The “job” that I found through Nearmiss, with Ian, is less paid work than working with Ian on one of his own ideas. That’s not as good as it could have been, but on the other hand is better than a dismissal.
My December is a busy one, however. I have a ton of correcting to do for my classes. I have JOUR 428/528 to design. I also have “By the Book” to outline. That’s three small sentences, but it’s easily a month’s work.
Then there are the chores I really ought to have done by now: calling Bill for the movie research work and getting my kids a theatrical agent. I have their resumes done and headshots – it’s only the cover letter to go.
Ian was gracious enough to allow me put off work with him – yes, I’ll do it for giggles, apparently – until the new year.
Sadly, NSD seems dead. I can’t even rouse an e-mail response out of the publisher. E-mail from bewildered subscribers has begun to trickle in. I don’t know what to tell them. The positive in its demise is that it frees up my time, but the bad far outweighs the good. It also lightens my pocketbook by what was a significant chunk of my income. It was the only actual writing that earned income, but I suppose I could try to rev up the freelance magazine career. I could replace the income, for sure – Reader’s Digest (Canada) is always happy to pay me loonies for my research – but the problem is replacing it with paid writing, or with editing which is what I’m much better at anyway.
Another problem is the cash NSD owes me – and the writers, but mostly to me. My last paycheck was in June, and if the last few months turn out to be gratis work – well, at least it won’t cost me thousands to find that out (but more about the accounting practices of the former Strategy First some other night).
Another project I’m nibbling at is Bioware’s Neverwinter Nights story contest. Do a good enough job on a small module and they’ll consider hiring you. On the other hand, there’s no way I’m moving to Edmonton to work for them, so I may spit out that bait.
I hate the marketing aspect of the freelance career. Serendipity is so much easier.