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Hatbox Still Negative

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Thanks to all who helped us get through most of May, you've been lifesavers. We almost made the May goal so I'm starting on June because we are still in a hole.

Seriously, we need about $2400 by Friday, May 19. We're not going to disappear if we don't have it but we will be racking up late fees, for the company and personally. So anything you can contribute will help. Thanks.

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Phishing Scams

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I've been getting phony emails purporting to be from Docusign asking for my signature on a document. Problem immediately is we don't use Docusign; although we do send out documents for signing, we use a different service.

Also, Docusign's place on the web is docusign.com. These emails come from a website that is NOT Docusign.

Beware. At least one of the one's I received claimed to be an attempt at a money transfer which, if I had opened it, would probably have turned out to be an attempt at getting my bank info.

BEWARE.

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Free Kindle Reading Apps for your computer or laptop

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If you want to buy Kindle e-books at Amazon to read but don't have a Kindle device, you can read e-books with these handy applications for your computer, phone, tablet or laptop:

https://www.amazon.com/kindle-dbs/fd/kcp

And here is a good page to start looking at: Transgender eBooks from DopplerPress

Hugs,
Erin

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Need for Cash for HatBox - Updated

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We have an urgent need for about $800 to pay a bill by the end of this week. If you can help, thanks.

Piper again had more unexpected vehicle expenses that totaled over $1000. So the gifts we receive from you guys are what keep us moving. But we need money to pay bills, buy groceries, etc. I have other income but this is probably 70 to 80% of what Piper lives on.

We've got more taxes to pay this month, and some other corporate expenses are piling up.

Remember, if you are thinking of running a website, we do hosting through http://qnez.net and that will help us out too. We can even do colo and cloud services, directly or through our partners who help us host BCTS and other TG community websites.

Anyone who would like to send us a gift, the addresses and links are in the right hand column and below. And thanks.

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I screwed up and we are overdrafted in the Hatbox

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I screwed up and a bill that wasn't supposed to be paid until the end of the month when we get money from Amazon hit today and we are overdrafted. Any amount we can get today will help keep me from having to pay the overdraft out of my credit cards.

Thanks, even if you can't give. Hugs.

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Cashflow crunch in the Hatbox

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We just got billed early for $1500+ in bills we didn't expect to have to pay until the end of the month. So. It suddenly got a tight. Really tight. And my personal finances are tight also. Some of our advertising money came in or we would be broke. On Friday, we are going to need about $1050 and we have less than half of that available.

It's past mid-month and we have only reached about half our goal for February. Thanks to everyone who has sent money and I know there is some still in the mail. :)

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Sparky Is My Hero

Originally posted February 13, 2000 on Original BigCloset

"Sparky Is My Hero"
by Joyce E. Melton
February 13, 2000
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Hired Girl - Part 1?

That was a toughie. Sorry it took so long.

Writing this latest chapter in Harold's story was a big chore. I wanted it to feel like an important turning point but not the end of the story. The story kept wanting to make it an ending and yes, it is a good enough ending, but there are other parts of Harold's story I want to tell.

I hope I hit a nice compromise and in a week or so, I hope to be able to start posting Part 2. :)

Hugs,
Erin

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It's Ground Dog Day!

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Today is my dog's eleventh birthday!

Calimesa Cuddles has been outside, she's seen her shadow and she peed on it, so I'm not sure what that means. :)

Happy Ground Dog Day, everyone.

I've got a terrible cold so I'm celebrating by drinking hot tea.

Hugs to all,
Erin

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Last chance in 2016 to help BC stay solvent

Final total on truck repair was $730, about half of that because of it being over Christmas weekend and needing a rental.

We're close and anything we receive over the $5000 asked for will be counted on next month's pledge drive.

Hugs and thanks,
Erin

[Yes, we know that the truck repair is not a BC bill, it's Piper's truck. But without the truck, Piper's family would be up shit creek, so we have to help out. - Erin]

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New chapter of Bian posted

This is the end of the first "book" which I think I will call "Castle and Road". Next chapter will begin book 2 which will concern the city of Lundenna.

I've had some more fun with the language in this chapter though I left one word untranslated. People can probably guess what it is from the context.

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Real life Bloddish?

Two things for those who have been following my story Bian in which I play with a language I madeup called Bloddish:

1. Yes, I am working on the next episode (along with work on the next episodes of Vector and Hired Girl and other outside work, besides the other stuff I do around here and on DopplerPress. :)

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Sephrena

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Because Sephrena is an important part of the community here, people should know that there is a situation involving her that may turn more serious or may be soon resolved. We're not comfortable sharing details at the moment but will try to keep everyone appropriately informed.

