Over the years I've held many different jobs. Most of them have been in the food service industry. My last job was working in food service for Mystic Lake Casino. For the most part I liked working there and the money was good, but I had to leave for medical reasons. It was getting to the point where I was having to call in sick at least once each week. When you are having more bad days than good, you know it's time to take a break. Unfortunately, I'm not old enough to collect social security and they don't give medical disability for my condition. How then do I pay my living expenses? Well, out of my savings until I can qualify for social security. Even then, since my work history has been sporadic over the years, I don't expect to get much. I still make dreamcatchers and jewelry when I feel up to it. That isn't enough to live on of course. I'd have to be making them non-stop and then the quality would suffer.
My writing has gone by the wayside. The amount of work it takes to write a novel is very time consuming. Without the proper motivation, it is impossible to start such a long tedious project. People don't read books anymore. If they do, it isn't going to be a book by an unknown author. The amount of effort you have to put into promoting your work is easily twice that of actually writing the darn thing, if you want to be successful and have any sales. I like to tell people that I meet that I have written a book. Somehow people are still impresses with that, even if you have only sold a handful of copies. I usually direct them to my website if they need proof. The book isn't on Amazon anymore. I never sold a single copy there.
What does the future hold? I usually don't think about that too much. I'm actually more interested in looking into the past. I spend a lot of time researching my ancestry. You can find so much information online about your family tree. The average person usually knows who their grandparents are, but a lot of people enjoy looking much deeper than that for long lost relatives. I've even taken the home DNA test. They send you a report about what part of the world your ancestors came from. Although, the information is fairly general. You need to dig into online public records if you want to get details. A lot of the census documents are handwritten, and people didn't always stay in one place very long. I've moved around a lot over the years too. Maybe I'll to write a book about that someday... for my grandchildren.