NYC Crime Fiction, Amy Grech

Writer Harlan Ellison Dead at 84

I’m saddened to learn that Harlan Ellison has died. I read much of his work, but I especially liked Angry Candy. I had the unique experience of meeting Harlan at the Bram Stoker Awards in New York City. The year was 1995 and I was fresh out of college. I didn’t have enough money to buy a Horror Writers Association T-shirt. When he saw me trying to buy one, he thrust $5.00 into my hand and said, “Here! Now you can buy your damn T-shirt!!”

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NYC Crime Fiction, Amy Grech

The Benefits of Multiple Revenue Streams

As a full-time Freelancer, I can’t always rely on my clients for steady work and getting new clients to sign on can take up to a month. Consequently, I’ve discovered the joy of multiple revenue streams! I make $3,000.00 - $5,000.00 annually from Focus Groups alone; this income is tax-fee, doled out either in the form of cash, gift cards, or PayPal payments! I also work seasonally for the NYC Board of Elections—there’s a Primary Election tomorrow, so I’m about to turn in early—this income isn’t heavily taxed. Hey, every little bit helps!

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NYC Crime Fiction, Amy Grech

Some NYC Restaurants Don't Accept Cash

Last night I decided to try a new restaurant, Lucky Pickle Dumpling Company that I'd read about via Twitter. Much to my dismay, they only accepted credit cards--I try to use my credit cards sparingly...They had pickle ice cream, which had just the right amount of tang. The shrimp dumplings were tasty, too!

What are your thoughts on restaurants that don't accept cash? I'm definitely not a fan...


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