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The Witches of Karres first edition
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kate_nepveu wrote in con_or_bust

Originally published at Con or Bust by Dan B.. Please comment there ( comment(s)).

Item Name & Description: A first edition copy of James Schmitz’s classic novel The Witches of Karres. These are not easy to find nowadays. This is a third printing, but is not distinguishable from a first printing except by the copyright page and the list of books advertised on the back.

The book itself is in excellent condition, with no tears, stains, folds, or other damage to the pages that I can see. The jacket has some wear and a few stains, as you can see, but it’s intact and the front cover looks pretty good.

I am throwing in an old book club edition of Schmitz’s The Demon Breed, which is not as good as Karres but does feature giant intelligent otters.

The Witches of Karres first edition + The Demon Breed
The Witches of Karres first edition + The Demon Breed

Starting Bid: $40

Notes: I will mail these for free in the US but won’t mail them elsewhere (international shipping is very expensive these days). I will mail them within a few days of receiving the donation notification.

Bidding will open Monday, February 10, 2014 at 12:01 a.m. Eastern (GMT -5); it closes Sunday, February 23, 2014 at 5:00 p.m. Eastern Time. More Information.


Fancy Fan Signed by BSG’s Edward James Olmos
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kate_nepveu wrote in con_or_bust

Originally published at Con or Bust by K Tempest Bradford. Please comment there ( comment(s)).

Item Name & Description: If you’ve ever seen me at a con you’ve probably seen me waving a fan around to get cool or to punctuate my point.


That’s me with one!

People always ask where they can get one (or if they can buy mine), and as a joke we’ve auctioned off my used fans at WisCon for Con or Bust before. This time you get the chance to bid on a brand new fan that’s been signed by Edward James Olmos of Battlestar Galactica.

The inscription reads:
“So Say We All”
Edward James Olmos
“BSG”
“Admiral Adama”
9-4-11

Starting Bid: $20

Notes: I will ship shortly after the auction ends. I’ll ship internationally (just be aware the delivery may take some time) and via priority Mail in the US.

Bidding will open Monday, February 10, 2014 at 12:01 a.m. Eastern (GMT -5); it closes Sunday, February 23, 2014 at 5:00 p.m. Eastern Time. More Information.


Fancy Fan Signed by Star Trek’s Garrett Wang
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kate_nepveu wrote in con_or_bust

Originally published at Con or Bust by K Tempest Bradford. Please comment there ( comment(s)).

Item Name & Description: Those of you who’ve met me at cons know I love my fancy fans and take them with me everywhere.


That’s me with one!

People always ask where they can get one (or if they can buy mine), and as a joke we’ve auctioned off my used fans at WisCon for Con or Bust before. This time you get the chance to bid on a brand new fan that’s been signed by Garrett Wang from Star Trek Voyager.

The inscription reads:
Garrett Wang
“Ensign Kim”

Starting Bid: $20

Notes: I will ship shortly after the auction ends. I’ll ship internationally (just be aware the delivery may take some time) and via priority Mail in the US.

Bidding will open Monday, February 10, 2014 at 12:01 a.m. Eastern (GMT -5); it closes Sunday, February 23, 2014 at 5:00 p.m. Eastern Time. More Information.


Memberships to Loncon 3 (2014 WorldCon)
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kate_nepveu wrote in con_or_bust

Originally published at Con or Bust by Kate Nepveu. Please comment there ( comment(s)).

I am delighted to announce that Loncon 3, the 2014 WorldCon, will be donating a number of attending memberships to Con or Bust for the use of fans of color/non-white fans and giving incentives for individuals to transfer their unused attending memberships.

First, Loncon is initially donating five attending memberships.

Second, Loncon will match donations of attending memberships by individuals, up to twenty memberships (in addition to the five it is initially donating).

And third, if you donate your attending membership to Con or Bust, in return, Loncon will give you a supporting membership so that you can retain your voting rights. (The person receiving the attending membership will also be able to vote, if they receive it before the relevant deadlines.) This conversion of attending memberships to supporting memberships will apply to all donated attending memberships, even if the limited on matched donations is reached.

Those wishing to donate an attending membership should email memberships@loncon3.org with their membership number and some other non-public identifying information, such as their address, and state that they wish to transfer their membership to Con or Bust. Loncon’s membership team will then convert the donor’s membership to a supporting membership and notify Con or Bust of the donation.

Loncon takes place from August 14-18, 2014, in London, England, UK. Its Guests of Honor are Iain M Banks (in Memoriam), John Clute, Malcolm Edwards, Chris Foss, Jeanne Gomoll, Robin Hobb, and Bryan Talbot.


