So basically in my years I’ve done quite a lot of stuff. Nothing that has gone the distance or been consistent. I’ve played in a band (guitar and vocals!) and made my own fanzines (before the online age). I’ve been a studio photographer, baker and bra fitter (not all at the same time) got a degree (I was a ‘mature’ student) did internships where I realised I was no longer hip or energetic enough to fit in, ended up in a high pressure office job, had a anxiety related meltdown, started a fashion business, worked somewhere awful part time, got unexpectedly pregnant, ended the business, tried to go back to the awful job after having my daughter, had another bout of anxiety, and here I am! So I’ve done a lot, much of it has failed either by my own doing or from outside factors I couldn’t control (redundancy etc).
Now outside of motherhood I’m trying to find my place in the world again. I’ve only really come ‘back to life’ in the past couple of months, prior to that I was in a completely sleep deprived limbo state and was definitely experiencing some kind of post natal depression and heightened anxiety. The cloud has pretty much lifted now and I feel alot more positive and focused. My various failed ventures all taught me lessons and gave me different skills and experiences. Now I’m trying to figure out what to do with them. I began this year with a couple of resolutions: learn to drive at last (still hasn’t happened because money or lack thereof) deep clean the oven (absolutely hasn’t happened) and do something I WANT to do. I was going to write a book, instead I decided to design a board game because one random night I thought well why not? I wanted to write a consistent blog (check!), wanted to make games videos and almost gave up, but with a nudge in the right direction I’m now doing it. I definitely still want to create some sort of games event for kids. I wanted to do it this summer but it got too late to organise. So i’m now aiming for October as that is when the next school holidays are. But as with everything in life you need money to survive. So….
I was thinking the other night about rule books. I helped proof read and adjust a Norwegian rule book to a more native English that English speaking readers would understand. I enjoyed doing it and the designer said it helped a lot. A game is on its way to me from Singapore, I was going to offer to proof read their rule book y’know just to be nice. I was thinking about badly translated rule books. Then I thought well maybe I should do a proof reading course so I can get a qualification from a professional body, and then offer an actual service. I mean tabletop gaming is still a pretty niche market so I wouldn’t end it there, there’s quite a bit of work out there for freelance proof reading. But it would be nice to tailor it to something I’m passionate about. Then I thought well maybe I could offer more services in addition, related to gaming promotion. This would also help with my catch 22-need money-can’t afford childcare-don’t really want to work full time when my child is still so young situation because I could work from home.
My question is this (and I’m planning to ask some of my board game contacts from different countries (contacts in the most casual sense of the word!) does anyone pay for this kind of service? Does anyone need a translator/proof reader when there’s perhaps friends or fans that will gladly do it for free? Does anyone need promotion when bloggers like myself do it for free already? Have I just answered my own question? I’m going to delve into this and brainstorm the idea some more. If it’s a dead end then fair enough, at least then I’ll know. And when you know, you know, and you find some other way to get by.
If anyone who may be reading this (or made it to the end of the post!) has any advice, comments, thoughts that could possibly help please feel free to comment/email/message me on Instagram. Thank you for reading!