After quite a while resting on my more or less laurels (past listings) it's time to get a move on and put up some more listings. My goal is five books every day from now on. This should be achievable, but not according to my past performance.

These books get listed in three places: on Amazon, Biblio, and Half. Books without ISBNs (older books) generally will not be listed on half. My prices might vary between these three places. Amazon and Half tell me competing prices, so I peg mine on them. Thus, if the lowest price for Deadly Percheron is $98 on Amazon, I might peg mine at $95. If it weren't my only copy maybe I'd be more reasonable. In fact, I think my Biblio listing is more reasonable.

Going forward (and possibly backward), links to titles of books will send you to the main Amazon listing. My listing will be somewhere amidst the other maybe 237 listings. This is where my photo of the book can be seen, which will probably be a better one than the one Amazon features. Half doesn't let me attach my own photo—at least I don't think it does. Photos are also at biblio. Lots of older listings still don't have photos. Nor updated prices.

I've been lousy at selling direct via email. Sorry about that, if you've tried me. Listing through the major portals keeps me honest—also prompt and reliable.

Thursday, June 26, 2003

06/14/03 SAT:
---We trapped a raccoon last night. Took it across Saylorville Lake on the Mile-Long Brigdge to Jester State Park and released it. Looked like a nice place to live for a wild animal, except this one was accustomed to eating birdfood from Amy’s birdfeeders. When I thought to check the trap which I had set earlier in the day to try to pick off another of the stray cats which have been proliferating here, I forgot about it until after the NBA game which I largely slept through anyway. Sure enough, there was a raccoon, with another one hanging around, perhaps in concern for its comrade, perhaps wanting the food under the cage. The raccoon was surprisingly docile when we picked up the cage and transported it. All in all, maybe three futile snarls and lunges. Nothing protracted. The stray cat we caught took her capturing a lot harder. Since we bought the trap we have taken two kittens and one full-grown stray cat to the Animal Rescue League. And now the one raccoon. We still have something like five cats and at least one more raccoon we would like to be rid of. But the cats have become savvy about the trap, and I would think the raccoon might have gotten the picture too.

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