It is said that confession is good for the soul. No doubt some lawyer working for the prosecution came up with that saying.
Hello hello hello, all my brother and sister readers and writers of erotic flash fiction from all over the world! It’s the Old Soldier here reporting for duty on a sunny, mild (40s) day in Pittsburgh. The Old Soldier has taken up his favorite position: flat on his back with two fat pillows under his weary head.
I’m listening to my favorite radio sports program; and I can’t decide whether to listen to University of Pittsburgh Panther basketball (if Pitt wins today the team goes to the ACC championship game) or to Pirates exhibition baseball. Both teams play in a couple of hours; but since I cover Pirates baseball for this magazine I’d better listen to the baseball game.
Well, I’m happy to report that I lived within my budget for the month of March. I paid all my basic bills, bought a new computer, covered the cost of publishing this magazine (two IT teams and my writers), went to karaoke the first two Saturdays of the month and hung out at Armand’s on Liberty Avenue in Little Italy for two weeks straight and always had beer in the apartment.
So, now the Old Soldier has to lay low for a couple of weeks before I can walk my beat in Little Italy again. My method of managing my finances is not the best way to handle money, but when you realize you only have a small amount of self-control when it comes to money, you have to figure out how to get through each month; and my system works for me.
I’m a baby boomer with too much time on his hands. I pay all my basic bills and I have fun for two weeks. Then I stay sober for two weeks. I’ve already started to make out my budget for April.
All these things do impact the publication of this magazine. Next week, before I set up my new (refurbished) computer, I’m going to phone one of my IT teams and have a nice, long conversation about what changing computers is going to do to my accounts and the publishing of this magazine.
What will changing computers do to my ability to keep in touch with my regular writers? I keep all submissions in a file marked “Slush Pile” in my email. Will I need to use another email? Will I still be able to access my old email?
Will my account with WordPress recognize my new computer?
It’s not easy being the publisher of an online adult magazine. Maybe confession is good for the soul. I feel better already…
Now for Pirates baseball!
This is the Old Soldier reporting for the Pittsburgh Flash Fiction Gazette, a blog of art, culture, local interest, creative writing and sex as art and entertainment.