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WGA Strike: Day 36: The Writer's Guide on How to Survive the Strike

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There are a lot of people out of work right now. A lot of people who are looking for odd jobs. Not all of them are obligated to walk in picket lines twelve hours a week, or are the object of scorn and derision by other people who are out of jobs. Here are some tips to survive, with your soul intact (provided you still have it!)

First of all, stop eating those nasty nutrition bars that they have at the sign-in tables. Sure, celebrities and fans aren't showing up like they used to with donuts, pizzas and homemade goodies, but when they cram a bunch of chemicals into a bar and try to flavor it like a dessert -- well, eating like that is bad for the soul. Bring an apple or some nuts and dried fruit. And when you get back to work, don't eat them then either!

Next up, make sure you've got plenty of sun protection. Hats, sunglasses, plenty of sunblock. If your a whitey-white chick like me, make sure to get some with a physical block -- titanium oxide or zinc oxide in it, like Coppertone Spectra. After all, you don't want to ruin that fabulous pallor you've developed weeping quietly in front of your computer.

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Get outside yourself. Help out at a soup kitchen or sing to old people (tis the season after all!) Read a book or go to a museum. You've got a little extra time -- you don't want to waste it sitting in front of Nikki Finke hitting refresh every ten seconds.

You don't want me to say it, but I'm going to -- organize. I know your desk looks like a paper bomb exploded on it. There's probably a small family of mice living in there, feeding off that Starbucks chocolate-espresso muffin with cream cheese icing that you forgot about last spring.

Get a job. Think of your part time gig at Staples as "research." (FYI, always volunteer to collect the carts in the parking lot. It lands you outside and away from your boss!)

Write off your gas mileage. Going around the city to visit friends picketing different studios and going to rallies is work. Or work enough.

Write. I don't mean be a scab -- don't write for money, write because it connects you to the universe. Pursue that idea that you've been thinking about in the shower, that may not necessarily end with "fade to black."

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