Writing is definitely my passion, and what I want to do with the rest of my life for a living, but obviously I’m not there yet (just have a squizz at the Show Me the Money tab above!). Not even close to there. Well, not unless I move to somewhere with an extremely low cost of living where $25/month can support you!
This kind of spills into my everyday thinking, in a kinda weird way. At the moment I’m working as a relief teacher to pay the bills. I also sometimes do surveys for a market research company than pay between $1.50-$6/survey.
Indie author me thinks, oh, that survey. That’s like 3 sales! I haven’t even had any this week yet! Better do the damn survey…
Or when waking up very early in the morning to do a CRT day (relief teaching). That pays $242 here. That’s about 120 sales at $2.99. (Well, I suppose less if you take the exchange rate into consideration…) I’m not even close to making that per month, so off I go to a random school for 6 hours to babysit/behaviour manage/very occasionally teach high school kids.
I still live like a broke ass uni student, so I only really need to work 4/5 days a month to pay my bills. Although I do owe my Mum a bit of money, so really need to pay her back sooner rather than later. And my credit card bill is higher than I’d like. Need to get rid of that. So I keep on calculating how many sales I’d need to equal what I’m doing.
I am so looking forward to the day when my income from writing actually makes this a feasible thing to do, other than a pipe dream.
Will I ever get there?
I’m making dinner at the moment. I can’t decide whether I feel more hipster or old fashioned. Just making a simple pasta sauce, but I either grew all the ingredients or got it off someone who grew it themselves. Tomato, garlic, onion, basil. Well, I didn’t grow the pepper or collect the salt or grow the grapes for the red wine I splashed in. And I didn’t make the pasta from scratch.
SO maybe I’m just a wannabe old-fashioned hipster who doesn’t ride enough bikes or wear big enough glasses.
(It’s still satisfying, cooking like this. Hopefully eating like this is just as satisfying…)