24 January, 2002

I actually thought about letting the whole month of January pass without doing a journal entry, and then I thought that I really wanted to write something. It would be the first writing I have done all month so at least that would be something.

There really isn't much to write about so this should be short.

I really must admit that not having a job has finally gotten in the way of getting any writing done. There is nothing like wondering how I am going to pay next month's rent to just totally drain the creative juices.

Oh, well, I really don't want this turning into some kind of bitchfest.

I think I'll ramble on about what my plans were, and maybe we shall see how the best laid plans can be derailed by real life adventures.

It must have been around March or April of last year when I finished The Faire Folk of Gideon: Pin the Tail on the Donkey. I know I posted it on my website at a rate of one chapter every week, but the plan was always to take the whole thing when it was done and publish it on paper.

The next project I was going to work on was the prequel to The Magic Flute, which I figured would take no time at all to revise. I figured the best thing to do was to wait until I had finished the revision of the prequel and then I would have two books ready to publish. Maybe, it would even be cheaper that way. I doubted it but why not?

It was going to be cool. I would have three books all lined-up, which I could take around and show to people and generally try to convince them that I wasn't some random nut who couldn't write. Of course, my writing is posted on the web for all the world to see so you can be the judge of my merits as a hack.

It was just about the time that I was ready to start work on the prequel to The Magic Flute when my day job sort of imploded. The company where I was working stopped paying its employees. After two weeks of broken promises about when we were going to get paid, everybody quit. It's a little more complicated then that. The company offered us "lay-off" letters to take to the unemployment office. I was one of the few that felt accepting the letter was unethical, and I simply quit. You can still collect unemployment if you quit your job with a good reason such as they stopped paying your salary.

About fifteen of us former employees then went to the Labor Dept. We filed paperwork and attended hearings, and I even have a "judgement" from Superior Court, which says that the company owes me money. This was all done through the Labor Dept., which is run by a bunch of really nice people except there is simply nothing you can do if the company refuses to pay-up. It's like watching a toothless tiger try to gum a gazelle.

The Superior Court "judgement" says that I am owed a nice little bag of change, and it would be cool to see that money someday. I don't know if that will ever happen, but it would be nice.

In the mean while, I have discovered that nobody is hiring. I have even gone to temp agencies to find out about low paying answer-the-phone type work. Nobody is hiring.

Oh, well, I spend my time looking for working, trying to find the motivation to work on the web comic, and trying to find the strength to continue the prequel. It is all very hard when there is little to be done but watch the bank account balance go down and down and down. I'm really worried about how I am going to pay rent.

It's really kind of funny. You would think that being unemployed would leave me lots of time to work on the prequel and the web comic and look for work. I have discovered that being unemployed has quite the opposite effect.

Anyway, I am going to be at DunDraCon in February leading a seminar on self-publishing. I did it last year, and it was a lot of fun.

Everybody should buy a copy of The Magic Flute so I can pay next month's rent!

Okay, I've rambled long enough.

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