April 25, 2009
RavenCon has been great fun. I’ve caught up with old friends — Ed Schubert, Gail Martin, Stuart Jaffe, Misty Massey and her husband Todd, Bryan Prindiville, James Maxey, Mike Kabongo, Danielle Ackley-McPhail and Mike McPhail, Jagi Lamplighter and John Wright, Jamie Rubin, and several others I’m forgetting right now (it’s late and I might have had a beer or three). I’ve also met some new friends — Maggie Stiefvater, Gray Rinehart, Valerie Griswold-Ford, to name a few. I’ve been invited to submit stories for a couple of anthologies, I’ve discussed a collaboration with a friend, I’ve signed a few books and spoken on a few panels and laughed a great deal.
May 8, 2008
So, for the second time in about three months one of our credit cards has been hacked. Weird things about it: First, it was the new credit card that we got after the last one was hacked. (We have several cards, but this is the only one that seems to be giving us trouble.) Second, the false charges put on the credit card last time were for about $2,000.00 each and were charged at bike shops in Europe. This time the false charge was for about $1,500.00 and was charged (wait for it….) at a bike shop in Europe. And both times, we had put in a legitimate charge at one online seller in particular about three weeks before the problem arose. I can’t prove this last connection so I’m not going to give the name of the online merchant, but be careful who you order from, and if you can, place your orders by phone rather than over the net.
Tune in tomorrow for a new political cartoon from my friend Bryan Prindiville and me.