Phew. I just finished a non-fiction essay. Man, do you see how I can go on when blogging? Well, I swear, non-fiction essays take me forever. I write fiction at a rate of 500 - 1500 words per hour. (Okay, I've got my 100 word hours, too, LOL.) I write non-fiction at the rate of about 30 - 50 words an hour. And I'm not exaggerating at all. It's pitiful.
What's funny is I could barely get my brain to pull together a blog during my non-fiction time. And I can blog way faster, and that's non-fiction. I don't get it. Maybe it's the type of non-fiction.
I was just talking with someone about layoffs, and I realized how very grateful I am for my situation. For all the job security in a "real" job, there's a security in hustling. I mean, if I get "laid off," it's from one small part of my income. And I can always hustle up more.
Which brings me to my biggest goal for the next year. I mentally have a "set point" for my monthly income, a minimum amount that I tell myself I must make. I've got the red zone (Oh shit! how am I going to pay the bills!); the yellow zone (Tighten your belts!); the green zone (Lookin' good!); the green-yellow zone (Lovin' this money!); and the green-red zone (Lovin' the money, but I'm so busy I don't have time to eat!).
My point is, I have a set point that's sort of the perfect balance of work and money for the studio.
And I realized: I never chose a "set point" for my fiction income. So I've made a goal: in the next six months, I have a figure in mind.
I've never done that with fiction before. It's always been "extra" money, either for something fun or for emergency I-need-money situations. I think if I move it into the "X amount a month" category, I will see a big shift in what I'm making.
Mostly because I'll be working more productively to get to that figure.
Anyway, I was just grateful. I can't lose my job in one fell swoop. I can lose a little, but then I have plenty of time in the yellow or even the red zone to move things back to the green zones.
Two great news: I'm getting a Kindle!!!!!! Today!!!!! And Glenn (DH) is home!!!!!!!!!!! (No coincidence, LOL!) I am SO excited! It was my b-day yesterday. :-)