I feel the need to blog for a second, so please bear with me while I work out some melodrama. As some of you are already aware, I graduated in December with a PhD in astrophysics. My wife graduated six months either and got a job in New Mexico. Having complected my own degree I spent the last month or so moving to New Mexico myself to be with her.
Having a PhD in astrophysics means that I am somewhat specialized in what jobs I can get, and looking just in New Mexico limits my options. I was hoping to get a job as a college lecture, but missed the window for this semester. I was planning on trying again for the spring semester, but that left me out of work in the mean time. I was going to use that time to write a novel.
I’ve been in Albuquerque New Mexico, jobless, for about a week at this point. The Magic scene here seems rather weak compared to what I am used to in New England. I was toying with the idea of maybe rebuilding my Necron army (40K is big here), or getting a MtGO account (something I’ve been avoiding since I know it would likely stop me from going to local game stores). Maybe even find a pick up game of DnD. DnD is the riskiest of all 3 ideas, since THAT is a game one should only play with friends. I haven’t made any of those yet.
I was also working on that Novel. I had written 50,000 words in it, but all of those words suck. I have taken a page from Patrick Rothfuss‘ process and deleted the digital version of that text. I have a paper copy and am now rewriting my book from scratch. I’m about 3,000 words in and already it’s completely different, which is a good thing. I will likely try and convince you to buy a copy of it at some point. All of these neo-writers seem to use a blog to promote their books. After mine is rejected a few times I am likely to break down, digitally publish it, and then beg you to buy a copy. Maybe you might even consider doing so? Who knows? The future is not ours to see.
Anyway, I felt like I might have been settling down here in Albuquerque. I spent Friday trying to infiltrate a clique of pro-magic players. They let me join their super-secret facebook page, so that seems hopeful. However, just today, I received an email from a lab out in Mexico. That’s right–not NEW Mexico– but Puebla, Mexico Mexico. Last month–almost on a dare–I applied to a post-doc position at the HAWC Gamma-Ray Observatory. They just sent me a starting offer of 20,000 pesos. The thing is, I’m pretty sure I DON’T want to get up and move to Mexico right now. Honestly, I’m not even sure I want to continue doing Physics research. I don’t really enjoy it the way you NEED to in order to be a researcher. I was more or less hoping I could start teaching at community colleges or even private high-schools. However, I’m not sure I should turn this down for such frivolous reasons. I need to talk it over with my wife when she gets home.
The punchline is that I’m looking for advice. I like to talk things over with people, but I don’t have any people to talk to in Albuquerque. I’m isolated. That is the reason I am burdening you with all of this. I know you don’t come to this part of the internet to hear about someone else’s life. You are here for a comic about Magic cards, which is why I don’t often reach out to you over matters such as this one. But–other than my wife–I don’t know who else to turn to. I can’t promise I will follow your advice, but I will listen. I like hearing other points of view. What’s yours?