Anyone Else Broke and Trying to Chase Their Dream?

j0434131Little alarms bells are starting to chime regarding my financial situation.

I have been unemployed for almost a year.  I am still looking for a job and applying for everything that pays more than unemployment but getting very few responses.

I did take some time yesterday to review my resume and make some changes that may help, but who knows. I have even been attempting to work with my mortgage company, you know stimulus, modification etc, but getting nowhere fast on that either.

The intriguing part is the more harrowing my financial situation becomes the easier (better?) my writing seems to be.

Maybe it’s just a coincidence.

Maybe it’s the overall stress of the situation and writing is an escape.

This seems plausible; I’m not a big believer of coincidence.  Whatever it is, I have the need to write, not just the desire.  Pulitzer Prize winner Edna Ferber once wrote:

Life cannot defeat a writer who is in love with writing – for life itself is a writer’s love until death.

Perhaps it is this experience in my life that has affected me.  I love writing and I am beginning to receive some very kind comments on Killeryarns.com, but it isn’t going to pay the mortgage.

Should I not be thinking about profiting from my dream?

Part of my dream is to alleviate the need to remain dependent upon Corporate America for my financial needs.  With that in mind, yes; yes I should be considering the possibility of relieving some of the financial burden that sits upon my shoulders.

In an essay titled “A Room of One’s Own” writtin in 1929, Virginia Woolf wrote:

A woman must have money and a room of her own if she is to write fiction.

I have the room now – I just need the money.

It has become all too obvious that is time for a plan of action.  But, alas, I have never created a plan of action and don’t know how to begin. Research, research, research; time consuming and yet so necessary.

If anyone has experience writing a plan and advice on how to begin please let me know.  I will take all of the help I can get.

Until next week.

Dawnda

(Dawnda’s dream was to get some piece of writing published in 2009.  She left the 8 Women Dream group in 2009 to focus on finding full-time employment.  We consider her an accomplished dreamer as she published her thoughts here and began her own scary stories blog at www.killeryarns.com)

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  • Colleen, the Aussie

    Oh I don’t even have the room Dawnda ! There ! You are a step ahead of me already ! Here I sit in my “cosy” apartment wedged at the desk that sits between my laundry door and a piano with the kitchen and living area just a stones throw away over my shoulder. Best of luck. I understand hardship and will pray your dreams are realised.

    Colleen in Cairns

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  • Veronica

    That was the best blog….I got right in there with you. You are doing everything you can to obtain a job, perhaps creating one now, is the answer.
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  • Catherine

    Also email Alyse and let her know you are looking and she can refer you to the temp agency she went through. Write her now!
    We all get it hon. My financial glory is nothing near what it was three years ago ad I have scaled back so hard that I see blood.
    It’s called multiple streams of income – getting your income from writing, from a job, from your blog killer yarns (which reminds me that you need to come up to Heathers so we can do some ads)
    I agree with Robin – don’t stop writing! I also heard about something on NPR today called The Save The Dream Tour here: http://www.npr.org/templates/player/mediaPlayer.html?action=1&t=1&islist=false&id=111976178&m=111976156 about a program that is working for modifying mortgages. They are coming to California see here: https://www.naca.com/index_main.jsp I hope this helps! Oh and they are hiring too!

    • Dawnda

      I was actually going to see if I could come up on Thursday.
      Thanks for the information about the home mods – I already signed up for the stop in SF.
      Thank you again for all of the encouragement I really appreciate it. And I have no intension of not writing – I love it too much.

  • Robin

    Hi Dawnda,
    Sure you know how to write a plan of action! We wrote them all the time at the mortgage company. They were called ‘action plans’ ;)

    Whatever you do, DON’T stop writing!

    Keep dreaming!
    Robin

    • Dawnda

      Thanks Robin! You’re right we did write plans. Huh – how quickly we forget. Thanks for the kind words.
      D