What is The Next Thing?

I do not know. That’s the central conceit of the whole publication. After losing my full-time job to COVID restructuring in higher education, I’m teaching part-time, editing, writing, and wondering what the next thing will be. Follow my adventures and misadventures in reinvention both personal and professional. I hope you’ll subscribe, share, like, and comment.

Who is writing this stuff?

My name is Beth; nice to meet you! I’m a writer, editor, and teacher of the aforementioned with a crazy quilt of a professional resume. My writing projects have included software user manuals, magazine features for people who travel with their dogs, a season of the PBSKids show SuperWhy! and durn near everything in between. My essays have been featured in Brain, Child magazine and I’ll link them here when their new parent organization Creative Nonfiction gets some problems with the archives worked out.

What’s in it?

PERSONAL ESSAYS from a middle-aged, newly relocated, emptyish-nest-having accidental semi-retiree; INTERVIEWS with smart people about hitting the restart button; LISTS OF THINGS THAT MAKE LIFE BETTER: books, podcasts, tv shows, etc.; Dogs, knitting, gardening, and MY OCCASIONAL TAKE ON CURRENT EVENTS; And content as yet uncategorized. Subscribe and you won’t have to worry about missing anything. Every new edition of the newsletter goes directly to your inbox.

How often will you pester me with this?

I’m kinda working this part out. Still. At least once a month, but best case would be more like weekly.

Wait, how much does this cost?

I will always share free content, but I’ve enabled some paid subscription options for readers who are in a position to support the effort. Substack’s benevolent robot overlords have suggested $8/month or $80/year, which I like to think of as around the cost of one trip through the drive-thru at Starbucks minus all the plastic packaging. You can also subscribe as a founding member and give more.

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Writer, editor, and former professor; looking at cows and thinking about what's next; essays, interviews with smart people, reviews, and other stuff.