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13 January 2010 @ 11:58 pm
Haiti auction  
About a year ago, Victoria was engulfed by fires and my flist was filled with spontaneous acts of human decency. Now Haiti has suffered a devastating earthquake, and I'd like to do what little bit I can.

Haiti has been a nation teetering on the edge of disaster for decades. Its economy is shot to hell, buildings and infrastructure are crap, and international aid agencies there are already stretched in the wake of multiple cyclones in the last few years. They need help.

The Red Cross and Oxfam both have Haiti funds (use the drop-down menu on the ICRC page), and Medicins sans Frontieres and several other aid agencies work there, too.

SO. In a bid to raise a bit of dosh for Haitians, I offer up the following:

* A story of reasonable length to your prompts, in a genre of your choice, taking as read that I don't do porn, sexual violence, or serious mpreg. Potter fic is probably your best bet, but I feel sure I could do Sherlock Homes or Austen fic if it came to that. You can ask!

* A concrit of a story or stories of yours up to 30K. Not a beta, but things like 'This bit should be over there. Ideally, you need a bit more explanation as to why this is happening. You do really well at creating this character's voice, well done! This bit is anachronistic. OK, variation in tone, let's talk about it ...' Just be warned that if you pick this one, I will be gentle and encouraging, but that's my version of gentle and encouraging, which may not be yours.

* A scene from one of my existing fics, written in discussion with you. Could be a sequel, 'deleted scene', the next bit of one of my shameful WiPs ...

How do you get 'em? Bid in comments! Top bid gets first choice, second second, third what's left. Money goes to major aid agency working on the Haiti emergency (can be split between multiple agencies). My one stipulation is that it's not an organisation that gives aid dependent on religion.

Don't have loads of cash? Don't worry! Bid anyway and I will choose a random person using a hat and bits of paper and they'll get their choice on payment of their donation no matter what it is!

Bids close at midnight Sydney time (GMT +11) on Saturday January 23rd, delivery should be by Easter, though if you go for fic, I am also happy to send you parts as I write by email, so that you can see what I laughingly refer to as my 'process', if you're interested.

Other people have mentioned they have cunning plans afoot, I will pimp when when more is known!
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Kieranfilmatleven on January 13th, 2010 01:28 pm (UTC)
So, I don't have the money to bid. I planned to donate a bit on Friday anyway, but I'll let others who can afford to bid, bid for you =P

I just want to say when you do stuff like this, when ANYONE does stuff like this, it makes me SO FREAKING HAPPY, and so proud of the people I know online. Our community online is like no other that I've ever known. ♥
blamebramptonblamebrampton on January 13th, 2010 01:33 pm (UTC)
Eh, mention it if you have any donatable cash on Friday, the random winner option is still out there! Though no Colin/Bradley RPS if you win!

And really, after how fabulous people were about the bushfires? It's very much the least I could do. I try to live up to the examples on my flist.
(no subject) - filmatleven on January 15th, 2010 05:38 pm (UTC) (Expand)
Casaella_irene on January 13th, 2010 02:15 pm (UTC)
£10.
suttonwritersuttonwriter on January 13th, 2010 02:34 pm (UTC)
I'll bid $30USD.
lotus_lizzylotus_lizzy on January 13th, 2010 02:45 pm (UTC)
Having been to Haiti (albeit not very long) my heart goes out to the people there. I want to bid, only because I am selfish and would love some hard core honest concrit on one of my fics, but even if I don't win I plan on donating anyway.
hitsuzen_himehitsuzen_hime on January 13th, 2010 03:14 pm (UTC)
USD $45
FEELS TERRORIST!: Being Human George/Mitchell cuddlesmomebie on January 13th, 2010 03:40 pm (UTC)
Excellent. I love how fandom bans together to help people. It's one of my favorite things about the community. I don't have any money myself until tomorrow, but I'm going to sign up to donate fic.
blamebramptonblamebrampton on January 13th, 2010 10:02 pm (UTC)
Brilliant plan!
(no subject) - snarkyscorp on January 14th, 2010 02:02 am (UTC) (Expand)
(no subject) - momebie on January 14th, 2010 02:06 am (UTC) (Expand)
glorafinglorafin on January 13th, 2010 07:50 pm (UTC)
That concrit thing is the most wonderful idea of a gift I've ever seen. More authors should do this. Sadly I don't have any story worth betaing (being betaed? both ?), but it's a brilliant idea.
blamebramptonblamebrampton on January 13th, 2010 10:02 pm (UTC)
Cheers, dear ;-)
Brissygirl: eeyore in the rain iconbrissygirl on January 13th, 2010 08:41 pm (UTC)
This is such a great idea Brammers! I'm gonna donate something in a few days when I know what my finances are going to be like.
blamebramptonblamebrampton on January 13th, 2010 10:03 pm (UTC)
No rush, I'm still deciding on a close date, but at least a week seems sane.
trusting things beyond mistake: equal rightssnarkyscorp on January 13th, 2010 09:54 pm (UTC)
Hi there! I'm going to be opening a post over at hpequality to showcase fandom efforts on this front. Would you like to have your stuff included? Please just let me know <3
blamebramptonblamebrampton on January 13th, 2010 10:01 pm (UTC)
Sure! Just to make the concrit thing appealing, I'm an editor in real life ;-)
george pushdragonpushdragon on January 14th, 2010 08:11 am (UTC)
I bid 2,221 Haiti gourdes.

