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mike-h
07-16-2008, 08:51 AM
HI, just joined the forum and after browsing it for awhile i started to wonder what people did for their day jobs (the ones that aren't getting paid for full time writing)?

I get paid to do 3d computer modeling, computer animation and simulations for Architects, Engineers and developers.

What do you do?
mh

alleycat
07-16-2008, 08:52 AM
Structural Engineering.

MoonWriter
07-16-2008, 09:09 AM
Landscape Architect

Jersey Chick
07-16-2008, 09:25 AM
I'm a full-time mom. The pay sucks. I don't get vacation, sick days, holidays off, or a 401k.

But the benefits (7 and almost 3 years old) totally make up for it. :D


:welcome: to the Cooler!

Dawno
07-16-2008, 10:18 AM
I am a program manager for a vendor management program at a high tech company.

Chameleon
07-16-2008, 10:32 AM
I'm a full-time student, but I work as a substitute teacher. Since it's summertime, I'm on vacay! (at least from work)

DamaNegra
07-16-2008, 10:36 AM
I'm a daughter. Which means I'm entitled to everything my parents own. Ha! ;)

Jenifer
07-16-2008, 10:48 AM
I deal cards in a casino... sigh. College next year, finance/business- where you're nearly guaranteed dealings with people who have IQs measurable in the double digits! I can't wait.

Just.Jase
07-16-2008, 11:13 AM
High school student.

oswann
07-16-2008, 11:36 AM
I'm the CEO of a consultancy firm in France.


Os.

JimmyB27
07-16-2008, 01:39 PM
I am a nothing. A sad little cog on the bottom rung of the corporate tree. I am good at mixing metaphors though. ;)

And after 1st August I will be unemployed. A bum. Kicked off said corporate tree and cast aside like a dirty rag. :(

SpookyWriter
07-16-2008, 03:28 PM
I am a nothing. A sad little cog on the bottom rung of the corporate tree. I am good at mixing metaphors though. ;)

And after 1st August I will be unemployed. A bum. Kicked off said corporate tree and cast aside like a dirty rag. :(Maybe you can become a sponge and move back home? :D

*Pudge*
07-16-2008, 04:11 PM
Hi All, :hi:

I'm quite new and I'm sorry if this has been done before (tried to do a search - didn't find anything). I'd really like to know what you all do? Also how many of you have managed to quit and "live the dream"

I am a full time mortgage underwriter - (not for much longer if the market keeps tumbling) - I just realised that my job title has the word "writer" in it!!! :D.

Straka
07-16-2008, 04:20 PM
http://www.absolutewrite.com/forums/showthread.php?t=108190

Just so you have more to read through :)

I'm a marketing manager

Mandy-Jane
07-16-2008, 04:22 PM
And another one:

http://absolutewrite.com/forums/showthread.php?t=109607

Tink
07-16-2008, 04:28 PM
I am a full time AW member. The pay isn't exactly ideal but the benefits outway the lack in $$. I have gotten to know some fascinating folks here. I have recieved lots of writing tips and I have had loads of fun...:)

Welcome and enjoy your stay.

Pagey's_Girl
07-16-2008, 04:48 PM
I'm a receptionist (and assistant to the Operations manager) at a consulting company. It's not a bad gig at all, as jobs go.

Don Allen
07-16-2008, 04:52 PM
I'm a male prostitute.... Business sucks, women just don't apprieciate the benefits of a middle aged balding man who can recite Shakespeare in old english while giving foot massages.

SpookyWriter
07-16-2008, 04:55 PM
I'm a male prostitute.... Business sucks, women just don't apprieciate the benefits of a middle aged balding man who can recite Shakespeare in old english while giving foot massages.Are you sure your name isn't Don Wrinkels?

