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Scheherazade in Blue Jeans
freelance alchemist
Where, oh where, are the Patrons of the Arts? 
18th-Dec-2013 09:22 am
Hearth
So.

When we last spoke of money, I was bemoaning the fact that Judah's departure meant that we now had to spend an extra $600 for rent. Our landlord has been very accommodating; he lets us pay that share on our midmonth paycheck, which has more wiggle room in it. Me liking a warm house paid off over the summer, when our electric and gas bills were at the bare minimum.

But also we've had to pay Elayna's tuition. And textbooks are expensive. And winter gas bills are here again.

And Max died. Which was not as exorbitantly expensive as when Jack died. But.

Max dying, those increased bills, and the payment plan for Elayna's tuition have become a perfect storm of we're-fucked. Stuff that WOULD NOT HAVE HAPPENED had Judah not been an abuser, had he not sweet-talked me into moving into a house beyond our means (I'm not convinced that he didn't antagonize our terrible former landlord on purpose), had he not rendered me incapable of renting that room out because I still do need sleeping pills and I cannot trust a random renter not to do what he did.

I haven't been able to find a job that I can do from home, and my health is insufficient to allow me to commit to something outside the home. Copyediting is irregular and does not pay well.

Usually what I'd do at this sort of point is Wind Tunnel Dreams - a series of reader-prompted short fiction and poetry with a Paypal donation button. I can't really do that right now because I'm going to be travelling very soon, so I can't do a full week or two. And I haven't been writing much since Judah systematically emotionally-abused that out of me - I have some poems, is all. So I can't sell people anything that I have in stock, as it were.

I need something sustainable. But I at least need something now, and I haven't anything to offer.

So basically I wish being a Patron of the Arts was still a thing, that a patron would say "here is a grant, stop running around trying to scrape up pennies - sit down and clear your mind and write."

And also I would like a pony.

ETA: We have a very livable plan that should split our rent in half at some point next year, which honestly will Fix Everything financially, but we don't know the exact timing due to Forces Out of Our Control. There is a plan!
Comments 
18th-Dec-2013 02:26 pm (UTC)
Speaking of grants, I ran across this one yesterday. Seems like you would qualify (though award date is too far for your immediate needs):

http://www.speculativeliterature.org/Grants/SLFWorkingClass.php
18th-Dec-2013 03:33 pm (UTC)
*hugs*

They don't pay the rent and internet ones don't keep someone warm enough to be able to turn the thermostat down...

Always willing to donate paint and cards.
18th-Dec-2013 06:18 pm (UTC)
Patreon is supposed to be for this exact situation, but I haven't really looked into it yet, since for legal reasons I cannot work before January. So this is not an endorsement but more like "here is this new thing you might not have heard about".

I hope this helps in some way *hugs* You are in my thoughts.
18th-Dec-2013 10:42 pm (UTC)
I've seen several webcomic artists use this, off the top of my head Scenes from a Multiverse. The campaigns have been up for a while and are going well it seems. Might be worth a look..
22nd-Dec-2013 05:58 am (UTC)
I've also heard good things from folks who use it.
18th-Dec-2013 09:18 pm (UTC)
I fully intend on being a patron of the arts once my ship comes in.

Speaking of which... Captain? Please hurry up with my ship.
19th-Dec-2013 04:32 am (UTC) - Because pennies add up...
So there's mturk.com and if you create a bing account, you can get credit for doing searches there, which you can trade for various small (like $5) gift cards.

There's a beermoney subreddit that has a bunch of other options, especially pertaining to bit coin mining (have zero idea what that is or entails), but it's likely to also be for small change.

While I recognize that these things aren't going to solve your problem, they do work (wherever you have internet access & ability). And you'd have to do a fuck ton of mturk things to net $600/month but hell, even an extra $5 can help you rob Peter to pay Paul. Or buy food for a day. Because Amazon has everything.
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