This has been a whirlwind of a month. Let me tell you what has gone down and where that leaves me.
Early this month, friend and fellow Batgirl fan Matt Santri-Griffith let me know that his work was hiring a Lead Copywriter for his department. He was sad that I couldn’t try out for it because it’s in Chicago and I’m in Indianapolis, to which I responded, “Um, I’m not against moving if the job/pay is right.” And it’s a good thing I did, because it turns out I was very qualified for the job.
Cut to later in the month and I’m in an interview with them. Cut to the next day, on my birthday no less, and they called to offer me the job. It was quite a way to start my 30s.
So the short of the new job is that I’ll be the Lead Copywriter for Rewards Network. They handle the credit card rewards for a number of different airlines and some other rewards programs — you pay with your credit card at participating restaurants and you get points towards airline miles, hotel reservations, etc. Rewards Network has also expanded into offering more business services to those participating restaurants. My job will be largely writing promotional marketing for the programs as well as creating blog posts focused mostly on the restaurant industry topics (for participating businesses) and somewhat on foodie tips (for the participating diners).
It’s a really good opportunity for me. And it’s also in Chicago.
So, I’m moving to Chicago. In less than a month. Why yes, I am wavering between excitement and terror at the prospect. Thanks for asking.
“But Katie, what does this mean for Just Plain Something and your freelance work?”
Well, I’ll be frank — things will get a little complicated. Not only do I need to find an apartment lickety split and then get used to living in a public transit focused city and get trained for my job, but boyfriend and Driving Home the Movie cohost Mike has to stay in Indianapolis until the spring when he graduates. We’re planning to visit each other on the weekends when we can (so hopefully getting in some DHtM episodes) and we can skype each other for the podcast, but we’re also anticipating the smaller time frame we’ll have to do all of this. At the same time, I want to try to keep up with my freelance writing as much as possible. We ask that fans of our projects be patient as we figure out our new schedules and the logistics (and thanks in advance to the Patreon supporters because you’ll be helping us handle the cost of moving).
Despite my nerves about the move, I’m excited about this opportunity. Part of the reason I got the job was because of my freelance writing, so thank you to everyone who has ever shared my work and helped put my name out there.
Here’s to the next chapter.