And I make no commitment to stick to the topic we discussed yesterday.
george pushdragonpushdragon on January 14th, 2010 08:12 am (UTC)
that should be about AU$60
(no subject) - blamebrampton on January 14th, 2010 08:24 am (UTC) (Expand)
(no subject) - blamebrampton on January 14th, 2010 08:24 am (UTC) (Expand)
(no subject) - pushdragon on January 14th, 2010 09:23 am (UTC) (Expand)
(no subject) - blamebrampton on January 14th, 2010 09:27 am (UTC) (Expand)
(no subject) - pushdragon on January 14th, 2010 09:34 am (UTC) (Expand)
(no subject) - meredyth_13 on January 16th, 2010 09:47 pm (UTC) (Expand)
(no subject) - phoenixacid on January 14th, 2010 09:31 am (UTC) (Expand)
(no subject) - phoenixacid on January 14th, 2010 09:32 am (UTC) (Expand)
(no subject) - pushdragon on January 14th, 2010 09:35 am (UTC) (Expand)
Hueyphoenixacid on January 14th, 2010 08:30 am (UTC)
*snuggles wonderful Brammers*
blamebramptonblamebrampton on January 14th, 2010 09:27 am (UTC)
Can I get you to smack naughty pushdragon? She is threatening me with Cullens!
(no subject) - phoenixacid on January 14th, 2010 09:37 am (UTC) (Expand)
(no subject) - blamebrampton on January 14th, 2010 09:44 am (UTC) (Expand)
auntpurl: you rock you ruleauntpurl on January 14th, 2010 10:11 am (UTC)
Damn, I already bid on Bryony's! Well, if I get more cash in the next day, I'll bid on yours too. You ROCK for doing this!! xoxo
blamebramptonblamebrampton on January 14th, 2010 11:57 am (UTC)
Bry's is far more likely to have hot boy smexing ;-)
(no subject) - auntpurl on January 14th, 2010 12:13 pm (UTC) (Expand)
(no subject) - bryoneybrynn on January 14th, 2010 02:35 pm (UTC) (Expand)
nahimanaemerald_dragon8 on January 14th, 2010 11:22 am (UTC)
*snuggles you* Lovely Brammers. :) I bid...um what are we up to? Was the last one AU$60? Heh my brain is fried. I'll go AU$70...
nahimanaemerald_dragon8 on January 14th, 2010 11:39 am (UTC)
By the way, does this have an end date that I'm missing?
(no subject) - blamebrampton on January 14th, 2010 11:56 am (UTC) (Expand)
(no subject) - emerald_dragon8 on January 14th, 2010 11:59 am (UTC) (Expand)
(no subject) - blamebrampton on January 14th, 2010 12:04 pm (UTC) (Expand)
Libbylibby_drew on January 14th, 2010 01:43 pm (UTC)
*raises hand* I've got a question. I want the concrit most of all. Can I bid and, if I win, ask for that first?
blamebramptonblamebrampton on January 14th, 2010 02:09 pm (UTC)
Yes yes yes! You darling masochist ;-)
(no subject) - libby_drew on January 14th, 2010 02:12 pm (UTC) (Expand)
george pushdragonpushdragon on January 14th, 2010 02:11 pm (UTC)
AU$71

Just to keep you nervous overnight my dear ;)
blamebramptonblamebrampton on January 14th, 2010 02:12 pm (UTC)
HA!

