I’m back!

It’s been so long since I had time to post here that I hardly know where to start. Big changes are afoot:

I was let go from my job last week as part of the company’s complete re-org of the marketing department — not an entirely unexpected occurrence. Many of you know that I’ve been there, done that, several times. I embrace these employment gaps as "creative sabbaticals", because I always come through on the other side recharged, refreshed, and ready to go.

My agenda for the next two weeks is to wrap up loose ends and benefits details from the old job, freshen up my resume and portfolio, dive deeper into the professional side of social networking (LinkedIn, anybody?), get my art ready for Archon, and prepare for my panel assignments.

Speaking of Archon, the draft schedule placed me on some really intriguing panels. When the final schedule is released, I’ll post a list. My evil twin and I will be arriving late on Thursday. See you there?

I spent several days in San Antonio earlier this month at the National Federation of Press Women Conference. I had a fabulous time, roomed with my best buddy , saw many old friends, had a lovely chat with Heloise at the farewell reception, and picked up two third place national awards for my art blog and my reviews of Life On Mars for Firefox News. I attended the "social networking" track of workshops and learned a lot. I am now armed with ideas and techniques for blogging, but I still need to figure out how to make Twitter relevant.

I don’t remember if I mentioned that my sweetie and I are buying the house we’ve been renting for these many years. All the details are falling into place, and the paperwork should be signed next week.

Soon, I will be updating the art blog and freshening up my Etsy shop.

That’s all for now. More later!

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      • writertracy

        September 24, 2009 at 3:26am

        Yeah. I went from full-time gainful employment to full time freelance writing. So far I’ve done ok.

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  1. petrini1

    September 24, 2009 at 5:00am

    Ohmigosh. So sorry to hear about the job thing. That’s not going to affect your home loan, is it? Sounds like you’ve developed a healthy attitude about getting laid off. Happy sabbatical!

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      allisonstein

      September 24, 2009 at 2:49pm

      The house purchase is solidly on track, and we close on Monday. 🙂 I’ll have plenty of time to pack up the books and knickknacks that need to be moved before the window installers arrive, and then put it all back when they’re done.

      As for the job, I’m disappointed that I won’t be part of the big changes they’ve got underway, but it’s common for a company to replace its marketing department it wants to change the way it goes to market.

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