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No WorldCon Unless I Get Work Real Soon

Being now unemployed, my plans for WorldCon in Reno are in ruins. This sucks because it was going to be a belated birthday shindig for both DataPard and I.

However, being a financially responsible person, I haven't got the $1300+ to go: $390 for memberships, $134 for trainfare, and well over $745 for hotel (5 days at $149, plus tax), and that doesn't even count food and spending cash. That's easily a month's cushion for paying my actual bills and rent (unemployment doesn't pay it all.)

Now, if I get a job by my birthday (July 14) that pays my usual rate, I might be able to swing it. But I am not reserving any rooms, booking any train rides, or buying membership until I have the job.

Also, I will only be attending WesterCon for a day or two, unless my dealer friends are willing to sponsor DataPard and I as helpers, which I doubt - they have family for that.

So if you don't see us, that's why: I can't spend money on cons when I'm broke. I'm too midwestern pragmatic for that.

For those of you who are going, have fun, and say hello to my friends for me.

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kshandra
Jun. 11th, 2011 06:40 am (UTC)
I hear you. We have WorldCon memberships already because we bought them on the installment plan; I'm waiting until the last possible second to book a hotel room and/or cancel if need be. And we only have WesterCon memberships because someone sold them to us for less than half face value, months ago.

I hope you at least made your table back at BayCon.
ravan
Jun. 11th, 2011 04:19 pm (UTC)
We made our expenses at BayCon, but only because we commuted, and didn't eat in the hotel (datapard walked over to Togos or Taco Bell for lunch.)
just_the_ash
Jun. 11th, 2011 02:56 pm (UTC)
If this helps at all, I really admire your Midwestern pragmatism. I guess it's especially so because I used to hang around the furry fandom a lot, and they have a con imminent -- Anthrocon -- for which I know beyond a shadow of a doubt that many con goers, employed or not, will be dipping into their savings, etc.

Jesus Christ, that was a long sentence. Moar caffeine, me.
ravan
Jun. 11th, 2011 04:22 pm (UTC)
There are a lot of those in this area too. Nevermind they are sleeping in their car, they are going to A Con!!. They then end up hitting up their friends for food money.
harvey_rrit
Jun. 12th, 2011 01:59 am (UTC)
MAOW.

I hear ya. I just sold a book written with Larry Niven. GOOD money. Advance is arriving too late for me to get a room even if I buy membership at the door.

*sigh*

Maybe Chicago.
kittenmommy
Jun. 12th, 2011 03:39 am (UTC)

I'm sorry. I hope you find something soon! *hugs*
jemyl
Jun. 12th, 2011 05:57 am (UTC)
Damn! Someday soon some decent employer will come along who will see how really good you are. Hang in there! Meanwhile, I know you are a really good writer who knows a lot of things. Maybe you can get some gigs on elance or one of the other freelance sites. I'm going to give SMC a thirty day trial and also try some local business site things. Stan is making good money writing and doing freelance stuff and literary agent stuff and I know you can write at least as well as he does. Just a thought. Love to you and DataPard. Mamasan
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