Today’s article will be a bit of a confusing mish-mash I think. I know the points I want to make, but I have no clear idea what order to put them in, if they fit together at all, or indeed if they actually belong in the same article!
A letter arrived recently reminding rather urgent from a credit card company, informing me I’m being sued for the debt. I’m not for a moment claiming that I don’t owe them, my ex (who needs help also), and I earned those debts fair and square, mostly during a trip to San Francisco we took together. I don’t regret a moment of it, but I simply can’t afford to pay them back. At least not yet. The last time I got a letter like this it led to my wages getting garnished. No doubt this one will too. If this trend continues, and all of my debts garnish me, it will become increasingly difficult to pay my rent, for car maintenance (which I fear is soon needed), and the oh-so essential internet. Oh, yeah, and I’d like to continuing eating too.
My parents already offered to pay for a flight back to the UK, and allow me to live with them or my Grandparents, until I get my head above water. It’s a tempting thought. I could run away from my debts and responsibilities, be surrounded by people who love me, and I’d still be able to write too. I’d insist on it. It doesn’t feel right though, and I’d worry I’d resent myself for quitting. Even if I continue writing, and I worry that I wouldn’t with the distractions of life among my family, I will be admitting I couldn’t manage on my own. Perhaps I’m being foolish, buts there it is.
Obviously I can’t have that, so I have no choice to make this unpaid hobby into a true source of income. I’d only need enough to replace the loss in wages from my day job, and stay on top of my expenses. I’m not begging though, I did that already. I have a plan! Obviously I’m going to keep writing, but I’m going to look into affiliate marketing and ads. I’m also going to launch a Youtube channel, I know that there are youtubers who have done very well for themselves.
If anyone has any tips on editing, recording or generally providing a watchable and enjoyable experience, they would be happily received. As was the mysterious Batman pillow! Which I’ve just learned, is from my Sister! Thank you. It’s awesome!
I’m also going to open another bank account, which I was planning on doing anyway, I like my online Santander account, but I can’t deposit cash into it. If I can deal in cash for any writing commissions, and still use the money to pay online bills, it would be a huge help. So if there’s something you want written, you like my style, and you are willing to pay, please message me on Facebook, or e-mail me. Please don’t try to call or text, my phone has taken to crashing whenever it chooses, so I’ve haven’t bothered to charge it. I’m probably going to cancel it. That will save me some money too.
One of the suggestions made by books on entrepreneurship that I read during my time with Monica, is to contact the leaders in your field, the people you aspire to work with. Instead of trying to become great to be worthy of your notice, have the balls to make yourself known to them, and allow their influence to facilitate your ascent. So at the moment I’m also trying to build the nerve to try contacting my favorite author. Neil Gaiman. I’ve met him once, and he signed a copy of Endless Nights for me. I was too nervous to say anything much beyond a shy “You’re cool!”.
I had also considered selling Origami, but I think now that I should just show people how to fold their own on YouTube, and save myself the process of buying the paper and shipping the results to buyers. I will be selling my Warhammer 40k miniatures and my Magic: the Gathering cards. I don’t have the time or money expensive hobbies right now, and I’d rather have the cash. Plus, if I do end up moving back to the UK after all, they’d both be too impractical to take with me. I can always start collecting again, if I feel so inclined, when I’m back on my feet. If you’re interested in buying my miniatures, or my cards, I’d be happy to discuss the details with you. There are some very unique conversions in my collection of Chaos Space Marines, and my Magic cards include every Archenemy set. I might even have to part with my copy of Hero Quest, in fact I’d be a fool not to.
Well, I suppose it ended up coming together after all, and even having a fairly consistent theme. Life continues, and I have a plan to improve it. I’ve got this.