Tink
07-16-2008, 04:56 PM
I'm a male prostitute.... Business sucks, women just don't apprieciate the benefits of a middle aged balding man who can recite Shakespeare in old english while giving foot massages.
:roll:

nerds
07-16-2008, 04:56 PM
I'm a gardener/botany person working at a nursery/greenhouses and attempting to shift customers off their chem addictions to all things Scott's, Ortho, and Miracle-Gro back to organics and natural balances. I may have to create some sort of 12-step program for this.

DeleyanLee
07-16-2008, 04:58 PM
I'm a male prostitute.... Business sucks, women just don't apprieciate the benefits of a middle aged balding man who can recite Shakespeare in old english while giving foot massages.

I think it's your location, honestly. How much foot traffic is there in Gilman, IL?

I'm an executive secretary.

escritora
07-16-2008, 05:14 PM
I own a business that I started from scratch.

*Pudge*
07-16-2008, 05:26 PM
oops, Sorry!

oswann
07-16-2008, 05:26 PM
And after 1st August I will be unemployed. A bum. Kicked off said corporate tree and cast aside like a dirty rag. :(

It's better for the dirty rags to stay on the inside.

Os.

Seaclusion
07-16-2008, 05:48 PM
I'm retired but everyone calls me an unemployed bum. I don't listen to them.

Richard

quickWit
07-16-2008, 05:53 PM
Systems Manager for an Environmental/Engineering firm

Joycecwilliams
07-16-2008, 06:02 PM
I am an activities director, financial consultant, prostitute, nurse, chef/cook (it depends on what I'm cooking), maid, gardner, animal caretaker, and part time writer.

maestrowork
07-16-2008, 06:06 PM
Before I'm a bum I was an IT Consultant.

Mystic Blossom
07-16-2008, 06:09 PM
I'm a full-time student, but right now, during the summer, I work a few hours a week interning for a nonprofit. I also have an actual paying job at a fabric store.

Clair Dickson
07-16-2008, 06:14 PM
I am primarily an alternative high school teacher.
I also work in retail (but I'm planning/ hoping to leave at the end of the summer)
I 'work' as a real estate agent, but the Michigan housing market is really, really quiet right now.
I'm also a parttime designer/ tech person for an online courseware company.

Oh, and I have a hubby.

Don Allen
07-16-2008, 06:24 PM
I am an activities director, financial consultant, prostitute, nurse, chef/cook (it depends on what I'm cooking), maid, gardner, animal caretaker, and part time writer.




We should be in business together...................

Don Allen
07-16-2008, 06:26 PM
I think it's your location, honestly. How much foot traffic is there in Gilman, IL?

I'm an executive secretary.


Bear foot smelly things to BOOT, no pun intended........lol

MattW
07-16-2008, 06:30 PM
I'm a professional playa hater.

Hobbes
07-16-2008, 06:38 PM
Commercial producer at a TV station

Kitrianna
07-16-2008, 06:40 PM
Cook, maid and laundry service among other things, but Kthrok doesn't pay worth sh** :D. Love ya honey.

Joycecwilliams
07-16-2008, 06:46 PM
We should be in business together...................

I was just naming all the things I do as a wife and mother.. :)

Kthrok
07-16-2008, 06:47 PM
i am a bill collector.....pay your amex bill or you hear from me :D

creamofmushroom
07-16-2008, 06:56 PM
undergrad student on summer vacation and working at her school parking office

jannawrites
07-16-2008, 06:58 PM
Domestic Goddess

shebitme
07-16-2008, 07:23 PM
i work in the legal field.

i wish, wish i had finished my first novel while still in college. i has so much free time then.
now i have to find a free hour here, a free hour there, after work

StoryG27
07-16-2008, 07:25 PM
Domestic Goddess
Ohhh, I like the title.


I'm a mortgage loan officer. . .and a domestic goddess. :D

Hobbes
07-16-2008, 07:29 PM
Ohhh, I like the title.


