Tuesday, 16 March 2010

Massive Update

Well that blogging every day thing didn't last long did it? You know the drill: self-flagellation, self-flagellation I-promise-I'll-do-better-next-time, excuse, self-flagellation, resolve-to-do-better.

No but really. My excuse has something to do with what I'm going to say anyway, so I'll still take the time to tell you. I filled out a mega (and I mean MEGA) application form for a job with the ABC. People get confused about my ABC job hunting because of the whole Hungry Beast affair. Well, 'affair' makes it sound so scandalous. It's just that I got really far in that application process and didn't quite make it. Hungry Beast had a similar application form - more of a pitch than a traditional curriculum vitae. Well I'm hoping that my pitch for this NEW job (with ABC Open, this time) is intelligent enough that I'll actually pull it off.

So I put a whole lot of time and effort into the pitch and neglected my blog.

You know what else discourages me from blogging? My blog needs a facelift. Like seriously. That banner has never properly fit the spot it's supposed to go. I've never been a great graphic designer. My proudest achievement is probably that drawing of Black Duck I did. I love Black Duck.

Anyway, that's all besides the point. The point is that if this ABC Open thing doesn't work out then I'm looking at a long hard road to employment after university. I'm considering moving to South Korea for 12 months after I go to VidCon (more on that later) so I can teach English there and finally get paid a proper salary. I mean, I love working in book stores. I just love it. Maybe when I retire I'll run a second-hand book store. Books will be collectible antiques by then I'm sure. I'll be all boutique about it and make sure there's lots of velvet so my customers feel fancy. That's what customers really want, deep down; to feel fancy.

In my spare time I will be John Green. No, not be like John Green; I fully intend to continue where he leaves off.

Speaking of which, the impending release of Will Grayson, Will Grayson is of serious, actual, Harry Potter-esque excitement to me and I am endlessly, fruitlessly frustrated by the knowledge that Hayley currently has an ARC in her possession that she is flaunting/reading. I talk about John all the time at work, to the point where if we run out of his books the inventory and merchandising managers know to order more before I say anything. Then they proudly point out that they got in TEN COPIES of Looking for Alaska. TEN COPIES, ROHAN! LOOK AT THE GOOD WE DO!

I beam at them and they shake their heads in bewilderment. They've never actually read any of his books, you see. Many people on the retail end of the book industry don't read at all.

Oh I promised I'd talk about VidCon didn't I. Yes! Well after the requisite period of to-ing and fro-ing that I inevitably go through when I have an idea but not necessarily the money to follow though, I decided to just do it anyway. I always just decide to do it. I'm just like, no this is a chance that I won't ever have again. I have to do it. And then it happens. Or it doesn't, as with the case of Peru for Six Months, but that wasn't because of money. That was a case of turns-out-God-really-doesn't-want-you-to-go-just-now-slow-down. And there was a car crash, a gang threat and an freaking earthquake/tsunami to make sure I really got that message.

Perhaps I'm really, really supposed to go to VidCon. But then I don't know about all that predetermination stuff. I guess I agree with that Calvinist idea, but I'm an Arminianist as well. That's what happens when you grow up in the Uniting Church I suppose; all those Presbyterians and Methodists mixing with each other. Oh, you'll probably want links for those. Let me put those in now.

There. Done. Anyway, I always find myself talking about money, and I guess as someone who only works part time that's unavoidable, but still really super boring/embarrassing to anyone who isn't me. But I've decided that this is going to happen, and so I'm going to pay for all my stuff now out of the money I saved for Peru. I'll just scrape by through April, then things will look rosier in June and July before I go.

That is to say, if I don't get this job with ABC Open. If I do it opens a completely different can of worms. A marvellous can, mind you, but worms all the same. I'll have to explain that VidCon will be good for my job - which it will be, so please give me my holidays in advance? Yes? Anyway, if it turns out that I have to choose between the job and the conference I guess I'll have to take the job, because I would be a fool to let that go, but (quietly) they would be fools not to let me go to the conference if they really wanted me for what I can bring to the table.

Oh look at that! We've come full circle. That's great.

If you want me to talk about specific things then leave 'em in the comments.

Until tomorrow (Probably? Maybe?)



  1. It's funny you mention Calvinism and Arminianism. I'd been thinking about asking you about that on Formspring. So which parts of which do you believe? I've always considered myself a bit of an in-betweener because, I mean, free will is kind of a huge deal, but on the other hand there are so many instances in the Bible where it's said that God chose us. I can't decide if it's something I can straddle the fence on. Thoughts?

  2. I'm thinking about going to Japan to teach when I finish at the end of the year. It seems like a pretty good idea to me. I hope you get the ABC job though man, it sounds like something you'd be great at.