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May 19, 2007
Posted at 10:24 pm

My surly side

Folks, I'm an optimist. You generally get nothing but sweetness and light from me. On the other hand, I have my limits, and this is about one of them.

I got phenomenal response to the stories "Last Wish Blues" and "Bobby's Good Deeds". I was very pleased to get that, and I'm not complaining that it took me six hours, the other day, to respond to some of it. Really. I like talking to you.

But, there are a number of you who have these cute little automated come-backs when I send you a response. It generally says something like this:

"I apologize for this automated reply, but to control spam I need you to register with my account so I can actually receive your email."

Then I am instructed to click on a link and fill something out or whatever.

I'm not going to beg you to read my response. I understand the spam problem. I get tons of it too. I appreciate your feedback, but I'm not going to spend my time registering with twenty different people each time I write a story.

I'm going to write another story instead.

So, please understand that, if you have one of those automated thingies on your account, I appreciate your feedback, and I responded to it. You'll never see that response, but I did. When I get one of those automated responses, I click delete, and move on. It's not that I don't love you, but that's just the way it is.

Don't feel bad about it, and don't stop sending me feedback. Your feedback makes a difference, whether you know it or not.

Think about it this way. I can write about three chapters in six hours. Answering mail took about six hours, the other day, and that's not all the mail, that's just one day. Do you really want me to spend another hour registering with readers email accounts?

I didn't think so. Every one of you said "Keep writing".

So, that's what I'll do.

Thanks for reading.
Thanks for sending feedback.
Thanks for understanding why you didn't hear back from me.