Re: Writing for a Living

There. I said it.

I have been and continue to be a professional software developer, but my dream is to express myself openly and creatively, in order to pay the bills. Why do the same thing your entire life?

This dream involves having some plan, where I can conceive of trading words for financial tokens. I don’t yet have such a plan, but I suppose that’s a thing I could attempt to fix.

While I’m at it, I want to create some kind of brand. I don’t really know what that means. Do I need one of those?


Many mornings, I start the day by waking up, rolling around for a while in protest of the waking, and then finally getting up to do bathroom things and putting clothes on myself. This is Phase 1 of the New Day, most days.

Phase 2 most often involves leaving the house, and going for a walk, so that I can collect my thoughts, before “going to work”. The walk I often take brings me up a hill and back down again.

This journey is an metaphor for any given day, or week, or year, or project – forward progress does not get made at a constant rate, but instead at a rate according to the weight one carries, and the inclines and terrain features one encounters.

I carry a backpack most places I go, when I’m not in the house. My laptop and assorted things take up a good portion of the backpack’s space – the rest is extra clothes, towels, and random things I might need. It’s usually pretty full, and I enjoy the extra weight on my back as I move.

You pack things with you on all sorts of journeys – concerns of the day, responsibilities, mental or physical health issues, TODOs… that’s your weight.

You encounter challenges and tasks of all different levels throughout your journey… sometimes the challenges are easy (flat ground, downhill), and sometimes they’re harder (uphill in the heat of a Summer day)… that’s your route.

This morning walk reminds me that life is a journey – that’s why I choose that route over the easier, quicker one. My body enjoys the challenge, as well as the scenery. I pick my route, for the challenge as well as the scenery. I don’t like starting the day’s Phase 3 (work) until I’ve had a chance to walk that reminder.

Can a person pick their weight and their route in life? Through a single day, a week, a year or more?


I have too many things to say and a great many more to hear.

I think the learning and the progress happens in those transitions between.

3 thoughts on “Re: Writing for a Living

    1. Thanks Hetty, I appreciate it. I find that I can choose to look for metaphors and lessons while roaming around in the world. There is a fractal quality to existence here – principles play themselves out at different scales and in different domains. Something seen on a morning walk can get considered in light of the metaphor being consciously walked, or something. It’s walking meditation / contemplation.

      I am looking forward to walking in this way for as long as life gives me the means to do it. Someday, I may be unable to walk as far, or for as long. It’s a great gift to consider how lucky a person is to find their body still able to function. I try and give thanks whenever this shell continues to operate reasonably well on my behalf 🙂

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      1. I used to walk every day (when circumstances allowed it), and even now, when I go along my old paths, I can feel the things I felt and remember thoughts I thought when I look at a certain hedge, or a broken fence… Each season and year added new layers of meanings. It can be enjoyable in a melancholy sort of a way, or stimulate creativity.

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