Tuesday, April 01, 2008

Change Doth Sucks

The good news is: I got a raise last week! The bad news is: five days later I learned that my job (and my boss’ job, and a few others as well) will cease to exist a week from this Friday. Accursed budget cuts. So if y’all know anyone looking to hire an opinionated, talented, give-‘em-hell writer, please let me know.

I’m also supposed to do another radio interview this Friday; I agreed to it before I knew of my incipient career changes. Oooh, that’s gonna be awkward. I’ll link to it after the fact; this DJ apparently keeps free downloads of all her radio shows on her Website. I’m supposed to wax punditical about homeschooling or something.

12 Comments:

Anonymous NoStar said...

Jennifer,
What a pyrrhic victory!
But just think of the valuable experience you've gained at the Advocate. (Any chance I'll find you on a phone sex line any time soon?)

Seriously, you have proven yourself to be an entertaining and accurate writer. Who could want for anything more. They say God opens a second door as the first one is closed. You and your job search will continue to be in my prayers.

Are you wedded to New England? Is there anywhere you wouldn't want to go for a writing job?

3:32 PM  
Anonymous NoStar said...

Wouldn't you know it!!!!

The deadline for that internship at reason magazine was yesterday.

4:01 PM  
Blogger Jennifer said...

I wouldn't be an intern, NoStar. As for moving, certainly I'm keeping all options open. I'd prefer NOT to be in the Southwest, ideally. Otherwise I'm certainly not wedded to this region.

I'm looking into freelancing right now.

4:21 PM  
Anonymous smartass sob said...

You get a raise but lose your job? Crap, but that sucks - big time. (Under the dictionary entry for irony please see: Jennifer's life and career.) Well the raise will look nice on your resume if little else, I suppose. But you do have my sympathies.

You are an excellent writer - you may take that from someone who has been reading on his own for fifty years and should know; in fact, you write on a level that is far above the reading level of average people in this country. You'll find another writing gig, if that's what you want - probably better than the one you had. Good luck to you. And don't stop with the blog - it's important for a writer as well as a journalist to keep writing.

4:54 AM  
Anonymous smartass sob said...

ps: This helps demonstrate the importance of keeping an online record of your better work; you'll have something to show prospective employers. But you already knew that. ;-)

5:05 AM  
Blogger Jennifer said...

Well, Smartass, my Boss-who's-keeping-his-job (as opposed to Boss-who's-not) told me if I need copies of anything to let him know. I'm going to ask for electronic copies of some stories that are no longer online, and I plan to start another blog solely as an online clip file.

And I found a few possible freelance markets, and a friend I made working for the Advocate has written me a letter of introduction (okay, e-mail of introduction) to the only libertarian think-tank in Connecticut. Considering how the economy is, I'm thinking I'll do better, at least for now, focusing on freelance stuff rather than trying to find a full-time steady job, especially a full-time job doing the sort of writing I do best.

Also, damn near everybody I've ever worked with there has promised me glowing recommendations.

5:51 AM  
Anonymous NoStar said...

Jen,
I did mean that Reason intern remark as a snark.
NS

9:57 AM  
Blogger Jennifer said...

Sorry for the confusion, NoStar. The day the ax fell, a lot of people made that suggestion in all seriousness, and I'm still suffering just enough shell-shock that my sarcasm detector's a bit faulty.

9:59 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Aahh crap. I was enjoying those articles. Have you considered a paper in Chicago? It has a wealth of idiot politicians and there has not been a decent columnist there since Mike Royko died.

10:59 AM  
Blogger Jennifer said...

I'm open to all considerations at this point, Anonymous. Although considering the state of the economy, I'm thinking I'd do better looking for freelance gigs rather than trying to find a full-time capital-j Job.

Tonight (time allowing) I'm starting a new blog that is nothing but an online clip file. I'm going through my paper's archives now, getting electronic copies of stories which are no longer online. This is a very depressing walk down memory lane.

11:09 AM  
Anonymous A Moose said...

You are an excellent writer - you may take that from someone who has been reading on his own for fifty years and should know; in fact, you write on a level that is far above the reading level of average people in this country.

And thus SASOB pushes the Kissass Bar higher yet ;)

Wish I knew someone in the writing biz, but I don't.

5:51 AM  
Anonymous smartass sob said...

And thus SASOB pushes the Kissass Bar higher yet ;)

And thus Moose gets himself farther and farther into the dog house. ;-)

10:30 AM  

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