Feb. 21st, 2008 02:53 pm
f1renze: (a silver pool of light)
[personal profile] f1renze
I'm coming up for air (after, geez, a year?) to let you know that I've accepted an academic job in Atlanta and will be moving at the end of the summer. It was a long and exhausting process of interviews, nervous waiting, and negotiations, but I'm very, very pleased with how things turned out. It's a great fit for me in terms of the match between my background, interests, and the search itself. I liked everything I learned about the department and the college during my visit, and was particularly impressed with the support systems that they have for faculty--especially for research, but also for teaching and career progression in general. The doctoral students I met seemed dedicated and fun, and the working atmosphere felt lively and comfortable.

I honestly can't wait to start.

I'm very sad to be leaving Chicago and my people. But (a) I'm pretending that [livejournal.com profile] sweetestdrain will attend graduate school in Atlanta next year so we can star in Pie and Trout: The Atlanta Adventures, and (2) get this: part of my startup package includes paid trips to Chicago in the first year! So I fully expect to still see people and play Guitar Hero! (I love you, [livejournal.com profile] jarrow.)

And there's always VividCon. I secured my spot for this year at 11:01 am on registration day, which totally rocked because as you know, that crazy, crazy thing sold out in a record 6 minutes. It has become this humongous, magical thing and I'm just proud to be a tiny part of the community. I'm actually not sure if I can make it this year (fall semester at the new job starts soon after), but I'm holding on to my spot until I know that I absolutely have to give it up. It hurts too much not to be able to attend. So yes, I'll be there! For now.

With the job thing resolved, vidding again feels less impossible these days. I've realized that my love for it will never go away no matter what else is going on in life. I did make something a few months ago that I've just been sitting on. Who knows what will happen, but I'm optimistic.

I've been keeping up with all of you the best I can. Many of you are going through major changes, so please know that you have my support. I'm just reorienting at this point, but hope to crawl back up soon and eventually find myself a good balance between work and play. :)
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