Hugs to all,
And especially Sephrena,
Erin and the crew

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Mid-October Hatbox update

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Bills and payments due on Friday or next week are more than we have on hand, so if you can give a little to help keep our websites running, it will be greatly appreciated.

Thanks,
Erin and the Elves

Use this link to send us a gift:

One-Time Gift

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Sunday - Expect brief outages

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Piper will be tuning the intranet and switches connecting our various servers; so expect brief outages, probably lasting no more than a few minutes as she disconnects and reconnects various cables and occasionally reboots machines to activate new configurations. Please be patient and forbearing. :)

Thanks and hugs,
Erin

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We're Off!

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While Piper, Cat and I will have our phones and laptops with us, none of us will be home for several hours. Piper and Cat will be at the server farm, installing equipment and getting things ready to move our servers into our new cabinet. I'll be goofing off at a friend's house playing boardgames and drinking coffee.

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Zombie, Ninja, Pirate Spiders - Sept. Challenge - LAST DAYS

Some years ago I was running a tabletop RPG in which my players were exploring an underground ocean. They had their own ship and were attacked by another ship. The crew of the pirate ship seemed to be made up of human-sized spiders carrying cutlasses and firing muskets. Except some of them seemed to come out of nowhere and attack with nunchuks, sais and shurikens. And some of them seemed to be undead and unkillable.

During the course of the battle one of the players said, "Wait, wait! Stop! We're fighting Zombie, Ninja, Pirate Spiders?"

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Hatbox and Operating Funds for BCTS

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Update: We have about $230 in the bank right now and need for about $800 by Friday.

We have about $200 in the bank right now and a need for about $1750 by Friday, including a $400 loan to Piper for registering Liam (Piper's son) in daycare. (We made the deposit for Liam's daycare, which Piper will repay after getting re-imbursed.) Thanks to everyone who gave on the 9th and 10th!

Please, if you can, send us a gift to help us keep operating BigCloset and the other sites we host and help maintain for the community. Thanks.

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Spacing between paragraphs

Please put spaces between paragraphs and don't make paragraphs longer than 5 to 7 lines because reading on a screen is hard.

If you're using MS Word or other word processor, there are options that fake a space between paragraphs while viewing the file in the word precessor. Those are not visible when converted to HTML. You need actual blank lines.

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Suicide Squad and the Critics

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Went to see Suicide Squad Thursday night, it was very good. Good story, good atmosphere, good acting. Okay, the dialog is a bit weak but the actors nail the characterization and hold the script up.

The critics and a certain subset of comic book fans dislike it; that mystifies me. A movie is supposed to be entertaining and I found it very entertaining. So much so, that I'm going to go see it again while it is still on the big screen.

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Hatbox for August with Numbers

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Thanks everyone for coming through for us in July. Hugs.

We're getting an early start on August because I did some budgeting. UDATE: Our big advertiser, TBFS, paid early so we are no longer broke. :)

Here's where the money goes, per month, in round numbers.

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Gifts for the Hatbox Needed Now

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Bills have taken the bank accounts down to almost zero and there are more bills coming. Please, if you can, send us a gift to help us keep operating BigCloset and the other sites we host and help maintain for the community. Thanks.

Here's the usual info:

Use this link to send us a gift:

One-Time Gift

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Use this link to subscribe through the Hatbox Membership page:

Subscribe

Checks can be made out & sent to:
Janglewood LLC
602 Higgins Ave
Suite 1 #283
Brielle, NJ 08730
USA

Thank You

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Kindle Books on BC

You've probably been seeing a few postings about Kindle books on BC. This is nothing new, Maddy Bell's Gaby series has been on Kindle and before Kindle on Lulu for a long time. Also works by several other authors including Tanya Allen, Katie Leone and me.

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Simple Beans - A Recipe for a Lazy Day

Cut up one slice of bacon (streaky bacon for Brits) into small pieces. Fry in your favorite deep skillet till nearly crisp. Add 1/2 cup chopped brown onion and fry until onion is beginning to brown. Add two cans (three or four cups) of beans, pinto, black, kidney or white. Add two tablespoons molasses, brown sugar or honey. Stir. Turn heat down to medium low and cook uncovered until well-thickened. Cover and turn heat to low and keep cooking until beans are quite tender.

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Amazon Shopping

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If you're in the US and you plan to buy anything from Amazon today or tomorrow, it would be great if you used the following link to get to Amazon:

http://amzn.to/298wRyK

We get from 4% up to 8% on all purchases through Amazon US and if we can get just 99 more purchases shipped today or tomorrow, we will get a $50 bonus!

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