Well, I can’t actually discuss the details, of course. But I finally have a quiet moment to update, so I figured I would 😉
It really has been an insane spring. First of all, I was proposing two books to publishers. I finished the first draft of one manuscript and sent it off for review in March. But instead of getting to take a breath, I then turned to the proposal for the second book (which is actually a second revised edition of an edited collection I worked on a long time ago.) I sent that proposal off and it came back quickly with suggestions for revision, which I made.
As of earlier this week, I have a contract for the edited collection in hand, and the strong likelihood of a contract for the other book next month. This is all great, but it means, you know, that I actually have to do the stuff. Permissions, pictures, revisions, and those are just the big things; there will be a million details to take care of as well.
On top of this large-scale work, I’ve been organizing some events for my workplace, which requires a lot of picky detail work because nothing is ever easy.
I also got deeply involved in some local activism, which I had to step back from after mid-March but was a huge part of the winter/early spring and has occasionally required time since.
For the last few weeks, I’ve been off-site taking a seminar, too. I didn’t plan to be doing heavy correspondence with publishers while taking it, but here we are…. It’s cool, and good networking, but it’s also a lot of work (reading and conversation, so fun work, but still.)
And then…there’s the question of where my career is going.
I spent most of the year applying for an academic job which I ended up not getting — but really, I applied in October and didn’t find out for sure until the middle of May. That’s crazy. (So is the school I was applying to, long story.) The original fallback plan was a 3-year job in my current location. However, things have changed there, and there’s just not as much work available as they were anticipating. I do have a contract for next year, but I decided that I’d rather officially go to 3/4 time and use the balance for volunteer work and reading than pretend I was actually working full-time.
I was settling into that idea pretty well when, out of the blue, an opportunity came up for another job back in New York. It’s an interesting dilemma. The job itself would be pretty enjoyable, I think, and the money is quite good by my standards. And it’s a permanent job, meaning that I wouldn’t have to spend all year wondering what I was doing next! However, it’s not the type of job I ultimately want to end up in. And I’m concerned that if I were to take it, I would not be able to switch back to the track I’m on now. Anyway, I’m going to interview in July. So I guess my situation for next year is not settled after all. But no matter what, I’ll be employed. That’s good. But wow, I’m really kind of ready to get my career a bit more settled than this.
On the plus side, my financial life is kind of rolling right now. Even though I feel like I’m spending money like a drunken sailor while I’m on this seminar (going out to eat with people constantly, buying gifts/souvenirs) I’m still under budget for the month right now. Investments are looking good and dividends should show up this month (I love dividends so much, you guys.) I have plenty of cash in my combined life/emergency funds. I don’t have any near-term huge goals I need to make. Everything’s just…kind of ok. That’s pretty nice.