The Big 500th! Go, Go, Go ‘Oy, Rodney’!

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This is exciting beyond words! Violet Crepuscular has achieved 500 chapters of her epic (not to say immortal) romance, Oy, Rodney. Who else do you know who’s written a book that’s 500 chapters long? And it isn’t even finished!

We are having a huge gigantic party at Phoebe’s house–just follow the easy WordPress directions to get there.

You wouldn’t believe how hard it was to find a caterer who could provide toothpaste-filled twinkies.

Meanwhile, introducing Chapter D–I don’t know, does that look funny?–of her epic romance, Oy, Rodney, Ms. Crepuscular takes up a brand-new plot threat. (“Threat”? Surely I meant “thread.”)

“Several persons of unquestioned veracity have reported seeing a large rhinoceros in the vicar’s back yard,” she writes. “Rhinoceri are not native to Scurveyshire.” She has provided a picture for those readers who do not know what a rhinoceros is.

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The beast has been seen emerging from under the vicar’s wading pool and burrowing back down under it as only a rhinoceros can burrow. “The situation is increasingly porous,” writes Ms. Crepuscular. “Only Sir John Squoles understands the situation–and Constable Chumley has locked him up!”

It’s getting so the Queen of Suspense is finding her own books too suspenseful to read. “Sometimes she has to have Mr. Pitfall read them to her while she cowers under the sink,” reports Hack Writing Tonight.

18 comments on “The Big 500th! Go, Go, Go ‘Oy, Rodney’!

  1. Well, with a “D” after the title, one might easily expect a RINO to show up. 🙂 Funny that it has to burrow its way under the vicar’s wading pool instead of being sucked under. I guess even the wading pool wants no part of RINOs.

    Everyone is very welcome to my place for the celebration. Indeed, just follow the WordPress directions … if you can find them.

  2. I meant to read this when it was first posted, but there was another pesky rhinoceros burrowing in my back yard. They really are pests. Now, I need to go and cower under the sink. 🙂

    1. Any competency that WordPress has claimed to have seems to have slipped away.

    1. You can tell WordPress that they need to give their support team more bananas. 🙂

  3. Meanwhile, I’m happily reading other people’s comments in my email notifications, even though the comments aren’t showing up on the blog. 🙄

    1. It may be worth the effort to migrate away from WordPress. It’s obvious that WordPress has lost the recipe.

    2. The service you are getting from WordPress is ridiculously poor. Operating a blog should be simple, and within the reach of the average person. You should not have to troubleshoot their problems. Over the years, I have seen numerous WordPress problems, which seem to revolve around AAA, Authentication, Authorization and Accounting. AAA is how you logon, to anything. There are a number of approaches to AAA, and I don’t know what model WordPress uses, but it is my opinion as an IT professional, that WordPress is not competently managing AAA.

      Ironically, I spent Saturday in living hell, because a AAA server I manage had a problem caused by an update patch. Perhaps WordPress is using the same system, but that’s not my problem. I’d be glad to take a look, but my consulting fee would start at five figures, just to take a look. The reason is what I call the Ignorance Surcharge; WordPress has not gotten into the situation they are in by making good decisions, so experience would suggest that the root cause is an obvious technical flaw, but that the decisions which lead to this technical flaw suggest to me that farther up the chain of command, bad good technical decisions by tech people are being overridden. (There is a comic strip about this very phenomenon, called Delbert. It is also the premise of the tv show MASH.) This is not uncommon in the tech world, because many organizations employ managers without hands on experience. I am very fortunate to not have to deal with this problem, but many IT people do have to deal with it.

      I would suggest that you try out a couple of other blogging platforms, just as a test, and if you find something that suits you, look into migrating.

    3. I’ve been pelted with so much tech-talk by the engineers that now I can’t understand a word of it.

      Engineers! When the general wants a bridge thrown across the river, do his engineers tell him to build it himself and “We’ll walk you through it”? Not if they don’t want to get shot, they don’t!

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