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That we haven't had to post one of these appeals until the middle of the month is a measure of the generosity of our members. Thank you all. We don't post these or even update the sidebar until we are being pinched. And the pinch is coming this weekend.

We have bills due this week, about $2600 worth. We have about $400 in the bank.

We're still here, still operating a friendly place for authors and fans of TG Fiction. If you can help out, it will be appreciated.

Hugs,
Erin

Had a scare on my morning walk

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While out walking the dog this morning, I experienced very sharp, quick, electric shock-type pain from under my left ribs shooting up my chest and down my left arm, twice. I had similar sharp pains for briefer times more localized in my side last night before I went to bed.

Okay then. I'll be 70 on Sunday and at my age, pain in the chest and left arm immediately suggests one thing.

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Fantastic Mars & Patreon

Fantastic Mars 10 - Jewels of Mars just went up here on BCTS. If you are a fan, are you aware that I post the NEXT chapter of the Mars adventure on Patreon the same day I post the current chapter here? I do, and I'm also posting a story, The Mermaid's Treasure, two or three chapters a week exclusively on Patreon; it won't be posted here until it is complete!

Check it out: BigCloset Page at Patreon!

Here's The Mermaid's Treasure Cover:

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Frank wakes up naked on a cold and lonely beach after a terrible accident. He thinks he should be dead but the pirates who find him think she might be a mermaid!

Need cash for immediate bills; things like food and medicine

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We're going to ask for an early start on our June goals because of reasons below. We've got bills this weekend and only about $200 on hand so there is an immediate need to. Our big money will arrive next week and we should be able to get current on bills but right now is a problem.

The service on our debt is killing us. I'm afraid I'm going to have to temporarily increase how much we ask people for. I don't want to do this but I really can't borrow any more money. If you can help, it will be greatly appreciated. I'm going to separate the Hatbox into two counts, one for expenses and the other for debts. 25% of what is brought in from gifts and subscriptions will go toward debts and the count in the sidebars will reflect this.

Our ebook business is growing, check us out on Amazon at: https://amzn.to/2s2VSnN — We believe that producing ebooks for the TG community and eventually for a wider audience will eventually solve our financing problems.

Thanks and hugs to everyone,
Erin and the gang

Not to put too fine a point on it but we're broke; also Hatbox funds low

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The service on our debt is killing us. I'm afraid I'm going to have to temporarily increase how much we ask people for. I don't want to do this but I really can't borrow any more money. If you can help, it will be greatly appreciated. I'm going to separate the Hatbox into two counts, one for expenses and the other for debts.

Hugs and thank you.
Erin

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Thanks and hugs to everyone,
Erin and the gang

A little more month left than money in the Hatbox

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We're still short on the month's goal, and on paying ourselves, so if you can help out, it will be greatly appreciated.

If you won't have money until after the first, you could consider making a pledge at Patreon as those monies are collected after the 1st of the month. And our Patron page at Patreon is jumping. I've committed to posting new chapters of Fantastic Mars and Bian there at least three days before they post here at BC. In fact, chapter 5 of the Mars serial is up there now.

Hugs and thanks,
Erin and the crew

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Emergency need for Hatbox funds

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We have a situation with a bogus charge, a large one, larger than our balances, on our accounts. The bank is working with us to straighten it out and the merchant who the charge came in from is co-operating and proactive, they had already canceled the charge from their end when I called them about it. But it may take days before we can again access the funds in our account. Meanwhile other charges will be coming into accounts that are empty.

Bian Returns!

I've been sitting on several chapters of the second book of Bian, so I decided to start posting them. It's not going to be more than about once a week but I'll try to stay ahead of myself and keep the story moving. :)

There's a bit of a recap in this chapter since it has been so long since the others were posted. I might do some blogs on the story behind the story, the creation of the World of Difference and of Bloddish, the made up language in the story. :)

But I hope you enjoy the story of Deputy Sheriff Gus Gallant living the life of Alenna.

Hugs,
Erin

Hatbox funds needed

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The results of our upgrade are good. Our analytics show that the site is faster (just a smidge) and that this is despite more people visiting and staying longer. We have a few rough spots to smooth out, I'm sure Piper will work out the minor problems now that we have the major ones solved.

We spent right up to the ragged edge of what we could afford on hardware in order to buy us another two or three years before we need another upgrade. This leaves us a bit tight for the month. We're not broke but it's close. :)

Short of $$ at Month's End - Hatbox Funds Needed

The month's end has caught us a little short again with some unexpected bills for software and a forgotten bill or two. I've again used credit cards to keep us current but it would be nice to have some cash in hand for the weekend. - Erin

Below are Piper's comments on the upgrade:

Gaming blog...

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The ship was lost on a subterranean ocean when out of the darkness came a ghastly sight, a phantom ship crewed by a LOT of unkillable, leaping, cuthroat vermin.

"Fireballs away," ordered the captain but the bugganeers managed a boarding party anyway.

After trading a few blows, one of the players called to pause the action. "Wait, wait, I need to ask something."

"Yes?" said the adventurist.

"We're fighting Undead Ninja Pirate Spiders?"

"Yes," agreed the adventurist.

Bian - Return to a World of Difference

I reposted the book page of Bian today with a new title Bian - Book 1 - The Bright Road. This is in advance of new chapters of Book 2 - Three Walls that will soon start posting. Current plan is one or two chapters a week.

While I haven't been writing just story chapters since book one finished posting, I have been working on world design and I now know more about such distant places as Yezbuul and Altarema, Preuz and Fars-Hind. And more about characters like Lilakatye, Ur-Alenna, Rotgar and Henrik Blodde.

Off to be a wizard...

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Well, I'm off to be a wizard... or a cleric actually. :) My gaming group is meeting for the first time in two months and I need the break. I'll be gone six or eight hours but Piper and Cat will be looking in.

Y'all play nice and please, PLEASE, try to stop trolling each other about the current political situation. My unpub finger is getting tired.

hUgs,
Erin

Hatbox Story Contributions Needed

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This is different. :)

We're getting ready to launch a new and somewhat improved Hatbox as a repository of premium stories donated to us. For that, we'd like to have some new stories. I'm working on a couple myself. If you're interested in contributing stories to be read first as Hatbox Premiums, you can contact me or Cat Lochley via PM. Stories made available to Hatbox subscribers can later be published to BigCloset (for free) or DopplerPress (to earn royalties).

Hugs,
Erin and Cat

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.

Free Kindle Reading Apps for your computer or laptop

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Hugs,
Erin

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

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

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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