stillsostrange: (Valkyrie Air)
I mentioned that I ran the 3M Half last month? Well, this month I'm running in the Austin Half Marathon. February 19th, to be exact. Some of this is masochism, but mainly I'm fundraising for Out Youth. So if you'd like to contribute to Central Texas LGBT+ kids' services, programs, and safe space, you can do so at:

www.crowdrise.com/amandadownum

Anything is appreciated, including good wishes for my poor limbs. This route has hills.
stillsostrange: (Valkyrie Air)
My beloved Sigrdrifa, Victory Blizzard, former holmgang champion and fighter of dogs, is doing very poorly. Her kidneys are giving out, and the vet is noncommittal about her prognosis. But she's only 12, and I love my cat, and fuck this terrible year, so I'm going to do what I can to let her come home and be happily cantankerous again, at least for a while.

Because I would like to pay off these vet bills while Siggy is still alive, I refer you to Still So Strange Studios. Everything there is still at last year's holiday discount price.

I've also purchased many beautiful necklaces from [livejournal.com profile] elisem over the years. Many of them have given me stories, but too many have been languishing in my jewelry box for years, not spreading delight in the world as they should. So with their maker's blessing, I'm now offering them to new homes. I purchased most of them on sale or through the Artist Challenge program, so I'm passing those savings on to you. (Also, silver has tarnished over the years. I'll polish them as best I can before I send them on, but they may never sparkle quite as bright.)

"Big Bad Frog Witch" (Recent photo) $90

"Doll With a Ghost In It". 153 inches long, and full of stories. (Recent photos) $130

"The Etiology of Angst In Angels, Volume II", sandcast glass, mother of pearl, glass, dyed shell, moonstone, aquamarine, mysterious recycled bead and spacers, sterling silver. About 52 inches long. (Recent photo) $90 SOLD!

"Somewhere In The Sky", glass, labradorite, picasso jasper, moss agate, various stones; someone described this as neo-Victorian mourning jewelry, which has a good bit of truth to it. (Current photos) $100

"Summer-Colored Where The Bones Shine Through" I don't have the original description of this. It's long, and full of things. I can measure it if anyone's interested. Current photos) $130 SOLD!

If you're interested, please email me at exoblivione AT gmail DOT com. I have PayPal and Google Wallet, or we can work something out. Shipping is $10 (including insurance) in the US and $15 for Canada. For overseas sales I'll calculate shipping as needed.

I don't have the original cards for most of these, but I'll recreate them to the best of my ability.
stillsostrange: (Valkyrie Air)
Two updates. Or maybe three.

1. Still So Strange Studios is now a functioning Etsy shop.

2. I have launched a Patreon campaign. This is specifically intended to help lift the weight of the world a fraction of an inch so I can finish The Poison Court in a timely fashion. Savedra partisans, please check it out.

3. I haven't been quite as slack at blogging as this LJ indicates. Right now the Necromancer Chronicles is getting the bulk of my updates while I'm trying to shake the kinks out of my primary website.
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My jewelry not-a-Kickstarter is going remarkably well. It's nearly 90% funded with over a month to go*. I've placed my first supply order, and will do another next week. These purchases include PEARLS, because two of those have already been claimed. So if you want Savedra's pearls, jump on that last set quickly.

But with over a month left, I might as well make stretch goals or new perk options or whatnot? Any suggestions? Things you would like to see created or things you think would be good enticement for random passersby?


* Tell my baby sister not to do as I have done, and pay more attention to the fine print with these sorts of things. All credit card contributions will be tied up until the end of the campaign, so some orders must wait until the whole two months are up. Grumph.
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Today I'm excited to announce the launch of Still So Strange Studios.

The roller-coaster that was 2013 and 2014 has left me with the desire for creative outlets, and the need to make money on those creative endeavors. And while writing will always be my first love and career, it's not exactly known for its steady paychecks. So I turn back to jewelry-making.

Necromancer fans take note: the uppermost perks are made with you in mind.



