homemade chocolate chip cookies

Item Name and Description: Approximately 30 soft, dense, delicious chocolate chip cookies.

Starting Bid: $5

Shipping: Priority mail within the United States only. (I have shipped these literally across the country and they have arrived undamaged.)

Other Notes: I can generally provide these within a week of payment, but we can work out the best time for you.

Bidding is now CLOSED on all items. Here's what to do next.

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Announcing Con or Bust’s 2017 auction!

I’m pleased to announce that Con or Bust’s annual auction is now accepting items for auction! Bidding will start on Monday, April 24, 2017.

Con or Bust’s annual auction is its principal source of funds for the next twelve months. Anyone can offer something to be auctioned; all you need is an email address. Con or Bust tends to run heavy on books and writing-related offers, for obvious reasons, but crafts, care packages, that good-condition piece of clothing or jewelry that you just never wear — anything legal, practical, and morally and ethically appropriate is welcome. Here’s more information, or you can jump right to the Submit an Auction form. We’ll even host your images for you!

Auction offers must be submitted by Sunday, April 23, 2017, at 9:00 p.m. Eastern (time zone conversions, countdown). This gives me a short window to make sure I approve all posts before bidding goes live on Monday, April 24.

You’ll get an email from [email protected] when your post goes live, which should usually take no more than 24 hours at the very longest. I’ve made a number of back-end improvements to reduce the likelihood that these emails land in spam folders, but please keep an eye out anyway.

Thanks, and please spread the word!

(This post will temporarily be made sticky; please scroll or check out the sidebar to see what’s been submitted!)

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Amazon donating 5% of eligible purchases to Con or Bust today only

Today, March 16, 2017, from 12:00 a.m. PST (when this post is scheduled to publish) through 11:59 PST, Amazon will donate 5% of the price of eligible products to Con or Bust through AmazonSmile—10 times its usual rate.

Click on the above banner or go to Con or Bust’s Amazon Smile page and log in for your purchases to be counted. Again, this is a donation from Amazon, and does not affect the purchase price of your product. So if you were planning to get something from Amazon anyway, now would be a great time to do it!

Thanks, and please spread the word!

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Con or Bust Newsletter for March 1, 2017

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Dear all,

Welcome back to the Con or Bust newsletter, which approximately twice a month updates you on Con or Bust events and deadlines and brings you news related to diversity in SFF fandom (scholarships, workshops, calls for submissions, awards, and the like). Your email address will always be kept private and you can unsubscribe at any time, at the bottom of the email.

Con or Bust News

Upcoming Deadlines

  • March 3, 2017: deadline to become a candidate for election to Con or Bust’s Board of Directors.
  • March 15, 2017: deadline to request a membership to StokerCon, April 27-30, 2017, Long Beach, CA, USA.
  • March 17, 2017: deadline to request a membership to Lunacon, April 7-9, 2017, Tarrytown, NY, USA.

New Conventions

The following cons have recently donated memberships to Con or Bust:

  • Lunacon, April 7-9, 2017, Tarrytown, NY, USA.
  • CrossingsCon, August 4–August 6, 2017, Long Beach, CA, USA.

Here is the full list of conventions to which memberships are available.

Upcoming Conventions

The following cons donated memberships to Con or Bust (or, occasionally, an individual donated memberships), and are happening now or soon, in case you’re looking for last-minute plans. Unless otherwise noted, memberships are notavailable to these cons.

Other News

  • As noted above, Con or Bust will be electing up to four members to its Board of Directors on March 19; candidate statements are due March 3 — two days from now! Anyone can be a candidate; if you are interested, or if you want to encourage someone else to run, head to the website for more information. Please spread the word — being a Director is a low time commitment, but Con or Bust’s continued operation depends on awesome people taking an interest!
  • Con or Bust’s annual auction will take place in mid-to-late April. Start thinking about what you might like to offer and what you might like to bid on — you’ll be able to offer items for bid well in advance of the auction (to be announced as soon as I get the website all squeaky-clean and ready).

