I am currently working on a contract in instructional design. I write lessons for high schoolers and edit exam questions. This is really fun; I get to learn about lots of different things, and it is a great way to get back to my early education that was standards based. It's been going really well, outside of the usual contract drama (if I finish this today, can I still earn money tomorrow?). I like the team, I like the work, and I like that they are located in Seattle.
I've heard mixed messages about transitioning from a contractor to a full-time employee. On the one hand, being a contractor may indicate the work is unpredictable and unlikely to require a full-time person. And working offsite makes it hard for employers to form a full impression of you. At the same time, I'm objectively assessed on my work habits- that's the only thing they know about me. And having a known entity come on board is less scary that seeing what you get from a job posting. I've been thinking about how I could make this experience more stable for me- either by having some confidence in more long term contracts or getting hired.
My plan is to keep being as awesome as possible, staying in touch and reiterating how much I like the job. And then to be clear about my intentions: I want a full-time job. That's actually proving to be hard to drop casually into emails (again, the off-site conundrum. These things don't just "come-up" around the water cooler). But they need some onsite work soon, so that may prove a better time to have those conversations (and figure out who to have them with).