Starving Writer Fund Drive
Created a separate fund drive for just myself, to cover some of my business expenses while working on that Joint Venture Fund Drive that I just terminated early because it was mostly self-funded and only brought in 20 Euros. The goal for that was really almost 2 million, but I was asking for much less than that and still got only 20 Euros, actually probably less than that because of commissions that GoFundMe and STRIPE get, but still almost 20 Euros.
This one is for 2000 Euros because it is for my business expenses as a starving writer.
I have a lot of personal and business expenses:
- One of those business expenses is healthcare coverage and expenses. Seeing as Medicare does not cover me in Europe, I will have to pay out-of-pocket for surgical repair of what seems like an inguinal hernia that I developed while in Europe, probably related to physical exertion and the loss of about more than 30 kg of weight. I am putting that off because I do not have close to the 1600+ € I was told would be needed to have that repaired in Austria somewhere.
- Food, shelter, and clothing add up to quite a bit when one is basically a tourist traveling all over Europe. Expenses related hostels, fast-food restaurants, laundromats, personal hygiene products, cell phone and internet service, personal hygiene products, entertainment and other things needed to maintain that kind of lifestyle add up to a lot.
- The book, and possibly a movie project, also take up a lot of time. Transportation is really important, and I have already spent quite a bit on buses, trains, planes and other forms of transportation. I even flew back to Ukraine once basically to pay a VISA-overstay fine and then traveled back to Austria using other forms of transportation. I flew to Copenhagen, Denmark because at the time I was obsessed with the book and movie project and wanted to see the castle from William Shakespeare's play, "Hamlet". I even have an e-mail address for William Shakespeare with a domain name that matches the domain name for one of my websites, which is kind of cool really because I have used that e-mail address to register my electronic equipment at Starbucks so that I can use their WiFi to work on my book and movie projects.
My siblings and the US Federal Government's Social Security Administration apparently are not interested in pre-authorizing and paying for my surgery or even interested in making my SSA Disability payments on time anymore. Even just a surgery clinic appointment at AKH in Vienna, Austria is 150 Euros, although there is a private hospital near NestroyPlatz that will do an initial evaluation for free, and they have that package deal for 2 days in the hospital plus surgery for 1600 Euros or so. I actually would prefer going to AKH because they could probably use some experience with more routine simple operations.
I should say that, for now, my problem with getting my SSA Disability payments on time has improved somewhat, but it is still far from ideal. Also, I was out of the USA for entire 2017 calendar year, and Medicare tax is withheld from my SSA Disability payments. That really annoys me because I paid into the Medicare fund and I got almost absolutely no benefits from doing so.
I did a little research about hernia repairs in Europe and this is what I found.
health dot costhelper dot com slash hernia dash repair dot html
Still not sure if mine is Spigelian, it seems like an inguinal hernia. See:
www dot ncbi dot nlm dot nih dot gov slash pmc slash
articles slash PMC2699222
I might mention something about the photo.
That cat's name is / was Simon. Simon had this habit of jumping up on top of that HP Color Laserprint whenever I printed anything out using the printer. I think he was fascinated by the noise and the paper, but I liked to think that he actually knew what was coming out of the printer. I gave Simon away when I left the USA. That was not an easy thing to do, but it is really difficult to bring a pet along with you on a long personal and business trip to Europe.