The 2010 20K: Day 10 – Things I Won’t Do For Money…

…ESPECIALLY for $55.

So after posting yesterday's blog, one of my friends sent me an MSN message with the following enclosed:

"Clean my toilets".

Thanks, Kev. While this is definitely on the list of things I MIGHT do, there's a caveat. I'd expect the hirer to pay the costs of travel. It just doesn't make much sense otherwise. If I have to pay $55 (or more!) to make the $55 back, there wasn't much sense in travelling all that way, was there? So yes, $55+applicable costs will be the rate 🙂

So just so your imaginations don't run COMPLETELY wild, let's list off some things I WON'T do for $55:

  • Sleep with you (and no, Sarah won't give it the okay, so don't try that angle, either)
  • A job that obviously costs wayyyy more than $55 to do (like, I dunno – develop a database system for a company of 20,000 people)
  • Anything causing direct harm to myself or others

Just to name a few.

Didn't get around to finishing up the Indie Writers' Deathmatch entry, but hoping to use it for something else in the near future – submissions for indie mags are always being requested.

Another week is upon us, and I still have a few things to do before bed – a resume to send out, things to scan and various items to consolidate. Gonna be one of those nights, I guess 🙂 Hopefully this week will be rife with opportunities to increase this total!

The 2010 20K Running Total = $62.20

Thanks for reading and wish me luck this week,

–case p.

The 2010 20K: Day 9 – The Bridge from Planning to Reality

One of the methods I commonly use for saving – and caveat, I'm saying that this works for me personally, not necessarily for everyone – is saving my change in a bucket. I don't spend change if I can help it (and it helps that I'm not a coffee drinker); I take all that change goes in a bucket so I can eventually deposit it into the bank account. At the same time, though, you don't want to leave it sitting TOO long. You start to think about it after a while – all the change I have sitting here, I could be using to pay debts, gain interest – whatever it is that you could do to improve your financial situation. I just did a roll-up (i.e. the times where I'll sit down and roll up a bunch of change), and there's $451.50 to be banked (plus another $125 US cheque, a British 5 pound note and a cheque for all of 19 cents from a refund) [note: Just returned. Apparently TD has free change counting machines. When did THIS happen? All that time and effort… for nothing D:]

Today's activities won't include too much for the 20K, I fear. Two birthday parties tonight mean that I won't work directly on my site, but I'll still be working on the layouts on construction paper, and trying to get that entry for the Indie Writers' Deathmatch done by tomorrow.

In fact, why don't you give the "monologue" I wrote a read and tell me what you think? Any comments, positive, negative or ambivalent would be HIGHLY appreciated. [Sarah took a quick read over it at one of the birthday dinners tonights and gave some crits and comments – please note that this copy has not seen them yet.]

Premise: In a dystopian near-future, economic collapse has sent the United States into a frenzy, and after being shunned by the United Nations in their time of need – including their neighbours to the north – they attack to make their point made and voices heard. This is a short story detailing the situation found in one of the cities affected by these events.

This used to be a nice town. That was before urban sprawl led to social collapse. Before vertical growth sent everyone scrambling for refuge in the tunnels. Before the glass house that we thought protected us all was found to be cracked just enough to shatter from the first stone thrown.

Back when the word "Canadian" meant something.

Who would attack US, the Canadians thought.

I mean, we ONLY had a wealth of natural resources. We ONLY had the second-largest political land mass on the globe. We were ONLY one of the last economies to feel the chilling touch of the Great Recession. Oh yeah, NO ONE would want a piece of THAT.

And yet they kept pretending that nothing was coming. The prices kept rising, but that didn't matter – condos, computers, cars, real estate, stocks, bonds, drugs, identities – whatever was on the market, they'd eat it up like there was no tomorrow.

Too bad so few realized how SOON that cliché would become so APPLICABLE.

When the U.N. turned their back on the US in their time of need, all those years of pent-up rage, blind patriotism and political shenanigans came to a head when their neighbours in the Great White North couldn't be bothered to spare them a dime.

