"Where else would you go when you have an ax to grind?"

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Back in the saddle again

I am finally gainfully employed once again. And once again, it's with a community newspaper. I looked around for work outside the newspaper industry. No really, I did - I even thought seriously about working the other side of the street and going to work for one of the political parties. I looked for gigs in corporate communications and advertising and public relations and technical writing. I still might end up teaching English to foreign students by this time next year, since this is only a six-month contract gig. And its almost the exact same job I left behind nearly 14 years ago when I departed Canada for Japan and I really didn't want to go back to the 60-hours-a-week-for-all-newsprint-you-can-eat world of the community newspaper business ever again, not after all those years of working to daily deadlines and the luxury of having a deep bench of co-workers to cover days off for each other and take up the slack when  you're having a tough week.

But it has been six months since I left the newspaper in Japan and I'm seriously jonesing to be writing for living again. Simply put, in  the end I'd rather be overworked and underpaid to cover local politics, the police beat and write stories about the interesting people in my community than "payment due" letters and direct mail brochures about the latest and greatest offer that you can't afford to pass up on crap you neither need nor want.
And no, I won't tell you where I work, nor will I blog about my workplace as that way lays unemployment.



ck said...

Congratz on the new job.

I hear ya about not blogging about your place of employment. Best to keep that separate. I have family members in the media business; the right wing media business; the same right wing media business I slam on my blog from time to time.

After all those years being away, look at this as getting your foot in the door and making new contacts for your next place of employment which, with your talents, I'm sure will be a step up.

All the best on behalf of the gang at Sister Sage's Musings and of course, your's truly.

Boris said...

Congrats Rev!

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Shinigami Kayo said...

Hooray!!! Maple syrup revolution can back under way ! great news to hear though and happy for you.

SeattleDan said...

Yay, Rev! Many congrats from your Hoquiam pals!

RossK said...

Fantastic Rev!

And I'm with Shinigami.....

Bring back the Maple Syrup Revolootion Choo-Choo!

(as soon as you are able)


Dave said...

Congrats Rev!

Anonymous said...

Wonderful, Rev!! Congrats :)