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Hatbox, halfway there for February, cashflow crunch

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We just got billed early for a $1000+ bill we didn't expect to have to pay until the end of the month. So. It suddenly got a little tight.

But it's mid-month and we have almost reached 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

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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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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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Overdrawn - Hatbox money needed - Updated

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Keeping it simple, we need money to pay bills and I personally am overdrawn on my bank account because I have not been paying myself in order to pay BC bills. Anything anyone can send will be appreciated.

Update: We just got notice from our Denver hosting company. They are going to force us to upgrade the hardware we are hosting with them. So, we will have a onetime expense of as much as $1000-$2000 and our monthly $240 a month is likely to go up too.

Here's the usual info:

Use this link to send us a gift:

One-Time Gift

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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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May Story Contest: Rebirth Voting

The May story contest ended last week and the voting is still going on. Tonight I will take a snapshot of the current Kudos count for the contest entries and tomorrow will announce the winners.

1st Prize has been upgraded to a 1-year subscription to Hatbox.
2nd and 3rd prize are 3-month subscriptions.
All other entries will receive 1-month subscriptions.

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Thanks, Everyone

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Right now, today, Sunday 21 of May, we have hit our goal for the month. Your support is much appreciated and I will update the sidebar tomorrow to show today's numbers.

Continuing gifts in any amount will be applied to next months goal and much appreciated.

Here's the usual info:

Use this link to send us a gift:

One-Time Gift

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

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Day Off

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I'm taking the day off, going down to OC and maybe the beach or Downtown Disney.

Piper and Cat will be on and off and they can reach me on my phone. Have fun everyone!

Hugs,
Erin

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May budget very tight

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Last month's expanded goal was nearly reached so we carried the shortfall over to this month. The hope is that next month will be more regular in our other income. We have bills coming due and not that much in the accounts, I'm pinched pretty tight myself so I can't make up much in the way of shortfall. Anything you can send will be greatly appreciated.

Here's the usual info:

Use this link to send us a gift:

One-Time Gift

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

Thank You

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