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JrFFKacy
03-11-2009, 05:36 AM
If you don't make a living solely by writing, what is your 'other' job, as in the one you have to squeeze writing time around?

I'm still in highschool, run my own petsitting and grooming business, help occasionally with the family farm, raise sheep and and a volunteer firefighter (paid on call).

C.bronco
03-11-2009, 05:37 AM
I teach grammar at the moment.

Matera the Mad
03-11-2009, 05:42 AM
Jill-of-all-trades at a mental health resource center with shaky funding. Web design, computer fixups, and graphic art on the side. Thanks to food stamps and free handouts I eat well.

bsolah
03-11-2009, 06:27 AM
I'm a Data Analyst for a Community Services organisation mainly doing reports for Employment Services. It's involves lots of MS Excel and Access, and is extremely boring and not rewarding in the slightest, except for the meagre paycheck bit.

Hence, why I'm on AW so much.

Quossum
03-11-2009, 06:34 AM
I teach 8th grade Literature.

Good points: Summers off. Incentive to read lots and lots of YA fiction. Being around young people who love to read and talk about books.

Bad points: Very little free time during school year, with much time spent "working" outside of work hours what with grading papers, etc. Emotionally draining job. Being aournd young people who despise the very ground you walk on and would eagerly burn every book in existence, despite your best efforts.

Conclusion: Eh. It keeps me in ink and notebooks, and has rewarding moments.

--Q

firedrake
03-11-2009, 06:39 AM
I'm a City Planner.

cptwentworth
03-11-2009, 06:40 AM
I am a court reporter, and I take depositions of witnesses in lawsuits and prepare the verbatim transcripts at home. And a homeschooling mom of five kids under nine. Not much time to write...

Branwyn
03-11-2009, 06:40 AM
I'm a ghost whisperer. Psychic, astrologer, tarot reader and artist.

alleycat
03-11-2009, 06:44 AM
I work for a structural engineering firm; currently working on two major office towers in Nashville, and finishing up a hospital project in San Antonio, Texas and another in Ft. Myers, Florida.

popbunny
03-11-2009, 07:09 AM
I own a children's consignment boutique.

Cranky
03-11-2009, 07:12 AM
Mom and full-time student. Don't get paid for doing those things, but they do take precedence. :)

Clair Dickson
03-11-2009, 07:19 AM
My main job is as an alternative high school teacher-- English and History. Low pay, small classes, and a split shift that has me working five days and two nights (four hour shifts). I get part of the summer off, but teach summer school.

I also dabble in real estate on the side, do some online courseware development for a small company, and my newest job includes being an online course facilitator.

I'm also finishing grad school. And I'm married. I have to cook most of my own food because of allergies.

I write in every free moment. Sometimes while the students are working (or watching movies.) I write whenever I don't have something else I need to be working on... and sometimes when I should be doing something else. It drives me nuts when I go more than a day without being able to put down any words. And it makes me sad when I'm too busy to even think about writing.

I barely have time to read, unfortunately. I don't watch much TV, except a few shows that I can put on while working on something. I don't have much social life, which is fine with me since I have Hubby and I have writing. I need little else. =)

DamaNegra
03-11-2009, 07:32 AM
I'm a 40 year old man still living off my parents. Bwahahahahaha.

Haggis
03-11-2009, 07:38 AM
I collect returnable bottles and cans, and sell single cigarettes to small children.

dgrintalis
03-11-2009, 07:41 AM
I am a belly dancer. I teach on Wednesday nights and perform Thursday through Sunday night at various restaurants, weddings, birthday parties, etc..

SirOtter
03-11-2009, 07:50 AM
I'm the Behavior Coordinator at the Tennessee Rehabilitation Center. It's a comprehensive vocational rehab facility, where adults with virtually every cognitive, psychological or physical disability you can think of learn job skills. I administer the Behavior Modification Program, teaching our students the behaviors they will need to keep the jobs my co-workers teach them to perform. Most of the time, I love it.

emc07
03-11-2009, 07:58 AM
I work in a mall in marketing/business development... It's a living. I love the people I work with. For me that is the most important, someone to be in the trenches with.

Shurikane
03-11-2009, 07:59 AM
Programmer analyst in a software company. 40 hour weeks are steadily increasing in size as we find more things to fix and make. :)

Wayne K
03-11-2009, 02:33 PM
I attach the tips to the ends of shoelaces.

thethinker42
03-11-2009, 02:45 PM
I'm the CEO for a Fortune500 company that designs greeting cards, restaurant menus, and condom packaging. I also have three successful home-based businesses: screenprinting, photography, and pickling.








Okay...not really...I'm unemployed, I just write.

deserata
03-11-2009, 04:37 PM
I do clerical work...and I'm a full-time college student.

swvaughn
03-11-2009, 04:54 PM
I ponder the scope and direction of humanity's folly while generating vast amounts of income (and karma) by focusing on the universal principles of wealth and harmony.

