On the sidebar of this website, there is a donation button. Here is what you need to know before you possibly decide to click on it:
a) The reason this button is introduced has to do with the fact that I publish a lot of creative writing on this website. A friend of mine recently suggested that if you are reading said creative writing, and also going “gee, this doesn’t quite make me want to gouge my eyes out,” you might want to donate some cash to the author of said writing, i.e. me.
b) The amount is entirely up to you.
c) The free stories that are published on this website do not represent the entirety of my fiction writing. There are other stories, ones that I submit to other publications, for money and/or fame and glory. Please don’t feel cheated if you see my name in print elsewhere. You’ll be reading a separate piece (not to be confused with “A Separate Peace”).
d) This website is not a receptacle for “bad” stories that will never get published elsewhere. Rather, this website is a home for stories that would otherwise be homeless, shut up on my hard-drive like studs in a harem. The fairy stories in particular are a good example. I write a lot of stuff I honestly don’t feel like sending anywhere. Not because I am too proud to be a “sell-out,” or because I don’t believe that editors have magic powers (they do). I just can’t find it a suitable outlet.
e) I am not poor. I am dealing with a lot of money issues, especially wherein student loans are concerned. Sometimes, it’s hard to make ends meet. But I am not poor. So if you think that sending money to a local or international charity is a better idea than sending money to me, I support you in this thinking.
f) The donation button is not meant to give you any sort of guilt-trip. It is there to assuage you in case you are having a guilt-trip about reading my stuff, liking it, and then wondering why it’s up here for free.
g) There are other ways to make me happy, besides money. For example, you can check out The Moscow News, which I’m sure you will enjoy. Or, you can learn more about the fight to stop global trafficking in human beings, trafficking being an issue I have issue with. Or, just leave me a nice comment.