I'm a mortgage loan officer. . .and a domestic goddess. :D


Do Mortgage Loan Officer's carry badges? :)

StoryG27
07-16-2008, 07:47 PM
Do Mortgage Loan Officer's carry badges? :)
Yes. . .and handcuffs. . .Well, maybe that's just me.
;)

cray
07-16-2008, 07:51 PM
i'm a guy or a girl who is a number of years old who works on some things by day and other things by night. in my spare time i enjoy some activities but when i'm not doing those sort of things i generally like to do various other things.

StoryG27
07-16-2008, 08:04 PM
i'm a guy or a girl who is a number of years old who works on some things by day and other things by night. in my spare time i enjoy some activities but when i'm not doing those sort of things i generally like to do various other things.
Damn cray, you're like an open book. TMI!

Feathers
07-16-2008, 08:07 PM
It's cool. Personally, I think the search engine is kinda sucky...I can never find what I'm looking for, even if I got most of the words of the title. *shakes fist* :p

Right now I'm unemployed, but I'm actually job-hunting. A while ago I heard this statistic that to support yourself as a full-time writer, you need to be making 30k or more a year. 30k! And that's probably worse now considering high living expenses.

I think that jobs are good things in the sense that it gives writers immersion. A job is real life, every day, in your face. The times that I spend weeks doing nothing but huddling over my computer typing, I start to get so involved in my descriptions that I forget (sortof) how things actually look.

If I ever get big enough as an author to quit my job, I think I'd still keep doing something part-time. I just don't know what I'd do without that immersion.

-Feathers

MelancholyMan
07-16-2008, 08:13 PM
Rocket scientist. Not as much fun as it sounds...

-MM

MoonWriter
07-16-2008, 08:52 PM
Yeah, really! Now I have to live with those images.

Phaeal
07-16-2008, 09:18 PM
Administrative Assistant, or, in Nonbureaucratese, secretary. Secretary is actually much cooler, meaning keeper of secrets.

Aglaia
07-16-2008, 09:25 PM
Secretary is actually much cooler, meaning keeper of secrets.
Really? I'm an Admin, too, and I always say I'm a Secretary, and people ALWAYS correct me. Annoys the crap out of me because I don't care what my frickin' job title is; my stupid job's the same. Uh, sorry, /rant.

Anyway, now I have a cooler reason to say I'm a Secretary, NOT an Admin. :D

shelboselby
07-16-2008, 09:32 PM
I'm a student -- high school.

Cato
07-16-2008, 10:16 PM
University Student majoring in Music, minoring in English. :D

Tink
07-16-2008, 10:29 PM
I have answered this somewhere else today but what the 'ell....I am a full time AW'er. I post and read post almost every day- all day long and I laugh and I cry and I get angry and I love it here at the AW. I am a full time member with a no-time pay. :D

*Pudge*
07-16-2008, 10:37 PM
Sounds Fab Tink - I have the day off today and was planning to have a good bash at my WIP,

however, here I came and here I stayed.

(but it's all highly important for my WIP, I mean how will I ever get published if I don't get lots of rep's?) ;)

sassandgroove
07-16-2008, 11:39 PM
Office Admin, but I like "keeper of secrets" better. That's awsome.

Inky
07-17-2008, 12:01 AM
Military wife
Household CEO--translation: Oh Knowledgeable One of Where Everything is Located
Author

rhymegirl
07-17-2008, 12:06 AM
Well, if you must know, I'm a reporter hiding in a linen closet in a hospital in France hoping to get the scoop on Angelina and Brad's new kiddoes. Shhh!

C.M. Daniels
07-17-2008, 12:08 AM
Forensic anthropologist, college professor, archaeologist.

Gravity
07-17-2008, 12:13 AM
In my day job my title is Director of Business Development for a large medical staffing company ($125 million in annual sales, of which I get zip).

However in my fantasy life I'm Master of All Space and Time, eternal, invincible, and I hold all your puny lives tucked in the web between my right thumb and forefinger, ready to crush you to a fine powder at my merest whim.

Does that answer your question...?

