Once upon a time, in the land of dangling participles and dependent clauses, writersspent their years honing a novel here and there. In between plotlines andcharacterizations, short stories flowed like small streams of simplerstorytelling. And when necessary, an article or poem would drop from the writer’sfingertips onto a page of a magazine or newspaper. 

Thesmall filler jobs were pin money for the lean times. 

Today’swriter’s have a myriad of writing opportunities for making a living andstashing extra cash for those lean times. For make no mistake, there willalways be empty months without incoming remuneration for the purveyor of complexsentences. 

Twenty-firstcentury writers, who’ve not yet become household names with million-dollar advances,spend hours each week/month, scouring through calls for submissions andmarketplace scuttle-butt for leads toward placing a story, article, poem, orany kind of filler possible. For those with flexible minds and style shiftsaplenty, such scullery duty can garner steady paychecks. And for many suchwriters, that flexibility has hidden benefits. 

Allwordsmiths know the old adage of “write what you know”. If the writer has takenadvantage of mental yoga and placed her exercise mat on the grounds of diverse subjects,there are few places where income is not possible. 

Casein point: having an interest in cooking with edible flowers, herbs and spices.A good cook knows about these tasty additions to food served. But how can that interesthave benefits beyond the table? 

Fairquestion. Here are a few possible interesting topics to pull from the knowledgegained about additions to foods. 

1. Manyherbs, spices and seasonings contain carbohydrates—some in significant amounts.Low carb dieters are wise to know the truth of this. 

2.  Like anything ingested, seasonings, such assalt, and herbs and spices have physical effects on the body. Some aredangerous for certain people and should be avoided.  

3.  Some sweet spices, such as ginger andcinnamon, actually have medicinal uses. 

4. Others,like turmeric, should never be ingested by people taking specific types ofmedications 

5.  A deeper knowledge of herbs and spices canlead to herbal medicines, supplements, etc. and content on those subjects. 

6. Stillfurther research and interest in the subject can take one into the realms ofpaleobotany, poisons, pharmaceuticals, and others in more scientificdiscussions. 

7.  Additional knowledge dives into homesteadingsubjects like small animal husbandry, gardening, greenhouses, etc. 

8. Thelist grows from there. 

Asimple subject expanded to take in an entire segment of interest for severalaudiences has found its way onto the writer’s plate. There are many fictionwriters today who’re known more for their articles on just such wholesome readingmaterial than for any literary work they may have produced in their careers. 

Andoddly enough, by adding that seemingly minor detour to their repertoire, theykept income flowing and interest peaking in what they’d come up with next. To be honest, these are the writers who keepthe industry perking along on a daily basis. They live in the trenches of the literaryworld and produce more printed and online content than novelists, short storywriters, poets, or journalists. Theirs are the backs on which novelists stand. 

So,the next time you read about the latest new high-tech gadget, with all its bellsand whistles, your eyes alight with avarice, thank that unsung writing hero whobrought your attention to bear on your next acquisition. Without her/him, you’dnever have known that your life could not be complete without that gadget’sexistence. 

Alternatively,when you hear about that dietary supplement that can rejuvenate your hair andnails—not to mention your skin—think twice. Check out that botanical. You maylearn that taking it could kill you.   

Until then, take the time to study the sand. For, within each grain of that humble mterial is a crystal hidden in plain sight waiting to be discovered.

Staysafe, everyone. A bientot, 

Claudette/Claudsy   

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