Magick4Terri: Last day

Today is the last day of magick4terri! Which at this point is filled with so very many wondrous and wonderful things that I can only say, go over there and look at them all. Bidding ends at 5 p.m. Pacific Time.

Specific things I’m offering up include:

A personalized short story set in the Bones of Faerie universe. (Specifically, the story of how you survive the war with Faerie, based on where you live and the details of your local plant life.)

A ten year run of holiday cards written/designed by me and lnhammer.

A handbound leaf journal. (The first time I’ve offered up a book I’ve bound in public.)

A Hunger Games ARC.

Now to head back over to check on the things I’ve been eyeing there, too, and see if I can still afford any of them …

Poisoned Pen holiday signing! Plus other things!

I’ll be signing at Poisoned Pen’s Yuletide Universe event (in Scottsdale, AZ) along with Kevin Hearne, Lisa McMann, David Lee Summers, and Sam Sykes on December 11 starting at 2 p.m. Come join us! (If you’d like signed copies of any of our books and can’t join us, you can also contact Poisoned Pen and ask them to send one aside for us to sign.)

lnhammer and I are offering up a ten year run of our holiday cards over at magick4terri. Originally designed for family and friends, these contain a mix of original poetry (by lnhammer), fiction (by me), and other stuff (by both of us).

I’ve made the e-chapbook of my short story “Drawing the Moon” available for free on Smashwords until the end of the month–just use the coupon code LS36E at checkout.

“…we’re flying /crying in that crow crazy way /tell me who is more free /at the end of the day?”

Thank you, everyone who’s bid over at magick4terri so far, on my auctions and on all the auctions. I’ve already been outbid on several lovely things myself–but new things are being added regularly, luring me back.

Book pace is slowing down. Wonder if there’s something I’m missing, though in the rough draft it generally doesn’t matter much, given how much there still is to find.

Or maybe after pushing most of the month, my brain is just reminding me that sometimes it wants slow days.

54600 / 50000 words. 109% done!

Magick 4 Terri offerings

Here’s what I’m offering up for the magick4terri auction. (More on the auction and why I’m part of it here.)

A handbound leaf journal. (The first time I’ve offered up a book I’ve bound in public.)

A Hunger Games ARC

And … this one I’m super excited about, because I think it will be so much fun to write:

A personalized story set in the Bones of Faerie universe. Specifically, the story of how you survive the war with Faerie, based on where you live and the details of your local plant life.

There’s a lot of amazing stuff up for auction–my eyes were kind of bugging out a little as I read the locked posts as copperwise was pulling it together. Among other things: a chance to be Tuckerized in either a Holly Black or Cory Doctorow novel, depending on your reading tastes–or to have Jane Yolen write a fairy tale poem about you. Leah and Shane Odom are offering a customized green man mask, too, and having seen their work I know just how gorgeous that’s likely to be.

Magick 4 Terri

Short version: Check out the magick4terri auction community to find some amazing things being offered up to help writer, editor, and artist Terri Windling during a difficult time.

Long version: Back in the late 80s, my college friends and I found ourselves suddenly discovering books that were different from the fantasy novels we’d mostly been reading since then, books that had something of the magic and mythicness we were already reading the best of the fantasies we knew set in other worlds, but that were also firmly grounded in the contemporary, without requiring their characters go elsewhere to get ahold of this magic. We learned how to find these books pretty quickly (starting with Charles de Lint and Emma Bull, as I recall, reading all their acknowledgement pages and spreading out from there), but it took a while before I became aware of the term urban fantasy. It took longer to realize just how many of these stories I was loving had a single editor, Terri Windling. It took longer still–because I was a young reader, and what I was reading soon came to feel like what I’d always been reading–to realize just how much those books Terri Windling’s editing was changing the entire fantasy genre.

The term urban fantasy and the genre it’s part of have shifted and evolved and branched out in all sorts of fascinating ways since then. But without Terri’s work getting this whole thing started, I’m pretty sure the fantasy field as a whole would look pretty different right now–less like the sort of place where I can so joyfully read the sorts of stories I want to read and tell the sorts of stories I want to tell. (I wrote the opening of Bones of Faerie in 1993, a time when I was seeped in that first wave of urban fantasy novels. Some influences take longer to take root and grow than others.)

And I’m incredibly grateful for that work, for those books. Which is why I want to point everyone toward the magick4terri auction community:

Terri Windling and her family have been coping with health and legal issues that have drained her financial resources at a critical time. Due to the serious nature of these issues, and privacy concerns for individual family members, we can’t be more specific than that, but Terri is in need of our support. As a friend, a colleague and an inspiration, Terri has touched many, many lives over the years. She has been supremely generous in donating her own work and art to support friends and colleagues in crisis. Now, Terri is in need of some serious help from her community. Who better than her colleagues and fans to rise up to make some magick for her?

There are some amazing things up for auction there, with more likely to come (especially if you all join in and offer same!), so it’s worth visiting regardless. But if you’ve enjoyed or been inspired by a contemporary fantasy novel in the past, it’s also to my mind a small way of acknowledging that, and saying thanks.

Please help spread the word!

I’ve also offered up a few things, but this post is getting long, so more on that next post.