MoonWriter
07-17-2008, 12:18 AM
"Is anyone here a Marine Biologist?"

Just had to ask. One of my favorite lines from Seinfeld.

NatJM
07-17-2008, 12:22 AM
I agree with Feathers about the immersion aspect of having a job. Many of my characters have been inspired by ex-colleagues.

I left my last job a few weeks ago and will be job hunting in October. As for the summer, I'm using this time for writing and doing some music. This is what I often do - I work for a year or even longer (2 years this time around), save up a few grands, then I take a few months off :)

The downside is I have to look for a new job each time but I don't mind, there are loads of jobs in my field in London and most positions are contract positions so you'd have to move around a lot anyway.

Oh, and to answer your question, my day job is traffic CAD technician. Translation: I draw nice bus lanes and cycle lanes on the computer.

Blondchen
07-17-2008, 12:30 AM
I used to be an out of work opera singer. Now I make TV shows.

dgiharris
07-17-2008, 12:31 AM
You know,

I was seriously considering leaving my job, but I find that I get too many story ideas from the nutballs I work with.

Even if I make it big as a writer, i'll probably have to keep the job. Can't cut off my source of inspiration.

for what it's worth, I'm a program manager.

Mel...

ejket
07-17-2008, 12:39 AM
I'm a hospital night porter, which is a good job for a horror writer (I'm more of a dark fantasy guy, but horror is still in my territory). Among other things I handle the crash cart, and I take the body to the morgue if things don't go well. No one's sat up for me yet.

After twenty-three years of this, I've definitely developed a sense of humor.

*Pudge*
07-17-2008, 12:45 AM
We all have such different lives which, I guess is why we all write such different Lines. I do agree that having "work" normally would help for inspiration - but seriously you should see the guys I work with!!! Dull!!!

angeliz2k
07-17-2008, 12:49 AM
I'm a student. At the moment, I work in the communication divisions of our IT department and at the art library. And in the future, after I graduate next May? God only knows. Law maybe? Another year to get a masters, then publishing? Hard to say.

Alvah
07-17-2008, 01:46 AM
Software tester.

roseangel
07-17-2008, 02:01 AM
housekeeper/taxi, or a housewife without the husband and kids part.

Disa
07-17-2008, 02:19 AM
Erm- I'm a bill collector :whip:

Seif
07-17-2008, 02:29 AM
Teacher-to-be

At the moment waiter/freelance researcher/writer

WillSmall
07-17-2008, 02:34 AM
Full-time farmer, part-time attorney. Working for yourself isn't so bad, but being a full-time writer would be better (Although, I guess that would still be working for yourself! :idea:)

Mr. Fix
07-17-2008, 02:49 AM
What thouest be this thing you call 'job?':Shrug:

nerds
07-17-2008, 03:56 AM
In my day job my title is Director of Business Development for a large medical staffing company ($125 million in annual sales, of which I get zip).

However in my fantasy life I'm Master of All Space and Time, eternal, invincible, and I hold all your puny lives tucked in the web between my right thumb and forefinger, ready to crush you to a fine powder at my merest whim.


Some of these job titles in this thread, I don't even know what they mean. However, I understand the second paragraph of this perfectly well.

:D

Silver King
07-17-2008, 04:16 AM
I work for this web site. I hardly ever do anything except drift from one thread to another at my leisure, reading posts, sending rep comments and occasionally joining discussions.

When I see trouble brewing, I run screaming to a Super Mod, usually Rolling Thunder, and exclaim, "Holy crap-oh-moon-doe! You won't believe what so-and-so just said. Come here, quick, you have to read it for yourself..."

After having successfully passed the buck, I keep cruising right along, reading posts, sending rep comments and occasionally joining discussions.

I live the life of Riley, I'm tellin' ya.

Gravity
07-17-2008, 04:25 AM
I work for this web site. I hardly ever do anything except drift from one thread to another at my leisure, reading posts, sending rep comments and occasionally joining discussions.