Movie Review by Genevieve Valentine
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kate_nepveu wrote in con_or_bust

Originally published at Con or Bust by Kate Nepveu. Please comment there ( comment(s)).

(Posted on behalf of Genevieve, who is away from computers this week; text taken from last year’s offer. — Kate)

Item Name & Description: Movie Review

I watch a lot of movies! Some of them are lovely installments in the ongoing pop-culture conversation of film, thoughtfully crafted and quietly touching. Many of them are just dreadful, and sometimes that’s more fun.

I write them up regularly on the Questionable Taste Theatre feature on my blog, and there are a surprising number of movies I see that I can’t even bring myself to talk about there. (Remember that Snow White-for-kids movie where the jester was a deep-undercover prince for Snow White’s entire life so he could groom her from infancy to be his bride? I sure do!)

However, I will definitely talk about it, or many another bad movie, if you win this auction and tell me to.

Starting Bid: $20

Notes: I’ll watch a movie that’s several levels of bad, no problems. But there are some genres, particularly torture-porn horror, which are hard for me to review because I’m an enormous coward, and if you picked Hostel I would be reviewing it based only on the copy on the back of the DVD because scary is not my bag. There might also be some lurking dealbreakers (Sean Penn nooooo!). We’ll work it out.

Bidding will open Monday, February 10, 2014 at 12:01 a.m. Eastern (GMT -5); it closes Sunday, February 23, 2014 at 5:00 p.m. Eastern Time. More Information.


Signed ARC of The Girls at the Kingfisher Club by Genevieve Valentine
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kate_nepveu wrote in con_or_bust

Originally published at Con or Bust by Kate Nepveu. Please comment there ( comment(s)).

kingfishercoverItem Name & Description: An advance reading coy of The Girls at the Kingfisher Club by Genevieve Valentine, signed by the author.

The Girls at the Kingfisher Club will be published in June 2014; it re-imagines the Twelve Dancing Princesses as flappers in 1920s New York City. Scott Westerfeld calls it “gorgeous and bewitching” and Kelly Link describes it as “a sumptuous rendering of one of my favorite fairy tales.”

Starting Bid: $10.

Notes: US shipping only; donated and shipped by the author, so personalization is available.

Bidding will open Monday, February 10, 2014 at 12:01 a.m. Eastern (GMT -5); it closes Sunday, February 23, 2014 at 5:00 p.m. Eastern Time. More Information.


Signed ARC of The Girls at the Kingfisher Club by Genevieve Valentine
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kate_nepveu wrote in con_or_bust

Originally published at Con or Bust by Kate Nepveu. Please comment there ( comment(s)).

kingfishercoverItem Name & Description: An advance reading copy of The Girls at the Kingfisher Club by Genevieve Valentine, signed by the author.

The Girls at the Kingfisher Club will be published in June 2014; it re-imagines the Twelve Dancing Princesses as flappers in 1920s New York City. Scott Westerfeld calls it “gorgeous and bewitching” and Kelly Link describes it as “a sumptuous rendering of one of my favorite fairy tales.”

Starting Bid: $10.

Notes: US shipping only; donated and shipped by the author, so personalization is available.

Bidding will open Monday, February 10, 2014 at 12:01 a.m. Eastern (GMT -5); it closes Sunday, February 23, 2014 at 5:00 p.m. Eastern Time. More Information.


Short Story Critique (up to 7500 words)
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kate_nepveu wrote in con_or_bust

Originally published at Con or Bust by Sarah Pinsker. Please comment there ( comment(s)).

Item Name & Description: Critique of a short story of up to 7500 words.

Starting Bid: $20

Notes: To copy Yoon Ha Lee, I can read .doc or RTF files, and would rather work via email than physical manuscripts. I will provide the critique within 30 days of receipt of the manuscript. I’m best with SF and fantasy, and would probably not give a satisfying critique of your horror, romance, or erotica. I am a musician and a lifelong horse person, so I can be particularly useful with details related to those things.

My stories have been published in Strange Horizons, Asimov’s, and Daily Science Fiction, and I have stories forthcoming in Fantasy & Science Fiction, Lightspeed, and several anthologies. I’m a longtime member of the Baltimore Science Fiction Society’s public critique group.

Bidding will open Monday, February 10, 2014 at 12:01 a.m. Eastern (GMT -5); it closes Sunday, February 23, 2014 at 5:00 p.m. Eastern Time. More Information.


