truepenny: artist's rendering of Sidneyia inexpectans (writing: glass cat)
A reminder: Con or Bust is open for donations right now. The auction will start Wednesday, May 25, at 12:01 a.m. Eastern Daylight Time.

I dug all the way to Narnia into the very back of the closet, and will be contributing several items. I'll tell you what they are when we're a little closer to T-zero.

If you have not heard of it before, Con or Bust is a truly excellent event/institution that helps fans of color attend sff conventions, and people offer some amazing items. Bid if you can, donate if you can. If you can't do either, you can still contribute by boosting the signal.
truepenny: artist's rendering of Sidneyia inexpectans (writing: melusine (Judy York))
This is the auction post for a signed hardback set of the Doctrine of Labyrinths (Mélusine, The Virtu, The Mirador, Corambis). The first bidder comments on this post with his/her bid; the second bidder replies to the first bidder's comment with his/her bid. Third bidder replies to second bidder. And so on.

This auction will run until midnight CST, February 3.

Do I hear $100?
truepenny: artist's rendering of Sidneyia inexpectans (Default)
[livejournal.com profile] topknot, your bid of $150 is the winning bid in the [livejournal.com profile] debsliverlovers auction.

Email me at:

semonette (at) gmail (dot) com

with your PayPal receipt, your mailing address, and the name to which you would like the books signed (if any), and I will get your books in the mail as soon as I can.

Thank you, and thank you to the other bidders, also!

Reminder

May. 22nd, 2010 05:33 pm
truepenny: artist's rendering of Sidneyia inexpectans (Default)
The [livejournal.com profile] debsliverlovers auctions end tomorrow (May 23rd) at noon EDT. I've donated a signed paperback set of the Doctrine of Labyrinths, and there are many other fabulous items as well. I'm drooling over the Thomas Canty art, myself.
truepenny: artist's rendering of Sidneyia inexpectans (Default)
Over at [livejournal.com profile] debsliverlovers, I have put a complete paperback set of the Doctrine of Labyrinths up for auction. If you haven't had this cross your path yet, [livejournal.com profile] debsliverlovers is a fandom auction raising funds for Deb Mensinger (wife of Laurie J. Marks), who needs a liver transplant (live donor lined up, but he has no insurance and lives on the wrong coast--the community profile has the full details). There are lots of other REALLY COOL items in the auction, so I encourage you to check it out.
truepenny: artist's rendering of Sidneyia inexpectans (Default)
1. I gave blood yesterday, and the blood drive was very busy.

2. The Elder Saucepan passed his physical with flying colors, plus charming all and sundry.

3. A signed hardback of The Virtu is on its way to the winner of my [livejournal.com profile] con_or_bust auction. [livejournal.com profile] con_or_bust has raised around $5,000, which seems pretty damn awesome to me.

4. The USPS is going to do stamps to help feed animals in shelters. I have for years now been buying the breast cancer stamps, on the theory that every little bit helps, but I'm more than willing to diversify.

5. There are crocuses blooming in my front yard, even if currently they're having to bloom under a layer of snow.

And one more:

6. "White Charles" made the British Fantasy Awards long list.
truepenny: artist's rendering of Sidneyia inexpectans (Default)
Megan Arkenberg and [livejournal.com profile] cheloya, things for you are In The Mail.

The [livejournal.com profile] con_or_bust auctions close Saturday, March 13, 2010 (11:59 p.m. Eastern). This includes (among a lot of other cool stuff) the auction for a signed hardback of The Virtu, in which the bidding has reached $65.

Corambis will be out in paperback (according to Amazon) at the end of this month.

Tomorrow, I'm doing a Friends of the NIU Libraries/Friends of DeKalb Public Library event. Info here. Also, yes, I will sign things after the discussion, and yes, I will sign things other than The Bone Key.

Sunday, I'm leaving for a week in Arizona with [livejournal.com profile] matociquala, [livejournal.com profile] cristalia, [livejournal.com profile] stillsostrange, [livejournal.com profile] coffeeem, and [livejournal.com profile] willshetterly, which culminates in a Shadow Unit panel at the Tucson Festival of Books. I believe we're also doing a signing at the Mysterious Galaxy booth.

Other planned appearances for 2010 include:


There's probably something else, but I forget what it is.
truepenny: artist's rendering of Sidneyia inexpectans (writing: virtu (Judy York))
Over at [livejournal.com profile] con_or_bust, I am offering a signed hardback of The Virtu. Minimum bid is $15. (N.b., The Virtu is the one that is out of print in both hardback and paperback.)
truepenny: artist's rendering of Sidneyia inexpectans (Default)
1. The [livejournal.com profile] helptheproject auction is still ongoing, and lo, there are many cool things in it.