When I see trouble brewing, I run screaming to a Super Mod, usually Rolling Thunder, and exclaim, "Holy crap-oh-moon-doe! You won't believe what so-and-so just said. Come here, quick, you have to read it for yourself..."

After having successfully passed the buck, I keep cruising right along, reading posts, sending rep comments and occasionally joining discussions.

I live the life of Riley, I'm tellin' ya.

AND you get to fish all you want! That's uber-cool!! :hooray:

Silver King
07-17-2008, 04:37 AM
AND you get to fish all you want! That's uber-cool!! :hooray:
That's part of the charm, for sure. Sometimes, I even post photographic evidence, like this beauty my son-in-law caught a few days ago: :D

http://i200.photobucket.com/albums/aa62/Silver-King/BoydsTarpon7-9-08055-2.jpg

Wolvel
07-17-2008, 04:50 AM
I work in a rental yard by day, and my mind by night.

Serenity
07-17-2008, 04:52 AM
Work? What is this 'work' that you speak of? :D

Right now I'm babysitting, will most likely be substituting (elementary K-3) this fall until a permanent position opens up somewhere near where I will be moving in a month.

blueobsidian
07-17-2008, 05:09 AM
I'm a baker and pastry chef.

It's just as stressful as it is cool, though.

soleary
07-17-2008, 05:13 AM
I dance on the pole. Okay, not really. I'm a ex Chief Creative Officer of a marketing agency who took 1.8 yrs off to write (that was the length of the earn out).

I would do marketing and write if no one ever paid me, which is the closest to true love I've found :)

Moon Daughter
07-17-2008, 05:25 AM
I'm a college student and I was working two jobs: Marshalls and Mass Design (where I take part in building circuit boards). I recently quit Marshalls though to work more at Mass Design and to have more time for writing.

jgold
07-17-2008, 05:51 AM
Retail manager.

I write horror stories starring the worst of the customers and employees--and I never run out of material. :)

Saanen
07-17-2008, 05:51 AM
Proctor at a community college. It's a good job. It leaves me decent amounts of time free to write, plus I get to spend my days around people pursuing that most beautiful of human things, higher education. It's a lot better than teaching elementary school (which was too exhausting) or working as an admin/secretary (which was too boring).

Devil Ledbetter
07-17-2008, 06:02 AM
Marketing Director. At a glue factory.

Sarpedon
07-17-2008, 06:15 AM
Architecture Slave!

Approaching the end of a 13 1/2 hour day. I would have lost my mind long ago if it weren't for this and other sites.

Michael Parks
07-17-2008, 06:23 AM
IT Manager

mlhernandez
07-17-2008, 08:56 AM
Domestic Diva, Full-Time Writer

Mumut
07-17-2008, 10:56 AM
Retired software designer. I also agree with the idea of work putting a lot of life into your writing. I emigrated to Australia on my own at age 20 and worked as bookkeeper on a cattle station in the Northern Territory. Half the size of Wales with population of 12. Then I went to Papua New Guinea for 13 years working in the jungle, I was a police officer, magistrate and rep of the Aust Govt in my area (took about a month to walk around it). Then I've worked in various government jobs in Australia after graduating with an IT degree at age 51.

Oh, you didn't want out life histories? Sorry.

*Pudge*
07-17-2008, 11:25 AM
What a fabulous history it is!

Seriously, You should write a book ;)

x

Andre_Laurent
07-17-2008, 05:24 PM
Computer Programmer/Analyst

AdamH
07-17-2008, 05:41 PM
I've worked as a berry picker, a sandwich artist, a banker/mortgage specialist, a stage director, and a payroll specialist (i.e. I make sure your companies pay you your well-deserved but underpaid pay cheques on time.)

The only jobs that have been consistent throughout my life (but doesn't currently pay enough for the bills) are writing and acting...both which I could do more but the aforementioned "jobs" are interfering with this goal.

