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12 January 2008 @ 04:06 pm
I'm for sale ...  
Okay, folks:  I'm putting my word processor where my mouth is. I am officially pimping myself out as a Sweet Charity Ho in support of the Writers Guild Foundation Industry Support Fund.

For those of you not familiar with the concept, Sweet Charity is a fandom effort to support various charities in which people willing to sell their skills (affectionately known as "Ho's," for obvious reasons!) put themselves on the auction block. Buyers who want to take advantage of those skills bid on them, and the winning bidder gets what s/he wants from the Ho. The proceeds of the auction go not to the Ho, but to the charity designated as the beneficiary. This time around, that is the Writers Guild Foundation Industry Support Fund, which provides assistance to people in financial distress because of the writers' strike. That being a cause near and dear to my heart, I couldn't fail to pick my pencil up while certain other pencils have to remain down.

I've put myself on the block to do a 900+ word Supernatural  story. Winning bidder provides the prompt, I write to the length required to make the story happen. Angst, humor, hurt/comfort, mystery, terror, love, wee!chesters -- winning bidder calls the mood and the tune. I'm a canon writer and I can't write what I don't believe in, so I don't do character slash, but apart from that -- I'm a Ho!

Wanna be a Ho yourself? Wanna bid on me when the auction starts? Visit the Sweet Charity website and learn all about it. If you're here on LJ and want to be alerted when the auction starts (which will be 18 through 26 January 2008), you might want to watch the LJ community sweetcharityhoThis isn't limited to Supernatural fandom, by the way: you can find Ho's doing other fandom fic, videos, graphics, and whatnot, or become a Ho yourself offering multiple fandoms, if you wish. I'm sticking with Supernatural even though I've written a little in others over the years simply because I write where my mind and heart are, and we all know where that is these days.

And if you're really interested and determined, start thinking about what you'd like to have me write ...
Current Mood: creative
Current Music: "I Shall Not Be Moved" by Mississippi John Hurt
Sue: Both Work To Docandygramme on January 12th, 2008 09:50 pm (UTC)
Yay! Go you! We need to show support for the writers however we can.
bardicvoice: worth it by Galatheabardicvoice on January 12th, 2008 10:29 pm (UTC)
You were my inspiration, Sue, so pat yourself on the back!
Sue: Dean Baseballcandygramme on January 12th, 2008 11:30 pm (UTC)
I'm not quite that flexible, but I'm also pretty proud!
soydolcelatte: Dean *G*soydolcelatte on January 12th, 2008 11:09 pm (UTC)
YAY!!! Awesome! I wanted to sign up but no one really knows me that well so I think I'd be a better help tot he cause if I actually bid instead! LOL So, get your pen ready! :D

Btw, HI!!! How the hell are ya!?
Sue: Both he's a little gaycandygramme on January 12th, 2008 11:31 pm (UTC)
Do both, and then pimp all over! Every dollar helps.
soydolcelatte: Jensen raspberry animatedsoydolcelatte on January 15th, 2008 01:15 am (UTC)
I did! Did you see? Your fault! All your fault! ;)
Sue: Wincest!candygramme on January 15th, 2008 10:12 pm (UTC)

I am so proud!
soydolcelatte: Jensen Adorable animatedsoydolcelatte on January 15th, 2008 10:15 pm (UTC)
bardicvoice: wonderful life by Galatheabardicvoice on January 13th, 2008 09:59 pm (UTC)
Hi back!

I'm busier than the proverbial one-armed paperhanger, but that's usual. My oldest sister broke her ankle in a fall on ice Friday, but is quite chipper and doing fine. Elsewhere, things are pretty good - Mom is doing as well as can be expected, given the advancing Alzheimer's, and she and my other sister are enjoying their new gas oven with an orgy of roasting and baking. I just wish I wasn't 870 miles away, because that all sure smells tasty!

As for me, there are two potential goodies on the horizon. I'm waiting to hear whether I might get the promotion I applied for, which would be seriously cool - it's very rare that a non-managerial technical/policy position gets created at this level, at the top of the civil service pay scale, and the description of this one was written as if it had me in mind. And I just learned this week that my program office submitted the last project I had led (before my recent reassignment to the latest hot potato) for consideration as a candidate for an Agency gold medal. That would seriously rock; golds are few and far between, and while I've racked up my share of lesser awards, a gold would be a real feather in my cap. I probably won't know anything on either of those for a month or more yet (the gold would be waaaay further down the road, if it happens), so I'm not thinking about them much.

