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Dr. Sullivan Goes to Washington

I’ve been looking forward to writing this post, but now that it’s here, I’m finding myself a little reticent. I guess I’ll start with the lede and follow with the story.

Photo by David Mark.

I’m moving from Santa Cruz, CA to Washington, DC! (Well technically, Maryland.) Things have been a little quiet lately and part of that is book writing (probably a bigger part of it should have been book writing…), but a lot of it was job searching and pre-move prep.

Not many people knew this (and this was admittedly part of the problem), but Play Crafts was a corporation made up of three people. We had a dream of making cool tools for quilters and other crafters and got a bit of start up funding and went to work. I think we succeeded at the cool tools part. But it turns out none of us were particularly good at asking for money which apparently is something that’s important for making money and running a business. Who knew??

Play Crafts has been my full-time job since I graduated 3 years ago. Back in January, we looked at the funding and knew it was going to run out, and that we needed to close the company. So I had to start looking for a new job.

I really love what we’re doing with Play Crafts, and I think there are interesting things to be found in the world of tech-meets-crafts. One of the best ways to continue that work is to actually go back to academia, where I can call such things “research”. And the truth is, I’ve really missed research since finishing grad school. So I decided now was the time to try getting back into the world of academic research.

So for the last couple months I’ve been traveling and interviewing and stressing out, but today I officially accepted a post-doc position (basically a research scientist) at American University in Washington, DC. YAY! I’ll be doing artificial intelligence research on stories in games which is what my PhD work was on, so I’m super excited to get back into that! They are also supportive of me doing my side craft-tech research, which means that I will be able to continue doing Play Crafts tools.

CC-BY-SA-3.0/Matt H. Wade at Wikipedia

Going forward, this probably means fewer posts, but let’s be honest, that won’t be noticeable with Bloglovin’/rss feeds and my lower-frequency posting lately anyway. But Play Crafts the website will still be around, and so will all the tools. And they’ll still be developed. And I’ll still be going to QuiltCon. And making quilts.

But there’s going to be a LOT more bitching about the weather. Because I have never dealt with actual weather before. What is this crazy nonsense?!


P.S. Anyone out there around DC? I’m planning to join the DC MQG, and would love to know if I know anyone there (whether you’re in the guild or not)!

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