September 9th, 2005

bear by san

buymeaclue likes to ask, "What are you going to do about it?"

kit_kindred has posted an email from a friend who was working disaster relief in the Gulf. It may be triggery. Or just heartbreaking.

I've heard from another family friend, who is working at the Knoxville Red Cross Service Center. And that was a message of hope. I've asked permission to repost it here, so it may be forthcoming.

zdashamber has a recipe for pie. mekkavandexter! fudge brownie pie!

And I'm doing something about it.

As many of you probably know, my short story published at Strange Horizons, "Two Dreams on Trains," involves a future New Orleans which is not so much underwater as floating on it. I'm currently working on getting together permissions and artwork to put together a limited-edition chapbook of this story and other shorts by SFF writers involving the Gulf coast, all proceeds to benefit Mercy Corps and Habitat for Humanity relief efforts for Katrina victims. The chapbook will feature cover art by stillsostrange, each one will be signed by the authors in question--and hand-decorated by me--and I (and possibly my co-conspirators) will absorb all the costs of production, which means that the entire cover price will go to charity.

Interested authors can contact me, but at this point I'm only looking for previously published stories and poems, and stories specifically involving the affected areas of the Gulf coast in some meaningful way, and this project does not pay. And might, in fact, require you to chip in for copying costs. *g* And there may not be any room in the chapbook anyway, as we will of needs be keeping it slim and trim.

I'll handle the typesetting and so forth. I used to do that for a living in my mis-spent youth, and can probably still find my way around Pagemaker if I have to.

I'm thinking at this point that the press run will be around 250-500 copies, unless the response is overwhelming, and the suggested donation will be $20.00-but-we'll-take-more.

And yes, you can sign up now, but no money yet please.
bear by san

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Progress notes for 9 September 2005:


New Words: 2,416
Total Words: 82,841 / 98,250
Pages: 393

Zokutou word meterZokutou word meter
98,250 / 110,000
Reason for stopping: vet! and then work.
Mammalian Assistance:  Marlowe is mad at me. He had just kneaded me into a comfy position for sleeping on when I decided it was time to get up. Also, Signy has to go to the vet today to get that bump on her neck looked at, which will hopefully be a cyst and not something more serious.
Stimulants: more Irish breakfast tea. I think I've been replaced by a nearly exact duplicate.
Exercise: none
Mail: nomail
Today's words Word don't know: n/a
Words I'm surprised Word do know: n/a
Tyop du jour: n/a
Darling du jour: "sneakbite" Which is not a tyop.
Books in progress, but not at all quickly: Richard Overy, Russia's War: A History of the Soviet War Effort, 1941-1945;  Ladislas Farago, The Game of the Foxes; Leigh Richards, Califia's Daughters;
Mean things: prickly heat
Other writing-related work: chapbook construction and organization work
Interesting tidbits: the continuing saga of the Ukrainian government 

"You know exactly what rock you crawled out from under, and that counts for something." --Fiona, Keen Eddie