Email Address Change
So, as a result, we have to change Internet service providers. Being as my email address is my lifeline to most of my friends and a good number of family--probably how normal people view their telephone number--I think I'm safe in saying that the idea of losing my old familiar Comcast address has been the most traumatic aspect of moving so far. Even more so than the mold, the sumpless sump pump, and the scads of boxes currently piled higher than my head. It was my hope that Comcast would allow me to keep my email service for a nominal fee or switch my account to my dad's account but ...
I have never liked Comcast; their customer service is crap, and it annoys me beyond belief that I pay for their service (and handsomely!) and they still have the gall to put ads up on their members-only pages. So perhaps I'm best to be rid of them, but in the meantime, this will mean an awkward email transition that I really don't have the time or energy for right now. I acquired a Gmail account today, not wanting another account that is tied to a regional service provider. If Bobby and I end up in France or Italy in two years (which always remains a possibility), then I don't want to be going through this again. I exported my address book from Comcast to the new account; in the days to come, I will slowly forward to my Gmail account the important emails that I absolutely need (SWG stuff, Seven in '07 submissions, login/password confirmations, et cetera).
This did require the difficult decision of deleting old personal emails, which I kept for sentimental value as well as their occasional usefulness. I simply don't have the time to forward close to one thousand emails to myself.
So if I've beta-read for you, please make sure that you have copies of your stories/betas because, in one week's time, they'll be gone for good from my Comcast account. I know that some authors rely on beta readers to serve as something of an extra file backup, and usually, I'm happy to do so (and have, even if not asked), but simply can't transfer all of this stuff right now. Current beta projects, of course, will be sent over, so no worries there. If you want me to send you a file again, just ask. I don't mind.
Sob story aside, those of you have my email (or want my email) in your address book: please change it to DawnFelagund@gmail.com. The Comcast account will remain active for a week, and once it's deactivated, I'm going to ask my dad to create an account with the same name (DawnFelagund) and have it auto-forward to my Gmail account so that people who don't know to send to the new address won't be frozen out.