Payin’ the Monkeyfarmin’ Rent

This is the 16th consecutive month that I have paid all of the bills exclusively using the money that I earn as a writer and independent publisher. I have a niche fanbase within a niche industry, and I’m managing to be profitable where larger, more popular creators and publishers seem to be struggling. There are…

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Peer-to-Peer Pilferage

Last week Windows 10 hijacked my computer in order to perform necessary, and apparently major, updates. Twice, actually. The first time it asked me politely, and I decided to just go ahead and do it rather than reschedule it for later. I was on deadline, and I figured if I didn’t just get it over…

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On Seeking a News/Life Balance

At the moment the news is overwhelming. Houston is still underwater. Hurricane Irma, now classified as a Category 5, is just making landfall. The Eagle Creek fire in the Pacific Northwest has slowed, but it’s still burning and evacuation orders are still in place. Those are just the things happening in the United States, and…

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Breakfast Potatoes

On weekday mornings I get up ridiculously early, shuffle into the kitchen, and turn on the water. First I fill the electric kettle, which in conjunction with the French Press will help provide life-giving coffee. Then I fill a saucepan and put in a few Finnish potatoes. The pan goes on the burner, and once…

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The Comments are Open

Yes, in embracing this old new world, I have opened up the comments sections both here and at the Dancing Lights Press site. If this is my outpost, my soapbox, the window through which I choose to shout at the world, then manners seem to dictate that I allow you to shout back. To modulate…

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