Hey hey everyone, some news on the homefront!!!
But before I go on, one last shoutout for a 15% off discount for her book through December 15th!!!
Purchase Lightning Spliced with 15% off with coupon code STOCKING305
By one for yourself if you haven't already, buy one for your friends, get your friends to buy it, etc etc! :)
Now, onto exciting news:
One of Zellie's biggest fans, Orin, has set up an e-Bay auction in her honor. The products: a Fresh copy of Lightning Spliced and a 'Fuck Cancer' bracelet like the one made for Zellie when she first got sick.
100% of the sales proceeds will go to the American Cancer Society!!
Tell your friends!!!!!!!!
This is the nice backstory Orin wrote for perspective auctioners:
I had the pleasure of calling the author of Lightning Spliced, Zellie Blake, my friend. She was sunshine, always throwing her heart and soul into her own projects and encouraging others. When she loved something it was completely over-the-top adoration, and she always wanted to share it. She was a gamer, a Ninja Turtles fan, and a writer amongst so many other things. She was so excited about writing, and we were all excited about seeing her published one day, certain that we would all be begging for signed copies and asking her about her latest worldly travels.
And then she got sick. It was a very long, difficult illness, and there were eventually several doctors seen before it was finally pinned down as cancer. Her reaction? She wasn't about to let a minor detail like that get in her way. All the more reason to get more work done. To encourage more people. To be an even brighter ray of light. And what she needed from us was the same.
My personal bit of encouragement just happened to be a little different. Don't get me wrong, there's a time for sympathy cards with puppies and butterflies. But there comes a point when you gotta stand up and say, "You know what? F*ck you, cancer." What you see in this auction is a "structurally improved" and re-colored replica of the original "F*CK CANCER" bracelet/choker that I made just for Zellie. Laughter is good medicine. It isn't perfect, though–and that's why this charity auction exists.
Zellie died on September 5, 2010. Just a few days after her book, Lightning Spliced, was finally published through Lulu.com. None of us ever got the chance to ask for a signed copy. She never even got to hold her own book in her hands. She did not lose a battle with cancer. Cancer fights dirty, uses cowardly, underhanded tricks. Cancer is a liar and a thief. Cancer takes. Little by little, we need to take back. F*ck you, cancer.
'm Orin Drake (of Shiny Things by Orin Drake); an artist, and a fellow geek and writer who was endlessly encouraged by Zellie. We shared a sense of humor, I think. Enough to know that she would appreciate a "F*CK CANCER" combination bracelet and choker. As a working artist who is blessed with neither fame nor fortune, I can't afford to give much in the way of money–but I can give this. With a bit of luck, I'm hoping to make it an annual tradition. Should you find yourself interested in the book and not the jewelry, then please do hop by Zellie's Lulu.com page and snag a copy for yourself. All proceeds from her book sales go to the American Cancer Society, as well. That was the kind of person she was. That's the kind of person she inspires us to be.
Whether the jewelry and book are for yourself or someone you love very much (or two someones, even), please enjoy them. Those of us who knew Zellie Blake want to share her adventure with the world. And proudly tell cancer to get f*cked.
Thank you Orin! <3
By the way- 25 copies sold, 3 downloads so far (for the second quarter, which ends in February)