Friday, April 11, 2014

J: Jobs

No, not Steve.  Simmer down.

I appreciate what you accomplished, but PC FTW!

I'm talking employment.  Career.  Work.  The thing that brings money into our house regularly.

Being a college drop out, finding a job for myself was difficult.  I had a very good one for 4 years.  I was able to move out on my own, bought a condo, had a new car (see "S" on April 22nd), it was nice.  Between me taking that for granted and the economy taking a dive in 2008, I lost said nice job in early 2009, and life hasn't been the same.  I have been in and out of other jobs since.

Professional Organizer.  Floater at a law firm; I have zero experience in the field.  Receptionist.  Retail.  YMCA.  Car dealership.  The last being full-time, which is nice as I haven't had that since 2009.

But big decisions have been made between 2013 and through today.  I do want to be writing more.  I still have my WIP from NaNoWriMo to complete and ideally work on publishing.  I have other ideas in my head.  I want to be a writer by career, not just a hobby.  But with a 40 hour work week, it's difficult.

With Adam's blessing, meaning I-better-still-be-able-to-cover-my-share-of-the-bills, I'm on the Job Hunt again.  The plan: part-time.  No more than 29 hours a week.  Making enough to, like Adam "warned," the bills.  And specifically somewhere here in town to save on gas.  Right now I'm driving a good hour every day and filling my tank every week or so.

Long term, hell, if I can get paid enough to just write, perfect!


  1. You have a solid plan.
    I am currently on a similar path... I work full time, and keep taking on adjunct teaching gigs, freelancing gigs, and other part time work to pad my savings and pay off some things. The hope is to be able to move part time and actually focus on being a writer for a while. But my significant other just keeps warning about those bills :-)

  2. Good luck! I'm lucky to have a good 9-5 job that can fit in with my writing well, partly by taking public transit when I can.

    Nice to see you again.

  3. I work a crappy part-time retail job, so that when I come home at the end of my day, I don't have to think or care about work. Before I was working full-time teaching, working at least 60 hours a week and spending any free time I had doing things for school and for my students. And you can't half-ass a teaching job. Well, I suppose you can, but I wasn't willing to do that. Writing was/is the dream, so I found a job that gave me more time for it.

    Best of luck with your search.