whiski_sour: (shoot)
What is it about me taking a shower that makes my dad suddenly need to run the water in the kitchen? Seriously. Today he had to mop the floor. He couldn't wait until I was done.

I realize that I don't take my shower until around 9:30 in the morning, but I'm a creature of habit. I take my shower at that time Monday through Friday. So, why would you put in a load of laundry at 9:20?

Yes, I realize this is a petty bitch, but considering the man once decided he just HAD to wash a crockpot while I was in the shower AT SIX IN THE MORNING, I think he has a serious neurological problem that demands he turn on the water while I'm in the shower at least once a week.

Yeesh.

Second rant is TMI )

In less ranting, more pleading news...

I've got three jobs lined up. Aside from The Limited gig (which I'm still waiting for them to call me to go in for my first floorset), I'll be teaching basic Spanish to my homeschooled nieces, and I'll be taking the neighbor's grandson to school two/three days a week. Which is all great. By these forces combined, I'll be able to pay the bills.

Unfortunately, they're not combining soon enough to pay my bills THIS month. I'm scrounging and scraping to make the ends meet and I could really use a few sales to make it all come together.

So if you or anyone you know has some disposable income they'd like to kick my way, I've got jewelry, eBay, and I'll take whatever you want to give me to email you one of my unpublished stories. I don't normally ask for this kind of help, but I could really use any bit of word of mouth and any sale I can get in the next week or two.

Please and thank you.
whiski_sour: (i am no lady)
I've got three new bracelets in my Etsy shop, if you're interested.
whiski_sour: (zzz)
It's been a long few days. We've been doing an estate sale at Papa's house. You'd be amazed at the amount of stuff that was accumulated over a five decade span. Particularly since that house is just plain tiny (it's basically a kitchen, living room, bathroom, and bedroom...that's it).

Thursday, I helped Dad and Aunt Jo set up, going through stuff and pricing it. I ended up taking a box of stuff home. Books and trinkets and some pictures. It was kinda hard because there was so much stuff tied to my childhood that I hated to see sold. It's going to be really tough when we sell the house. The idea of the place not being ours is one I just don't want to deal with right now.

Yesterday and today was the first weekend of the sale (we're going to have to do it again in a couple weeks because there's just so much stuff). I'm happy to say that some of the pieces I'm going to miss most were sold to family members. Lots of family showed up and bought stuff because they can't bear it going to some stranger.

My grandparents were well-thought of on their road, so many of their neighbors have come down to buy stuff, which is nice. Several of my dad's old classmates showed up, too. We sold the kitchen table, chairs, and china hutch to a nice lady that will be taking it to Georgia. It's just nice to know that some of the more sentimental pieces that we couldn't keep are going to good homes.

For not doing much, I'm beat. We won't be doing it next weekend because of the Apple and Pork Festival. And frankly, none of us really wants to. So the weekend after next, we'll be right back out there telling people that if they don't want something for a quarter, then they really don't want it.
whiski_sour: (scream)
It's really starting to set in that next week will be the last week of a regular paycheck and then I'll be depending on what work DaLette can get me and how well I can sell my jewelry and my self-published book of short stories.

Yeah, I'm terrified.

If this doesn't work, I'll be back in the market for a day job, looking like a fool. It'll be just another in a long list of failures I've committed in my time. It's hard to be a success when you're rather mediocre and not very good at anything.

Anyway, I'm feeling a little anxious because it doesn't feel like a week is going to be enough time to get this show off the ground. The jewelry website should be ready, but the book is going to take a bit longer. I won't be getting any work from DaLette until October, so I've got a whole month to really work on building up the other two projects and getting them going.

I'm still terrified.

This could all work well if I were a different person, but I'm so reluctant to sell myself or anything I do. I feel like I'm being annoying when I try to put myself and my work out there. I'm not as smooth and charming as so many other people I know. Promotion is the key to making this work. Getting the message out to as many people as possible will go a long way to helping this work.

I've got the websites. I've ordered business cards. I plan on setting up pages on Facebook. I plan on using Twitter. If anyone would like to help me spread the word about the jewelry, I'd be happy to send you a freebie along with some business cards to pass out to people you think might be interested. I don't know what kind of deal I could work out on the book yet, but I'll think of something. Any help anyone could offer, I'd be grateful.

I'm doing this.

Yep. Terrified.
whiski_sour: (well paid)
I've got several action figures up on eBay right now. Harry Potter, Lord of the Rings, WWE.

Have a look and pass it on to anyone you might think is interested, if you would be so kind. Thanks.
whiski_sour: (Danno's on hold)
I come to you, dear flist, on bended knee asking for help and advice.

My mom was nice enough to let me use her computers and internet while I was without and as such, had to endure my blathering on about the Cubs. Honestly, it was only fair since she was the one who made me a Cubs fan in the first place and I grew up listening to her rant about Paul Assenmacher (you'd think the guy tripped her Grandma or something; even today, if you mention his name, it sets her off).

So, Mom decided to give me an early Christmas present in the form of Cubs tickets, only she couldn't decide what game I wanted to go to, so she's just giving me the money. My excitement lasted until I told my dad, who grunted with disapproval and did not make any comment. This told me two things: 1)my parents will always act like they just got divorced yesterday and 2)Dad doesn't think I deserve to go.

