I figured I’d use one post to clear up some misconceptions and maybe answer some questions that you didn’t have.
First off: No, I am not a financial wizard. If you are thinking to yourself, “Pfff, I could easily live on $20,000 a year, this guy ain’t so special,” then I must remind you that ‘ain’t’ ain’t a word. And also, no shit Sherlock. $20,000 a year is a reasonable amount of money for a guy with no attachments to live on. However, my project puts me in a unique situation where I make the heft of that money in the latter half of my year. This is where the smart spending habits come into play.
That is why the editors of these particular publications were interested in my story. I assure you, it was not for my stock portfolio.
To answer the second most asked question: Yes, I am an idiot. And a douche bag. And a Taurus. How’d you know?
I am also an atheist. This makes me, by definition, a bad person. I can’t help it, sacrificing babies to my No-God is such a thrill. But don’t worry, I won’t run for political office, because I know you wouldn’t vote for me anyway.
I currently live in Seattle. This is my seventh city. If you want to know what other cities I have lived in, click on that “About” link up above. If you want to know which city has been my favorite, I can tell you they’ve all had their charms and produced special memories. If you really want to know which city has been my favorite, buy me a drink sometime and I’ll give you the unvarnished truth. What can I say, I don’t like varnish.
I’ve been running this blog for about two and a half years now. If you’re interested in the 4 years of the project before the blog, you’ll just have to buy my book when it’s all done. (See what I did there? Publishers take note, I’m already doing half your marketing for you.)
Let’s see, what else?
I am half-Mexican. Don’t ask which half.
I do not know which city I will be moving to next. I’m open for suggestions, but I’m even more open for donations of Jack Daniels.
I do not suggest you begin your own 10 Cities Project. These years have been interesting and eye-opening, challenging and rewarding and they have helped me grow in so many ways. But they have also been very isolating at times and I’ve dealt with my share of stress and heartache throughout. The only reason I keep pushing on is because this is my dream, my ambition. Sacrificing for your art is only worth it when it truly is your art. There are a million ways to explore this world and to explore yourself, and most of them involve leaving your bedroom.
Find a path that keeps you fulfilled.
I feel like I’ve written a lot, so I’m just going to quickly answer the rest of your questions.
No (but really yes).
How big are we talking?
Only if I see the money upfront.
I doubt it, but I’m not a doctor.
Well, that should do it. I hope you feel better informed and ready to face the day. Remember, today is the first day of the rest of your life, and you’ve already wasted 10 minutes on this stupid post. Personally, I’m ashamed of you.