Wednesday, August 10, 2005

Blown Away

Okay, I confess. I used to check my Amazon rankings on a daily (cough hourly cough) basis. Now I've been checking the auction items! I am totally blown away at how many people have bid so generously to help me out. I am soo soo soo grateful to both bidders, volunteers and donors alike You all rock!

BTW a TON of new items (8o+) have been added today. I can't list them all, but they include critiques from:

Kate Seaver - Berkley
Cindy Hwang - Berkley
Leah Hultenschmidt - Dorchester

Stephanie Kip Rostan
The Knight Agency
Ferguson Agency
Kelly Harms - (former Avon editor - now agent with Jane Rotrosen!)

And many, many, many top romance authors! It blows my mind! There's so much good stuff I have to restrain myself from bidding on my own auction!!!!

You can see the entire list (and bid) here.

Also, a BIG SHOUT OUT to all of you who have sent me cards and letters and gift cards and money and care packages - THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU! I promise real life thank you cards to each and every one of you wonderful women -- as soon as I get a table and chairs so I can sit down and write them. :) But in the meantime, please know that your generosity and well wishes have brought me to tears (the good kind!) on more than one occassion this week.

I will never forget this experience, but when I look back on it, now I'm going to remember not the ashes and what was lost, but all that I have gained through the wonderfulness of friends and strangers. I could not have gotten through this without you all. :)

And for those of you following my Adventures in New Apartment Land, you'll be pleased to know that I'm totally becoming one with the screwdriver and getting the hang of this "some assembly required thing"!! I assembled my computer chair and microwave table and now tonight will take on the daunting task of assembling the actual (gasp!) computer desk. I got to tell you, in a weird way it's kind of fun putting things together. I feel very self-sufficient all of a sudden. :)

Thanks again all. More to come soon!


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Johanna said...


I'm so terribly sorry for your loss. You're a truly wonderful writer and a terrific person and my heart goes out to you. I'd love to donate some items to auction. Any way I can help :)

Johanna Edwards
P.S. I love the Berkley YA cover!

Jana J. Hanson said...

Expect a package from me, Miss M. Though expect it after the 15th (aka payday).

Big hugs to you!!!!

Erin E said...

Marianne, I remember assembling my computer desk not that long ago. I also remember the hearty swearing coming from my mouth. I sit down at it every day now and am so proud ov myself for it. Best of luck to you! Before you know it, you'll have your own special on TLC ;)