I'm a full-time writer, who likes to work for my dad's small carpentry business in-between contract writing & editing gigs -- it feels good to be swinging a hammer after sitting at a keyboard all day, and you get a real sense of immediate satisfaction. We just finished converting an old abandoned cottage into a year-round residence, which I actually moved into a couple months ago.
Just moved back home to the Northampton area, after umpty years living in Switzerland. Which is very, very different from where I grew up!
But regardless of what continent I am in, if I had to sum myself up in a headline, it would be "Well-Groomed Mountain Man Seeks Wild Woman."
Let me explain . . . In college, I worked in Yellowstone National Park as a volunteer ranger-naturalist for two summers, and after grad school I lived in Australia for four years on a one-year grant (Don't ask!) to learn about their national parks. I supported myself as a freelance foreign correspondent for magazines and newspapers back home in the States. In-between, I did internships at the PBS show "Nature" and a kids' magazine put out by National Geographic.
I love exploring new places -- I've been on assignment to places such as South Africa and Hawaii -- so I guess it's no surprise that when opportunity knocked, I wound up on the Swiss-French border, in the land of the Alps. I worked at a particle physics research center not that long a drive from Mont Blanc, where I wrote and edited their online magazine.
No, I won't tell the name of the place, but here's a hint: "Black Holes R Us."
I'm just returned to my roots in the Noho area after spending far too long as the only right-brain type among literally thousands of physicists -- so I sometimes felt like the hippie at a computer engineering conference.
I hope to remain in the area while continuing to write and do occasional travel. I gave a talk for a TEDx conference in Germany last year, and it looks like I may have a possible couple of weeks coming up in Brazil for a conference. if I'm lucky.