Studying the Edda and the Sagas also greatly helped me hone my writing skills and led to my getting paid work as a writer.
Now I have returned to the USA (outside Seattle) and turned an old family ice cream recipe into a full-scale business that has been a surprise hit. It grew from nothing to state-wide distribution in only 3 years and now I have more orders than I can handle! THAT'S how good this ice cream is!
During the winter when I am not so busy, I keep up my hard-earned writing skills as much as possible.
Lastly but never least, I have the two most beautiful, active pride-inducing children that any father could ever dream of although unfortunately they do not live with me at the moment (something I hope to change).