Three Translations
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kate_nepveu wrote in con_or_bust

Originally published at Con or Bust by Strange Horizons. Please comment there ( comment(s)).

Three Translations: A bundle of three translated fantasy novels:

The Days of the Deer by Liliana Bodoc:

Book cover for Liliana Bodoc's The Days of the Deer
Book cover for Liliana Bodoc’s The Days of the Deer”

A lavish trilogy steeped in myth: Bodoc is the Tolkien of the Americas. ‘When asked who I admire within my genre, I can only think of one name: Liliana Bodoc’ – Ursula Le Guin It is known that the strangers will sail from some part of the Ancient Lands and will cross the Yentru Sea. All our predictions and sacred books clearly say the same thing. The rest is all shadows. Shadows that prevent us from seeing the faces of those who are coming. In the House of Stars, the Astronomers of the Open Air read contradictory omens. A fleet is coming to the shores of the Remote Realm. But are these the long-awaited Northmen, returned triumphant from the war in the Ancient Lands? Or the emissaries of the Son of Death come to wage a last battle against life itself? From every village of the seven tribes, a representative is called to a Great Council. One representative will not survive the journey. Some will be willing to sacrifice their lives, others their people, but one thing is certain: the era of light is at an end.

 

 

The Path of Anger by Antoine Rouaud

Book cover for Antoine Rouaud's The Path of Anger
Book cover for Antoine Rouaud’s The Path of Anger

Dun-Cadal has been drinking his life away for years. Betrayed by his friends – who turned their back on their ideals in favour of a new republic – and grief stricken at the loss of his apprentice, who saved his life on the battlefield and whom he trained as a knight in exchange, he’s done with politics, with adventure, and with people. But people aren’t finished with him – not yet. Viola is a young historian looking for the last Emperor’s sword, and her search not only brings her to Dun-Cadal, it’s also going to embroil them both in a series of assassinations. Because Dun-Cadal’s turncoat friends are being murdered, one by one…by someone who kills in the unmistakable style of an Imperial assassin…

 

 

 

 

The Rabbit Back Literature Society by Pasi Ilmari Jääskeläinen:

Book cover for The Rabbit Back Literature Society by Pasi Ilmari Jääskeläinen.
Book cover for The Rabbit Back Literature Society by Pasi Ilmari Jääskeläinen.

Only very special people are chosen by children’s author Laura White to join ‘The Society’, an elite group of writers in the small town of Rabbit Back. Now a tenth member has been selected: Ella, literature teacher and possessor of beautifully curving lips. But soon Ella discovers that the Society is not what it seems. What is its mysterious ritual, ‘The Game’? What explains the strange disappearance that occurs at Laura’s winter party, in a whirlwind of snow? Why are the words inside books starting to rearrange themselves? Was there once another tenth member, before her? Slowly, disturbing secrets that had been buried come to light… In this chilling, darkly funny novel, the uncanny brushes up against the everyday in the most beguiling and unexpected of ways.

Starting Bid: $15.

Notes: Will ship worldwide.

Bidding will open Monday, February 10, 2014 at 12:01 a.m. Eastern (GMT -5); it closes Sunday, February 23, 2014 at 5:00 p.m. Eastern Time. More Information.


Box o’ books #1
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kate_nepveu wrote in con_or_bust

Originally published at Con or Bust by Yoon Ha Lee. Please comment there ( comment(s)).

Item Name & Description: Box of assorted used fiction, if you’re looking for random stuff to read! Stuff is in readable condition, but is not pristine. What you’d find in your average used bookstore. Some of these are parts of series (for example, the K.J. Parker is #2 of a trilogy) but who knows, maybe you’re looking to fill a hole in your collection! Also, take a look at the starting bid. You could get a lot of entertainment for very cheap.

  • The Spy Who Came in from the Cold by John Le Carré
  • Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy by John Le Carré
  • Daemons Are Forever by Simon R. Green
  • The Spy Who Haunted Me by Simon R. Green
  • The Belly of the Bow by K.J. Parker
  • Macroscope by Piers Anthony
  • Arena by William Forstchen (Magic: the Gathering tie-in)
  • Ghost of a Chance by Simon R. Green
  • London Match by Len Deighton
  • Mexico Set by Len Deighton
  • The Sandbaggers: Think of a Number by Donald Lancaster (tie-in for The Sandbaggers)
  • White Light by Rudy Rucker

Starting Bid: $5

Notes: I will ship for free within the USA, but will only ship to the USA. Boxes of books are heavy and international shipping has just gotten too expensive.

