I loved this piece and wrote about it on my Tumblr a week or two ago. The quote that hit home: "I feel like young people who get online writing jobs are forced to write a million things with no editing for a small amount of money—that’s not an ideal situation. Sometimes people can become very good writers that way, but it’s not a situation where you are nurtured and brought to the best level of your writing." So very much this. I would love for someone to help me grow and nurture my career and do all of those things that used to be part of the process. But now writers are just disposable.
Gaaaah. "Maybe this is my thing" indeed. I have had SO. MANY. JOBS. that I hoped would turn into a career but ended up careening into dead ends. And they weren't all artsy-creative jobs, either.
@deepomega Assuming you mean Palms off of Culver City, I lived there for a year and paid $795 for a single room the size of a closet, with a rotating cast of roommates. We squeezed four people into a two-bedroom home. One of the roommates lived in the living room on a pull-out couch. If there had been a way to pay less than $600 for a Palms living experience, I would have jumped on it. What were you paying in Palms?
I will add to the anecdote pile that DC likes entry-level and senior-level. I loved the place I worked for in DC, but when I got too old/experienced for the job, there weren't many other places to go.
Never take a 24-hour second class train from Delhi to Amritsar because Lonely Planet says it only costs pennies and is the best way to see the "real" India!
Did anyone else get a weird "we're too good for this job" vibe throughout the essay? The whole piece about "egg donation doesn't REQUIRE a college degree," and then the end piece about "they were SUPPOSED to be promising students, but now they're just selling their bodies like laborers." There are a lot of issues we could discuss re: egg donation, but I didn't like that the one Donegan was discussing was "these were supposed to be the special women, who didn't have to think about alternate ways to make money."
@jennknee I am 32! And I don't think of that as a good chunk for retirement; shouldn't I have, like, hundreds of thousands of dollars at some point?
The entire article is kinda "Why can't all people live like a rich person lived once?" which... seems to miss the point. Most adults these days gotta do housework and take care of administrata.
@terrific Paypal is really sneaky. They take 2.5% out of every transaction that isn't a "gift." They don't show you this on the main Paypal screen; you have to look at your listed transactions to find out. Also, if you do not pay any fees PLEASE TELL ME YOUR SECRETS.
@therealjaygatsby I had not thought about renting a car. My parents live in a very small town, so I don't even know if I'd be able to drop the car off at an agency after I drove it there. But that is totally an option to consider -- thanks!