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et me tell you a tale -- a tale filled with mystery, drama, suspense . . . and confusion.

A gremlin. Maybe more. And all for #########Planetary Stories, and nobody else! . . .Now, I'll admit much of it is me, not any gremlin. When I'm formatting, there are approrpriate steps to take. . .like an unclosed < is gonna show up just like that. Need to close it with / or it'll stay that way. And, when I'm working with illos, I've gotta be sure it ends with a .jpg and not .gif or .psd, of it won't transfer. Further, I've gotta remember the correct title for the .jpg, or it won't show up.

. . .And I've gotta remember to save it as Images in FTP, which is what gets it online to start with.

Not only that, but www.planetarystories@gmail.com has the strangest spam: Most of it is, including fonts, oriental! My daughter Diane came up with a possible explanation -- sf appeals to the orientals!

But that doesn't explain the formatting troubles, why, after double-checking everything, after having an htp setup on the desktop that does exactly what I want it to do. . .but, when I put it online, it doesn't work!

Gremlins.

I should mention, also, that the preceeding is AFTER having my html editor approve of what I did.

#########Gremlins.

By sheer accident, to the left is another example of my own mistakes. I put in that illo and took a look at it.

Too big, so I went into PhotoShop and reduced the size, moved it into the FTP program and -- #########

Still too big. So I did it again. . . still too big! Then I cut it WAY down. . .and realized that I hadn't been saving the PhotoShop image before putting it into FTP. That yielded the illo above. Saved the change. Went to FTP. You see the results.

So now I'll redo it, THIS time remembering ALL the steps!

Even tho that's a PICTURE of a gremlin, I can't blame the gremlins for the error.

But what about the times when one reader sez everything looks great, and another one -- apparently using the same browser! -- tells me the illos are outta place, or there are squares indicating errors when I've already run a check for 'em?

#########Gremlins, of course!

Now, why should a mag named Planetary Stories have gremlins? Well, we DO carry Wonderlust -- and, for that matter, Pulp Spirit has carried WWI airplane stories. . .but wait; aren't gremlins from WWII?

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So I decided to reveal the gremlins and Kevin Duncan, Taral Wayne and Tim Riley generously agreed to supply me with illos of what these little sprites might look like.


--Oh, yeah; there's also the black, fuzzy thing I garnered from my file of Jim Garrison's art.


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