We thought we'd be safe in our overpriced highrises; our new digs from the boutiques downtown; our brand new luxury cars with the tops down in our pleasant – albeit brief – summer days.

Like I said, let me know what you thought.

Karaoke tonight reminded me that I should look into singing lessons eventually – my breathing was ALL sorts of messed up. I can sing okay – just not with any stamina 😉 But I guess that would translate to my performance in intramural sports as well – huh. Who'da thunk it.

Ah! I also received an AWESOME idea from Jen, someone who was at one of the parties I attended – if I break down the $20,000 into daily chunks, I can try to advertise to do jobs at one flat rate to try and make those daily goals 🙂

So $20,000/365 = $54.79, so let's round that up to $55 to make it easier.

Imagine:

Casey Palmer – The Job Man! Does any* job for $55!
*the option to do a job or not is at the discretion of Casey Palmer and Casey Palmer alone

I could advertise this alongside my resume and people could challenge me to see what jobs I'd actually take on. It'd be interesting 😀 I need to get my sites done so I can advertise this PROPERLY. I thank you Jen for your beautiful, beautiful brain.

That's all I've got in me for now.

The 2010 20K Running Total = $62.20

–case p.

The 2010 20K: Day 8 – Expectations

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I took some time this morning to teach myself how to use the Google Charts API. It’s a handy tool for making graphs on the fly by simply putting the data you need in a URL – but I can see how it might become a little more difficult to use when you have a LOT of data points to put in. Expect to see more tinkering in future updates.

So 2010 may very well be the year of explicit contracts and service level agreements with clients. I mean, I’m a nice guy and all, but some things really blow my mind at times. Let’s take, for example, the calendar I worked on near the end of 2009 and was trying to get a follow-up done in the last couple of weeks by getting desktop stand-style calendars printed with the same images (by the way, if you’re ever trying to do this, make sure it’s in the October-November period of the year – it gets FAR more difficult to find a printer after this).

Let’s look at some numbers on the original calendar:

Time spent on making 13 drawings for the calendar = 10 hours
Money spent to print the calendar = $24.85
Money spent for next day shipping = $15.00

Money paid to Casey for this calendar = $20.00

The look on Casey’s face upon seeing this = PRICELESS.

So yes, even though people may be friends or you may have or had a good working relationship with them, you still need to get things down on paper and a firm understanding put together before you start doing the work. Otherwise, things like this happen. It’s not something that I’ll let sour the relationship nor will I be bitter about it, but I’ll definitely approach things differently next time.

Today was still a good day, though. I sat with one of my more “big business”-minded friends, and she was able to have a good talk with me on the ideas of things like incorporation, focusing my efforts on doing one thing well and how to invoke actual growth in money. It was good to bounce ideas off of someone who’s really into making effective change in a limited scope of time.

Doing some research on avenues already available to me, and I’ve (re-)discovered a couple:

I’m resurrecting an art book that I published called Blazin’ Apes: Sketches to Sketches, Brush to Brush (Edwin, I still need to sign yours!) – it’s a collection of work that I’ve done over the years, collected into one tome – feel free to support if you’re interested 🙂 You can get more information on it by clicking below:

http://www.blurb.com/books/312787

Also, LiveJournal gives Paid/Permanent users to generate revenue through ads in their journals. I might try it out – LJ friends, if it drives you insane, please feel free to let me know. But, you’ll need to give me a better alternative for continued revenue. Deal?

Today’s increases came from $0.10 donated by Sakshi this morning, which was awesome – every little bit helps 🙂 – $2.00 from cashing in a December lottery ticket and $20.00 from that calendar job. Money is money, right? This means that…

The 2010 20K Running Total = $62.20

For anyone who’s done the math, $20,000 over the span of the year means that I’ll need to earn an average of $384.62 per week to make it. It’s a good start, but I’m going to need to turn up the heat in order to hit the goal. But Day 7 out of 365? It’s WAY too early to say die 🙂 Let’s DO this.

