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Trampled, but still breathing...

So. Hi. How's it going?

Me? Still unemployed, but I've got an interview lined up this week at a place I thought I'd completely blown it at, so that's encouraging. In the meantime, I've been nudging myself forward on this paranormal romance novel thingy I've been working on and went through a binge of reorganizing while I still have the time. It's much, much easier to find the oatmeal in the kitchen now.

I'm still cycling between Precariously Close to Happy and Absolute Pit of Despair. My thought processes seem to be that if I give in to contentment, I'll lose all motivation to look for gainful employment or other sources of income, and horrible things will happen when the money runs out. So I trap myself in a state of sustained misery to 'motivate' me to find a proper job.

Writing it out like that, it does occur to me that this is kind of a crap strategy for living.

On the plus side, I have been writing and I've even reserved my most productive hours of the day for that and consign job hunting to a daily chore that I get to after I've put in my two hours of novelizing, along with drawing flowers and practicing guitar.

I'm going to try and be better about posting here on more of a regular basis, but I wanted to at least start with a quick reminder that I still exist and stuff. And how have YOU been?

Today I took pleasure in oatmeal for breakfast.

Today I learned what "respectability politics" is.


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Mar. 17th, 2013 06:46 pm (UTC)
Hey! *hug* Even if you take loooong breaks between one entry and the next one, you're one of the few people that still uses LJ from that bunch of 'old friends' that I had when I first joined. I am glad you have not given up!!

I hope you find something soon. The way things are here, I am not even looking any more, at least not regularly. So tired of being utterly ignored because of my age. Unless someone recommends you, there are zero chances of finding anything, so I am trying to spread the word among friends and acquaintances instead of looking at job ads, because job ads depress me even more.

So you may think your strategy is crap, but I think I beat you at that. :-p
Mar. 17th, 2013 10:40 pm (UTC)
I am trying to spread the word among friends and acquaintances instead of looking at job ads, because job ads depress me even more.

By all accounts, you're more likely to land a job through personal connections than using job ads anyway. (I don't know what the situation is in Italy, but when I worked as an immigration paralegal, one of the things I had to do was prepare job ads for positions that they already had someone in mind for, but they had to run the ad to prove that they couldn't find anybody else qualified for the position.)

I have to apply for at least three positions per week to keep my unemployment benefits (all $190 per week of them) so I'm still flinging out resumes and hoping something sticks. The gig I'm getting the second interview at was one of those places I sent a resume to on a 'what the heck' basis, so I'm surprised it actually worked. We'll see what comes out of it.
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