A Beard for Lent

It has been said that all the best male comic creators, all the best male science fiction authors, have at one time or another boasted a luxurious, bearlike, beard. Or if it hasn't, I just said it. I was wondering what a good thing to do for Lent would be (giving up alcohol is sort of just for oneself), and I was already a bit fuzzy what with the writerly existence and all, and anyhow, the long and the short of it is... well, here's me last night, the evening before the start of Lent...

Yes, I know, I'm already half way to being Patrick Moore. Anyhow, I thought why not go the whole way, let it grow and grow, and then at the end of Lent (Easter Sunday), shave it off? And to make this something one does for others, indeed, for a cause close to my heart, why not get people to sponsor the beardiness?

So I've set up a Just Giving page: A Beard for Lent and am there soliciting donations. Please pass that address around. As I've said on the page, I'll be reposting the best comments left with cash on here and on Twitter. And if you want to pay to promote something you're doing (within reason), I'll be happy to do that.

I'll be updating how the beard is going, on here and on the page, every Friday. And I'll be taking my fundraising proto-beard on the road to C2E2, a signing at Chaos City Comics in St. Albans, Anime Detour and Kapow before (and the good people there tell me they want to make a thing of it) having it shaved off at Illustrious, this year's Eastercon.

So please: a beard is just for Lent, not for Christmas. I won't stop until I've raised £1000 for Shelter. So donate quickly, for the sake of my wife's sanity. Cheerio!

12 Response to "A Beard for Lent"

  • yetiboyuk Says:

    Agh! You look like a Crimewatch photofit!

  • Paul Cornell Says:

    Don't have nightmares.

  • Martin Gray Says:

    If I win the Lotto tonight, would you accept £1,000 and shave immediately? Big beards are not to be encouraged.

    But well done ... that's what I call a sacrifice.

  • Martin Gray Says:

    Darn, work is blopping the donations pop-up. Later ...

    (Feel free not to put this one up, it's dull, just a fyi thing)

  • Ian Cullen Says:

    They say artist live under the law of feast or famine.

    So, Paul let me ask you. Are you growing the beard in order to store food fragments for any forthcoming famine.

    Is it a play to save money on razors or electricity in these times of deep cuts and austerity.

    The mind boggles at some of the possibilities here.

    Just joking with you.

    Perhaps you could grow a pointy beard and mustache and do the sinister evil genius mustache twirl.

    Sorry, I'll stop. Don't want to add to the boiling pot of ideas you already may or may not have. Hmmm I wonder if its possible for a mustache and beard to be self aware?


  • Paul Cornell Says:

    No, I'd have to keep explaining why I shaved it off! And indeed, the possibilities are endless.

  • Jenny Says:

    Paul, I have to wonder, are you really growing a beard, or is this Pete, your evil twin who has taken over your blog?

  • Brian Says:

    "I won't stop until I've raised £1000 for Shelter. So donate quickly, for the sake of my wife's sanity." If you don't buy this magazine, we'll kill this dog? http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/National_Lampoon_%28magazine%29

    In any event, it's very plausible that people would pay money for you to shave that beard.

  • pbristow Says:

    Welcome to the [dark] bearded side... Mwa-ha-ha-Ha-HA-HA-HA!-HA!-HA-Ha-ha-ha-haaaaghk-koff-koff... 'Scuse me... *KOFF!*


  • Paul Cornell Says:

    Jenny: I'm definitely not Pete. Of course not. What a ridiculous assertion. Pete wouldn't know how to work this blog. He wouldn't have access to the codes he found taped under the desk. Brian: well, in the end, that is what they're paying for, their peace of mind. P: I gather you have beard experience?

  • pbristow Says:

    Oh yeah. You can't imagine how happy I was, the day I noticed I'd got two little silver streaks appearing eaither side of my chin, *exactly* where Delgado had them. =:o}

    Dunno if these links'd work, but...
    At the peak of sinister my Delgado-ishness, 10 years ago: http://l-userpic.livejournal.com/5267910/777175 (About the time I played the intergalatic milkman "Het Restam" in "Dan Who") - Alas, you can't actually see the little streaks here.

    Alas, those two little highlights have since spread and fused into a shapeless white blob on the point of my chin, as seen in this shot of The Rumour Monger from "Before the Dawn": http://l-userpic.livejournal.com/85320332/777175

  • Paul Cornell Says:

    You wear the distinguished beard well!