Really good and well written.
Got no one to curl up to at the moment but for the rest I'm also a creative being trying to make my name and my way in the world, so this spoke loud to me. Thanks for sharing. You're good.
No matter what you say though, staying at someone's house helps a ton for rent fees, so take it while it's there. Might suck to not be in your own place (especially at the in-law's sometimes, lol) but it's better than nothing. I'm also glad for you that you're happy with your Other Half and have things so fine.
I'm glad to see you again on here VM, been a while (at least for me, the non-RPGer, lol). Glad that you're alright despite these sucky economy times.
Cast iron and treadmills? Oh yes. Still sculpting me to what I really want to be, and I love it. :)