What you do when nothing else works out
I guess you get desperate? So this is what I'm doing, and it may take time, or it may happen overnight. I'm transitioning into freelance writer-dom. I've always hesitated at the possibility of this, because I kept a very clear demarkation between my day job and my fiction. If I start freelancing, that line won't be so clear. I've dabbled in this stuff before, written some brochures and a little web-copy. I've started putting out feelers to people I know who use freelancers, to see if they have some scratch to throw my way. Keep the dayjob, for now, write when I can. Just to build a portfolio. And then, maybe, the next thing? We'll see. But it's a start. It's something to look forward to, other than dull misery and strife.