Friday, August 01, 2008

Big changes!

I'm sure you've noticed: I stopped blogging. That's because I decided I'd better get off my ass and graduate. So I did some experiments, lost some sleep, wrote a couple of papers, and gave a talk. I really didn't do much besides work, and therefore I didn't have much to write about. But now I'm done*! And I'm hoping to get back into the habit of blogging regularly.

*I still have to:
  1. Get reviews back for my big paper. They could ask me to do more experiments. I hope not. But if they do, then I'll probably have to do them. Bah. Whatever I need to do to get that published...
  2. Finish writing and submit my little paper. They won't ask me to do more experiments. They could ask me for revisions, but that's no big deal. So that needs to get published too.
  3. Print and bind my thesis. It's just a matter of getting it done. And paying for it.
But it's not like I have all the time in the world these days. I've moved to another part of CT and got a job! (It's my first job. And it's a good one. I'm excited.)

A couple of years ago my PI was invited to write a chapter for a biochemistry textbook, and she said, "Yes, but only if I can get my student to help me." (That was me.) So I did, and we got our names in the book and even a little cash for it. But best of all, a couple years later (this spring), the editor we worked with emailed me and asked if I would be interested in doing some development editing for them. Duh.

This week I went into their offices to meet people and sign on. They're all great people and they're happy to be there. They have some really interesting projects coming up and they need people like me to work on them. I'll be reading chapters from various textbooks and editing them for organization, clarity, style, content, etc. I'll be doing a little bit of travel (for example yesterday I went with another editor to Philly to meet two new authors), but mostly I'll be working from home.

So that's the news! There is no more news to tell (people keep asking if I'm getting married-- I'm not). Be happy with this news, because it is plenty good!

1 comment:

  1. Woot!

    (I like typing that, even though I would never ever say it to you. Promise.)