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Friday, June 26, 2009 |
( 6/26/2009 09:07:00 AM ) Bill S.
AT LEAST WE GOT A FREE TRIP TO THE OBSERVATORY OUT OF THE DEAL. It's definitely been a bi-polar kinda month. On the up side, wife Becky and I have had the publication of Measure By Measure, an event we've been working toward for several years now. Did an interview for Blogcritics Radio about the book this week and had a grand ol' time.
But the universe has a way of smacking down too many feelings of self-satisfaction. I continue to look for full-time work, and the day before we did our interview, we learned that the weekly newspaper which had been providing us both free-lance assignments is already closing its doors. Ten issues published, and I've writing steadily for it ever since ish #three. Even stood in for the editor two days when she was out of town for a family wedding. Now it's over.
Both Becky and I are feeling disappointed (and more than a little pissed about the way it was abruptly handled), though we probably shouldn't have been surprised. When longstanding big city papers are folding, what chance does a small community freebie like the SW Express News have in this economic climate? Still, a growing ad revenue stream seemed to coming in, and the paper itself had been receiving good feedback from area readers. It really seemed like the paper had a chance to sustain itself over the long haul.
We weren't getting a lotta money out of the deal, but we would've happily continued doing a weekly feature for as long as the paper wanted us. We enjoyed going out on these mini-adventures together. Too bad it all was cut so short.