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2017 July 24, Monday

Tight Budgets
by Mike Aragona
First published online on 2005 September 22.
Editor’s Foreword
If itís hot enough, the blacktop will even cook it for you.
SFFH: Article

One thing that happens when you’re on a really tight budget is you become extremely creative. You have to–it’s a matter of survival. Until things get better, you have to make every penny count and stretch your money to levels you never thought possible. You learn to make due without realizing it. In the mood for a salad and you’re out of croutons? No problem–use some stale pieces of bread. All out of clean underwear? No reason why you can’t go commando if it’s warm enough. No clean socks? Make a fashion statement and don’t wear any. It’s all in looking at what you can do versus what you can’t.

Granted, there are some days when yelling at the world is the only thing left to do since, try as you might, you have no choice but to go to bed on an empty stomach. There are other times, however, when the gods smile down on you and offer you the life of an animal to satisfy your meat cravings. When it’s roasting over an open fire, it doesn’t matter what it was–road kill always tastes like chicken.

Mike Aragona, former Line Editor of Scarlet Rose Productions, is currently running Comicopia The Comics Fanzine (celebrating 15 years of publication in 2005) and has been a panelist on numerous media conventions speaking on Writing, Self-publishing, and Apas. A big fan and supporter of Canadian talent, he was on the nominating panel for the Canadian Comic Book Creator Awards–The Shusters–and continues to plot ways of bringing his creator-owned work (The Mysterious Minute-Men) to the world at large. Mike and his beautiful wife Chantale welcomed their first child in July 2005. He hopes the baby, Kyle Ethan, will also become a comic fan like his son James and daughter Melyssa. Casey the Wonder Puppy could not be reached for comment.

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