Bidding will open Monday, February 10, 2014 at 12:01 a.m. Eastern (GMT -5); it closes Sunday, February 23, 2014 at 5:00 p.m. Eastern Time. More Information.


Box o’ books #2
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kate_nepveu wrote in con_or_bust

Originally published at Con or Bust by Yoon Ha Lee. Please comment there ( comment(s)).

Item Name & Description: An assorted box of books. Condition varies from okay to good; these are all used and reader-grade. Mostly focused on art/comics/music. And look at the starting price–you could get a lot of stuff for a low, low cost!

  • Game of Thrones comic #1
  • In Wonderland (Gundam Wing doujinshi, Heero/Duo, MATURE)
  • Suicide Squad vol. 1 (graphic novel trade paperback, this is the New 52 or something rather than the older Suicide Squad? I am not comics-savvy)
  • Project Blue Rose by Rachel Manija Brown and Stephanie Folse
  • How to Draw Fairies in Simple Steps by Paul Bryn Davies
  • Digital Artist #25 (magazine; includes CD, never played it, no clue if it still works)
  • Deleter Manga Techniques vol. 1: Drawing Manga for Beginners
  • Deleter Manga Techniques vol. 2: Drawing Manga for Advanced Learners
  • Deleter Manga Techniques vol. 7: Creating Characters for Games
  • Tex Avery: King of Cartoons by Joe Adamson
  • Kingdom of the Winds vol. 1 (manhwa)
  • Obama Paper Dolls (Dover Publications)
  • McCain Paper Dolls (Dover Publications)
  • Presidential Material: Barack Obama/John McCain (IDW comic twofer)
  • Logic Pro 8 by Mark Cousins & Russ Hepworth-Sawyer
  • The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Arranging and Orchestration by Michael Miller (includes audio CD, although the audio tracks use Garritan Personal Orchestra, whose sound quality I personally find questionable; you are much better off going to Youtube and listening to clips to familiarize yourself with timbres/instruments/ranges IMO)

Starting Bid: $5

Notes: Shipping is on me within the USA, but I will only ship within the USA. Book boxes are heavy and international shipping has gotten very expensive.

Bidding will open Monday, February 10, 2014 at 12:01 a.m. Eastern (GMT -5); it closes Sunday, February 23, 2014 at 5:00 p.m. Eastern Time. More Information.


Box o’ books #3
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kate_nepveu wrote in con_or_bust

Originally published at Con or Bust by Yoon Ha Lee. Please comment there ( comment(s)).

Item Name & Description: A smallish box of writing/crafts/random books, in decent to good condition (reader-grade):

  • Cross-Stitch for My Kitchen. NOTE: This is in Korean, but I’m an indifferent cross stitcher (not fluent in Korean) and the charts look pretty clear to me, and floss colors are given in both ANC (?) and DMC.
  • Another Korean domestic-ish cross stitch book in similar vein.
  • FutureMusic #249, Sampling special (magazine, DVD not included).
  • Mandolin Primer for Beginners by Bert Casey (includes CD, never opened so I have no idea if it still plays)
  • Ancient Warfare Vol. V, Issue 6 (lead article is on elite units of the Hellenistic era)
  • The Fiction Editor: A Book for Writers, Teachers, Publishers, Editors, and Anyone Else Devoted to Fiction by Thomas McCormack
  • The 4 A.M. Breakthrough: Unconventional Writing Exercises That Transform Your Fiction by Brian Kitely (so unconventional that most of the exercises fill me with a kind of OH HECK NO THAT’S PSYCHOTIC horror, and I’m someone who likes to write things that look impossible–but who knows? maybe this is exactly what you need; if nothing else, some of the exercises are also hilarious, like the one where you take one of your existing stories and ERASE 95% OF IT)

Starting Bid: $5

Notes: I will ship anywhere in the USA for free, but only in the USA. Book boxes are heavy and international shipping has gotten very expensive.

Bidding will open Monday, February 10, 2014 at 12:01 a.m. Eastern (GMT -5); it closes Sunday, February 23, 2014 at 5:00 p.m. Eastern Time. More Information.


Box o’ books #4
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kate_nepveu wrote in con_or_bust

Originally published at Con or Bust by Yoon Ha Lee. Please comment there ( comment(s)).

