Doing #introductions again?
I'm currently going through a difficult time and appreciate support in any form. Please excuse the periodic promo toots as I genuinely need the money.
Hey, folks. Did you know you can purchase my self-published novelettes and novellas directly from me? You get great speculative fiction, I get paid immediately. Everybody wins! (But especially you because stories.) [This is also the only place you can find my self-published material for Kindle because I don't sell through Amazon for... reasons.]
This has been a really rough week. Still need money for bills due in two days. Looking at being in shelter until next year sometime.
They did agree to let us do a trial run keeping the plurps here with us. I'm so happy to have them here because my stress level is through the roof right now. There have been many demands for cuddles. ❤
At this point we are in long term shelter until January. This has narrowed my ability to find work quickly. (No food service or cashier positions. Nothing where I have to interact with the public face to face. [This isn't a shelter rule, just an extension of the safety issue that has put us in long term shelter.] Looking at call-center work but the turnaround on that is not as quick.)
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Last week was rough. Yesterday was just brutal emotionally. My immediate future seems to be staying in shelter. Possibly for months. I'm not giving up, but I'm exhausted from phone calls and having to explain how serious things are over and over again to strangers.
And in the meantime my abuser is loose because the mental hospital doesn't have a bed free to do the 72 hour observation so he gets to continue to hunt for me while we wait.
The past couple of days have been hard. Harder than I've had to deal with in a while and things have not been easy lately.
I did a thread on birbsite if folks need more context.
Struggling though with everything. Did not get much sleep last night. Had a long day today. Still not sure what our shelter situation will be going forward.
And I miss my cats. Sometimes safety is heartbreaking.
On a related note: my Patreon is relaunching tomorrow. There is already content (an ENTIRE novel with vampires, werewolves, a protag who swears and punches things, magic, weird tech, and did I mention it rains a lot? Plus romance and horror themes.) available to every patron. Plus new stuff starting tomorrow for just $1! And you can check out the novel for free. So go and check it out!
Woke up already fighting anxiety because I need food and funds for the utilities. I have announcements coming about ways to offer long term support via my Patreon, but... In the meantime I just need support. (Again. I know. It sucks asking for the umpteenth time too.)
If you can spare a little to help me keep the electricity on (it's already scheduled for shutoff) the link is here.
Hey, folks. I'm still in a bind regarding housing. I think I have permanent housing lined up starting the 28th, but I still have one more week in the motel I have to pay for. ($305 for the 21st - 28th.) If anyone can help, even a little bit, I would be most grateful.
(In addition to stressing about housing I'm fighting some viral thing that has me wrecked right now.)
If folks are not familiar with my situation: I'm a domestic abuse survivor and have been hiding, with my ten year old son, from my abusive, violent, and unstable soon-to-be-ex husband. I had housing and employment at the beginning of the year, but STBX made both unsafe and we have been in 8 different houses and 2 motels over the past 3 months. Every little bit helps keep us safe while I navigate the court system for more permanent solutions.
Housing need is dire. Unfortunately a more permanent option has not made itself available and the housesitting ends today around lunch. If folks can spare a few dollars to help me pay to an extended stay room for another couple of weeks I would appreciate it.
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This has been quite a week. The brakes on my van have failed. (No accident involved but it's not currently safe to drive.) I called the FBI because Husbad's mental state has grown so chaotic I believe he's a danger to himself and others.
On the plus side, a friend was able to get me to my therapy appointment, and I got food for the weekend. Plus some selfies that make me laugh about the fact Husbad told me I was too "fat" to be attractive anymore.
So I need to raise $550 to cover housing until the 24th. And $125 of that I need by tomorrow evening.
So, if you want a portrait of yourself in kawai kaiju form I am taking commissions until I raise the needed funds. Pricing is $25 for a small one (about 8x5) and $40 for a large one (11x14). Ink and colored pencil on Bristol board.
Samples of tiny sketches below done for a friend named Angel. (These are each 2-3 inches tall.) Please message me if interested.
"Carpenter's prose snarls off the page... Powerful and poignant, this violent tale of retribution and hard choices will resonate with fans of dark space operas and sparse western landscapes."
I write fiction of (and for) all sorts. Feminist. Mother. Creator. Survivor. She/her. Aries. Not as sweet as you think. Repped by Bob Mecoy.
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