Call me Ishmael…

or don’t, but please don’t tell my Honors writing class teacher (Fred Pinegar) that I really didn’t much care for Moby Dick. Sure, some parts were okay, but I really didn’t get too tied up in the knot chapters.

Ehe. Hehe. You got the pun there?

Actually, aside from Moby Dick, I really got a lot out of that writing class. It was a class I took during my very first semester as an undergrad. In fact, I believe it was my second class (on my schedule) of that semester.


  • I met my wife in that class.
  • I gained a true appreciation for the craft of writing.
  • I fell more in love with Shakespeare.

That’s pretty okay, eh?


Here’s the report:

I’ve spent a lot of time lately looking for a full-time job. I’m still scooting after that dream and all, but money is required. The family needs to eat and a mortgage payment needs to be paid… sometime.

However, I have done some work on adjusting some passages so that they are more suited to higher level readers. That’s been fun. I’ve also completed a large amount of data entry for a professor I’ve known for some years. This has equalled some $, which is much appreciated.

I’ve begun research on another personal finance article for LDS Living. I am confident that will come out well.

And I’ve been working hard on improving the quality of my blogs. Making them more interesting and such. I recently launched my gardening blog:, and am working on getting a massive pile of existing content up over there. I should make progress on that today.

But today I need to work on data entry, as well as do some work with those higher-level passages. So since those both pay and they are high priority, I will do them first.

Oh yeah, I put together my first advertorial this week. It was fun. I bet you can guess what an advertorial is by the creative way that word has been invented. Putting one together is like a cross between doing some graphics work along with composing content. Man I need to learn graphic design. Hmm, better not forget to bill those guys.

I’m also creating a brochure for a chiropractor. This work is being done in trade.

So I’m keeping busy, but I can see the other side of this work… and it looks pretty empty of the old cash thing.

Onward into the dark.

I’ll do a writing exercise on Friday.

carpe somnium

About jaredgarrett

Jared Garrett is the author of Beat, a YA scifi thriller, and its forthcoming sequel, both published by Future House Publishing. A new series, debuting in January 2016 and also published by Future House, kicks off with Lakhoni, a fast-paced rescue adventure in a world reminiscent of Aztec culture, to be released in January 2016. He self-published Beyond the Cabin, a novelization of his childhood in a cult, in December 2014. Both Beat and Beyond the Cabin were Whitney Award nominees, and his story Song of the Wind, received honorable mention in the Writers of the Future contest. In addition to writing, he's spent fifteen years in adult education and is an accomplished public speaker and workshop leader.
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