This year has been rough and he's had to help me pay my bills a few times. I don't like asking him for money, but life is full of things I don't like doing and I plan to pay him back at some point (I owe him a lot of money from him helping me out over the years). He doesn't like asking me for money either and even though he didn't say so, I know he thinks that because I asked for money I don't need to be going to Wrigley, even if someone else is paying for it. I know he wants me to use the money to pay my bills (I imagine he wants me to get a "real" job, too, but that's beside this particular point).

Mom gave me money last Christmas to buy clothes. I spent it on bills. In fact, I spent all of my Christmas and birthday money on bills. I haven't been able to afford to do anything big since DragonCon '08. I really want to go to Wrigley. I need to go to Wrigley. I need to get out of my house, get out of my town, and get some happy juices flowing. But, if I go and then have to ask Dad for money again next month (any amount of money, even five bucks), the shit is going to hit the fan.

So I reason the only way I'll be able to go is if I make sure I've got money to pay my bills next month, which means I've got a little less than 3 weeks to come up with about $250. If I can't come up with the cash, then the money Mom is giving me to spend on tickets is going to have to be spent on bills. Again.

This is where you come in, dear flist. No, I'm not asking you for money. I know I'm a rotten and terrible friend, but even I have my limits.

But, I do need help getting the money. I'm already selling stuff on ebay. I'll be putting more action figures up in the next few days (wrestling, Harry Potter, Lord of the Rings) as well as some magazines (Wrestlemania collector's issues), if you know anyone who might be interested.

However, that stuff hasn't been selling well lately and I can't guarantee that eBay alone will get me the money that I need.

I've thought about putting up some short stories up for cheap downloads, but honestly, I don't think I've got the promotional skills and popularity to make much money off of it (I'm still willing to give it a try, though; every bit of pocket change helps).

Aside from that, I'm not sure what else I can do. Does anyone have any ideas that don't include prostitution? I say that not because I look down on streetwalking as a distasteful profession, but because, let's face it, hookers work on commission and I've never been good at sales. To be honest, right now I probably couldn't give it away.

So, anybody got any money making ideas or can help me sell my stuff? I'd really appreciate the help. I know everyone else is going through stuff right now and this is really kind of a frivolous thing to ask for, particularly since the mess I'm in is truly a mess of my own making, but it would mean everything if I could go. I swear, I'll be a grown-up responsible adult and get a real job and trudge off into that zombie wasteland of maturity just as soon as I get back from the game.

Please, help this depressed fat girl get to Wrigley Field.
whiski_sour: (Fiona TCB)
FYI: I'm putting the rest of my Harry Potter action figures (Werewolf!Lupin, Quidditch!Harry, and Quidditch!George) on eBay over the next several days. Watch this space.

I can't tell if it's just because it's a new month or because the temperature has been above freezing for four days running and the snow is almost gone, but I'm just bursting with productivity. I haven't struggled once this week to get anything done.

Now watch, I've just jinxed myself and I won't get another damn thing done for the rest of the week.

Speaking of the weather, the weather people have forecasted that it's going to be in the lower 50's for the weekend. Carrie asked if this means that we're done with snow for the season. I told her there was no guarantee. Well, first I laughed like a crazy person, then I told her there was no guarantee.

Don't let Severe Weather Awarness Week and Tornado Awarness Month fool you. We've had snow and twisters before.

They don't call this the Season of Change for nothing.
whiski_sour: (skeletor)
I completed my first ever eBay sale today. Sure it took three trips to the post office because I ended up with the wrong sized box the first time, but I got it done and now my Hurley action figure is on its way to its new home.

It's a little bittersweet, selling my action figures. I'm doing it because I really need the money (I'm about twenty bucks away from broke) and frankly, most of them are just sitting plastic tubs upstairs because I don't have any place to properly display them. It makes sense to sell them to someone who can actually get some kind of use out of them.

But on the other hand, they're my toys and I don't like getting rid of my toys, even if I'm not playing with them.

Maturity has always been a real stretch for me.
whiski_sour: (michael)
I've finally started putting my action figures on eBay.

This is the page to watch. I've only got two up so far, but I'll be adding more over time. It seems less overwhelming to do it a little at a time rather than chucking up two big platic tubs full all at once.

Here's the list of everything that will be going up before all's said and done. The list is from when I gave my flist friends first dibs. That offer is still valid for anything I haven't listed on eBay, btw. At the very least, you'll save on shipping (in the U.S., anyway). 'Cause I like you guys.

Spread the word about my auctions to anyone you think might be interested. Don't be shy. I need the money.
whiski_sour: (michael)
I've decided to sell my action figures (well, all the ones I can find...I'm pretty sure I'm missing three of them and I can't find them and it's frustrating me, but that's besides the point). And I figured that I would give LJ land first crack before I go putting them up on eBay.

Five bucks shipping in the US, negotiable for anyplace else and/or if you want more than one figure. All figures are still in the original packaging, never been removed. I'd prefer paypal, but I have no trouble making exceptions for friends. If you know anyone who might be interested in what I'm shilling, I'd appreciate it if you'd send them my way.

I hate to do it, but I need the money and they're just taking up space at the moment anyway. A couple of these I'm really loathe to part with, but, like I said, need the money.

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