And LJ doesn't want to embed, apparently, so follow the link to my IndieGoGo page.

https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/still-so-strange-studios/x/8472252#home
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My lack of LJing is venturing from slothful to truly sad. A large part of it is the absence of regular writing happening in Amandaland, which both leads to fewer metrics to post and a moderate case of bookless depression on my part. I don't enjoy bookless depression, and it's especially frustrating because the cure is obvious, but sometimes elusive.

Does anyone have any good writing memes, or feel like entering into a mutually assured destruction blogging pact? I need motivation, and small achievable goals. Otherwise my main source of content is going to become fitness posts, and I'm not sure those interest more than three people. (But if they do, let me know. I'll take what I can get.)
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So... Last month, I spent an evening at work* trying to coax in a stray pit bull who was running around the parking lot behind the bookstore. With the help of a good samaritan with leftover hamburgers, I eventually succeeded. The dog spent the night with us, but because of some initial growling between her and Gretchen, we decided to take her to the shelter the next day. I left my number in case her owners were never found.

Weeks passed...

Yesterday, the shelter called me. They had not found a home for her, and were out of kennel space. The E word was becoming a possibility. That, of course, I would not let come to pass. So I picked her up from the shelter and brought her home. This time, there was no animosity with the other dogs. Gretchen is delighted that we finally brought over a proper dog for her to have sleepovers with. Even the cats have accepted her with tolerable grace.

My plan is to contact pit bull rescue groups, and also the internet. If anyone has any suggestions, they are welcome. Alternately, if any knows of a fat corgi rescue group, I will keep Gretchen's new BFF instead.

Go ask LJ

Sep. 10th, 2012 10:40 am
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Does anyone know anything about cruiser yachts, specifically motor yachts?
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Not unrelated to my previous post, can I get recommendations for good spy novels or thrillers? My preferences are for non-America-centric, and with female characters that won't make me want to set the book on fire.
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So, a) over the past month I've become completely smitten with Avatar: The Last Airbender*, and b) I turned over the TV to the childer tonight with two-thirds of the series finale left to watch. This virtue pains me, and makes it hard to concentrate on the chapter I'm rewriting. I keep getting distracted by googling pictures of June and Mai. Not June/Mai yet, but this virtue can't last forever.

Think I could Kickstarter enough money to hire the animation team to make an adaptation of The Bone Palace? If not, I'll be reduced to begging for fanart of Mai, June, and Isyllt kicking ass in barfights and drinking tea**.



* It may come as no surprise that Uncle Iroh is my one true love. And yeah, I totally cried at the Mako tribute episode.

** THAT IS A HINT, people.
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I was under the impression that the write-a-thon started today, but some people swear it started yesterday. So I wrote an extra day's worth of words just to be safe.

My goal is 250 words a day. My primary project is The Poison Court, but I may work on other things as soon as I have finish its proposal and send it to [livejournal.com profile] arcaedia. I need to get ahead this week, because on Friday I have my very exciting dental surgery (in which I get a titanium screw in my skull), and will spend several days knocked out on Vicodin.

You can, if you're so inclined, sponsor me here. I might be willing to name characters or landmarks after my patrons.

518 / 10500
(4.93%)

Dear LJ...

Jan. 24th, 2012 01:32 pm
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Is anyone on my f-list from, in, or familiar with the greater Vancouver area, and willing to answer weird or silly questions?
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I need a drink called a Bête Noire. Our local absinthe bar tried to slip me a Boulevardier in disguise, but I am wise to their trickery. (But now I love Boulevardiers, so that's a plus.) I feel this drink should be dark, bitter, and dangerous, but am otherwise open to just about anything. Whoever designs the drink I like most will win a place in the acknowledgements of a book, and probably a better prize as well, when I think of something appropriate.

I will test all serious suggestions and report back.
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I am not cutting and running any time soon, but does someone have a Dreamwidth invitation I can use?

