Thought I'd do a quick update.
I didn't get the IGN job. I'm disappointed, but I understand, especially after the EIC gave me an explanation. Someone more qualified came along, and I certainly can't argue with that. I appreciate him telling me and giving me the information I was looking for. It will only help me with the next one.
There will be other opportunities, but I could vividly see myself out in California, escaping this hellish winter and starting a new adventure. Instead, I'll need to take the next couple days to recharge my batteries and get back to the regular grind. Here's hoping it's not for too long.