Day 5: So far, so good…
#1 Clean the fridge: So far things have been pleasant in our corner of the world. I cleaned out the fridge and organized our cabinets so we can keep tabs on what we have and use it up. I started with some fruit going soft so today we enjoyed bacon and roasted apples with dinner…. and it was amazing.
I had a bunch of meat thawed out for meals that didn’t get made in all the recent chaos. I cooked all of it up at once to freeze it for later use with beans. Getting the pantry organized helped me feel less stressed by current events.
I think I came across the idea to make bacon and baked apples here.
#2 Get some skills: A lot of things have moved online, so today I got to take one of the Square One Small Business classes our library system offers. These classes have really helped me manage Space and Time magazine. Because of these classes, we just about broke even with this printing. The coolest thing? Anyone can take the classes now because they are online. I’m sharing them on my Facebook here as they come up… and you can watch today’s class—Facebook for Small Businesses and Organizations—here.
#3 Attend a reading: I’ve always wanted to attend the infamous Fantastic Fiction readings at KGB but you have to be in the NYC area. For the first time ever, the reading was held online. I messed up my time zones so I missed attending live, but the video is right here on YouTube for anyone else that wants to listen to some good performances.
Watch the Fantastic Fiction readings here.
#4 Get some help: There’s usually not a lot of financial help and resources for creatives. Most of us barely make a living when things are good. Times like this are especially tough for those who already had it tough. Today I came across what looks like a helpful resource—COVID-19 Freelance Artist Resources. They describe it as “an aggregated list of FREE resources, opportunities, and financial relief options available to artists of all disciplines.”
They have links to all sorts of resources from emergency funding to how to move into online teaching. I haven’t vetted the site myself, but looks like it could be an excellent resource for many of us. If you do become involved, please come back here and share your experiences in a comment.
You can access the COVID-19 Freelance Artist Resources page here.