In 2004 I was laid off and spent a few months being unemployed, looking for a full-time writing gig. By May I had my first contract gig, and another followed in July. I was feeling good. Things were easy. Then those projects wrapped up and I had no work beyond the occasional Craigslist job, a few of which actually paid. That lasted until early in 2006 when, in the middle of the night, I started typing random strings of words into Google in the hopes of finding work. Weird (and positive) things happened shortly after that.