It is ironic that today is #thankyoupatrons day, when I have been so slack the last three weeks in providing content. So I must apologize that the semester and the book tour have eaten my brain, and thank you for hanging around.
It has been a trying semester - but so have they all! It is a great privilege to be where I am, to study these complex and difficult subjects, to conduct research into issues relating to journalism and my advocacy on behalf of the profession. It is also a great privilege to be requested for so many conventions and signings and speaking engagements, and while I may get very tired in the annual Fall Deathmarch, I never forget that it is a privilege.
My freelance journalism has stepped up of late, with magazine gigs beginning to supplant the local news. The local work is important, steady work, but magazines pay much better, and gaining more steady work in magazines will help support my family. (Also, I am famous for writing too long in my nonfiction. Magazines like that.)
I find it somewhat ironic that, a year into my graduate studies, I have found reinvigoration of my fiction writing as well. Two of my stories have been accepted into anthologies in the last few months, and I just received word that two more stories have been accepted by a literary magazine. You'll get more about those later.
I have recently finished the rough draft of another short story, and I'm working on a novel in my spare time (cue laugh track). I know many of you are here for the fiction - possibly more than are here for the journalism.
And thanks to the Medium platform, I'm starting to gain success in creative nonfiction: the personal essay. It's small money, but it's money, and that's lifeblood to the freelance writer. That is another aspect of my work that grad school has opened up to me, one that I truly enjoy.
You're what helps make this happen. Your contributions to this Patreon through thin months like this one and months where I have new content every week bolster our budget, help pay our bills, and take some of the pressure off me to kill myself chasing low-paying gigs to fill in the budget.
My family is surviving - in fact, thriving, despite our insanity of putting three (3) adults through college at the same time. You are part of that, and I cannot thank you enough.
There will be more content soon. Thank you for your patience, and for your support.