Category Archives: Photograph

One of a Kind

Cary, NC // July 2010

THERE IS SOMETHING IN EVERY ONE OF YOU that waits and listens for the sound of the genuine in yourself. It is the only true guide you will ever have. And if you cannot hear it, you will all of your life spend your days on the ends of strings that somebody else pulls.  [Howard Thurman]

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Never Out of Season

Kure Beach, NC // Sept 2009

Goodbye, E-Town.

Evanston, IL // August 2009

Evanston, IL // August 2009

My apartment was cleared out, my keys were returned, and with a swift, sobering look around, I said goodbye to one chapter and looked ahead to another.

My Life at the Moment

Evanston, IL // August 2009

Evanston, IL // August 2009

After working out some logistical plans, I decided this week that I will actually be moving back to North Carolina at the end of NEXT week. My parents are driving up to Chicago, and all of my things will be packed up by Friday morning (August 14th), and we’ll then be on the road to head home. That said, this week has been hectic! Starting to pack, trying to sell furniture, and making time to see friends has made for an interesting few days. I’m also going out of town from Sunday through Tuesday to visit Parv in Wisconsin, so that doesn’t leave much time for all these preparations!

I’ll try and update you when I can, but given the last-minuteness of my plans, the next week will be busy. In fact, by this time next week I will be moved back home. What next? Continuing my job search around Raleigh/Durham, networking with contacts, and getting settled back in NC–and reconnecting with friends and family! Saying goodbye to Evanston, Chicago, and all my favorite people around here will be bittersweet, but I know this is a step towards something good, whatever that ends up being. Stay well, friends.

A Glimpse of Summer

North Beach (Evanston, IL) // July 2009

North Beach (Evanston, IL) // July 2009

The Subsequent Update

Originally, I intended to write a long update about the conference.  The weekend proved to be very exhausting, and as a result, my week has felt sluggish and “off” in rhythm, if that makes sense.  That said, I will try and sum up my weekend excursion in five points:

The Exhibit Hall (Chicago, IL) // July 2009

The Exhibit Hall (Chicago, IL) // July 2009

1. Luckily, I had a game plan for which booths I would stop by, etc.  Otherwise, I would have been completely overwhelmed by all the people and the countless exhibits.  I had excellent conversations (some better than others, of course) from companies ranging from National Geographic to W. W. Norton & Co.  It was an interesting task to balance speaking to someone about my job search and not overstaying my welcome.  That is to say, some people were more talkative, outgoing, forthcoming with advice, etc. than others.  I was able to try and follow-up about a few jobs I applied for, and this week I spent time sending out thank yous, follow-ups, etc.  On top op making in-person contacts, the conference was an excellent way to peruse titles from different publishers and get a feel for the companies.

2. Based on my conversations from this weekend, people in publishing got into the industry from one of two routes: A) They landed a position at one company and have worked there/worked their way up for 7+ years at the same place, or B) They started somewhere completely different and–almost by chance–they ended up where they are now.  Interesting, eh?  In some ways, I feel better knowing that one day I will be telling a new college grad how I got to my pseudo-dream job, and hopefully she’ll be encouraged by it, too.

3. I still adore author Sarah Dessen, who recently released a new book, Along for the Ride.  I went to her book signing on Sunday morning, and as I stood behind 80+ other people, I tried to think of what to say to her.  As it happens, I got up to the table and everything spit out of my mouth, ha.  I guess that’s what happens when you meet one of your favorite authors.  I had actually met her several years back at an event in Raleigh (she is a native North Carolinian from Chapel Hill), but it dawned on me that I still love her books even though I am now well into my twenties.  (That says something, right?)  I got a picture with her this time around, and after chatting with her at what was (from my end) rapid-fire pace, she said goodbye and mentioned that “it’s always nice to meet a fellow North Carolinian.”  :)

YA Author Sarah Dessen (and Me!) // July 2009

YA Author Sarah Dessen (and Me!) // July 2009

4. Junot Diaz’s The Brief, Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao has received quite the attention after Diaz won a Pulitzer Prize for the novel; award aside, it’s an incredible read, so if you haven’t met Oscar Wao, you need to–now.  Anyway, I saw Junot Diaz speak last fall and he was smart, uncensored, and just a joy to watch.  He was scheduled to speak on Sunday afternoon, but unfortunately, the event was canceled after he was unreachable and M.I.A.  An auditorium full of attendees unhappily filed out of the room as staff members from Penguin passed out complimentary copies of Oscar Wao.  Too bad many of the people there had read it–but hey, now I have my own paperback copy.  (The only sad part about the cancellation was that I had prepared a question for Junot that related to my senior thesis research…maybe next time, right?)

5. Networking all day is a tough task, but it forces you to get out  of your comfort zone and put yourself out there.  I haven’t heard back about any jobs yet but I’m trying to stay hopeful and patient.  At least I put myself out there this weekend…and  who knows, maybe something will eventually come out of it all.

Well, that covers all the major bases.  I had no idea what to expect out of a large conference like the ALA, but it turned out to be a lot of fun.  And overall, the experience was beneficial for my job search, whether I was meeting people or just learning more about the industry and different companies.

And so the job search continues…

One for the Fourth

Evanston, IL // July 2009

Evanston, IL // July 2009