Welcome to thisisyouth.
I’m Daniel Kay. That’s me, up there, in my home state of Colorado, USA.
I’m 23, on the quest to live an interesting life. An early-career digital journalist, on-and-off again digital nomad, and aspiring writer. Serious outdoors enthusiast, fraternity founder, and low-key literature nerd.
It’s an odd mix, but it works for me.
So what’s this blog about?
Currently, I am publishing a serial travel memoir, “In Praise of Character in the Bleak inhuman Loneliness.” (Working title). The story depicts my travels in Nepal during February and March 2016. It’s a good story with a solid emotional core. New entries are posted on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday, and range from 250-1,500 words. You can read chapter one here, see all entries here, and find the newest one on the front page. You can sign up for e-mail updates here.
I’m looking to sell this story to a publishing company. If you’re a publisher with interest, or an agent possibly interested in representing it, please email me: firstname.lastname@example.org
You may find other content being posted on weekends. While the travel memoir is the main content I’m posting right now, keep in mind that did happen six months ago. My life continues meanwhile, and I often have things to say about it.
Some of what you may see popping up on weekends: book reviews, movie reviews, existential musings, personal essays, travel blog-type stuff, digital nomad pieces, skiing content, and the occasional piece on rock climbing, which is one of my great passions in life.
What can I say, I like to keep it loose.
Pieces of Life
My Instagram feed dumps into the “Pieces of Life” column on the right— it’s probably the most immediate lens into my life. I try to visit some beautiful places and play outdoors as much as possible, so I hope you enjoy it. If you like what you see, please follow me on Instagram at @thisisyouth.
In the Archives
I lived in Vail, Colorado, for a year after graduating college. That’s when I started this website, so if you dig deep into the archives (or if Google brought you here), you may find some content about that town and the ski bum lifestyle in general. I hit my first double black diamonds, got my second concussion on a snowboard, and learned to ski in Vail, so I have some love for the lifestyle. Not too much love for Vail Resorts. But I wouldn’t expect to see new ski town content too frequently, since I no longer live there.
I had a guy lined up to continue the ski town content, but in typical ski bum style, he’s been a little difficult to track down.
I hope you find something here worth considering.