Sunday, August 26, 2012

Detour!

Since Blogger/Google STILL has not done anything about the Blogsquatter known as Desi Jumiati, I'm still posting exclusively at Wordpress, where crap is not tolerated....







Sam has posted a new blog over there. Check it out!



Hope to see you at Wordpress...everyone except you, "Desi."



Thursday, August 23, 2012

Follow Me to Wordpress!

Since, in spite of many complaints, Blogger and Google have yet to do anything about the notorious blog thief known as Desi Jumiati, I am now posting exclusively at Wordpress. Here's the links to my current posts:

Beishir Books: The Return of the Unicorn's Daughter 

Windchaser's Journey: Doctor, Doctor--Give Me the News 

I welcome all of my Blogger blog followers to Wordpress--hope you'll stop by!

 

Tuesday, August 7, 2012

Who is Desi Jumiati?

My money's on mega-spammer.

Last week, my friend, literary collaborator and partner in crime, William Kendall, discovered that someone initially known as "dedi" had usurped Beishir Books as his/her blog title over on Blogger.  Upon further inspection, we discovered that "dedi" had not one, but several blogs--55 in all--most of which have the word "books" in their title.

How many of those titles were stolen from other bloggers? I have no idea. But I wouldn't be surprised if all of them were blogs created by other people.

A couple of days age, "dedi" became Desi Jumiati--and all of those blogs, previously devoid of posts, began to fill up with posts. Either Desi Jumiati is one prolific blogger or a spammer loading up before hitting other bloggers with "Follow Me" comments.

Who is Desi? According to her Facebook profile, she's a smiling, lovely young woman, probably from India, judging by her attire. There's not much else on that profile, but that's more than is given on any of the Blogger profiles she claims as her own.

Several of us have reported her theft to the powers that be at Blogger. It's been a waste of time so far. They've done nothing. I own my domain name. It was located at WordPress until Collin began setting up our website at Go Daddy:  http://beishir-books.com.

Any ideas on how to stop this blog squatter? I'm open to suggestion!

Sunday, August 5, 2012

Hey, It's Just a Number...Isn't It?

Today is my birthday. I'm 59. Sounds fake, doesn't it? It sounds like I'm really 60 and just can't own it. But it's the truth. I am 59! 



When I was in my 20s, 30 was a death sentence. Seriously. I think there was even a movie about it--anyone over 30 was put down like an old dog. When I turned 30, I didn't feel--or look--any different than I had in my 20s, so it was no big deal.

I know most women fear 40. That's when everything starts to head south: boobs, butts, jowls, eyelids...the only thing headed upward is the number on the scale. But then, skinny women wrinkle faster, so a few extra pounds can be a blessing. In our 40s, we're inching closer and closer to (gasp!) menopause!



The 40s were a difficult time for me. I was approaching 40 when my father died. I was 45 when my mother died. My parents were mortal. That meant I was also mortal. I had to start taking this death business seriously.

At 46, I had a hysterectomy. I've heard that's a difficult thing for some women, much like a mastectomy would be. I felt liberated. At 46, having more children wasn't even a consideration. I barely managed childbirth at 24, for crying out loud! In my 40s, I would have been certain to screw it up.



I turned 50 in 2003. Wow...I'd made it into a new millenium! That was a big deal. I was feeling pretty good about that. People still mistook me for Collin's wife/girlfriend/sister. I must have been doing something right. Then one day, while tweezing my eyebrows, I put a hand mirror on the counter and leaned forward and...well, let's just say that experience is scarier than anything Stephen King has ever written. 

A bit of advice to 50-something single women: only date men who are much taller than you are so that your head is always tilted back a bit.

Now, the years are catching up. My eyesight is really bad. I literally am blind in one eye and can't see with the other. At church, I never kneel at the altar anymore because if I did, they wouldn't hear praying--just screaming. (I'm still trying to figure out how to skip the up-and-down music portion of the service and slip in just in time for prayer and the sermon.) I take so many prescription meds, I'm on a first-name basis at the pharmacy. I've had so many ECGs, I'm thinking of using them as my Christmas card photos. I watch reruns of The Golden Girls and can relate.



But I am not complaining. Yesterday, I got an email from a very close friend whose nephew had just passed away the night before. The young man was only in his 20s, a victim of cancer so advanced by the time it was discovered, there was nothing doctors could do for him.

Why did I get more than twice as many years on this earth as he did? I don't have the answer to that one. I haven't done anything to deserve it. Instead of whining about getting old, I am grateful for every day, every minute I'm given....


Wednesday, August 1, 2012

Beware of "dedi"...Whoever He/She/It Is....

Someone calling themselves "dedi" seems to be making a collection of blog names...and not being terribly original about it.






A few days ago, my good friend/fellow writer/partner in crime William Kendall alerted me to a potential problem. My Beishir Books buisness/website/domain name had been lifted by someone calling themselves "dedi." Upon further investigation, we discovered that "dedi" has a long list of blogs here at Blogger--none of which have any real content on them. Is "dedi" a spammer? Well, if it walks like a duck and talks like a duck, that stuff you just stepped in is probably duck crap.






I immediately reported the problem to Google, as did some of my friends and fellow bloggers--but so far, nothing has been done. "Dedi" is still here. Check out the page and the profile and list of blogs. Does this not look a little suspicious?






So...I'm here to state that "dedi's" Beishir Books "blog" has absolutely no connection to Beishir Books. I don't know what he/she/it plans to do with the blog, but I own the domain. A fellow writer posted a comment--which she later deleted--suggesting "dedi" should promote my books there, since they're stealing the name. That's the last thing I want.






You might want to Google your own name and blog titles to see if "dedi" has helped himself to yours as well.....