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Yes, that was, indeed, the correct word. Overwhelmed. And I am still overwhelmed. But I am also thankful, so I can probably live with overwhelmed. At this point, I'm planning for today to be the last day (for now) that I accept donations directly through PayPal. If donations continue at the current rate, by tomorrow, all existing and immediately incoming medical/dental bills will be covered, and as I will undoubtedly need this sort of assistance at some future date, I don't want to overtax your generosity. Of course and still, there will be Sirenia Digest, which is a good way to offer ongoing support, as well as our eBay auctions and Spooky's dolls (she doesn't have any up at the moment, but I post links whenever she does). And there are always the books, from both Penguin and Subterranean Press.

Also, I just got offers of assistance from Jeff VanderMeer and Matthew Cheney. Here's the deal: Jeff is offering free signed first-edition hb copies of Shriek: An Afterword to five people who donate and say so via his blog. Two of those books have already been claimed, I know. Meanwhile, Matt Cheney is offering three free copies of Best American Fantasy. So, if you'd like to donate and recieve Shriek, go to Jeff's blog and do so. If you'd like Best American Fantasy, say so here. Once I have confirmed the donations via PayPal, I'll let Jeff and Matt know. And my thanks to both of them. By the way, given what Matt and Jeff are offering here as incentives, and that these are their own private copies, I'd suggest these donations be at least $20.

And, for the last time, here's the PayPal button:


Subterranean Press has made an offer on my first collection of science fiction, and I've accepted. The book will include all my previously uncollected sf short stories, and will likely be titled either A is for Alien or Bradbury Weather and Other Stories. I'll post more details when they are available. The Dry Salvages will not be included in the volume, but we're talking about releasing the FREE ebook edition of The Dry Salvages to coincide with the release of the sf collection. We've also briefly discussed the third collection of erotica, but I have no details available on that yet.

Tales of Pain and Wonder is now at the printer, and you probably want to place your order soon, if you haven't already.


Byron came over last night, and we had dinner at the Vortex at L5P. He actually had the audacity to order the "Elvis" burger, which comes with fried banana slices, peanut butter, and bacon. I only had a bowl of chili, mostly because chewing is a chore right now, but I think one look at Byron's burger and I'd lost most of my appetite, anyway. He pronounced it "interesting." Anyway, he'd brought along a copy of John Dower's Britpop documentary, Live Forever (2003), and we watched it after dinner. I was a little disappointed that most of the film was given over the Oasis/Blur feud, and that so many important bands were only mentioned in passing (Radiohead, Portishead, Suede, etc.). I've always thought Noel Gallagher was a pompous ass and that Liam Gallagher was a silly git, and the documentary only served to reinforce those impressions. On the other hand, Damon Albarn (Blur) and Jarvis Cocker (Pulp) come off rather well. And I thought the film did a nice job of exploring the optimism surrounding the rise of New Labour and Tony Blair. And then I proceeded to go to bed at the rather reasonable (for me) hour of 2 ayem and sleep an almost unbelievable nine and a half hours.

Also, courtesy Sonya Taaffe (sovay), "Marie Smith, the last speaker of the Eyak language, died on January 21st, aged 89" I found this bit particularly chilling: "Just as impossible, scoffed the experts: in an age where perhaps half the planet's languages will disappear over the next century, killed by urban migration or the internet or the triumphal march of English, Eyak has no chance."

Okay. Cat, get off my desk!


Feb. 9th, 2008 10:46 pm (UTC)
your thoughts needed
Sherry and I have been discussing the donation box the past couple of days and the returning taxes are just not cooperating (figure that in an election year). But we did come up with an alternate plan if it is convenient for you.

I have some extra copies of your books which I would gladly send to you if you would care to put them on e-bay in your usual manner. You could use them now or hang on to them as the need arises. I imagine they would fetch a decent price. They include:

1st ed. (1998) mm of SILK -- the spine of the pages a smidgen yellow from aging but otherwise a VG copy (I have the Gauntlet HB and the tpb and the new mm)
1st ed. (2003) tpb LOW RED MOON -- VF condition -- I have the SubPress HB
chapbook of WAYCROSS (SubPress 2003) -- VF condition (I own a copy of ALABASTER) unnumbered (don't ask me why) but signed twice -- I guess because there wasn't enough time to have you sign every page . . .
Deluxe HB of THE DRY SALVAGES (SubPress 2004) -- #70 of 250 VF condition. I have my personalized Advance Uncorrected Proof. It shan't include The Worm In My Mind's Eye chapbook as I am saving that for when you have circulatory issues or are in need of a lobotomy.
Advance Proof (softcover) of THE FIVE OF CUPS (SubPress 2003) -- VF condition. I picked up the HB when I was at DragonCon in Atlanta in 2004.

Sorry to take up so much room in the blog but it was what we could think of to do to help quickly.

Let me know at your convenience.

PS Congratulations on the science fiction collection deal. Subterranean Press has done an outstanding job with your work. I look forward to everything they do with you.
Feb. 10th, 2008 04:05 pm (UTC)
Re: your thoughts needed

I have some extra copies of your books which I would gladly send to you if you would care to put them on e-bay in your usual manner. You could use them now or hang on to them as the need arises. I imagine they would fetch a decent price.

This is very kind of you, but just hang onto them for now. I'll keep the offer in mind for some inevitable future financial crisis.