Michael A. Stusser is a Seattle-based freelance writer and game inventor. His first book, The Dead Guy Interviews: Conversations with 45 of the Most Accomplished, Notorious, and Deceased Personalities in History (Penguin Publishing) was released to critical acclaim.

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Freelance Living

Illustration by Demian Johnston for City Arts Coming up with good ideas for magazine columns isn't easy. Still, I'd rather do it myself. When I tell people that I'm a freelance writer, the usual response is one of dumb amazement. "That's it? You...

Jave Jive: You Call That Art?

Illustration by Demian Johnston for City Arts The café as art gallery and how I keep looking for beauty along with my espresso. A big part of patronizing indie coffee shops is the alt-perks that come along with the noncorporate ambiance: hep...

Java Jive: Lawyers and Loopholes

Pour yourself a cup of coffee. Stories of a couple of civil suits may leave you needing a jump-start. I’m pretty sure God invented the coffee house to help the freelance writer in two important ways: First, it gets me out of my house (and...

Freelance Living: A Self-Serving Proposal

Funding for the arts has never been simpler: give me all your money. Always the same three questions from Uncle Leonard, all oddly the same: Do I have a job? No. Do I receive a regular paycheck? No. Am I making a decent living? No again. I’m...