Oh yeah...and browsing AW...but that's time well wasted. :)

She_wulf
07-17-2008, 08:51 PM
My "day" job is contracting as a special effects designer.

So...what is that?

*G*

If it doesn't blind you, blow things up, burn you, freeze you, break things, or look pretty darn cool, it isn't in my job description.

It's a hard job, odd hours, travel to "exotic" locations like the Cleveland Arena and the Las Vegas Convention Center, no work guarantee, and pretty much low paid considering. But I've met Chris Brown, almost put my face in Kid Rock's crotch (on accident, really!) stood on top of six of the tallest buildings in Philadelphia, was at every home game for the Flyers during the playoffs (except the last two, which explains why they lost IMO) and helped a billionaire's kid celebrate his bar mitzvah at the top of the Rock along with the likes of Regis, Joe Namath, and Dan Ackroyd.

My work's been on TV in more than one country and any given Sunday when the Ravens are introduced, my set piece lights up the player entrance.

Oh, and I write, single mom, and am looking for a "real" job.

Amy

underthecity
07-17-2008, 10:41 PM
I am a machine wiring technician. My job: I wire big machines. There's more to it than just wiring: drilling holes, some assembly and installation, dealing with politics and over zealous managers. . . . I really don't like my job, and I've been here two years.

The only thing that keeps me going through the day is my iPod and XM Satellite Radio. I read during my breaks or write my book.

There's lots of overtime and I make decent money, but my ongoing dream is that my novel The Ghost Machine will be picked up by a big agent, sold to a big publisher, and I can quit and write full time.

I dream big.

allen

*Pudge*
07-17-2008, 11:14 PM
You have to dream big!

I am a dreamer and I have been put down for it by teachers, parents even my husband and my response is always:

One day I'll be a someone who had a dream, not a no one who has one!

That can't happen unless you are a dreamer.

It's always said in good humour of course, but I'm deadly serious!!

willietheshakes
07-17-2008, 11:25 PM
Full-time professional malcontent. Thankfully, misanthropy is my hobby, so it takes the edge off.

Actually I'm a bookseller/event coordinator/public relations person for the largest single store independent bookstore in Canada.

Oh, and I dabble in reviewing and journalism (I did mention the misanthropy, right?)

CaroGirl
07-17-2008, 11:35 PM
I am a dreamer of dreams. But that doesn't pay too well so I'm also a full-time documentation specialist (read: technical writer) for a software company. Now, before you get too jealous, because I know you were about to, my job is more boring than watching the cracks in my bedroom ceiling morph into various species of African antelope.

Inky
07-18-2008, 12:13 AM
Caro..at day's end...


http://scott.club365.net/uploaded_images/drooling_homer-712749.gif

Blondchen
07-18-2008, 12:16 AM
my job is more boring than watching the cracks in my bedroom ceiling morph into various species of African antelope.

Wow. Can I have some of what you're having?

*Pudge*
07-18-2008, 12:28 AM
Wow. Can I have some of what you're having?

:ROFL:

willietheshakes
07-18-2008, 12:40 AM
Wow. Can I have some of what you're having?

It's a Canadian thing. Covered by our medical plan.

Fraulein
07-18-2008, 01:13 AM
Retail pharmacists' slave until graduation in 2010.

CaroGirl
07-18-2008, 04:22 AM
Caro..at day's end...


http://scott.club365.net/uploaded_images/drooling_homer-712749.gif
Yup. That's me all right. On a GOOD day.

MonaLeigh
08-05-2008, 01:43 AM
I run a house cleaning business w/my hubby.

Deccydiva
08-05-2008, 01:47 AM
I lost my job 15 months ago and haven't found anything else yet. I'm on welfare which is difficult with my debts and things are very shaky. Still, it gives me plenty of time to write!

JoeEkaitis
08-05-2008, 01:57 AM
I'm a systems analyst (http://www.lileks.com/institute/compupromo/dragnet.wav).