Wednesday, May 15, 2002
It seems as if I spend at least 20 minutes a day deleting "sporn" (my own word, denoting pornographic spam) from my various e-mail accounts. A particularly creative piece of sporn was visited upon me today. The subject line proclaims - "THE DUALITY OF THE HUMAN SPIRIT" (in all caps). Briefly, I considered the possibility that this was a message of great importance, meant to conveny to me a deep communication about the lightness and darkness that resides in each human soul. You can imagine my surprise, therefore, when I opened it (oh, how could I have done otherwise!) only to find: "100% FREE PORN Live Video Chat · Free Pics · Porn Movies Get free access to the hottest porn site on the net! No credit card needed!!" So, I'm supposing that somewhere a jobless philosophy Ph.D. is trying to get by as a sporn merchant and, finally, his training got the better of him and he simply could not help himself.
I read through Chapter Six today and sent it out to my first readers. I'll also be sending chapters Four, Five, and Six to my agent in NYC to see how she thinks the novel is progressing. Tomorrow I'll attend to other work-related thingies and on Thursday I'm going to Atlanta to see Episode Two with friends there. Then, on Friday, I'll begin Chapter Seven.
Finally, thanks to Steve Burnett, Christopher Lee Simmons, Amber van Dyk, May Brasse, and everyone else who took the time to reply to my key question (I'd have thanked you all by name, if you'd given first and last names). The answer, of course, if the "bow." Thank you. Now I am ig'nant no more!