2. The [livejournal.com profile] fluffybunnyfund auctions & other fundraising efforts were successful! [livejournal.com profile] hominysnark has had the surgery she needs and is recovering. She's still $30,000 or so in the hole, so again I point you to F-Bod Studios, because the world always needs more weird t-shirts in it.

But the important thing is that [livejournal.com profile] hominysnark is alive and healthy instead of dead or permanently disabled, and that is due in part to the generosity of everyone who bid in the auctions here, and especially the people who won. So thank you all. You rule.

3. Also, now that I seem to be over this cold and can talk and breathe at the same time, I'm going to get to work on the podcasts I promised.

4. [livejournal.com profile] con_or_bust is up and rolling again. I feel like I've pretty much saturated the auction market with my books recently--but if I am wrong and you think people would be prepared to bid on ANOTHER copy of one of my books, please say so and I will reconsider.

5. This beautiful kitty is looking for a home within a four-hour radius of Fredricksburg, VA. Is yours that home?
truepenny: artist's rendering of Sidneyia inexpectans (writing: fennec-working)
1. I still have this cold.

2. However, yesterday I was feeling grungy but not unbearably subhuman, so all the books from the auction are in the mail. (Megan, the manuscript stories are going to have to wait until I get a new toner cartridge, because I owe you better print-quality than I can currently provide.)

3. I have plane tickets for CupcakeCon.

4. I am told that the Publishers Weekly review of Jonathan Strahan's Best SF/Fantasy of 2009 praises "Mongoose" for its "humor amid life-and-death peril."

5. And last night on Twitter, [livejournal.com profile] cristalia and I started hashing out a manifesto for Gromitpunk:

@leahbobet (a.k.a. [livejournal.com profile] cristalia): Oh hello there, THE WRONG BOOK.
@pennyvixen (a.k.a. [livejournal.com profile] truepenny): It's very like the Wrong Trousers, only generally with less penguin.
@leahbobet: And less Wensleydale. :(
@pennyvixen: And no Gromit. ... although, come to think of it, ALL my books have that problem.
@leahbobet: Time to write the Gromitpunk manifesto.
@pennyvixen: oh GOD yes.
@leahbobet: OTOH, a year and four months later, I just found why that first sentence is wrong... *g*
@pennyvixen: Gromitpunk is all about embracing the Zen of one's writing process, goddammit.
@leahbobet: Y'know, it kind of is. Wallace and Gromit ARE the writing process: make up crazy outsized shit, and then Gromit makes it work.
@pennyvixen: Yeah. Wallace takes all the credit and Gromit just sighs and makes another pot of tea.
@leahbobet: 'Zactly!
@pennyvixen: Gromitpunk is also all about tea.
@leahbobet: And dairyfat, and pies.

(If you're curious about The Wrong Book and its new first sentence, look over here.)



Survey says, not too shabby.
truepenny: artist's rendering of Sidneyia inexpectans (Default)
Thank you to everyone who bid! The winners are:
  • The Bone Key & 5 mss: Megan Arkenberg, $200
  • The Doctrine of Labyrinths, 3-book set: (1) [livejournal.com profile] braddr, $250 (2) [livejournal.com profile] naamah_darling, $220

    I have decided to take Brad's suggestion and have both top bidders in this auction win since they both went over $200. Also, as a bonus for being the top bidder in all auctions, and for making that suggestion, Brad will also get a signed hardback of Corambis to complete the set.

  • Mélusine: [livejournal.com profile] avidreadergirl, $75
  • The Virtu: [livejournal.com profile] arkessian, $60
  • The Mirador: [livejournal.com profile] arkessian, $45


That's $850 total, which pleases me very much.

Megan, [livejournal.com profile] braddr, [livejournal.com profile] naamah_darling, [livejournal.com profile] avidreadergirl, [livejournal.com profile] arkessian, please make your donations using the PayPal donate button (there's one in this post on [livejournal.com profile] fluffybunnyfund, for example--I am not wise in the ways of PayPal and do not want to start). Email a copy of the receipt to me at semonette (at) gmail (dot) com, along with

(1) your mailing address
(2) specifics of how you want the book signed. I.e. do you want JUST the signature, or do you want it personalized as well? And if you do want it personalized, please specify to whom (as in, is it for you or is it a gift? or is it for you AND, for example, your partner?).

