Chatter #25: July 26, 2001

12/14/2001 — I started the Chatter section on July 27, 2000 when I noticed that the rest of my site was sometimes getting cluttered with lots of text. I'm a talkative guy, after all! So now I talk about my life here, instead of all over the place. Originally this was one huge section, but in December of 2001 it simply became too large to remain as one page, and I broke it into dated sections, as you can see. —>PM



Today is a long-overdue maintenance day. There are a number of glitches that have popped up; well, not glitches, just instances where people have posted the same entry more than once, or put a guestbook message in a Project section. Later today I'll go online to Alxnet and fix all that. There are a couple of specific issues I'm concerned about, though.

One is that I've noticed that over time some magic items have been listed in the found items section. But I'm not sure if I should move them; some magic items ARE found items, after all! What do you think?

There's another thing that bothers me; a message in the magic items section. Someone named "Jenefer Rodriguez" asked to be a member of the magic items. Unfortunately, she failed to leave an email address, so I have no way to respond and tell her that anyone can put up a magic item. That's a bit frustrating! It has happened before, too. People write or post with a question or issue that I'd really like to resolve, but since they didn't leave a working email address I'm totally unable to help. Unless they check back here and read this there's nothing at all that I can do.

PS- the maintenance is done. If there's anything I missed, drop me a line and let me know!

We interrupt this broadcast...

To say "Hi, sweetie!". Teri read this section for the first time today. What will her reaction be, I wonder?

Come to think of it, I wonder if our child will ever read this? If so, hello J.S. or E.G.!

I've been thinking...

...that I should really start writing fiction again. But I've been saying that for more than ten years, and I never have actually done anything about it. So perhaps I should try a new tack.

What if I were to create a section for myself online, an area just for me to play around with fiction? Just knowing that someone out there might see it would give me an interesting change of perspective, and could help motivate me to keep writing, to boot. I think I'd go into it free-form, with no preconditions...and it could go anywhere. A fantasy noir one paragraph, dirty jokes the next. Even if I didn't actually finish a story, it would be good practice. I wouldn't make the mistake of promising to write in it every day, of course. Hmm. Not a bad idea, maybe!

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