(Srsly, I'm a copywriter - so I write about people who believe they do these things)

And people here have the coolest jobs evah! Y'all are some creative folks. :D

CaroGirl
03-11-2009, 05:13 PM
I'm the sole Technical Documentation Specialist for a small web-based software company. Translation: technical writer. I write instructions that help people use software. Boring, you say? CHA!!!

I'm also: mother of two, pet owner (2 dogs and a hamster), home owner, wife, cook, laundress, booker of holidays, scheduler of music lessons, and all-round stressed-out crazy woman. Sometimes I write fiction.

Money=good
Free time=none

Saskatoonistan
03-11-2009, 05:19 PM
Corporate trainer.

Namatu
03-11-2009, 05:20 PM
I'm an editor, which means I manage the heck out of all the elements that go into a book until it's ready to go out into the world and do a lot less actual editing than you'd think.

Zelenka
03-11-2009, 05:21 PM
I'm a full time law student (though not for much longer - roll on May! Woot!) and a freelance autocue (teleprompter) operator and subtitler for TV.

Basically I type up transcriptions of TV programmes and format them into subtitles, sometimes typing it up live if it's the news or something like that.

James81
03-11-2009, 05:22 PM
I'm an engineer who works in design.

justinai
03-11-2009, 05:24 PM
I'm a technical writer/project manager. Basically I get paid a technical writer's salary to do project management work. :(

But at least it gives me time to lurk on AW!

Puma
03-11-2009, 05:39 PM
I'm recently retired (1/1/09) from an educational publishing company where I was a supply side inventory manager. But ... in my work careeer I also worked in inventory analysis and procurement and as tech writer/artist in the defense industry, as an engineering/purchasing coordinator in manufacturing, as an editor and tech writer, as a department administrator (state government), and as a vocational counselor for immigrants. My degree is in history - go figure. I'm also a wife, mother, figure skating cheering section (daughter skates), gardener and lawn-keeper, pet-care provider (two dogs and many abandoned cats), home maintenance provider, cook, and husband's best friend. Puma

LaurieD
03-11-2009, 05:50 PM
Work from home medical transcriptionist - a lot less stress than my nursing career, which I put into a mothball filled box this summer, but it can be sooo boring. Which actually gives me time to wreck havoc with my characters in my head and then write when there are lags in between reports.

CarnalPIE
03-11-2009, 06:55 PM
AutoCad Drafter and Indie Filmmaker. I went to college and got an associate's degree in Architecture so I'd have the fallback job of drafting if my writing never got published. The filmmaking I sort of just fell into.

gothicangel
03-11-2009, 10:12 PM
Full time undergrad student and a waitress.

brokenfingers
03-11-2009, 10:36 PM
I'm an entrepreneur.

I have an exit ramp off the Interstate where I panhandle 12 hours a day. It's pretty lucrative.

Palmfrond
03-11-2009, 10:40 PM
Thanks for this thread; I love reading what other people do (or want us to think they do). I'm very impressed by people who can produce noticeable amounts of writing while holding down a full-time job.

CheyElizabeth
03-11-2009, 10:42 PM
I'm a mechanical designer for a major oilfield services company.

Lady Cat
03-11-2009, 10:47 PM
I'm a drain on society, waiting to see if I'll receive enough funding from the government to go back to school.

willietheshakes
03-11-2009, 10:54 PM
I'm a professional malcontent and shit-disturber (read: freelance reviewer and journalist), and literary matchmaker (read: bookseller and author host). Why yes, the cognitive dissonance IS troubling. How kind of you to ask.

swpauthor
03-11-2009, 11:01 PM
I'm a World of Warcraft fanatic who runs a commune.:D

waylander
03-11-2009, 11:01 PM
I'm a drug designer

wandergirl
03-11-2009, 11:07 PM
I write about Central America travel for about.com (see below), freelance, and starting yesterday, work as an adjunct writing TA for an online university.

C.M. Daniels
03-11-2009, 11:17 PM
I'm a forensic anthropologist who works at a small college (teaching forensic anthro) and I'm a Deputy Coroner. My other day job is grantwriting and filling in wherever needed at the Senior Citizens program for the Nez Perce Tribe.

Ms Hollands
03-11-2009, 11:18 PM
I am a belly dancer. I teach on Wednesday nights and perform Thursday through Sunday night at various restaurants, weddings, birthday parties, etc..


Brilliant! Belly dancing properly is harder than it looks and a skill I'd like to get better at.

However, my day job is as a production editor and sub-editor for a dairy industry magazine. I used to be a technical author and although I miss the money, I don't miss the writing all that much...just sometimes when I feel the need for accuracy and clarity.

talkwrite
03-12-2009, 12:00 AM
I'm a licensed court interpreter (Spanish-English) and a judicial translator. I also just took a part time job teaching, for even less pay at a private school. I really look up to teachers now!

