Wednesday, May 28, 2008

Unemployment Diary, Part 2: Filthy Lucre

I'm rich! Rich beyond the dreams of avarice!

Okay, I'm £39 richer than I was this time yesterday. That's £6 in Treason Show sketch money from Piers and Phill. (See comments on my last post.) And £33 from the BBC for the sketch they used in Tilt. Time to retire to a nice villa in the Caribbean.

Days since left the house: 0 (hurrah!)
Fiance's clothing status: Fully clothed and out in public. He's signing on.
My clothing status: Dressing gown

Monday, May 26, 2008

Unemployment Diary, part 1

I said I wouldn't do this, but screw it, I'm going to bore you with the details of my non-life.

On Friday I tried to write some sketches for The Treason Show. End result, half a sketch that wouldn't have worked even if I'd had an ending for it. I'll try again today or tomorrow.

Days since leaving the house: 2
Fiance's clothing status: naked

Thursday, May 22, 2008

Dole Scum 2: Love on the Dole

You may recall that last year I became dole scum for the first time ever. For about two weeks. Without actually getting paid any benefit.

Well, not only am I back on the bread line, but my fiance lost his job on the same day I lost mine. If it had happened to anyone else I would've found it funny.

In theory I ought to have plenty of time for writing until I sort out another day job, but the truth is I haven't written a word. I've been too stressed out/disheartened/pissed off at the universe. Instead I've been playing World of Warcraft and watching Eggheads. My fiance has fallen even further -- most days he plays World of Warcraft and watches Eggheads in his dressing gown.

I suppose I could keep an unemployment diary and create either a slacker film or a piece of social realism for Guardian readers.

"Monday. Woke up to cat hairballing. Levelled up paladin, increased warrior's leatherworking skill from 350 to 352. Watched game shows. Cooked Thai curry. Ordered groceries online from Waitrose. Went to bed."

Hmm, maybe not.

Friday, May 02, 2008

Software developer seeks rent money

Today I found out that my contract at the day job isn't being renewed. Anyone need a C/Perl/XSL developer with a side order of Java and generous helpings of project experience?