Thats some tough luck Jewel, Would recommend you find or create some opportunities to continue your professional advancement and productivity projects while you search for that elusive salaried gig.
Either get a decent freelance gig, develop something fun with a few friends, or do something meaningful for a local/national non-profit. Good luck turning your adversity to advantage!
CWS -- Charles W. Southworth
Production Consultant Audio & Online Media specialist.