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Con Or Bust: Helping Fans of Color Attend SFF Cons


Bidding is open!
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kate_nepveu wrote in con_or_bust

Bidding is now open and will continue through Saturday, March 13, 2010 (ending at 11:59 p.m. Eastern). Here's how to bid and how to find an auction.

Don't forget that you can still post items or services for auction or request assistance from Con or Bust.

I will be keeping an eye on the comments, but if there are questions or problems, don't hesitate to bring them to my attention by a comment here or e-mail to knepveu at steelypips dot org. And thanks, everyone, for all your help and support so far!

(And now, bed. *thud*)


Offer: Wire Wrapped Antique Key -- Writer's Charm Pendant: 'A Key to Growing Stories'
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arianhwyvar wrote in con_or_bust
Item Name & Description: Handmade wire wrapped key pendant with vintage pen nib, vintage bronze enameled copper wire, glass leaf bead and Swarovski crystal. The auction is for the exact pendant shown below: "Writer's Charm: A Key to Growing Stories", and comes with an 19" antique brass plated steel chain with an antiqued brass lobster clasp. The chain is fully adjustable up to its maximum length.

This pendant is approximately 3 1/4" long including the bail, and just under 7/8" across. It can be worn or hung as an ornament.

Starting Bid: $18

Notes: I will cover shipping via First Class or First Class International anywhere in the world, with delivery confirmation in the United States.



More photos of this pendant can be seen here, including photos with the included chain.


Silver Owl Creations Etsy Shop
Silver Owl Creations Website

2 Copies of THE SHADOW SPEAKER with Nnedi Doodles!
nnedimma wrote in con_or_bust
Item Name & Description:

Two hardcover copies of THE SHADOW SPEAKER (Disney Media Group): a Carl Brandon Parallax Award winning African fantasy/sf novel by Wiscon 2010 Guest of Honor Nnedi Okorafor.

Each autographed novel's inside blank page will feature a page-size complicated eye-boggling doodled drawing by the author Nnedi Okorafor.

Starting Bid: $20 + shipping per book. The top two bids will get one each.

Notes: Bidding starts on Wednesday February 24, 2010.



Offer: Chimera Fancies Pendant
copperwise wrote in con_or_bust

Item Name/Description: Break the Enchantment

Ceramic pendant, mixed media, recycled book text, pink/turquoise with sparkly wash on text.  Approximately 1" diameter.

Chimera Fancies -- Old storybooks and glitter, fragments of dreams and mysterious messages from the Universe. Adorn yourself with secrets and poetry.

Starting Bid: $20

Delivery: Will be mailed upon confirmation of payment


offer: podfic recording (up to 8k words)
green office
general_jinjur wrote in con_or_bust
Item Name/Description: Podfic recording of a story up to 8,000 words in length

Starting Bid: $10

Notes: I will read the story of your choice, up to roughly 8,000 words, any fandom, any pairing. The recording will be completed by the opening date of Wiscon.

The Fine Print: Please acquire author permission for the recording. The recording will be archived at the audiofic archive unless stipulated otherwise.

Try before you buy: My podfic readings in a variety of fandoms are archived and available for download here.

offer: podfic recording (up to 25k words)
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general_jinjur wrote in con_or_bust
Item Name/Description: Podfic recording of a story up to 25,000 words in length

Starting Bid: $40

Notes: I will read the story of your choice, up to roughly 25,000 words, any fandom, any pairing. The recording will be completed by the opening date of Wiscon.

The Fine Print: Please acquire author permission for the recording. The recording will be archived at the audiofic archive unless stipulated otherwise.

Try before you buy: My podfic readings in a variety of fandoms are archived and available for download here.

offer: podfic recording (epic length, no word limit)
bigbigbigdose
general_jinjur wrote in con_or_bust
Item Name/Description: Podfic recording of an epic length story - no word limit.

Starting Bid: $100

Notes: I will read the story of your choice, any length, any fandom, any pairing. Completion date depends on a variety of factors, including word count - I'll do my best.

The Fine Print: Please acquire author permission for the recording. The recording will be archived at the audiofic archive unless stipulated otherwise.

Try before you buy: My podfic readings in a variety of fandoms are archived and available for download here.

Offer: A 2yr subscription to Icarus: The Magazine of Gay Speculative Fiction
Ulhume
ethereal_lad wrote in con_or_bust

Item Name & Description: Icarus is a quarterly magazine  on that features fiction (Tanith Lee, Chaz Brenchley, Joel Lane); interviews (Geoff Ryman, Lee Thomas) and artwork from a queer male perspective.

 
Starting Bid: $20

Notes:  The subscription will start with the Spring 2010 issue.

 

 


Offer: Onyx Court book set
swan_tower wrote in con_or_bust
Item Name & Description: signed set of Midnight Never Come and In Ashes Lie, the first two books of my Onyx Court historical fantasy series

Starting Bid: $10

Notes: if you want the books personalized to you, please specify when you provide your address for shipping.


--Marie Brennan

Offer: signed hardback of The Virtu
ex_truepenn wrote in con_or_bust
Item name & description: The Virtu (Ace Books, 2006). Sequel to Mélusine; second book in the Doctrine of Labyrinths. Signed hardback. I will be glad to personalize it if the winning bidder so desires.

Delivery: If you are the winning bidder, send an email copy of your PayPal receipt to semonette (at) gmail (dot) com, with your shipping address and the name you would like the book personalized to (or if you do NOT want it personalized, please say so, so I don't make a mortifying mistake). I will pay for shipping anywhere in the world.

