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In like a lion…

The last month has, like the first month of the year, kept me busy. Maybe a little too busy at times. I hit a point a couple of weeks ago in which I realized how thin I had stretched myself — mostly from extracurricular activities, but my busy work schedule factored in, as well. Then I bounced back, pulled it all together, went into problem-solving mode and … well, as usual, ended up returning to my state of awesomesauce (I can almost feel Gail Balfour cringe).

But here it is March … and almost a month since I last posted to the blog. Here’s a quick update:

Thanks to Tom Venetis at SSGM, I continue to write within the automotive market — or rather, the automotive after-market. If you’re a garage owner, a service technician or someone related to the business, keep an eye out for my byline in upcoming issues. And do feel free to shoot me an email should you have any comments on any of my SSGM articles.

Also, I just recently completed another feature article for Up Here Business, which should be appearing soon, if it’s not already on shelves (sorry, not a lot of places to buy magazines in Fort Smith). Guy Quenneville is one of the many amazing editors I’ve had the pleasure to work for, and he’s been pretty damn cool about providing me with the opportunity to prove myself as a Northern writer.

Speaking of awesome editors, there’s the great people over at Nine Lives Media that continue to make me feel like part of the team. The editor I’m closest to on a daily basis is Charlene O’Hanlon, who has time and again been a joy to work for — in part because of her dedication, but also because of her great sense of humour. I don’t think I’ve run into another American with so many Canadian jokes. I still write mainly for Talkin’ Cloud over there, but my byline has occasionally slipped over onto MSPmentor and The VAR Guy.

That’s only a handful of the great people who have made my freelance career simply spectacular. Without all the editors and corporate clients that keep me working and have such great comments about my work, I wouldn’t be able to do this. And believe me, for that, I am forever thankful.

Additionally, please check out what I’ve been doing with Beer In Canada. I think I’m running a blurry line between business/trade news site and consumer news site right now, but I’m trying to get back into the swing of things and ensure it’s updated regularly.

Thanks to everyone who keeps life interesting.

And here’s a quick visual from a recent photography outing before I sign off:

It’s been a busy winter

There was a time not that long ago that winter meant a bit of hermit behaviour on my part, but my first winter in the NWT has changed all that around. I’m at least as active as I was in the summer, if not more so.

Besides volunteering at the Fort Smith Animal Shelter, the Royal Canadian Legion Branch 239 and the Fort Smith Curling Centre, business has also picked up considerably. If you follow me on Twitter or are connected to me on Facebook or LinkedIn, you’re already well aware of my daily work for Talkin’ Cloud — an incredibly fun gig that lets me write about the cloud news of the day while adding my own opinion and analysis to it.

A new corporate client has been keeping me quite busy since the beginning of January, as well. Exactly what that is isn’t something I can speak about publicly, mind you, but do know I’m having a blast and enjoying the work.

The automotive market has called on me again. In the last few months, two articles have appeared in SSGM, and you can expect to see my byline there again shortly. Writing about the automotive industry reminds me of my days as a cub IT reporter. There’s something incredibly exciting about learning the ins and outs (and jargon) of an industry, and SSGM provides that opportunity.

Unfortunately, this busy season has kept me from living up to my Beer In Canada goals. The site has been a bit stagnant lately, but I’m hoping to find a way to blend it back into my daily workload. So stay tuned for more on Canadian beer and the brewing industry.

And finally, I’ve become inspired in my photography again and am actively looking for interesting subjects to shoot (for now, in and around Fort Smith). Linda Martin of the Click! Fort Smith Photo Club turned me on to The Grid the other day, and their humourous episodes have prompted me to work towards improving my photography (more on that in a future post — hopefully in the next week).

One more thing before I sign off: I’m going to revamp the look of this website soon. It’s dated and really doesn’t present the “brand” of Chris Talbot as I see it. I hope to get on that soon. If anyone has any WordPress recommendations that would suit a whimsical freelancer’s portfolio, shoot me an email or contact me on any number of my social media pages.

Cheers, all!

And 2012 comes to a close

As the year comes to a close, I look back on where I started my year, both geographically and emotionally, and I’m amazed at how much things have changed. There was no way when 2012 started that I could have predicted how my life would so completely change.

When the year began, I was living in Ajax, Ontario and busy working away on my freelance career while becoming increasingly agitated about … well, something. I wasn’t sure what. What turned out to be an error in judgement about what was making me agitated led to something spectacular, though. I found a new home — one that I have become proud to become involved in.

Since moving to Fort Smith, NWT in March, I have become a volunteer at the Fort Smith Animal Shelter, a newly-appointed member of the Fort Smith Royal Canadian Legion branch’s executive committee for 2013 (secretary suits me well) and have even taken up a sport I didn’t think I’d ever come back to — curling. Photography has become an important part of my life again, particularly because of people like Linda Martin, who runs the local Click! Photography Club. And, maybe most importantly, I’ve experienced living in a part of Canada most Canadians will never see — and made many new friends that also call it “home.”

Professionally, I think I’m on a stronger path than I was a year ago. I love the work I’m doing, and I love my clients. And I’ve even branched out. You can see some of the work I’ve been doing at Talkin’ Cloud, SSGM and in the January issue of Up Here Business. Of course, you can also see what I’ve been doing lately in the beer writing world over at my site, Beer In Canada.

That’s not to say I didn’t experience setbacks this year. I did. Some of them shook my faith in my ability to make this freelance thing work, but after a minor lapse of sanity, I believe I’ve come through the challenging parts of this year stronger and better able to handle myself in what I now absolutely believe will be my lifestyle of choice for the rest of my life.

And now, I’ll leave you this year with the final photo from my Movember efforts:

Happy 2013 to everyone.


Chris Talbot