Curiouser and Curiouser (Spam Edition)

Posted by on October 21, 2011 in computers, glasswrights series | Comments Off on Curiouser and Curiouser (Spam Edition)

I get a lot of spam.  I understand that.  I consider it part of my job.

I don’t even see most of my spam — it’s collected by neat little robots and swept under the electronic rug.  But one of my robots places questionable email in an inbox for me to review.  I scan through the collection once a day, picking out the occasional real mail that got trapped.

In that inbox, I receive 3-5 emails a day from a consulting company, an outfit that attempts to educate people about how to be better managers.  They have jillions of seminars on all aspects of human resources; the titles are all very familiar from my years spent in library management.  Of course, I never signed up to be on their mailing list.  Their emails fail the CAN-SPAM requirement; there’s no easy unsubscribe.  In reality, they aren’t that annoying — I just see the subject of the email and know I’m going to delete it.

Here’s the kicker, though.  The emails aren’t addressed to me.  They’re addressed to Rani Trader (  And Bardo.  And Halaravilli.  They’re addressed to characters from my Glasswrights Series.

Someone has spent time padding an email list with the names of my fictitious characters.  Fictitious characters who live in a pre-industrialized world.  Fictitious characters who really don’t care about “10 Ways to Create Stronger Annual Reviews.”

At least the spam makes me smile…

Mindy, thinking that Jane Madison might actually learn something from the spamsters!