The past few months since my last post have been interesting. The “meatspace” job hunt is continuing, but not doing very well. I had a couple of “close calls” where I thought I might get hired, but nothing really came of it. For a while I was volunteering at a no kill animal shelter in hopes of possibly getting hired to a paid position, but things fell through for a variety of reasons I won’t go into here. I had fun while the volunteer position lasted though, and the staff at the one location I worked at were friendly and patient. (I…am a klutz. And occasionally a space cadet. These are not good traits to have at a shelter.)
I have been writing a lot of fan fiction! I’ve been very productive in that regard, and it helped a great deal with a lot of the stress and anxiety of looking for work, dealing with a mental illness, and generally dealing with the minutia managing my resources. (Both living resources and resources involved in getting assistance and maintaining my contacts/working with the clinics/teams I work with.) I have not been able to do any content/freelance writing because my “failures” at creating a community/getting hits/writing articles were causing me a great deal of stress/anxiety. (Fanfiction is less stressful in many ways, but more stressful in others.)
Writing fan fic made me realize that while I am not actually very good at the sheer productivity necessary to writing pay-per-hit content, I am much better at making stories, and this is something I want to focus on, whether or not I try writing for content providers again. With that in mind I decided to create a Patreon for my writing (whether original or meta). The first project I’m working on is a serial novel called The Forest Room.
The synopsis is: Cody Whitaker disappeared from his family’s vacation property in the summer of 1988. Sixth months later, he turned up on the doorstep of a farm in another state. Ten years later he’s returned to take care of the house in preparation for a family reunion…and maybe find out what happened ten years previously.
What he finds out is even stranger than he could have imagined.
The first chapter is up on my Patreon, and free. Following chapters will be patron only, though I will eventually start posting an echo of the novel on Catching Shadows my fic journal on Dreamwidth.
My current goal is to get five patrons! When I get five patrons, I’m going to write ten 100-word prompt fics.
My current rewards are: