My 15 seconds of fame arrived when the March 10 issue of the San Diego Reader hit newsstands. I made the cover. But was everything as is appeared to be?
Did the carpet match the drapes?
That's a tease. It's meant to encourage you to consider buying the premium version of the San Diego Sun, called "SpeakEasy." The first pay-walled issue drops on Monday, March 14.
The twice-monthly SpeakEasy is a news-and-notes column that'll go beyond the still-free offerings of the San Diego Sun. SpeakEasy will contain a higher volume of opinion and a bigger dose of snark.
At the risk of overselling, I'll loosely model SpeakEasy after the "I On San Diego" notes column that my late, great friend and editor Tom Blair used to pen when we worked together at San Diego Magazine.
Tom is fondly remembered in this obituary I wrote about him last year for SDM. He would've enjoyed how I amiably turn the table on our mutual friend, Thomas K. Arnold, who wrote the Reader story.
To find out what happened, you'll need a subscription to SpeakEasy. It's just $4.99 a month. Get two months free when you sign up for the annual rate of $49.99.
It's been seven months since the San Diego Sun launched as a free source of news features that focus on the city's downtown core.
Here's what will not change. The Sun will continue to provide free, twice-weekly stories about issues that matter to downtown San Diegans. Stories like:
Living In The City. These are Q&As with residents who weigh in on safety and infrastructure as well as the best restaurants and bars in the city.
The Sun's 5,600-plus current subscribers will continue to get free coverage delivered by email about big-ticket news and events, including the Padres new Opening Day, Comic-Con and music concerts at The Rady Shell at Jacobs Park.
SpeakEasy is Phase 2 of the San Diego Sun journey. It's a business model aimed at helping writers rise up and compete in local media markets.
The San Diego Sun is a one-person, local endeavor.
I'm a downtowner who walks and bikes the city nearly every day.
My resume includes a decade-long stint as executive editor at San Diego Magazine. I also served as the top editor at San Diego Home/Garden Lifestyles and alt-weekly San Diego CityBeat.
My byline has appeared in the two dozen national publications and websites, including Men’s Health, Men’s Journal, Maxim, Glamour, huffpost.com and popsugar.com.
Locally, I've written for The San Diego Union-Tribune, San Diego Business Journal, Ranch & Coast, Pacific San Diego and sandiego.com.
I once taught a magazine class at Point Loma Nazarene University, served as chief content officer for Ballotpedia.org, and run a travel blog called Junkets & Jaunts.
My background is writing and media. Now with SpeakEasy, I'm stepping into the entrepreneurial side of journalism.
Thank you for your support. Please help spread the word. Your paid subscription will help me continue to inform, enlighten and entertain. In the modern era of news, every voice matters. SDSun