Hi faithful readers, I know you have missed me!
I’ve been MIA for about two months according to my last post, and it’s because I’ve been working some stuff out and making some decisions, and now I’m ready to work on putting them into action.
I’ve just started back at uni, in my second year of a Fine Arts degree, doing Creative Writing and a minor in Behavioural Science. Over the holidays I had a change of heart about the direction of my uni career and eventual big-girl career. I’ve decided that next semester I’m going to switch to a degree in anthropology and linguistics. Lots of reasons for this, but in a nutshell, I only want to write non-fiction, I only ever consume historical and anthropological information when I do read, and I’m not feeling challenged in my current degree. I’m going to finish this semester, because I still like learning, and I thought a few psychology subjects would switch it up and make things interesting for me, and then I’ll head over to UQ (if they’ll have me).
Problem is, I’ve been feeling a little unmotivated and like I’m in some kind of stasis, which is a feeling that comes up on me often. This is really corny, but I downloaded the Unstuck app on my new iPad and it gave me this cute idea for taking a photo or making an inspiration board every day for a month.
So that’s what I’m going to try for here!
To begin, the first thing that inspired me to make this change was Emily Graslie and The Brain Scoop. Emily is the Chief Curiosity Correspondent for the Chicago Field Museum, and has the most excellent YouTube channel full of her cutting up dead animals, answering Q & A’s, and peeking into the museum’s various collections.
The first video I ever watched was Zebra Bits, where Emily and Anna Goldman dissect and prepare a donated zebra. Not safe for work or the faint of heart.
I’m not into cutting up dead animals, but I kept watching more videos and learning about what happens behind the scenes at a museum, and the work that Emily does. Her enthusiasm hit a switch in my brain, connected a whole bunch of dots, making me see that all the things I liked were connected, all the ‘media’ I consume is the same, and particularly that everything I write is non-fiction or based on true stories. It’s what I’m most enthusiastic about and most confident writing.
So now, rather than feeling like a horrible writer because I just can’t be bothered writing fiction, I’m proud of my ability to write great non-fiction, and I’m looking forward to learning how to research properly as an anthropologist, then go off and write about everything I’ve learned.
I’ve started volunteering at the Queensland Maritime Museum on weekends, which is cool being around boats and learning about things that have never entered my brain or vocabulary before.
I hope you enjoyed my first inspiration post, in the coming days I plan to put up more photos, links, articles, and videos of things that are inspiring me to continue on my path.