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New month New challenges; Hatbox needs funds

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Subscriptions and gifts have continued to come in, thanks to everyone who has been able to help out. We have bills coming in that at the moment are not covered by funds on hand.

We had an unplanned bill come in today for $500 so we are particularly short at the moment.

If you can help out, it will be appreciated. Thanks again.

We're still here, still operating a friendly place for authors and fans of TG Fiction.

Hugs,
Erin

We're broke and overdrafted, Hatbox funds needed

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Thanks to everyone who has been able to help out. We've got almost two weeks left in the month with $1000 in bills due by Friday and only -$15 in the accounts. I can cover the overdraft but a bit of help will be welcome. Thanks again.

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

Sick

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I'm sick today, apparently the victim of a bad breakfast bar yesterday. This feels like it is going to be a 12-36 hour thing, so I expect to be okay tomorrow evening.

Today is when I meant to send out checks to the DP authors; I may be a day or so late since concentration while throwing up and running for the toilet is difficult.

So sorry. I will try again in an hour or so.

Hugs,
Erin

Many thanks

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Many fervent thanks for the help received in the last few days, the Hatbox is fluid and we can most likely get through the next week okay.

Hugs to all the friends of BigCloset, we love you all,
Erin

Hatbox STILL $1000 short at end of month

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There's still about $1000 in bills due or owed by this Friday and we have about $70 in the bank. We got hit by about $500 in credit and debit card fraud (two different cards) so that has complicated things. It will probably be resolved in our favor within a week or two but it is a pain.

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.

Want to help BC/DP out?

A lot of people express willingness to help BigCloset and DopplerPress out. Here's an easy way to do it.

If you are an Amazon customer and have read and enjoyed a book published at Amazon, even if you did not read it by buying the Kindle ebook at Amazon, you can post a review of that ebook on Amazon.

Here's a link to most of the DopplerPress catalog at Kindle: https://amzn.to/2IEDjvu

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

Info for giving to the Hatbox is below.

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.

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