Item Name & Description: Assorted used sf/f, in decent but not pristine condition (reader copies):

  • On Basilisk Station by David Weber
  • Fortress of Lies by J. Steven York (Mechwarrior: Dark Age tie-in novel)
  • Malicious Intent by Michael A. Stackpole (Battletech tie-in novel)
  • Le Monde Obscur by Henry Kuttner (a French translation of Kuttner’s The Dark World–link goes to a page where you can download the public domain English-language ebook; I love this novel, which I believe was an influence on Zelazny’s Amber, but I don’t need it in French as well)
  • Peter S. Beagle’s Immortal Unicorn Vol. 2, ed. Peter S. Beagle & Janet Berliner
  • Crossroads by Barbara Hambly (Star Trek tie-in, really wonderful and not just because it includes an alien species called the Yoons for short)

Starting Bid: $5

Notes: I will ship for free anywhere within the USA but only within the USA. Book boxes are heavy and international shipping is very expensive these days.

Bidding will open Monday, February 10, 2014 at 12:01 a.m. Eastern (GMT -5); it closes Sunday, February 23, 2014 at 5:00 p.m. Eastern Time. More Information.


Box o’ books #5
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kate_nepveu wrote in con_or_bust

Originally published at Con or Bust by Yoon Ha Lee. Please comment there ( comment(s)).

Item Name & Description: A box of assorted (mostly?) sf/f, used, condition worn to decent. You could get a lot of fun reading for very cheap–take a look at the starting bid!

  • Heat of Fusion and Other Stories by John M. Ford. This appears to be a library discard, with the plastic sheath and stuff. Book itself is fine as long as you’re aware of that.
  • Blue and Gold by K.J. Parker. Another library discard with the plastic sheath, etc.
  • Percy Jackson & the Olympians: The Sea of Monsters by Rick Riordan. I suppose it was inevitable that my household would end up with spare copies of this.
  • Tales of the Slayers (graphic novel, Buffyverse).
  • A Fine and Private Place by Peter S. Beagle.
  • The Drag Queen of Elfland by Lawrence Schimel. I assume this could be adult but I have no idea; I picked it up at a con and never opened it.
  • Dragon of the Lost Sea by Lawrence Yep. I love this book but we don’t need two copies of it! Another library discard, this time a paperback.
  • Archer’s Goon by Diana Wynne Jones. Hardcover library discard with sheath and a really uninspired goon cover.

Starting Bid: $5

Notes: I will ship for free anywhere within the USA but only within the USA. Book boxes are heavy and international shipping is very expensive these days.

Bidding will open Monday, February 10, 2014 at 12:01 a.m. Eastern (GMT -5); it closes Sunday, February 23, 2014 at 5:00 p.m. Eastern Time. More Information.


Box o’ books #6 (big!)
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kate_nepveu wrote in con_or_bust

Originally published at Con or Bust by Yoon Ha Lee. Please comment there ( comment(s)).

Item Name & Description: Assorted fiction and nonfiction, used (reader-grade condition). If you are bored and in need of random entertainment, this is for you! Take a look at the opening bid–you could get a lot for a little!

  • Freedom Evolves by Daniel Dennett. A philosophy book on in/evitability, and one of the major inspirations for my short story “Flower, Mercy, Needle, Chain” [Lightspeed].
  • The China Study by T. Colin Campbell, PhD and Thomas M. Campbell II. This is about diet and weight loss or something.
  • Germany: 1866-1945 by Gordon A. Craig. Magisterial, but I have no more need for it.
  • Modern Chinese: A Basic Course by the Faculty of Peking University. I no longer have the cassette tapes that went with this, sorry, but I believe Dover Publications will let you order the CDs?
  • Star*Line 30.4. Speculative poetry zine issue.
  • Great Masters: Tchaikovsky–His Life and Music, taught by Prof. Robert Greenberg. From the Teaching Company. Audiobook set.
  • Thomas the Rhymer by Ellen Kushner. Hardcover, missing the jacket.
  • The Titan’s Curse. Rick Riordan.
  • Perdido Street Station by China Miéville.
  • Metamagical Themas by Douglas R. Hofstadter.
  • Claymore vol. 17 (manga, high teens for violence).
  • Planetes vol. 1 (manga).
  • Mind and Body ed. Cecilia Tan. I think this is erotica from the back cover copy, never read it.
  • The Magic of Recluce by L.E. Modesitt, Jr. Library discard, paperback; front cover is terribly tattered but the rest will stand up to a read if you’re curious. This is the book that made me want to run away from home and take up woodworking for about two days before sanity took hold again.
  • Blackwork by Becky Hogg (a type of embroidery, I take it).
  • Transformational Geometry by Richard G. Brown. Middle school level math text.
  • Super Finishing Techniques for Crocheters by Betty Barnden.
  • Cross Stitch Collection #191. Magazine with some beautiful patterns; I picked it up for the palomino mare and foal pattern, but in real life I will never have time to get around to this. Joan Elliott’s “Air Goddess” also looks very pretty.
  • The Italic Way to Beautiful Handwriting by Fred Eager. Whoever had this book before me wrote in some of it (mostly pencil, I think), but it should still be usable.
  • Better Homes & Gardens: Embroidery.
  • Crewelwork by Jacqui McDonald.

