The Clarion UCSD Write-a-Thon 2010 ended a few weeks ago, but I neglected to tally up my donation numbers until now. Drumroll, please:
Total amount donated: $419
Total number of donors: 6
Mean average donation: $69.83
Largest single donation: $256
Total words written: 44,135
Putative amount donated per word: 0.9¢
…if that had been actual payment, the rate would be what professionals call “token payment”–or, euphemistically, an “honorarium.” (Pro rates for fiction are, at minimum, five cents a word. And some pros won’t even roll out of bed for less than twenty cents a word.) But it’s over four hundred dollars that the Clarion Foundation didn’t have before, and that’s Good.
I didn’t reach my arbitrary fundraising target of $512, but it was a “stretch goal” anyway. I know I’m a terrible salesman. 82% is still a solid B-minus, and I accomplished my primary goal: to stop being so damn lazy and write. It’s also motivated me to continue my good habits with weekly goal-setting, so hey. Win.