Two pounds of custom chocolate truffles

Item Name & Description: Approximately two pounds of hand-made chocolate truffles from Dark Matter Chocolate Laboratory, made to your specifications. Specifications can be particular flavors, compatibility with dietary constraints, or even literary or geeky inspiration. (For example, I made Ginger Scald truffles inspired by a recipe in Lies of Locke Lamora for a Scott Lynch visit– ginger-infused dark chocolate ganache with pear brandy, dipped in dark chocolate and sprinkled with handmade caramelized ginger sugar. Crazy ideas are *totally* welcome, and if you’ve got an idea you’re wondering about the feasibility of, go ahead and ask.)

Handmade caramel, marzipan, or molded chocolates can also be substituted for truffles. Vegan truffles are available, and they do taste just as good. I’m also happy to consult with you to help you pick something you’ll be very happy with.

Starting Bid: $40

Notes: Truffles can be shipped anywhere in the continental US, although please, if you’re in a hot region, up the bid amount to justify the extra shipping costs. 😉 Delivery will default to sometime between late March and mid-April, but timing can be adjusted based on your chocolate needs.

I use no preservatives. Truffles will keep for approximately three weeks at room temperature, but can be kept (much) longer in the refrigerator or freezer. If you’re worried about not eating them in time, I can substitute for two pounds of shelf-stable bars or molded chocolates in the flavor of your choice. Geeky molds available.

Bidding is now open; it closes Sunday, February 23, 2014 at 5:00 p.m. Eastern Time. More Information.


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Dutch Spiral Bead Bracelet made for you by Madeleine Robins

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Dutch Spiral Item Name & Description:This is one of my favorite beading patterns to make. I will make a Dutch spiral bracelet of the three beads of your choice–the spiral can be very interesting with, for example, a slightly larger or differently shaped beads used for the spine. (The bracelet shown here is made from beige 11/0 seed beads, green matte finish 11/0 seed beads, and 11/0 silver-lined cylinder beads.)

Starting Bid: $10.

Notes: These are lightweight, so I can ship pretty much anywhere, usually within a month of the winner selecting the colors, sizes, and finishes of the beads.

Bidding is now open; it closes Sunday, February 23, 2014 at 5:00 p.m. Eastern Time. More Information.


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Spiral Bead Bracelet made for you by Madeleine Robins

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SpiralItem Name & Description: I will make a bracelet in a simple spiral rope pattern, with beads of your choice. The picture below is made with two colors of 11/0 seed beads, but it can be made with two different size of beads. This is a neat, sturdy bracelet but not a bangle (that is to say, it drapes around, rather than circling, the wrist).

Starting Bid: $10.

Notes: These are lightweight, so I can ship pretty much anywhere, usually within a month of the winner selecting the colors, sizes, and finishes of the beads.

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Rulla Bead Bangle made for you by Madeleine Robins

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Item Name & Description: I will make a bangle from rulla beads in colors of your choice. Rulla beads are cylindrical beads with two holes drilled across the barrel (rather than lengthwise) which allows for some nifty patterns. This is a sturdy bangle with a little bit of flex.

Rulla Bangle

Rulla-closei

Starting Bid: $10.

Notes: These are lightweight, so I can ship pretty much anywhere, within a month of the winner selecting the colors and finishes of beads.

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Subversive Cross Stitch: your choice

Item Name & Description: Your choice of any kit or pdf at www.subversivecrossstitch.com, completed by me, shipped to you (profanity at link)

Starting Bid: $15

Notes: final product will be shipped to you unframed.

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A bit (or more than a bit) of sf/f, just for you!

Item Name & Description: I will write sf/f to a brief, mutually-agreed-upon prompt for you. I will do my best to accommodate any reasonable prompt, but there are some things that I can’t learn how to do fast enough; for example, strongly historical sf/f is probably out, ditto non-parodic romance. I have to warn you that I write the worst sex scenes ever, in case you were going to go there. But origami spaceships? Metaphysical guns? Anime in-jokes? No problem.

