I started my new part-time retail job this week. It will help keep me busy and productive while searching for other options and ideas. If this job is working out and I get an offer for a good part-time library job in another part of the country, the store I’m working in has locations all over the place, so maybe I could put in for a transfer. This is a hopeful IF for the future, I need to keep plugging away to see that something happens. I may have mentioned last week that I’d gotten a call to interview for a position with a law firm – sadly that didn’t work out due to a bit of miscommunication. The office of the law firm that wanted to talk to me is in a different state, and it would not have been practical for me to travel to the city in question just for an interview. Also, even if they loved me and wanted to hire me on the spot, it would not be practical for me right now to move to a different city (or state) for a short-term (3-6 months) position paying the sum they were offering. The search continues, as ever.
I’m still keeping up with my constant reading habits – my current titles are Roadkill by Rob Thurman, Through Stone and Sea by Barb & J.C. Hendee, and Nature Girl by Carl Hiaasen. I’ve been on a major self-imposed sci-fi/fantasy kick for most of the year – I was getting myself psyched up for Lunacon and enjoying the genre(s) for a while afterwards. I haven’t touched Mark Z. Danielewski’s House of Leaves in a couple months – I’m still trying to decide if I’m intrigued enough to try and finish it. I’ve also got a copy of Mr. Danielewski’s Only Revolutions waiting for me if I decide to chance it.
I’m going to back of from the sci-fi/fantasy for a little bit. I’m not abandoning it completely (perish the thought), but I’ve got some thrillers, mysteries, historical fiction, and books from another genre or two I’ve been meaning to get to. This includes getting to my backlog of Clive Cussler books. He’s been one of my favorite authors for years (I first read Raise the Titanic in middle school), but I’m ashamed to say I haven’t read any of his books since The Navigator or Plague Ship or thereabouts. I’ve got Arctic Drift, Corsair, Medusa, The Wrecker, and Silent Sea on my shelf, and I’ll get to Spartan Gold eventually. I’m also going to be getting back to Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child’s Pendergast series – I read Relic and Reliquary a while back along with a couple of their other co-written books, and I’ve got the rest of the Pendergast books through Wheel of Darkness waiting for me.