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Just ignore me, it's November - Diary of a Necromancer
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Just ignore me, it's November
...Yeeeah, well into post-con emotional crash now. I think I need to get serious about finding some sort of Real Job that involves contact with Real Humans on a fairly regular basis 'cos I seem to have plateaued at a level of "getting out more" that's only making me feel worse in the lulls. Could somebody hook me up with a plan for going about that that doesn't basically read "step one, need Real Job; step two, ?; step three, PROFIT!"...?

feeling: depressed depressed

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catbirdgirl From: catbirdgirl Date: November 29th, 2009 07:07 pm (UTC) (permalink this entry)
define real job, please.
robling_t From: robling_t Date: November 29th, 2009 08:04 pm (UTC) (permalink this entry)
Well, "source of income more reliable than if there's any money left after we pay ourselves" would be a start, which lets out a certain number of corporate gigs too. ;) My underlying problem is that health issues preclude anything in the "spend 8 hours in a modern office or retail setting day after day" range, which is about 90% of what usually falls under the header of Real Job, and after 15 years of not being able to do much in the way of work because of that I've gone completely feral on top of that.

I've had, like, three or four proper show-up-and-we'll-pay-you Jobs in my life, the most recent of which was the big-box-retail gig that caused the health issues... and that was in my early 20's. Can we say "eclectic collection of skills that don't add up to actual employability"...? My life is such a muddle of muddling along that I can't even get a proper handle on it to write it up, I know you asked a while back and I've been sitting here trying and going "{blink blink} No, nobody's going to believe that, it doesn't make sense."

The one thing I do know is that it's crap trying to do much in "The Arts" even in a good economy, and unfortunately to the extent that I do have any skills or background it's all in those areas where either people look at it and go "I/my kid/my cat could do that" or you're expected to give it away for free on the internet. (Which I have no objection to, obviously, it's just that as a business model it's a bit crap...) Or it gets back into the "if there's any money left after we pay ourselves" traps of needing such a long supply chain of agents and middlemen that the actual Creative down at the bottom producing the product for the Suits is the first one to get sacked when it looks like somebody up the food chain might not make his Lexus payments.

...Um, yes, had a nice hot cup of Bitter for breakfast this morning, sorry. Did attend an interesting talk at Chicago TARDIS where Nicholas Briggs got into that difficulty of balancing the business and artistic sides of the career, but then he's a fucking Dalek and he works for the BBC. :) Although ironically something like his "Job" is probably exactly the sort of career cluster I'd be ideally suited for, if only I A) knew anybody who knew anybody in the business, who'd be B) willing to put up with take a chance on my eccentric background. (And living in some country other than this would probably also be a help, considering how astonished I was when we were considering emigrating to Canada and found out that one of the things you do get points for, rather than it being an automatic disqualification for any aspirations to humane treatment like it is in the US, is being a working artist...)
atlanticat From: atlanticat Date: November 29th, 2009 10:04 pm (UTC) (permalink this entry)
It being the Christmas season, you might try for a part-timer where you'd only have to work four-hour shifts. I think in our shit economy, that's the best you're likely to be able to do, sorry.
ljgeoff From: ljgeoff Date: November 30th, 2009 12:14 am (UTC) (permalink this entry)
And what is this "eclectic collection of skills that don't add up to actual employability"?

I think that you would make a fantastic Dalek. Maybe we can band together and send you to Dalek-training-camp?

How about something like this? This guy looks interesting. You probably wouldn't get paid much, but it'd be like an internship; you'd be paid in experience. I know, I know, experience doesn't buy catfood, but it might be fun, and it might lead to something really interesting.
ashnistrike From: ashnistrike Date: November 30th, 2009 02:26 am (UTC) (permalink this entry)
Well, he definitely needs an editor.
ljgeoff From: ljgeoff Date: November 30th, 2009 02:38 am (UTC) (permalink this entry)
Heh. My thought exactly.
ashnistrike From: ashnistrike Date: November 30th, 2009 02:26 am (UTC) (permalink this entry)
I wish I had the time to take my own damn advice, but I am told that volunteering is a good way to handle this. It can go on the resume, you can quit out for the sake of health or sanity without worrying (more) about the budget, and you get to socialize with people who have at least one check mark in the not-an-asshole column.

Or you could just become a dalek. Or give out semi-solicited advice on the internet. Preferably not at the same time.
ljgeoff From: ljgeoff Date: November 30th, 2009 02:46 am (UTC) (permalink this entry)
Or you could do this; volunteer, again, but maybe leading to something fantastic.

Also? I bet that if you put that tip jar back up, you'd get something -- maybe not tons, but more than nothing, eh? I tend to pay someone when they've given me something priceless, say, Torchwood werewolves or Jack in search of a beach.

You are worth more than you think. No, more than that.

Edited at 2009-11-30 02:53 am (UTC)
bibliofile From: bibliofile Date: November 30th, 2009 06:53 am (UTC) (permalink this entry)
Yes, volunteering! Gets you out of the house, helps save the world, means that you don't feel quite so useless (if that's an issue; I may just be projecting). Doesn't pay directly, but you never know. Looks good on a resume, showing that you can do stuff and be reliable.
robling_t From: robling_t Date: December 2nd, 2009 08:35 pm (UTC) (permalink this entry)
*is now picturing a dalek advice column...*
ashnistrike From: ashnistrike Date: December 2nd, 2009 10:33 pm (UTC) (permalink this entry)
Dear Miss Dalek,

I work with this amazing guy--well-traveled, generous, and a little mysterious. I've got such a crush on him, but he doesn't seem to know I exist. What should I do?

-Companion Lonely Hearts in...actually, I'm not sure right now...
robling_t From: robling_t Date: December 2nd, 2009 10:53 pm (UTC) (permalink this entry)
Dear Companion Lonely Hearts,


Miss Dalek

(Never, never feed me a straight line... ;) )
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