A number of people suggested I set up a donation box via PayPal, and we did that last night. Here's the button to make donations:
All donations to this account will go directly to cover the medical/dental expenses I am presently incurring due to the ongoing PNES seizures. Also, we have the current eBay auctions, which are proceeding well, but I'm going to be adding a few new items over the next couple of days, including a suitable-for-framing handwritten copy of my poem "Zelda Fitzgerald in Ballet Attire" (from Tales of Pain and Wonder, and thanks to troublebox for that suggestion), the only copy of the Daughter of Hounds trade paperback I intend to offer anytime soon, a copy of the (gorgeous) Korean translation of the Beowulf novelization, and a few other things. Also, Spooky still has one doll up on Etsy (Miss Starla Pink, as Aurora just sold).*
Several people have asked if they may link directly to yesterday's journal entry from their own journals and/or websites, and yes, of course. Please do. That one and this one, too, for that matter. I think that's everything for now, and I hope I'm not forgetting anything. Sometime in the next day or two I'll post a list of everyone I wish to thank, everyone whose offered assistance in one form or another. Just know, for now, how truly grateful I am. It's one thing to have to be afraid of being sick and dealing with the pain and uncertainty; it's another to have to do that and waste my remaining energy — which I need to write — worrying over the bills the sickness creates. You guys are wonderful, and truly, every little bit does help. Spooky and I thank you, more than I can say.
The weather is a little cooler today, but will be warm again tomorrow. We had a short walk yesterday, far enough to see Daisy Dog over on Sinclair. One of the most delightful parts of yesterday was discovering Isabella Rossellini's Green Porno (thank you, robyn_ma). I mean, I'd have settled for Isabella Rossellini merely dressed as a female invertebrate, but here we get her crossdressing as the male insects and mollusks, demonstrating...well, you'll see.
After dinner, we watched Andrew Dominik's The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford (based on Ron Hansen's novel). Another splendid film. It has about it such a wonderful grace, every frame of film, every line of dialogue placed with such skill. It is permeated with a thunderous, silent tension. One is always waiting for that shot to be fired, even knowing it cannot yet be fired for two hours or so. The score is provided by Nick Cave and Warren Ellis (as per The Proposition), and we even get a cameo of Cave singing "The Ballad of Jesse James." So, this one goes on my 2007 "top ten" list, and it should be noted that three of the films I consider among the best of 2007 are westerns (No Country for Old Men, There Will Be Blood, and The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford), and four of my favourite films of the year were westerns (just add 3:10 to Yuma to the list). Later still, we watched the new episode of Project Runway and were delighted with Chris' win. That was yesterday.
Okay. I need to try very, very hard to actually write today, as all I did yesterday was map out Chapter Three of Joey Lafaye in my head. First, there's all these emails to answer...
* Postscript (3:48 pm CaST): Never mind. Starla just sold, as well.