So, my June is looking to be going in the direction of FUBAR.
The Japanese school ends in March and begins again in April. This regularly results in a slightly longer than two week period in which I am technically unemployed as my previous contract ends around the 23rd and my new one doesn't pick up until the 6th. Due to the way my salary is calculated this means that every year my March and April paychecks are about 70% smaller than my normal paychecks. I get paid at the last day of the following month, so the March paycheck hits at the end of this week either tomorrow or Friday (depending on whether the April 29th holiday is a bank holiday or not) and my April paycheck will come at the end of May.
See, I'm not exactly privy to the details, but there were some issues between my direct employer: Interac and the local Board of Education. This may have something to do with Interac having recently split into several sub-companies. It may relate to the recent change in English teaching policy. I also heard from locals in the BoE that there were competing companies looking for the contract. Regardless of the situation, my contract this year did not start until the 21st. The only reason it even started then is because I noted to my boss that if he started our contract on the 25th that we wouldn't get paid enough to cover the automatic withdrawals the company handles for us regarding rent and our rental car payment (I really should look into getting my own car, I've probably paid twice what this car is worth already). So he contacted the next level of management and they arranged an extra training day and to start our work contract four days early so that the automatic payments are covered.
This will leave me with just the next thing to 0 yen to get through June.
I have already spoken to family regarding help but I really would like to reduce my dependence on them and as such, I have decided to put my DrivethruRPG products on sale. At least the E-Books because DrivethruRPG won't let me put the print copies on sale. The most I could do is to drop the price to bare printing cost and that would mean I get $0.00 with each sale.
To be honest, in order to get the money I need to get through June without getting family help I would have to beat my record month ten times over. (Yes, my record month so far is right around $100 in profits).
Still, times are hard and I don't want to burden my family unnecessarily. I also don't want to go to gofundme.com or the like. Not that I think it's never unwarranted. I have a friend recovering from brain surgery to remove a cyst that is getting help dealing with US neurosurgery costs (and buying groceries) and earlier another friend needing help recovering from thousands of dollars of malicious vandalism to the home she inherited from her parents. I don't feel my situation matches up to either of those.
So, I'm offering a sale of my e-copy books and games. This includes:
Semester Starts - the first (currently only) Divine Blood novel
All twelve Divine Blood Extracurriculars (Short stories)
The Divine Blood RPG
Greenwater novella series parts 1 to 3
Zodiacs short story anthology
Zodiacs system agnostic campaign guide
Changeling Playbook for the Monster of the Week RPG (a game based on playing in stories like Supernatural, Sleepy Hollow, Dresden Files, etc...the "playbooks" are basically the character classes)
Tournament of Fate Myth Arc for designing a MotW campaign or one shot around (It's loosely inspired by Fate/Stay Night)
Animation Generator - a rather silly collection of charts for coming up with details for a made-up TV series to use as setting and background pieces or character conversation. (to be honest, this one is Pay What You Want already, so the sale isn't affecting it)
These E-Book items run from $1 for the short stories to $8 for the Divine Blood RPG and I'm offering them at 25% off until June 22nd (which is my birthday).
Currently, I have hit $18.69 out of the $1000 I will likely need to get through June with no family assistance.
So, if you have a spare $0.75 to $6.00 available and were mildly interested in my stuff anyway. Or were looking for something to give as a gift. Regardless, any business would be greatly appreciated.