C.J. Rockwell
03-12-2009, 12:21 AM
No career to speak of for me at this time. But I had to give my props to everyone who have the discipline to balance a career and a passion for writing.

Especially if you can't stand your other job!

On the one hand, that job you absolutely hate may pay for you house, car note, food, etc. That certainly means something in this frightful economy that I hope will get better before the dawn of the 22nd century. Seriously, I do...

But there are always things that money can NEVER buy, no matter what statistics or analysts tell you.

Never forget that, and fight on as best you can!

I wish everyone in this balancing act only the very best, and not one kilogram less.

Tepelus
03-12-2009, 12:55 AM
I'm a housekeeper at a hotel. Exciting.

quickWit
03-12-2009, 01:10 AM
Systems Manager at an Environmental/Engineering firm.

Hu. Zzah. :)

blacbird
03-12-2009, 01:24 AM
Biostratigraphic micropaleontologist.

Now, say that five times fast (and thatthatthatthatthat doesn't count).

caw

dancingandflying
03-12-2009, 02:38 AM
I'm a high school student. And I work at Coldstone.

I'm also a loser. :D

d&f.

scarletpeaches
03-12-2009, 02:43 AM
I attach the tips to the ends of shoelaces.

And you don't know they're called ferrules? :D


I'm the CEO for a Fortune500 company that designs greeting cards, restaurant menus, and condom packaging. I also have three successful home-based businesses: screenprinting, photography, and pickling.

In that case I would like to buy some pickled condoms, please.

When I'm not writing, I'm a cryptozoologist.

Wayne K
03-12-2009, 03:07 AM
And you don't know they're called ferrules? :D.
I didn't want to confuse people.

Eta: okay you got me I don't attach those things to the shoelaces. I sell colon cleanser door to door, I was just embarrassed that you would think my job was boring.

Wayne K
03-12-2009, 03:11 AM
I'm a cryptozoologist.

Don't you mean an animal looker for'er.

scarletpeaches
03-12-2009, 03:12 AM
I look for mythtikal creatures what don't exist.

Mr Flibble
03-12-2009, 03:42 AM
I work at a builder's merchant.

Which gives me ample opportunity to say:

I have your nuts in my hand

You wanted a screw?

etc. as nauseum

But I also have yummy builder customers, many with rather fetching eastern European accents, and a guy who looks, and sounds, just like this:

http://i110.photobucket.com/albums/n83/spinynorman_2006/gis-aa.jpg

Some days it's a real struggle to go to work :D

TheRightEyedDeer
03-12-2009, 03:58 AM
I work for a charity that arranges weeks at donated cottages for cancer survivors and their families. Wonderful cause. Completely insane working environment. Mainly due to the boss lady (who would make a most excellent victim-character in a slasher movie). I spend my days trying to interpret said boss lady's emails (I think it's some kind of ancient octopus language), arranging dozens of special events each year and trying to keep the bookkeeping up to legal standards.

Outside of that, I co-administer an online writers' site (where we run a number of paying writing competitions & publish anthologies), edit a quarterly ezine, and bang out the occasional bit of fictional drivel which sometimes gets published in cool markets.

Lately, I've been hanging out here, trying to be funnier than KTC. That's not working all that well. :tongue

KTC
03-12-2009, 04:01 AM
I work for a charity that arranges weeks at donated cottages for cancer survivors and their families. Wonderful cause. Completely insane working environment. Mainly due to the boss lady (who would make a most excellent victim-character in a slasher movie). I spend my days trying to interpret said boss lady's emails (I think it's some kind of ancient octopus language), arranging dozens of special events each year and trying to keep the bookkeeping up to legal standards.

Outside of that, I co-administer an online writers' site (where we run a number of paying writing competitions & publish anthologies), edit a quarterly ezine, and bang out the occasional bit of fictional drivel which sometimes gets published in cool markets.

Lately, I've been hanging out here, trying to be funnier than KTC. That's not working all that well. :tongue


That sounds like an awesome job! How are you funded?

And I don't think it's hard to be funnier than me. I have never once cracked me up...so I should know.

Yasaibatake
03-12-2009, 05:06 AM
I'm a full time university student (majoring in French Education) and a part time paraprofessional in a middle school. I work with the severely autistic students, so we spend a lot of time on things like brushing teeth, using vending machines, how to hold basic conversations, matching colors and shapes, etc. etc. etc. I have great co-workers and enjoy it most days, but it's really emotionally draining, especially when the students are violent. I never drank before I took this job, but now one of my favorite vices is Friday night happy hour with my co-workers. (take that however you wish!)

TheRightEyedDeer
03-12-2009, 05:43 AM
That sounds like an awesome job! How are you funded?

And I don't think it's hard to be funnier than me. I have never once cracked me up...so I should know.

