Jul 23, 2014

More Adventures in Editing & Writing

As I'm slowly returning to the blogging life (currently working on a consulting business - drop me a line at gordon@gordondymowski.com if you want more details), I'm finding that I want to avoid turning into a self-promotional blog. However, with not one, not two, but three projects published, I thought it was time to make the announcements....and to engage in a little capitalistic endeavor.

First, as always, my story Crossing McCausland was published in Pro Se Productions' Tall Pulp, an anthology focusing on tall tales and legends in a pulp-style setting. Stories range from a science fiction Paul Bunyan to female pirate Anne Bonney. (My story features Joe Magarac, a literal "man of steel", in 1950s-era St. Louis). There are some really great stories in this collection (I didn't just read the proofing copy for my own story), and comes highly recommended. (It's also available as softcover, and if you click the graphic on the left, you can order the Kindle version.

On the editing side, my first selection is from Airship 27 Productions, and it's a really great book. It's called Hitwolf , and it's a clever mix of Goodfellas and The Howling. (Because werewolves plus gangsters makes a great combination). There's the right amount of urban grit, and there isn't a false step in the book. It's a great example of modern "new pulp" at its best, and you would be remiss in not reading it.

Another editing project come to fruition is the vintage pulp reprint The Crime Master from Altus Press. (I had reviewed their rerelease of stories featuring Inspector Allhoff, and they also specialize in some pulp scholarship like Phillip Jose Farmer's Doc Savage: His Apocalyptic Life ). Crime Master focuses on Gordon Manning's conflict with super-criminal The Griffin. (And no, you may not make a Family Guy joke). It's a series of stories with a serial feel, and is a really good example of pop culture from an age now past. It's also worth checking out, and will make its debut at PulpFest in early August.

So now that I'm entering the field of "professional writer/editor" as well as "freelance marketing consultant" and "intimidatingly charming podcast host", my blog posts have been a little self-referential lately, and that's fine. If it means getting some great works into people's hands, all the better.

Jul 22, 2014

Via Chicago Now: Says It Better Than I Can....

For a guy who once blogged about job seeking, you would think that I could articulate the silent pain, rage, and despair for those who are unemployed or (like me) underemployed.

So I'm sharing this post via another Chicago Now blogger - I won't claim that it describes how I feel dead-on (and no, this isn't a wink-wink-nudge-nudge post), but it's something that deserves to be read....and acknowledged.

Especially if you know someone who's been out of work for a long while....

Jul 16, 2014

The Joys of Working Remote

It's one of the drawbacks to life in the early 21st century; I have now become something of a statistic.

Like many trudging through our current economic woes, I have become one of the "underemployed". No, I'm not complaining - but I have resigned myself to a lifestyle where I'm looking for work and taking on freelance/work-from-home assignments.

It's an unusual challenge - on the one hand, I'm often asked when seeking full time work Why do you want to move from consulting to full-time? Well, honestly....because seeking freelance work is just as much of a challenge as full-time work. Especially if I am "too senior" for a position, or a company is looking for "high energy" people.

(Yes, ageism in job seeking is a thing. I'll write more about that in another time).

But there's great freedom in working remote - one is the joys of coworking, or people getting together to work on their projects and share. (Mostly in the tech arena). There are several groups via Meetup.com that facilitate this, and there are plenty of opportunities in Chicago...but I'm not falling for the "wow-you're-an-entrepreneur" line. At some point, I will need to put together formal structures for my freelance work, but I also believe that it's easy to have my head in the clouds....but it's more important to keep grounded, especially now that I've been published.

Not much to blog about, but just wanted to chime in.