One Small Thing

Someone sent me an e-mail noting (in a humorous fashion) that it was very clever of me to collect up all your money for a donation I can take a tax deduction on. Not that I think any of you were particularly worried about this, but in case you were, no, I have no plans to take a deduction for the donation. It wasn’t my money, I was just passing it on. I don’t think it would be very ethical for me to take the deduction.

However, I am taking the American Express points I got for charging the donation to my card. Because daddy needs a free trip. Hope you don’t mind.



You would think that after living somewhere for six years one would know what’s in one’s yard, but remember, I have a big yard. Thus it came as a bit of a surprise to me recently to discover that I have a mulberry tree on the edge of my property; here’s one of the mulberries. Now all I need is a bunch of silkworms and I’m ready to begin a second business.

The thing I like best about the mulberry tree? Asymmetrical, non-repeating leaf forms. God help me, I’m such a geek.

Clarion West Write-a-Thon

If the ending of the “Drag Scalzi’s Ass to the Creation Museum” fund drive has left a sad, wan hole in your philanthropical heart, I have good news for you. My pal Tempest has alerted me to the Clarion West Write-a-Thon for 2007, in which graduates and and friends of the Clarion West writer’s workshop write stories and raise funds. The link above gives you all the information; here’s a link for Tempest’s Write-a-Thon page. She’s planning to write four stories and revise two others. And she notes:

CW was an extremely productive and wonderful time for me, and I really hope to raise money and give back to this workshop in particular. But the only reason I was able to come is that a very generous, yet anonymous, person donated my full tuition. I don’t think I could have come up with enough money to go if they hadn’t. I want to do what I can to give that kind of gift to another student.

Groovy. Other writers participating include Eileen Gunn, Paul Park, Cat Rambo and Rachel Swirsky, among many others. So there you have it: a nice, geeky cause. Enjoy.