After over 8 months of job hunting, I finally found paid work.
It's actually only part-time right now, but the position is salaried and there's a lot of potential to move up to full time quickly. Plus, the position itself is actually great for a first job; a lot of autonomy and diversity.
I actually had an idea for my 15k ding that turned into a MUCH larger writing project. That will just have to be my 20/25k ding. :P
But you'll just have to settle for Janice: