I lost my last “real” job in April of 2008, and have spent the last 2 years and 4 months collecting unemployment, freelancing, and, since Feb. of this year (when unemployment ran out), doing FT temp (no benefits), first at the Census, then, starting in May, more lucratively doing copy-editing.
One of my regular freelance gigs has been writing articles on higher education for a local newspaper, sometimes weekly, sometimes monthly, for the last two years. A few weeks ago, my editor there said they were thinking about starting a web site, could I go over and talk to this other guy about the possibility of my doing some writing for that? Sure – so I mosey over … for what turned out to be not a meeting to throw around some story ideas, but a job interview – to be the content editor for the entire web site.
Imagine my astonishment.
Three nail-biting weeks later, just got back from a meeting with the company CEO, plus a couple of other people wandering in and out: it’s a go, we’ve agreed on a start date (Sept. 1st) and a salary (none of your business).
I’m freaking giddy, and no one is answering the phone.
I’ve got a job.
Not just “a job,” but a real job, a job that actually involves my talents and skills, and that will be fun and interesting and challenging and the opportunity to learn a whole hell of a lot of new stuff.
Thank you Jesus.