I am now stillsostrange on Dreamwidth as well, if anyone wants to add, follow, 'friend me, or whatever it is they do over there.

Book sale!

May. 18th, 2011 12:48 pm
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Here it is, the book sale. All books will be signed and personalized however you like, though I can't promise witty dedications. Books will be shipped by the end of next week.

The Drowning City, US release MMPB, list price $7.99

7 copies available, at $5.00 each plus shipping (see below).

The Bone Palace, US release MMPB, list price $7.99

9 copies available, at $5.00 each.

The Drowning City, UK release MMPB, list price £7.99

4 copies available, at $6.00 each. (The UK paperbacks are slightly larger than the US, with matte covers instead of glossy.)

The Bone Palace, UK release MMPB, list price £7.99

3 copies available, at $6.00 each. (The UK cover for TBP has an alternate cover, see them both here.)

Best New Romantic Fantasy 2, trade paperback (Juno Books, 2007, Paula Guran ed.), list price $13.95 (Contains my story "Smoke & Mirrors".)

1 copy available, at $10.00. SOLD

Fantasy, trade paperback (Prime Books, 2007, Sean Wallace and Paul Tremblay, ed.), list price $6.95 (Contains my story "The Salvation Game".)

1 copies available, at $5.00.

Lovecraft Unbound, trade paperback (Dark Horse, 2009, Ellen Datlow ed.), list price $19.95 (Contains my story "The Tenderness of Jackals".)

1 copy available, at $13.00. SOLD

Shipping & handling

$3.00 for the first book anywhere in the US or Canada, plus $1 per additional books. They will most likely be sent media mail. Overseas shipping is $9.00 for the first book, plus $1 per additional book. Add an extra dollar for insurance.




Character sketches

I will draw any of my characters, either a head shot like my Shadow Unit pictures, or a complete figure drawing, color or black and white. No requests for wacky poses please--I'm not a professional artist. Everything will be at least 8.5 x 11". Since I do a lot of touching up in Photoshop, these will be prints, not original pencil sketches.

$6.00 for a black & white sketch, $10.00 for color.

$3.00 shipping for up to 5 prints, or I can send you a PDF for free.

Important note on artwork: because of upcoming travel, none of these sketches will be finished, let alone shipped, until July. I will send you a postcard from Dublin or Stockholm, though.

If you want to buy something, comment here. If you're reading this but don't have an LJ, email me at exoblivione AT gmail DOT com, with "LJ book sale" in the subject. I'll confirm your total and give you my PayPal address. PayPal only please! I prefer non-credit card, but if credit card is all you have, that's okay--just let me know which you'll be using.

Any questions?
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You guys are awesome. I have named all the previous things, based on your suggestions. (Emperor Nizam II; the Teeth of Heaven; the Silent Council [it's ironic--they're not very quiet]; and I'm using the k.)

Now for round 2, which takes us through Chapter 14, or halfway through the book.

1. One of Isyllt's aliases.

2. This world's analogue to the Romani, who are faux-Hebraic in origin.

3. The fortress/town where my not-the-Cathar heretics hang out.

4. A distributary of the River Ash, and the marsh it feeds into.
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[livejournal.com profile] saladinahmed needs a map. And if you are an awesome cartographical whizz and can hook him up, I may also have work for you.
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I'm trying to learn the Arabic word for beekeeper, and my Google-fu is failing me. I can convince the internets to translate the word for me, but not transliterate it. I tried doing so myself, but I'm weak when it comes to non-Latin alphabets.

Can anyone transliterate مربي نحل

Is that even the right word?
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Through the kind intervention of [livejournal.com profile] mr_earbrass, I have secured a WFC membership. Hurrah. I shall most likely continue to blow off programming and hang out in the bar, but now I will do it with authority.

The Halloween question continues to plague me. Sadly, I don't think I'm going to be squeezing into my leather pants in an attractive way in a week and a half, so Typhoid Mary is right out. (Yes, I know Mary doesn't usually wear pants--I will only take costuming so far.)

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