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{August 17, 2011}   Endings and beginnings

After a week of career and job hunting advice, the Publishing Institute ended…

…almost two weeks ago. Our last day was the fifth. I realize it’s taken me a very long time to polish off my education stories here. Part of me thinks that’s because if I don’t write a final blog post, it won’t really be over. Writing this post has the sense of finality to it. I am done with school. All of it.

It’s kind of a frightening thought.

I now have to start looking for a job. On the plus side, I interviewed with a magazine company during one of the last days and was called back for a second interview. I’ll find out soon whether or not I got the internship. I also have another interview lined up for Tuesday. I’m trying to move out of my mom’s house, not that I don’t love my mother, but it’ll be hard if I don’t have paying jobs/internships. So right now, my life is very up in the air. I have to wait to hear back from one place before I know how much I can work for the other and I need to wait for both of them before I figure out if I’ll be able to afford moving out.

While I figure out this employment thing, I’ll be reading the books that have made my list in the last few months after the Institute and working with a publisher. The list is varied and includes titles from many genres. Maybe I’ll be able to promote a living as a book blogger…right.

Current books I’m reading are The Story of Edgar Sawtelle and LA Mental.Listening to A Clash of Kings.

Go.



{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 audible.com’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?



{June 23, 2011}   A startling realization

Today, dear reader (and by reader I mean me because I’m the only one reading this right now), I discovered something that, quite frankly, saddens me and I’m not quite sure what to do about it.

I discovered that…I can’t go to the library for at least a week. I’m almost done with the final book in Jim Butcher’s Codex Alera series, listening to it, actually, because I can actually get through a book that way. Driving to and from work, to and from the boyfriend who lives an hour away, it makes more sense to listen to a book instead of reading it. That and with all the advance assignments for the Publishing Institute, if I’m reading, it’s one of the manuscripts for that.

Back on track: once I’m done with my current listening book, I need another. Or would like another, rather. The unfortunate thing about this situation is that I’m moving in a week. I can’t check out a book from the library where I’m moving to because, well, I’m not there yet. I can’t check out one from one of the libraries where I am now because (unbelievably) I don’t have a library card for this district (I blame the fact that I had my university library for the last four years) and I don’t think I can check out books from the university library anymore since I graduated.

All of this means that I won’t have a book to listen to for a week before I move. I don’t know what to do.

Options include getting a library card for this district for a week (which I’m considering), trying to check out a book from the university library, buying a book from audible.com, and just living without a book for a week. I’m not sure what I’ll do, but I’ll have to figure something out tomorrow since I’m sure I’ll finish the book either today or tomorrow.



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