August 15, 2005

I'm Thinking of a Talking Heads Song...

So you know I am in the GCC...well. One of our members, a chick-lit writer named Marianne Mancusi (You kow her -- I interviewed her when A Connecticut Fashionista in King Arthur's Court came out....) went out of town to do some book promo. She left her dog at her mom's and she came back to the cottage she'd been renting, this is what she saw:


Lightening hit it. Yikes. Now guess who didn't have renter's insurance. Heh.

Basically, she lost all her goods and services, LITERALLY every little object she owns that wasn't in her suitcase...Yarg. She lost all her socks. She lost her old old old t-shirts with the super thin cottom from 700 washings. She lost her salt and pepper shakers. She lost all her BOOKS, FOR THE LOVE OF A MERCIFUL GOD. She lost her stationary and her TV and her vintage car coaster set and her collector's edition scrabble deluxe box set, yea down unto the very last Q tile. She lost her sassy Vicky's secret Underpants and her all cotton get-away-from-me granny panties. She lost her emory boards and all her dish towels.

The GCC has been doing things to raise money to help her replace the little things that make life nicer. Things like mattresses. And forks. Anyway one of the things we are doing is auctioning our OWN goods and services... You can find my auction by clicking here:


It was supposed to be two auctions----the crit, and then a separate auction for the signed first edition of gods in ALabama and an audio book, but, oh well, oops. With all the stuff being donated and one kindly soul collecting donations and keeping a running list, and another kindly soul setting up every auction, there was a bit of confusion at Kindly Soul Central and first my auctions did not go up at all, and then when they did, they somehow got combined into one thing. OOPS! So, let;s roll with it as is! If you win and you don't write, you can have the audio version INSTEAD of the crit, in CD or tape, your pick. Or heck, one of each if that's what you need to be happy. I'm a pretty good editor, if you are a writer. And, if I so so myself, I have an especially fine eye for beginnings---finding the image or compelling moment that needs to be the opener, the thing that will make an editor or agent want to read on...I'm JUST SAYING.

You can also find a MULTITUDE of other auctions in this catagory by searching for "MM's Fire Fund" There's a long list of cool things up for auction like signed books, t-shirts, audio books, having characters named after you in a forthcoming book, lit crits from a multitude of very fine writers (like Jennifer Crusie and Haywood Smith and many more) NYC editors (like Beth de Guzman/Warner and Chris Keesman/Dorchester and more) and by legit literary agents with nice agencies (like The Knight Agency and Jane Rosentron Agency and more). SO.

Please help. Because this just sucks.

Posted by joshilyn at August 15, 2005 4:51 PM

That's really awesome, what you all are doing.

Posted by: Heather at August 15, 2005 6:26 PM

Oh...that's awful. I'll definitely check out the auction tonight and pass the word on to as many people as I can.

Posted by: Aimee at August 15, 2005 6:54 PM

HOW SUCKY IS THAT? I will go and buy something.

Posted by: Jilly at August 15, 2005 8:40 PM

$5782.66 and counting!
How about a paypal donation button?
Easier than winning and then refusing the auction. *wink*

Posted by: Shawn B. at August 15, 2005 10:57 PM

In case I was not clear, 'refusing the auction' is not mean to imply non-payment. It is meant to signify letting the seller repost the same item again, effectively creating double the winnings.

Posted by: Shawn B. at August 15, 2005 10:58 PM

I totally just bid on your auction Joshilyn. I'm a non fiction writer with hardly a fictional word written... but I WANT to be a fiction writer and now if I win I'll have to write something. It's a cheap cure for procrastination, that's for sure!

Posted by: Heather McCutcheon at August 15, 2005 11:31 PM

I would be willing to just donate period. I don't need anything in return. Sign me up and where should I sign up?

Posted by: Hula Doula at August 16, 2005 12:38 AM

I'm with Hula. Can I donate $? Or some extra pots and pans? Or some new sassy undies?

This does suck. I'm so sorry, Marianne.

Posted by: Edgy Mama at August 16, 2005 3:00 PM

Ok, I would willing just hit a paypal button and donate some... But I'm a quilter... I'd gladly trade a nice bed quilt... pieced, quilted and ready to sleep under for a book.

Posted by: Debra at August 18, 2005 4:26 PM