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Monday, August 6, 2012

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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 Clarion Write-a-Thon.

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 entirely unnecessary scenes 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 Shulman, 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 twice. Yay!

The winner of the framed comic is Liz Argall.

Congratulations to all three winners, and double congratulations to Mimi!

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" or "tentacles"):

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 (deadline)
8) Liz Argall (deadline)
9) Mimi Shulman (deadline)


1) Tobias Battlestorm, Lord of Chiswyk
2) nobilis

Shiny Objects (choices = flask, necklace, earrings, bracelet)

1) cs24 (flask)
2) Andrew House (flask)
3) nobilis (necklace)

Magnets (Black-and-White Design of Winner's Choice)

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 917)

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 extra 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 and a comic-book-style story about Marie's past? Only time will tell. Again.


TheClarion Write-a-Thon has started, and I am participating. Please take a look at myprofile page 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 something 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 week's draw.)

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 or this 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. Thus:

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 years. Here's an 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 minutes.

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