Well, another month in the life of a starving freelance “outdoor communicator” has slipped away and I’m still not done working. Of course, I’m not really starving, but if you’ve seen any pictures of me lately, you’ll know I’m not exactly ballooning.
This job — romantic as it might seem to those who don’t have to do it — is like washing dishes at a busy restaurant. About the time you dry that last butter knife, here comes another load of plates, bowls and spoons…
But of course I can’t complain because then my clients might take pity on me and stop giving me assignments. Damned if you do, damned if you don’t.
Turning down work may be the hardest part of this job. What independent worker with no steady employment, no regular paycheck, no health insurance, no sick leave, no paid vacations and no pension would turn down an offer to make a few hundred bucks? Shoot, all you have to do is stay up late a few more nights and git ‘er done.
This is especially true for someone who grew up in an extended family of workaholics. Mom and Dad pretty much worked daylight to dark and then put in another four or five hours until bedtime. Speaking of Mom, we lost her a month ago following her six year battle with Parkinson’s. I tried to convey a bit of what she meant to me in one of my August blogs, but barely scratched the surface. Like many born in the Elvis era, I’m now officially the “older generation” in which hard-earned wisdom is supposed to offset hard lost physical abilities. Well, it takes the edge off, at least.
Despite the cyclical, repetitive nature of outdoor writing (it’s all been done before,) I continue scratching up enough fresh material to remain alert. The ancient, physical laws of the universe continue to surprise and interest riflemen and hunters, so I focused much of my August work on ballistics, bullets and how they work. Response has been large and gratifying. I expect new hunters to be confused by all the arcane names and numbers that describe cartridges, calibers and bullets, but I’m often surprised at how many veterans still labor under common misconceptions — until I pause to consider I once held the same opinions. The difference is I have extraordinary opportunities to test just about any gun, cartridge and bullet in the world — and not just on targets, but live game. I try to explain what I’ve learned so readers can learn with me without having to endure the drudgery all that shooting and hunting.
While the digital information universe continues to evolve and demand constant feeding, the print market remains alive and seems to be recovering from exaggerated predictions of its demise. Outdoors men and women are recognizing the simple satisfaction of sitting back and indulging full attention to stories well told and information carefully explained on paper. I have added a section to the newsletter to show current print contributions for those who are hunting for them.
As usual we have been busy with video projects. We have a new Perdesoli Howdah .45/.410 Pistol Review now available on youtube and several more gun reviews close to completion.
Lastly we have finalized terms with a streaming video channel that will bring our content to the Roku home video device. We hope to have an announcement and full details in our October Newsletter.
Back to the grind,
Ron Spomer Outdoors