Cleaning Up the Mess

I’m up a bit late as I got obsessive about pulling the remnants of the crap that got left behind by vile individuals who apparently have nothing better to do than sneak links to check cashing services into MY freaking web page. I’m really not sure how they do it, but then I’m just a lowly computer jockey, not a glamorous international hacker sitting in my mansion deep in the heart of Russia or the Ukraine, making myself obnoxious by screwing up other people’s WordPress pages. Maybe someone could explain the vulnerabilities in the WordPress system that allows outside people to set themselves up as administrators and pull this kind of crap. So far I’ve discovered that the hacked pages have a lot of extra <div> tags and also some odd <style> markers, but for the life of me I’m not a good enough coder to figure out why, or how they got there.

That said it’s been a busy week, even though it’s spring break at the school district and I’m taking Monday and Friday off. I’ve sent an email off to the old fans of the Wulf Archives, hoping that their addresses are still valid, I’ve set up a Goodreads page (and discovered that my reviews average 3.77 stars out of 5, even though none of my novels have any reviews yet) and I took flyers about my upcoming novels to a handful of local bookstores. I’m happy to report that my books are going to be stocked at Powell’s City of Books, the largest bookstore in the world, and probably at local Barnes and Noble outlets as well. At least one bookstore seemed overly posh and the manager looked down his nose at me as a lumpen author of sleazy genre fiction, unfit for his sophisticated little shop, but I’m not naming names because they MIGHT actually stock me. I’m looking into a few more shops over the next couple of weeks.

Tuesday is the big day, when She Who Watches finally drops and I see how the last few years’ labor pays off. I’m of course tormented by the usual crushing self-doubt and fear, but hey it’s too late to back out now. I’m trying to hit the ground running and sell my supernatural western while outlining a new fantasy series, so I’ll keep you all informed.

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