‘Yak Tracks

After the longest week in the history of man, Saturday morning rolled around. Tara and I were up bright and early. Our destination? Pactola Lake. We'd been looking forward to trying out our new kayaks ever since hauling them back 300 miles from North Dakota. The day dawned clear and warm. It was perfect weather … Continue reading ‘Yak Tracks

Winner, Winner, Mexican Dinner

Greetings from the pheasant hunting capital of South Dakota! I'm writing this post from a hotel room in Winner, South Dakota. It's a tiny town in Tripp County, about three hours east of Rapid City, with fewer than 3,000 residents. Winner's claim to fame is pheasant hunting. Fun fact: Winner was established in 1909 and … Continue reading Winner, Winner, Mexican Dinner

Dollars and Sense

All parents have moments where they feel pride for their children. Last week, I experienced one of those intense bursts of fatherly admiration for Audrey. She had her eye on a new pair of white Converse tennis shoes, and had done some housework in order to earn money for them. "I've got enough!" she announced … Continue reading Dollars and Sense

A Lovin’ Spoonful

We've  been back home going about our normal routine for a few days now, though the post-wedding bliss continues unabated. It's still a novelty to refer to Tara as "my wife," and I'm sure that will give me a thrill to say for some time. Coworkers joke about "the ol' ball and chain," but they … Continue reading A Lovin’ Spoonful

Could Be a Fortune Cookie

Do you want to hear something ironic? My freelance writing career is booming these days - a recent development, one that did not occur until after I found a "real" job that I love. And, just like when I was hired here, I wasn't even pursuing new work. They came to me. Universe, you amuse … Continue reading Could Be a Fortune Cookie

7 Steps to Writing for a Living

One of my readers asked me a question last week after hearing the good news about my new writing job, and it’s something I’d love to address. I was actually going to mention it in the post anyway, but I was already getting pretty long-winded. A writer needs to know when to edit, too. The … Continue reading 7 Steps to Writing for a Living

I Killed The Elephant

20 months. 330 positions applied for. 19 interviews with 15 different companies. The statistics are staggering - and depressing. When I walked out the front door of my last employer on October 22, 2010 I never dreamed my unemployment stint would last so long. What was novel and actually sort of fun in the beginning … Continue reading I Killed The Elephant

Money And Benefits? Eww.

I've put up a bunch of posts the past week, but haven't really talked about anything. I could say I was busy playing with the various post formats, and sharing photos of volcanoes and British socialites, and recounting anecdotes about alcoholic beverages. All those things are true, but I also think I've been studiously avoiding … Continue reading Money And Benefits? Eww.

Flutter By, Butterfly

Earlier this week, I had a job interview. I didn't write about it before, because I am leery of jinxing myself. I wrote all about Groupon and that fell through, and then dished about my interview with my ex's company. I prefer to keep these things on the down low now, just on the off chance … Continue reading Flutter By, Butterfly