Starting Bid: $5. I mean it! Just think.

Notes: Shipping is on me within the USA but I will only ship within the USA. (This box being especially big and heavy doesn’t help. Yay for media mail.) International mail has just gotten too expensive.

Bidding will open Monday, February 10, 2014 at 12:01 a.m. Eastern (GMT -5); it closes Sunday, February 23, 2014 at 5:00 p.m. Eastern Time. More Information.


Box o’ books #7
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kate_nepveu wrote in con_or_bust

Originally published at Con or Bust by Yoon Ha Lee. Please comment there ( comment(s)).

Item Name & Description: Assorted used books in condition ranging from fair to decent, for your reading bemusement.

  • French for Home Study by Charles Duff.
  • The Life and Mysterious Death of Ian Mackintosh by Robert G. Folsom–of interest to Sandbaggers fans.
  • Flowers in the Snow: The Life of Isobel Wylie Hutchison by Gwyneth Hoyle
  • Painless Writing by Jeffrey Strausser. Aimed toward middle/high schoolers writing essays, I think.
  • Shame: The Power of Caring by Gershen Kaufman. Psychology/self-help?
  • Possible Lives: The Promise of Public Education in America by Mike Rose.
  • Sun Tzu at Gettysburg: Ancient Military Wisdom in the Modern World by Bevin Alexander.
  • The Mindful Way through Depression by Mark Williams, John Teasdale, Zindel Segal, and Jon Kabat-Zinn.

Starting Bid: $5

Notes: Shipping within the USA is on me, but I will only ship within the USA. Book boxes are heavy and international shipping has gotten too expensive.

Bidding will open Monday, February 10, 2014 at 12:01 a.m. Eastern (GMT -5); it closes Sunday, February 23, 2014 at 5:00 p.m. Eastern Time. More Information.


Unfold a Hidden Corner of the Spiritwalker Universe
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kate_nepveu wrote in con_or_bust

Originally published at Con or Bust by Kate Elliott. Please comment there ( comment(s)).

Item Name & Description:

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Cover of Cold Magic, Orbit Books

I will write a 1500-3000 word (that’s about 5 – 8 pages) story, drabble, essay, fake journal entry, descriptive passage, scene, fanfic, set of vignettes, or other form of your choice, set in the Spiritwalker universe, to a prompt(s) of your choosing.

The prompt(s) can be about existing characters, situations, or setting or some other aspect of the universe, one(s) mentioned in the trilogy or one(s) you might be curious about and or wish you’d had a chance to get a closer look at. I will write just about anything, including explicit sex, but I reserve the right to refuse to write certain sexual pairings and also I cannot undertake a short piece if it would demand significant research reading.

 

 

 

 

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smallpresstrolls, illustration by Julie Dillon

Starting Bid:

$25.00

Notes:
I hope to deliver the story within 60 days of receiving the prompt, barring unforeseen circumstances. You may keep the piece to yourself or, with your permission, I would (after you’ve had the exclusive first look) post it on my web site as a free Extra.

Bidding will open Monday, February 10, 2014 at 12:01 a.m. Eastern (GMT -5); it closes Sunday, February 23, 2014 at 5:00 p.m. Eastern Time. More Information.


Autographed Mark Reads Harry Potter set
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kate_nepveu wrote in con_or_bust

Originally published at Con or Bust by Mark Oshiro. Please comment there ( comment(s)).

Autographed Mark Reads Harry Potter set!: Mark Oshiro (of Mark Reads and Mark Watches) is donating a fully-autographed set of all seven of his Mark Reads Harry Potter series of reviews. All seven books will contain a short note because Mark thinks signing just his name is not enough and MARK DOES WHAT HE WANTS.

Starting Bid: $50. That’s like $7 a book. THAT’S PRETTY AWESOME.

Notes: Mark has to ship these books to himself, write all kinds of ridiculous nonsense in them, and THEN ship them to you, so expect that it will take 2-3 weeks upon closure of the auction to get these to you, unless you live outside the US, which will probably take a tad longer!

Bidding will open Monday, February 10, 2014 at 12:01 a.m. Eastern (GMT -5); it closes Sunday, February 23, 2014 at 5:00 p.m. Eastern Time. More Information.


