Don’t read this if you have no desire to find out what a day in the life of an outdoor writer/photographer is.
However, if you do, this has been my day thus far:
1) Looked for a digital camera card that I couldn’t find yesterday.
2) Listening to Eric Fowler’s article idea regarding ticks that “jump and attack,” as he described it to me.
3) Culled through photos that I took yesterday at the Cabela’s Aquarium.
4) Searched for crossbow images for an August/September 2011 one-pager.
5) Worked with art director Tim Reigert in an attempt to arrange and re-arrange articles to fit everything we want to for our August/September magazine.
6) Looked at Chris Helzer’s picture of a mole that will appear in August/September and tried not to smile.
7) Searched for my not one, but two audio recorders I have misplaced.
Communicated with freelance photographer Luke Kathol and wondered when I might one day take photos as nice as he does.
9) Made arrangements to visit several NE state recreation areas at the end of the month.
10) Began making changes to my upcoming grouse hunting article.
When in the office, the duties are varied for an outdoor writer/photographer. The great part about these days is that I’m always behind somewhere, which allows me to work in just about any direction that I choose.
When I talk to students about a typical day, I share these moments with them as well. For these days, with the lights in my office dim and a number of story ideas in my head, are very exciting to me. If only I could always get those thoughts in my head down on paper in the same way they are constructed in my brain. Until then, I always have a list of other things to do.