Tuesday, May 1, 2012

Exciting (albeit not writing related!) news

I try not to get too personal here on Critically Yours, but those of you who have been following the blog a while, or are good at reading between the lines (which you likely are, considering my audience of writers!), probably know the past few years have been rough. There's been a lot of job uncertainty, exacerbated by living outside the US job market, on visas connected to my husband's employment.

So even though I said I was taking a blogging break for the next month, this news is too good not to share: my husband has just accepted a post-doctoral research position at the University of Massachusetts in Amherst! He'll be starting work this August, and he's thrilled to be joining a prestigious lab doing some exciting research (shrimp feeding mechanics FTW!). Plus, obviously we're eager to gain some stability in our lives.

We think Amherst will suit us well. It's an overly-educated town (home to UMass, Amherst College, Hampshire College, and the nearby Mount Holyoke and Smith), apparently crazy liberal, surrounded by state parks, birthplace of Emily Dickinson, and current home to one of my favorite YA novelists (no stalking is planned, I swear!).

The only downside, of course, is leaving all of the friends we've made in the UK. That isn't going to be easy at all.

In the meantime, while I'm not here for the next month, you can imagine me madly planning an international move, securing an apartment, buying a car, and figuring out whatever else needs to be done in the next three months... oh, and hopefully finishing the next draft of Project Demo.

Thanks for letting me share this big news with you. I promise I'll keep you posted as the move happens. Oh, and I KNOW some of you live nearby. I hope you'll give a warm welcome to this starry eyed midwesterner / expat!