I am working on this evening’s regular post right now; this is just the standard periodic reminder that Steel Magnificat, and my family, are funded almost entirely by tips. I am so often home-bound from my chronic illness that my husband is a full-time homemaker and takes care of our daughter; I support the family here at Patheos, writing three to seven literary art projects per week. 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, the scary winter utility bills are finally going down, but it’s still likely to be touch and go for awhile. I also need to re-order my herbal vitamin supplements, which keep my fatigue and other symptoms of fibromyalgia at bay so I can function to write in the first place. And due to the Government Shutdown in January, our EBT situation won’t be back to normal for ten more days.
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. If you cannot see the tab, you can find the page here.
And now I’ll go back to writing posts worth reading!
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