I haven't yet posted about Match It For Pratchett because I'm easily distracted by bright shiny objects, but I have been meaning to. On the off chance anyone reading this hasn't heard of it, Terry Prachett, who was recently diagnosed with early-onset Alzheimer's, has donated half a million British pounds (approximately $1m USD) to Alzheimer's research. His fans, within a matter of days, had started the Match It for Pratchett fundraising effort, which has the aim of raising an additional half million pounds, to bring it up to a nice round million.
In the past week, some £34,000 has been donated. The Alzheimer's Research Trust in Britain is stunned and overwhelmed; according to their figures, $25US pays for an hour of their high-end research, so this kind of money really does make a significant difference to them.
My agent, Jennifer Jackson (arcaedia / arcaedia) has just posted the following:
Also--the person reading this blog that makes the highest donation by midnight on Saturday, the 22nd (and sends me some verification thereof), I will read and review your synopsis plus 50 (or so) pages of a work-in-progress (limited to novel-length fiction in the adult/YA genre categories I actually represent). You can go directly to the tipjar on the Match It site and make a donation. You can send verification to jjackson [at] maassagency.com
I *unquestionably* have the most awesome agent in the universe.
I am also hoping to get, at the very least, a Match It tip jar set up at the front desk for P-Con, and hope to get tickets handed out to everybody who donates. At the end of the weekend we'll draw from a hat and I'll give a signed copy of the complete Walker Papers series (so far) to the winner, or possibly books 1 and 2 of the Negotiator and will send 3 along when it comes out, if the winner prefers that.
I love my tribe, I really do, and I'm terribly proud of them for this effort.
And on a not exactly related, but not exactly not, topic, I'd like to raise a glass to Arthur C. Clarke, who was one of the pioneers of the world we live in.