wren_kt7oz: (ZZZ_Christmas title icon)
Hi everyone - sorry I haven't been around much. Work is just beating me up at the moment. Will get better after this week, I hope.

I'm just posting a quick one to draw your notice (if you haven't already seen it) to [livejournal.com profile] xie_xie_xie's 37 Days of Gusmas Challenge.

For those of you who haven't seen it before, it's run in conjunction with two QAF drabble communities - one on LJ and the other on IJ.

Every year they post 37 drabble prompts - one for each day between Thanksgiving and New Year (actually, since that number varies a bit, it's stayed at 37 which was the correct number the first year they did it).

Then various people pledge money based on ... well, anything they like really. It might be 10c for every drabble about Ted and Blake, or $2 for every drabble where Gus gets a pet for Christmas - anything you fancy really.

As for where the money goes ...

I can't do better than to quote from the post over at qaf_drabbles:

A Queer as Folk Fundraising Drabble-athon to Benefit The Ali Forney Center,
The Nation's Largest Organization Dedicated to Homeless LGBT Youth,
Whose Drop-In Center in Chelsea Was Destroyed by Hurricane Sandy.

Nearly 4,000 kids who identify as LGBT sleep on the streets of New York City every night. The Ali Forney Center was founded to try to help those kids stay safe and alive. Their drop-in center in Chelsea in New York City was destroyed in Hurricane Sandy -- couches, computers, files -- everything. (Click here for more information.)

For the last four years, the Queer as Folk fandom has come together to raise money during the holiday season for causes that relate to experiences in the show. The Ali Forney Center was the beneficiary of our first Gusmas fundraiser, as well as last year's. This year, like last, the InsaneJournal qaf_drabbles community and LJ's drabylon are joining forces to help the Center get back on its feet after this disaster.

Since we normally have several hundred entries, it would be extremely difficult to count drabbles if they were being made across multiple communities. For that reason, drabbles do need to be posted to IJ's qaf_drabbles to count, but feel free to crosspost them on LJ's drabylon, or anywhere you'd like. If you do not have an IJ account and prefer not to create one, we can post them for you. Just email Xie at xie.kay@gmail.com.

We'd also appreciate your help in spreading the word to other fans -- it's for a great cause!

In the spirit of the Gusmas Season, let's try to exceed last year's donation of just under $1514, and help the Ali Forney Center continue its work of keeping our kids alive long enough to grow up.

So ... if you are able to make a pledge and donate, that's great.

But even if you're not in a position to do that, every drabble that you submit will help raise money, since some of the pledges are very open - just based on a donation for every drabble contributed. So your drabbles can help make a real difference even if you aren't able to make a financial contribution at this time.

Please consider participating. It's a great cause.

Here's the link. (It's on IJ but you don't have to be a member to post a pledge or a comment.)

37 Days of Gusmas 2012


5 Nov 2012 05:17 pm
wren_kt7oz: (w_Wren)
Hi everyone

I'm still working on responses, but meanwhile, wanted to "pimp" two Christmas challenges

One is the gift exchange on LJ and IJ. It's been going for a few years now and would be nice to keep it active.

Sign ups are open till 11th November, so please consider joining the fun.

QAF Christmas Gift Exchange

The other is [livejournal.com profile] xie_xie_xie's Gusmas challenge. That's a drabble challenge. There is a prompt for every day between Thanksgiving and New Year and you can write one drabble or one for every day. People pledge money for a nominated charity or two and can specify what their plegde is for. Some pledge "x" amount for every story comprising one drabble for each day, some for a specific thing that might want - like Justin and Brian kissing under the misteltoe, or Justin kissing Ben under the misteltoe and Brian getting jealous - whatever. It's a fun way to raise money for good causes and the more participants and more pledgers the better, so please keep it in mind.

She'll be posting the prompts for that around Thanksgiving.

For more info on how the challenge words, try here, there are links to the three previous challenges.

Gusmas challenge post

Hope you all sign up so we can have lots of Holiday fun with the boys (and girls) from our favourite show.


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