Partially in response to a someone at work who keeps complaining about how badly other people shop for them (I hate that, I'll admit, someone gave you something, be grateful, damnit). It's late, I know, but maybe these are 2005 wishes, not just Christmas wishes:
- Make a post containing your list of 10 holiday wishes. The wishes can be anything at all, from simple and fandom-related ("I'd love a Snape/Hermione icon that's just for me") to medium ("I wish for _____ on DVD") to really big ("All I want for Christmas is a new car/computer/house/TV.") The important thing is, make sure these wishes are things you really, truly want.
- If you wish for real life things (not fics or icons), make sure you include some sort of contact info in your post, whether it's your address or just your email address where Santa (or one of his elves) could get in touch with you.
- Also, make sure you post some version of these guidelines in your journal.
- Surf around your friendslist (or friendsfriends, or just random journals) to see who has posted their list. And now here's the important part:
- If you see a wish you can grant, and it's in your heart to do so, make someone's wish come true. Sometimes someone's trash is another's treasure, and if you have a leather jacket you don't want or a gift certificate you won't use--or even know where you could get someone's dream purebred Basset Hound for free--do it.
You needn't spend money on these wishes unless you want to. The point isn't to put people out, it's to provide everyone a chance to be someone else's holiday elf--to spread the joy. Gifts can be made anonymously or not--it's your call.
There are no rules with this project, no guarantees, and no strings attached. Just...wish, and it might come true. Give, and you might receive. And you'll have the joy of knowing you made someone's holiday special.
So, my list:
1. a used book you loved so much you replaced it with a newer copy. If you can't bear to part with it, a used copy would be very much appreciated.
2. a piece of fic involving Riddick and the chatsubo Li (assume Li's in Riddick's universe, not quite so heavily cybered as that universe doesn't allow it, but... you know, the essence of her).
3. something with its soul intact--being ugly in body is a bonus
A sub-note to this is a long-ago conversation I had with amberley, where things which have not been replicated have a whole soul. Things, like McDonald's hamburgers or Starbuck's lattes have been recreated, exactly, so many times, they have nearly no soul.
4. a drop for my bucket
5. a skein of yarn that caught your eye and imagination (bonus if it's from your pile of "I'll never get to it" projects) I'd prefer DK/sports weight or finer, but others accepted, gratefully.
6. one (1) page proofread at Distributed Proofreaders, send me a private message (userid liralenli) when you're done. Bonus if you're long-time registered and just haven't done one for a while (like me :-) )
7. a taste of some food or drink that once brought you joy or memories, bonus if you tell me the memory.
8. a used tray of kid's dry watercolors, no brush necessary
9. a picture taken of you and your loved ones that was taken in the last year, digital is fine, so no postage necessary
10. if you've the money or inclination, an animal from Heifer International or money for microcredit. I've only donated to Grameen, but there seem to be a lot of other, interesting alternatives, now.
thanks for considering my wishes.
liralenli AT gmail DOT com, if you don't already have an email address for me.