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I was excited to find a new writing opportunity this week.  I will be writing book reviews for the new online arts magazine Moonshine – another one of those unpaid gigs that seem to be so ubiquitous.  If only money and librarianship were more compatible.  While not necessarily library-related, it’s a good chance to spread my literary wings a bit, polish the old resume, and read more art books.  Win win.

This is a thought I’ve had quite often lately as I consider my next career moves.  If you haven’t heard, it’s expensive to live in Santa Fe.  Another news flash: librarians don’t make much money.  Neither do registrars.  I’ve been considering options such as relocating to Albuquerque to save money on rent, which would mean an hour commute.  But they have comfy park-and-ride buses (and a thusfar elusive “Railrunner” train) between the two cities, so it wouldn’t be all bad.

I am keeping my fingers crossed that I will be in the running for the University of New Mexico Libraries’ Resident Program.  It’s a 1 to 2 year residency that gives new librarians a taste of just about every aspect of librarianship – from reference to cataloging to archives.  If nothing else, I would be extremely well-rounded.  I kind of want my next position to be more longterm (in the 5 year range) so I can finally feel settled and maybe do the whole house/dog commitment thing, but this would be a great opportunity. 

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I’m pleased to announce that my article has been selected for the February issue of the NMRT Bulletin! Thanks for all the encouragement from everyone.  It feels good to know that I will see my name in (virtual) print.

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I finally finished a submission draft of my article.  As promised, it’s awash with metaphor.  I just couldn’t help it.  I’m still not sure where I’m going to submit it, but this has been a long time coming! I’m glad to have the story in writing. 

 In a similar vein, I just joined a Santa Fe writer’s group.  I’ve been looking for different ways to get more involved with the community, and also trying to coerce myself to be a less lazy writer.  This should kill both birds with the same stone.  I need some new inspiration, and some helpful criticism wouldn’t hurt.