Fandom News

  • The Horror Writers Association is accepting applications through March 15, 2017, for its Scholarship From Hell, which includes a trip to StokerCon and participation in the intensive, hands-on workshop environment of “Horror University.” StokerCon is April 27-30, 2017, in Long Beach, CA, USA.
  • Fear No Lit is accepting applications through August 31, 2017, for the Submerging Writer Fellowship. The Fellowship provides $500 toward AWP 18, $500 no-strings-attached, and a chapbook and launch party at AWP. Writers are eligible if they don’t have a book, a major award, or current participation in an MFA/PhD program.
  • Writing the Other is offering a five-week online course titled Writing Inclusive Fiction, taught by Nisi Shawl and K Tempest Bradford, that runs from April 6 – May 14, 2017. Pay-what-you-can-afford and scholarships are available (deadline March 28).

And finally, here is a cute animal picture, of a cheerful retriever mix.

Thanks for reading! See you in a couple of weeks.

Kate Nepveu

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Board of Directors candidate statements due Friday, March 3!

Reminder: Con or Bust is now run by a Board of Directors, and will be holding elections for four open seats on March 19. Being a Director is a low time commitment but critical to keeping Con or Bust running and helping shape its future, so we’re looking for as many awesome people as possible–especially since right now, only one person is running and there are four open seats total!

Candidate statements should be submitted by this Friday, March 3, by email to [email protected]. The statement should describe who you are, why you want to serve on Con or Bust’s Board, and what you’ll bring to the Board if elected; it should also include a statement under the conflict of interest policy after reviewing the list of entities with which Con or Bust currently has, or has had, commercial relationships with. For full details, see the announcement post.

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free memberships to CrossingsCon

Fans of color/non-white fans, the following new memberships are available now, first-come first-serve:

  • CrossingsCon, August 4–August 6, 2017, Long Beach, CA, USA. CrossingsCon is this universe’s first Young Wizards convention, and is two days of panels, readings, transformative works, discussions, meta, and hugs, with some wonderful special guests and a third day of offsite events. Its Guests of Honor are Emily Skrutskie and Mark Oshiro (current Con or Bust President!).

    CrossingsCon has donated two memberships to Con or Bust, to be claimed by July 15.

To learn how to request assistance, see the Request Assistance page. For the most up-to-date list of cons to which assistance is available, see the Upcoming Cons page.

Thanks, and please spread the word!

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free memberships still available to HELIOsphere!

Fans of color/non-white fans: the following con has extended the deadline to claim free memberships, which are available now through February 28, first-come first-serve:

  • HELIOsphere, March 10-12, 2017, Tarrytown, NY, USA. HELIOsphere is a new science fiction and fantasy convention. Its Guests of Honor are Jacqueline Carey, David Gerrold, and Danielle Ackley-McPhail, with Special Guest Charles Gannon.

    HELIOsphere has donated two memberships to Con or Bust, to be claimed by February 28, 2017.

To learn how to request assistance, see the Request Assistance page. For the most up-to-date list of cons to which assistance is available, see the Upcoming Cons page.

Thanks, and please spread the word!

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reminder: Con or Bust is looking for Board of Directors candidates

Reminder: Con or Bust is now run by a Board of Directors, and will be holding elections for four open seats on March 19. Being a Director is a low time commitment but critical to keeping Con or Bust running and helping shape its future, so we’re looking for as many awesome people as possible.

Candidate statements should be submitted by March 3 to [email protected] and describe who you are, why you want to serve on Con or Bust’s Board, and what you’ll bring to the Board if elected. Statements should also include a statement under the conflict of interest policy after reviewing the list of entities with which Con or Bust currently has, or has had, commercial relationships with. For full details, see the announcement post.

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new free memberships to Lunacon

Fans of color/non-white fans: the following new memberships are available now, first-come first-serve:

  • Lunacon, April 7-9, 2017, Tarrytown, NY, USA. Lunacon is the New York area’s longest-running Science Fiction convention, held a short trip north of New York City in Westchester County. Its guests are: Writer Guest of Honor Ben Bova; Artist Guest of Honor Bob Eggleton; Fan Guest of Honor Roberta Rogow; Musical Guests Boogie Knights; Special Guest Artist Marianne Plumridge.

    Lunacon has donated two memberships to Con or Bust, to be claimed by March 17, 2017.

To learn how to request assistance, see the Request Assistance page. For the most up-to-date list of cons to which assistance is available, see the Upcoming Cons page.

Thanks, and please spread the word!

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