Oh merciful Buddha. I am so sick....
Which is a real shame because we have several pieces of cool news today. I wish I wasn't all muzzy so I could gush appropriately about them.
The first is that Kevin J. Anderson has donated something huge to the Heifer Fundraiser.
Kevin has graciously donated a signed manuscript copy of his upcoming book Batman/Superman: Enemies and Allies. This is really big folks. Not only do you get a sneak peek of the book that won't be hitting the shelves until May 2009, but this story details the official first meeting between Superman and Batman. How cool is that?
Looking at this makes me wish there was some ethical way for me to enter my own contest with the hope of winning.
But that wouldn't be fair. As it is, I'll have to settle for caressing it in a loving manner. It is my firm belief that prolonged contact with the manuscript will heal me of whatever terrible illness has struck me down....
If you want the specifics about how you can win this manuscript, what the other prizes are, or what the whole fundraiser is about, CLICK HERE.
Today also marks the halfway point of the fundraiser. We've only been going for two weeks, and our team has already raised over 20,000 dollars with books and donations still rolling in.
Which brings us to the third piece of news. I'm raising the bar on the donation thermometer again. We'll take it all the way up to $30,000 so everyone visiting MY PAGE is clear on the fact that I'm still matching donations.
That said, I might have to stop after 30,000 dollars. I'm not saying I will, but I might. I need to take a hard look at my finances and make sure I'm not being stupid about this. One of the common misconceptions about being a writer is that once your book comes out, you're rich. But as Tobias Bucknell showed in the survey he took that's just not true.
The truth is, I've been fortunate this last year. I've sold the foreign rights to the book in a lot of countries, and those advances have allowed me to quit my day job. But I don't live in a house made of solid money. I've been loving this fundraiser, it's the most fun I've had in a year. But the only reason I'm able to do this fundraiser is because I still pretty much live like a student. I just wanted to give y'all fair warning that I might need to put on the breaks before too long.
Gech. I hate posting up a blog when I have a fever. I never know when I'm making sense. I need to bring Sarah over and read this to make sure I'm not just frothing like a wild dog.
Say hello to everyone, Sarah.
I made you purple. Is that okay?
Yes. It's very cute and girly.
And you are cute and girly.
Aside from being my clever, beautiful girlfriend, Sarah is doing a lot of the behind-the-scenes work for the fundraiser, helping me package things and post up blogs. That, in turn lets me continue to get work done on The Wise Man's Fear.
Am I making sense on the blog so far, Sarah?
Yep. You're doing great. Just a bit more and you can go to bed.
Can you say something cool about Kevin's manuscript? I haven't done a good enough job of being gushy about it.
This book makes me tingle a little. It's got a big-mojo aura surrounding it. I can't wait to dig into the story when it comes out. There's bound to be some great, unexplored tension between these two iconic superheros and a bunch of juicy, rock 'em sock 'em, gladiator-style action. Whoever wins this is so freakin' lucky.
By unexplored tension, are you implying that Superman and Batman might be a little, you know, hot for each other?
Are you sure? Two hot young guys? Maybe in college? Curious about...things? Willing to experiment?
Well, they are both quite well-proportioned. You've just given me a lot to think about later while you're sleeping.
Who do you like better, Superman or Batman?
Superman. I'd rather be him. Plus, he's an alien.
I bet Batman is a better kisser than Superman. At least, I think I'd rather kiss Batman. Kissing Superman would be... too weird.
You might get crushed by his super lips.
Wow. Yeah. I didn't even think of that.
What *is* your fever at right now, Honey?
102 last time I checked. When it hits 104 I'm gonna sell.
Can you make me some soup and tuck me into bed?
Yeah, Sweetie. I'll take care of everything.
posted by Pat at 1:15 AM