Funded! This project was successfully funded on October 17, 2012.


During the recession, I worked a bunch of crazy jobs. I decided to write about them. This book is a collection of those stories.

I left an accounting job in Chicago in 2008 in order to travel to Costa Rica.  I took Spanish classes for several weeks and did a sea-turtle population restoration program.  When I returned a few months later, the economic landscape had changed considerably.  Companies were laying off thousands of workers - and hiring none. 

I decided to take a seasonal job in Glacier National Park for the summer of 2009.  Since then, while looking for permanent positions, I have taken a wide variety of gigs - some that lasted one day and others, a few months.  I began writing stories about these experiences, and before I knew it, I had nearly a dozen.  An aunt suggested that I compile these into a book, and now three years later, I have written nearly twenty stories.  Some of these gigs were really depressing, while others were a blast, like the one where I did a flash dance with 100 other Marios in downtown Chicago. 

I am raising funds to help with the final costs of production of the book.  I will be self-publishing and need to pay for book design (interior layout and cover work), editing, e-book conversion, and miscellaneous costs.  Thanks in advance!


Have a question? If the info above doesn't help, you can ask the project creator directly.

Ask a question
pledged of $2,200 goal
seconds to go

See full bio

  • Pledge $5 or more
    You selected

    14 backers

    I appreciate the help and will send you a unique postcard from Chicago.

    Estimated delivery:
  • Pledge $30 or more
    You selected

    18 backers

    Upon publication, I will gift you an electronic version of the book.

    Estimated delivery:
  • Pledge $60 or more
    You selected

    15 backers

    Upon publication, I will send you a signed copy of the book along with a behind-the-scenes print of me during the Mario video to use as a bookmark.

    Estimated delivery:
  • Pledge $100 or more
    You selected

    21 backers

    You will receive a signed copy of the book with the behind-the-scenes print, and your name will go on the Acknowledgements page.

    Estimated delivery:
Funding period

- (30 days)