Rambling Man: Help! How Do I Interview For My Dream Job While At My Day Job?

The question isn’t whether I should leave. It’s how to go on the interview for my dream job, bearing in mind I am not entitled to personal or sick days at the moment.

What I’ve Learned As A Fake Patient In A Simulated Hospital

I’m a medical actor, a person who gets paid to inhabit the experiences of imaginary people on the worst days of their lives. The going rate for that is about $20 an hour.

Bagging Groceries in Greenwich

Matt Debenham is a writer, a parent, a teacher, and now he works at a grocery store too.

The Poker-Player’s Wife

My older son is 4 and he knows that dad works at a casino and sometimes his work takes 2 hours (bad day) and sometimes it takes 14 hours (good, but long day).

Oyster Pirate, Cruise Director: Match the Writer to the Wacky Day Job!

Job of the Day: Fake Patient

An Elegy for the “Non-Creepy” Realtor, aka Maggie Estep

Lately I’ve been hearing about writers in my Gen X demographic taking jobs in real estate — one of the more flexible, potentially decently paying occupations that, say, a middle-aged writer can qualify for with relatively little prior training. First it was the former bureau chief of an NPR affiliate station. Next, a colleague from a magazine I once worked at.

Jobs I Had Before Getting My Novel Published

Here’s a list of the (mostly crappy) jobs I had while writing nine novels before the tenth book got sold.

The Economics of Being a Stand-Up Comedian in the Midwest

Being funny can be expensive in a place like Grand Rapids, Mich., where comedians often have to travel great distances looking for a gig.