October Is The Perfect Month To Work Hard And Play Harder

Jathan Fink

Jathan welcomes October with open arms.
(Photo by Jathan Fink, Jadeworks Entertainment)

Hi Everyone,

I always feel like autumn never officially starts until October, when the temperatures finally drop and the evenings are cool, pumpkins make their appearance everywhere, including my oven, and apples are ripe for harvesting. But it also means that summer fun is over and it is time to settle into a stricter writing routine. Every writer has his or her own strategy. Some are planners, others like to see where their writing takes them, and then some, like myself, plan a loose outline so they know where the story is headed, yet are open to the possibilities. That’s what has been happening to me lately.  Read more of this post

A Message from Jathan Fink, August 2015

Texas wildflowers

Texas wildflowers (Photo courtesy Jon Clegg, Flickr)

Hi Everyone,

The long, lazy days of summer are in full swing, especially here in Texas where temperatures in Dallas/Fort Worth have reached 108 degrees in some places, and taking a walk is the equivalent of swimming underwater without a snorkel, the air is so thick with humidity. Even so, every time August rolls around, I can’t help but feel as though the magic of summer has slowly started to wane. Read more of this post

Embrace The Things That Make You Happy

A magnet that reads 'I like big mutts and I cannot lie.'

Jathan Fink/Jadeworks Entertainment

What speaks to you? For me, sometimes it is quirky little things like the bumper magnet above. My wife and I recently traveled to Portland, Maine on vacation and I encountered this slogan in Cool As A Moose, a fun little store on Fore Street. Being a big dog lover, it was one of those impulse buys that I just had to snag because it made me laugh. My wife just looked at me as though I had lost my mind because I normally don’t go in for bumper stickers and the like, but this one just made me happy. Read more of this post

Johnson Finds A Home

Johnson the Lab Mix

Johnson was just one of the many animals at the Texarkana Animal Shelter. (Photo by Jathan Fink)

One of the great things about my job is that I get to use my platform as a journalist to help my community. Recently, I was called on to help an animal in our local kill shelter.  Read more of this post