I spent New Years' Eve 1999 in my apartment in Yuma. I was a sportscaster at KYMA, the NBC affiliate there. I'm not sure how I managed to get the night off. I know I had to work the next night and every other holiday during my entire stint of employment.
My cousin and I celebrated New Year's at midnight in the Mountain Time Zone in Yuma, then drove to Winterhaven, California two miles away about 45 minutes later to celebrate again.
Four months later, I made my first serious attempt at writing a novel (based on my experiences in television news--it's still on my hard drive!); eight months later, I'd get fired; nine months later, I'd get hired by WJHG in Panama City Beach; and two years later, I quit and vowed I would steal before I resorted to taking another job in TV.
Five months after that... I took a job writing for "Good Morning, Arizona" at KTVK and hated my life about as much as I ever possibly could.
Biggest accomplishment of the past ten years: Selling my first novel and completing two others, all three of which will be out in 2010. There's a part of me that's kind of happy that SECRET IDENTITY CRISIS doesn't come out until next year so I can jut bury the '00s and forget they ever happened.
Biggest mistakes of the past ten years: Getting an MBA that I've never used, have no desire to ever use, and will be paying for for the rest of my life.
10 years from now: My daughter will be 17 and my son will be almost 15? I'll probably have had a heart attack by then. Tags: video