I like to write fantasy, though I do want to stretch myself into science fiction and perhaps even some non-genre fiction. My biggest frustration is that whatever I write tends to degrade into a rote allegory. I don't want to compartmentalize my faith, but I don't want it to be absolutely blatant either. I think I'll edit my goal slightly to getting 10 thousand words written by the end of October.
Mainly I want on getting some a book of short stories published, to pave the way for a full novel of some type. My two big projects are a fantasy world and its related set of stories (these have been a part of my creative vision since high school) and a sci-fi group of characters that just beg to have their stories told. (I also want to start on some scripting for a web comic, which would probably amount to a third project.)
For my trip, I'm looking to get about between 1100 and 1700 dollars (ever rounding up...) plus food and possibly gas costs. That way I have enough to pay current expenses regardless of which travel option I take.
Copypasta from my LJ post:
Anyway, I've been plotting and planning most of the afternoon finding different costs and putting together an itinerary.
November 15 - 17(18) is the fanfest in Anaheim, CA.
November 22 is Thanksgiving. Hopefully in Cheyenne, WY
November 25 is when I'd be back in Clarksville.
The fanfest has a special hotel rate that comes to 554 dollars total for the duration of the event. So that is a generally fixed cost. I'm guessing that I could just sleep in my car or sleep on the floor in WY.
If I go by plane to CA, WY and back to TN, I can get a multi-city ticket between 475 and 607 dollars.
Taking the Greyhound results in a $322 cost.
A car rental will cost between 349 and 444 depending on rental company.
(I could possibly also borrow a car from my parents and then only pay for gas)
The train doesn't seem to travel the route I need to go.
Plane: $1029 - $1160 plus food expenses.
Bus: $876 plus food
Car (rent): $903 - $998 plus food and gas expenses
Car (borrow): $554 plus food and gas expenses
Also, the 554 for the hotel room is needed by the 16th of OCtober, otherwise I'll probably need to find another hotel, or be forced to pay the "normal rate" which would add about 60 or 70 dollars.
On the plus side, I have a job that's flexible enough to allow me two+ weeks off without much difficulty. (Though the reason why that's true makes me somewhat ill...) I just don't know what I can do in the next week or so to that would enable me to raise up even the minimum that I am looking for.
My main hope however, even outside the scope of enjoying myself with friends and going to another convention, is if I can pull this off, then it's possible I can just repeat the process and end up with an income I can comfortably live off. As the 400 a month I get from my job + the 1700 dollars at the high end of the range is more than the 2k a month I've budgetted myself as a good "starting point to success."
If you guys have any ideas or thoughts to toss around, feel free to do so.