With a title like that, you know it's gonna be good. Heh. Fun like a train wreck-- all relative to which side of the tracks you're standing on, I suppose. So! About me, I'm a 31 year old army veteran (infantry, woo) who harbors dreams of making it as a professional fiction writer. So far I've finished a few novels, even put one on Amazon, but I haven't really made any significant sales. I used to own my own pawn shop before that went belly up (a combination of serious illness and new local laws made it rather difficult for me to do business even though I did everything on the up and up) and the only job I've managed to find around my area is a fast food job despite my skills with computer repair and things of this nature. My area is financially depressed and getting worse every month. My goal right now is to get $500 together so I can get in somewhere with four walls and a working shower. That money's also going to act as my seed for bigger ventures, and I've got 15 days to make that happen. Resources: I Just registered a domain, installed WordPress and I'm going to get the content for that squared away tomorrow. About 60 bucks on my debit card. (Primarily for food) A high school education, voracious appetite for writing (hunger sweetens the meal, get it?), and the good sense to wear pants in public, though it may be tempting to take them off and spend a few days in jail on the county's dime. >_> Oh, and a professional attitude. That might be helpful, too. <_< What I've done so far: Got a site up. Posted a freebie on the BHW forums offering samples of my work to generate leads. I've gotten a few prospects out of it, too, so that's progress. Set up an iWriter account which has gotten me a couple jobs. Set up a Fiverr account offering writing gigs. Goal: 500$ by October. Bare minimum. No two ways about it, if I can obtain this much cash, I'll be able to get into a place and buy myself some time to get bigger projects rolling. This'll also show me how viable this endeavor is going to be. Plans: Writing Articles for clients. I need to research other leads and things like that, but this is ground floor stuff and it's something I'm comfortable with, so I should be able to make it work. Once my living situation has stabilized, I'll expand from there. What I would really like to do is get enough money together to move out of this state and start travelling. Since I live out of my backpack, that's not terribly hard. Figure a grand, I'd be set. Fifteen hundred if I wanted to get fancy. Long post, I know, but I'm riding a caffeine buzz that'd make a bull's nads vibrate like the San-andraes fault.