Our funding consists mainly of corporate and individual donations, some government funds for employees (but not for my position), and monies raised at my aforementioned myriad special events (golf tournaments, outdoor movies, concerts, etc.). It's tough going, especially these days when most corporate types hide in the washrooms after reading the Globe & Mail's Report on Business in the mornings. We're still aiming to place 200 families in cottages this year, though.

And you have a very quirky mind & quick wit, Mr. KTC. Don't deny it.

ideagirl
03-12-2009, 05:47 AM
I'm a full time law student (though not for much longer - roll on May! Woot!)

Congratz! I'm a full-time lawyer! Welcome to the fold.

SirOtter
03-12-2009, 06:42 AM
And you don't know they're called ferrules? :D

No, they're called aglets. Ferrules are the metal tips on walking sticks.

inkkognito
03-12-2009, 06:51 AM
I am a mental health counselor, and I also own a travel agency that only handles Disney cruises.

KTC
03-12-2009, 07:04 AM
Our funding consists mainly of corporate and individual donations, some government funds for employees (but not for my position), and monies raised at my aforementioned myriad special events (golf tournaments, outdoor movies, concerts, etc.). It's tough going, especially these days when most corporate types hide in the washrooms after reading the Globe & Mail's Report on Business in the mornings. We're still aiming to place 200 families in cottages this year, though.

And you have a very quirky mind & quick wit, Mr. KTC. Don't deny it.

Um. I'm thinking writing marathon of some sort? I know, I know...I'm addicted. We raise over $5000.00 a year doing the Muskoka, though.

cptwentworth
03-12-2009, 07:12 AM
I am a belly dancer. I teach on Wednesday nights and perform Thursday through Sunday night at various restaurants, weddings, birthday parties, etc..

I'm envious! A few years ago I was trying to teach myself from DVDs. My town is too small to have classes on something so cool.

Wayne K
03-12-2009, 11:50 AM
I am a mental health counselor, and I also own a travel agency that only handles Disney cruises.

Do the two meet?

scarletpeaches
03-12-2009, 02:47 PM
No, they're called aglets. Ferrules are the metal tips on walking sticks.

Really? You might want to try googling 'shoe lace ferrules' then.

(And they also appear on paint brushes).

KTC
03-12-2009, 03:04 PM
Really? You might want to try googling 'shoe lace ferrules' then.

(And they also appear on paint brushes).
http://i41.photobucket.com/albums/e264/Cai17/66472-0-3.png

of course, aglet gets the same photo. I just say, "My damn shoelace broke!"

Diana Hignutt
03-12-2009, 03:05 PM
I'm GM of a small business, Deltronics, in Southern NJ. We sell and repair pumps, controls, and alarms for municipal and industrial markets. I'm also President of a brand new publishing company, Four Elements Press, LLC, and I'm chairperson of the new, up and coming political party, the Radical-Moderate Party. I write stuff, too (here and there, when I can fit it in).

Wayne K
03-12-2009, 03:23 PM
Really? You might want to try googling 'shoe lace ferrules' then.

(And they also appear on paint brushes).

Now I'm just so confused, make it stop!!!

TheRightEyedDeer
03-12-2009, 03:29 PM
Um. I'm thinking writing marathon of some sort? I know, I know...I'm addicted. We raise over $5000.00 a year doing the Muskoka, though.

Not such a wild proposition, KTC. Planning's actually in the works for one of those. :)

scarletpeaches
03-12-2009, 03:31 PM
http://i41.photobucket.com/albums/e264/Cai17/66472-0-3.png

of course, aglet gets the same photo. I just say, "My damn shoelace broke!"

Maybe it's a regional thing, what you call it.


Now I'm just so confused, make it stop!!!

Every aglet is a ferrule, but not every ferrule is an aglet. With me?

Ken
03-12-2009, 03:35 PM
... I temp :cry:

Wayne K
03-12-2009, 04:22 PM
Every aglet is a ferrule, but not every ferrule is an aglet. With me?

Like how every alcoholic drinks but not all drinkers are alcoholics?

vixey
03-12-2009, 04:36 PM
Like how every alcoholic drinks but not all drinkers are alcoholics?

I want that job. :tongue

I'm facing an empty nest after being a stay at home mom and now I'm ANXIOUS to find employment. Any takers?

smcc360
03-12-2009, 04:46 PM
I'm a cop.

Shara
03-12-2009, 04:53 PM
I'm a PA. Not terribly exciting, but it's a regular income and I don't have to take my work home with me.

Shara

MarkEsq
03-12-2009, 06:13 PM
A lawyer, a felony prosecutor. Fantastic fodder for my writing. :)

I'm also a dad to three. Just fantastic.

JamieB
03-12-2009, 07:29 PM
I work at a builder's merchant.

