The job hunt continues, as ever. There are still a lot of jobs being listed for libraries, but a lot of them are not for me. These usually ask for experience, skills and/or coursework that I don’t have at the moment. I am, however, applying for anything I come across that I think is worth it, even if it does list one or two things I don’t have. Over the past week, I’ve applied to jobs with Quinnipiac University, the College of Coastal Georgia, and the Army. I have full respect for the men and women in this country’s armed services, and I would love to support them as a civilian librarian.
I’ve also been applying to retail positions. If I am to get stuck in the retail world, I would ideally like to wind up in a book store. It’s tough getting work in those, I know from experience, but I’ve also applied to stores like Teavana, Bed Bath & Beyond, and Trader Joe’s. I’m doing my best to keep my chin up and continue plugging, and hoping something comes through soon. It’s rather stressful being out of good work this long after graduation.
Aside from reading, I’m volunteering with a science-fiction convention to help ward off the cabin fever. It’s called Lunacon, and it’s taking place in the Rye Town Hilton in New York’s Westchester County this coming March 19-21. The convention is in its 53d year. The guests of honor this year are Tanya Huff (author), Theresa Mather (artist), Allison Lonsdale (music), and Dominick Corrado (fan). There will be a dealer’s room, an art show, gaming, a Masquerade, and lots of other fun activities. I’m working with the Book Exhibit and Raffle table, the proceeds from which go to support the Donald A. and Elise B. Wollheim Scholarship Fund for young science-fiction and fantasy writers. The Wollheims founded DAW, which publishes an excellent variety of SFF.