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Mail-Box Full!

Over the summer months, I started to receive e-mails from a number of frustrated customers, that they were unable to send e-mails from the website, and that they were getting the message “Mail Box Full” To address this problem, I cleared the deck, and set a day aside this week to deal specifically with this issue with the Technical Team at my ISP provider that hosts my website. Rather than go into a detailed explanation of what then transpired suffice to say the two mail boxes were deleted, they had a total of over 8000 messages, but over 90% were spam messages. The remaining 10% were messages that I had already dealt with or received previously. I created a new e-mail address on the website, with instructions to forward all messages received to my current e-mail address. I tested it; it works!

A second problem that I had been experiencing with my website, involved my computer caching pages from my website wehn I accessed it on the internet, so that after I had update the Website with FrontPage, the old cached pages loaded instead of the revised pages. I was able to remove all caches and cookies with my Web browser, and the problem was instantly resolved. Now, more importantly I know how to resolve this issue when it present again.

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Posted by on September 20, 2008 in Internet Snafoos

 

Who is John Solomon?

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2003 ISBN:1-55246-464-4

Back in 2002, Peter Ruber approached me with a publishing project, and I accepted immediately. Before approaching me, Peter, I am confident had approached every other publisher under his sun, who declined his offer to publish. In fact he had first started to discuss this project with me back as far as 1999 or 2000. He had two major collaborators Victor Berch, and Darryl Richardson. The title of the book “King of the Pulps: The Life and Writings of H. Bedford-Jones.

I knew of HB-J because he was a correspondent of Vincent Starrett, and Starrett had written in his autobiography Born in a Bookshop that HB-J had attempted a literary hoax, but I will let the reader wonder about this hoax for now. I worked hard to draw the project together. After the publication I received a stern reprimand from one of Peter’s contributors, Darryl Richardson who was unhappy with the end result. I attempted to smooth things over. I also received several e-mail communications from a certain editor of an ERB Fanzine who demanded a complimentary review copy. I repeatedly declined — with amusement.

Well, the book was published in 2003, and I repeatedly suggested to Peter that it should have an index — well it doesn’t, and the only criticisms I have received to date have been the lack of an index!

Henry Bedford-Jones was born in Canada, but spent all of his writing life in The United States of America, and lived in California.

A large portion of the book consists of a bibliography of HB-J’s writings for the pulp magazine, and more importantly, a listing for his many pseudonyms. One of the major series characters is JOHN SOLOMON.

Well, after the book was published, I thought the next project would be a collection of the John Solomon stories. The early adventures were published in magazine and book form under Alan Hawkwood. They were quite elusive, and expensive. I relied on the bookshelves of many collectors in the quest to complete — Digges La Touche, Randy Vanderbeek, Robert Preston and Robert Weinberg. The six episodes of “The Gold of Ishmael” was actually the hardest to complete.

The final collection of stories consists of 970,000 words in three folio volumes.

 

A Cornerstone Proposal

Since my retirement commenced on 1 April 2008, I have been working with my friend Larry Moore to build a Hobby Garage for my books next to my home on Lake Eugenia. The first four months have been entirely occupied with negotiations with the GREY SAUBLE CONSERVATION AUTHORITY and THE MUNICIPALITY OF GREY HIGHLANDS Building Department. The project got underway in September 2008. The footings were poured this week, and the cement for the basement will be poured on Monday. The outside wall cement was plugged and tarred last evening, and I expect the Building Inspector later today! I plan to visit a tombstone place in the very near future to select a marble slab, on which I plan to inscribe “2008 and the Logo of the Battered Silicon Dispatch Box which Peter Ruber gave me back in 1995. This logo was formerly used by his publishing firm “The Candlelight Press” This logo was designed for Peter Ruber by Henry Lauritzen and is pictured above.

Construction of the floor begins next week, and I am planning to include a cornerstone which will contain a TIME CAPSULE. A couple of local newspapers, and some some souvenir coins are appropriate, but I have invited The Sacred Six to propose additional items for the Time Capsule, and that will be a subject of a future post.

Bob Weinberg suggested that I paint a Cthulhu monster on the garage door — I don’t think so. However I could be convinced to set a silhouette of Sherlock Holmes at the corner of the garage. These figures are eye-catchers, and this one was originally used on the Sherlock Holmes Float in the Shelburne Fiddle Contest Parade in August 1992 — but that’s another story!

Larry and I are presently investigating floor to ceiling (8 feet) shelving, since I will have the opportunity to place shelving on 56 feet of straight wall space, from one end of the building to another interrupted by a single 4 foot window, which will also contain a pane of stained glass featuring the staff of AEscalepius.

I have many pictures of the building under construction, but I will spare the reader’s eyes!

… The buildings inspector arrived, and the next visit will be scheduled when the garage is framed up — whatever that means.

 

“Butterflies in Winter and Other Poems” by Allan Glenn Rose

978-1-55246-842-5  $20.00

ISBN-13: 978-1-55246-842-5

“Butterflies in Winter and Other Poems” is an attractive-looking book. The design of both covers is attractive and appropriate for the book’s contents. As for the poems, there is not a “false step” anywhere. The author is a poet who knows what he is doing. He has the talent he needs to sustain the poems he writes. The poetry deserves to be read from a platform or a podium, as the poems and verses beg to be “heard.” There is wit here, a donnish sense of humour, and “shaggy-dog” approach to life and literature. There is also a sense of fun with life and words and pretensions that I like, conveyed by the child’s smiling face on the front cover. — John Robert Colombo

 
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Posted by on September 18, 2008 in Poetry