This Go Fund Me thing is out of control. Too many people are using it to suck the life out of kind-hearted souls who just want to help. That's why I created an honest GFM campaign for writers.

We don't get paid vacations unless we take it out of our savings. That's our choice, right? It certainly is, but while people are creating blatant bullshit campaigns, I thought it might be nice to create an honest one for writers who tend to overwork themselves.

Why me? I am not the friendly, fuzzy face of the Internet, but you aren't going to be sucked into a nice cuddly bullshit persona because I'm giving it to you straight right here.

I don't have a fake cancer. My child is not starving. In fact, he's cuddling his puppies on the couhc while he watches Netflix.

That's right, Netflix. I don't buy cable or satellite because those bills aren't really necessary in my world. For less than $10 a month, either find a show or find something else to do.

I don't have a car payment or live in a fancy house because frankly, I can't afford it and even if I could, I can think of better ways to spend my money. Our current system rewards you for living beyond your means, using credit many people can't really afford instead of living within your means and telling the Joneses of the world to kiss your ass, which I pretty much do.

So, I don't have that social filter that indicates when I should be blowing smoke up your ass. What I do have is common sense and even though it isn't obvious, a kind heart that doesn't like to be pulled for fantasy "how can I scam more money out of people" reasons.

Here's the deal. I know writers who struggle very single day. They work their butts off and they don't try to scam anyone. Because of that, they are busy working instead of sucking up to the Internet. They very rarely get a day off because that could mean a missed opportunity to work and do this shit called EARN money. I think some of those people need a day or two off, and I bet you know a couple yourself.

I created a Go Fund Me for these writers. For every $200 I can withdraw, I'll give a writer, nominated by you, a day off. I'll take one weekend off because I'm one of those writers too, but I honestly can't wait to give someone else a day off and I'll be waiting until I actually need it to take my own.

To nominate a writer, just share a link to some contact info for them in the comments and explain why you think they need a weekend off. I, and a couple of other writers will check them out and do our best to make sure a hardworking individual gets a weekend off, with pay.

That's it. No scheme. No bullshit. Just a weekend off for a writer who can't afford to take one off without a little help. You can nominate here and contribute at this link>> I don't want to work.

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See that image? That's not me and it shouldn't be you either. I don't know about anyone else, but I'm not scrambling all over to do my Christmas shopping. What I am doing is shopping from home in my pajamas while I help raise money for my son's high school.

I don't care for crowds and I definitely don't care to drive from store to store looking for the best deal. I might drive down to pick up a package I ordered online, but I just don't have time to spend getting crushed by crowds while mentally cussing my way through lines...all in the name of a holiday that's supposed to be about peace and goodwill toward men.


Tell that to the November Saturday shoppers blazing their way down the wrong side of the isle in Walmart.

Now about those schools. There is this nifty little program that lets you generate cah back for a school of your choice without spending any more than you already are. There are tons of stores participating, so it's actually hard NOT to raise money. Here's how it works:

  1. Join For the Schools and select the school you are supporting. 
  2. Shop through For the Schools or download the app and let the app record your details as you shop, that way you never accidentally shop somewhere online and forget to go through the site. This app also informs you of savings and offers you coupons.
  3. Watch the cash back amount add up.
  4. Share with friends to earn an extra $5 every time one of them signs up.
I'm shopping online anyhow and I'm tired of watching teachers struggle to keep supplies in the classroom or even thinking that my son or any other kid is going without something just because of budget cuts. If you are a parent who has concerns about education and feel like your hands are tied, this is the perfect chance to help out without having to spend more money of your own.

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If you are looking for something to do with your autistic child for Halloween, why not have your own Halloween event? You know best how to create situations that are comfortable for your child. There is also a good chance that other parents who have children that are autistic would want to join in the fun. Instead of working around autism for Halloween, why not work with it? Use what you know about your child and autism to help him or her enjoy this holiday.

Host a themed costume party. When you host a themed costume party, you or your child can pick the theme so you can make it as friendly as you like. For instance, you might host a DC comic character party or a Sesame Street character party. You know what the characters of your theme entail, so use what you know to create an event that will make children with autism feel at ease.

Make decorations part of the event. For children with autism, walking into an unfamiliar atmosphere can be intimidating and might even bring on a feeling of resistance. If you make decorating part of the event itself, the children won't be walking into unfamiliar territory. Instead, they will be creating their own fun zone.

Make texture-friendly, solid dishes. Since a large part of the autistic tendencies involve very finicky eating habits, you may even want to contact the parents of the other guests to learn about their needs, or invite them to bring dishes of their own. Texture is often the problem with foods, as well as shape and the combination of foods, whether by accident or not. Foods that are not completely solid tend to run into other foods on a plate and should be avoided.

Invite people who share your concerns about autism. This party is being held because your child needs to be able to have fun on Halloween while still acknowledging the tendencies of autism. The last thing you need is someone who wants to debate the details. I base these statements on my own experience with children who have autism, as well as their parents. Though an outside viewpoint may be right on and useful to you, a cheerful event is not the place for the kind of debates that can result from the tenderness of this topic.