blasts music at you for some reason).

Even if the book burning has been cancelled, I still think commemorating tragic events by trying to show compassion and prevent further tragedy is a very worthwhile goal.

So... As an incentive, I'll write a piece of flash fiction for anyone who donates $20 or more to Médecins Sans Frontieres (known as Doctors Without Borders in the US) for Pakistani flood relief, and comments here or on my Facebook to let me know they have (up to a maximum of ten people). Their international web site (linked above) includes a pop-up menu that will take you to the national site for your country. Most of the national sites accept online donations.

If you donate and would like a story, just comment here or on Facebook to tell me, and - if you want to - give me some kind of prompt or story seed: an idea, a quote, a scrap of random text, some fragment of myth or history, whatever. Alternatively, you can just leave it up to me to choose something I think you might like.
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So, I suppose it was inevitable that with the amount I'd been working myself into the ground in January, I'd get sick sooner or later. I was pleasantly surprised that this actually did not happen during January's work-deathmarch. Instead, it seems to have come about after things had eased up a bit, then had one more brief spasm of mega-work. Camel, straw, etc.

Anyway: I now have a nasty cold, so it's back to the vitamin C/Sinafect herbal tincture/DIY waterboarding sinus rinse routine. Currently attempting to muster up the energy to drag myself out to get some groceries and maybe, hopefully, do laundry, which I am way overdue for. I have a feeling the latter is not going to happen, at least not today. But food needs to happen. Apart from that, I think today is predominantly going to feature cuddling with my in-house menagerie in bed while watching episodes of Supernatural on my old iBook (I am only in season 1, so no spoilers, please).

And possibly writing, since I still have a story to finish for the [livejournal.com profile] help_haiti auction, and have not yet done anything for the latest batch of story seeds in [livejournal.com profile] thousandcats.

On which note, I have also received the first of the stories I bid on in said auction, from [livejournal.com profile] anaquana, and I am pleased to say that it is awesome, and actually made me cry happy-tears and sad-tears at the same time: Selkie's Song.

I'm hoping be over this cold by the weekend, because [livejournal.com profile] lgbtech is coming up for V-day, and it would suck to be sick for that.
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Well, assuming everyone who bid follows through, I'll have raised $195 for Médecins Sans Frontières via my [livejournal.com profile] help_haiti offerings. Two of the four winners (three for web services, one for a story) have already sent me their donation confirmations.

(Re the web services, those who have in the past chided me for working for magic beans, or just overworking in general, will hopefully be pleased to know I set very definite limits on what was included, so as not to let any of them turn into huge massive time sinks that would prevent me from doing the work that pays the rent.)

Sadly, I did NOT win the crocheted dinosaur I bid on - someone outbid me this morning, and due to my sleep schedule being all messed up because of my recent crazy string of all-nighters, I did not wake up until after noon, so bidding was closed. :-( But there will be another auction in February, so maybe I'll have another chance then, if this person or someone else offers something similar. I just think Aidan would really like it...

I did win two smaller auctions, for stories. One for a mythology-based story featuring Erzulie Dantor, and one for some sort of an urban fantasy story, for which I can apparently specify a few details like species, setting, etc. - haven't decided what I'd like to request for that one yet.

I'm also starting to have interesting ideas spinning around in my head for the one story of mine that was bid on - the fairy tale she wants it based on is All-Kinds-of-Fur, from the Brothers Grimm, and I can think of a number of ways that could go...

. . .

Oh, and in other Haiti-related news, gamer geeks should take note that Drive-Thru RPG, a web site selling PDF versions of many and various role-playing games, from the popular to the obscure, is doing their own fundraising effort, including an offer where a $20 donation to MSF through their site will get you a coupon good for downloading a massive bunch of stuff free (thanks to [livejournal.com profile] wire_mother for the link).

I took a quick look over the list of products you can get with the coupon, and while certainly not all of them look all that interesting (in particular, a lot of them are add-ons for games I don't have), there were a small handful that looked quite cool (Seven Leagues, Summerland and the Kerberos Club, in particular), so I might do it.
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So, the first [livejournal.com profile] help_haiti auction ends tomorrow at noon (EST), and I've gotten bids on all three of the web-related offerings I made, but only on one of the story offerings.

While I'm glad to be raising donations in any way I can, I was really hoping more people would bid on the stories so that I'd have an excuse to do more writing, which I generally find more fun than doing what I do for a living. :-)

So, if anyone has any desire to have me write a story for them - either a mini-legend like these ones, or a mutated fairy tale like this or this, or a pretty much anything-goes story incorporating three elements of your choice, you have until tomorrow at noon. Starting bids are only $5, $10 and $15 respectively, though I've already got one bid on the fairy tale, so you'll need to bid more than $10 for that one.

