"I couldn't hardly make a living doing that," recalls Boardman. "When I started, we were earning like $250 a story in 1980, and the prices never went up. I'm a pretty fast writer, and I think I did a pretty efficient job, but if you could pound out two stories in a week, which would be [4,000] or 5,000 words each, you might make $500 or $600 in that time, and you got to pay your expenses out of that too. It was terrible. I just found it very, very difficult trying to make a living at it, and I had to get out of it. I just couldn't live like that anymore."