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Sun, Nov. 21st, 2004, 04:44 pm
Gift Meme

I saw this on gamerchick's journal and really liked the idea.

Step One

* Make a post (public, friendslocked, filtered...whatever you're comfortable with) to your LJ. The post should contain your list of 10 holiday wishes. The wishes can be anything at all, from simple and fandom-related ("I'd love a Snape/Hermione icon that's just for me") to medium ("I wish for _____ on DVD") to really big ("All I want for Christmas is a new car/computer/house/TV.") The important thing is, make sure these wishes are things you really, truly want.

* If you wish for real life things (not fics or icons), make sure you include some sort of contact info in your post, whether it's your address or just your email address where Santa (or one of his elves) could get in touch with you.

* Also, make sure you post some version of these guidelines in your LJ, or link to this post (it'll be public) so that the holiday joy will spread.

Step Two

* Surf around your friendslist (or friendsfriends, or just random journals) to see who has posted their list. And now here's the important part:

* If you see a wish you can grant, and it's in your heart to do so, make someone's wish come true. Sometimes someone's trash is another's treasure, and if you have a leather jacket you don't want or a gift certificate you won't use--or even know where you could get someone's dream purebred Basset Hound for free--do it.

You needn't spend money on these wishes unless you want to. The point isn't to put people out, it's to provide everyone a chance to be someone else's holiday elf--to spread the joy. Gifts can be made anonymously or not--it's your call.

There are no rules with this project, no guarantees, and no strings attached. Just...wish, and it might come true. Give, and you might receive. And you'll have the joy of knowing you made someone's holiday special.

If I see this work, I think it'll make my year. This isn't asking you to make any huge personal sacrifice - it's passing on what you don't neccesarily need to someone, and perhaps making their life that much brighter.

The short version: help make other people's wishes come true, if you feel like it, and share yours with the people you love.

Here's my list! I'm leaving off the intangibles that I don't think anyone but me can give me, like the whole inner peace thing, and the things that I suspect I'm already getting somewhere, like a Nintendo DS from the game lab . . . .

1. Help with finishing one or more of the writing projects I've had on my plate for the last few months. This can mean anything from helping me pick one to focus on, to encouraging me to do my own WriMo in January.
2. Mix CDs and other new music. It's not that I'm bored with what I have, it's that I tend to listen to the same subset of it all the time. I particularly like "world" music, especially bhangra, and would like to get back into listening to modern rock.
3. Anything from my wish list. Because I like the books. And the games.
4. Advice about how to set up my bedroom. I've been in this apartment for a year and it's the only space that still looks like I just moved in.
5. A highly lucrative yet satisfying summer job, so that I can add to my pathetic graduate student income.
6. A nose stud, and someone to hold my hand during the piercing. (And someone else to keep maastrictian from going apeshit!)
7. A really comfortable, ergonomic desk chair that doesn't make my back hurt when I work at home.
8. More opportunities to wear the Corset of Doom (tm).
9. Bookshelves that go up to the ceiling in my living room, because I'm running out of room to keep my wonderful, delicious books.
10. Someone to join me in volunteering for women's rights, education, or hunger relief.

There. Now go and post your lists, people, because otherwise how will I know how to surprise you with glorious glee? :)

Mon, Nov. 22nd, 2004 12:07 am (UTC)

I would love to make you a mix CD. Send me your mailing address at belovedporcupine at gmail dot com. You're into PJ Harvey, Cowboy Junkies, stuff like that, right? If so, I have tons of music I think you'd enjoy, and I can maybe do something about the modern rock bit too.

Mon, Nov. 22nd, 2004 12:09 am (UTC)

Also, I didn't go through your entire wishlist, but I noticed a book by Neal Karlen on the first page, and thought you'd be interested to know that he's a friend/mentor of my former roommate peloria. Small world, huh?

Mon, Nov. 22nd, 2004 09:16 pm (UTC)

Yeah, that's quite cool. And so are mix CDs! Hurrah for new music!

I should totally make a post about my favorite music, since any number of people are threatening me with new music. Like psychick, though she hit the nail on the head with the last CD she made for me . . . :)

Tue, Nov. 23rd, 2004 02:56 pm (UTC)

Yes, I want to hear about what kind of stuff you listen to... always helpful when one is pondering a mix CD... :)

Mon, Nov. 22nd, 2004 05:41 am (UTC)

Gah. I have two (2!) CD's for you. One is a new mix CD, the other that CD I was telling you about that you can't keep but should listen to anyway, and if you like it I will...aquire a copy for you. 0:-)

Mon, Nov. 22nd, 2004 04:01 pm (UTC)

I will hold your hand when you get pierced! Just tell me when and where. :)

I ... wuv you, maastrictian!

