Tuesday, April 10, 2007

Dole scum

This morning I'll be doing something I've never done before -- signing on. Does this mean I'm a proper artist now?


Blogger William Gallagher said...

Depends. Did you tell 'em your full name is Christopher Robin Todd? (A Blackstuff reference and no mistake.)

I've done this. Er, not the Christopher Robin Todd bit. And I expect it doesn't to help to tell you that I felt bad doing it. Six weeks it lasted, and though you know this is precisely why there is such a thing as the dole, you know you're paying for it every time you cough up your taxes, there is still an enormous relief when you can walk away.

So I understand how you feel and I wish you a quick walk away. But in the meantime, I say it again, the dole is a service and a laudable one. It's just so close to doldrums.


6:49 PM  
Blogger Phillip Barron said...

Been there, done that, never going back.


Is this a career choice or an unavoidable necessity?

9:26 PM  
Blogger Christine said...

Unavoidable necessity. I'd been doing software development contracts in between stretches of writing full-time, but the people who were giving me the contracts have run out of money. I hope it won't take me too long to find something else, but you never can tell with job searches. Especially when techie companies start asking awkward questions about my long-term career goals. "No Mr Hiring Manager, I don't ever want to make my living from writing. Whatever gave you that idea?"

10:42 PM  

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