Welcome to the Friendly Felon!
A blog of one felon’s eccentric and sometimes humorous journey to improve her life post-conviction and rise above the intolerance surrounding a bad background.
I am just your friendly neighborhood felon and I’m here to share my good and bad experiences as a felon. There’s been trials and triumphs, and a ton of research over the years that has brought me to the point I am now. And I want to share it with you because I think these things are important in the journey felons must make to find that bit of internal hope that will push you through your darkest days and bring back the sense of fulfillment we all deserve to find.
A Little About Me
I’m Aza Enigma, also known as the Friendly Felon, and I want to help you find your way to a life filled with opportunity instead of anger – I know I was more than a little frustrated with daily life after being released – and I know that feeling can be directed to good purposes. I learned to use my anger to fuel my relentless research and my determination to overcome the obstacles I’d landed myself in after my conviction – and who knows – reading what I share might be helpful to your situation. Each circumstance is different, even if the system won’t acknowledge that – so I can’t guarantee anything, but I’ll be damned if I don’t try to help in one way or another.
Why I’m Here
I will feature a majority of posts with tips and hints for felons, throw in a few posts with my struggles and successes with freelancing and my other creative/crafty endeavors, and on occasion…. post about random things that I find interesting or aggravating. For instance – Raging Against the Ticket is another good example of how research, a thrift store suit, and a good attitude can get you further than you think – even when I was quite outraged.
Another favorite post of mine is:
I also share links to the print version of my book – The Friendly Felon’s Guide to Life After a Felony. (Thank you Microcosm) If you’re into eBooks instead, numerous retailers have me somewhere in their lists and you can find it by searching ‘Aza Enigma’ at your favorite eBook retailer (Amazon, Kobo, Barnes&Noble, etc). Smashwords has proven to be a valuable resource for me as an indie author – check them out, simply because they are super supportive.
I’ll also occasionally talk about some of the moments that I face while trying to navigate the world of freelance things maybe you’ll be inspired by some crazy thing that I try to do when I get around to sharing about it. Believe it or not, sharing this much of my life is something I find really difficult so bear with me as I maneuver through my anxieties – I’m sure you understand.
The Friendly Felon is for Hire!
In addition to this lovely blog, I offer a huge variety of services online and have created a couple of digital download workbooks with step by step challenges to keep things on track. I’m still trying to find an affordable digital download host as well as a large enough customer base to allow the investment into something like Shopify for easier access to some content I’ve been working on – like this stuff:
The Friendly Felon’s ‘Starter’ Goals
Beyond this blog, I have written a book on the subject of life after a felony with a state by state description of various forms of felony relief. Bet you didn’t know that was a thing – but it is. Difficult, yes, but worth finding when it’s available.
In addition, I’m working on a few more felon friendly project ideas that I think might help out a lot of people that are struggling with a bad background. Since I’ve started this blog, I’ve been meeting a lot of really interesting individuals with some really inspiring stories that make me want to help out as many felons as I can. If you want to invest in the goals I’ve made to help other felons out – you can find me on Patreon too!
Anyway, thank you so much for stopping by – and if you dig what I talk about, please – share the crap out of this. I’d be ever so thankful!
I hope you have an awesome day and stay strong fellow felons (and everyone – lifes pretty hard even without a record)! We got this!