Notes: The Virtu is OUT OF PRINT in both hardback and paperback.

Minimum bid: $15

Offer: Personalised 1st Ed Copy of Split by Swati Avasthi
turban
deepad wrote in con_or_bust
Item Name & Description: A first edition hardcover copy of the Young Adult book Split by Swati Avasthi, which she can sign and personalise as you would like.
This book is being released on March 10th, 2010, and has received a number of advance reviews (all positive!) through circulating ARCs, which you can read here.
And, if you like, and the bidding goes over $50, I can write a bunch of post-its or notes about my thoughts on the characters and the story, and stick them in between the pages of Split for you to discover as you are reading along.

Starting Bid: $25

Notes: It will probably take till mid-March to be able to mail the book out.

Offer: Custom Carbon Steel Retaining Ring Necklace
kelljones wrote in con_or_bust
Item Name & Description: Custom Carbon Steel Retaining Ring Necklace (with accompanying story fragment)

For weeks after the incident, the locals left piles of different sized components on the stone steps leading to her laboratory, with nice little notes about how she was a menace and a danger to society. Apparently the explosion had flung her creations about the countryside, and Wraptillion blushed and accepted their compliments along with her new fame. Really, people here were so kind -- not like those nasty crowds with their pointed implements in her last town. Perhaps she should think of some way to thank them...

Custom necklace made from matte black carbon steel retaining rings (unused hardware components), linked with your choice of: bronze, with a copper-plated clasp (shown); stainless steel jump rings, with a silver-colored clasp; or brass jump rings, with a brass clasp. Durable and elegant, with that ineffable air of technogeekery; a true statement piece for every mad scientist.

Starting Bid: $20

Notes:

I do recommend making this style as a collar-length necklace to avoid tangling the rings. If you prefer a different style necklace, I could substitute a custom version of any of the necklace styles seen in my shop here for this one. Please contact me at wraptillion at gmail dot com for details or for any other questions; not all styles are available in all materials, but most can be made the way you want them.

I will pay worldwide shipping for the winning bidder of this necklace, or hand-deliver at WisCon (as long as I have your specifications two weeks before the conference). I can ship it two weeks after you send me your Paypal donation verification and your custom specifications.

Thanks for bidding!

ETA: I have added a pair of earrings and a bracelet to the auction too.

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peacock girl
myrrhmade wrote in con_or_bust
Item Name/Description: Gemstone Amulet Necklace

Handmade Flourite pendant necklace beaded with Amethyst, Fresh Water Pearl, Japanese Seed Beads, and Sterling ("Diamond Sparkle") Beads.

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(First pic is focused, second pic is brighter light so you can see the actual colors.)

Starting Bid: $40

Delivery: Will be mailed upon confirmation of payment

Now Closed. New Amulet Necklace posted! Thank You!

Offered: Customizable Fudge
pope
popelizbet wrote in con_or_bust
Hey y'all!

I, the popelizbet, offer to you, the gracious, gorgeous and lovely supporters of this 2nd Annual Con Or Bust Auction, 2 1-pound lots of homemade fudge from my very own personal kitchen.

"What is the starting bid?"

Each lot starts at $15.00.
Should bidding on any lot go over $45.00, the winner will receive TWO pounds of fudge, which may be separately customized.
There will be other incentives if bidding increases significantly past those increments.

"Why is this fudge customizable, Lizbet?"

This fudge can be made with any two of the following embedded in its chocolatey goodness: nuts (your choice, within reason), chocolate chips, butterscotch chips. I like it with pecans and semi-sweet chips in. But we will work out together what you'd like, if you win!

"How do you get chocolate chips to stay solid in fudge?"

It's a secret I learned, indirectly, from the cook in the night kitchen at Unseen University.

"What-all is in this fudge, Lizbet? I need to know if I can eat it due to $DIETARYRESTRICTION."

The base recipe for this fudge, before customizing, contains: confectioner's sugar, cocoa, butter, milk, salt, vanilla [usually artificial]. I have never attempted to make this recipe with vegan substitutes; I cannot guarantee the results but will try if you ask me to. If you have questions about your particular dietary restriction as regards any ingredient, such as needing me to check for soy or whey in dry ingredients, please check before bidding by private message, or comment not in the bidding thread.

Those with nut allergies should note that I cannot guarantee access to a nut-free kitchen, although I will do everything in my power to avoid cross-contamination in the event that one of my winners or their household has needs in that regard.

"What exactly am I bidding on, when will I get it, and who can bid?"

Bid for a 1-lb lot of fudge in one of the two bidding threads below by response to the last bid comment in that thread. Misplaced bids will be screened and the bidder will be asked to re-bid in the appropriate thread.

This auction will end Wednesday, March 10 at 11:59 PM EST. (This is prior to the con_or_bust general auction terminus date; please make a note.) The winners will be notified by response to their winning bids and their customization preferences requested at that time.

I will ship your fudge to you anywhere within the continental U.S. at no cost. (International bidders will be asked to bear the cost of shipping.) Shipments will go out during the week of March 15, 2010. If any winner would prefer hand-delivery at Wiscon to instant gratification, that is fine, too.


"But Lizbet. Is it delicious?"

I don't believe in creating candies or other foods that fall short of "delicious." :p Enjoy and happy bidding! See you at the con!