Want To Win A Dance? Witness The Beauty.

(NOTE: Based on time elapsed since the posting of this entry, the BS-o-meter calculates this is 8.442% likely to be something that Ferrett now regrets.)

“All lives are stories, and all may be told this way: someone is loved, then someone is dead. Only the writing between varies.”

The Clarion Blog-A-Thon is well underway, with a sketch of the plot already outlined in the Clarion Echo community.  But enough of my writing!  Today involves the first raffle of fabulous prizes!
And the first prize is something awesome that my Clarion classmates Kat Howard and Megan Kurashige are in the process of making.  Because Clarion is the kind of workshop that encourages imaginations to bloom, and I am so fucking proud of my friends creating this awesome project that I want to burst.
To understand how wondrous this all if, you must understand that Megan was famed in our Clarion class for not just her inexplicably charming writings, but her extreme bendiness – as a dancer, you’d find her curled up in a couch like a folded doll, her limbs in inexplicable positions.  Whereas Kat, who wrote these classically-infused reimaginations of things, could be found out on the veranda in her pure white fencing outfit, stabbing stucco walls with a well-worn rapier time and time again.
Witness!  A Thousand Natural Shocks!  The combination of fencing and dance!

To find that they have joined up to create a dance recital based on fencing is, I assure you, remarkably exciting.  They’ve been working on it for a year.  And they have a Kickstarter project to help fund their performances out in San Francisco, which I assure you will be awesome, because I know both of their work intimately.  Their Kickstarter has neat prizes, including hand-written stories and artistic postcards, and I think you should all check it out.
But for today’s Clarion Blog-A-Thon, they have generously donated the book of their dance.  Which is to say that in the creation of their tale, they will create a book stuffed full of photographs and other neatnesses outlining how they made it.  And once that book is printed, every dancer in this company will sign it to you, expressing their good wishes and the joy of making art.
So you should look at their Kickstarter and see if you want any of the prizes there.  And if you want the extra-special prize, donate to today’s Clarion fund.  You’ll get a shot at their book, as well as yet-to-be-announced prizes from such awesome writers as Neil Gaiman, Cat Valente, Mary Robinette Kowal, and many many others.
Since I have so many prizes coming, here’s the way the raffle is going to work: a $5 donation gets you a ticket into the raffle.  (And $10 gets you two entries, and $15 gets you three, and so forth.)  When the Blog-A-Thon is done, I’ll draw someone’s name from the pool, and they get first choice of all the twelve-plus prizes we’ll have!  Then I’ll draw another name, and they’ll get second choice, and so on.  This will mean it’ll take a while for all the prizes to be distributed, but it’s fair.
The only exemption from this: critiques.  If you’ve paid $25 for a critique, you get one raffle entry.  Because I’m going to do $20 of work for you.  (And there are three slots left in the blog-a-thon critique slots, so lemme know!)
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