Monthly Archives: June 2014

Why has jumped the shark

UPDATE: July 9, 2014 –

First of all, let me just say that I am really surprised that I have not been contacted by any other writers since publishing this post two weeks ago. Where are all of you? Am I the only one mad about the recent changes at the online magazine?

I’m adding a few more tags to see if this makes a difference to the various search engines.

Also, I have earned a grand total of $3.35 this month. That is several hundred dollars less than I am used to. Please let me know if there are any others of you out there experiencing the same problem.

I think it’s time to break up with

In the past three years, I have faithfully maintained my account. My two bylines are the Charlotte Books Examiner and the Norman Reedus National Examiner, and I write an average of 4-5 articles a month. I like doing it, and it made me happy to write articles about Norman Reedus and get paid for it. People like to use words that they were ‘hired’ by, or that they were ‘employed’ by – but c’mon. Any fool in their right mind understands that this is just a freelance, do-it-or-not gig. You write articles, they ppv. Once a month, you get paid.

How hard is that?

To be perfectly transparent, I earned enough from to receive a 1099 Form for my taxes for the past two years – this means that for 2012 and 2013, I earned more than $600 from them. For the past year, my monthly earnings have steadily increased, to the point where I could use my earnings to pay off both my gas and electricity bill each month.

All in all, I considered my little newspaper column to be a hobby that earned a nice, healthy stipend every month. It was fun to write, and I enjoyed the task.

That is, until May 2014, when everything changed.

In January 2014, was acquired by AXS. According to their own publicity, the entertainment website AXS was developed and operated by AEG, one of the ‘leading sports and entertainment presenters in the world’, whatever that means.

In May 2014, the BIG SWITCH happened.

A few preferred Examiner writers, those writing in the fields of entertainment, music, and TV, were migrated to the AXS Examiner website. Everyone else (including me) were left to languish on the dusty tumbleweeds of the old Examiner platform. Not only was I insulted, I was also no longer earning any money.

Instead of the several hundred dollars per month that I was used to earning, I found myself trapped in the hinterlands of earning a tiny pittance per month for all my written work. As of this writing, I have barely made $10.00 this month – ridiculous. Even though they will not admit it, has changed their platform and how their newsfeeds are being fed up into the wild wild world of search engines. I have been lost in the newsfeed shuffle.

I searched the internet for information or blogs or Facebook pages to join which offer rants and raves against Examiner — but there are none. Poof. Pitiful.

So I’m going to just sit back and wait and see if the situation becomes intolerable. Things change all the time, so we’ll see if this a temporary blip or a longterm problem.

Am I alone in this? Is there anybody else out there who is as disgusted as I am about the situation? If you’re out there, let me know. I would love to bitch and moan with you about the situation!

My wife is a lazy liar

Thank you, Ron D. Smith, for seeing the lighter side of life. His blog, SMITHDEVILLE, is well worth checking out! Reblogged by SL Schmitz on June 16, 2014


It’s the last day of school for my lazy, lying wife. She says teachers still have to go to work, but that can’t be right. Teachers only work when the kids are at school. I wish she would come clean and admit she is not really a teacher.  School starts around 9:00 and dismisses at 3:45.  She leaves the house before seven each morning, and it’s only a fifteen or twenty minute drive to the “school” where she “teaches.” She comes home around six or six-thirty in the evening. Sometimes later. What is she doing with all the extra time?

6:57 a.m. and the bag lady leaves the house. Looking for an OTB parlor that opens early. 6:57 a.m. and the bag lady leaves the house. Looking for an OTB parlor that opens early.

When she gets home, I make sure dinner awaits the slacker. It’s a wonder she doesn’t demand I spoon-feed her. After dinner, she works on “lesson plans” and “grades papers.”  The way she describes…

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