January 22nd, 2011

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Offer: Kayaking lesson in a quiet harbor (SF Bay Area)

Item Name & Description: Kayaking lesson
in the San Francisco Bay Area, in Redwood Creek, from my houseboat. I have two kayaks and can give you a quick lesson in very quiet water. Kayak out into the 2 mile long tidal salt water creek for some peaceful birdwatching.

The beginners' kayak is an Old Town Vapor 10, is very steady (not tippy) and its cockpit dimensions are 19.5" x 48" / 49.5 x 121.9 cm, enough to move your legs around and likely even sit cross-legged. It is also possible to fit a small child in front of you. Children are welcome and I have a range of life jackets for tiny kids up to XXL adults. Birds likely at this time of year: Brown pelicans, common terns, cormorants, western grebes, scaups, canada goose, ducks. Sometimes there are seals.


Starting Bid: $20.00


In February or March (Or whenever I get over having bronchitis)
[delivery time, limitations, conditions, etc.]

E-mail: lizhenry@gmail.com

Bidding starts Monday, February 21, 2011, at 12:01 a.m. EST (GMT -5) and ends Sunday, March 6, 2011, at 11:59 p.m. EST.
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Interest in Arisia?

Con or Bust is currently considering whether it should regularly assist people of color to attend Arisia in addition to WisCon.

To that end: if you are a person of color who wanted to go to Arisia this year but couldn't for financial reasons, and would have been theoretically interested in assistance from Con or Bust, please leave a comment saying so and giving a rough estimate of what assistance you would have needed. All comments are screened.

PLEASE NOTE: no decision has been made yet whether to assist people attend Arisia. If you comment here, it's just for me to get a sense of interest and starting thinking about logistics, not a request for assistance.

Also posted to arisia.

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2011 Auction (and 2010 Final Numbers)

Updated February 28, 2011: after this year's WisCon, Con or Bust will be expanding to help fans of color attend the SFF cons of their own choosing, not just WisCon or other cons picked by Con or Bust. Please see this post for more detail.

Last year, Con or Bust raised $6,183.89 and helped thirteen people of color attend WisCon. We weren't able to meet all the requests for assistance, however, so I'm tentatively setting this year's auction goal at $7,000. Bidding on the auction will start Monday, February 21, 2011, at 12:01 a.m. EST (GMT -5) and end Sunday, March 6, 2011, at 11:59 p.m. EST. You may post auction offers and make donations now.

For more details, please see these updated posts explaining how to:

More information about Con or Bust.

Please spread the word! Feel free to link back to this post, or to the community.

(Also, Con or Bust is looking to commission a logo; if you're an artist or know someone who is, check out the request for proposals.)


Adorable custom-made figurine!

Item Name & Description: Small clay (Fimo) figurine, unique and made to your specifications. I can sculpt characters from your own published book, from your own manuscript-in-progress, or from a favorite book of yours.

I am also willing to attempt a figurine based on existing visual media – a TV show, an anime, a photograph - but no guarantees on how closely it will resemble the source.

This might make a great, or at least unique, gift for a writer friend or relative. It might make a great, or at least unique, gift to yourself as a reward for finishing and/or selling a project.

I can get pretty good detailing on clothing and prop items, but faces, as you can see, will be more sketchy.

Ai Ling and dim sum banquet, from Cindy Pon’s Silver Phoenix.

Ari (in jeans and leather jacket) and Freki (in fur) from Janni Lee Simner’s Thief Eyes.

Sameer (in hoodie) and nagini from Shveta Thakrar’s eagerly awaited novel-in-progress.

Starting Bid: $35. I will consider making more than one, and/or a companion animal, if the bidding gets sufficiently high.

E-mail: Rphoenix2 at gmail.

Bidding starts Monday, February 21, 2011, at 12:01 a.m. EST (GMT -5) and ends Sunday, March 6, 2011, at 11:59 p.m. EST.