This is my fourth day of ‘unemployment’ if you only count working days. Pushing through the haze and rush of sleeping in, Emerging Writers’ Festival sessions and a few other things, I’ve actually done a little bit of writing but am aware all this time can get away from me, run off with video games, and Facebook, and Twitter, and more sleeping.
I need a plan!
…or at least I need to set out what I want or plan to do in the next few months. I’ve worked out my redundancy can probably last me until I get back from my three week holiday in Turkey at the end of August, if I’m smart. I’ve basically got two months at my disposal, to make the most of, before about a week at the Byron Bay Writers Festival and Turkey.
- Freelance projects – There are a few writing and web design projects, some paid, some unpaid, that have been thrown in my lap that I plan to do. Some of the paid gigs will hopefully assist me in pushing my need to get a job back for longer. This includes writing for an exhibition on refugees, redesigning the Refugee Action Collective (Victoria) website, and another paid web design gig.
- Farewell to the Cubicle: a spoken word show – I’ve been given a feature slot at the regular Passionate Tongues poetry gig at The Brunswick Hotel. On Monday, July 4, I’ll present all of my boss, work and office poems as a farewell to my job, including a heap of pieces I wrote after I was told I was being made redundant. I’ll need to put together a set list of two 15 minute slots, memorise some of the pieces, promote the gig, get together set and props for some pieces as well as a few other odd jobs.
- The Red Pen II – The second issue of my zine, The Red Pen, has been a long time coming so unemployment ought to give me enough time to actually begin to work on it, hopefully finish it, print it and launch it, or at least set a launch date. It will be dedicated to a comrade that lost her life in the Oklahoma tornadoes and include some of her poetry.
- Short fiction and poetry submissions – amongst all these major projects, I’d like to still keep working on short fiction and poetry pieces to submit to various journals and other markets. It’ll be hard to kind of bind these all together and work out what to work on, so need to think more about this.
The ideal plan now is that when I get back from Turkey I have some funding or support in some way to work solely on Capital Comes Dripping, my collection of Marxist horror fiction. I’ll be looking at grants and other forms of funding. Not sure how likely it would be for me to get ‘crowd-funded’ so that’s a long shot. Short of that, or any brilliant ideas, I might have to get a part-time or casual job.
The main thing is to finish off these major projects and get them out of the way whilst maintaining work on my own writing, with the end goal of having enough short fiction for a collection. For this, I’ll need to actually work myself into a routine, constantly write and rewrite to-do lists, make the most of my time and try not to procrastinate.