I’m gonna keep it 100 as usual. Recently (last night) a source of some of my extra survival income has abruptly dried up.
After some panic, I’ve got myself in check and I have a bit of a plan to bring in more monies.
Some folks have asked what I need.
So if you haven’t bought til now, now is a good time. Let’s start with some lit.
First up, Etsy. For under 11$ you can get everything I have listed. That’s a whole lot of poetry and literature. You can get two slipstream stories featuring different Magical Black Girls and the as yet not notorious Motherfuckess Manifesta. Now, due to fees and whatnots, likely this will be the last month I have Etsy going so go get it now. Don’t have 10.50$ to spare? Please, PLEASE share the link to the shop. Tweeter, facebooks, whatever.
If you want to drop a tip in my tip jar and stuff, you can do that here.
Want some bang for your tip? Head over to Medium where I have a good amount of exclusive content that was very time intensive (my series on Diversity in lit is a good example) and a lot of labor. You can also share those links and encourage folks to kick down some coin.
I will be reopening my Teespring shops with some new tees. I will make a post about that.
Now for transparency, let’s talk about my situation.
(I’ll be updating my Patreon to reflect what’s going on as well)
In the Spring there was a corporate level change at my dayjob that changed the frequency I get paid. The consequence of that has been that I have to use 95% of one paycheck to pay just my rent. And generally speaking, the last week of one moth and the first week and a half of the next are tight. We (my partner who is disabled and gets a small amount of disability) have to cover rent, food, medication for the partner, and any incidentals out of that check+his disability.
After that, we were able to reconfigure stuff. I’ve been using my Patreon money and a bit of other money to cover survival stuff and bills between paychecks.
Now, because I’ve had to shift pattern/side hustle money into survival money, I’ve not been able to really save up for things like a camera, start up costs for my writing lessons/classes. I’ve cut back on my for funsies stuff. Due to this situation, I’ve decided to cut back on my passion project writing (Medium mainly) so I can use what energy I have to pursue more freelance work.
For those who hate it when folks like me ask for money let me (I really don’t want to get trolled about this) explain what I’m doing to mitigate my need for extra cash/donations/sales:
Stuff I’ve cut from my budget:
- Beauty Con box (quarterly expense)
- No self-care/skincare/haircare purchase this quarter
- Two domains left to expire (annual expense)
- Twice a week coffee at whatever coffee place.
- Postponed buying a new phone, extra glasses, tablet, birthday piercings for Uniballer and I etc.
I’ve also not been dividing writing/hustle money and dayjob money. It’s ALL household/survival/life money now.
I have, as I mentioned, a plan in place to get my teespring open and keep it running. I have some other plans that will take a bit more time to get in place, but will hopefully bring in that extra long term bit of coin.
I say this because I hate it when people assume that if you need help you are doing nothing.
And honestly given my stress levels right now I can’t deal with that.
So here it is. Basically, please boost my links, don’t be an asshole to me about it and if you can toss me some coin that’s cool too. Thanks.