*Scurries off to create cashed-up sockpuppet, should worst come to worst ...*
(no subject) - bryoneybrynn on January 14th, 2010 02:36 pm (UTC) (Expand)
(no subject) - blamebrampton on January 14th, 2010 02:37 pm (UTC) (Expand)
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(no subject) - auntpurl on January 14th, 2010 03:57 pm (UTC) (Expand)
(no subject) - bryoneybrynn on January 14th, 2010 04:22 pm (UTC) (Expand)
(no subject) - auntpurl on January 14th, 2010 04:37 pm (UTC) (Expand)
(no subject) - blamebrampton on January 14th, 2010 09:42 pm (UTC) (Expand)
(no subject) - auntpurl on January 14th, 2010 10:01 pm (UTC) (Expand)
nahimanaemerald_dragon8 on January 14th, 2010 07:12 pm (UTC)
Hmm okay AU$90...
blamebramptonblamebrampton on January 14th, 2010 09:43 pm (UTC)
You're a true friend, Emerald.
(no subject) - pushdragon on January 16th, 2010 03:54 am (UTC) (Expand)
(no subject) - emerald_dragon8 on January 22nd, 2010 10:17 am (UTC) (Expand)
calanthe_fics on January 14th, 2010 09:53 pm (UTC)
Gordon Brown/David Cameron slash or pre-slash.

£25. £30 if you add some on-the-side Boris/David Eton action.
blamebramptonblamebrampton on January 14th, 2010 10:25 pm (UTC)
The really scary thing about this is that a credible plot appeared immediately ...
(no subject) - calanthe_fics on January 14th, 2010 10:27 pm (UTC) (Expand)
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(no subject) - cassie_black12 on January 16th, 2010 04:09 pm (UTC) (Expand)
( ̄ー ̄)☆☆ ジュンジュワ!: blinking JoonDoongunder_an_oak on January 16th, 2010 05:09 pm (UTC)
Firstly dear, I hope you'll recover soon *hugs*

(Random but I wish I can comment more in your entries, if only to show you that I'm reading and am always entertained by your rants on Australian politics but alas, I feel too shy to do so. I'm not very well-read on the political nor current affairs front because frankly, it depresses me. My own country's politicians depresses the hell out of me. By the way, if you are ever magically transported to the state of Selangor in Malaysia, please refrain from uttering these words; Allah, Nabi (prophet), wahyu (revelation), Imam (learned, religious man) and 21 other words that I refuse to remember. Otherwise you'd be in risk of being fined M$3,000 or 2 years in jail. Stupidity; Malaysian politicians/leaders own a large share of it :\)

Curious question; these fanfic auctions, does it mean when you bid, you are giving that amount, regardless if you're the winning bid or not? I always get confused about that :\
blamebramptonblamebrampton on January 17th, 2010 12:48 am (UTC)
I'm only asking that people who win definitely need to give, everyone else is free to do as they will (taking their bids to other auctions is probably the best bet ;-))

And WOW! That's a crazy list! So if I ever pop by, we cannot discuss religion at all from the sound of things. Would make life hard if I was devout and wanting to pray at a mosque ...

Oh, and no need to comment at all! I find myself in the same position where I know far more about hot boy bands from reading your posts, but am utterly unable to say anything useful ;-) You bring smiles, regardless!
(no subject) - under_an_oak on January 17th, 2010 04:17 am (UTC) (Expand)
down the hills and round the bends: write more slashnorton_gale on January 16th, 2010 06:08 pm (UTC)
I am living on a very restricted budget these days as I no longer have my own income stream, but I'll throw my hat in the ring for the random auction anyway. I want the concrit. :)
blamebramptonblamebrampton on January 17th, 2010 12:51 am (UTC)
You're in! Thanks and good luck!
B00: Dracoi_m_b00 on January 16th, 2010 08:49 pm (UTC)
$50

I wanted to donate anyway but i was so moved by what fandom was doing I wanted my donation tied to fandom in someway. I can't go higher. Here's hoping I win the draw :)

should i forward the receipt to you?
blamebramptonblamebrampton on January 17th, 2010 12:50 am (UTC)
The odds are not bad on that at all! Hold onto the receipt in case you don't, as a lot of the help_haiti auctions are going on past this close date and you can try again! Thank you!
theburningboy on January 18th, 2010 12:45 am (UTC)
Er, since my 68 yr old mom can't quite work the computer I'm doing this for her. She thinks you rock, by the way. (I've read her some of yr fics while she does her weirdly masochistic needlepoint thing and she does her version of squeeing.)

She's offering 100$ for a fic. That's as high as she can go right now.

blamebramptonblamebrampton on January 18th, 2010 02:24 am (UTC)
Woo! Hell, if she doesn't win, I think that at some point in the next few months she may end up with HP embroidery fic anyway ;-)