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Flash Writing for a Dollar a Day

Not that I'm complaining too hard, but writing on Steemit earns me roughly one USD per diem. That's $365.25 per year. That, on top of the $100-something I make off of Smashwords per year, that still puts my income inside of the poverty line.

At least it helps pay for food.

I am going to frelling make myself get stuff ready for publication. The cover for Kung Fu Zombies so I can prep it for Lulu, the actual Lulu copy, which has a smaller page size than the one I edit in, and basically prep for a sequence of dummins moments because Lulu doesn't warn people in advance.

I'm prepared for this to take all day, so it's probably going to take less than an hour.

Now I've covered all bets, you can check in tomorrow to see what comedy of errors has happened to get it at least up and available. Including ISBN 'cause y'all know I will upload a book twice to get that thing up there in print.

Beloved and I figured that I probably shouldn't try to sell my non-Amalgam stories, no matter how much fun I have with them, because Amalgam is my brand and most agents aren't used to dramatic changes in theme like I do.

So... every other year, it looks like, everyone will be getting "one of the weird ones" via Lulu and if I can swing it at the same time, Smashwords. I think Smash doesn't care if you publish something there as well. I'll check.

Updates as I know what's happening.

And also, I would love to get Beloved to finally fix the window. This time, it was exactly the right size, but I measured it too large, and the new window has to be cut down.

In health news - I have learned that my Guylian stash is worth a quarter of my total daily carbs per teeny tiny seahorse shape. So I'm off the one-Guylian-a-day ration and simply gorging myself on delicious delicious carbs during one day of the week.

Not this week, though. I have to quit the carbs until next weekend. And by "quit", I mean "stick to the barest minimum of". Because the body does need carbohydrates, it just needs way less than we thought.

I also invented something of a taste thrill - Cream of Chicken and Bacon Soup. It's a slow-cooker meal, so you can set it up and let it simmer all day.

Implements
  • Slow Cooker
  • Dipper or large container for water
  • Sharp knife
  • Stirring Spoon
Ingredients
  • 6 filleted chicken thighs
  • 8 Chicken flavour oxo cubes
  • 1 packet of broccoli and cauliflower
  • 1 small punnet of sliced mushrooms
  • 4 decent-sized carrots
  • Herbs and spices to taste
  • Water to fill
  • 1/2 cup of real cream
Method
  • Peel and chop the carrots
  • Roughly chop the bacon, set aside in the fridge
  • Place chicken, broccoli, cauliflower, mushrooms, and carrots in the slow cooker
  • Add the oxo cubes
  • Add the water
  • Add the herbs and spices
  • Set to "automatic" for a majority of the day
  • Add the bacon in the last hour and a half of cooking.
  • When it's all ready, break up the chicken and stir in the cream

Everyone had at least two helpings. It's a very tasty soup and very good for the low spoon days. I've needed to conserve my energies, lately, because excess carbage, but I should be back on to recovery real soon now.

But since my Beloved is awake, it's time to get on with things.