Friday, January 8, 2010

Breaking the Rules for a Good Cause

I told myself I wasn't going to spend money I don't really need to spend. It hasn't even been a week, but I'm already seriously contemplating breaking my own rules. I came across something... well, I don't need it, but it's something that's really cool to me.

I've recently been reading the book The Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss. It's fantastic. I love it. One of the best books I've ever read. The only bad thing I can say about it is that it's the first in a trilogy and the sequel isn't out yet (the current publication date listed on is June 1, 2011). I wouldn't be surprised if I end up reading this books multiple times before the next one comes out.

There's the set-up. On a message board I read online daily, someone posted that Pat Rothfuss is having a charity-fundraiser event on his blog. So, naturally, I went to Rothfuss's blog to see what the deal is. The charity is Heifer International, whose mission is to give animals to impoverished families (not pets, but animals like goats and chickens to give families necessities for life). You can read all about it in that link. Rothfuss has his own project, raising money for Heifer International, and it includes a lot of cool prizes. Here's his blog post about the whole deal: Fundraiser.

Scroll down on that page and learn a bit about the prizes and the Golden Ticket. For every $10 I donate, I get a chance to win one of those fabulous prizes. And the Golden Ticket. Of course, the Golden Ticket is also up for auction on eBay, but considering the bid is already over $15,000, I've got a feeling I won't be winning that one.

If you scroll down farther on the Fundraiser link, though, you'll see the "sure thing" section. There, I could get a personalized copy of The Name of the Wind. Hardcover, and he'll sign it with whatever I want. Yeah, I could just watch his schedule for a time he's doing a signing somewhere, but this is easier, for a good cause, and it'll get me a nice hardcover copy of the book (sadly, the first editions are sold out).

I'm going to at least donate $10 for a chance at something cool, but I'm still mulling over whether or not I want to spend the $45 on the hardcover. It's a lot of money for someone who is trying to save.

Side note: Apparently Rothfuss lives in Stevens Point, WI. I have a feeling that if I started stalking him, it would take even longer for the rest of the trilogy to be published. Phooey.


  1. Heifer International is a great organization. I mean, I think you should be allowed at least one splurge in a month, and if you really love the book, I think you should do it. Oh, and you'll never guess who I'm hanging out with tonight!

  2. Yeah, I think I'm going to do it. I've already done the $10 donation, but another $45 isn't going to hurt anyone - and it is for an organization I have a lot of respect for (I'm in full support of helping people in need in a way that actually helps them). The problem now is that I need to decide what I want the author to write when he signs it.

    Who are you hanging out with??

  3. Heifer is a good cause and it sounds like a good book. I've put in for it in my library queue

  4. On the first anniversary of the meet-up of the Drunken Knit Night knitters at Merlin's Rest we had a huge party and collected enough money to buy a sheep for a family. We also donated wool and knitting needles to the "Women In Prison" project and donated knitted baby clothes to a shelter.