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 Climate change means more frequent floods, which make it impossible to for customers to reach stores on some days -- and the frequency of those days is going up, which runs down the profit.
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This is the free epic for the February 5, 2019 Poetry Fishbowl reaching its $200 goal. Most of the poetry is currently tied up in the half-price sale, but I just wrote this one yesterday. I finally figured out why Terramagne-America has such a better housing situation compared to here. This poem fills the "complex" square in my 2-1-19 You Are card for the Valentines Bingo fest. It belongs to the series Polychrome Heroics.

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In the interest of time management, I'm changing a parameter for bonus fishbowls.  Previously it took three months reaching $250 in sales to make a bonus fishbowl.  I'm raising that to four.  Likely this will mean one more half-price sale and one fewer bonus fishbowl per year.  Since the bonus fishbowls usually take more time to do than the sales, that should free up a little more time here.
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It occurs to me that the government shutdown offers an unparalleled opportunity to reach out to people who might decide that the Republican Party does not have their best interest at heart.  If you belong to a political party which upholds strong labor values such as a living wage, or a strong social safety net such as affordable housing, consider raising funds and distributing them to people directly harmed by the shutdown -- no strings attached, just let them know who you are and your platform on the topic.  These are the most and least affected states.  

After all, this is supposed to be a government of the people, by the people, for the people.  If the elected officials can't be arsed to do their jobs, we can always do it for them.  And that could generate some very interesting attention.
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 ... is not much.  I'm not kidding when I say crowdfunding poetry is a lot more lucrative than conventional publishing was for me.  I'm making more money on poetry than most people are on books.  I note that the author advises people to keep their dayjob in an economy where, more and more often, the dayjob quits you  and writing is what you have to make any money at all.
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This is the freebie for the January 8, 2018 Poetry Fishbowl. It was inspired by a prompt from [personal profile] dialecticdreamer. It also fills the "villain" square in my 5-1-19 Gimmicks / Roles / Characters card for the Pro Wrestling Bingo Fest. This poem belongs to the Polychrome Heroics series.

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Here's a whole set of quotes. This one is my idea of a good world.

"In a world where no one is compelled to work more than four hours a day, every person possessed of scientific curiosity will be able to indulge it, and every painter will be able to paint without starving, however excellent his pictures may be. Young writers will not be obliged to draw attention to themselves by sensational potboilers, with a view to acquiring the economic independence needed for monumental works, for which, when the time at last comes, they will have lost the taste and the capacity."
-- Bertrand Russell
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Here for the holidays is an updated version of "Santa Baby" with new feminist lyrics.  \o/
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... because the government is banning it. Don't be their flying monkey in the destruction of free speech.
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The Winterfaire spreads out as far as the eye can see. Some booths show streamers of red and green, while others sport blue and silver. All of them offer treasure after shining treasure. Music fills the air with lyrics of Christmas, Hannukah, Kwanzaa, Solstice, and Yule. From the Wordsmith's Forge comes the bright chiming of words being hammered into literature. Delicious scents of hot chocolate, spiced cider, peppermint, baking cookies, and gingerbread tantalize the appetite. Smiling, laughing shoppers amble from booth to booth with lists in hand. Vendors grin back, calling out, "Come try, come buy...!"

I know a lot of artists, writers, musicians, crafters, and other talented folks who make some of their living from their creative endeavors. I don't always have the money to support them as much as I'd like, but what I can do is set up a virtual faire where vendors can offer their wares to an audience that likes crafts, literature, and small businesses. For those of you doing your holiday shopping, here's an opportunity to buy something made with love, something unusual or unique, in a way that helps make it possible for creative people to go on creating wonders. And there will be no traffic jams, stampedes, or gunfights at the Winterfaire!



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A new law requires that consumers be able to freeze and unfreeze their credit, for free.  This can protect your credit rating from reduction due to frequent requests, while denying companies the opportunity to make money from credit checks.  Only unfreeze it if you expect to use it yourself, e.g. buying a car.
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This poem is from the April 2018 [community profile] crowdfunding Creative Jam. It was inspired by prompts from [personal profile] alexseanchai and [personal profile] chanter_greenie, along with this Facebook post from [personal profile] gingicat (see the original).  It also fills the "weather" square in my 4-1-18 card for the Spring Fest bingo. This poem has been sponsored by Anthony & Shirley Barrette. It belongs to the Officer Pink and Marionettes threads of the series Polychrome Heroics.

Warning: This poem contains some sensitive and controversial topics. Highlight to read the warnings, some of which are spoilers. It features poverty, bumping into people on the sidewalk, temporary theft of a computer wallet, work-related challenges, unexpected financial gifts, mixed feelings, seeking local advice, used car sales, surprise house, cultural and class differences, sudden discovery of Mob activity, and other challenges. If this is touchy stuff for you, please consider your tastes and headspace before reading onward.

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This poem came out of the October 2, 2018 Poetry Fishbowl. It was inspired and sponsored by Anthony & Shirley Barrette. It also fills the "family" square in my 9-30-18 card for the Fall Bingo fest.

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