John "The Gneech" Robey (the_gneech) wrote,
John "The Gneech" Robey

In Which Another Boom Is Lowered (Yay)

So, without wanting to go into too much detail, laurie_robey's job is pretty much going away, for reasons beyond her control (or anyone at her company's for that matter). This is going to be happening soon, like "in a week" soon.

The good news is, we have reserves to draw on for a while, so it isn't cause for immediate panic.

The bad news is, the income I make from my art and writing projects is not enough to cover even our most basic expenses.

So, long story short, upon coming home from AnthroCon I shall be looking for full-time employment again. Doing what, I'm not entirely sure yet: my web design skills were already rusty when I left the industry, and it was not exactly a "growth sector" by that point anyway. Right now my best prospects look like help-desky sort of work.

As for what effect this will have on my creative projects, honestly, I'm not sure. Being working on them theoretically full-time has not made me that much more productive than I was doing them on the side. And honestly feeling pressure to show something for my efforts (pressure put there almost exclusively by myself, but still) has had the paradoxical effect of making it harder for me to actually get anywhere.

Laurie has been resistant to the idea of me going back to the daily grind, for which I'm grateful; but in the current climate, even with her impressive skills it could be weeks or months before she finds anything, by which time our reserves could easily be devastated. I would rather go back to work now, while it's still a choice and I can turn things down, than to be forced into it later and end up trapped in a situation I can't stand.

My hope is that after an initial hiccup, the comics and such will continue and even (dare I say it?) improve, as getting out of my echo chamber and out into the world again will hopefully open some new vistas for me, or at least get me more socialization again. There is, however, a less pleasant possibility that this could knock comics out of my possible pursuits, leaving writing with my only option.

I don't know yet. We'll have to see how it goes. In the meantime, AnthroCon is still GO, and issue three will be there!

-The Gneech
Tags: comics and art, the business end, the horrible truth, writing, writing life
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