Exactly how I feel! I’ve been building up reader funded patrons on my Patreon because I am so tired of editors gutting my work. It’s a stab in the heart each time it happens, but yet it’s paid the bills. As I was rolling out promotion of my Patreon in July the Medium Partner Program came to me in August. A sign from the universe? Perhaps I’ve paid my dues after all these years?
If I can get enough patrons, even at just $5 monthly support and average a story at least every other day through the Partner Program I may never have to sell another story or article or essay again. I can write whatever the fuck I want to write.
I haven’t gotten so far with either yet but I’m going to keep at it until I do and once I do, I will have reached my lifelong pursuit.
I wish you the best of luck! I followed you so I can follow your updates. I’m rooting for you.