Friday, May 1, 2009

DOWN... but not OUT

Things may be a bit slow here at the SANCTUM for awhile.
As of April 30th, 2009, I have become the latest casualty in the "economic downturn" of America.

Having been "downsized" from my position as "the" Illustrator for a New York company, which I enjoyed for the past 6 years and 8 months, I will be spending a little time getting my particulars in order, and as such, will not be blogging as frequently as I once had.
At least not for a little while.

I have to contact the various agencies about unemployment compensation, credit counseling (or at least asking what our options are to be) and find out what I am to do about the mortgage (a modest one, since my wife and I were very realistic and reserved when we determined our price range for our home over 4 years ago - no McMansion here - unlike those who got in way over their heads and thus STARTED this whole economic shit-storm).

All heady stuff, which does not leave too much room for flights of fancy of fictional characters.
At least not any who are not of my own creation.

To make matters worse... the human resource bastards insisted that I return the laptop that they gave me a few years ago.
I REALLY grew attached to that thing.
I had hoped to have that as a part of my compensation (what little I was offered).

Sadly, even though it is now outdated a bit, it was a lot more powerful, faster and more up-to-date than my old tower computers.
I'm actually using it one last time to post this notice, because I TRIED to do so from one of my old towers, but the dinosaur was too s-l-o-w... so as soon as the UPS guy arrives to collect this from me, I'll be stuck with those ancient behemoths.
I'll have to address that situation as well.

Fret not, however.

I WILL RETURN, and will be posting stuff here before too long.
Just give me a few days to iron out the big wrinkles of my life.

Then, I'll be back.
Don't be surprised if you see Ads here though.

I don't want to do that, but might have to.

And... for anyone who might feel inclined, I'll toss a little pity tip jar on the sidebar for PayPal donations to the cause.
Consider it a "Good Karma Generator".

As for me, I also need to get back to some old personal creative projects that I had let go by the wayside for lo' the past decade or two while "workin' for 'the man' ".
Time to show the world MY creations.

Perhaps, one day, a fan will devote a blog to my work.
How cool would that be?


Scott said...

P. Tor, I have a laptop that I am not using. It has no art programs on it, but you are welcome to borrow it for blogging purposes. Let me know. I really do not need it at all. Please let me know what you think. - Scott

Seth said...

Hey, sorry to read that. Hope everything works out soon.

Holly said...

Aww, I'm really sorry. We'll miss the frequent updates! But good luck on your projects...maybe you could post some of them on here??

Hope things start looking up!

Lightning Strike said...

Sorry to hear that P, hope things work out for you.

Cully said...

I want to see everything work out for you. Something good will come out of this, even if if doesn't seem like it at the time. I'm sending good thoughts and spells your way.

googum said...

Great as the Strange stuff is, there's something to be said for working on your own creations. Looking forward to it!

Shadow Mood said...

Best wishes!

juana said...

i'm really sorry... i've been job hunting in metro Detroit for a year and a half, so i feel your pain. Do what you have to do to keep on keepin' on!

Mikester said...

Sorry I wasn't more on the ball about wishing you well in a more timely manner...but best of luck to you!

Darren said...

Ouch! Just caught up with this - hope things work out for you and your wife.

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