Housekeeping Notes

A couple of notes relating to the Whatever, books and what have you:

1. First, for those of you who are still thinking having your name inserted into the limited edition of “The Sagan Diary,” as members of the doomed (but valiant!) Company D, Subterranean is planning to send the book to the printer very soon now, and we have to close the text, so we know what we have for printing. What this means is that you have until Friday to get your name in the book. The limited and trade editions of “The Sagan Diary” will still be available after that date, but since they’ll have been printed up, we’ll not be able to add in any more names. So, you know. If you want you name in, now’s the time.

Remember you can also choose to have someone else’s name put in if you’re planning to give “The Sagan Diary” as a gift — just drop a note to the Subterranean folks with your order.

2. I’ve noted before that I’ve been receiving an increase in spam comments, so I went into the innards of Moveable Type and really jacked up the spam rankings of IPs and domains that are known to have spam shooting out of them. Hopefully this will keep more of the spam comments from landing on the site, and stuck in moderation and junk queues where they belong. Be that as it may, I’m not entirely what the effects will be for actual posters. So far I don’t see any real comments being shunted into moderation or junk queues, but it’s early yet. I’ll be monitoring both moderation and junk queues during the day to see how it’s affecting genuine posters, if at all. If you want to post some comments to aid me in this quest, by all means go right ahead.

3. I may be fiddling with the design of the Whatever in the next couple of days, because I’m going through one of my periodic “I’m kinda bored with the look of my site” phases. So if it looks occasionally weird over the next few days you’ll know why. Just trying to give you all a warning, is all.

4. A couple of people have asked me if I’m planning to repost my Christmas story “Sarah’s Sister”; the answer is no, because it’s already got a permanent location here. No reposting required. For those of you who are new since last Christmas, “Sarah’s Sister” is a Christmas-themed story I wrote a couple of years ago, and it’s fairly atypical of my writing, in that it’s not written for snark. Indeed, it was written with the specific intent of making my mother-in-law cry like a little girl. And I’m pretty sure she did. So there you have it. Also, fair warning: You may get weepy. I do, and I wrote it.

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