The last few entries have been along the same tone: aw man, this Chicago stuff…

That in mind, I have something different for today. Still applies to the Institute though. Today, I will venture forth from my mom’s house and explore several bookstores. I have a few assignments for the Institute that require me to go to bookstores and wander around (economics workshop, marketing workshop, design workshop), and I’m actually quite excited to get out of the house for a couple reasons.

1. I’ve been sitting in the chair in my room reading from the Chicago Manual for a couple days now. It’s getting a little old. (And there’s still so much left!)

2. Through my old job, I learned of a whole bunch of independent bookstores in and around my area of town (sort of. Most of them are up in the Denver area, but I’m not too far south of that).

So in a few hours I will take off and spend my afternoon immersed in glorious bookshelves in stores I’ve never been to before. Should be fun.

{June 27, 2011}   Books, books, books

First things first: I snagged a new audio book, A Game of Thrones by George R.R. Martin, off’s free trial offer. Note to self, cancel the subscription soon so you don’t get charged money you don’t have for a service you probably won’t use enough.

I moved this weekend. It’s the biggest reminder that the Institute is coming up soon. I’m still up in my old apartment, haven’t fully moved out yet, because I still can work a couple extra days so I get a little extra money. My apartment is ridiculously empty, though, and I’m sleeping on the floor with a blanket and a sleeping bag. Good thing I’m still young, my mom said.

I’ve been thinking for the last few days that it might be super-awesome to work in a bookstore when I get out of the Institute. The more I read about it through these publishing newsletters my boss recommended I sign up for (Shelf Awareness, Publisher’s Weekly), the more it sounds like a fantastic job. Stand around and help people find amazing books all day? Sure! Read the newest books before anyone else so you can recommend them to people? Absolutely! Take books home to read for an ‘assignment’? Sign me up!

What I’m coming to realize, I think, is that just about any job that entails working with books is going to make me happy. Obviously, the closer I am to the book, the happier I’ll be. This is a good realization because it means that just about any job I could get in the publishing institute will make me happy at least some of the time. And that’s what’s really important in a job, right?

et cetera