Thursday, March 27, 2008

The First Cut is the Deepest

Wednesday was a day of firsts for me:

The first time I've had a significant press mention for film.

And the first time I've been fired from a day job.

"I'm sure you saw this coming," the manager said, smiling as he closed his office door. "We're cutting you."

Well, no, I didn't really see it coming. Aside from the fact that the company had been sold off in a very public fire sale the other week, and the company name had quickly become synonymous with "epic fail" in the press. An ENRON-esque cautionary tale.

Plus, there'd been almost no work in my department the past two weeks.

I guess it's not as bad as being fired for performance issues. Everyone knew I was only there on a temporary basis—a stay protracted by the writers strike. That status made it an easier decision to cut me, I'm sure.

It was a Fucked-Company. Very loudly fucked. I didn't fuck it up. They didn't have security escort me out or anything. My last day ended just like any other day there: a few minutes to 6pm, I packed up my shit and walked out the door, voluntarily.

I ought to be more chipper over this. Buzz on my project is out there—for the nameless, faceless, bitter, lunatic "fanboys" to eviscerate based on as little evidence as possible.

[Preemptive note to people like Nick Gaffney and Ben Orozco: DO NOT forward me links to negative articles about my project(s) because you think I might find them amusing. Not that you would, of course. But, you know... don't. Thanks in advance.]

Fact is, I'm in this unfortunate patch of time right before everything's taken off. A lean period, post-writers strike, where I'm not sure when my next meal is coming.

So yes, it's a bummer I lost my day job. I was hoping to have it at least until I got the writing thing going again. And I don't think I was back there long enough to qualify for any kind of unemployment (< 6 months). In a few weeks, if things don't pick up, I may need to consider sniffing around the temping world.

But for a little while, I've really just got to try to put all this negative bullshit behind me. Focus on the writing. That's all I've been fucking working for anyway.
MECCA OF THE MOUSE: Celebration & Downtown Disney


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