Most of us writers are not able to make a living from our writing– most often our writing puts us in debt. But that’s okay. No one decides to become a writer for the money, so what do writers do in order to get by? This week, we asked Entropy contributors to tell us about their day jobs. In addition to writing with brilliance and generosity, our fabulous contributors have a multitude of other talents and abilities.
David S Atkinson is a patent attorney in the Denver area, and spends most of his time drafting patent applications and prosecuting them before the patent office.
Alyssa Weinstein is a Public Relations manager in Texas.
Gina Abelkop is a First-Year Composition Instructor at the University of Georgia.
Kristen Stone is a Community Educator for a local domestic violence center and a Social Work grad student.
Jeremy Hight is a Composition and Creating Writing Instructor.
Andrea Lambert can’t have a day job because, “I am on SSDI Disability for a Schizoaffective Disorder. The only job I’m going to be able to have from here on out is Writer, and that isn’t really a day job.”
Meghan Lamb is currently in an MFA program at Washington University, and also works in an archive. Prior to this, she worked as a Vocational Counselor, a Day Program Director for adults with special needs, and an In-home Nurse.
John Yohe is a Fire Lookout.
Rhys Nixon is a Sales Agent in an energy industry call centre.
Linda Michel-Cassidy does PR (and other chores) at a literary nonprofit, and is a Teacher, Visual Artist, and Freelance Writer of Artists’ and art-related materials.
Chris Barton is a Barrista and Manager at a French Cafe.