Proofreading, Spam & Easter

Yes, its a jumble of topics, but I have a lot I want to talk about today. Apparently.

Check sheetFirst of all, proofreading. Despite my initial resistance, kicking, screaming and general making a fuss, my partner has convinced me that getting some fresh eyes to proofread Clash is a good idea. Not only that, but they should do it before I do the last pieces of work I was planning to do in a week’s time. Well how about that?

I though he/it/everything was crazy at first, but the more I think about it, the more I realise that actually… its a good idea. So… proofreaders. I’m still on the lookout for willing victims volunteers to look at Clash of the Animal Kings for/with me. So far I’ve sent it to two of the three people who have agreed to take a look and, can I just say, that my fingers were shaking as I typed up the email that it was going to be attached to. Crickey, but it was hard to hit that ‘send’ button too. I know that this is the next step and I know that if I’m going to get anywhere that I need to do as much testing as possible. Hell, I know that if I don’t do this, the novel won’t be as good as I can make it, but its still nerve racking. I did distract myself, while doing it, by organising some of my music library in preparation for tonight’s show. It should be a cracker considering I can’t talk all that well. -_-

Anyway, Clash is now being looked at by eyes other than mine. And I don’t mean just an excerpt like what you fine people are able to see on this site, but the entire novel, start to finish, warts and all. I’m terrified. And indecently excited. And confused by that.

Spam figureNot that sort of spam. -_-

I think this site is starting to get noticed now. Not in a massive way, but enough that spambots are starting to realise I’m here. It was only a matter of time – I know that. I think The Ice Wolf Tavern was running for a good few months before it started to be hit by spam membership requests. I remember I was so happy at the time, thinking all these people wanted to be a part of the group. Then, slowly, it became more and more obvious that they weren’t even real people. That was annoying. So I got pretty damn good at protecting the site and keeping the bots out.

I mention this, because today, signing in to take a look at what’s going on here and to write this post, I saw five comments awaiting moderation. That was quite nice, I thought ‘Ooh, yes. Let’s see who these are then.’

Well. -_- Three of them were written in (fake) Greek and another two were just rammed with links to god knows what sort of sites. Nothing to do with my work or anything I’m affiliated with in any case. Which is annoying. So I got rid of the lot and just settled in to accept the fact that I had no new comments today.

I do like comments by the way, people! I like the interaction between yourselves and me; that’s a big reason why my radio show is on Facebook as quite interactive. So… if you have stuff to say to me, feel free to say so! Every one of these posts has a comment block at the bottom. talk to me.

Happy late easter!!And yes, I suppose it has to be mentioned. Happy Eat-Lots-Of-Chocolate-Day. Well… I wish it was for me anyway. My throat is still a mess so I can’t really eat much (don’t really want to either; appetite is gone) and chocolate would just clog me up. I did have a little bit earlier, but I didn’t get far. It was one of those hollow chocolate bunny things. I’ve managed his bottom half so far, but his head, ears and neck are still in tact. That’s not much of an attempt is it? Grr.

Well I’ll make it up tomorrow – hopefully – when my throat hurts less (fingers crossed).

Right, I have a radio show to prep for now, so I’m going to do that. Why not listen in? I’m running my musical alphabet today and I’m onto the letter H. Stories, songs and artists all linked to the letter H. It will be fun! 😀

About Ileandra Young

I'm a thirty-*mumbles* year old (purple loving, cheese worshipping) author of fantasy, juggling a pair of beautiful twin boys with my burning desire to make up stories and write them all down. When I get the chance, I play games, listen to music, and in days long past I even ran a radio show. Though I occasionally write non-fiction, my heart lives in fantasy and my debut novel, Silk Over Razor Blades is now available through Amazon along with part two of the trilogy, Walking The Razor's Edge.
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1 Response to Proofreading, Spam & Easter

  1. SPAM: So today I found two more. One from some guy telling me that a Photoshop attachment would detect fraudulent changes in my signature. WTF? And another one linking me to an article named ‘Ways to get pregnant.’ O.o
    Surely… SURELY, I don’t need help in that regard, if indeed it was something I wanted. Which it isn’t by the way.
    Yikes. -_-


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