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by Ian
Sat Jan 04, 2020 11:04 pm
Forum: ERE Journals
Topic: Third World ERE - FI Achieved!
Replies: 79
Views: 24806

Re: Third World ERE - FI Achieved!

A bit of an understatement. However, with your passive income hitting 107% of expenses, you can afford to be a full-time creative. I wish you the best. Thank you. I've done a decent job of diversifying, receiving income from Smashwords, Valve, and various game stores, but having a stable fallback i...
by Ian
Sat Jan 04, 2020 11:57 am
Forum: ERE Journals
Topic: Third World ERE - FI Achieved!
Replies: 79
Views: 24806

Re: Third World ERE - FI Achieved!

FINAL POST Hello, everyone. One last post to cap off this thread. I'm now FI by just about any standard, as my passive income in 2019 was 107% of my expenses. That's without outside benefits (like my previous subsidized housing) and including several "abnormal" expenses that won't repeat y...
by Ian
Thu Jan 05, 2017 11:41 am
Forum: ERE Journals
Topic: Third World ERE - FI Achieved!
Replies: 79
Views: 24806

Re: Third World ERE

Thank you, and thanks for commenting. I'm not absolutely ruling out updating any more, so I might spend some more time here yet.
by Ian
Mon Jan 02, 2017 3:20 pm
Forum: ERE Journals
Topic: Third World ERE - FI Achieved!
Replies: 79
Views: 24806

Re: Third World ERE

2017 Update This may be my last update for a variety of reasons. Two of my goals have essentially flipped. Originally I was thinking FI would let me free up my time for creative pursuits, but now my creative work is what's paving the road to FI. I made more money writing in 2016 than I ever did as ...
by Ian
Sat Jun 11, 2016 8:51 am
Forum: Money Questions
Topic: Class action law suits --- It's the American way
Replies: 17
Views: 4146

Re: Class action law suits --- It's the American way

Anyone know if you can be up for costs participating in those things if they lose ? I was under the impression you weren't, but would anyone like to correct me? @Ian: a lot of times you won't know if it's really worth it until after the fact; payouts tend to be distributed pro rata. For example, I'...
by Ian
Thu Jun 09, 2016 1:57 pm
Forum: Money Questions
Topic: Class action law suits --- It's the American way
Replies: 17
Views: 4146

Re: Class action law suits --- It's the American way

Sorry to gravedig, but I just got a notification of one of these and thought of this thread. I was ready to read through all the terms, but the documents I received seem very short on the details and looking it up hasn't produced many meaningful results. Can anyone point me in the right direction fo...
by Ian
Wed May 25, 2016 8:53 am
Forum: Housing Questions
Topic: Finding an apartment in an unfamiliar city
Replies: 10
Views: 3856

Re: Finding an apartment in an unfamiliar city

That's definitely not something I'd considered, thanks. I've looked through their site some, but I'm not sure they have much for non-military people.
by Ian
Tue May 24, 2016 8:10 pm
Forum: Housing Questions
Topic: Finding an apartment in an unfamiliar city
Replies: 10
Views: 3856

Re: Finding an apartment in an unfamiliar city

Thank you all for the feedback. Responses to a few things: Also, try to find a local person. What city are you looking at? Albuquerque, though I'm not likely to be too restricted by location. I'm open to considering other areas in NM that meet my criteria, such as CoL and rent. If anyone here has pe...
by Ian
Tue May 24, 2016 2:27 pm
Forum: Housing Questions
Topic: Finding an apartment in an unfamiliar city
Replies: 10
Views: 3856

Finding an apartment in an unfamiliar city

What things should be taken into account when moving across the country to a new city? There may also be some "first time renter" questions here, since I've never rented an apartment in the US before and Tanzania is a very different rental environment. I figure there must be conventional w...
by Ian
Wed Mar 23, 2016 8:29 pm
Forum: ERE Journals
Topic: Third World ERE - FI Achieved!
Replies: 79
Views: 24806

Re: Third World ERE

2016 Update So, I have a new status quo. I decided not to take the job in Saudi Arabia or anywhere else: I'm living off of creative income for now. I'm fairly close to family, however, so my living costs are a little lower than they would be normally. How long I'll stay in this situation, I can't b...
by Ian
Sat Sep 26, 2015 8:54 pm
Forum: ERE Journals
Topic: Third World ERE - FI Achieved!
Replies: 79
Views: 24806

