Punching 2019 in the face: May

Well, it’s getting on into June, so I should probably let you know how May’s attempt at punching 2019 in the face went before it’s too late. In case you haven’t been through one of these roundups before, this is my goal-setting exercise. Time is the enemy…and even though it always wins in the end, I’m doing my best to beat it into submission and make it my bitch for one year, at least.

So let’s see how May went.

Goal 1

Make a useful profit from the Hufflepuffery shop on Etsy.

Last time we checked in, a giant corporation had my bestselling item taken down for copyright infringement. I didn’t think I was infringing, but I don’t have the ability to argue with them, so there it stands. However, thanks to some very carefully chosen keywords, my second-best selling item found a timely audience and took up most of the slack. Then it got hammered for copyright, too. DAMMIT! Warner Bros. is turning Hogwarts into The School that Shall Not Be Named.

The new items made a few sales too; not many, but next time around I’ll have them plus more ready to go for Mother’s Day. Last week I listed a couple of printable Father’s Day cards…we’ll see how they do.

And after a long dry spell, I sold another wand. It’s always fun to see how excited people get about those.

In summary, while sales did drop, May was still okay. June is going to be difficult; my bestselling items are both gone, and it’s going to take a while before I can replace them sales-wise. But if I do it right, the rest of the year should get steadily better. It’s a slow build, but it’s working.

Goal 2

Get the FAR Western roleplaying system ready to be seen and used by people other than myself.

Minor progress to report. Nothing visible yet, but I’ve been making notes and preparations. I need to keep building on this little bit of progress. Play testing might actually be a thing by the end of the year.

Goal 3

Go shooting a lot more often.

Good news… I finally managed a trip to the range! Me’n the son went out with almost all our guns and shot a bunch of cans and bottles full of holes. I can’t even tell you how much fun that was.

It’s not “a lot more often” yet, but it was a great start. Here’s the full range report if you’re interested.

Goal 4

Write a short story every week.

No fiction writing has taken place this month. Why? Well, those things in Goals 1 through 3 took up most of my time. (Yeah, that’s it. That’s the ticket…) However, I did have some really cool ideas that I wrote down for future followup, so that’s at least not quite nothing…

Goal 5

Get my finances in order so that I can buy a house.

As I’ve said before, it’s a long, slow slog. Progress is happening, though: I got a long overdue raise in May. Backdated to the previous month, even, so there’s an extra bonus in the next couple of paychecks. Can’t complain about that.

The daughter’s pre-college expenses are still taking a bite out of the budget, so not falling behind may be the best I can do right now…but treading water beats drowning, at least.

Punching-2019-in-the-face score

We’ll score this month…let’s see… 3 to 2 for me.

The Etsy shop did well, I got to spend time with family in my happy place, and the financial picture is looking better right now than at any time in the past couple of years.

I’m still behind on the scorecard for this year-long battle, but there’s time to catch up. Even if I only fight that shifty bastard Time to a draw, that’ll be something.

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  1. Sounds like progress!

    Have you considered putting each short story up on Drivethrufiction as a PDF and/or Kindle Direct Publishing (KDP)? Both are incredibly easy to use. The reason for the suggestion is that even minor sales will still supplement lost Etsy sales and make the house goal a tiny bit closer. The hard bit is the writing and you are doing that for fun anyway.

    I write games and supplements and sell them on DriveThruRPG. Last year I was making a dollar a day, this year it is $5 a day. It takes time to build an audience. Even at $5 that is still nearly $2,000 I wouldn’t had otherwise.

    Way back in December you were talking about new year’s resolutions. If you want to get more active then starting in June is a damn sight better than starting in a cold wet January. At least you have long evenings to utilise. You can train the fitness habit in the decent weather and you are more likely to keep it up in the winter as you won’t want to lose the gains you have already made.

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    1. I hadn’t thought of DrivethruFiction. That could be a very nifty thing. My kids write a LOT more than I do and are both very, very good…I may see if I can get them to do it too.

      As far as money goes, that’s the same way I’ve been looking at Etsy. It takes a lot of time, but it’s creative work that I like doing, and whatever it brings in, even if it’s not a whole lot, is still money I wouldn’t have had otherwise.


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