If you like, I can elaborate upon the setting or characters of one of my existing pieces of original fiction (see my website for a list), including the StoryNexus game Winterstrike (but note that I am offering static fiction, NOT a game add-on).

Your fiction will be at least 500 words long.
If bidding goes over $50, it will be at least 1,000 words long.
If bidding goes over $100, it will be at least 2,000 words long.
I will endeavor to be done by the end of March.

In the event that bidding goes over $250, it will be at least 4,000 words long. In this case, I will endeavor to be done by the end of August.

I reserve the right to seek publication for the finished work, but you will see the final draft first. (Heck, if you really want, you’ll see the actual rough draft, before I go back in to fix things. I promise my rough drafts are frequently hilariously bad, for extra entertainment.) Furthermore, 50% of the proceeds from the piece’s first sale, if it happens, will be donated to Con or Bust.

I can attempt to include a dedication to you if you want it, but not all publications will print dedications. (My observation so far is that reprint anthologies never include them.) I will, however, list a dedication on my website listing for the piece in that case (again, if you want; if you don’t want, that’s fine too).

As an example, my story “Ghostweight” [Clarkesworld], which was a finalist for the Theodore Sturgeon Memorial Award in 2012 and was reprinted in The Year’s Best Science Fiction 29, ed. Gardner Dozois, and The Year’s Best Science Fiction and Fantasy 2012, ed. Rich Horton, was written to charibdys’s prompt “origami and consequences.” I have also written a number of pieces of flash fiction to request.

Starting Bid: $15

Notes: See above.

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Custom Necklace by Medusa’s Mirror

Item Name & Description: Custom Necklace by Medusa’s Mirror
This is for a custom necklace similar to this one:

Custom Necklace by Medusa's Mirror
Custom Necklace by Medusa’s Mirror

The necklace will be made with coated copper wire and strung with pearls, semiprecious stones, crystals, and/or shells in the colors and theme you choose.

Custom Necklace by Medusa's Mirror
Custom Necklace by Medusa’s Mirror

Starting Bid: $45

Notes: Delivery in 7-10 days after colors are chosen

Bidding is now open; it closes Sunday, February 23, 2014 at 5:00 p.m. Eastern Time. More Information.


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Custom Sihaya Designs Faery Wing Earrings

Custom Sihaya Designs Faery Wing Earrings: I am offering a custom pair of my Faery Wing earrings.

You tell me what metal (copper, brass, silver), what color iridescent background, and what color swarovski crystals to use– the options are nearly endless.

I can make the wings as small as 1 1/2″ or as large as 3″. I can also substitute sterling earwires or clip-ons. My wings are lightweight, quite durable, and also waterproof.

For an idea of the many options available, visit my Flickr set here.

Turnaround time for custom work is approximately 3 weeks.

Starting Bid: $20

Bidding is now open; it closes Sunday, February 23, 2014 at 5:00 p.m. Eastern Time. More Information.


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Two dozen handmade LA Soufflant marshmallows

Item Name & Description: Two dozen handmade LA Soufflant marshmallows — you specify the flavor! One flavor of your choice — will it be Meyer lemon for you? Orange wattleseed? Hibiscus? Bacon maple? Memphis BBQ? For for bids over $25, I will create a custom flavor for you.

Starting Bid: $10

Notes: Please no bids outside the U.S. for under $15. Some flavors may pose a shipping issue for some countries (e.g. bacon maple).

Bidding will open Monday, February 10, 2014 at 12:01 a.m. Eastern (GMT -5); it closes Sunday, February 23, 2014 at 5:00 p.m. Eastern Time. More Information.


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Choose Your Own Puppet

Choose Your Own Puppet : A custom made hand or hand & rod puppet made by me based on your imagination or images.

Example of my work:

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Starting Bid : $40

Notes: Keep in mind this is a custom piece, so in most cases takes days of hard work to complete. I ask buyer to be patient. Timeframe will depend on difficulty of the puppet and special materials needed.

Bidding will open Monday, February 10, 2014 at 12:01 a.m. Eastern (GMT -5); it closes Sunday, February 23, 2014 at 5:00 p.m. Eastern Time. More Information.


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