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kate_nepveu wrote in con_or_bust
Hi all—

Thanks for offering such fabulous things, for spreading the word, and for bidding.

We currently have ten people (ETA because I can't count) requesting assistance from Con or Bust, with a few more interested if there turns out to be sufficient funds. Under our current estimates, we are running about $300 short of meeting those requests. [*] (And, since flight prices tend to change over time, I would be much happier if we had a cushion over that estimate.)

So, please keep spreading the word! The auction doesn't close until this Saturday at 11:59 p.m. Eastern, so there's still time to bid (and list items, if you like).

Here's the auctions with 0-2 bids, if you're looking for potential bargains (how to bid). And feel free to comment here with auctions you think are neglected, regardless of the number of bids.

No bids:

* Original music composition by etothey

* Two SF novels: Makers by Cory Doctorow (hardback); Chasing the Dragon by Justina Robson (trade paperback)

* Four SF/F novels:: Naamah's Kiss by Jacqueline Carey (trade paperback); Traitor's Gate by Kate Elliott (hardback); Nova War by Gary Gibson (hardback); Wake by Robert J. Sawyer (trade paperback)

* fanfic by deepforestowl

* Chimera Fancies Pendant

* Gemstone Amulet Necklace

* WordPress website design and launch, including original art

* Antiquarian book: Edgar Allan Poe, Tales of Mystery and Imagination

One bid:

* Comic script by rachelmanija

* Two SF novels: The Windup Girl by Paolo Bacigalupi (hardback); Total Oblivion, More or Less by Alan DeNiro (trade paperback)

* ARC of Spirit by Gwyneth Jones

* ARC of Hyddenworld by William Horwood

* fanfic by etothey

* 2yr subscription to Icarus: The Magazine of Gay Speculative Fiction

* Stargate SG-1 seasons 1 and 2 DVD box sets

* Homemade pralines by thette

* Moroccan Door necklace

* Rumballs, two sets

* Custom-Made Necklace and Earrings or Ear Cuffs, two sets

* Custom-Made Ear Cuffs, Pair (Same or Different), three sets

Two bids:

* Hand-pulled linocut "Reeds"

* Encyclopedia of British Women's Writing 1900-1950

* guest post on Tor.com's Lord of the Rings re-read

* "Slightly Behind & to the Left" by Claire Light

* podfic recording (up to 25k words) by general_jinjur

* poem by literatewench

* Songs of the Dying Earth

* Homemade hot drink mix by teaberryblue

Also, these auctions have changed since they were first posted:

* two copies of The Shadow Speaker with full-page drawing by author: the two copies are now being offered separately.

* Handmade Natural Skin Care: now includes a bonus pair of custom hand-made earrings using Swarovski crystal beads.

* ETA: "Slightly Behind & to the Left" by Claire Light: more detail, including an image of the cover

[*] Yes, people can still request assistance. If we don't end up with enough money, I will ask people to reconsider/confirm their budgets and then, if necessary, prioritize requests based on people's history, opportunities, and enthusiasm.

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My favorite of the 0-2 bids auctions is the Moroccan Door necklace. Gorgeous. I basically don't wear necklaces or I'd be very tempted. Heck, I'm still tempted.

And a signed first edition hardcover of Lois McMaster Bujold's Paladin of Souls is currently only $30, which is a bargain.

I've been wondering if it's too late to add something for auction. There are 2 things i wanted to post monday evening, but i've been battling a migraine all week. I was planning to get them posted tonight, but am wondering if that's just not enough time.

In my experience most of the bids get put in within the first couple days of an item being listed. However, only you can decide whether it's worth it in terms of your time and the expected payoff.

That's a good point, and i definitely come down on the side of "a few more bills going to con_or_bust is a good thing." If the head continues its current pattern of behaving, i'll put up the auctions tonight.


Best wishes for feeling okay!

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Yay! It's been pretty exciting to see people posting last-minute auctions to fill the gap.

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