Which gives me ample opportunity to say:

I have your nuts in my hand

You wanted a screw?

etc. as nauseum

But I also have yummy builder customers, many with rather fetching eastern European accents, and a guy who looks, and sounds, just like this:

http://i110.photobucket.com/albums/n83/spinynorman_2006/gis-aa.jpg

Some days it's a real struggle to go to work :D



WOW, jealous here. This is what I get being a Command Center Strategist for a telemarketing company:
http://blog.ideacity.com/wp-content/uploads/2007/10/geek.jpg

No muse there. :( Oh well, it's a paycheck...

Ms Hollands
03-12-2009, 10:17 PM
I am a mental health counselor, and I also own a travel agency that only handles Disney cruises.


Do the two meet?

:e2point:

Ms Hollands
03-12-2009, 10:20 PM
I look for mythtikal creatures what don't exist.



Well you must know all about the marmot then. I've been searching for the little critters for years and I reckon it's all just one big fake animal rumour. I even wrote about it (http://www.lefrancophoney.com/the-marmot-the-new-loch-ness-monster/) (and the dahu).

SWickham
03-12-2009, 10:23 PM
I'm a professional fitness competitor (I know, what the??) and coach to figure and fitness athletes who compete. I've just gone back to some "normal" personal training as well, as in not competitors. I also promote a novice competition and the last two years we've promoted the Canadian national event as well.

Robin Bayne
03-12-2009, 10:24 PM
I work for a small community savings bank ( a very solvent one) in Baltimore city.

NeuroFizz
03-12-2009, 11:01 PM
Well you must know all about the marmot then. I've been searching for the little critters for years and I reckon it's all just one big fake animal rumour. I even wrote about it (http://www.lefrancophoney.com/the-marmot-the-new-loch-ness-monster/) (and the dahu).
You aren't looking in the right places and/or for the right kind of marmot. Hoary Marmots tend to hang out on street corners and under street lamps. They're nocturnal, and they're really inexpensive, as marmots go.

Ms Hollands
03-12-2009, 11:07 PM
You aren't looking in the right places and/or for the right kind of marmot. Hoary Marmots tend to hang out on street corners and under street lamps. They're nocturnal, and they're really inexpensive, as marmots go.

There's a (rare) street lamp just near my place. Maybe I should mosey on down as I think it's a full moon tonight and there might be a marmot party. I could take my cat too.

DMarie84
03-12-2009, 11:14 PM
... I temp :cry:

I know how hard that is. I did that last year for a few months.

Now I'm a part-time Admin Assistant (the 'PC' term for secretary) at a real estate agency.

It may not be that way for too long though. If the sales don't improve in the area, they may have to close two offices. And I have a sinking feeling that mine would be one of the ones considered.

Anyway, I shouldn't complain; I have a job for now and if I do lose it, my husband makes enough that we could make ends meet. It could be a lot worse, and I really feel for those who are unemployed now.

anne_marie
03-13-2009, 02:11 AM
I'm a professional fitness competitor (I know, what the??) and coach to figure and fitness athletes who compete. I've just gone back to some "normal" personal training as well, as in not competitors. I also promote a novice competition and the last two years we've promoted the Canadian national event as well.

I used to be a fitness model as well - way, way back in the day. As for my "real" job I work as an actress in addition to writing. So basically if it weren't for the soon-to-be Mr. Anne Marie I would be so not rolling in the money :P

Ken
03-13-2009, 02:20 AM
I know how hard that is. I did that last year for a few months.

Now I'm a part-time Admin Assistant (the 'PC' term for secretary) at a real estate agency.

It may not be that way for too long though. If the sales don't improve in the area, they may have to close two offices. And I have a sinking feeling that mine would be one of the ones considered.

Anyway, I shouldn't complain; I have a job for now and if I do lose it, my husband makes enough that we could make ends meet. It could be a lot worse, and I really feel for those who are unemployed now.

... sounds like a cool job. Permanent p/t office jobs are hard to come by. I'd take one in a minute if one came my way. Temping is for the birds, tho it does pay the bills. So I guess I should be thankful. // ps Actually your job may be more secure than than others in your office. Company isn't investing as much in yours. So if they're looking to cut expenses they may look elsewhere. G'luck :-)

LilliCray
03-13-2009, 02:24 AM
I rule the universe. In my free time, I invent new ways to torture humanity. Broccoli? Yeah, I invented that.

...

I'm unemployed. I try not to get crushed under the daily avalanche of schoolwork. I don't succeed very often. In real life, I'm flatter than a [insert cliche flat object name here]. Seriously.

franniescan
03-13-2009, 09:05 AM
I work in the land of non-profits. I also do the seasonal gig. I am currently working as a crew leader for a small youth conservation corps. We run trail crews that go out to forest service land, BLM land or park service land and do trail projects. Sometimes it consists of trail maintenance or actual trail design.

My summers are usually spent working as an outdoor educator instructing wilderness expeditions where I'm out in the woods for 30 days at a time instructing students how to survive.