Payment is in the form of a donation directly to any charity of your choice that's involved in Haitian relief work - as in, you make a donation to the charity and send me a copy of the receipt, and then I write a story for you. You bid by posting a reply to the comments I posted the offers in (links in the first paragraph of this post).

Anyway, just thought I'd toss that out there because, like I said, the auction closes at noon tomorrow, so if perchance anyone has been thinking of bidding and not gotten around to it, you don't have much time left.
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Note to self: when exhausted and massively short on sleep due to a brutal work crunch may not be the best of all possible times to keep compulsively reading news coverage about the situation in Haiti. One's usual emotional shock-absorbers are not functioning at full capacity in that state, and everything hits even harder than it ordinarily would, and I am the not the sort of person who can read stuff like that and remain unaffected even at the best of times.

Interesting article in the Toronto Star Underlying racism infects crisis response: study.

Unfortunately, the study's findings pretty accurately describe the mentality of a lot of the commenters on news stories on the Star site and elsewhere, which make me want to set people on fire. More so than I usually do, that is. Maybe one of my new year's resolutions should be stop reading the comment sections on news sites. Nothing good ever comes of doing that. Even when I can bring myself to post comments challenging all the reactionary crap that gets posted there, it feels like trying to stem a tidal wave of shit with a paper fan or something.

. . .

But in the vein of trying to do something constructive about the situation instead of just whimper and rock myself, this is a reminder that I am auctioning off three custom-written stories via the [livejournal.com profile] help_haiti community. One fairy-tale based, one mini-legend like the ones I've done in [livejournal.com profile] thousandcats, and one that's more or less anything goes.

Winning bidder on each one donates the amount of their bid to any recognized charity doing relief work in Haiti, and forwards a copy of the receipt. Only received one bid thus far (on the fairy tale), so I'm hoping to stir up a little more interest, so as to actually generate some useful amount of donations.

Note: if you do decide to bid, make sure you're clicking on the "Reply" link right under my comment with the offer, and not on the "Leave comment" link at the bottom of the comment thread, otherwise your bid will go in as a comment to the entire 3000-comment thread rather than coming to me specifically, and I'll never find it.

. . .

BTW, I'm finding the level of activity in that community to be really inspiring. There are hundreds and hundreds - maybe more like thousands - of things being auctioned, from books and stories to homemade cookies, souvenirs from all the different parts of the world that contributors to it live in (there's a lot of "A Box of [place name]" items that are basically collections of random stuff from the places in question - I was very tempted by the Box of Holland, which included stroopwafels among other things), graphic design and editing services, crocheted Cthulhus, PHP scripts and web hosting.

Yesterday, the moderator posted a request for people to translate the community FAQ & userinfo into other languages, and within just a few hours there were versions of it up in German, French, Spanish, Dutch, Polish, Japanese, Russian and Tagalog. A day later, that's been supplemented with Hebrew, Italian, Catalan, Welsh, Hungarian, Portuguese and Greek, and people are working on Korean and Chinese.

Note to self #2: more time perusing communities where people are coming together to do helpful and positive things, and less time looking at comments on news articles makes for a happier and more productive Lynx, with more faith in humanity.

. . .

In related news, I am delighted to report that I am still, for the moment, the top bidder for the crocheted dinosaur I want to get for Aidan.
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A lot of you probably already know about this, but there's a new community called [livejournal.com profile] help_haiti focussed on raising money for Haitian earthquake relief by auctioning off pretty much any sort of creative work.

People who want to offer something for auction post a comment to one of the main posts (one for each general type of stuff - writing, art, etc.) and then other people can bid by commenting to that. Whoever wins an item has to make a donation in the amount of the winning bid to a charitable organization of their choice (as long as it's a known and reputable charity) that's involved in helping people in Haiti, and send a copy of their donation receipt to the person offering the item, and to the community organizer for verification. So no money changes hands between people in the community - winning bidders donate directly to the charities.

It seems to have started as mainly a fan fiction thing, and there's still a lot of that on there, but they've also got stuff like professional authors auctioning off books, and offers of things like knitting, tattoo designs, jewelry... you name it.

The approach they initially chose, of having all the offers be comments to a small handful of posts, does make it hard to browse through looking for things you're interested in, but volunteers are in the process of cataloging all the offers and trying to get things more organized.

Anyway... Definitely well worth checking out.

BTW, I posted a story offer of my own, or three, really (a mini-legend, a fractured fairy tale, or a more free-form story), in case anyone's interested in having me write something for them.

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