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Because I think I've done it. This weekend was the Kansas City BookCrossing Unconvention, and it was amazing. I was uber stressed going into it, and was afraid that I wouldn't be able to enjoy it, but oh, did I! Wonderful friends, old and new, and lots of books. Everything that [ profile] dragongoddess73 and I, as well as the other Southern Kansas City BookCrossers, put together went over really well: the BCers that came couldn't stop talking about how wonderful our authors were, how fun the games were, how good the food was, all of it seemed to be exactly what people wanted. We went on our release walk/reverse scavenger hunt today, and it was wonderful and fun. I miss everyone already, and can't wait to see them again.

The problem?

There were supposed to be more people there than there were. See, this seems to have been the year of great personal tragedy on BookCrossing, with people losing family members, losing jobs, having severe transportation issues, and many other things going wrong. So, when we signed the contract for the hotel, we reserved space for a LOT more people than came, because they did plan on coming at that point, and now we're sitting with a really big bill, somewhere in the multiple thousand dollar range. At this point, we don't have an exact dollar amount, but I should in the next couple of days. However, I need to get on solving the money problem now.

I will be posting items for auction soon, most likely this week. I have some things that I have personally, and that people who already knew what was going on have donated, and those things will be going in. I know I have no place to ask it, because I got myself into this mess, but if anyone has anything they would be willing to donate to be auctioned, please let me know, preferably through email or private message. I have to figure out how to raise this money, and so I'll be doing whatever I can. If anyone would like to repost this, please feel free. This and related posts will be among the very few unlocked posts on my journal while this goes on, so you can direct people here as well. Thanks, folks, for any help you're able to give, even moral support is helpful right now.

Date: 2009-10-25 11:08 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
I am willing to throw in a couple of sessions with me for the auction. And when you know the amount - I can cross post this to my client lists etc..Let us know what we can do to help.

Date: 2009-10-25 11:20 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
I can offer up a quilt. Queen sized-ish :)

And moral support.

And cheerleading. But I will spare you all the skirt. No one deserves that vision burned into their brains...

And I have other plans too....mwhahahahahaaaa!!

Date: 2009-10-25 11:45 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Email me? I don't have yours anymore.

Date: 2009-10-26 12:06 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
So, how long do we have to raise this money? Are you going to auction them on ebay or just on your site? I'll have something. The what will depend on the time frame. Keep us posted. Hey, I think that we are all in this together!!!

Date: 2009-10-26 12:41 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Aaaum, let me see if I have anything then I'll text you!

Date: 2009-10-26 01:05 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
*hugs* I'm sorry, and wish I could give more than moral support, but you've definitely got that.

Date: 2009-10-26 01:20 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Would handmade cards to sell be any help? I have 36 cards (of assorted types - birthday, get well, thank you, baby cards, etc) that I can let you auction off, in whatever amounts you think might do the most good (either six lots of six cards & envelopes, or three lots of a dozen cards with envelopes, or by single card & envelope). I can email you photos of them.

I have no idea what people might pay for them. If you think it'll help, let me know.

Date: 2009-10-26 01:31 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
I'll donate a tarot reading. *smooch* Love you, honey, and I am so very proud of you. =0)

Date: 2009-10-26 01:54 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
That was the downside to what was otherwise a most superbly organised convention. My two rooms had four adults and one child, if it's possible to get them counted in somehow.

But, yes, it was WONDERFUL to see you again. And the other locals. And BookCrossers from near and far.

Date: 2009-10-26 02:20 am (UTC)
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From: [identity profile]
Dammit, me bidding on that would kinda defeat the purpose, wouldn't it?

Date: 2009-10-26 02:52 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
[bats lashes] You could offer to host the party and start your campaigning efforts for the sponsor. ...or take a group collection...

Date: 2009-10-26 02:46 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Which hotel did you use? I might be able to help negotiate your attrition...

Date: 2009-10-26 04:46 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Note: she is AWESOME at this!

Date: 2009-10-26 04:17 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
I've got stuff. Come over and we'll see what might sell.


Date: 2009-10-26 04:24 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
I'm broke as fuck right now. But I could offer a couple of hours of tutoring for the auction. I thought of that just a day too late for Bob's auction, so this is a good chance for me to kind of redeem myself.

Date: 2009-10-26 05:00 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
You, of course have the books to use as you wish. I am holding an all day Universal Monster Movie Marathon on Halloween, I'll put out a donation bowl if you'll make a sign for it. Love you.

Date: 2009-10-26 01:50 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
How about a large hand-crocheted afghan? Will send pix.

Date: 2009-10-26 03:34 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
I'll see what I can come up with babe.

Date: 2009-10-26 04:49 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
I'm sure I have stuff I can donate; some niftygarb for which size might be a problem but that's the first thing I can think of. Think anybody'd want the white QG costume?

I also have some other stuff; I'll bring a few things the weekend of N & D's handfasting so you can take your pick and see what you think would be helpful.

Love you!

Date: 2009-10-27 12:10 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
You know I'll be glad to help, both with donating and helping with the auction, if needed.

Also, and I know you are totally BookCrossing-ed out right now, but when you get the chance, can you walk me through "dead booking" the book that got damaged this weekend? I looked on the site and couldn't find anything about it. Or, if it is easier, I can send you the BCID and let you do it. Whatever would be easier for you. I'd like to learn, but I'd rather it be done right.
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