October 5th, 2004



I'm finally starting to think about getting serious about looking for a job. I'm not desperate, yet, so I'm still hoping to avoid boring administrative assistant type work (if it's primarily answering phones or opening letters, for example), but...

The tricky thing is that, although I have five years of post-college work experience, I didn't actually learn much of anything useful in my last job, so I'm basically qualified, skill-set-wise, for the same sorts of jobs I was when I graduated, which is somewhat limiting. But I'm really smart and a fast learner, so I'm sure that any of those jobs that have qualifications like, "1-3 years experience herding cats," or, "Experience singing in the library without disturbing people," are things that I could learn quickly, even if I don't have much actual experience in them. How do I convince potential employers of that?

And, of course, if anyone knows of openings that might be interesting, do let me know. I'm especially interested in working in a funky and/or interesting nonprofit doing Good Stuff. I'd like to be in some sort of coordination/project management position, but I'm willing to do less interesting things for more interesting organizations.


For my birthday, dbang gave me a subscription to The Sun, a very cool little literary magazine that I'd never heard of before. I'm on the third issue, and I'm hooked.

One of the things I always thought I'd do, at least back in high school, was write. I'm not ambitious enough to be a journalist, though, and I sort of fell out of creative writing in college. Despite encouragement from ghislaine and others, I've only done a little bit of writing outside of email and livejournal and that sort of casual setting in the last few years.

I don't know if I'll change that, or if I really want to, but I think I do want to be doing more structured writing, if only for myself, not so much for publication (although, hey, I have that poem coming out next spring!)... and The Sun has a feature each month where it gives a very broad theme and asks readers to write about that theme and send in their pieces. Several pages of each issue include these responses, which, so far, have been my favorite part of the magazine.

So, I've decided that I'm going to take this as a little writing project for myself. It's realistic, and not too ambitious, and fun. Maybe I'll manage a few pieces on the theme each month, or maybe just the one, but I'm looking forward to playing a bit.

I'd also like to invite all of you to participate, if you'd like, in comments or posts in your own journal.

This month's theme is: Weddings

chocolate guatemalteco

In Xela, a few blocks from the Proyecto, there is a cute, fabulous little cafe, La Luna. La Luna has coffee, chocolate, tea, and tasty snacks, and as long as it's not too busy, you can take up a table with your study materials and nurse a mug of your favorite beverage for a couple of hours.

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I'm so glad I decided to try something new.