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San Francisco Shatters All-Time Heat Record at 106 Degrees

In a city where residential air conditioning is all but unheard of, San Franciscans spent Friday, September 1st sweltering in 106-degree heat, shattering the city’s all-time heat record. The Death Valley-like triple-digit temperatures have been recorded in many locales around the state, leading to excessive heat warnings and the opening of potentially life-saving “cooling centers” for those without air conditioning.

“It’s very hot,” one profound observer noted:

http://www.msn.com/en-us/news/us/san-francisco-hits-106-degrees-%e2%80%94-shatters-all-time-record/ar-AAr5v1f?li=BBnbfcL

 

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To-Read: TO ALL THE PENISES I’VE EVER KNOWN — Lori Schafer’s Short Subjects I Feel Like Writing About

Many thanks to Jane Bled for the nod!

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Humorous erotica — now that sounds up my alley. I bought a copy of To All The Penises I’ve Ever Known by Lori Schafer on Amazon Kindle yesterday. The book sample made me laugh out loud before the end of the first page — that feat alone convinced me to satiate my curiosity (and at 99 cents, the price is right to persuade me to try a new author). Right now I’m about 100 pages into the paperback version of campy cult classic Valley of the Dolls by Jacqueline Susann; as soon as I finish it, I’m boarding the Lori Schafer train.

Ranging in style from funny to filthy, this collection features author commentary on selected stories and my open letter to you-know-who.

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“Flush Fiction – Have Stories to Read in Your Time of Need!”

I am pleased to announce that my flash fiction piece “Heads of the Line” has been published in the first issue of Flush Fiction, a brand new app for reading poetry and short stories on your smartphone. The app makes it possible to get your reading in anywhere, even while performing your, um, “business.” You can download it for FREE on ITunes here:

https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/flush-fiction/id1216952374?ls=1&mt=8

If you’d like to know more about Flush Fiction, you can visit its Facebook page here:

https://www.facebook.com/flushfiction/

or its website here:

http://www.flushfictionapp.com/

Personally, though, I think their background photo tells you everything you need to know about the usefulness of the app and its content ;)

 

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Photo via flushfictionapp.com

 

 

 

 

Lori Schafer : A Daughter’s Memoir of Mental Illness

My guest post “Only a Dream” on Elena Peters’ blog!

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It is a great honour to have the talented author, Lori Schafer share with you her thoughts and a brief excerpt from her book today on the blog as my guest blogger. I wish her great success with her memoir, On Hearing of My Mother’s Death Six Years After It Happened: A Daughter’s Memoir of Mental Illness

Only a Dream

Every so often, I have a dream about my mother.

The dreams differ in story, but never in setting – they take place in a little ranch-style house in the suburbs, very much like the one in which I was raised. The characters, too, are always the same. My mother and me, living peacefully together in our old family home.

Even in the dreams, I always find myself puzzled by such an arrangement. It’s been twenty-four years since I lived in the same house with my mother, twenty-four years…

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Managing Cash When You Haven’t Got Any: Volume 3 on sale for $0.99 through 1/31

Volume 3 of my eBook series Managing Cash When You Haven’t Got Any: Practical Cash Flow Strategies for Small Business, Managing Personnel, is on sale for only  $0.99 through Tuesday, 1/31.  Sign up for my newsletter to be notified of future sales.

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Are you struggling to make payroll?

Are your vendors going unpaid and threatening to cut off your supplies?

Are your subcontractors refusing to work unless you pay them up front, worsening your already precarious cash situation?

Are your company credit cards and lines of credit maxed out, with no hope of borrowing more?

Are your employees getting irritable because you’ve reduced their benefits, and it’s been years since they’ve had a raise?

Are you getting irritable because you’re constantly worried about money?

Are you racking up interest and late fees on your debts, making it impossible for you to ever catch up?

Do you find yourself thinking, “I know we would be fine if only we could only get out of this hole!”

If so, the Managing Cash When You Haven’t Got Any series is for you!

In Volume 3 of the series, I discuss how best to manage your Accounts Receivable and Payroll with the aim of maintaining good cash flow. I will tell you:

The importance of accurately predicting your inflows in creating a manageable cash flow plan.

How to use calculate how much money you’ll have coming in and when you can reasonably expect it.

Setting monthly Accounts Receivable and cash projections and goals and how doing so can both create incentives for your employees and help you to predict how your month is going to go.

Suggestions for tweaking an Accounts Receivable schedule that always leaves you cash-poor.

The pros and cons of various methods for encouraging your customers to pay you early or on time – accepting credit card payments, offering cash discounts, etc.

How and why you should turn maintaining cash inflows into a cooperative company-wide endeavor.

Why you should empower as many people in your firm to collect payments as you safely can and how to do so without sacrificing security.

The “No, we’re not desperate” plea for money and why you need to master it.

How properly setting payment expectations with your customers from the start will help to ensure that you get paid in full and on time.

How to approach collecting from private individuals versus collecting from businesses.

When to bring in the “big guns” in collections – and how using their ammunition sparingly can make it more effective.

How to make employees who are uncomfortable with the collections process more at ease when it comes to asking for money.

Lies I’ve heard collection people tell – which ones worked and which ones didn’t.

How to select a payroll schedule that works best for your firm.

How changing your current payroll schedule may solve some of your company’s cash flow problems – and possibly create others.

The differential cost of having more frequent or less frequent payrolls.

How payroll services are robbing you of control over your cash flow, and when it’s time to take it back.

Tips for minimizing your worker’s compensation expense and making sure you don’t get hit with a giant bill when your policy ends.

Understanding payroll taxes – the comparatively small expense that can have a disproportionately large impact on your cash flow.

Why not paying your payroll taxes is a really bad idea – and what to do if you haven’t.

How to deal with the IRS and other government agencies if you haven’t fulfilled your payroll or other tax obligations.

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Reminder: Volume 3, Managing Accounts Receivable and PayrollManaging Personnel, is on sale for only  $0.99 through Tuesday, 1/31.  Sign up for my newsletter to be notified of future sales.

Weekend Away: An Almost-Erotic, Almost-Love Story FREE from 12/27-12/31

My long short story Weekend Away: An Almost-Erotic, Almost-Love Story, is FREE for Kindle from 12/27 through 12/31. Download it on Amazon today!

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“And then we were standing, rising up from the water, and as the droplets cascaded down my naked body I imagined myself as a mortal and less awe-inspiring version of Aphrodite, and Jesse as Poseidon, except with, um, only one prong in his trident.”

Cindy’s friend Jesse is great – especially when he gets out of her way after the “benefits” part of their evening is over. So when he proposes a weekend excursion at a nearby lake, she’s naturally suspicious – isn’t that the kind of thing “couples” do? Now she might never be able to get the smell of him off her…

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Wishing You and Yours a Very Grinchy Christmas!

I mean that in the good way… after he stops being all evil and stuff ;)