This summer I'm headed to Alaska to work as a sea kayak guide.

Needless to say, I've very little time to write since I'm always in the woods working. But, I strive to write while I'm out there!

Mogiz
03-13-2009, 09:42 AM
I am an licensed electrician, operator, pipe welder at a power generation station 26 yrs at the company, love the work and love art and writing

Viking Horse
03-13-2009, 09:55 AM
I write video game reviews. Some people consider it a dream job, others just raise an eyebrow and feel that much better about their own work.


I am a belly dancer. I teach on Wednesday nights and perform Thursday through Sunday night at various restaurants, weddings, birthday parties, etc..

I saw some of your videos; simply fascinating, if you don't mind me saying.

Mogiz
03-13-2009, 10:09 AM
I write video game reviews. Some people consider it a dream job, others just raise an eyebrow and feel that much better about their own work.



I saw some of your videos; simply fascinating, if you don't mind me saying.

Sounds like a cool job to me

nitaworm
03-14-2009, 07:19 PM
I am a mom of four kids, and married 16yrs. I am an engineer in IT, teach computer science part-time at a local university (only summer semesters). I also have a mortgage lender's license (not in use at this time). I have a part-time travel business also. I gave up my 2 hours a night internet surfing time and reading time to devote to writing. I finished my first 80,000 word YA manuscript in about 3 months I was so in love with the story, and now am working on my 2nd (which is taking me much longer, as I am learning from my mistakes with my first manuscript) while my Beta readers help me edit my first (things I learned to do from this forum. This place is awesome!)

Weebil
03-14-2009, 07:38 PM
I had a Real Estate License until Dec-I am currently working as a consultant for a Loan Modification Company helping people modify the terms of their existing home loans. (o.k. blatent self-promotion) I was previously employed by a Dot Com, so I like to describe myself as 'most likely to pick a career with poor longevity...'

SAhodges
03-14-2009, 10:24 PM
I'm finishing up my last week of med school. :)

Evaine
03-14-2009, 10:37 PM
I sell second hand books, in the Town of Books, Hay-on-Wye.
The best job in the world, which I had for the best part of 10 years, was at the Children's Bookshop. Wonderful range of books, and I could take my dog to work with me (she had a collar tag that said 'Member of Staff').
Now I'm sorting out the Travel and History department at the Cinema Bookshop (it used to be a cinema), which is also great fun.

Atlantis
03-15-2009, 02:46 AM
I work for the department of Births, Deaths and Marriages. People apply for births, change of name, death or marriage certificates and I print them off and put them in the mail. I also have to do searches for the police for people who are wanted for crimes that may have died/changed their name. I also do searches for lost kids to see if they have died or one of their parents has changed their names. I do work for prisons. When a prisoner gets released, he is given with his birth certificate, so he can find a job. Its called a prisoner release certificate. I do that as well. I also do alot of work for family history. I have to do research to find births/deaths/marriages from as far back as 1841 and print a suitable copy off the microfiche. Sometimes I have to rewrite birth/death/marriages certificates from centuries ago on the computer. Its a very interesting job. I enjoy history so I like flipping through the centuriy old books and reading the things written on the ceritifcates. For example, a hundred years ago, if a man was single he was a bachelor and a woman was single, reguardless of her age, was recorded as a spinster in the records. Also under father/husband it would have rank/profession/title but under woman it would just have name/place of birth. I find those things interesting.

anne_marie
03-18-2009, 02:01 AM
>>>You did fitness modelling? Excellent! I've been competing for over 10 years so I probably would know you-!

I probably was before your time LOL I was in competition before I even started high school (more years ago than I care to admit although I get carded every time I go to the bar so apparently I still look under 18 :P) I only entered a few competitions before I started focusing more on Dance and Acting. I think I am still in good shape but I would like to get back into training - not for competitions just for me :)

Pagey's_Girl
03-18-2009, 02:47 AM
I'm a secretary, currently looking for a better gig. Yeah, I know, I know, in this economy? But where I'm at now is just small enough that there's no room for any sort of advancement - you get a job here, and you stay doing that job as long as you're here. I want a little more than that.

shawkins
03-18-2009, 03:09 AM
General purpose Unix nerd. Currently doing a lot of web development.

MelodyO
03-18-2009, 05:32 AM
We have a home-based business selling soft orthopedic goods to the medical community.

I know, gets you kinda wet, doesn't it?

Porphry
03-18-2009, 05:40 PM
I am a medic with the 4th Infantry Division.

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anne_marie
03-18-2009, 11:24 PM
We have a home-based business selling soft orthopedic goods to the medical community.

I know, gets you kinda wet, doesn't it?

