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Thursday, February 23, 2017

Worst Page Turner (Semifinal 1 Last Call for Votes)

What is the most awful book that you just couldn't stop reading? 

In a couple more days (Saturday) I'm going to get the results of our first semifinal round and put up our second semifinal so this poll doesn't dribble into April.

So you're running out of time to vote. Don't forget you get three (3) votes, but that there is no ranking, so using as few votes as possible is better.

The poll itself is in the lower left at the bottom of the side menus.

Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Meta

So....just a quick update today.

Really an excuse, an update, and a change of plans.

I probably should have remembered that writing the "In the Loop*" letter to the various high level patrons takes the whole day and I should cancel any kind of blog post in its honor. That'll go out in just a few, but it took most of the day to draft and craft and revise. (Nothing but the best for those folks!)

I still want to do a week of Mailbox posts, but at this point this "week" is down to only two days. Plus I'm running behind (not ahead) on all this writing, and Thursday is usually a train wreck if I'm not sitting on a mostly finished article by Wednesday night. (I'm not. Not even close. I'm sitting on a chair and it has no article on it.) So I'm going to reschedule the "Mailbox week" to NEXT week. That way I can do a full and proper Monday through Friday.

Wall-to-wall Mailbox love.


*If you are a $25+ Patreon patron, gave $50+ to the Triexta Kickstarter, or are a "Patron Muse" there is an "In the Loop" email I put out every month to six weeks that updates folks on some less public goings on of my life.

If you'd like to become a patron at one of the levels to get such an e-mail, you can sign up for Patreon at any time, make a donation to Triexta through Paypal (label it "For Triexta" where it tells gives you the option of adding a note, and I will make sure to hand add you to the appropriate reward tier--unfortunately the Kickstarter has closed, so this is the only way to donate specifically to this project). Of course you can also become a patron muse of the blog, but this usually involves large donations, solid monthly donations (which are better done through Patreon now), or fiercely supporting the blog in non monetary ways.


I also have a Venmo if you prefer to avoid Paypal. chris.brecheen@gmail.com 

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Business Bits (Last Call for Guest Bloggers)

1) Guest Blogging

Last week I put out the call for a new round of potential guest bloggers. I will wait a couple more days for stragglers, but then I'm going to put out...."Phase 2™."  It's not that you're shit out of luck if you pop a query in after...."Phase 2™," but the process might take quite a bit longer.

To let everyone in current process know, there were about seventy responses (and might be more stragglers). This means a couple of things: First of all, please know that I am doing everything I can to expedite the process, but it's going to take a while. Sending you all the...."Phase 2™" email will be easy, but once the replies to THAT start rolling in, it takes quite a bit longer. I'm sure some people won't actually ever even reply to the...."Phase 2™" email, but I'll probably have to read fifty or more articles of those who do.

Please keep in mind that there's only one guest blogging spot per week and several dozen of you, so not only will I have some tough choices to make, but I also won't have the time to give everyone I don't pick a lot of feedback about why. I will do my best to get back to everyone with some kind of reply, so feel free to send a follow up query if it seems like I have forgotten you.



2) "In The Loop Email" 

If you are a $25+ Patreon patron, gave $50+ to the Triexta Kickstarter, or are a "Patron Muse" for this blog, keep your eyes open for the latest "In The Loop" email (and be sure and let me know if you don't see it through one of these sites or in your inbox by the end of tomorrow).

If you'd like to become a patron at one of the levels to get such an e-mail (and keep getting one every month to six weeks), you can sign up for Patreon at any time, make a donation to Triexta through Paypal (label it "For Triexta" where it tells gives you the option of adding a note, and I will make sure to hand add you to the appropriate reward tier). Of course you can also become a patron muse of the blog, but this usually involves large donations, solid monthly donations (which are better done through Patreon now), or fiercely supporting the blog in non monetary ways.

Of course these "In The Loop" letters are not worth the donation amount, but they are a small, if heartfelt and intimate, way of saying thank you to some of my most generous backers and contain a few more personal details than I generally make available for public consumption.

3) Mailbox Week

To help me get back into the full throated swing of things, the rest of this week (Wed-Sat) will be nothing but mailbox posts. Your questions answered on my blog. And though I have enough to cover this week, if you'd like to get a question answered in a future post, please send me e-mail at chris.brecheen@gmail.com. I hope everyone enjoys the dropping of the knowledge.

4) 2016 Bookkeeping

While every day's main post will feature a mailbox, we will also be working hard in the background of our "brunch posts" to wrap up the 2016 of "Best of" menus and thank you posts, as well as kick of the 2017 season with fully updated tab menus. Apologies in advance to folks on RSS feeds or other similar subscription. It should only take a few days.


Friday, February 17, 2017

Emergency Tag Ins

Me? Tired? Hahahahahaha.
*single tear*
Image description: Chris looking a little not at all tired.
I got tapped late last night for emergency Contrarian duty. I had to wake up at the crack of seven forty five and head to Oakland. Today's post kind of got nuked from orbit.

As of right now, I don't know what my weekend looks like. It's a three day weekend, so we'll be taking Monday off. If it's just today I'm needed for this kidwatch, I'll get today's article up tomorrow or Sunday. If it drags on into the weekend, I may have to just call it a four day weekend and see you all on Tuesday.

Apologies for the missing post. But on the bright side, this will help me cover over $500 in vet bills.

Thursday, February 16, 2017

Worst Page Turner (Semifinal 1)

What is the worst book that you simply could NOT put down.)  

The books you want to hate, you want to stop reading...but you just can't.

We've culled our quarterfinals and come up with sixteen titles, eight of which will go on to our final round.

Everyone will get three votes (3). The top four names of each poll will go on to the final round. 

Before you simply vote for your favorite five, consider that, as there is no ranking of those votes; each vote beyond one dilutes the power of your choices a little more. So if you have a genuine favorite–or pair of favorites–it's better to use as few votes as possible.

The poll itself is on the left side, at the bottom of the side menus.