To cut down the wear and tear on the author, I'd prefer to make one trip to the post office rather than multiple, so I will try to wait until I've heard from everyone. But if someone falls off the face of the planet, I won't make the rest of the winners suffer, so if you get in contact with me promptly, your book or books will go out on Wednesday if not before. The only delayed-action response is that fifth Booth story; Megan, I will make a note of your address and send it to you whenever it becomes a real boy is finished and sells.

Again, thank you to everybody! The poll for the short fiction podcast will be along shortly.
truepenny: artist's rendering of Sidneyia inexpectans (writing: virtu (Judy York))
ONE! The auctions for [livejournal.com profile] hominysnark (who, I have learned, named one of her cats Mildmay, hence the icon) are in their final twenty-four hours, and the bidding has reached:
  • The Bone Key and 4 mss (plus a fifth when it ceases to be vaporware): 110 $125 $130 $160
  • 3-book set, Mélusine, The Virtu, The Mirador: $170 $200 $250 and a suggestion that both top bidders be allowed to win, which I am pondering.
  • Mélusine: $60 $75
  • The Virtu: $50 $60
  • The Mirador: $40 $45


That's $420 $435 $465 $475 $480 $485 $500 $550 $580 thus far. I said that if we reached $1,000 I'd do a serial podcast of The Virtu. Now I picked that number deliberately to be out of reach unless something amazing happened, because OMG that's a lot of work, but I have another offer: if we reach $500 total, I will do a free podcast, or podcasts, of up to 10,000 words of my published short fiction, stories to be chosen by you all via LJ poll.

ETA: We're past $500. Yay! After the auctions close (i.e., in about forty minutes), I will put up the poll.



TWO! In other auction news, the bidding in the [livejournal.com profile] helptheproject auction for all four DoL hardbacks is at $100 $200 $250 $300.



THREE! My Storytellers Unplugged column for February is about endings: "Both The Great Detective Explains It All ending and the Mawwiage Is What Bwings Us Togethah Today ending are artificial in the extreme, and frequently–as Elizabeth Bear pointed out when I mentioned it to her–awkward, obtrusive, and unsatisfying, but the thing is, I understand why people do them. Because it gets everybody to hold still for FIVE FUCKING SECONDS so you can END THE GODDAMN BOOK ALREADY. And I don’t care if your eyes WERE closed, Aunt Mabel, this is the picture that’s going to the newspaper."



FOUR! [livejournal.com profile] yuki_onna speaks for every woman who has ever bought deodorant.



FIVE! FIVE BEAUTIFUL POINTERS! In case somebody else out there needs these as badly as I did, videos of dancing hexapods.
truepenny: artist's rendering of Sidneyia inexpectans (Default)
Opening: 1:00 P.M., February 5, 2010
Closing: 1:00 P.M. CST, February 8, 2010

Signed copy of the hardback of Mélusine (Ace Books, 2005). ETA: Mélusine is out of print in hardback.

Minimum bid: $25

If the winning bidder wishes me to, I will personalize the book with the utmost gladness.

Bid in the comments. If you are answering a bid, please do so by REPLYING to that comment, so that the first bidder will know. If you win an auction, donate using the PayPal button on [livejournal.com profile] asatomuraki's inciting post, and send me a copy of your email receipt. I will then get your loot in the mail to you as soon as I can get to a post office.

I will ship anywhere in the world.

Go.
truepenny: artist's rendering of Sidneyia inexpectans (Default)
Opening: 1:00 P.M., February 5, 2010
Closing: 1:00 P.M. CST, February 8, 2010

Signed copy of the hardback of The Virtu (Ace Books, 2006). N.b., The Virtu is OUT OF PRINT in both hardback and paperback.

Minimum bid: $25

If the winning bidder wishes me to, I will personalize the book with the utmost gladness.

Bid in the comments. If you are answering a bid, please do so by REPLYING to that comment, so that the first bidder will know. If you win an auction, donate using the PayPal button on [livejournal.com profile] asatomuraki's inciting post, and send me a copy of your email receipt. I will then get your loot in the mail to you as soon as I can get to a post office.

I will ship anywhere in the world.

Go.
truepenny: artist's rendering of Sidneyia inexpectans (Default)
Opening: 1:00 P.M., February 5, 2010
Closing: 1:00 P.M. CST, February 8, 2010

Signed copy of the hardback of The Mirador (Ace Books, 2007).

Minimum bid: $25

If the winning bidder wishes me to, I will personalize the book with the utmost gladness.

Bid in the comments. If you are answering a bid, please do so by REPLYING to that comment, so that the first bidder will know. If you win an auction, donate using the PayPal button on [livejournal.com profile] asatomuraki's inciting post, and send me a copy of your email receipt. I will then get your loot in the mail to you as soon as I can get to a post office.

