Why are these assholes still in business?

Over at Neil Gaiman's blog, we find another poor hopeful who has been suckered by PublishAmerica, and is likely crying herself to sleep now that she knows the truth. I do not understand why these guys are allowed to do business. How much flagrant misrepresentation does it take?

Meanwhile, out in Dover, PA a decision on the Kitzmiller vs Dover case (also known as the Dover Panda Trial) is expected tomorrow. Keep your opposable thumbs crossed.

I just finished reading Lud-in-the-Mist by Hope Mirrlees, and it was every bit as wonderful as promised. Recommended.

In other news, I'm back to work on my 2004 NaNovel (yes, the one I swore I'd never bother to finish because it bored me so.) I hope to finish it before the end of the year. I got SWK back in the mail, (sent to McSweeney's Quarterly Concern, which is by far my favorite periodical. I'm aiming a bit high probably. Ah well.)

I'm also working on putting together a panel on e-publishing for that conference that I attend, and so far I've got bites from Zette (I am *so* happy about that! I hope she can come,) and the fine people at EPIC. Wish me luck, I'm absolutely terrified that I'm going to flub this thing.

I hope everyone is plugging away at their own WIPs even during this holiday season. Best wishes to all for Hannukah/Christmas/Kwanzaa/Yule/New Year.