This post is not a real post, this is only your periodic reminder that Steel Magnificat, and my family, are almost entirely run on gratuities. I work from home as a writer due to my chronic illness, churning out three to seven literary art projects per week here, my husband copyedits for me, and he’s also the homemaker who takes care of Rosie and does the housework since I’m so often too sick to get off the sofa or out of the house. I get a very small monthly check from Patheos based on clicks, and the rest of my family’s income is based on tips from satisfied readers. Think of it as a magazine subscription where you pay whatever you think my writing is worth and you get to read even if you don’t.
We are extremely grateful for everyone who tips– we get a lot of small five-and-ten-dollar tips and a few large ones; some people sign up through Paypal to tip at the same time every month and some just do when they can. Some months we’re comfortable, and some months we make next to nothing, but we have been getting by ever since this blog started thanks to you guys. You literally keep the lights on for us.This month is always a tricky one. Our tips start to drop off significantly after about the first week of November, usually, because people have so many other expenses this time of year. Our winter heating bills start to come in by the end of this month. And then the shutoff notices come in quicker than usual. I am honestly not 100% sure how we’ll pay off the electric bill that is due Friday, and it usually continues to be dicey after that until about February. Next hurdle will be ordering a package of my special fatigue vitamins.
So, as always, I ask: if you like what you read, give me a tip! Just click on the tab marked “donate” under the Steel Magnificat banner, then click on the yellow button and PayPal will walk you through the rest.
Thank you again for your patronage, and I’ll be back on in a bit with a blog post worth reading.