Thursday, 8 March 2012

One Cannot Fly into Flying

"He who would learn to fly one day must first learn to stand and walk and run and climb and dance; one cannot fly into flying."
- Nietzsche

So where have I been? This blog has been left a little untended of late. My apologies, dear readers. The reason is I've been learning to fly. Not literally of course - Nietzsche simply encapsulated in that short statement what I have been feeling these last few months. I mean, in fact, I've been learning my new trade. I have been writing professionally since October and carving a diminutive mould for myself in order to work out where my new career is going. It has been exciting, interesting and hard work. I have spent a great deal of time pitching various feature ideas to magazines and many of them have found favour with editors. 

In December 2011 and January 2012, my first two feature articles were published in Trek and Mountain Magazine - one on the Talisman Advanced Winter Mountaineering Course and the other on a Grade 2/3 Scrambling Course run by Nigel Shepherd BMG on Tryfan and Idwal Slabs. Also in January, I wrote a feature for Edition 4 of John Summerton's excellent Sidetracked online Magazine. This month, TGO published another of my features - this time a guide to the Tour du Mont Blanc. 

I have another feature due in TGO this year, as well as two features due imminently in Adventure Travel magazine. As if that was not keeping me busy enough, I have a feature you'll all find interesting in Outdoor Adventure Guide magazine, but more on that once it's published in May. Two more features await 2013. I'm also working on two book proposals for outdoor publishers but those, it should be said, are in the very early stages.

In addition, I have been writing copy for outdoor companies. I wrote an article for Magellan, the GPS systems corporation, for their new website and there are a few other similar articles in the offing for some other major outdoor manufacturers and retailers. I've been in contact with other outdoor retailers and manufacturers with a view to writing copy for them as well but this, again is early stages. I welcome the opportunity to prove myself to anyone within the outdoor industry who wants excellent copy written for any medium, online or otherwise.

Photography: For as long as I can remember, I have wanted to build on my basic command of photography principles, and to have the sort of proficiency that would lead to professional photography of some sort. That has begun.

I have slowly worked my way through every single feature of my DLSR - a Canon EOS 60D and sourced exactly the 'glass' I need to do what I want - a Canon 24-105mm f/4L and a Canon 17-40mm f/4L. My aim is to advance my photography both in the context of my feature writing and on this blog, as well as a stand-alone discipline, with a view to making it another area of professional expertise.

With all this in mind, from time to time, blog posts will deal with all these areas - writing, photography and freelancing in general, with particular emphasis on the outdoor industry. Don't worry, the usual outdoor content will remain, and I'll be going on even more trips, but I intend to add to it, enhancing the blog I think, to demonstrate that anyone can quit their day job and make a living from the things they love doing.

It's all about learning to fly.


  1. Congratulations on getting published, and good success & luck for the future!

  2. Maz, I am so pleased for you that you have been able to combine your outdoor pursuits with earning money from it. Ideal combination I would say. I have some catch up to do on TGO magazines, so I will look out for your article.

  3. A brave move and well thought through. Well done Sir! Good luck with it.

  4. There's a lot of work to be done but in reality, it's going well. Thanks.

  5. You make your own luck.  Well done and keep working hard and the rewards will pay off.  

  6. HI Maz,
    Remember flying is not dangerous but crashing is. 
    All the best to you and we hope to be reading lots for years to come.
    Enjoy the flight.

  7. I'm glad it's all going so well for you. I have this months TGO, I just haven't had the time to break its spine yet.

    It'll be a while before I can give up the day job (if ever) but little steps.

    Look forward to future flights... :-)

  8. Nice one Maz, I hope that all continues to go well with the freelance stuff.

  9. Well done!  I'll check for the TGO articles... 

  10. Good to hear that you are doing well.  Nice blog, btw.