Readability

Creativity

by baldilocks

With every­thing eco­nomic com­ing to a head for almost all, one is forced to become cre­ative in find­ing meth­ods of sur­vival, leav­ing aside those meth­ods which would prick the con­scious of the Christian.baldilocks

I find myself in that sit­u­a­tion and the great thing about being “hun­gry” is that it spurs cre­ative think­ing. It’s one of the ways in which we are made in our Creator’s image – imagination.

As has been listed in my sig­na­ture since Peter bless­edly invited me to begin this col­umn, I have my already-​published novel, Tale of the Tigers, and my two projects: the novel, Arlen’s Harem, and The Kenya Project. The lat­ter must be put on hold, how­ever, for a least a month, while I fin­ish Arlen’s Harem. In addi­tion, I must cre­atively use meth­ods of imme­di­ate fund­ing and, aside from the great bless­ing of this col­umn — sent by God — there are two meth­ods I plan to use, those that do not involve GoFundMe​.com, but which pro­duce imme­di­ate goods and ser­vices to a consumer.

The first involves Tale of the Tigers. As is often so for the books penned by non-​famous authors, my novel is “self-​published.” I put that term inside quo­ta­tion marks because one does not do that alone, but with a print-​on-​demand busi­ness — a busi­ness in which one must pay for each lot of books.

I have no prob­lem with the ser­vice, but when one is feed­ing self, cloth­ing self, fuel­ing one’s car and pay­ing one’s util­i­ties with indi­vid­ual book sales, it’s dif­fi­cult to pay for the next lot. But, remem­ber, “hunger” breeds creativity.

I have been sell­ing many items — mostly books writ­ten by oth­ers — on eBay, and through that means, I dis­cov­ered that I can sell my own book that way! I don’t have any dead-​tree copies and eBay does not allow sales of dig­i­tal doc­u­ments, but I can sell copies via snail-​mail CDs! So, that’s what I’m doing. (Both dead-​tree and eBook ver­sions are still avail­able at Ama­zon, but if you buy them form me, I get the money right away instead of three months from now.)

The other method of sur­viv­ing involves some­thing I’ve observed over the last few years: there are many adults who don’t have a clue about things-​Internet, things which we nerdim take for granted. Many peo­ple over 40 have lap­tops and smart-​phones which serve as barely more than dust col­lec­tors. I run into peo­ple all the time who don’t know what a browser is, or how to down­load an attach­ment from their email, or who don’t know which attach­ment not to down­load. There­fore, I’m going to set up a basic com­puter and cell phone lit­er­acy class for adults in my neigh­bor­hood. (Any sug­ges­tions are welcome.)

So there. If you’re inclined to do so, please pray for my suc­cess, and buy the novel CD, if you haven’t already (see below). As soon as I get things a bit more sol­vent, I will make the CD avail­able on both of my web­sites. And I will be sell­ing them in meat space.

Oh, yes, and please point me to a ser­vice site or DIY link for label­ing CDs. This is a pro­fes­sional operation!

Juli­ette Akinyi Ochieng blogs at baldilocks. Her first novel, Tale of the Tigers: Love is Not a Game, was pub­lished in 2009; the sec­ond edi­tion in 2012. That novel is avail­able on CD in PDF form at eBay. Con­tact Juli­ette there at j_​baldilocks.

by baldilocks

With everything economic coming to a head for almost all, one is forced to become creative in finding methods of survival, leaving aside those methods which would prick the conscious of the Christian.baldilocks

I find myself in that situation and the great thing about being “hungry” is that it spurs creative thinking. It’s one of the ways in which we are made in our Creator’s image–imagination.

As has been listed in my signature since Peter blessedly invited me to begin this column, I have my already-published novel, Tale of the Tigers, and my two projects: the novel, Arlen’s Harem, and The Kenya Project. The latter must be put on hold, however, for a least a month, while I finish Arlen’s Harem. In addition, I must creatively use methods of immediate funding and, aside from the great blessing of this column—sent by God—there are two methods I plan to use, those that do not involve GoFundMe.com, but which produce immediate goods and services to a consumer.

The first involves Tale of the Tigers. As is often so for the books penned by non-famous authors, my novel is “self-published.” I put that term inside quotation marks because one does not do that alone, but with a print-on-demand business—a business in which one must pay for each lot of books.

I have no problem with the service, but when one is feeding self, clothing self, fueling one’s car and paying one’s utilities with individual book sales, it’s difficult to pay for the next lot. But, remember, “hunger” breeds creativity.

I have been selling many items—mostly books written by others—on eBay, and through that means, I discovered that I can sell my own book that way! I don’t have any dead-tree copies and eBay does not allow sales of digital documents, but I can sell copies via snail-mail CDs! So, that’s what I’m doing. (Both dead-tree and eBook versions are still available at Amazon, but if you buy them form me, I get the money right away instead of three months from now.)

The other method of surviving involves something I’ve observed over the last few years: there are many adults who don’t have a clue about things-Internet, things which we nerdim take for granted. Many people over 40 have laptops and smart-phones which serve as barely more than dust collectors. I run into people all the time who don’t know what a browser is, or how to download an attachment from their email, or who don’t know which attachment not to download. Therefore, I’m going to set up a basic computer and cell phone literacy class for adults in my neighborhood. (Any suggestions are welcome.)

So there. If you’re inclined to do so, please pray for my success, and buy the novel CD, if you haven’t already (see below). As soon as I get things a bit more solvent, I will make the CD available on both of my websites. And I will be selling them in meat space.

Oh, yes, and please point me to a service site or DIY link for labeling CDs. This is a professional operation!

Juliette Akinyi Ochieng blogs at baldilocks. Her first novel, Tale of the Tigers: Love is Not a Game, was published in 2009; the second edition in 2012. That novel is available on CD in PDF form at eBay. Contact Juliette there at j_baldilocks.