OMG ROFLMAO

colealpaugh
03-18-2009, 11:47 PM
Journalist and ski racer (for which I'm paid in ski wax!). When I was a college kid, I dreamed about working for the Seattle Post-Intelligencer or the Rocky Mountain News...

law900
03-19-2009, 01:15 AM
I would love to tell you that I drive fast cars, fondle women, but have weekends off and am my own boss - but that would be a gross falsehood! And, a shameful rendition of Dudley Moore's Arthur character.

So, the truth -I'm an information systems analyst for a State government agency - I'm a tech geek...LOL But, in my defense, I have degrees in business, international relations, and information technology - so I'm a bit eclectic.

Yet, like you all, my dream is to just write books and get paid to do so - that's all I want to do with the rest of my life. Oh, how I dream of such a thing...back to Earth - come on Law900 - get grounded again. LOL

semilargeintestine
03-19-2009, 01:21 AM
I'm SP's plaything.

Hesperides
03-21-2009, 02:35 AM
I don't know if I'd call myself a writer....

My real job is a stay-at-home-mom, but I sew freelance for fabric designers, do some custom work, and I have a website for the odds and ends.

scarletpeaches
03-21-2009, 02:36 AM
I'm SP's plaything.

I prefer to say 'bitch', but aside from that, yeah. You know it. :e2brows:

71writer
03-21-2009, 06:37 PM
Well, mine isn't as exciting as all yours. But I am a homemaker for the elderly. I clean their apartments/houses, take them to doctor's visits, grocery shopping etc. Mainly am company for them as they get very lonely.
Also, non-paying, my dh and I play a worship set at our church once a month and are on a worship team doing prophetic worship and intercessory worship most Saturday nights and are on a worship team every three weeks on Sunday.

Alitriona
03-22-2009, 05:14 PM
I work for a government department that handles appeals for social payments. New to this after 10 years of fraud prosecutions. Bascially lots and lots of paperwork. I'm also mum to a special needs 13 year old, another full time job. The only reason I have any time to write is I don't sleep much. I'm still struggling with refering to myself as a writer but that's the dream.

lostwanderer5
03-22-2009, 05:21 PM
I am a Logistics Administrator for global manufacturing company. I purchase steel from suppliers for our production, and I deal with customers to process their orders and deal with their forecasts - and while I am doing this, I daydream about one day being able to say I AM A FULL TIME WRITER/FREELANCER

brainstorm77
03-23-2009, 12:47 AM
I'm a nurse... Shift work, days and night. 12 hr shifts! *PUKE*

Phoebe H
03-23-2009, 12:59 AM
I'm a CPA -- I do corporate accounting for a subsidiary of a Japanese company which runs seafood processing plants in Alaska.

But I gave my notice last week. I'm moving to Michigan and I'm going to do temp work. Because the economy there is so good. :)

(Well really because I just got married and my spouse has tenure. Lot's easier for an accountant to find a new job than an English professor, y'know.)

Ardellis
03-23-2009, 01:37 AM
Higher ed administration. About 2/3 of my job is supervising the word processing staff who print the admissions and financial aid letters and send the bulk emails. The rest of it is a mishmash of form letter proofreading and HTML/CSS coding and web content editing. Plus, I'm the MS Word help desk for five departments.

MMcDonald64
03-23-2009, 01:58 AM
I'm a respiratory therapist, which means my day can go from boring to crazy in thirty seconds flat. I give breathing treatments to patients with asthma, COPD, pneumonia, etc. That's the boring part. However, we go to all codes, including handling the level 2 nursery. So, I could be assisting with a tiny neonate, put them on a vent, or other therapy, and then get called for a 60year old heart attack in the ER.

Most of the time, I like it.

seun
03-23-2009, 10:57 PM
I manually masturbate caged animals for artifical insemination.

Miss Plum
03-23-2009, 11:34 PM
Technical writer. And I want out.

eveningstar
03-24-2009, 03:00 AM
I'm an artist. I do mixed-media illustration, I collaborate with jewelry-making friends and I'm painting a tarot deck, only 16 cards out of 78 to go.

It pays about as well as you'd expect, which is still more than the writing does at the moment.

(And it helps that I married an engineer.)

catethegreat
03-24-2009, 03:15 AM
I work in a large discount clothing store.

I attach "security devices" (those gray plastic things that beep when you go out the door without paying, and explode when you try to remove them at home) to every piece of merchandise $9.99 and up, and all denim items and infants/toddlers clothing, regardless of price point. *sigh*

I hard tag nearly one thousand items every day. I also attach the plastic sizing buttons to the hangers when I'm not security tagging.

My thumbs hurt. :(

Ms Hollands
03-24-2009, 12:43 PM
I work in a large discount clothing store.

I attach "security devices" (those gray plastic things that beep when you go out the door without paying, and explode when you try to remove them at home) to every piece of merchandise $9.99 and up, and all denim items and infants/toddlers clothing, regardless of price point. *sigh*

I hard tag nearly one thousand items every day. I also attach the plastic sizing buttons to the hangers when I'm not security tagging.

