I get a mention this time, but dear Nicky has revised history, as he usually does, to make himself look better. He says, "...such as HorrorGal who tried to con me out of $100.00 for backups of Tabloid Purposes II". What? Hold it, Nicky, I didn't try to con you out of anything. You screwed up, and I offered to help you out.
Let's look at what really happened. I blogged about it at the time (copied here verbatim):
Nicky's latest post on Blogger says in part, "Jaen you're way out of line with this one, and since you pissed on a dead authors grave with your act that is personal. I didn't even have a chance to get the files to fix the mistake of publishing you."
Since I am a kind and generous person, I e-mailed Nicky today with an offer to help him out:
"Nicky,Nicky responded within about 90 minutes:
I see on your latest Blogspot entry that you "...didn't even have a chance to get the files to fix the mistake of publishing you." I assume "you" is Jane.
I happen to have PDF copies of all four TP's, bought straight from Lulu. I'd be happy to e-mail you a copy...for a price. How about $100 per issue. What do you say? It would have to be cash, though. No screwing around with Paypal.
"Fuck you bitch. Just give me the master copy of Tabloid Purposes II."and
"You're stealing my money for a project I worked hard to create. You're a bitch."(bonus points to Nicky for using the correct form of "you're") and
"You're willing to steal my book and my money -- I would rather off you."That last is rather close to a death threat, but...Nicky isn't really capable of hurting me. I -emailed him back:
Nicky back to me a bit later:
I didn't steal anything. I bought that little CD-ROM you put together and posted for sale on Lulu. It's not my fault that you didn't back-up your files. Here's a tip for the future: flash drives are inexpensive and reliable methods of backing up files. So is burning a CD.
Most places that retrieve non-backed-up data from failed hard drives can charge a couple grand or more (depending upon what caused the hard drvie to fail.) I'd say $100 per file is a bargain.
"Just give me Tabloid Purposes II but you're not going to con me out of my money. Give me what I want and I will go away without a dime to your name bitch. I am not giving you a red cent for my hard earned work as an editor."And my response:
"I'm not trying to con you. I offered you a fair deal. $100 for my time in finding TP II on my portable file storage device, loading it onto my computer and e-mailing it to you. Once again, it's your own fault for not backing up your own files. If you don't like the deal, fine."Nicky again:
"I don't deal with industry terrorists. You'll use that money to eat your breakfast on a mirror that's racketeering lady."I'll keep updating this post as I receive more delusions and accusations.
I never received any further communications from him. However, I was serious. If he had given me $100, I would have sent him a copy of the PDF I had of one of his books. That's not a con. That's just good business sense.