Journal: News & Comment

Thursday, January 31, 2002
# 10:17:00 PM:

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Quite a year

One year ago I lost my job at Multiactive Software, where I had worked for four and a half years before that. In the ensuing twelve months, I have:

  • Founded the Penmachine Media Company, my proprietorship for freelance writing and editing -- and drumming too.
  • Acquired several high-profile clients.
  • Done a lot of freelance writing and editing work.
  • Created a new Web site for the band.
  • Ridden my bike quite a bit.
  • Been interviewed on television.
  • Joined the Editors' Association of Canada.
  • Spent more time than ever with my daughters -- I stay home with them four days a week now.

Also in the past year, the band played many high-paying and enjoyable performances, my wife and kids were in a nasty car accident (the kids are doing well, my wife is okay), and my oldest daughter started preschool. Despite the election of a government I don't like much here in British Columbia, and some consequent stress at my wife's workplace, she still has her job. None of us knew anyone involved in any terrorist attacks or wars.

Since I lost my job, I have a more flexible schedule, I'm making more money, and I'm having more fun.

On balance, a pretty good year.


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