Joseph Abbott (faxpaladin) wrote,
Joseph Abbott
faxpaladin

OK, so now what?

First off, thanks for all the expressions of support over the weekend. (For those of you just joining us (i.e., I friends-locked the earlier post for reasons I'm not entirely sure of), I found out on Friday that I'm getting let go as part of a newsroom reorganization. I said "laid off" earlier, but that implies the likelihood of getting the job back in better times and that's not likely at all.) My last day is the end of this month, and after that I get 16 weeks severance pay, so that gets me through mid-June.

I came close to tears when I first got to work this morning, but otherwise I've been OK. I'm not sure whether this is because I've progressed to acceptance, or because I'm still in denial. It helped greatly that I was with people for most of the weekend — at the Brigid housefilk in Denton, where I got to listen to tons of wonderful music and sing some of my own.

Right now I don't see staying in the newspaper industry as being likely, or even desirable. Some of what I was mulling over as income-supplementing activities — voiceover work, and freelance writing and copy-editing — are now suggesting themselves more strongly. With the latter two I have some notion of where to start, but not so much with the former. There is also the question, if I go the freelance route, of whether to stay in Waco or move elsewhere...
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