Tuesday, May 15, 2018

Winning Money Online? Whu --???

A long time ago, there was a website called Rewarder. I was one of the many hundreds of contributors. On the site, you asked a question and gave a couple of bucks to the best answer. (You can see why the site was short-lived.) You might enjoy one of the weirder questions I was asked:

"How Can I Win Money? I Mean Cash Online From My House"

My answer:

You can't. It's as simple as that. After all of my years of working from home as a freelance writer, I can assure you that winning cash from an online source is not a practical solution. If you want money, you have to work for it, even if the work you do is online. It's still work.

You can certainly make money online but there is no such thing as a sure thing when it comes to working online. You never know when clients will suddenly stiff you a payment or whether any work in your field is available.

Some people make money by taking online surveys, but you need to be careful with surveys. You should never have to pay to join a survey panel. Surveys can take a long time to fill out and only return pennies. Consider if you can afford to work for pennies an hour. There are also scam survey companies out there that never reimburse you no matter how many surveys you fill out.

Finding a legitimate online contest is difficult at best. If you've never heard of the website or company offering the contest, skip it. It could be a scam.

If you do enter an online contest, make sure that you can accept the prize. Are payments in checks, Pay Pal deposits or gift cards? If the prize is a Pay Pal deposit, then you need a Pay Pal account. Cash is not a usual prize.

Some products or services have Facebook pages or other social media pages that offer contests. Usually these are for products or small prizes like a box of tea and not cash.

Never open an email with an attachment from someone you do not know or have never contacted. Not all contests are legitimate. Some may be merely fishing for suckers in order to get hold of your personal data for identity theft.

Sunday, January 21, 2018

I Give Up Writing

This song captures how useless it is for me to continue to write. I pour my heart out and either I'm ignored or rejected. I'm 48, a wash-up and tired. So how appropriate that I found my feelings best expressed by someone else (The Magnetic Fields, From a Sinking Boat) than myself, since I apparently suck as a writer.

Saturday, November 18, 2017

I'm 48 Today. What the Hell Happened?

It's my 48th birthday. My Mom gave me a wind-up wristwatch. It rained on and off most of the day. I meant to write for part of today, but this is all I could manage because I am in a cake coma. My birthday cake is a box of butterscotch Krimpets. Okay -- two boxes.Well, back to binge-watching The Twilight Zone.

Sunday, August 20, 2017

My Stepmother Died

I just got off the phone with my Dad. My Stepmother Dee died of cancer yesterday about 6 pm. He lives hours away from me in the Poconos. Now he's alone with 15 cats in the woods. I'm stuck with my crippled mother here in Clifton Heights and two dogs and everything SUCKS.

I will not be online for a while.

Sunday, August 13, 2017

Happy 13th Birthday to My Dog Pony!

I first saw her when she was seven weeks old with her mom and litter mates in a small flat in England. She's now a teenager. We were both beaten up by the same man. Seeing her hit gave me the courage to leave that loser forever. We both were homeless together. We both saw our shelter home burnt down. We both survived the cross-Atlantic plane ride to America -- a new country for her but the land of my birth.

She's slowed down a bit and has far more white on her face than in this photo from ages past, but still as wonderful as ever. She's learned to share me with Hugo, a powderpuff Chinese Crested. She loves everybody -- except the vet. She's Pony, my dog and the best thing that ever happened to me.

Happy birthday, Pony. And hopefully there will be many more to come.

Thursday, May 04, 2017

Too Tired To Blog -- I Blame My Mom

I know I haven't blogged on any of my numerous blogs Since Feb or March -- because I'm exhausted. That's a wimpy excuse, I know, but let's be honest -- I'm lucky to make $10 a year from all my blogs combined. It's not much of an incentive to continue. I worked my ass off in school, college and previous jobs so I deserve some time to relax.

Back to reading and watching Amazon Prime -- yeah, right. I spend most of my time taking care of my crippled mother. It's like taking care of a child -- a really smart child, but still. At any hour of the day or night there can be some kind of crisis -- a medication that needs renewing, a doctor who won't call back, a new food she suddenly becomes allergic to, spills, splats and anxiety attacks. She doesn't want me to be more than two hours away from home at any one time, so no more vacations to Germany and no more concerts.

And I take care of the dogs and the goldfish, too.

Let's put it this way -- a good day for me is when I only have to wipe my Mom's ass ONCE.

So yeah -- I'm EXHAUSTED.

Saturday, February 25, 2017

The 50 Funniest American Writers: According to Andy Borowitz by Andy Borowitz

Not funny except for a few selections near the end (Wanda Sykes, George Carlin, Lenny Bruce, Jean Shepherd, Woody Allen.)

(In other words -- not recommended.)

NOTE: This review (such as it is) originally appeared on Goodreads. I spend way too much time on Goodreads. Anyone else addicted to writing reviews on Goodreads?