So here we are in Buffalo. Waiting.
Waiting for what? Well, to find out whether or not this job potential will become solid.
What's the job? I don't want to get into it quite yet. Because in some weird way, I feel like putting too much information out there builds everything up too much. Then if it doesn't happen, which it might not. I also hate the questions. (I promise to go into it more in my next post, if an only if y'all promise not to ask any questions.)
What's going on? Do you know anything new? When are you going? And usually the questions come from people who are more nervous about this than we are. That said, I first mentioned this potential about three months ago, and since then, we are no closer to any real information than we were then.
So we're in Buffalo trying to work out our plans. Be that going to another country or finding a place to settle here. We have no idea how long we'll be in Buffalo. No idea when or if this job will come through. Some idea of what we'll do if it doesn't work out. And learning to keep working toward this thing that seems so tenuous while still keeping other options open.
We're also working.
Me? I'm almost finished the translation project Ali and I are doing. We have only to meet once more and finish the draft. Then the job moves to the next stage; it's out of our hands.
Noah is putting together a website for contract data analysis work, GIS and that sort of thing for universities and people who need statistical analysis for their research. It will be part of our revamped website/blog, as soon as we finish putting the whole new site together.
What else? Today, I came to the realization that my novel is not really a novel. It's a collection of related short stories. I need to accept that and move on. Trying to turn this school of fish into a big whale is exhausting. And impossible. So I've taken the stories, separated them and will clean them up and finish them.
Once I'm done with that, I have three short stories started in Panama to finish. And I'm working on a grant proposal due the end of October. Plus sending completed stories out for publication and contests. And learning Spanish, in case this potential becomes real.
So lots to do. Lots to do.
While we're waiting.