So anyway, I encourage you to bid on my items, bid on other peoples' items, and/or offer items for donation yourself! And of course, please help spread the word in your blogs, mailing lists, etc.!
Bidding started yesterday, and continues through Saturday, March 13th. There are a ton of gorgeous items up already -- jewelry and handmade socks and a plethora of book-related items. Go browse! -- Con or Bust: Fans of Color Assistance Project
I'm offering the following so far (thinking about adding a short story or novel / nonfiction book critique too -- wondering if there'd be enough interest to make it worthwhile, figuring out an appropriate starting bid):
1) Curry powder and cookbook, made by Guest of Honor Mary Anne Mohanraj (born in Sri Lanka): One large jar of Sri Lankan curry powder, freshly hand-roasted and ground by yours truly, accompanied by a copy of my Sri Lankan cookbook, A Taste of Serendib. I'll either bring them to WisCon or mail them to you, your choice. The curry powder works great as an easy, mildly-spicy rub for roast or grilled meats, and of course, for cooking curries. It's traditionally used for meat or fish recipes, but I've successfully used it with seitan in the past, if you prefer vegetarian options. I think small cubes of baked tofu would work too.
2) Lunch at WisCon: Enjoy a private lunch at WisCon with me, at the local restaurant of your choice, my treat. (You pay for your own alcohol, though, should you choose to partake.) We can discuss whatever you like -- writing, publishing, erotica, polyamory, teaching, academia, kids, race/ethnicity, etc. and so on. It could be a focused topic, or just a free-range discussion. Bonus: If you like, my sweetie, Strange Horizons (http://www.strangehorizons.com) senior fiction editor Jed Hartman (http://www.kith.org/logos/), will join us. But that's entirely optional. Oh, and you can bring a friend or more than one if you like; I'll just be paying for one person's meal, though! :-)