So I took a big risk and resigned my position and began creating and running my store full time. And by full time, since I am a very slow creator, I mean 10-12 hours a day most days. A house can take me months. But it worked out, and I was able to just about replace my teaching income with my store income. I am able to work from home and be on hand to help with caretaking tasks.
Never a day goes by that I do not recognize what a miracle this is.
And now I discover that most of my store, including houses and furniture, has been copied and is being handed out free.
And I wonder what I ever did to make someone want to destroy my livihood. But I know this kind of maliciousness is simply beyond my comprehension. I cannot imagine inflicting such an injury on another human being. I have some idea that they justify their attacks by asserting that 3D artists (or musicians) should not be able to make a living, but I am not clear why that is. It doesn’t matter; everyone who does evil has some justification for it.
I don’t know what the effect of this attack will be long term. But there is nothing for me to do except this: Be grateful to those who do think the work of 3D creators has value and that we do deserve some compensation for the goods and services we devote so much work to providing.
To all honest customers, let me just say “Thank you for making a miracle possible!”
It remains to be seen whether the attackers have put an end to it or not. I know I cannot spend 60 hours a week working to provide free content for others to distribute. However much I enjoy creating, I have to make a living.