March 28, 2018: Honestly, I have not looked at my profile on this site in five years, maybe. I will leave it extant (mummified?) because it is a place to store my technical articles that showcase my ability to synthesize complex subjects into a friendly, conversational approach. I have a dozen or so articles published in Packaging Digest.
Since 2014, I am now a Wedding Officiant in which I spend 20 hours or so custom-crafting personalized marriage ceremonies for the coolest couples. This vocation allows me to use my passion for writing while also interfacing with partners excited about starting a new phase in their journey together. It incorporates poetry, love, heart, and when the Bride makes her entrance , some mistiness of the eyes ... all while I am surrounded by exquisite details in the customization and decorations — the creativity, music, good food ... all on arguably the happiest day of one’s life. It’s a dream that I am invited to be part of it. I relish the opportunity to get dressed up and wear my fancy jewelry, which would otherwise languish in an underwear drawer, in order to enjoy a scenic drive to a beautiful location, such as a winery or a chalet high up in the mountains ... to meet some of the best people. Then I stand up and speak into a microphone before 100 or so people -- telling the couple's love story -- thus having the joy of being front and center to see the couple’s faces when I pronounce them married.
Though I am still open to writing newsletters and blogs for companies if someone were to contact me, I have mostly left content creation to those who don’t remember the days when a professional advertising or direct-marking writer could make $70 per hour. Copywriting / branding / product naming was an art and a science that was viewed as a valuable talent. I’ve still got it if anyone wants it (knowing not to expect $70 per hour by any means). I particularly enjoy naming new products and companies ... that and writing pithy headlines, always.