Answers – Part 2

Also, what’s your preferred beer or leisure beverage?

My preferred beer currently is Samuel Adams. Just a great taste. If I’m buying a case for home (lasts me a month at) I usually go with Sam Adams. They also have their selections of Seasonal Beers. Yum.

If I want to pay a little less money, but still want a good beer I go with Yuengling Lager, made right here in Pennsylvania. If you order a Lager at a bar here, Yuengling is what you get by default.

Have you read anything by Jules Verne? If so, which book and what did you think of it?

I was required to read The Mysterious Island for a Physics course I took in college. I had trouble getting into the book initially, as Jules Verne tends to go into a lot of technical description that can wear on me a little. However, I stuck with the book and enjoyed it enormously. I’m so glad I finished it. I also started reading Journey to the Center of the Earth, but got distracted by some other book. I need to get back to it.

What line of work are you in?

I’m a computer programmer/database administrator in my day job. This includes web programming (creating reports for use on the web, not “look and feel” stuff), as well as writing queries and designing databases. The neat thing about my job is that I get to tinker with new technologies and then teach them to my co-workers. I work for a university, though, so I don’t get paid what I could in industry. However, I never have to worry about my “company” going out of business or about getting laid off.

Do you ever think of eventually trying to focus on writing as a career?

If I could make as much money writing as I do in my current job, plus cover health insurance, I would definitely consider writing as a career. Who would want to work from home, imagining things all day, creating new worlds. Unfortunately the reality is that bills need paid, food needs bought, etc.

The closest I’ve come to making money writing is starting a technology blog with adsense revenue with Mike. We have started gaining an audience (over 1000 hits yesterday), but the money isn’t exactly rolling in (about 55 cents for me so far). Still, it has been an interesting challenge. These posts I wrote there were pretty funny : Classical Gamer and Top Five Toughest Opponents in Mike Tyson’s Punch-Out.

That’s all for today. Look for the third and final installment tomorrow.

Writing Contest Update and Reminder

I hope everybody is working on their entry for the writing contest at Small-Town Big-Shot.  I’ve been working on mine the past few days and I’m pretty happy with it.  Remember, the deadline is September 1st.  Also, I was reading the rules for the contest and I made a mistake the first time.  The 750 word count is a minimum, not a maximum, so all you wordy people can write as many words as you want, as long as you write at least 750.  Good luck!