TL;DR: I finished my bachelor of mathematics this year and I will not be able to enroll in the master program I wanted to get into until January 2024, so I will be a NEET (not in education, employment or training) for 6 months. My advisor for my masters will be the same I had for my bachelor, and my master will be a continuation of the work we previously did.
I was intending to use this "free time" to learn practical stuff, but my advisor seems to take for granted that I will keep working on my dissertation topic during the next six months. I would like to ask him to give me this time for myself, since I'm still not being paid, but I don't know if it's reasonable of me to do so, since doing it will delay the publication of a joint paper.
My original plan was to enroll in the master program offered by my local college this August and to keep working with my advisor, but he delayed the writing of my dissertation because he kept wanting to explore more topics and writing down the new results (he did so even when knowing I wanted to keep working with him and was willing to do the job while being enrolled in the master program). This made my dissertation to be twice its original size, and made me miss the dates to enroll in the master program. I haven't even defended my dissertation, and I will be a NEET (not in education, employment or training) for the next 6 months. The fact that I still need to make my defense and complete some paperwork stoped me from finding a regular job (as a secretary, waitress etc) to start making some money.
I intended to use this 6 months to learn some useful stuff (like honing my Java/C++ skills and familiarize myself with some data science techniques with R databases) because, after finishing my master, I'll probably will not enroll in a PhD program and instead will look for a job out there. I don't know if I will have my family's support since I know they want me to do a PhD, that's why I want to start saving money (currently I don't even have a bank account).
My advisor went to a trip during this summer, and recently wrote back to me. The way he was talking makes me think he is taking for granted I will keep fully working with him during the next 6 months. He even asked me to start preparing a poster and a talk for a congress this fall. We have enough material to start writing a paper, and I believe he wants to start writing, polishing it and filling some holes on the theory. I know this will take a lot of my time. I appreciate his guidance and being his student, and I know he appreciates me as a student and the work we've done so far, but I'm a 23 years old person with no income and would like to keep working with him when we both are being paid for doing so. And this will not happen until I enroll in the master program and get a grant.
Is it reasonable to ask him to let me free during the next 6 months? I would not like to harm the work relationship we have, but I neither want to keep working for free. So I fear to be perceived as being greedy for asking those 6 months for myself (but I also feel he is being greedy for wanting me to work when I'm not being paid).
Of course I can try to both keep working with my advisor while also learning what I want, but from experience I know he likes to schedule up to 2 meetings per week (that can last up to 5 hours) to discuss, and that doing the work I need for each meeting (reading a paper, finishing a proof or writing down the final results) is very time-consuming.