Big Bundle of Erotic SF/Fantasy Ebooks form Circlet Press
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kate_nepveu wrote in con_or_bust

Originally published at Con or Bust by Circlet Press. Please comment there ( comment(s)).

Big Bundle of Erotic SF/Fantasy Ebooks form Circlet Press: Pick a baker’s dozen of erotic ebooks from Circlet Press. We specialize in erotic science fiction and fantasy, with short story anthologies, romance novels, and more to choose from, with het, GLBT, BDSM, and other sexualities and identities represented.

Starting Bid: $20 (winner gets to choose 13 ebooks, total value up to as high as $125)

Notes: Ebooks are available in PDF, mobi (Kindle), and ePub format. Any ebook that is for sale on the Circlet Press website is fair game!

Bidding will open Monday, February 10, 2014 at 12:01 a.m. Eastern (GMT -5); it closes Sunday, February 23, 2014 at 5:00 p.m. Eastern Time. More Information.


Custom Jewelry by Elise Matthesen, made before your eyes
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kate_nepveu wrote in con_or_bust

Originally published at Con or Bust by Kate Nepveu. Please comment there ( comment(s)).

(Posted on behalf of Elise. — Kate)

Item Name & Description: A custom piece of jewelry made while someone sits with me.

Starting Bid: $10.

  • If the winning bid is under $50, choose earrings or a pendant.
  • If the winning bid is over $50, choose earrings or a pendant or an earrings-and-pendant set.
  • If the winning bid is over $75, choose earrings or a pendant or an earrings-and-pendant set or a hair ornament.
  • If the winning bid is over $100, choose earrings or a pendant or an earrings-and-pendant set or a hair ornament or a short necklace.
  • If the winning bid is over $150, choose earrings or a pendant or an earrings-and-pendant set or a hair ornament or a short necklace or a long necklace.
  • If the winning bid is over $200, choose earrings or a pendant or an earrings-and-pendant set or a hair ornament or a short necklace or a long necklace or a necklace-crown.
  • If the winning bid is over $500, I’ll be making you more than one thing, and we’ll figure out what those things will be (two long necklaces, or a necklace-crown and a hair ornament, or a dozen pairs of stunning earrings…) and we’ll have big fun.

Notes: I can do this at WisCon, CONvergence, Fourth Street, or at Worldcon in London (though that will take a bit more arranging, but it can be done). I could also do it by arrangement in Minneapolis where I live, or in NYC, Boston, the Bay Area, or Seattle within the next year, as those are the places I will be visiting for sure.

Note that this auction includes hanging with me while I make the piece, and talking about whatever you want to talk about. (It’s not required, but it’s included if you want it.) We can geek happily about beads or rocks or whatever you like.

(Admin note: see examples of Elise’s jewelry at lioness.net. Also, I have watched her make a pendant that I then bought and it was pretty great.)

Bidding will open Monday, February 10, 2014 at 12:01 a.m. Eastern (GMT -5); it closes Sunday, February 23, 2014 at 5:00 p.m. Eastern Time. More Information.


Custom Jewelry by Elise Matthesen, made before your eyes
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kate_nepveu wrote in con_or_bust

Originally published at Con or Bust by Kate Nepveu. Please comment there ( comment(s)).

(Posted on behalf of Elise. — Kate)

Item Name & Description: A custom piece of jewelry made while someone sits with me.

Starting Bid: $10.

  • If the winning bid is under $50, choose earrings or a pendant.
  • If the winning bid is over $50, choose earrings or a pendant or an earrings-and-pendant set.
  • If the winning bid is over $75, choose earrings or a pendant or an earrings-and-pendant set or a hair ornament.
  • If the winning bid is over $100, choose earrings or a pendant or an earrings-and-pendant set or a hair ornament or a short necklace.
  • If the winning bid is over $150, choose earrings or a pendant or an earrings-and-pendant set or a hair ornament or a short necklace or a long necklace.
  • If the winning bid is over $200, choose earrings or a pendant or an earrings-and-pendant set or a hair ornament or a short necklace or a long necklace or a necklace-crown.
  • If the winning bid is over $500, I’ll be making you more than one thing, and we’ll figure out what those things will be (two long necklaces, or a necklace-crown and a hair ornament, or a dozen pairs of stunning earrings…) and we’ll have big fun.

Notes: I can do this at WisCon, CONvergence, Fourth Street, or at Worldcon in London (though that will take a bit more arranging, but it can be done). I could also do it by arrangement in Minneapolis where I live, or in NYC, Boston, the Bay Area, or Seattle within the next year, as those are the places I will be visiting for sure.

