ohgods six minutes in when the guitar starts crying

*snivels in harmony*

Okay. One more time through Riviera Paradise and I'll be taking my silly self to bed, I promise.

...yep. There it is. Good old reliable ugly crying over Stevie Ray, four minutes in.

LIKE CLOCKWORK.

OH SHIT IT'S RIVIERA PARADISE

GET OUT YOUR HANKIES

(Sweet Jesus but Riviera Paradise always makes me cry. Always.)

Oh dear

I'm looking for Stevie Ray Vaughan videos

stop me before I...

Dancing with a little bit of sparring. Because that line is so close for both of them.

No worries, I'm just over here shooting music videos inside my head.

I want a slow scene of Jill and Saul dancing to that track, my goodness.

So many covers of this song. So many delicious, angsty, beautiful covers.

And cookies.

Fallen into a hole of "I Would Rather Go Blind" and now have the urge to sob into fresh cookies.

Yeah, my kids are making cookies. It's sobs of joy.

Etta James covering "Purple Rain" is...gosh golly. Wow.

@mwlucas @kurtm Trad pub has its uses, and it does what it does very well. But a writer can't just be a trad beast anymore. Spreading risk and diversifying is the best way to survive as a fulltime creative.

Relevant to Patreon's recent structural changes, you can also subscribe to the Fiction Fix over on Gumroad!

New fiction first, plus rants, excerpts, and whatever else falls out of my head.... gumroad.com/l/ZkOcr

@mwlucas @kurtm True wisdom. There's never one-size-fits-all, but predatory operators make everything worse for EVERYONE and deserve to be mercilessly stamped on.

I'll stop soon, I promise, but also I'm really bitter about Drip never opening to the vast mass of creatives but people patting Kickstarter on the back anyway.

I JUST HAD TO GET THAT OUT THERE.

@mwlucas @kurtm I don't want to have to run all that stuff off my site; if you can do it, swell, but the time cost, not to mention upkeep, is prohibitive for me. I don't mind paying Gumroad their bit to do it for me, as long as they keep treating me--and my customers--well.

@kurtm Exactly. They don't fucking care whose life they destroy as long as they get that sweet sweet return on investment.

@lilithsaintcrow They might not stop even then since they have VC investors they have to make happy.

And honestly? I can't see Patreon ever getting better, because they are locked in with their venture capital bedfellows. This is what that company IS.

For now, Gumroad is transparent, reasonable and not locked to a cycle of "we and our stockholders are greedy, let's take advantage of our userbase in whatever way we can!" like Patreon is.

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