Re: Third World ERE

2015 Update #2 Time for another snapshot update, since this is another potential turning point. I finished my job as planned and I'm now in my interim situation. I'm not sure how long I want to stay here, but it's a good option while I watch my creative income to see how it will hold up long term. ...
by Ian
Sun Jun 14, 2015 5:33 pm
Forum: ERE Journals
Topic: Third World ERE - FI Achieved!
Replies: 79
Views: 24806

Re: Third World ERE

Would living in Saudi Arabia limit your writing? Does the government limit access or content or subject matter at all for expats? I have no idea -- just wondering. This was one of my primary concerns, but a teacher currently working there says they have unlimited internet access. Not that my opinio...
by Ian
Sat Jun 13, 2015 2:45 am
Forum: ERE Journals
Topic: Third World ERE - FI Achieved!
Replies: 79
Views: 24806

Re: Third World ERE

2015 Update #1 I thought I was going to end up updating this yearly, but it looks like I'm here for a mid-year update. It could be interesting to get a snapshot of the situation now, because by the end of the year I'll have significantly more perspective on a number of issues. Expense-wise, there's...
by Ian
Sat Apr 18, 2015 1:58 am
Forum: ERE Community
Topic: Would you play an ERE computer game? (GREENLIT)
Replies: 107
Views: 39783

Re: Would you play an ERE computer game? (GREENLIT)

I forget which statue is which, but they are destroyed by: opening the empty chest (NW), pulling the switch (E), pulling the lever (E), and defeating the secret boss (N).

As for the crashes, I'll try to duplicate them.
by Ian
Wed Feb 25, 2015 5:54 pm
Forum: ERE Community
Topic: Would you play an ERE computer game? (GREENLIT)
Replies: 107
Views: 39783

Re: Would you play an ERE computer game? (GREENLIT)

It took a long time, but eventually we worked our way into the top ten games on Steam Greenlight, at which point it was accepted by Valve, and now the game is released on Steam: http://store.steampowered.com/app/349500/ If you enjoyed the game and have a Steam account, I'd much appreciate if you lef...
by Ian
Wed Dec 31, 2014 4:51 am
Forum: ERE Journals
Topic: Third World ERE - FI Achieved!
Replies: 79
Views: 24806

Re: Third World ERE

It's unsurprising that I've let this thread lapse, since I've never been much of a journaling person. I don't like abandoning things completely, however, and I don't want to leave the impression that this financial lifestyle can't work. So I'll be back for occasional updates. Looking back over 2014,...
by Ian
Fri Dec 05, 2014 3:26 am
Forum: Work & Education
Topic: Calling all Writers!
Replies: 11
Views: 4977

Re: Calling all Writers!

EdithKeeler wrote:So, Ian, did you win NaNo? I didn't, but i got a good start on my novel
Congratulations on your good start. I don't usually celebrate since I know some people struggle with the goal, so let me just say I won NaNo fairly early in the month.
by Ian
Mon Dec 01, 2014 7:20 am
Forum: Miscellaneous
Topic: NaNoWriMo 2014
Replies: 32
Views: 9912

Re: NaNoWriMo 2014

Best of luck, Jenny.

I had quite a successful month. I could actually sustain this level of writing for a longer period, but I don't have enough notes prepared to write that much without getting ahead of myself (and I find that to be extremely unproductive).
by Ian
Sat Nov 29, 2014 8:16 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous
Topic: NaNoWriMo 2014
Replies: 32
Views: 9912

Re: NaNoWriMo 2014

Well, this thread went quiet. The month is almost done and I know at least two of us are well over the goal - how did everyone else do? Anyone trying a big push to finish at the end?
by Ian
Sat Nov 22, 2014 9:27 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous
Topic: NaNoWriMo 2014
Replies: 32
Views: 9912

Re: NaNoWriMo 2014

Finished the first edit (about 3.5k in pure rewrites) and a new writing project (about 20k total). Going to need to find something new to keep up my momentum...