Thanks for reading,

–case p.

The 2010 20K: Day 7 – Still Schemin’

Just finished reading Chris Ballard's The Butterfly Hunter: Adventures of People Who Found Their True Calling Way Off the Beaten Path last night.

Today's haul was a decent haul – another $16 from some winning Cash for Life scratch cards (yes, from Sarah – it's been indicated that she's been having quite the active role in this blog – but if she's reaping benefits from it, then why not?) and $1 donated from Sakshi (thanks, Sakshi!) – tomorrow I see myself cashing in some lottery tickets as well 🙂 Gotta get it where you can, right?

Some more ideas:

Casey's scanning service – I have an 8" x 14" scanner that converts film into digital images, so I'd do that for a nominal fee

Casey's portable mini recording studio – I have a Shure SM 58 with a Shure X2U to connect it directly to a computer, so if someone needs to record quality audio, I've gotcha covered

Casey's organization service – files all over the place on your computer? Can't remember where you put that doohickey? Casey Palmer to the rescue! I can run mindmaps to organize your notes, Excel spreadsheets to get your finances sorted out, or even build new scripts to help make what you do on your computer far easier

Been more of a lackadasical day – hope to have an active weekend of 20K action – writing, drawing and websiting needs to be done!

Also, if anyone wants to share any Settlers of Catan war stories, I'm all ears. I think I'm on my sixth near-win (as opposed to an outright loss) in a row.

The 2010 20K Running Total: $40.10

Thanks for reading!

–case p.

The 2010 20K: Day 5 – Beating the odds?

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Snagged from another Posterous I follow at http://reflectionof.me/the-resolution-cycle-1 – I assure you that this cycle won't be happening to me.

Alright, so this will be one of my quicker updates, as I've rented Inglorious Basterds and it needs a watching before its due date tomorrow.

This has been one of my weirder evenings so far.

In vaguely the correct order:

  • Went to Kinko's to put in an order for desk calendars – only to find that they DON'T do desk calendars, being the shoddy organization that they are (all artists who have ever gone there to mass produce ANYTHING know EXACTLY what I'm talking about) – I've been directed to hit up The Printing House in the morning, which I will, but if anyone else has any suggestions on what route to take for this in the downtown Toronto area, please let me know
  • A massive subway delay caused me to get some reading in, but also miss the 6:10 train home, so I found a couch near to the station to continue said reading – there I met a young dude by the name of Mark who was asking about my Bleach bookmark – we had a half hour conversation about anime, manga, swapped our sketchbooks and email addresses – he seemed like a pretty cool dude looking to make art and acting connections – we'll see if this is a networking opportunity as the 20K continues 🙂
  • Then I gave $5 to a homeless woman on the way to my train. Turns out that she's a prostitute on probation due to drug abuse and I was the 11th young Black man to have helped her out since last summer… which she believes is due to there being a Black American president in power which is changing the world for the positive. …yup.
  • Met up with my buddy Andrea to belatedly swap Christmas gifts, and she contributed another $2 to the cause, if only to double up on the previous contribution. Hey, I'll take it!

Anyway, in any case, I'm glad to be home so I can rest a little.

Indie Writers' Deathmatch:

http://www.brokenpencil.com/deathmatch/

Deadline for this is the 10th with a top cash prize of $300. With entries needing to be 1000-3000 words, I'm hoping to whip something up over the course of the week. Please keep posted as I'm going to need some SERIOUS voting help if I do!

As well, I have some vague ideas for a really bloody, gory short story, but if anyone has any ideas they want to send along and see incorporated in what will be nothing short of a masterpiece, get in touch with me!

Threadless 2K10:

http://www.threadless.com/loves/threadless2k10

Last night, Sarah helped me come up with a few really good design ideas for this contest – I'll hopefully be able to get them put together by the January 31st deadline, and like with the Indie Writers' Deathmatch, I'll need some serious help with votes! Keep posted – winning the $10,000 prize would be SO AWESOME.

