Yet another post-December catch-up post!
Freelance writers often slow down in December. Budgets run dry at your usual outlets, and everyone’s more interested in wrapping up admin projects. Publications close for the holidays.
On a normal December I might, might have one piece of work go up, and that’s if it was contracted well in advance.
This year I had not one, but three major projects publish before Christmas. I’ve already posted about the Christmas Truce episodes, but I also did this one-off on the Berlin Airlift.
Check it out:
Got a few updates here, a few personal and one big recommendation.
First, old business:
I wrote a piece for Mission Blue about what world leaders accomplished at The Economist World Ocean Summit. You might not’ve heard about that because, you know, celebrities are getting divorced and stuff, but last month several governments sent representatives to meet in a Davos-like conference on how to fix the enormous damage we’re doing to the ocean (aka the thing that keeps all of us alive).
I also published a Critical Intel on how Tom Clancy used tabletop wargames to research Red Storm Rising. That’ll be interesting to you author-types or anyone who’s fascinated by the Cold War with Russia.
Heh, sorry, the last Cold War with Russia.
Now for new business:
If you’re someone who writes words in exchange for government currency – or want to be one – check out THE FREELANCE GAME, a new podcast about freelance game journalism. Hosts Nathan Meunier and Andrew Hayward are both veterans of the ink-for-money trade and dispense advice in a tone I can only describe as “water cooler casual.” The show’s helpful without being dictatorial – it’s emphasized early that every freelancer follows their own path – and provides pleasant shop talk in a profession that can occasionally feel isolating. Discussions tend toward the frank and humorous, without the bombastic personality jousts so common in gaming podcasts. I’ve listened to one episode so far but there are three out now (including one with IGN editor Mitch Dyer). Check it out.