Freelance

*12/28/21 — I’ve recently signed on as the new Associate Editor for winteriscoming.net, and as such my availability for freelance writing will be significantly reduced starting in 2022. As such, this page will soon be getting a major overhaul.

You can find a full archive of my work for Winter Is Coming here.

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“Another term for a mercenary knight and his immediate entourage (known as a ‘lance’) was a ‘free lance’, and this is the origin of the modern term for [freelancing].”

– Martin Dougherty, The Medieval Warrior

I’ll be straight with you: I never planned to get into freelance. It just kind of happened.

The year was 2019. Game of Thrones had just ended, and I had Many An Emotion. George R. R. Martin’s A Song of Ice and Fire books were extremely influential on me, both as a reader and writer. They were my first real fantasy book love, reconnecting me to the genre as a teenager. As you can guess, the show meant a great deal as well. I followed its progress from GRRM’s very first blog post announcing the deal with HBO, back in…I guess 2007? A long time ago.

Despite the backlash that Thrones‘ final season garnered, as I sat with my feelings on its finale, the one which I kept returning to was gratitude. Gratitude for the journey. For how this fantasy series which I had loved so much and never actually expected to see adapted had utterly transformed the television landscape.

I needed to commit those feelings to paper. Somehow, I knew I would regret it if I didn’t.

The result was what would become my first published piece of writing: a 1,000 word essay entitled An Ode to Game of Thrones. I wrote the piece out, submitted it to a couple of my top choice sites the week following the finale. It was only a day or two later that the editor of Winter Is Coming reached out to me and gave me the good news: he wanted to publish the piece.

The rest, as they say, is history.

To date, I’ve written more than 90 pieces for Winter Is Coming. I’ve been lucky enough to review highly acclaimed shows, do deep dives into series I’m passionate about, and interview amazing authors like James S.A. Corey, Evan Winter, and Luke Arnold.

As a writer, there are no shortage of valuable lessons to be learned from writing freelance articles. I’ll probably collect some of those into a blog post or two at some point. But for now, suffice it to say that freelancing helped me get my start in the writing industry, and it’s something for which I still feel a great amount of affection.


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