I'm still torn as to what to do about the job. I mean, now that this stupid chapter is out fo first edit, I can actually start doing things that I don't mind as much. I'll be doing the final edit of it once reviewers and solvers have a chance to look at it and give feedback, and a final edit is something that I think I can do better than a first edit, having done one of each. And in the next couple of weeks, I'm sure I can be put on some smallish projects, which are usually nice because of their smallishness. And, after the final edit for Chapter 7 is done, there are annos (annotation (answer) manuscripts) to do, later proof stages to check, and all sorts of things like that. I mean, it shouldn't be bad, I guess.
However, I really don't want to be editing math textbooks forever, and I'd much rather be doing some form of copyediting/proofreading. Well, what I'd really like to be doing is editing fiction, like I did at New Genre, but I don't think I can find a paying job doing that around here.
I also don't like being essentially a temp there, not really feeling like a part of the staff. Plus I don't like working with Boss Lady. And some of the other people there are incompetent, which is occasionally frustrating, especially when I have to work with them, or when I get asked what a sentence is.
On the other hand, the money is pretty decent. And, knowing that I want to quit, they've made noises about giving me more money, so we could really build up a nice bit of savings, which would make me feel extremely comfortable and which might make me feel more like I could not work at some later point. Of course, I'm sure I'll always worry about not having enough money, no matter how much money I end up having. It's just what I was brought up with, always being told that we didn't have enough money for whatever.
One of the plusses of being unemployed for a while is that I could use that time to start focusing on writing. At Origins, I started thinking about trying to take up writing rules for games. I wonder if there's possibly a market for me to help small game companies write rules for their games. I will definitely work some more on the rules for my own game, Martian Bubbles (which I managed to actually playtest at Origins. Turns out that attacking isn't much of a factor, or we just weren't doing it correctly. May take some more practice, or maybe the game needs a little more tweaking to come up with something to make it a bit more competitive), and I think I'll try to rewrite the rules to some games that I own. The one tha I can think of right away that's just beggnig to be rewritten is Lunch Money. It's a fun game, but the rules are really confusing.
So, I could spend unemployed time working on various writing things. Of course, previous time that I've had where I was unemployed wasn't spent very productively. Of course, that hasn't happened very much, and it was quite a while ago. I've changed a lot since then, so I might be able to motivate myself enough to actually be productive this time.
Of course, trying to think about all of this when I'm tired and just back from a trip maybe isn't the best thing. I think I'll go take a bath now.