Sharo’s Creative Funding Chronicles Pt 2

Not a lot to report. Largely this update is to keep track of the date I started the second app I’m cautiously attempting to play for personal gain : Total Trivia.

I chose it because the ads on Lucktastic made it seem like a faster, non-chance-based alternative. (The idea being… either I play for things that are of immediate value to me, like Amazon gift cards and stuff I’d purchase anyway, or I play for things that I wouldn’t necessarily need or want and either sell locally or like, through Ebay, or possible- depending on the kind of items- repurpose them into artworks or other things that might be sold.)

So far I do like the ability to play a bunch of trivia games for free or for “watch this sponsored ad,” and so far I don’t like that it has an option for you to purchase “discount tickets” (in-game items that are used to purchase more chances to answer questions and accrue points towards the final score.)

Hm, I’m not sure. I’ll hold on to it, since I’m not expecting to be great at it on my first day, but I’m not sure how much longer I’ll be holding onto it. Also- wow, so y’all really want your players to know trivia about your sponsor, Kamikoto Knives, huh? I’ll admit, if I gave a darn about knives or cooking I’d probably be tempted.

Edit: I forgot, but- in case this stirring endorsement convinces anyone to download or play this app, try using my referral code ” sharofeels ” and see if that benefits you. I’m not actually sure if it will or not, so comment if it actually gives you anything or what.

Edit #2: Mispelled the name of the knife company!

Sharo’s Creative Funding Chronicles : Pt 1

As anybody who’s thought too hard about it will tell you, certain things- websites, editors, writing and art equipment, etc- cost money. Since my salary has to go strictly towards various living expenses for the foreseeable future, I’m embarking on a financial journey, looking for alternative ways to raise the kind of money I need to both sustain my work and pursue my creative career. Hopefully, keeping track of the various methods I try don’t just help me, but also provide a decent reference for any creative professional or creator out there who might be in a similar situation.

That being said, as of today, March 25 2018:

So far it’s not going great. I follow the Pennyhoarder Facebook page at the moment, although I generally don’t actually click through to any of the articles… so, probably shouldn’t be following it. I can’t help it! I can’t fathom half of what they post.

Anyway. An article caught my eye recently that had a list of Android apps that you could use to make money in one sitting, and I did take a look at that one. Some of the apps were, hm, not suitable for me personally: driving for Uber or Lyft, selling unwanted possessions, that sort of thing. However, I did find an app that seemed kind of promising, and I decided to try it out: Lucktastic. It’s basically an app for free virtual scratch-off cards and sweepstakes- you can earn real money, or in-game currency (tokens,) or entries into various ongoing sweepstakes. You don’t have to pay towards any of it, because it seems to be funded exclusively through advertising, although I could be wrong on that one. You do have to provide a certain amount of legal information in order to register to redeem any winnings, though.

As of today, I’ve been diligently playing it for about ten or eleven days (I should have kept track and I didn’t think to do so, alas.) As of today, I have accrued a little over 12600 tokens- so, enough to gain a yearlong subscription to Cosmopolitan Magazine, which is a thing I do not have space for at this time- and won a combined total of $1.25, which is 75 cents too little to actually redeem. (The bottom limit appears to be $2.)

Pros:
Again, not having to actually pay for anything is pretty ideal for any kind of gambling thing. I’ve also seen a handful of interesting-looking apps advertised on it, some of which might actually be useful towards this fundraising goal. And if you can find it in yourself to dedicate anywhere from 15-45 minutes of your life to this, every single day, in a month you can probably farm enough tokens to get a 25$ or 50$ gift card for Amazon.

Cons:
I don’t actually mind having to see ads to literally do any of the features on this app, but the screen flashes between various dark and bright loading screens, kind of without warning- if you’re prone to migraines or have light sensitivity at all, probably should skip this one. I’ve had four notifications on the main screen for over a week and I can’t figure out how to make it not say that I have unread messages. And this should go without saying, but if you or anyone in your family has a history of gambling addiction, it’s not worth the download.

Overall it’s a vaguely fun little app, if scratch-offs are your preferred method of gambling or wasting time- to be honest, it doesn’t seem to be for me. I’m probably going to try to hold out til the end of the month before I delete the app, but that is mostly because I try to be a completionist and they’ve got me feeling like I’ve already invested ten days of my life here. But if you’re looking for a time-waster and don’t want to give Candy Crush or Fruit Ninja any more of your eyeballs, it’s a pretty decent way to eat up a wait at a DMV or dentist.

Hmm!

I have GOT to figure out if there’s a way to import posts from my Instagram straight to WordPress! Anyway, there are a couple of new posts on it, one being a work in progress of a fine art piece and one being some “visual notes” for my novel.

I think I’m also going to start using WordPress to catalogue my efforts to gain funding for writing and art related costs, like editing services, or paint. We’ll see!

Uptempo eighties music playing in the background

I have a nice solid week’s vacation coming up next week and I am SO PUMPED about all the painting and writing that are going to be finished by the time I trudge back into work!

Oh, I’m also thinking of editing some of my older writing that was Patreon-exclusive in 2016 and posting that, along with some of the art from that time period. Just can’t decide if I want that to be something in the blog updates or in its own portfolio page! I’m also thinking that I might start crossposting my public posts on Patreon to here as well and vice-versa- we’ll see! I have a couple of days to mull it over before I have all this uncategorized free time on my hands.

PROBABLY… unsplash is my new favorite website.

Go to sleep, Pinterest. You can find my unsplash.com account here if you’re interested in the types of collections I’m curating or curious to see what sort of visual inspiration I’m using for either my fine art or my writing, and having free-to-use access to photos I can credit back to the original photographer is also fantastic.

LITERALLY… the only thing I wish was different is the search function. I would prefer a “search within results” kind of deal so that when I search for apples-the-fruit I don’t get page after page of apples-the-tech. But I honestly highly recommend it for curating aesthetics, collecting reference images, or just appreciating neat photos.

(And it’s not that I’m hating on Pinterest, exactly- it’s great for recipes and crafting, but not for “i need a dozen high resolution photos of rocks that I can manipulate to my heart’s content for fun and profit” type photo-gathering.)

Oh! And NASA has an unsplash page, too, so, you know, that’s pretty great. I have no idea if NASA has a Pinterest.