Broke like the broomstick of an elephant wizard learning to play quidditch. Okay I didn’t mean physically broke. I mean broke like I reach into my pockets and moths fly out cartoon style broke.
But the physically broke thing applies too. However, this post is amount money.
Despite the fact that I make a decent living at my Day Job, I have very little money at the end of the pay period. It’s mostly because of a truck with a growing list of problems and a thirst for expensive things.
I can’t just blame it though I eat and like to buy The Kid things.
Anyway, I’ve decided that I needed to engage one or more of my 72 side hustles. And since I can’t afford to upgrade this website suite to monetize it (I would LOVE TO), it’s gonna have to be one of the 71 others.
Now, I know I have never made a significant amount of money off jewelry making in the past, and I’m not delusional enough to think I’m gonna ride a wave of earrings straight to the bank.
But I have several social media outlets at my disposal.
Feel free to, you know, check me out.
I enjoy jewelry making and I have probably about a thousand dollars worth of jewelry making stuff. Okay I might be exaggerating. But I might not.
I stopped making jewelry because I got disheartened that no one wanted anything. Or they all wanted the same thing and I didn’t have enough. Or the large pieces I made wouldn’t sell.
Anyway, I’m going to try to mass produce as many different kinds of earrings as possible and hope something sells. I’ll use my socials to advertise (freely not paid) and hope I make a dollar.
Just so I can remind myself I have stuff I should be doing
1. “Silent Secret” (research)
Plot: A young woman goes missing just before her high school graduation. Presumed dead, she is honored at her graduation by family and friends. Twenty* years later, after her friends and classmates go their separate ways, they receive postcards in the mail from their hometown, Black Pines. “Have you forgotten about Haley?” One young woman, the missing girl’s childhood friend, returns home to seek answers. (Something like that)
Silent Secret started as a “random generator” story. The premise was to use random generators for as many aspects of the story as possible. The title, characters, and at least some extent of the plot was created by generators. They mostly came from links available on the Seventh Sanctum website.
I’ve written a little on this story, but I want to do some research before anything solid. Eventually it’ll be available by the chapter, on a monthly basis, as premium content!
At some point it’ll be self published as well.
2. “Sisters Make the Best Accomplices” (development?)
Plot: (so far) Two sisters, with very different personalities, who honestly don’t get along super well (sounds like a generic sister story) get into complicated shenanigans. They have to learn to accept their differences and work together to get out of the mess they’ve gotten themselves in.
Honestly got the idea from a random Facebook image someone shared. I think I woke up thinking about it. Had some downtime at work and wrote an opening scene. If I can get the time to work on it, it’s gonna be a good one!
Don’t tell my sister, it’s gonna be dedicated to her.
Eventually I’ll self-publish this one as well.
3. Facebook Poll Story.
Premise: On my Facebook page I post each “chapter” of a story. The next chapter’s content is determined via poll posted on the Crash Landing Site group. ALWAYS check the page first, for the chapter. Then vote in the poll. Haven’t figured out yet how to post the chapter and poll as one post.
I haven’t revealed the general plot or theme, yet. I want to watch and see where the readers take the story! So far we’re one chapter in so check it out! This one is Facebook exclusive!
I’m also going to be giving three self-published copies of the finished story to the three people who participate the most in the polls.
4. “I’m Crafty, and You Can Too!” (Delayed)
The weird sounding title was on purpose, FYI.
My goal was to make tutorial/informational videos on my YouTube for people who want to learn more about various crafts! I so often get people who tell me “I wish I were crafty.” I wanted to show them how!
I’ve gotta get my crap together and get going with this. I’d love to do it but honestly I’m afraid of being in front of a camera! That and the debilitating fear of rejection. 🤦♀️
Anyway, I’m sure there’s a million other things I want to be working in. Like my nephew’s letter keychain and sticker. Sorry my dude. I’ll get ya eventually.
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Beginning (hopefully) in the month of September I will be posting, via YouTube, videos about crafting.
I’ve had so many people tell me, “I wish I were crafty.” That I’ve been inspired. I’m going to rip myself violently out of my comfort zone and on video and share with the world my knowledge about various crafting/making skills.
The first series of videos will be about Jewelry Making, which I must say I’m getting rather okay at (ha). And will introduce viewers to the skill/craft of handmade jewelry making.
The goal is once monthly videos, as most of my filming will be during school hours on my two weekdays from Day Job. They’ll be no longer that 15-20 minutes, hopefully!
I’ll keep you all posted here and on Facebook for updates!
In addition to (sometimes) writing, I also make jewelry and resin crafts. Besides trying to come up with a good idea for a YouTube channel (gotta get famous and rich off likes and ads) I’m trying to make money of something I enjoy.
I get to do it about as frequently as writing, but I love it.
One of the many other things, besides writing and words, I love is art. I am not an expect on famous artists or works, although I could pick out a Monet when tasked with it. But I like to make it. I don’t profess to be much of an artist, I simply like to say i enjoy making it. I enjoy making it the most, when I am proud of it.
So for today’s post, I share with you my Valentine’s day gift to my husband. This year I didn’t have a lot of money to spend on him, and I know he would have been fine without a gift. But I also knew that he already had me something, and I don’t feel right about not returning the favor. Also, I think there is nothing better that a thoughtful well made gift.
He is a HUGE Dr. Who fan, and and I’d had the idea for this painting for a long time. The good was to make it appear that the Tardis was in space, surrounding by stars. I tried a few techniques, but eventually settled on using a few spray bottles and some watered down acrylic paints. Five hours and a lot of spattered paint later, and it was perfect.
Now, I don’t get that moment often, but I had a moment when I made one final messy spray of black paint when I paused in awe, and said, “it’s finished.” It was an amazing moment! That moment and the happiness and pride that came from it is why I’m sharing my painting on a writing blog!