After a tragic budget session yesterday, my husband and I realized we are in big trouble. Lots of causes: not sticking to our budget; a decrease in work-for-hire assignments this year; and a long series of big, unexpected expenses (in fact, I'm waiting for the plumber to arrive this morning). Anyway, the upshot is we're broke, and my writing/editing is not bringing in the money it needs to. My income is just way down this year.
So, this week, I'll be doing two main things. I'll be looking into how complicated it would be and what the tax implications would be of my selling my author copies of my various books online (something that was on my 2011 to-do list), and I'll be touching base with clients to see if they have any writing or editing assignments available. If I don't drum up some work quickly (this week), I'll try to find a holiday retail job. I'm stressed about money, and I'm not going to be able to concentrate on the writing I love if I'm worried about how we can pay our bills.
Keep your fingers crossed!