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The future of Joe...
November 04, 2011

Well, finances are officially in the crapper. Bills are getting paid and the only debts we have are quite small (credit card bill for me, and less than $200 from my wife's hospital visit). Thankfully my insurance covers maternity stays 100%, so we don't have to worry about that. Still, it's apparent now more than ever that I need a second job.

As such, my reviewing time will decrease, maybe even disappear. I really hope not, because I'd like to continue both as an HG contributor and as a freelancer. I'm hoping for something that pays decently.

At the same time, I'm weighing career options for the future. I am still thinking about going to school despite the financial woes and the baby on the way. I've nixed X-ray technology as a possibility, since my wife doesn't want to leave Spokane. The only other possibility is the one I originally didn't want to do, but I'm leaning more and more towards as I continue to work at the hospital: nursing. It's still just an idea I'm toying with, but it might be my best bet. Nursing takes very little schooling compared to other programs and pays very well, and I really do want to do something in healthcare; I feel very strongly for the industry.

We'll see how things pan out. In spite of everything, I'd like to keep my hobbies--especially writing--even if only in a minimal form.

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threetimes threetimes - November 06, 2011 (10:14 PM)
All the best Joe, with your forthcoming arrival and job plans Of course it you lived in the UK all your natal care would be free, insurance of not, but I guess a move is out of the question.
Masters Masters - November 07, 2011 (10:00 AM)
I hope it all works out for you, Joe. It would be unfortunate to see less of your stuff on HG and wherever else... but real life beckons -- I get that.
honestgamer honestgamer - November 07, 2011 (08:29 PM)
Just saw this post now. I wish you the best and I join the others in hoping that we continue to see you around the site, contributing and commenting as possible. You're someone who does have a shot at freelancing, I think, but that does take a lot of time investment and it can be difficult to get that particular ball rolling on top of a day job (let alone two). I hope HonestGamers can help you with that, as it has some other game critics.
JoeTheDestroyer JoeTheDestroyer - November 14, 2011 (02:47 PM)
Thanks, everyone. I'm still looking for that second job, and I have a feeling it will be a while before I obtain it. Until then, I'm going to enjoy what little gaming I can get in and try to finish up Demon's Souls and Saints Row: The Third while I can.

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