Edit, 11/01/19: this signup thread is now closed, as the November 2019 giveaway is now live. If you'd like to donate to the December giveaway, however, I'll be posting a signup thread for that soon. Howdy, y'all. This is just a preliminary planning thread for next month's giveaway. It is a place for the donors and potential donors to post the pictures and descriptions of their upcoming goodies. For everyone else, it can serve as a sort of "sneak peek" at the upcoming giveaway. Here is the pending prize lineup so far. (link may be a little slow to load) Obviously, this is not yet a live giveaway. See the link in my signature line to go to the current giveaway. I do not solicit donations for the giveaways, but so many people have spontaneously volunteered goodies to my past giveaways that we've ended up doing these bigger monthly group contests, and I think that's great. I'm happy to be the coordinator of such things. But since they're getting a bit more complex, I suppose we needed this planning post. Anyway, If you would like to be a donor to our upcoming contest next month: We will need clear picture(s) and a full description of the item(s) you are offering, by the end of the month preceding the giveaway. Unless you prefer to be an anonymous donor, please do not offer to send the items to me. You will hold on to them until the end of the giveaway month, and ship them directly to the winner(s) after the drawings. This saves wasted shipping and reduces my workload. As a donor, you may still enter the contest. (For example, @trogdor was both a donor and a winner in the August contest.) Should the winner of your lot(s) happen to be in another country to which shipping would prove expensive, I'm happy to chip in and help with your expenses if you want. There is also a clause in the rules which states we can substitute prizes- like a PayPal gift, for example- in cases where a prize would cost the donor too much to ship internationally. Here is an archive of the past giveaways, for reference. As a new little side thing, just for fun, we're also going to let donors post pictures of their favorite pets (past or present) here, and do a little poll later on, to choose which pet gets to be the "Spokescritter" of next month's giveaway. *November contest note, 10/26: The deadline for donor contributions is usually the last day of the month, but since I will be busy and/or traveling October 30th through November 4th or so, do please get your pictures and descriptions in as early as you can. I'd like to get the November contest up and running by October 29th or 30th, if all goes well. Questions? Thanks in advance to all donors, past and future. This has been fun, and I hope it will continue to be. It's gotten bigger, and thus a bit more logistically challenging for me, but that's OK. ~RWS/"LM"