It's official. I've signed the paperwork to accept a job offer from R.A. Malatest & Associates as a Research Assistant based out of their Edmonton, Alberta office.
Larissa and I have been contemplating the possibility of making a move to Edmonton for a couple of months, ever since I applied for the position with Malatest, but now that it's actually a reality we find ourselves faced with putting some big changes into action. Today we spent some time going through a bunch of our stuff and picking out various movies, books, games, clothes, and even furniture to prune out and either sell or give away. We'll have to deal with all of the "change of address" headaches that come with a move, including switching over to Albertan health insurance and car insurance.
We're going to be very sad to leave our families behindl. I think in a lot of ways we've taken for granted the ability to spend time with Larissa's family in Langley basically whenever we chose to hop on the ferry, or to visit my parents by making the 90-minute drive to Nanaimo. It'll be a much bigger undertaking now to organize a vacation to BC, but I'm sure we'll make the drive as often as is feasible. And we'll be on Skype constantly, of course.
There are definitely a lot of positives to this move. This position is a great opportunity with a growing company, and it should give me lots of opportunity to learn and gain experience, and hopefully climb the corporate ladder a bit, as well. The cost of living is lower in Alberta than BC, and Edmonton's real estate market is way more accessible than Victoria's. For a young family just getting started, Edmonton has so much of what we need!
I don't know yet how all of this is going to affect my writing. I'll have less time available to work on it, and that means I'll have to lower my expectations on when certain projects will get revisited and/or finished, including the Year of Stories and my in-progress novel, Galloway's Voyage. That's life, I suppose.
As we figure out more details regarding our move and my start with Malatest, I'll probably have some thoughts to share here, and as always I'll try to keep everyone posted on news and progress with my various writing projects.