Wednesday, November 4, 2015
IWSG: Coming To A Close: Facing Unemployment and What I'm Planning To Do for the Rest Of The Year
It's that time again! Special thanks to Alex J. Cavanaugh for creating and hosting the Insecure Writer's Support Group, a monthly forum for writers to share insecurities without fear of reprisal. Let's get insecure!
I will do my best to not let this be my most harrowing post yet. I wish I could share better news, but the title of this post gives it away: after almost ten years of working with the Utah State Hospital, my job will be dissolved at the end of the year. Reduction in Force, or something like that. Not exactly what anyone wants to hear before the holidays, but that's how it is sometimes.
On the up side, I have until January to find something new ...
All last week I've been looking up jobs and had meetings with HR and employment specialists, who I hope will assist me in finding a new situation soon. I'm not sure what will happen on the writing side of things for a while. A delay in Woven related writings, among others, is a given, for any time I spend away from finding a new job will have serious repercussions on me and my family. I can't take this lightly.
Rather than dwell on this here (I'm doing enough of that already), I will tell you the plans I have for the rest of the year. I will continue to blog. Promotion for The Undead Road is about to begin, and I could use your help. Anyone who would like to take part in a cover reveal and contest next week, please send me an email (find it here) and I will send you information for next Wednesday's post.
I'm headed to Idaho Falls this weekend for a Woven book signing. If you happen to be in the area or know someone who is, please spread the word. We would love to fill the store with awesome people. :)
There's also a signing event at the Orem Public Library, December 5th from 11 am to 1 pm. It's my local library, so this will rock the halls!
Beyond that, it's up to what the Universe and I can work out. I may not see it as I am in the thick of it, but this might be exactly the change I need. The trick is finding the right situation and not lose faith in myself. I'll be sure to update should my situation improve.
Please pardon this dark time. Thanks for your support, and hugs.
Have you ever faced unemployment? What tips would you share to someone who is looking for a job? Who's ready for zombies?
I'm David, and please, hide the leftover Halloween candy ...