The Clarion Write-a-Thon has ended.
We did not, in the end, make it to $1,000, but we did make it
to $936.66, which is fantastic and has a $6.66 in it. Clarion
still hasn't posted final numbers--its current numbers don't take
pledges into account--so I'm not sure whether or not total
donations reached $18,000 in the end.
I now owe you guys 42 extra comics, including the 14 I still owed
you from last year. I'm really not sure when I'm going to be
able to get these comics done, especially considering how many
classes I'll be teaching this fall, but we'll see. At any
rate, I want to thank you all for your generous contributions.
For the second year in a row, you guys have rocked the
My official Clarion word count is 55,604. This morning, I
went diving in there and deleted nearly 3,000 of those words (I'd
been waiting until after the write-a-thon to do so). When one
writes big long ungainly novels,there are sometimes these
that do nothing except stop the story dead. I
have more of those I'll need to destroy eventually as well.
At any rate, I got a lot of writing done, so hurrah!
Now...the bit with the
prizes in it:
Thirty-one contributions were made to my Clarion campaign.
Several were from repeat donors; several others were from
anonymous donors. In the end, there were 24 tickets in the
final draw. First things first: this week's winner of
the coaster is Mimi
, a new donor up against four repeat donors.
The final draw involved twelve people (or eleven people and one
pair of people), five of whom had more than one ticket (two with
two tickets, one with three, one with four, and one with six).
The winners of the runner-up prizes (giant magnets sporting the
comics of the winners' choice) are Mimi Shulman
and Tobias Battlestorm, Lord of Chiswyk
That's right: Mimi snuck in at the last moment and won
The winner of the framed comic is Liz Argall
Congratulations to all three winners, and double congratulations to
Below please find a list of all
the people who have won prizes in
the last month and a half. I'm going to need to order a whole
bunch of stuff here, and I'd like to do it pretty soon, so if you
haven't yet contacted me with your design preferences, please do so
in the next few days (the choices are linked below). Also let
me know if any of the details below are incorrect. If there
are yellow words next to your name or your alias, I need
information from you.
Coasters (choices = "deadline"
1) Tobias Battlestorm, Lord of Chiswyk (deadline)
2) and 3) The Majestic Nightshade, Person of Incredible
Interest (deadline x 2)
4) Sarah Copland (deadline)
5) and 6) Athar and Elisa (1 deadline, 1 tentacles)
7) Lady Antonia Jessup, Scourge of the Underworld
8) Liz Argall (deadline)
9) Mimi Shulman (deadline)
1) Tobias Battlestorm, Lord of Chiswyk
Shiny Objects (choices = flask,
1) cs24 (flask)
2) Andrew House (flask)
3) nobilis (necklace)
Magnets (Black-and-White Design of
1) Mimi Shulman (Barbara hates Twilight
2) Tobias Battlestorm, Lord of Chiswyk
Framed Comic (Black-and-White
Design of Winner's Choice)
1) Liz Argall (WoB
Thanks for participating, all.
The final donationmeter looks like this:
The little wee number next to the
white line denotes what we've raised before pledges are taken into
account; the bigger number at the end of the red section takes
pledges (currently $99) into account.
We've hit the second $666.66! At some point in the future,
there will be two
one-panel comics featuring Casey.
We've passed the fourth goal! I thus owe you guys 42 extra
comics (including the 14 I already owed you from last year).
Will we raise over $1,000 and gain seven more comics
story about Marie's past? Only time will tell. Again.
has started, and I am participating. Please
take a look at myprofile
on the Clarion site, and consider sponsoring me. For
every $200 raised, you guys will get seven extra comics.
$1,000 will get you a comic-book-style story about Marie's
past. Beating last year's total of $1,121.66 will get you a
comic-book-style story about Casey. Perhaps I'll even print
hard copies of these stories and send them to donors. There
will also be some sort of extra if we hit $666.66 again.
In addition, I'm going to do a draw every Sunday night. All
you need to do to have your name entered in the draw is to donate
to Clarion that
week. It can be as much or as little as you like (I would
suggest $1 as a minimum, but there's no maximum). If you
decide to pledge instead of contributing a lump-sum donation, your
name will be entered in the draw every week until the end of the
Write-a-Thon. The winner will be announced when Monday's
comic is put up. (I don't think the Clarion people process
donations on the weekend--at least, they're not doing so at the
moment--so weekend donations will probably count towards the next
If you contribute and don't want to enter the draw, no further
action is required. If you contribute and do
want to enter the draw, you'll need
to e-mail me at kmaaren(at)gmail(dot)com to confirm. When you
do, please specify whether or not you're okay with having your name
mentioned on the site. Those who prefer to remain anonymous
will be issued aliases so that they will be able to tell if they
win. Incidentally, when you donate to Clarion, you may
display your name to everyone, to me only, or to no one at all;
complete anonymity is definitely possible.
If you win, you will receive either this
WoB tile coaster
other WoB tile coaster
(your choice), though likely not until August (I'll order all the
coasters together, then sign them and write little messages on the
backs). Winners will be responsible for e-mailing me their
contact information. If they want to opt out, they can do so,
and a secondary draw will be held. Those who win more than
once will receive more than one coaster. Okay, yes, you can
also just order a coaster for six and a half bucks, but where's the
fun in that? As well, there'll be a bigger prize later.
In the final week of the Write-a-Thon, I'll hold an extra draw in
which everybody who has contributed thus far will be entered; those
who have contributed more than once will be entered more than once
(to a maximum of ten tickets per entrant, just in case you are
mulling over a cunning plan to contribute 50 cents a day for a
month and a half), and those who have gone with the pledge option
will get one ticket per week of participation. The prize will
be a framed print of the black-and-white WoB
comic of your choice (the
black-and-white comics just fit the frame better). You may
choose any WoB
newspaper-strip-style comic published in the course of the past six
example of what it will look like (except with a different comic
unless, of course, that's the one you want).
Incidentally, I'm also happy just to sell you a print. Tell
me what you want, and I'll make it up for you; it'll take about two