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06 May 2011 @ 08:13 am
Brenda Novak Auction!  

Some of you may recall that a couple years ago I offered a Tuckerization in the Brenda Novak Annual Auction for the Cure of Diabetes (henceforth referred to as the Brenda Novak Diabetes Auction, although that’s really quite inaccurate). I didn’t do one last year, what with having a newborn and just being too wrung out to think at all. But this year I’m offering another Tuckerization, and this one’s better by far: you, yes, you could be a star in my next urban fantasy series!

The pitch:

Author CE Murphy is in the early stages of proposing new series ideas to her editors, which means you have a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to become a major or recurring character in a brand-new urban fantasy world! This auction is for a Tuckerization (your name, or a name of your choice, as a character name) in an upcoming series, the details of which can’t be revealed because the world hasn’t been decided on yet–but it can pretty much be guaranteed as another mile-a-minute wild ride from CE Murphy.

Chances are you will not see the main character named after you, but it will absolutely be a major or recurring smaller role within the new series. Male or female, doesn’t matter, there’s room for all!

The fine print:

1. It’ll be some time before your character sees print, since we’re still in the discussion stages for selling the series! You’re probably looking at an 18 month to two-year wait…but what’s a few long months to literary immortality?

2. You may not be a good guy. (Frankly, the higher the bidding goes, the more likely you are to have input into whether you’re a hero or a villain and what you-the-character looks like.)

3. This auction may be given as a gift, but you should clear it with the person whose name you want to use first.

Bid early, bid often, folks. The auction is here!

(x-posted from the essential kit)
dqg_neal: Cutedqg_neal on May 6th, 2011 03:15 pm (UTC)
Here's to paying so you can kill me off in some truly gruesome way. :)

P.S. Your retitling of the event makes it sound like they are auctioning Brenda Novak's Diabetes. Wouldn't it be neat if we could auction aware major diseases in our favorite authors? (And if so, would they also be able to split the bid, so the disease then spreads in a less harmful way across many of their fans? Alzheimer's just becoming a case of several thousand people being really absentminded.)

P.P.S. People should definitely bid for this good cause.

tamagotamago on May 6th, 2011 04:11 pm (UTC)
Can one put in a bid to insert not a person but a piece of technology like a Pedestrian Curricle?
kitmizkit on May 6th, 2011 05:31 pm (UTC)
*Specifically* a Pedestrian Curricle, or just the idea of a piece of technology? :) (Actually, I'm creative, I'm sure I could figure out a reason to put one in...) But yeah, sure, I don't care, it's your money. :)
T. Revst_rev on May 6th, 2011 07:18 pm (UTC)
How about my cat? ...oh, wait.
pgwfolcpgwfolc on May 6th, 2011 08:40 pm (UTC)
Darn this post! With all the attention it brought, the going price has more than tripled overnight. I've been outbid! All you people throwing your money around to help cure juvenile diabetes are jerks! I've been living with it for over 20 years now, and I'm doing just fine, thank you.

(I mean, aside from having to poke needles into my limbs five times a day, not counting all the finger pricking. But I'm used to that. And, okay, yeah, the excess sugar that gradually but inevitably builds up in my system will eventually damage my blood vessels, impede my circulation, stiffen my joints, and damage pretty much every part of my body, causing all sorts of complications. But that's years down the road. And, sure, without those daily shots, I'd sicken and die in a matter of months. But I'm very careful about taking them, so that's not going to happen. And, fine, all the medication and equipment and so on to prevent that early and somewhat gruesome death costs me several thousand dollars a year, even with insurance. But we've been managing.

And, yes, looking beyond me - why would you? - diabetes in general has consistently been amongst the top 10 causes of death in this country. And the top 10 of all high and middle income countries in aggregate. And affects over 220 million people worldwide. And killed 3.4 million of them in 2004. (A number expected to double by 2030.) But that's not the point here.

The point is that I had a chance to have a character who happens to share my name appear somewhere in a book by one of my favorite authors. Now, because of you selfish people, I have to go pay even more money* to make that happen. You jerks.

*Money which will go to benefit millions and millions of people, including myself. But, again, that's not the point.
pgwfolcpgwfolc on May 6th, 2011 08:43 pm (UTC)
So I went to update my bid, and it turns out the high bidder had gone really high. When I left last night, I was the high bidder at $27. Now, to regain my spot, I had to go up to $275, increasing my price more than tenfold. Man, there are some really selfish people out there getting in my way!
pgwfolcpgwfolc on May 7th, 2011 06:41 pm (UTC)
So... you ever had one of those days where you've slept particularly poorly (say, because your blood sugar was all over the place that night) and you wake up and you realize you're tired but you think you're actually doing okay and then you have this idea and you write it out only the next day when you've sobered up (even though you hadn't had anything to drink) and you're feeling more yourself (at least, you think you are, but it's hard to be sure) you look back at what you wrote and realize that when it was unpacked into actual words the idea you'd had ended up coming out/off very differently than it had seemed when it was just in your head?

Nah, you're a professional writer. I'm sure nothing like that ever happens to you.

Well, anyway... Thanks for contributing this. And thanks to those who are bidding. And now... I must place a new bid. Again. For I have been outbid once more. And there are three weeks of this yet to go!
kitmizkit on May 7th, 2011 06:51 pm (UTC)
*laughs* Yes, I've had those. And don't worry, I read the original response in the manner it was intended. Or at least I think I did. :)
pgwfolcpgwfolc on May 10th, 2011 11:42 pm (UTC)
The idea of it, yes. The execution was wordier and less snappy/amusing than intended. Ah well.
Geek of Weird Shit: sensualgows on May 6th, 2011 11:04 pm (UTC)
I used to look longingly at Tuckerization opportunities.

These days, I'm pretty damn well satisfied. *grin*
kit: writing_catedermodymizkit on May 7th, 2011 06:51 pm (UTC)
*laughs* You certainly should be!!!
Geek of Weird Shit: sensualgows on May 7th, 2011 09:31 pm (UTC)
*laugh* I am indeed!