This Prospective Guide isn’t here to hold your hand and walk you step-by-step through your adventure. Because that’s not adventure. No, this guide is here to offer some perspective. To share some tales. To offer a few opinions. To help you decide on which path to take. But the joy remains in the unknown.
That’s the Prospective Perspective.
"So you’re interested in a little northern adventure, eh? A little salt in your hair, jellyfish in your nose, and tears in your eyes? Well, good news — the “last frontier” isn’t all hype. There’s some substance to your dreams.
But be warned, we’re talking about going down the rabbit hole, here.
If you succeed in landing a job, commercial fishing may very well turn your life on its head, skew your perspective, scramble your priorities. It’s not just another job. It’s an alternative lifestyle; a full-immersion experience. And once a person becomes accustomed to it — the physical exertion, the isolation, the money, the mental strain, and the absurd beauty of it all — it’s difficult to go back to a normal life. Because, in comparison, normal life is boring, easy, monotonous. "
This Prospective Guide offers a practical approach to getting your foot in the door of this lucrative industry. At about 8,000 words, it's not stuffed with fluff and useless info, just what you need to know to get on the path north. Included are detailed tables of fishing seasons and regional money breakdowns to help you pick your point of attack, and personal accounts from the author to give you a realistic perspective of what to expect. Full-color photos and an FAQ section round out this little beauty of a catch.
Most guide books on the subject are painful reading experiences because the author is either A: highly experienced in the fisheries, but has inversely proportional writing skills, or B: A talented, soft-skinned writer/researcher with no personal experience in the elements. This one's different.
About the Author: Steven Olson, a graduate of the creative writing program at Colorado Mesa University, has been commercial fishing in Alaska since 2007. The off-seasons have found him everywhere from teaching English in South Korea, to trekking in Colombia, and diving in Indonesia. His writing has appeared in Grand Valley Magazine, and his fiction was awarded first place in the 2010 Colorado Mesa Literary Review.
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