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Spam

You know, I’ve been in the IT industry for almost 2 decades, I was around for the beginning.  I saw the BBS’s take off, I remember counting the minutes I had left to play the various ascii games.  I remember logging onto a Calgary BBS and talking to the admin Gandalf for almost the entire hour that I had a day and having him reset the time for me so that we could keep chatting.  I also saw the beginning of the ignorant side of the internet.  The spammers.  The viruses and the bugs.

Fast forward to 2013 and it makes me as disgusted now as it did back then.  I keep getting notices of new “subscribers” to the blog and every one has been spam.  I had to turn off the guest book on my citizensoldier.ca site because of these idiots.  And I shake my head as much now as I did then.  Who do they think they fool with this crap?  Why don’t you find a real job and leave the rest of the world alone.  Ignorant bastards.

There, rant over.  If I ever actually find a spammer, I think I might have a difficult time not punching them in the head.  The whole concept of what they do nauseates me.

Mentoring

I had an extremely inspiring meeting yesterday with, you guessed it, a book mentor.

What’s a book mentor?  Well.. a mentor to help authors get their book(s) published ;-)

It sounds simple enough but the information and advice shared was far from it.  He was able to not only outline the challenges and hurdles that an author has to face, he also had some great recommendations on how to overcome them.  It was probably the most effective, and information, meeting like that I’ve ever had the pleasure of being in.

Plus!  And this totally blew my mind, he knows, on a personal level, one of my top 10 authors!!  Small world doesn’t even compare!!

I left that meeting energized for the new steps – and with homework!  I have NEVER been excited about home work.. I was very excited when I left.  I have high hopes, and we agreed – shooting for the stars can be the most exhilarating thing to do.  And that is indeed what I’m doing.  Stay tuned.. it may get interesting…