My thumbs hurt. :(

I reckon you would make a great character for a novel. I love reading about characters who do jobs that aren't their dream. Not sure why...

Elidibus
03-24-2009, 01:34 PM
Wow. Everyone here's all scholarly and stuff with all their big, advanced degrees and real jobs.

I work at a grocery store. You know the magical faeries that fill your shelves and have one holiday off a year? That's me. Third shift to boot. It's not that bad, though. Night times are an awesome time to listen to some music (quietly) and write. And no one disturbs you.

However, I will support myself through nothing but my writing eventually. Slinging boxes of tuna fish and kissing up to middle managers isn't what I'd call my dream job.

KikiteNeko
03-24-2009, 01:48 PM
Graduated with my BA in '07 and have been doing temp work while looking for something permanent, but nothing has presented itself. I'd like to go into nannying though, whether or not I can make a living off my writing someday.

cletus
03-24-2009, 03:09 PM
I was a Technical Writer up until I lost my job 2 months ago.

I'm now back at a company I worked for up until 3 years ago working as a satellite communications Systems Engineer. Though they've not yet stuck me into the 24/7 rota with the other engineers and have me working on a big paperwork project at the moment. I have a feeling they might have other plans for me. The latest rota goes into early May and they still have me working M-F until then. I've heard that funding has been approved for a new position taking care of technical paperwork, which would fit in nicely with what I've been doing since I originally left here.

indiriverflow
03-24-2009, 03:27 PM
Just submitted an application for a position in San Francisco. I don't really need the work, as freelancing would pay the bills if funds ran out, and I enjoy a working spouse. I'd love to get hired for this slot, though. This is a dream job, working for a cause I believe in at salary.

The position came out of thin air, and the choice seems based largely on submitted writing samples, so I'm fairly optimistic. Due to the nature of the organization, my lack of formal employment during the freelancing and novel writing periods shouldn't count heavily against me.

The downside is I've never belonged to a chapter; I've just been on the mailing list for years.

Appreciate any luck you care to send my way.

Spring
03-24-2009, 04:19 PM
Stay-at-home-mom who teaches Latin and French privately and in an after school program.

Noah Body
03-24-2009, 04:25 PM
I work for the Federal Reserve...but I'm not responsible for the world's economic woes, really.

RoseColoredSkies
03-24-2009, 06:08 PM
I'm a student. In five short weeks I'll be a college grad, with a BA in history but I'll be spending the next 3 years in law school (yay for perpetual studenthood!). So yeah...tha'ts my "other job" right now. I know I won't have much time to write in the coming months as I'm used to but I'll manage.

PeeDee
03-24-2009, 06:11 PM
I'm a stay-at-home dad, and have been for, um, like two years now. Athough that'll end just as soon as a business says "We are hiring you now," instead of their usual refrain of "ZOMG GOING UNDER ONOZ BYE" around here. :D

So I guess I'm a fulltime writer. Hey ho.

Enna
03-24-2009, 06:24 PM
ESL teacher. Great way to travel and lots of time to write. :)

Annayna
03-24-2009, 06:28 PM
Wow. Everyone here's all scholarly and stuff with all their big, advanced degrees and real jobs.

I work at a grocery store. You know the magical faeries that fill your shelves and have one holiday off a year? That's me. Third shift to boot. It's not that bad, though. Night times are an awesome time to listen to some music (quietly) and write. And no one disturbs you.

However, I will support myself through nothing but my writing eventually. Slinging boxes of tuna fish and kissing up to middle managers isn't what I'd call my dream job.


Wow me too... lol

P.C Greene
03-24-2009, 07:01 PM
College graduate, but I went back on a second course for more learning :)
After college I plan to go on to University, after that try and get a decent job, but with all this recession stuff, the future looks grim for us all :(

catethegreat
03-25-2009, 08:05 AM
I reckon you would make a great character for a novel. I love reading about characters who do jobs that aren't their dream. Not sure why...

It would be a very short story...

She poked herself with sharp needle on security device.
She got tetanus.
Then she died.
THE END.

Seriously though, I also like to read about characters who hate their jobs. Makes me feel better about my life. I guess for the same reason I read about people with horrible/twisted/messed-up lives.

It makes the depressing numbness of my life seem less like hell and more like purgatory.

And there's always a chance you can get out of purgatory.

bsolah
03-25-2009, 08:14 AM
Seriously though, I also like to read about characters who hate their jobs. Makes me feel better about my life. I guess for the same reason I read about people with horrible/twisted/messed-up lives.

Ah you would love this novel I've been working on then. My character hates his job and takes it a bit far :tongue

ynoirb
03-25-2009, 01:11 PM
I'm an editorial assistant for the most pointless publication in galactic history, but I just went back to do my masters in publishing so there is light at the end of the tunnel :)