Of Horses and Words

Customizing Tools

One of the things that sets me apart from other folks dreaming entrepreneurial dreams is that I’m focusing on building a retirement income, not a replacement for my day job. I expect the bulk of the work to happen now and the bulk of the income to happen later, which is at cross-purposes to everyone else I’m reading.

Not that I wouldn’t love to stay home and pay my bills chasing my various hobbies, but realistically I don’t see myself turning a huge profit from artwork and writing. You can make a living blogging… but I’m neither a personal consultant nor a business consultant—and that’s how most of the bloggers make it work.

And that’s fine with me. My five year plan is to bring in roughly a thousand dollars a month, which is nowhere near enough to live off of… at least not yet. Once the house is paid off and the student loans are gone, well maybe things will look a little bit brighter.

Stone by Stone

Stone by Stone

Since I am going to be working on this business in addition to my forty-five hour-a-week day job, I’m also moving at a much slower pace than most folks. Of course, my end goal is also a lot further out so it’s sort of like building a stone wall as opposed to farming.

In farming the crops set the pace of the work, while you can pick what to plant and how much or how little to sow, you’re still working to an external schedule. With walls, you can build as slow or as fast as you like. The end result is a gradual accumulation of stones; once you put them in place, they don’t require any maintenance.

True, there are some issues with mortar setting times and heavy winds (or cows) knocking things over, but that’s getting slightly deeper into the analogy that I meant to.

Today’s Secret Word is Fun!

Ripley's Whimsy
Ripley’s Whimsy

I’m focused on picking projects I enjoy doing because this adventure also needs to be my hobby/stress-relief (abet not one by IRS standards).

Unlike a business that I’m relying on for my primary income, it’s not worth it to me to chase the more stressful projects even if they are profitable. My time is still worth more than money– although I’ll be doing my best to avoid the things that are fun but not profitable.

Thankfully I love the paperwork and theorycrafting behind small businesses, otherwise I’d run out of ‘fun’ in a heartbeat.

So I write stories, draw pictures, design computer games, paint model horses silly colors, and whatever else catches my Muses’ attention.

Moving Forward

Camp NaNoWriMo

I’ve been planning plans for quite a few years now, time to start putting them into action. Once of the nice things about the upcoming Camp NaNoWriMo in July and August is that it should jumpstart my muses and get myself used to working at home again.

Do I really expect to get any saleable words out of NaNo? …Only in my daydreams! But it will give me the chance to solidify writing habits that should serve me well outside those crazy months.

And Muses breed Muses (sort of like dust bunnies) so I fully expect the horses and other creative tangents to follow along behind!

Martha Bechtel

My name is Martha Bechtel and I write fantasy and science fiction stories, paint small model horses silly colors, cast resin and plaster magnets, code random code (and Wordpress plugins)... Come on in and join in the fun!

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