My seasonal retail job officially ended earlier this week, and due to various processes I was not selected to be moved over to the permanent store (a Waldenbooks that was slated to close and wound up getting saved). I was told by the manager that I’m first on the list of people to hire if any more jobs open up, but this store is tiny and I wouldn’t be able to get full-time work or a good starting pay scale. Yes, I am still working on getting a library job, but I’d much rather be in a book store if I have to stay in retail for a while. So I’m still plugging on the library job front, but I’m also applying to work in certain retail locations including Borders for if the economy doesn’t improve enough in the near future.
I’m also doing some volunteer work. I was volunteering at my local public library, and while I had to give it up for a while because my holiday retail schedule didn’t quite match up with the library’s, I’m going to be starting up with that again. I’m also volunteering with the Lunacon science fiction and fantasy convention that’s going to be taking place near where I live. Every year, Lunacon has a book exhibit and raffle to support the Wollheim Scholarship Fund for young sff writers. The name Wollheim is the W in the name of the DAW publishing house, famous for putting out sff titles. My Lunacon project is to contact a variety of publishers to ask them if they’ll donate books, comics, graphic novels, et cetera for the exhibit and raffle. I’m not sure where I’m going to be in March (the Con is running March 19-21 at the Rye Town Hilton), but if I’m around then I’ll be attending to help guard the table and run the raffle and such.
I haven’t been to a schience fiction convention in at least ten years. I remember the first convention I went to – there was a man in full Borg getup from Star Trek: TNG, and I corrected him because he ewas saying “useless” instead of “futile.” I also remember that James Doohan and Ethan Phillips were the guests of honor at that one, and I’m a little sad that I lost the Original Series baseball cap that both of them signed for me. *sigh* You just can’t get James Doohan autographs any more … Anyway, let’s hope we all live long and prosper this year.