November 10th, 2006


Christmas is coming.

Christmas is a'comin' and the goose is getting fat...

jaylake has a neighbor who is raising her two granddaughters on little more than a social security income. There are details about the family at the neighbor link above, but in short, since August or so, Jay's been collecting donations via paypal to help them get along. It's made a huge difference to them, and in early December Jay's going to run a charity auctionlet to try to raise a bit more money for them for the holidays. I'm donating a kitsnaps photo (probably this one) to the auctionlet, but I would like to do something else, too.

I will match any donations my flist makes to the neighbor fund, up to $250. There are *more* than 250 of you on my flist, so in theory that'd be just a dollar from everybody. I don't expect that to happen, as I'm aware of financial practicalities, but I'd love to scrounge up $250 from all of you to this family, and match that myself.

Jay has an email address set up for this specific fund, neighbor (a), so it'd probably be easiest just to paypal money there. Please put 'neighbor' in the subject line, and maybe also (mizkit) or something, and email me ( or leave a comment) to let me know you donated. I'll keep track of how much comes in, and match as much of it as I can.

ETA: If you've got something you'd like to donate to the auction, please email Jay (jlake (a), or comment on his entry here! Thank you! You guys all rock. :)

almost there...

My agent and my editor both told me, on separate occasions, that perhaps I needed to start learning a musical instrument. Instead of writing comic books as my down-time project. *laugh* I think I should go back to drawing, but apparently I really only draw when I'm not writing. Takes too much concentration, or something. :)

*So* close to done with the submission. I sent the edits for the colors and the text today, and Jason (the colorist) expects to have the color edits done by Monday evening and Melissa (the letterer) thought the edits and color layouts for the letters would take next to no time at all. *hop hop hop* I'm getting nervous about it. :) SOOON, my precious, SOOOOON!

Assuming I'm feeling up to it (I'm still sick, but no longer bone-exhausted) I'm going to spend the weekend trying to catch up on my NNWM, and then next week doing edits on TQB, which I got a two-week extension for. (Turning it in on the 15th might've been possible, but I did not allow for losing an entire day in Atlanta, nor con crud, the latter of which I might've worked through if I hadn't lost the time in Atlanta.) With that time crunch alleviated, I'm actually kind of looking forward to doing the revisions, which is nice. :) I printed the book out, and even at 2 pages a sheet, it's STILL a big manuscript. I have to start the revisions at the end, because that's what needs the most work, and if I work my way through from the front, I'll be dead by the time I get to the back. :)

Sleep soon. Work tomorrow.

miles to Isengard: 325
ytd wordcount: 379,000


Help me LJ-wan Kenobi! You're my only hope!

My editor has misplaced a book in her brain. She hopes someone can tell her what it is. I know there's a community for this sort of thing, but I can't remember the community name, so I'm posting here and hopefully someone will either recognize the book or point me at the community. :)

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ETA: My God, LJ knows all and knows all *fast*! The book in question is SCION OF CYADOR, by L. E. Modesitt Jr, and janne got the answer to me within 5 minutes of me asking. Sheesh!

ETA again: My editor is *thrilled*. I don't think she believed I'd be able to get an answer from LJ, since she's been asking people for months. You guys rule. *beam*