Snippets on a Friday – and a Southern Belle Type Mini-Rant

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I ran across another author blog where said author demanded that people contribute to Patreon with the following words: “This is a tough business and it’s difficult for creators to get paid what they deserve. If you want us to create more – and work less at jobs that pay the bills – then show your appreciation for our creative abilities.”

I almost threw my mouse at the monitor. Good grief, what an entitled twit. I don’t wish ill on anyone, but I do hope that she re-evaluates her Patreon blurb or even having Patreon. I hate the idea of writers using Patreon. It’s like a tin cup waved in front of your face, but the waver isn’t blind or homeless or disadvantaged.

A website, if you build it well, must have security, a good host, and lots of built in safeguards. None of those things are free and some of them aren’t cheap. Yet I don’t expect anyone to pay for my website or subsidize me as I work at my career. I dislike Patron so much that it immediately turns me off when I see it on an author’s website. 

How do you feel about Patreon?


Aquafaba is the liquid produced when you cook chickpeas. I never paid any attention to it when I used chickpeas – or garbanzo beans – I simply drained it and that was it.

Did you know that you can whip it and it has the consistency and look of whipped cream? I learned that little trick from a cooking show. The only downside – if you want vegan whipped cream (and coconut milk is another way) – is that you have to whip it for a long time. The best tool is a stand mixer. I don’t have one, only a portable mixer.

Have you made aquafaba whipped cream?


Stanley is adding to the repertoire of words he knows. Since we exercise first thing in the morning – which means he gets his Kong treat stuffed with Kong peanut butter – he now knows the word GYM. He also knows OFFICE, WORK, PLAY, OUTSIDE, BYE-BYE, DINNER, TOY, BONE, TIME, HERE, MOVE, BED, and GARAGE and matches appropriate action to those words. The funniest one is TIME. When I say, “Well, Stanley, it’s TIME,” he’ll run and jump up on me because that means it’s time for his treat – the Oravet dental bone he loves. 


Thank heavens for the internet. I have a problem with one of my Roombas – Pedro is acting wonky. I’ve tried to fix him, but have been unable to repair the problem. However, after only about a minute of looking I found the answer on YouTube. So, this weekend I’ll be fixing both Roombas. It’s a case of dust getting into the gears, so it wouldn’t hurt to do both.


My son is moving to a new, bigger apartment in the same complex next week. It’s in a lovely area of town with very little crime or turnover. He’s had his current apartment for fifteen years, so this is a big deal for him. He doesn’t like change, but he’s ready for a slightly larger apartment. I haven’t done anything but advise and even that was minimal. Sometimes, mothers should be seen and not heard. 🙂


Have a lovely, safe Daylight Savings Time weekend.


8 thoughts on “Snippets on a Friday – and a Southern Belle Type Mini-Rant”

  1. I did not know of
    Patreon and think thats ignorant and will not ever buy an author who uses it. I agree with
    Denise. I’ll never buy a other of your books from Amazon, only from booksellers.

    • Amazon is great for readers. Not so good for authors. I can’t discourage you from buying from them. I buy from them. They really are good for readers.

  2. I’m not a fan of Patreon. I received a newsletter from an author yesterday letting me know she’s moving the newsletter content to Patreon. Oh, well. Not a big loss for me.

    My friend’s husband has used youtube tutorials to repair their roomba, too.

  3. You asked how we feel about Patreon. I am totally against it. To me it speaks–greed, laziness, lack of confidence, and wanting someone else to subsidize it all. As you may already guess that I want no part in it. I am going to start making a list of all those who mention it to me so that I may know whose books NOT to buy. I have no respect for those who indulge in such practices. Real authors like you have worked very hard to establish yourself among the best authors. You have had a long and successful career that just keeps going. You have gone through many trials which have just made you stronger. You have solid principles and strong Name Recognition. I have loved your book since I first discovered them and have loved watching you grow and change as a writer. Your life has not been easy but you never, to my knowledge, held out a cup to others. You dug in and really worked and struggled to be who you are today. No Patreon for you or me, ever.

    • I hope I can live up to your opinion of me, Sandra. What a lovely comment. Thank you.

      I get annoyed with Patreon because it’s like an author is saying, “I’m so much better than you. I’m a creative (a word I absolutely hate used in that context.) Shell out your hard earned money and I’ll give you a short story a month. Or let you read my blog.” Please. (Rolling eyes.) I’m not a fan of elitism in any form.


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