Tuesday, June 16, 2009

But Spam can be FUN!

Alas....that new email smell has worn off my Elle Parker email account. The spammers finally found me.

For the longest time, I didn't have to worry about spam on my account because it was too new to be on anyone's list. I kept an eagle eye on that Spam folder to make sure nothing important fell in there. Mostly it was digests of my Yahoo groups, but quite often email from someone new would land there because my email didn't recognize it.

That's how I found out I'd sold my book - I found it in my Spam folder.

That was during the time when every morning I'd eagerly race to the computer to check my email and see if I'd heard back. I had not, or so I thought, and was letting go of the daily excitement and gearing up for the day when I clicked on the Spam folder to clear it out...and lo and behold, there was a message that said "Your Novel LIKE COFFEE AND DOUGHNUTS". I think I shrieked or made some kind of unusual noise, because my husband came rushing in to see what was going on.

Since then, I've always felt a little thrill when checking the Spam because I've found other good things there too, notes from my editor, a review notice, etc.

The past few weeks? I will be paid handsomely for my assistance in collecting a large inheritance and must contact Uganda immediately....

Anyone need some Viagra? I have a good source.



Enid Wilson said...

That's great! One of my readers got a lot of 9 inches spam so she asked me to write a short drabble for her. It was fun too but I titled it 3 inches though.

Steamy Darcy

Galen Kindley--Author said...

Hi, Elle, I see the website modification and the blog button. I like it better. Hope it makes a traffic difference.

Spam is annoying. I’ve started to get it on my blog. Fortunately, WordPress has a great program, “Akismet,” to capture and corral it in a spam folder that only the administrator can see. Works pretty well, too. I’ve had a couple of false positives when I first put it up, but it learned from those mistakes, and has been 100 percent accurate since then. Hooray.

Best Regards, Galen

Elle Parker said...

Enid, that's too funny!!

Galen - thanks! She's still working on coding it so clicking on the "blog" button will take you directly to my blog but she's having some trouble with that. Thanks for the great advice.


Patricia Stoltey said...

I've had spam overload for a long time on my personal e-mail account which I use for internet shopping, and some newsletters. Luckily Yahoo has a bulk mail folder which is pretty accurate.

It was only in the last couple of weeks that I started to see junk in my writing-related account, not long after I joined Twitter and Facebook and started commenting on blogs. Oh, well.