If you guys come across any other contests you think I'd be interested in, let a brotha know!

Comments:

So it seems that some people may have some apprehension about commenting since they might not know much about the commenting options. Let me quickly cover them:

  • Posterous – you'd need to have a Posterous account to log-in with this options
  • Facebook Connect – to quickly explain how Facebook Connect works, it's an authentication system where you use your pre-existing Facebook information to log in to another site. What this does NOT do is: put a new app on your Facebook; take any of your data outside of the privacy settings you've already set up; or alter your Facebook usage in any way. It's probably the safest and easiest method for most of my readers out there. Feel free to consider it and try it out 🙂
  • Twitter – similar to Facebook Connect, but for this you need a Twitter account to log in with.

Also, you can also get in touch with me at palmer DOT casey AT gmail DOT com, if you're REALLY skeptical.

Thanks for reading!

The 2010 20K Running Total: $3.00

–case p.

Upular: An “Up” Music Video

This is the kind of stuff that one of my local comic shops posts about on its blog – a music video composed almost entirely of sound bytes from the movie “Up”.

It’s called “Upular”. It’s going on my iPod. IMMEDIATELY.

Trust me. It’s awesome.

–case p.

Funny Moments 2009: Doomz on the News

 

Going over some random and humorous things that occured to yours truly in 2009 – like the time where Sarah and I lost our trip to the Bahamas due to Conquest Vacations going under, and after some ranting and raving on Twitter about the whole deal, Muhammad Lilla, a reporter from CBC news asked if I’d be available for an interview.

Several emails and a couple of phone calls later, we’d set up at a parkette close to work and the new was shot.

I eagerly awaited seeing myself on the 6 o’clock local news, but nothing came up. Figuring that it had been scrapped, I went off to do other things.

Until the phone calls and emials started coming in.

6:30 pm: Dude! You’re on the Ottawa news!

9 pm: Casey, what’re you doing on the National?!

11 pm: What! Why’re you on my TV in British Columbia?!

Casey Palmer. Showing up in the most unexpected places since 1983.

–case p.

The 2010 20K: Day 4 – Further planning

Some might ask why I chose to use a blog in order to try and hit my $20,000 rather than just, I don't know, going out and getting a part time job. Trying to sell my art at art shows and conventions. Using Craigslist to get rid of a bunch of stuff that I might not need anymore. I think it's a simple answer for me, really – user interaction. I like dealing with people. Sure, my job currently allows for that, but not on the scope I think I'd prefer. I like to discuss and debate, to confer with others on ideas – lots of things like that.

So, so far Sarah has been pretty helpful with informing me about different opportunities available in the city for my challenge. The ones I have so far include:

Other resources she pointed out were:

This could be fun or horribly disastrous. I can see myself applying for a number of different opportunities and wasting time trying to wait and see how things develop. But once the ball starts rolling, maybe it would get me to my goal a lot faster! Won't know until I take the plunge, so I'd better get started!

TODAY'S CONTESTS ENTERED:

http://www.canadapost.ca/way (can enter once daily) <– this has a top prize of a $5,000 gift certificate for Canadian Tire – Sarah figures I could hawk it off on eBay/Craigslist for $4,000 if I won. Makes enough sense to me.

I need to make time to hit Kinko's tomorrow to submit that calendar (it's hard to get your butt out in the cold to do things up here in Canada, eh?) and work on a design for the Threadless $10K for 2K10 contest (http://www.threadless.com/loves/threadless2k10) – but it's going to have to be something killer. I'll post it up when I come up with it 🙂

Anyway, more to come tomorrow on ideas for things I could do in the next coming months and hopefully a post a day/every few days on things I could possibly do for you if you hire me 🙂

The 2010 20K Running Total: $1.00

–case p.

The 2010 20K: Day 3 – Making it easier for folks to help!

