Having been through this type of thing before, I’m reminded once again how lucky I am to have a such great social and professional circles, full of people who go out of their way to help out in whatever ways they can. I’m not wearing a hat at the moment, but if I was, I’d be tipping it to you, the awesome people.
As far as updates go, I’ve received a pretty amazing amount of freelance opportunities over the last few days, and I’ve already accepted a few assignments both inside the comic book movie world and well outside it — which is nice. If there’s one positive I’m going to take out of all this, it’s the opportunity to flex muscles I haven’t used in a long time, and write about things that have nothing to do with comics, movies, or television.
I’ve been inundated with questions from friends and professional contacts lately, so it’s probably worth answering a few of the most frequent ones here. To that end, here’s a quick run-through of the most common questions I’m getting and the answers I’ve been giving:
Q: What happened with MTV?
A: All I was told was that they’re “restructuring” MTV News and I was no longer needed as the editor of Splash Page.
Q: What’s happening with Splash Page?
A: I honestly have no idea. I wasn’t given any indication of their future plans for the site.
Q: If you were unexpectedly cut loose by MTV, why was your announcement so upbeat?
A: In the three years I was with MTV, I saw a lot of people come and go, and to be honest, it felt like it was my time to leave. Splash Page always felt like an experiment in covering a niche that MTV had never really explored, and I feel pretty good about what we accomplished with it. It was always an uphill battle with the site, so it’s nice to leave while it’s at a high point.
Oh, and like I mentioned earlier, I’m looking forward to doing many of the things I simply couldn’t do when I was under the MTV banner. Book and movie reviews, writing about comics and related geekery, and so many other subjects outside the comic book and movie worlds were off-limits during my time with Splash Page. Now they’re all fair game.
Q: What’s next?
A: At the moment, I’m taking freelance writing and editing assignments, but I’m keeping an eye out for anything that would seem like a good fit. (If you see anything, feel free to pass it along.) One thing’s for sure, though: I’ll keep everyone posted about recent work here on MindPollution.org. So keep an eye on it.
Once again, thank you to everyone who’s offered kind words, support, and leads over the last week. Go ahead and give yourself a +10 to Karma, okay? You deserve it.