Mon, Nov. 22nd, 2004 11:21 pm (UTC)

Awesome. But we're going to have to go at a time when Maas is at work, so he can't stop me!!!! :)

Tue, Nov. 23rd, 2004 03:47 am (UTC)

I'll send yoou a mixed CD. :) Send me a place to ship it to!

btabita at yahoo dot com

Sun, Nov. 28th, 2004 12:39 am (UTC)

Go get your piercing. Will pacify Maas with ale and pie.

Mon, Nov. 29th, 2004 05:38 am (UTC)

Hi! Followed you from the master list, and spent quite a while reading through your whole Amazon wish list.

-Sister Light, Sister Dark; Jane Yolen. I have a brand-new copy of this that I don't believe I've ever even read; I'd be quite willing to send this to you.

-The Savage Damsel and the Dwarf, Gerald Morris. I also have this in almost-new condition; I don't believe it's even possible to tell I've read it, even though I have. (and loved it.)

-I would offer you Queen Bees & Wannabees, but when I first got it, I wrote many snarky comments in the margins- and then thoroughly drew over them. So the first chapter or so would have big blocks of blue ink along all the margins.

My email is creters67@yahoo.com

Fri, Dec. 3rd, 2004 06:23 am (UTC)

Re #1, I don't know if this will actually help at all, but perhaps it will serve as small encouragement. I just did the NaNoWriMo thing last month. I didn't really think I'd be able to do it, going in, and then a series of things happened that I was sure would set me back beyond recovery. But I just tried really hard to sit down and write every day, and sure enough, in the end I was able to hit the word count. Some of it is even kind of good! In the middle of it, a friend of mine commented on my blog and asked me how I was doing it, and I wrote her a reply. Perhaps some of what I said then might help you, now.

A couple things that I've found which help are:
+ reading other stuff. Not only is this great for procrastinating (and would writing feel the same -before- one in the morning? I think not!), but it often inspires creativity. Sometimes, this is just general, "gee, writing is neat. I should go do some of that" type creativity. Other times, it is pleasantly spiteful, as in "oh man, I could write a -much- better sex/death/fight scene."
+ skipping ahead when I get stuck. I was really blocked early last week. I knew where the story was going to end up, but I didn't know how to get there. So, after wrestling with myself about whether or not it was really "allowed," I wrote the scene that I already had clearly in mind, and skipped over the stuff in between. A couple days ago, I went back and filled it in, and it worked out great.
+ tell other people you're doing it. This is key. Now, everyone asks me how it's going. All the time. On AIM, in email, my mother asks me when I come over to do laundry... So, I'm powerfully motivated to get it done, just to save face. Never discount the power of peer pressure, yo. I am so totally bugging other people who I know who signed up, too. Poor Martelle and Jameson never get any rest from me asking them how their wordcounts are holding up. Bwahahaha!
+ routine. I wasn't joking in my last post when I said that I have to read stuff online, open word, listen to music, etc. in a certain order. I usually also have a snack. And the snack has to be either salt and vinegar chips or beef jerky with a can of Mountain Dew. This is dumb, but it works. If I do the same set of things every night, then writing 2,000-some-odd words is just like anything else in my daily routine, see? Novel writing = brushing your teeth.

Whether or not any of that helps, I hope you have a wonderful holiday season, and that someone comes along to fulfill all of your other wishes. :-D

Mon, Dec. 6th, 2004 12:04 am (UTC)

Thanks a lot for the advice! I actually did NaNoWriMo last year (and finished!!), but my biggest problem is that I have way too many projects going right now. Until I pick one and settle down to actually get it done, what I mostly find myself doing is skipping back and forth between projects and not really getting anywhere with any of them. :(

I should go around telling people that I want to be writing more, though, and let them weigh in on what I should be doing. Hey, I'm excited about *all* my projects - I just need some way to choose and then stick to that choice.

Oh, and yum, Mountain Dew. :)

Mon, Dec. 6th, 2004 12:10 am (UTC)

Maybe you could number your projects and roll a die, then work until the one you pick is finished? Or else assign them to days of the week or weeks of the month, or something, so you could still skip around a bit, but would be a bit more focused?