Today’s blog post is brought to you by green construction paper! I’ve been sketching like a madman and clearing out excess art supplies, so it just seemed to be a natural progression to jot my thoughts down as you see below:

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Well, 1/2 ain’t bad, right? I upgraded the PayPal account to a Premium account – so far I’ve gotten it set up for donations, and will work on setting up other facilities as the challenge progresses:

Hope you’re all well, and I’m hoping for an exciting week back to work, facing the challenges of balancing the 2010 20K with the 9 to 5 job. A set of numbers that’ll spell success or utter doom 🙂

Keep checking the blog!

–case p.

 

The 2010 20K: Day 2 – Clarification

Day 2 is upon us and I've already sparked discussion, debate and questions of integrity! SWEET.

First off, here's a confession: I'd hoped to be able to kick off 2010 with a bit of a sweetener, since I had some uncashed cheques left around and Christmas cash that I've yet to receined from a relative or two. I figured – hey – why not make this a little easier on myself to start with? But then I thought about it and came to a realization – any of that money is technically money that I didn't earn in 2010! It was all "earned" in one way or another by the end of last year.

Which leaves me at a big fat 0 so far for this year. But hey. It's more fair that way. So just to let you know – I do have some ethics 🙂

Fortunately, though, I may have a few jobs lined up for January, so all is not lost! Hopefully one will see funds come in by the end of this week.

Upon sending out the news of the blog from one of my gmail accounts, I got a few replies from friends – a mix of encouragement, concern and advice. I'll (anonymously) cover a few of the items here just in case anyone else might be thinking about these things, but just don't wish to voice it:

good luck casey – my plan is to follow your blog and then steal any money making ideas that you seem to have…..

I'm totally cool with anyone else being inspired by this blog and going off to do similar things of their own – I'm all about self-empowerment, and if people are better for it, then hurrah 🙂

buy yourself that mac book pro pronto. don't keep defering that dream. further rationale, you could make money off whatever you produce on the pro.

Yes and true. And worry not – I'm pretty sure that the MacBook Pro will be the least of my worries over the coming years 😉 As well, sure – I can totally use the sweet operating system of the Pro to make awesome stuff, but at the end of the day, it's just a tool, right? I can make awesome stuff using this Toshiba Satellite in the meantime, too! (Well, I hope so, at least.)
 
Is your girlfriend helping to pay for either of those trips? split costs my friend.
 
That's the plan at the moment, yes – but she does have a house to pay for, so if I can help by taking the lion's share, then I'll help by taking the lion's share. I just figure it's the right thing to do.

with more money comes more responsibility. you are fortunate to be where you are now, … what you're making is not a bad figure at all. Careful with making money a goal, it tends to supersede all the other small things in life that are more meaningful than amassing money. besides, not having enough money just forces you to prioritize.

SO true. My focus of this exercise is not to simply make extra money and have that be the sole focus – I'm actually trying to expand my horizons in the ways in which one can make money and just try to have a good time while doing so 🙂 I hope to actually take advantage of more opportunities this year than last 🙂
 
you don't need to make an extra 20G. Europe will run you 6 grand (you're travelling cheap remember) depending on how long you're going for. the aussie aussie aussie (oy,oy,oy) trip will run you 5G..and the engagement ring 10G. okay, so 20G about, but you can save half of that on your current income. So you only need to make another 10G net. So, that's 30G gross.

Granted, I can see how that budget would work, but there're other things to consider – taxes on extra income, if Sarah can't save up enough for the trips for whatever reason, travel insurance, unexpected costs… I think that $20K is a decent figure to estimate for whatever might happen by the end of this year 🙂


In other news, today I officially made my first dollar of the 2010 20K challenge 😀 Thank you Luke for your support – your $1 earned you hearing about my story and a mention in the blog for being the first supporter! Woo hoo!

There may be some more coming in later in the week, but I'll keep y'all posted on it 🙂

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2010 20K Running Total: $1.00

Thanks everyone,

–case p.