You've got every right to beat me with a wooden or metal spoon for not blogging for almost a year on this particular blogsite. If you've been holding your breath in anticipation of my next move, I hope that the paramedics arrived on time.
I've landed back in "the good ol' US of A," not because I didn't have the official right to stay in the UK (I am an EU citizen, after all), but because the terra firma of the MA degree started to roll into an avalanche under my very feet. Now, after six months of job hunting in the UK, and over two in the US, I'm coming to the realization that this is only the pre-avalanche of the avalanche to end all avalanches.
Each news item brings about another barage of B-words, such as "bailouts," "bombings," and "Blagojevich" (another trying name for us newspeople--almost as bad as Ahmadinejad). My B-word of the hour is "broke." Well, it has been the blanket statement for months here. Still, I'm doing better than some people.
If we put it into perspective, I still have more than most people in third world countries will see in their entire lives. And I have the opportunity to move up, some day, when things get better or when someone, somewhere decides to take a chance and read my blinking cover letter.
Now is the time to shoulder that dying American entrepreneurial spirit. Instead of sitting around, hands out, we now have the opportunity to make our own fortune. Yep, freelance, people. And diversify your skills. Start learning something new. I'm writing, editing books and video, and doing promotional work, such as web design or YouTube site maintenance. It's all about what you can do to help people who are doing well in your area. Make yourself useful!
At any rate, keep up the good work, and I'll keep up my end of the bargain (of which I've sorrily neglected over the past year--okay, I'm done apologizing)!