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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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Feb. 10th, 2009 01:52 am (UTC)
:( *hug*
Feb. 11th, 2009 02:54 pm (UTC)
Feb. 10th, 2009 01:58 am (UTC)
Damn, I'm sorry. I don't know how I missed the earlier entry. You will land on your feet, of that I'm sure.
Feb. 11th, 2009 02:55 pm (UTC)
Feb. 10th, 2009 01:59 am (UTC)
First off, yay for severance!
Secondly, apply for unemployment right away.
Third -- do you have family ties in Waco? Do you really want to stay there? The DFW area might offer more opportunities for employment.
Fourth -- denial is good. You can't take this in all at once, if my experience is anyway indicative. You may find the time from now until the end of the month quite trying -- take it easy, take time off when you need to. (What are they gonna do, fire you?) Take care of youself -- this won't be a sprint, but a marathon.
Five -- good for you looking at other opportunities! This is a good chance to start anew in another field.
Six - Good Luck. You deserve nothing but the best. xox
Feb. 11th, 2009 03:01 pm (UTC)

No real ties in Waco, so moving is definitely an option.
Feb. 10th, 2009 02:21 am (UTC)
MAN! I wish I'd known you were in Denton! I'd have bought you a cuppa coffee! Let us KNOW next time, k?
Feb. 11th, 2009 03:04 pm (UTC)
OK. Thanks.
Feb. 10th, 2009 03:31 am (UTC)
Somehow I missed your earlier post.

Sorry to hear about your job. I can relate.

Hope to see you at ConDFW.
Feb. 11th, 2009 03:02 pm (UTC)
That's the plan.

Feb. 10th, 2009 11:44 am (UTC)
There was a story on NPR last week (Day to Day, Istr) about the "Gig Economy" that is developing. There is even a union for freelancers, with a newsletter. You might want to look up the story just as part of your general "what to do next" research.
Feb. 11th, 2009 03:02 pm (UTC)
I'll check that out. Thanks.
Feb. 10th, 2009 01:56 pm (UTC)
Oh, I'm sorry. Good luck!
Feb. 11th, 2009 03:03 pm (UTC)
Feb. 11th, 2009 01:42 pm (UTC)
Not sure if I can help. Normally I turn to recruiters, not so sure about your industry, though. What sorts of work are you looking for?
Feb. 11th, 2009 02:53 pm (UTC)
Not completely sure yet. That's one of the things I have to sit down and think about.
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