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Posted on Oct 15, 2007 in Blog, politics, Writing | 6 comments

Quitting Jobs

So, I quit my job last week. I’ve been working at High Country News for the last 4 years, which is actually a record for me. It’s a little difficult to walk away from, because in comparison to any number of other jobs, it was pretty good: interesting work, cool co-workers, positive mission…

That said, I can’t say I really regret leaving. I’m writing full-time right now, and the nice thing about being out of a job is that my focus is entirely on my book. Which means that when I show up to write a new chapter, or come back to a difficult section, I actually remember what I was doing with it before and can move forward. The bad thing is the income part. Which, coincidentally, disappears with the job.

Pity, that.


  1. Congrats on both your bravery and your action.

    Damn shame about them not paying you for all the extra times you thought about your work while outside the office in the past 4 years.

  2. Congrats on focusing on your writing full-time, but bummer about the job. I’d love to quit mine, but thanks to that pesky income situation, that’s just not going to happen.


  3. Bold move, writer. Good luck, and don’t forget to send your resume to the shoe factory.

  4. I was thinking my next stop would be the glue factory…

  5. Congratulations! I’m green with envy. ‘Course, I may be involuntarily joining you soon, due to the brewing writer’s strike.

  6. Don’t sweat the income situation — you can just toss off a multi-million dollar script for a Mattress Discounters ad or suchlike. With plenty of whores and crones.