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CLOSED--Pet Cameo up for Bid

You can immortalize your pet in a literary work!

For awhile now I've been offering pet cameos at auction for local non-profits. My novel, Mind Over Ship (Tor, Jan. 20 2009) includes two dogs who each fetched over $100 for the Fairbanks Symphony Association auction. The auction winner sends me a photo and a little bio sketch of their pet, and I'll fit the pet by name and description into an upcoming story or novel. In the past some of these animals have taken part at critical plot points!

For Vera's auction I'll donate one pet cameo. Can be pretty much any kind of animal. If it lives with you I should be able to fit it in. (Alternatively, I can do a cameo of your favorite boat, car, country estate, etc. No living people please).

A story I'm currently working on has a pivotal role played by a dog, and it's available for bidding. Other animals may have to wait a story or book or two to fit in. If a story or novel goes unpublished, I'll include your pet in the next until it is published. Minimum bid is $35.00.

Comments

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ratmmjess
Dec. 6th, 2008 09:35 pm (UTC)
This would thrill my wife (who really enjoyed Counting Heads and is quite looking forward to Mind Over Ship, btw).

I bid $50.
fastfwd
Dec. 7th, 2008 11:41 am (UTC)
$55

(This bid entered on behalf of Miss Kitty Calgary, Queen of the Cats, as seen in my icon.:))
ratmmjess
Dec. 7th, 2008 05:07 pm (UTC)
$60.
oregongirl1969
Dec. 9th, 2008 04:46 am (UTC)
$70
larksdream
Dec. 12th, 2008 03:47 pm (UTC)
<dr.evil>One... hundred... dollars!</dr.evil>
oregongirl1969
Dec. 12th, 2008 04:28 pm (UTC)
$125
larksdream
Dec. 13th, 2008 04:24 am (UTC)
$140
oregongirl1969
Dec. 13th, 2008 06:13 am (UTC)
$150
larksdream
Dec. 13th, 2008 03:55 pm (UTC)
Oops, I guess these are all supposed to be replies to the last person. $210.
larksdream
Dec. 13th, 2008 04:56 pm (UTC)
...That looks like post date + 1 week, so I guess we're done?
larksdream
Dec. 13th, 2008 03:54 pm (UTC)
$210
davidmarusek
Dec. 13th, 2008 07:30 pm (UTC)
testing testing
Not knowing in what time zone the timestamp is generated, I am sending this to see what it looks like at 10:30 am in Fairbanks, Alaska.
davidmarusek
Dec. 13th, 2008 07:33 pm (UTC)
Wow
It's the same time zone that contains London, where the day has already flown. Looks like this auction is well closed.

I am pleased and gratified by the interest my auction has generated. I really love writing pets into my work, and it's especially nice to do it for a great cause, like helping out a friend whose dedication to science fiction and fantasy is inspiring. So, thanks to everyone who placed a bid, even if you weren't the high bidder. If you stay tuned (rss) my blog Counting Heads <http://countingheads.blogspot.com>, I'll post a notice whenever I do another auction like this. And to the winner, Larksdream, congrats! When you have a chance, send me <david@marusek.com> a photo or three of your lucky pet and a thumbnail description of his or her personality and any interesting anecdotes you'd like to share.
larksdream
Dec. 16th, 2008 04:58 am (UTC)
Re: Wow
Yay! :) I just made my donation and will be forwarding you the PayPal receipt momentarily so you know it's taken care of; I'll have a pic or two and a description together in a couple of days.

Thanks for offering this-- I think it's fantastically neat-o keen and I'm so excited!
davidmarusek
Dec. 18th, 2008 07:50 pm (UTC)
Re: Wow
Hi Larksdream--

I wonder if we could take these arrangements off-blog. I am not a regular LJ user, only signing up for the purpose of this auction. Could you please send email to me at <david@marusek.com>. And if your pet photos take more than a MB of space, please send them to <davidmarusek@yahoo.com>. Thanks! BTW,I haven't received receipt or anything yet.
fastfwd
Dec. 14th, 2008 10:11 am (UTC)
Miss Kitty Calgary wants you to know that while she congratulates the winner, she is also sulking.
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