Welcome to the first halt in my blogs, well, if you force a workaholic to stay indoors 24×7 she either goes crazy, becomes an expert home-minister or picks up extremely time-consuming hobbies and dedicates her 200% to it!
That is what I have been doing since 2007, since relentless heckling of a gang of ghouls robbed me off my lifelong dream of having a career and forced me to stay at home. Initially it was tough for a woman like me, who never wanted to be anything but a career woman, but then, blessed me, I was bitten by writing bug, encouraged by favourable winds (readers) it became my full fledged passion, and illustration joined. Now, writing comes to me in a flow, so I usually write very quickly (I took professional training in typewriting quite seriously so my typing speed is really fast), but lucky for me illustrations take time, long time so I spend my time with these two newly picked up hobbies, that is since 2008 or 2009.
I took all the normal steps- blogged like crazy I have at present 17 blogs and believe me they are driving me nuts. I have self-published in Amazon (https://www.amazon.com/author/sharmishthabasu) that was elation and tragedy! Elation in publicity wise and tragedy in sale-wise! But my workaholic brain and muse won’t leave me in peace, I could not create my own library in Amazon! Come on! So an idea popped up (courtesy goes to Jonathan Ojanpera) and I started my own Ezines- Agnishatdal and Agnijaat, you can buy them via my patreon id, they are now one year old (1 year was on 17th July 2017) – Now, this was the best idea that came to me since sending my first scribbling to MSN’s reader’s archive!
Next landmark step was Agnijashatadalama- my online store which is waiting for a real bank account which will act normally in collaboration with my paypal account.
Surprise elation was illustrating Kevin Cooper’s Reflections:
But heck I am not a millionaire actually it is my brother’s generosity that I get food on my plate and clothes on my back! Honestly! So I constantly keep trying to make my only skill into my livelihood! Writing and illustration! Now, when one after another compliments your work that hints you can try your luck with them, so I started trying different avenues and at present I am trying my level-best with Patreon, the site is very co-operative it allows one to keep their money with them till they can withdraw it, my problem is hilarious, I have a bank account but that does not accepts foreign checks or EFT. To work on that – honestly I need serious income from Patreon, Amazon ($0.00 in last six months) or some other miraculous source, so I am not fretting on that! Instead of that I am trying to build a steady group of patrons in patreon, and entertain my muse with the organized creativity involved in that “patron building process”!
My Patreon Profile is https://www.patreon.com/sharmishthabasu
If you become my patron there I will love to offer you these little gifts as a token of my gratitude, I will make them worthy of your generous contribution! If you think otherwise you know where to contact and suggest me!
If you pledge $1 per month Agnijaat every month
If you pledge $2 per month Agnijaat, Agnishatdal every month
If you pledge $1 per month Agnijaat, Agnishatdal, Agnimalya every month
If you pledge $1 per month Agnijaat, Agnishatdal, Agnimalya, Sharmishtha Basu’s Paint and Brush every month
If you pledge $1 per month Agnijaat, Agnishatdal, Agnimalya, Sharmishtha Basu’s Paint and Brush and glimpses of my upcoming books in form of another mini book every month.
There are more but check out my Patreon profile to get the full details!