Mission Not So Successful
I am really rather reluctant to post this but I have been convinced by others that it might be in my own best interest. As many of you know I ran a successful indieGogo campaign in November to stave off impending eviction. I would have gotten away with it too if it weren't for those meddling..... no actually the kids have nothing to do with it.
Actually one sort of does, my sixth child. Right before the campaign I started an unpaid leave to take care of my newborn daughter, Maya, while my wife finished the semester.
To make up the income for those weeks, I applied for New Jersey Family Leave insurance. I got approved for the funds but they both took longer to receive and were capped much lower than anticipated. That is partially my fault as I based my calculations mistakenly on the 2012 cap and not the 2013 cap.
Thus I essentially had no income in November. I used some of the campaign funds (the funds paid via paypal were available immediately) to live on (gas, food, some bills etc).
That being said, I ultimately didn't pay off December's rent. I still owe about half of December's and all of January's. As I mentioned in my campaign, I do have systems being put into place to avoid this mess in the future but they haven't all come to fruition just yet.
My website is just about go live (should be up later today at www.pluscliff.com
) and I am building up my portfolio and brushing up my Resume to start seeking illustration work. I am also working on my Zazzle store (http://www.zazzle.com/pluscliffscreations
) and have set up a Patreon account (http://www.patreon.com/pluscliff
). In addition starting in February i will be selling prints at a local Tattoo shop.
My W2 came in Friday and my wife started filing our taxes, I am just waiting for the state info for the Family Leave Insurance (I opted to have the fed tax taken out) so we can file. The return should have been enough to bring us current and give us some cushion.
Things started looking up. I am just getting over a cold and began gearing up for a productive weekend. That is, until I opened my email Friday I got a notice from the landlord saying that if the balance isn't paid in full by Monday they are filing to evict. My heart sank. Unless I happen to get a bunch of commissions this weekend, that is not going to happen.
Thus this post.
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PS: While i am in no way asking for donations, I am not above receiving them either. My paypal address is fulloffroth at gmail.