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The Great American Fatten-Up

Hey, folks:

As you may or may not know, I (and everyone else I work with) am getting shitcanned from my job on April 23rd. I’m planning to freelance full-time for at least a while before getting another full-time gig — and if you have any freelance writing, editing, or proofing leads, please send ‘em my way — but I’m also planning, starting in May, a long cross-country road trip.

Why? Because I love to drive, and I may not ever have this chance again. Where? Roughly, my itinerary is:

San Antonio -> Phoenix -> L.A. -> Vegas -> San Francisco -> Portland -> Seattle -> Vancouver -> Regina -> Winnipeg -> Thunder Bay -> Twin Cities -> Madison -> Chicago -> Syracuse -> Boston -> NYC -> Philadelphia -> DC -> Chapel Hill -> Miami -> Birmingham -> NOLA -> Dallas -> San Antonio.

I’ll be working (freelancing) the whole time, but I’ll also be checking out the housing market (with this job gone, I have no compelling reason to stay in SATX), the job market (particularly in book publishing/educational publishing, so again, if you know anything, give a holla), and the cultural scene (for my own edification). If you feel like saying hey to me when I’m in your area, just drop a line.

But where I need your help RIGHT NOW is: I’m going to blog this road trip, because that is what people do when they are nerds, is they blog things. And I need a good name for this road trip blog, because I am stinkeroo at naming things. Just ask my son, Satan Death Fuck Penis.

So: your suggestions in comments! Winner gets a free meal when I slither through your town.


Mar. 10th, 2010 01:05 am (UTC)
The route you're proposing is basically a circle around North America, so you could play with that somehow . . .

Circling the Drain? [too grim]
- The Great Circle Route [too corny]
- Driving in Circles [too obvious?]
- Holding Pattern [like you're circling the airport? too obscure?]

Go with the job-search angle?

- In Pursuit of the Last Publishing Job in America
- The Hunting of the Snark(y Writing Gig)
- Chasing Health Insurance [again, maybe too grim]

I can't offer much in the way of accommodation, but if you make it to DC I can definitely take you out for a beer or a meal, and recommend local cultural establishments for concerts and whatnot. I'm not particularly connected to the publishing scene in town, but I'd be happy to introduce you to some fundraising writers I know if you'd ever consider going into the begging-for-money business.


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Leonard Pierce is a freelance writer wandering around Texas with no sleep or sense of direction. If you give him money he will write something for you. If you are nice to him he may come to your house and get drunk.

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