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Small (big) life update for friends here (or those who are merely curious): my fiancée and I very suddenly moved out of a living situation that was awful for our mental health. It wasn’t an impulsive decision, but it was quick.
We’re fortunate; we’re staying with her folks while we search for jobs and I finish my first academic monograph. While it’s a big improvement, it’s obviously not how we want to live. So, I’m trying to move forward on my novel and get it in front of some agents – I’ve already picked several who seem like they’ll be ideal for my work. However, I’m at the point where I have almost nothing left in my bank accounts, with no prospect of quick employment on the horizon. (If employers get back to you, they take forever, amirite.)
‘Wait, bank accounts?’ you ask. Well, I’m not loaded. I’m a transatlantic Frankenstein’s monster of scholarship. I lived for four years in the UK and had every intention of securing a new visa (after already getting an extremely rare one after my PhD was completed). Then Brexit happened. I cannot overstate how difficult it made things.
To make a complex, very painful story short, I’ve now moved twice in less than six months. When either of us gets work, that will mean another move. I’ve left behind so many of my own possessions, not to mention a place that felt like home, but couldn’t be, due to politics and bigotry. I’m tired, I’m scared, and I just want good things to come of all these ‘bad’ situations and emotions. That’s where the novel comes in, I think. I’ve always been a writer; I tell stories to make myself feel better. On the other hand, though, it could also be a source of income. I know it’s good enough to be viable on the market (with editorial help, of course).
Anyway, all of that to say, I know Patreon encourages people not to use ‘needy’ language, but I am cultivating my Patreon for an acute reason and I see no need to hide that. (I’ve also got a Ko-Fi page for those who would prefer to make one-off contributions.)