Today is my last day at the L.A. Weekly. Starting Monday, I will be a full-time freelance word person. It's a move I've been contemplating for years, and have been seriously planning for the past few months. I'm lucky to have built up as much freelance work as I can take while at the Weekly, and cannot resist the urge to see how much more work is out there. If the early returns are any indication, I should have no problem keeping busy: Some initial rounds of e-mails have already scared up extra opportunities.
Becoming the CEO of Craig Gaines Inc. will also allow me to devote time to the creative endeavors I've been ignoring lately. In the coming months I'll be spiffing up this ramshackle blog, devising some Hudson & Gaines episodes, writing pieces for The City Desk, contributing to The Other Style Council, working on another podcast project, and generally riding that unyielding L.A. wave.
I also plan on banging around the globe a bit, with early plans for visits to the Pacific Northwest, New York City, and Istanbul Holy-Mother-of-God Turkey.
In a way, I've been leading up to this move ever since I started Rocket Fever and left Cleveland. That physical and mental break with one era began a years-long transition to this 21st-century, self-deterministic period of my life that will lead me to points unknown. That's what Rocket Fever has always been about: Choosing paths leading to the great wide open. Here I go!