If consulting is so good, then why have I been out of work for two and a half years now? It's not a lack of a degree -- I have an AA in Computer Managed Information Systems and the equivalent of a master's in civil engineering. It's not lack of experience -- I have 10 years IT experience with NT, SANS routers, WANs, LANs, dial-up, security, etc. Do you suppose it's that I'm over 55? Wouldn't that be illegal?
While you have my sincere sympathy, my advice is to keep looking for work and perhaps to consider a temporary or permanent job if no consulting gigs are forthcoming. As someone who's in more or less the same boat as you, I can empathize with the depression that extended idleness can cause.
This was first published in February 2003