Note that this auction includes hanging with me while I make the piece, and talking about whatever you want to talk about. (It’s not required, but it’s included if you want it.) We can geek happily about beads or rocks or whatever you like.

(Admin note: see examples of Elise’s jewelry at lioness.net. Also, I have watched her make a pendant that I then bought and it was pretty great.)

Bidding will open Monday, February 10, 2014 at 12:01 a.m. Eastern (GMT -5); it closes Sunday, February 23, 2014 at 5:00 p.m. Eastern Time. More Information.


Custom Jewelry by Elise Matthesen, made before your eyes
wood cat
kate_nepveu wrote in con_or_bust

Originally published at Con or Bust by Kate Nepveu. Please comment there ( comment(s)).

(Posted on behalf of Elise. — Kate)

Item Name & Description: A custom piece of jewelry made while someone sits with me.

Starting Bid: $10.

  • If the winning bid is under $50, choose earrings or a pendant.
  • If the winning bid is over $50, choose earrings or a pendant or an earrings-and-pendant set.
  • If the winning bid is over $75, choose earrings or a pendant or an earrings-and-pendant set or a hair ornament.
  • If the winning bid is over $100, choose earrings or a pendant or an earrings-and-pendant set or a hair ornament or a short necklace.
  • If the winning bid is over $150, choose earrings or a pendant or an earrings-and-pendant set or a hair ornament or a short necklace or a long necklace.
  • If the winning bid is over $200, choose earrings or a pendant or an earrings-and-pendant set or a hair ornament or a short necklace or a long necklace or a necklace-crown.
  • If the winning bid is over $500, I’ll be making you more than one thing, and we’ll figure out what those things will be (two long necklaces, or a necklace-crown and a hair ornament, or a dozen pairs of stunning earrings…) and we’ll have big fun.

Notes: I can do this at WisCon, CONvergence, Fourth Street, or at Worldcon in London (though that will take a bit more arranging, but it can be done). I could also do it by arrangement in Minneapolis where I live, or in NYC, Boston, the Bay Area, or Seattle within the next year, as those are the places I will be visiting for sure.

Note that this auction includes hanging with me while I make the piece, and talking about whatever you want to talk about. (It’s not required, but it’s included if you want it.) We can geek happily about beads or rocks or whatever you like.

(Admin note: see examples of Elise’s jewelry at lioness.net. Also, I have watched her make a pendant that I then bought and it was pretty great.)

Bidding will open Monday, February 10, 2014 at 12:01 a.m. Eastern (GMT -5); it closes Sunday, February 23, 2014 at 5:00 p.m. Eastern Time. More Information.


The traditional John M. Ford lot
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kate_nepveu wrote in con_or_bust

Originally published at Con or Bust by Dan B.. Please comment there ( comment(s)).

Item Name & Description: John M. Ford was a brilliant writer whose works are unlikely to ever be reprinted, at least in the US. Here are some things by him:

  • The Dragon Waiting.This is my personal favorite of his novels. Here is an excellent review of it. Here is another one, by Jo Walton. If those don’t convince you to read it, I don’t know what will. This is a mass-market paperback with an unlovely cover, but then this book has had bad luck with covers. The book is in decent shape, with not too much spine creasing.
  • Liavek: Festival Week, which does not have any of Ford’s Liavek stories, but does have all of his Liavek poetry, which is well worth having (and was never printed elsewhere). And of course the book does contain fiction by excellent writers such as Jane Yolen, Steven Brust, Pamela Dean, etc.
  • Six old issues of Asimov’s containing stories and/or articles by Ford. Some of the stories were later printed elsewhere, but in one case (“Slowly By, Lorena,” one of the Alternities Inc. stories) “elsewhere” is an obscure Baen alt-hist anthology you probably don’t have. One of the stories has never been reprinted. Neither of the articles – a longish survey piece on currently-available role-playing games and “On Opening Night at the Universe,” about the debut of Carl Sagan’s Cosmos show – have ever been reprinted, either.

The traditional John M. Ford lot The traditional John M. Ford lot

Starting Bid: $10

Notes: I will mail these for free in the US but won’t mail them elsewhere (international shipping has just gotten too expensive). I will mail them within a few days of receiving the donation notification.

Bidding will open Monday, February 10, 2014 at 12:01 a.m. Eastern (GMT -5); it closes Sunday, February 23, 2014 at 5:00 p.m. Eastern Time. More Information.