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stolen laptops at clarion west

This morning someone came into the Clarion West house where we're staying and stole four laptops, some bags, clothing, and possibly other items.

Of course, these are our lives, especially right now.

We are all okay, and the house is secure, even more so now, but I would like to ask the SFF community for help.

Those who lost their laptops will not be able to replace these without detriment to their financial situation. These are essential for our writing, particularly over the next four weeks.

If you would like to help donate laptops or funds to those students who had their laptops stolen, please contact Leslie or Neile at infoATclarionwestDOTorg. More donation information may be forthcoming.

Thank you.


Please feel free to repost this and to link to this.

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Just in case anyone sees them:

One black Dell Inspiron 1520.
One Silver colored Sager with a 17" screen.
One Silver/red Dell XPSm1710.
One Sony Vaio Sz780.

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This makes me ill. I'll spread the word.
Oh, me too!

Thank you so much :).
I am so sorry. I've reposted this on my blog and I'll get in touch with Neile.
Thank you so much. I truly appreciate it.
That sucks! I've reposted at my blog.
Thank you! I am so grateful for your kindness :).
Oh, how awful!!! I just followed Vylar's link here. I'm so sorry to hear this. :: reposting ::
Thanks Tina! It is pretty awful, but we're moving forward! Thank you for reposting :).
I'll do that.

Nice picture. *rawr* :)
This is so horrible. I can't imagine what you're all going through.

My husband and I have two Mac laptops we will gladly lend for the duration of the workshop. We're in New York but can certainly ship them out there. I wish we could just donate them but unfortunately that's not an option for us. Please let me know whether any of the students whose laptops were stolen would be willing to take loaners while you scare up replacements or funds.
Aaargh! This is horrible!

I have a spare laptop but shipping it from Korea seems, er, silly, considering the expense, since that money could be donated towards replacing the original machines. Please do post on how we can help in that way once you have a system figured out. (Since I imagine insurance isn't going to cover most of the PCs...)

And here's hoping the losers don't come back.
Thank you so much Aliette. The word may make a world of difference. :) And yeah, they probably don't need to be sent from France ;).
Only a POS would do something like that. I'm sorry to hear this happened. Wasn't the house locked or was it broken into?
Thank you.

It was broken into. It has a really nice security system, but someone found the one flaw. There are now no flaws.
I'm so sorry this happened. Spreading the word as well.
Thank you!
So sad. Who would do such a thing?

(I'd be freaking out just a little--in workshop situations, I tend to get a lot done, but I don't know if I'd have my work backed up. This year I'm bringing a thumb drive for that purpose.)
Backing up one's work is so important! And it's sad. Some people have lost pictures, music they've written, stories... And some feeling of security. But we're tough and making it through!
May there be a particularly noisome place set aside for whomever stole them.
There will be... at least in our fiction ;).
This is terrible, Maggie. I hope that the thief gets caught and the laptops retrieved, but barring that, I hope that the affected writers get help so that their time spent at Clarion is not wasted. I've just blogged about this, and it looks as if most of the rest of the blogosphere has as well.

Edited at 2008-07-05 04:44 pm (UTC)
Thank you so much, Jason :). I'm so glad the word is getting around so effectively. Though this is impacting some people's work, we're going to come out stronger, better, and more connected than ever.

Thanks for being such a fine friend.
Thank you so much! We really appreciate you spreading the word!

And, to be, honest, I think that this event will end up being a really good thing in the end. We're amazed at how wonderful and supportive the SFF community has been.
If they're available, you may want to post the laptops' serial numbers. These things have a tendency to pop up on Craiglist and the like, and any little bit to help track them down may bear fruit.

laptops

Oh how awful. I will pass this on our group and on my blog too. I guess I will guard mine while I am in Taos.

Kate

Re: laptops

Thanks Kate. I appreciate it so much.
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