I will ship anywhere in the world.

Go.
truepenny: artist's rendering of Sidneyia inexpectans (Default)
Opening: 12:56 P.M., February 5, 2010
Closing: 1:00 P.M. CST, February 8, 2010

Signed copies of three hardback books, Mélusine (Ace Books, 2005), The Virtu (Ace Books, 2006), The Mirador (Ace Books, 2007). N.b., The Virtu is out of print in both hardback and paperback. ETA: And I was forgetting: Mélusine is out of print in hardback.

Minimum bid: $50

If the winning bidder wishes me to, I will personalize the books with the utmost gladness.

Bid in the comments. If you are answering a bid, please do so by REPLYING to that comment, so that the first bidder will know. If you win an auction, donate using the PayPal button on [livejournal.com profile] asatomuraki's inciting post, and send me a copy of your email receipt. I will then get your loot in the mail to you as soon as I can get to a post office.

I will ship anywhere in the world.

Go.
truepenny: artist's rendering of Sidneyia inexpectans (Default)
Opening: 12:52 P.M., February 5, 2010
Closing: 1:00 P.M. CST, February 8, 2010

One signed copy of The Bone Key (Prime Books, 2007), plus four signed manuscripts:
  • "The Replacement." The Willows 2.3 (September/October 2008): 48-54.
  • "White Charles" Clarkesworld Magazine 36 (September 2009).
  • "The World Without Sleep." Postscripts 14 (Spring 2008): 40-64.
  • "The Yellow Dressing Gown." Weird Tales 63.2 (March-April 2008): 63-69.


Minimum bid: $15

If the bidding reaches $100, The bidding has reached $100! The winning bidder will also receive a manuscript copy of the next Booth story I sell, whatever and whenever that may be.

If the winning bidder wishes me to, I will personalize book and/or manuscripts with the utmost gladness.

Bid in the comments. If you are answering a bid, please do so by REPLYING to that comment, so that the first bidder will know. If you win an auction, donate using the PayPal button on [livejournal.com profile] asatomuraki's inciting post, and send me a copy of your email receipt. I will then get your loot in the mail to you as soon as I can get to a post office.

I will ship anywhere in the world.

Go.
truepenny: artist's rendering of Sidneyia inexpectans (Default)
Notice that plural. *g*

This is not the auctioneering post! (Thus, comments are turned off to avoid confusion.) This is the administration post for the auctions. Because, as is my wont, I have complicated matters:

Like I said yesterday, I'm going to auction a signed copy of The Bone Key (Prime Books, 2007), with signed manuscript copies of the four published but uncollected Booth stories:
  • "The Replacement." The Willows 2.3 (September/October 2008): 48-54.
  • "White Charles" Clarkesworld Magazine 36 (September 2009).
  • "The World Without Sleep." Postscripts 14 (Spring 2008): 40-64.
  • "The Yellow Dressing Gown." Weird Tales 63.2 (March-April 2008): 63-69.
Minimum bid is $15. If we go over $100, The bidding has reached $100. The winning bidder will also receive a signed ms copy of the next Booth story I sell, whatever and whenever that may be (i.e., don't hold your breath while you wait).

ALSO, I woke up this morning and realized that here was a chance to kill two birds with one stone (yummy dead birds, as Glory says). I've made my author copies of the Doctrine of Labyrinths books into sets for the purpose of donation (as, for example, to the Virginia Avenue Project Auction), but I have two sets that are missing Corambis (which, having been published less than a year ago, is the one easiest to find). These incomplete sets annoy me. So what I'm going to do is auction those off as follows:

1. An auction on one signed three-book set, Mélusine, The Virtu, The Mirador. Minimum bid will be $50.

2. Three auctions, one for each book, on signed copies of Mélusine, The Virtu, and The Mirador. Minimum bid will be $25 in each auction.

ETA: FYI, Mélusine is out of print in hardback, and The Virtu is out of print in both hardback and paperback.

As with The Bone Key and its ancillary manuscripts, I will ship anywhere in the world.



All five auctions will begin here very shortly and will run until 1 P.M. on Monday, February 8. If the TOTAL amount raised by the five auctions is more than $1,000, I will do a free serial podcast of The Virtu here on my blog.

Bid in the comments. If you are answering a bid, please do so by REPLYING to that comment, so that the first bidder will know. If you win an auction, donate using the PayPal button on [livejournal.com profile] asatomuraki's inciting post, and send me a copy of your email receipt. I will then get your loot in the mail to you as soon as I can get to a post office.

Since I've disabled comments in this post, if you have questions or need clarifications, please ask here.

And please feel free to spread the word.

Excelsior!

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