August 22nd, 2008

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Twenty. Million. Dollars.

One of the latest "spam scam" emails:

Asking for your Assistance
Hello My Friend,
This is a message from Hong Kong, My name is Mr. Ching Wong. Credit Officer in a finance firm, I am contacting you because I need your assistance in moving the sum of Twenty Million Dollars from my country to yours. But I need you to stand as the beneficiary of the funds in the means of this process. This business has steps and you will have 40% of the above sum at the end of the transaction. If you interested please reach me back via my private e-mail address chingwong20@hotmail.com I will introduce you to the next step. I wait to hear from you soon. Thanks.
Mr. Ching Wong


And 40% of it will be mine. puh-leaze. That's $800K. Any financial institution in their right mind would jump all over that if it was real.

Maybe if the email had said 2 million (thus 80K) or 200K (thus 8K) it might sound more realistic. But 20 million, and an 800K cut, that's just silly.

Why do people fall for this stuff? If it sounds too good to be real, it probably is.
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[writing] and the second workshop story is DONE

I just mailed off the second story for the Lincoln City Workshop next month. It was a tough one, as they asked for a story in one of two sub-genres and neither sub-genre is my cup of tea.

But I took an idea that had been buzzing around my brain since Viable Paradise and fit one of the sub-genres, started over from scratch, and turned out a story that might not completely suck.

That's a big weight off my shoulders. Now, all that's left for August is:
- revise a story for Critters cause it comes up next week and I have things to do to it;
- do a few Critters crits so my numbers are up and I can get my story critiqued;
- revise a story for submission to the Orycon writing workshop.

August has been a crusher month, with lots of writing, lots of end of summer prep for kids back in school, lots of work, the Olympics, and assorted personal drama. I'll be glad when it's all over and things settle down. Ha!

There's been good stuff too, especially in the writing areas. None of the writing things can be officially announced yet, though. Hopefully soon.

But for now, it's back to it.