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One Victory...

...in a year full of losses. Regard:

[Shown: Screencap of an email from Patreon. Text quoted below]

Dear creators,

From the bottom of our hearts, we're truly sorry. Last week's service fee announcement caused a tough week for you, your patrons, and your teams. We were trying to solve a problem for creators and, in turn, caused more problems for you and your patrons.

You've spoken loud and clear. We're not going to rollout the changes to our payments system that we announced last week, and are currently assessing other options.

There's a button beneath that which links to the CEO valiantly attempting to cover the company's arse. You will not shake my belief that this mob knew exactly what they were doing when they were doing it. To whit: Robbing Peter whilst looking like they were paying Paul, but in actuality lining their own pockets. And also shooting themselves in the foot.

The reaction to this shit move - thousands of single-dollar patrons backing the fuck out, also thousands of Patreon creators getting into Ko-fi or other crowdfunding avenues, and thousands of creators kicking up a stink about all of the above - should have been predictable. It should have been obvious.

But no. They went for it and got a kick up their complacency.

Now. If they've really LEARNED from this -which I doubt- they'll figure out a proportional fees and charges system that gives more money to the creators whilst also not gouging the patrons for donating. That's how crowdfunding should work.

But not, I fear, for very much longer.

Sooner or later, they'll figure out a more insidious way of leeching money off of content creators and donors alike. And that's why I'm keeping my Ko-fi account.

And keeping it visible.

Contingency PLN

So. Patreon pulled a genuine Dick Move, charging all the Patrons for their patronage. Some folks can't afford that and it will kill the staple of Patreon income, the One Dollar Donation.

And this will obliterate half of my Patronage. And, currently, drop my income from that down to $9 a month.

Not exactly inspiring, is it? All this work for such little reward.

In other news, this is the last week of writing Rael. A story that covers quite a few

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We're Back!

The site is alive. Yay.

On the other hand, my email is dead. Boo.

Mayhem has a thing this morning, and I need to make sure that happens, and it's happening at ten.

I have linked up all the stories we've missed, and I'll be adding the prompts I was given via Steemit to the prompt queue.

So there might not be today's story until a lot later than usual. Be warned.

I have a son to poke. Back whenever.

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Social stuff

There's a ceremony thing for Chaos' school closing whatsit, and that means that today's story might be delayed until the afternoon. Connecting to steemit is not an easy process and I prefer to do my Instants at home for just that reason.

Like... I can connect and do the thing in a mobile situation? But I'd rather not.

Apologies for that in advance. I probably won't even be able to work on my novel during the events. And worse - I have

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December!

I have gifts to pln. A feast to pln. A house to prepare for the yule.

And all the usual nonse.

And this during the time of year that I'm least inclined to go out and spend money.

I have secured duck and prawns, but we can't feast off of just that. I need a few li'l extras. Veggies will have to wait until practically Christmas Eve. Drinks... I can stock those up.

Gifts...

Eesh.

Everyone in my family is hard to

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Planning for fun

I have been writing some funny fucking stuff, but it's not ready for publication, yet. I have some scenes of chaos to do.

And probably a lot more chaos, yet.

I'm having huge amounts of fun. Listening to the Adventure Zone and powering through the ad breaks so I can listen to more Adventure zone and get inspiration points for the five fucking stories I have going with NO END IN SIGHT...

Yeah, I fell of the self-limit wagon again. Stop looking

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Definitely holiday mode

I had a lazy morning that started at half-past two in the morning. And though I published a couple of fanficcery chapters, I still got in some snoozing.

And since I plan to take Mayhem to the post office to apply for a Tax File Number, I should get going real soon now.

So yeah. Once again, late fiction. But there's more on the shiny elf stories over on AO3.

Enjoy.

I may be gone for some time.

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Friday!

The second-last Friday of the school year. Mayhem has his traineeship, and Chaos has one more week of a schedule before it all gets disorganised.

Mayhem can beg off going to Coominya, this year. He has work to get to every week. And I don't even know if Capt. S wants company this year.

I've just now shared a whole bunch of my fanfic links with Tumblr so nobody misses out on the pain joy I have to share.

And I've included

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Whoops

I may have entered Holiday Mode. In which I space out for longer than usual and take a relaxed attitude towards everything I do. Everything still gets done, no mistake.

It's just that it's way more spaced out than usual.

Who knew I was attuned to the school schedule this hard?

It's nearly seven and I haven't done shit for getting my work done. Mayhem has a Webinar tonight and a job tomorrow. It's going to be fun keeping track of those.

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Disorganised!

Mayhem is done with school. Chaos is not. Mayhem still has the traineeship going on.

This is going to be fun.

I still have to be organised enough to get one little darling ready to take on the day whilst simultaneously getting the other little darling to do some minimums around the house.

All whilst also doing my day job, doing the yule shopping, organising the yule feast, and otherwise having some fun now.

I have already ordered the duck. I need

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Little finicky details

Mayhem has another day at "Summer School" to finish off the things and get his book list.

I have a dental appointment today, so that's going to stress me out some. I fully plan to bring my novel-in-progress with for the office wait.

Lord knows how I'm going to pay for it, tho.

We've not had a lot of free cash, lately. Which is worrisome for me, because having enough money to do things is kind of important.

And yule is coming

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Getting complicated

Today is Mayhem's last day at school. It's also Chaos' second-last week.

HOWEVER...

The Traineeship in Banyo continueth onwards. And that includes Thursday nights doing a webinar, and Fridays off in Banyo working on the thing.

So yeah, my weeks are about to get complex.

And I think I may have contracted MeMum's wog, so I'm making myself a small batch of ginger garlic chicken soup and mainlining that. OR it could be an overdose of dust and I'm overreacting, but best

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Tech support, lost prompts, and other chaotic things.

One of my prompts has gone missing, and I swear I didn't touch it.

When I'm done with today, I'm going to add procedure into the pinned notice in my prompts arena. But it's going to be "if your prompt vanishes, I didn't do that. Just repost that mofo and be cool."

As soon as I'm done with today's Instant, I am rounding up the family and getting them all prepped to go see MeMum for a birthday visit. Which includes yarn

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Democracy Franger

There's elections happening in our neck of the woods, and Beloved and I are about to stick our opinions onto pieces of paper.

Notes for confused Americans:

  • Voting is mandatory in Australia
  • You actually get fined for not voting
  • You are actually allowed to not vote for anyone [draw a dick on the ballot, pen a witty limerick across the sheet, whatever] but you still have to turn up and do it
  • Democracy comes with an optional fried snag in a slice
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Broken trust. Again

Once again, I put my trust in my family and once again I got stabbed in the fucking back.

I trusted my son to put the fresh groceries away. He left them out to go fucking rotten.

I trusted my Beloved to help me out. They denied me to my face. Even when I said it was important.

So yeah. I'm salty as fuck today.

I need hugs and love, but I can't trust anyone to see to that.

Fuck today.

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