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01 July 2010 @ 07:11 pm
I’m unemployed.  

I have just become unemployed for the first time in a decade.

My day job dumped me at the end of 2004, at which time I was contracted for two series, the Walker Papers and the Strongbox Chronicles. Since then, I’ve been constantly under contract–Walker Papers, Strongbox Chronicles, Negotiator Trilogy, Inheritors’ Cycle–but I have now turned in book six of the Walker Papers, SPIRIT DANCES, and that means I’m officially out of contract.

Wow. Wow, how utterly, *utterly* bizarre.

I mean, don’t get me wrong. July’s task is writing the proposals for the final 3 Walker Papers, which I fully expect Luna to buy. I have a proposal to write for the rest of the Inheritors’ Cycle, too, and the Old Races novella commission is in the works, of course, but basically: out of contract & unemployed.

I think I’ll spend the weekend enjoying it! No, wait, I’m going to spend the weekend moving into Dublin. Darn. :)

(x-posted from the essential kit)
wednesday childewedschilde on July 1st, 2010 06:14 pm (UTC)
well i'm sure that's going to end soon.

damn it. don't you get a out-of-moving obligations card with each purchase of a new baby? i'm sure that was in the original agreement. :::nods::: they send large burly men to pack and hoist.
Ghost Lightghost_light on July 1st, 2010 06:17 pm (UTC)
I’m unemployed.
Wow. That is scary and cool at the same time ;)

Good luck with the move, don't overdo it.
mayakdamayakda on July 1st, 2010 06:19 pm (UTC)
Enjoy your full-time momminess for the moment!
Random Writingstehuti on July 1st, 2010 06:32 pm (UTC)
Welcome to the wonderful world of the unemployed bum! I'm currently enjoying being an out-of-school grad student, which means I get to work on a lot of stuff for no pay, but at my own pace. Fall semester will come fast enough, I'm in no hurry. Enjoy your break. :-)
Geek of Weird Shitgows on July 1st, 2010 06:46 pm (UTC)
I think I’ll spend the weekend enjoying it! No, wait, I’m going to spend the weekend moving into Dublin. Darn. :)

mikaela_lmikaela_l on July 1st, 2010 06:46 pm (UTC)
Enjoy the break! Even if it is just for a short while :)
Autopopeautopope on July 1st, 2010 06:57 pm (UTC)
I nearly feel your pain!

I'm kinda-sorta out of contract right now, although it doesn't feel it.

I sent "Rule 34" to my agent last week -- if she passes it to my publishers and they accept it, I'm out of contract until the other agent sends me the contract to sign for the big-name collaboration, and the first agent sends me the NESFA press contract for the trunk novel, and then we go back to Ace for some more bread and butter.

But right now, even though I'm working on six zillion things, I've overrun my contracts.

Breaks are good.

Edited at 2010-07-01 07:13 pm (UTC)
Laura Anne Gilmansuricattus on July 1st, 2010 07:33 pm (UTC)
I'm not sure if I feel envy or sympathy...
Nope, envy. :-D

And it could have been worse... you could have still be on deadline AND waiting for Young Indiana to show up, when you had to move....
The Bellinghmanbellinghman on July 1st, 2010 07:55 pm (UTC)
I have just become unemployed for the first time in a decade.

And there I was, thinking you were merely on maternity leave.

More seriously, here's hoping that Luna do pick up.
UrsulaVursulav on July 1st, 2010 08:10 pm (UTC)
You're not unemployed! You are a stay-at-home mom! Totally different!

Besides, once you're a real writer, are you ever really unemployed, or are you just...y'know...a writer between books? I mean, once you're an artist, you're an artist, end of story, and they just append "starving" or "successful" or "dead" to denote your current status. I suspect writer is kind of the same bag...
Liannelianneb on July 3rd, 2010 02:00 am (UTC)
You tempt the publishing gods. Next thing you know, you'll have seven books on contract for the next three years.

Actually, didn't you already do that once?