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Aug 5

New Commenting Process

Over the course of the last month or so, the amount of spam hitting the comments section has seen a marked increase. From one or two a week to between 100-200 per day. Legitimate comments on the blog are welcome. The crap dropped by spambots is most definitely not.

Therefore, all comments received are now marked "Pending" and put aside for review. Legitimate comments will be moved to the blog. Spam will be dropped into a deep, dark hole. This does mean a delay in seeing your comments on the blog. Most days, it will be a matter of, worst case, a few hours.

Onward and upward, as they say.

Jun 24

HarpHaven Merchanter: One Week Left For Free Shipping

There's just one week left to get Free Shipping on all orders from HarpHaven Merchanter.

Use the handy link at the top of the right-hand sidebar or go to http://www.harphaven.net/dir

Jun 4

HarpHaven Merchanter = Free Shipping

Over on my online store, HarpHaven Merchanter, I'm celebrating the beginning of Summer and the store's Official Grand Opening by offering Free Shipping on all orders placed between now and June 30, 2017.

Use the handy link at the top of the right-hand sidebar or go to http://www.harphaven.net/dir

May 18

HarpHaven Merchanter Open For Business

One the list of things to be done once I got back from the 2Fer Tour was putting the finishing touches on the online store I've been working on for the last couple of months. I'm pleased to report that the box has been checked...I think.

From everything I can see from here and in numerous test modes, HarpHaven Merchanter is up and running. You can visit by using the handy link on the sidebar, or by going direct to http://www.harphaven.net/dir

It's still on its maiden voyage, so if you run into any problems, please let me know.

Apr 4

Change Happens - Again

Last week, a nearly twenty-year association with SFFNet ended when that much-loved online home for writers, editors, and fans of SF&F closed it doors for the final time. Just now, a ten-plus year association ended when I deleted my account at LiveJournal.

LiveJournal was my first blog account and served me pretty well. I enjoyed reading posts from my friends and fans, and used it to keep them in the loop about developments in my professional and personal life. But little by little, it was dying. And then the rumors and reports that it had been sold to a Russian company began a few months ago.

This morning, I signed on as usual, and was presented with a “Thou Shalt Not Pass Unless You Sign The New User Agreement” pop-up. Said agreement was a translation, the agreement was governed by the laws of the Russian Federation, and the provisions, to my eye, were unacceptable. I responded the only way that felt right. Goodbye, LiveJournal.

Bard’s Fire becomes my only blog, running on my own domain. Let’s built a new community and welcome those who find their way here from there.

Mar 21

Behind The Scenes

The sawdust is still flying, I'm still (figuratively) pulling my hair out, and the cats are learning a whole new and not exactly polite vocabulary, but there's been progress.

  • The HarpHaven website is up and running. Expect additions, but the basics are there.
  • This blog seems to be functional, and is being added to the website menu. Let me know if you find a problem.
  • HarpHaven Merchanter, my online store, is slowly coming together. As of right now, what with deadlines, upcoming convention travel, and other calls on available hours in the day, I'm shooting for a roll-out sometime after the middle of May.

Until then, ignore any screaming you might hear.