Instead, I'm thinking about how much fun I'm going to have at the Creation con in LA in March ... *grin*
psychoactivtoad: spn - cake or deathpsychoactivtoad on January 13th, 2008 11:22 pm (UTC)
Sorry about your sister, but the other things are great! I'll be crossing my fingers for you on the promotion and the Agency gold medal.
raputathebutaraputathebuta on January 14th, 2008 02:52 pm (UTC)
Good for you, Mary! Good luck with both the job & the Gold!

Too bad about your sister's ankle, but I'm glad she's doing well.

Enjoy the Con in March! Mmmmmm...the boys! You're doing the photo-ops aren't you?!
soydolcelatte: Dean soydolcelatte on January 15th, 2008 01:21 am (UTC)
Wow!! You got a lot going on huh??! That all sounds awesome about work! I hope you get the promotion! A month is a long time to wait! My job "change" is working out ok too. I never realized how nice it would be to have my own office and now that I do, I love it! I get more done (and more LJ too!) Hee!

Sounds like your mom is doing pretty good. That's great. I know how much distance sucks at a time like this. I wish I could see my grandma a lot more than I can.

Wow, so many of you guys are going to L.A. and not Eyecon. :( As far as I know its just me and Ella! L.A. would have been a real possibility for me but I had already signed up for Eyecon and no way I can do both! Although, even without Jensen, I'm looking forward to the personal nature of Eyecon. Should be amazing! Can't wait! Jensen will just have to wait till another con to meet me. HAHAHAHAHAHAHHA!!!!
psychoactivtoad: spn - I heart spnpsychoactivtoad on January 13th, 2008 12:58 am (UTC)
This is great, Mary! I may have to bid on you.
bardicvoice: Ninja Love Tackle by <lj user=cakehole_cbardicvoice on January 13th, 2008 10:02 pm (UTC)
Oh, goodie! Bidding war!!

Seriously, the thing that concerned me the most when I threw my hat in the ring was the possibility that no one would choose to bid. Hate to be all dressed up with nowhere to go, you know? *grin*
bardicvoice: jerkbitch by <lj user=katriel1987>bardicvoice on January 27th, 2008 12:23 am (UTC)
Tee-hee - well, the bidding's over and unless something funky happened at the eleventh hour, I think you won me, Toady: I'm your Ho. Now you get to think up what you want me to write!

Thank you for bidding on me!! I'll try to do justice to what you choose ...
psychoactivtoad: up to somethingpsychoactivtoad on January 27th, 2008 03:48 pm (UTC)
I won! Awesome.

raputa and I were discussing what I should ask you to write if I won. I'm not 100% sure what I'm going to pick yet, but I've been leaning towards something specific since you announced you were for sale. You may hate me for it.

I have no doubt whatsoever that you will do it justice. I LOVE your fic - and I'm not even into fanfic.
bardicvoice: Burning Mary by <lj user=janglyjewels>bardicvoice on January 27th, 2008 07:22 pm (UTC)
Sneaky-devious, colluding with Rap ... now I'm going to be running scared! (In a good way ... *grin*)

You've got me wondering what fate you have in mind for me ... (says the woman on fire ...)

Edited at 2008-01-27 07:22 pm (UTC)
pannspanns on January 13th, 2008 03:29 am (UTC)
Good for you, Mary! *applauds*

Good luck in the auction!
bardicvoice: Awkward by Galatheabardicvoice on January 13th, 2008 10:03 pm (UTC)
Thank you, thank you! Here's hoping someone actually bids on me, 'cause otherwise I'm going to feel very sheepish ...
pannspanns on January 15th, 2008 02:41 am (UTC)
Oh, I wouldn't worry about that at all! :-)
bardicvoicebardicvoice on January 18th, 2008 11:22 pm (UTC)
Wheee - somebody bid on me! And I don't even know her ... at least I won't go unsold!
raputathebuta: buddiesraputathebuta on January 14th, 2008 02:53 pm (UTC)
This is so exciting, Mary! I may have to throw some bids on you myself!!!
bardicvoice: Wryly Amused SamDean by <lj user=janglybardicvoice on January 18th, 2008 11:25 pm (UTC)
At least somebody actually did bid! It'll be fun to see whether I actually wind up with multiple bidders pushing up the price ...